Inflation is the killer problem. Subtract 3% inflation from the raw yield and things don't look nearly so good.There's lots of ways to skin that cat, but over the past couple of years I've come to like preferred stocks for my fixed income asset class.Plenty of good info here: http://www.preferredstockinvesting.com . And his book is under $25--well worth it, IMHO.One nice thing about preferreds is that they sell for around 25 and they are much more liquid than bonds, so you can easily get a well-diversified portfolio at much lower cost than bonds. Plus you don't have the costs & disadvantages of a bond fund.
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