Income Investing

What Is Preferred Stock, And Should I Buy It?
investing

What Is Preferred Stock, And Should I Buy It?

Thinking of adding preferred stock to your portfolio? Read on for a breakdown of the pros and cons to buying preferred shares.
May 26, 2022
Bond Values in a Volatile Market
Investing for Income

Bond Values in a Volatile Market

While the market's instability may not be over just yet, the latter half of the year should be less daunting – and possibly more rewarding – for inves…
May 25, 2022
Should I Buy Bonds?
bonds

Should I Buy Bonds?

Investors' personal motives for buying bonds should inform what they do next.
April 27, 2022
Dividend Dates: A Beginner's Guide
dividend stocks

Dividend Dates: A Beginner's Guide

Everything you need to know about ex-dividend dates, dividend announcements and other parts of the dividend calendar.
April 1, 2022
Income Investors Should Look Beyond the Ukraine Invasion
stocks

Income Investors Should Look Beyond the Ukraine Invasion

Unless you invested in a Russian-themed ETF or an emerging markets index fund, the destruction of Moscow's capital markets is a distraction for invest…
March 24, 2022

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Consider Short-Term Bond Funds
Investing for Income

Consider Short-Term Bond Funds

These funds own the kind of stuff that benefits from a healthy economy and can withstand the Fed's rate hikes.
February 23, 2022
A Dynamic Duo for Yield in 2022
Investing for Income

A Dynamic Duo for Yield in 2022

Investors should maintain core positions in both REITs and utilities, with regular contributions to both.
January 26, 2022
Patience Pays for Investing Decisions
Investing for Income

Patience Pays for Investing Decisions

I maintain my fervor for high-yielding investments despite their credit risk.
December 21, 2021
Where to Find Yield in 2022
Kiplinger's Investing Outlook

Where to Find Yield in 2022

I am sold on leveraged closed-end debt funds, junk bonds and floating-rate bank loan funds.
November 29, 2021
Don't Overlook Preferred Stocks
Investing for Income

Don't Overlook Preferred Stocks

If you ignore preferred stocks out of fear or unfamiliarity, get in there. The rewards trounce the risks.
October 28, 2021
"Junk" Bonds Are Anything But
Becoming an Investor

"Junk" Bonds Are Anything But

These bonds flourish way more than they falter and offer current yields of 4%.
September 30, 2021
Stay Above the Interest Rate Fray
Investing for Income

Stay Above the Interest Rate Fray

Your best bets now are venerable, managed diversified bond funds. You'll get a fair yield and peace of mind.
August 26, 2021
Qualified Dividends vs. Ordinary Dividends
dividend stocks

Qualified Dividends vs. Ordinary Dividends

What are qualified dividends, and how do they differ from ordinary dividends? Here's how to determine which is which, and what that means for you.
August 11, 2021
Readers Find Some Weird Winners
Investing for Income

Readers Find Some Weird Winners

Most of the time, I find flaws in offbeat investments with high distributions. But sometimes oddities have their day of glory.
July 30, 2021
The Tax-Exempt Train Rolls On
Investing for Income

The Tax-Exempt Train Rolls On

A powerful force is propping up munis in 2021: U.S. prosperity.
June 25, 2021
Bonds: Be Choosy for the Rest of 2021
Investing for Income

Bonds: Be Choosy for the Rest of 2021

Enough good things are happening in the economy and some fixed-income sectors (perhaps not T-bonds) to imply better second-half prospects.
May 26, 2021
Should You Worry About Rising Interest Rates?
Investing for Income

Should You Worry About Rising Interest Rates?

Look past the 10-year Treasury yield. Smart investors cast a wide net.
March 23, 2021
Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now
Investing for Income

Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now

A portfolio of mortgages should retain their value better than ordinary bonds if interest rates rise.
February 28, 2021
How to Play a Steeper Yield Curve
Investing for Income

How to Play a Steeper Yield Curve

The first of the year was a downer for corporate bonds and real estate and utility shares. It was strong for floating-rate loan funds.
January 28, 2021
The Janet Yellen Era: Chapter Two
economy

The Janet Yellen Era: Chapter Two

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, if installed as Secretary of the Treasury as expected, should help to calm Main Street and Wall Street alike.
December 26, 2020
Bonds Will Deliver in 2021
Investing for Income

Bonds Will Deliver in 2021

Don’t rush to withdraw any 2020 profits from the market. 2021 is looking good.
November 17, 2020
Squeezing Returns from Bank Shares
Investing for Income

Squeezing Returns from Bank Shares

Common sense suggests that the market’s punishment of bank stocks is overdone.
October 31, 2020
Some Inflation Is Better Than None
Economic Forecasts

Some Inflation Is Better Than None

A bit of inflation should be a plus for investors seeking higher income.
October 2, 2020
Bonds Are Safer Than They Look
Investing for Income

Bonds Are Safer Than They Look

Yes, there’s plenty of bad news: credit downgrades, bond defaults and dividend cuts. The solution is to find workarounds.
August 27, 2020
Pockets of Opportunity Still Lurk in Bonds
investing

Pockets of Opportunity Still Lurk in Bonds

A rash of corporate debt downgrades lies ahead, but actual defaults will remain low. So, is the worst over?
June 4, 2020
Treasuries: America’s Best Product?
investing

Treasuries: America’s Best Product?

Whatever you think about politics or politicians, in tough times investors will do well to bet on the government.
May 8, 2020