Dividends4Life: New Names For Retirement Income

New Names For Retirement Income

Posted by D4L | Monday, February 25, 2013 | | 0 comments »

As the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest-rate policy lumbers into its fifth year, retirees are growing desperate. If you need investment income to meet living expenses, bank deposits just don’t cut the mustard. Month after month, you’ll find yourself drawing down your balances, until — at some point — there will be nothing left. Fortunately, you don’t have to consign yourself to eating dog biscuits in old age. While it’s true that every asset other than T-bills or bank accounts carries an element of risk to your principal, you can protect yourself by spreading your bets among a variety of income sources.

Dividend-rich stocks like Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.B), Southern Co. (NYSE:SO) and Merck (NYSE:MRK) are one avenue. If you’re a retiree in your 50s or 60s, or an older person with a large net worth, you might reasonably allocate as much as half your portfolio to high-yielding equities. However, you shouldn’t stop there. With a smidgen of creativity, you can wring attractive yields out of certain types of corporate debt.

Source: InvestorPlace

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