Income Investing

Go Ahead, Reach for Yield
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Go Ahead, Reach for Yield

The best bets are in arcane areas such as commercial mortgage-backed securities, nonbank business lending and structured credit.
November 1, 2019
The Never-Ending Hunt for Yield
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The Never-Ending Hunt for Yield

The prospects are good for corporate bonds, real estate investment trusts and utilities.
October 3, 2019
Municipals Rock On
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Municipals Rock On

If there’s something negative to be said about muni bonds, I’ve heard it. And I’m still not buying this fear and loathing.
August 1, 2019
My All-Time Favorite Bond Funds
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My All-Time Favorite Bond Funds

Few stock-fund managers match the S&P 500, but most fixed-income managers beat their index.
July 3, 2019
2019 Midyear Outlook for Income Investing
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2019 Midyear Outlook for Income Investing

Between now and year-end, you can expect all to be quiet on the income front.
June 5, 2019
My Preference for Preferred Stocks
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My Preference for Preferred Stocks

Preferred stocks are having a great year. Here are six investments to buy into the category.
May 9, 2019
High-Yield Investments That Are Worth the Risk
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High-Yield Investments That Are Worth the Risk

Many of these debt or stock offerings have returned more than 10% so far in 2019.
April 4, 2019
Dial Down Risk in Your Bond Portfolio
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Dial Down Risk in Your Bond Portfolio

Rising interest rates are no longer the primary concern for income investors, but other factors must still be considered threats against bonds.
March 7, 2019
Buy These Free-Range Bond Funds
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Buy These Free-Range Bond Funds

There’s more to bond investing than picking funds that adhere closely to an index or cling to the apparent safety of Treasuries.
January 31, 2019
The Rising Risk in Corporate Bonds
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The Rising Risk in Corporate Bonds

The BBB-rated debt tier is increasingly populated by iconic but risky outfits you might not want to finance now.
January 3, 2019
Stand By Your Bonds in 2019
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Stand By Your Bonds in 2019

“Income Investing” columnist Jeffrey R. Kosnett predicts that a diversified portfolio of bonds will hold steady through the upcoming year.
November 29, 2018
5 Fabulous Income Investments
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5 Fabulous Income Investments

Nothing that has happened this year or that looms over 2019 should threaten these elites.
November 1, 2018
The Case for Keeping Some Cash
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The Case for Keeping Some Cash

For the first time in years, cash accounts are competitive with yields on many classes of bonds and blue-chip stocks.
October 4, 2018
The Case for Doing Absolutely Nothing in Today's Market
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The Case for Doing Absolutely Nothing in Today's Market

In 2018’s topsy-turvy market there’s still one constant to stand by: dividend growth.
August 2, 2018
Variable-Rate Investments Can Buoy Your Portfolio
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Variable-Rate Investments Can Buoy Your Portfolio

Bank-loan funds and ETFs aren't the only interest-paying securities whose distributions vary with interest rates.
July 5, 2018
Mid-Year Outlook for Bonds
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Mid-Year Outlook for Bonds

You can expect mild losses in the bond market, but fixed income still has its place in your portfolio.
June 7, 2018
Steady Income from Volatile Sources
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Steady Income from Volatile Sources

Sudden sell-offs can be scary, but the income side of income investing delivers reliably.
May 10, 2018
Build a Bond Ladder for More Income
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Build a Bond Ladder for More Income

Our four portfolios will help you harness higher interest rates.
April 4, 2018
The Silver Lining of Rising Interest Rates
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The Silver Lining of Rising Interest Rates

Investors may be jittery about the Fed's plans to bump up rates this year, but you may be able to benefit.
March 8, 2018
Municipal Bonds Will Survive Tax Reform
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Municipal Bonds Will Survive Tax Reform

A change in the deductibility of state and local income and property taxes will have an effect on munis, but these well-loved investments are made of …
January 12, 2018
Prepare for a Mild Pullback in Bonds
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Prepare for a Mild Pullback in Bonds

There's more to this picture than the direction of interest rates.
December 7, 2017
Why Income Investors Shouldn't Panic
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Why Income Investors Shouldn't Panic

Your best strategy is to carry on with what's working, which is almost everything except the energy sector.
September 22, 2017
Why It's Okay to Reach for Yield
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Why It's Okay to Reach for Yield

With so many income investments to choose from, one of them will be solidly profitable at any given time. So range widely.
August 24, 2017
Why Fears About Muni Bonds are Unfounded
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Why Fears About Muni Bonds are Unfounded

Investors should focus on the $3.8 trillion of solvent debt instead of on trifling sums that are in default.
August 2, 2017
When Everything Is Working, Sit Tight
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When Everything Is Working, Sit Tight

What can I say? Well, for one thing, it's been a great three years for income investors, and the picture still looks bright.
May 25, 2017
How to Buy Bonds Now
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How to Buy Bonds Now

The value of existing bonds is headed downward. You can minimize the pain if you hold short-term debt.
April 21, 2017