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Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: How to invest for income when bonds pay pennies on the dollar

Investors these days have to learn how to drink from a fire hose of market data. From gold prices to key stock indexes to the unemployment rate, different metrics often say different things about Wall Street and how our investment portfolios are faring.

For instance, if you’re measuring your investment performance against the popular S&P 500 SPX, +0.23% large-cap index alone, 2019 is one heck of a year. The benchmark is up about 16% year-to-date, with some of its larger components gaining even more.

In truth, not everyone is “all in” on stocks right now. For income-oriented investors looking for yield, the story isn’t quite so pleasant.

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