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Investing Topics: Fixed Income

Bond Update: Solid Returns in a Challenging Tape

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 2, 2017
Our basket of junk bonds outperformed in a challenging fourth quarter.

Bond Update

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 3, 2016
We add three bonds to our basket of fixed-income securities.

The High Prices of High-Yield Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 16, 2016
Our basket of fixed-income securities has done well, thanks to the rally in bond prices.

Stay Focused

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 8, 2016
The recent rally in utility stocks has pushed valuations to elevated levels and lowered dividend yields. We explain our strategy for navigating this environment.

Electric Vehicles, Electric Utilities, Yieldcos and Junk Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2016
The hubbub surrounding the unveiling of Tesla Motors’ Model S has resulted in a bumper crop of articles about the ascendancy of electric vehicles and reduced demand for fossil fuels. These headlines attract eyeballs, but they don’t necessarily shed light on the best opportunities for investors who want to profit from the long-run success of electric vehicles.

Yield with a Growth Kicker

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Investors usually buy utility stocks for their resilient underlying businesses and generous dividend yields—qualities that become even more appealing during times of economic uncertainty and market volatility. But some of our favorite, best-in-class names offer exposure to compelling growth stories that could drive significant outperformance in coming years.

Fixed-Income Value Play

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 7, 2016
The sudden meltdown in the high-yield bond market doesn’t show any signs of letting up, especially with the US economy continuing to weaken. But with pain comes opportunity: For the first time since 2009, fixed-income securities issued by essential-service companies trade at favorable valuations.

Pockets of Opportunity and Cause for Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2015
We highlight some of the most profitable themes for income-seeking investors in essential-service stocks while sounding a note of caution on the near term.

A Double-Digit Yield from this Preferred Stock

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 14, 2015
This regional telecom appears to have turned the corner, and its preferred shares trade with plenty of liquidity and sport a double-digit yield.

#AskRoger Utilities & Income – Episode No. 1

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 10, 2015
In this new YouTube video series “#AskRoger Utilities & Income,” Roger Conrad answers readers’ questions about utilities, income investing, dividends and more! If your question wasn’t answered this time, submit your comments on Twitter using the hashtag #AskRoger.

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