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Investing Topics: Fixed Income

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.

Stay Vigilant, Focus on Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2015
The market’s attention has turned to the Federal Reserve once again. But savvy investors will focus on industry- and company-specific drivers to identify outperformers. We explore several key trends for essential-services investors.

The Fed Ends Quantitative Easing: What’s Next for Dividend Stocks?

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 4, 2014
Last week, the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying program. Here's what this long-awaited policy shift means for dividend-paying stocks.

Bonds: What to Do in a Seller’s Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 17, 2014

The seller's market for bonds favors dividend-paying equities, but investors need to remain disciplined and avoid overpaying for quality.

Closed-End Bond Funds: Proceed with Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 30, 2014

Closed-end bond funds have pulled back over the past 12 months in anticipation of rising interest rates. Investors eyeing these funds' high yields should proceed with caution.

Toasting in 2014 with a Glass more than Half Full

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 28, 2013

By any measure, 2013 was a great year to own stocks. It was also an exceptionally bad time to bet against the United States of America. And that remains the case as we open the page on 2014.

 

The Safe Way to Invest in Municipal Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 21, 2013

Detroit's recent bankruptcy serves as a reminder of the potential risks in the municipal-bond market. Here are two strategies to insulate your fixed-income portfolio and build wealth over the long haul.

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