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Barron's: How To Find Safe 5% Yields

August 8, 2016 8:07 am
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  • The cover story in this weekend’s Barron’s offers tips and strategies from the panelists at the latest income roundtable.
  • Safe yields of up to 5 percent can be locked in with careful portfolio construction, says veteran fixed-income investors and a dividend stock pro.
  • Another featured article examines six steady growth stocks may be more attractive now than typical safety stocks.

Where do income investors look now that interest rates are stubbornly lodged near historic lows and dividend stocks have soared to new highs? The latest Barron’s income roundtable panelists have some fresh approaches to locking in returns in a world where rates are likely to stay lower for longer.

In this week’s Barron’s cover story, “Safe Yields of Up to 5%: Fixed-Income Panel” by Amey Stone, the roundtable panelists not only identify opportunities for safe yields above 5 percent, but these three veteran fixed-income investors and one dividend stock pro offer up some advice on how investors can avoid making mistakes with careful portfolio construction. See which funds and individual securities these savvy market experts believe will maximize income and minimize risk.

Among other things, the panelists discuss what effect the Brexit vote continues to have on the recovery of global economies, what to expect ahead from China and whether investors should now avoid foreign bond funds. They offer their take on what the Federal Reserve is likely to do next, as well as what moves retirees should be making in order to fund their retirement.

Find out where the opportunities are with municipal bonds, corporate bonds and junk bonds, as well as what investors should be looking for in stocks. The panelists share some current picks, including real estate investment trusts (REITs) Welltower Inc (NYSE: HCN) and Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE: CXW), and dividend stock Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE: UL).

Related Link: Barron’s Picks And Pans: Monro Muffler Brake, Fidelity National Information Services And More

Other Feature Stories

Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) and Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) are among six growth stocks that Barron’s feels have plenty of room to keep rising. The featured stocks all have better growth prospects, lower valuations and solid payouts. See why these steady growers now may be better than typical safety stocks.

And find out what Barron’s feels the prospects are for Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ: MNRO) now that its shares have risen for five years; Fidelity National Information Servcs Inc (NYSE: FIS) as banks’ zeal for cost cutting continues; and small-cap banks Investors Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISBC) and HarborOne Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ: HONE) given their strong fundamentals.

At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

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