14 Ways to Invest for Income Without Stocks

Here are 14 ideas for generating income in seven broad categories—and none involves any common stocks.

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Here are 14 ideas for generating income in seven broad categories—and none involves any common stocks. As always with investment decisions, consider your overall allocation, how long you plan to invest and your tolerance for risk before you make a move.

We've listed them in order of yield from lowest to highest.

All returns and yields are through April 4.

Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.