Invest for Income
By Thomas Kenny, About.com Guide
- Dividend-Paying Stocks
- Utility Stocks
- Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
- Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
Those who are investing for income have numerous options outside of bonds, and the most traditional – and easiest to understand – choice is high-dividend stocks. Although investing in the stock market involves more risk than investing in bonds, dividend-paying stocks offer modest income and the potential for longer-term capital appreciation.
- The Basics of Investing in Dividend-Paying Stocks
- How to Invest in High-Yielding Dividend Stocks
- The Role of Dividends in the Stock Market's Total Return
- Investing in Dividend Growth Stocks: Why Dividend Growth Matters
- Are Dividend Stocks an Appropriate Substitute for Bonds?
- Find High-Dividend Stocks
Those who are looking for ways to generate investment income often allocate a portion of their portfolios to utility stocks. Utilities have long been viewed as a conservative option that enables investors to capture higher dividends than are available in most areas of the stock market.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, are a type of investment often used by investors who want to boost the yield on their portfolio by participating in the real estate market. Find out how REITs work, and whether you should consider investing in REITs.
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, are another potential source of attractive yields outside of the bond market. Are MLPs the right option for you?
Preferred stocks - which are “hybrid” securities that offer some of the features of both stocks and bonds - have some advantages, but there are also reasons for caution. Find out if preferred stocks are the right option for your portfolio.
Convertible bonds are bonds that are issued by corporations and that can be converted to shares of the issuing company’s stock at the bondholder’s discretion. Convertible bonds typically offer higher yields than common stock, but lower yields than straight corporate bonds. But are convertible bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds the answer?
Highest Yielding Bond Market Segments
The ultra-low rates and government bonds and other low-risk otpions has fueled a search for high-yielding investments. While the highest yielding bond market investments have their share of risk, these four areas may offer answers for those in search of yield.
- The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments: Where to Find Yield NOW
- The Basics of Investing in High Yield Bonds
- What are Senior Bank Loans?