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Bonds aren't the only options for investors who are looking for ways to boost their income. Other sources of yield include dividend-paying stocks, real estate investment trusts (REITs), utility stocks, master limited partnerships (MLPs), preferred stocks, and convertible bonds. Learn more about the different ways to increase your portfolio's yield and improve its diversification.

The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments: Where to Find Yield NOW
Find out the six bond market segments provide income investors with the highest yields.

There’s No Such Thing as a “Bond Proxy”
Many investors have moved into so-called "bond proxies" in order to earn higher yields, but the events of May-June 2013 illustrate that these investments have as much risk as ever.

Which Stock Investments are Most Sensitive to Rising Treasury Yields?
Rising Treasury yields hurt the performance of utilities, REITs, dividend stocks, and gold during 2013. What does this reveal about the 2014 outlook?

The Basics of Investing in Dividend-Paying Stocks
High-dividend stocks are one of the most popular option for those who need investment income but who don't want to invest their entire portfolio in bonds. Find out more about the best strategies for investing in dividend-paying stocks.

Investing in Dividend Growth Stocks: Why Dividend Growth Matters
High-dividend stocks tend to outperform the broader stock market over the long-term, but within the dividend category is another group with outperformance that is even more dramatic: stocks with growing dividends. Find out more about the pros and cons of this market segment.

How to Invest in High-Yield Dividend Stocks
Dividend-paying stocks with high yields can seem like an outstanding investment at first glance. However, the highest-yielding stocks can also come with a danger – that the dividend is unsafe or may not be what it appears on the surface. But how can you tell the difference between a legitimate high yield and one that’s too good to be true?

Bonds or Dividend Stocks? Even the “Safest” Stocks are far Riskier than ...
Are stocks an appropriate substitute for bonds? They can be for investors with a longer-term time horizon, but it's necessary to be mindful of the short-term risks.

The Critical Role of Dividends in Stocks' Long-Term Total Return
Dividend-paying stocks offer more than just income – if dividends are reinvested, they represent a substantial portion of stocks’ long-term total return. Find out how much of stocks' total return is generated by dividends, and whether high-dividend stocks are right for you.

What You Need to Know about Dividend ETFs
Dividend ETFs have a lot to offer, but income investors need to remember that dividend stocks are a risky proposition despite their strong recent returns.

International Dividend ETFs Offer a Unique Opportunity
International dividend ETFs offer higher yields, and possibly higher total return potential than their U.S.-based counterparts, for those who can take on the added risk.

How to Invest in Utility Stocks
Those who are looking for ways to generate investment income through dividends often allocate a portion of their portfolios to utility stocks. Find out the performance characteristics and risks associated with investing in utilities.

What is an MLP?
For those who are investing for income, Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, are a potential source of attractive yields. Find out more about the role MLPs can play in your portfolio.

What are REITs?
Find out how real estate investment trusts, or REITs, how their historical returns stack up against the risks, and whether you should consider investing in REITs.

What are Preferred Stocks?
Learn about the basics of preferred stocks, and whether preferred stocks are the right option to boost your investment income.

The Basics of Investing in High Yield Bonds
Learn about the risks and historical performance of high yield bonds, their role in your portfolio, and the various ways to invest in high yield bonds.

Investing in Emerging Market Corporate Bonds
Find out how to invest in emerging market corporate bonds, and whether this high-yielding asset class is right for you.

What are Convertible Bonds?
Convertible bonds are bonds that are issued by corporations and that can be converted to shares of the issuing companys stock at the bondholders discretion. Convertible bonds typically offer higher yields than common stock, but lower yields than straight corporate bonds. Learn more about the basics of convertible bonds.

What Are Emerging Market Bonds?
Emerging market bonds can provide attractive long-term returns, but they also carry more risk than most segments of the bond market. Find out if investing in emerging market bonds is right for you.

What are Local Currency Emerging Market Bonds?
Investors who want to invest in emerging market bonds have two options: dollar-denominated bonds and bonds denominated in local currencies. Find out what local currency emerging market bonds are and whether this asset class is right for you.

Should You Invest in Multi-Asset Income Funds?
Learn what multi-asset income funds are, were they invest, and whether multi-asset income funds are right for you.

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