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It's difficult to find funds that can consistently beat the market over time. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is barely scraping above breakeven in 2018, sure, but it averages 8% gains annually.
Investors often must accept a bit more risk to get more income out of their investments – often, but not always. Preferred stocks are one of a handful of high-yield exceptions to that norm.
A stock’s price can fall for many reasons. The company may no longer be performing as it’s expected to. The industry or sector could be temporarily out of fashion. Sometimes, a weak market simply...
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