How to Find High Yields in Today's Market (2023)

Late to address the inflation challenge, the Federal Reserve Board has made up for lost time by jacking up the federal funds rate (the rate banks charge each other for overnight loans) by 4.75 percentage points since March 2022.

The rate hikes have not yet slain the inflation bogeyman — but did succeed in crushing stock and bond markets in 2022. Now the Fed must also weigh the risks of a banking crisis and possible recession in determining its path forward. If there is one silver lining from the dramatic tightening of monetary policy, it is that much-higher rates have produced some attractive yields for investors in bonds and some other asset classes. “Investors have opportunities in all kinds of income-producing categories that they haven’t had for 15 years,” says Andy Kapyrin, co-chief investment officer of CI RegentAtlantic Private Wealth (opens in new tab).

Yields are respectable again in Treasury securities and high-grade corporate IOUs and much plumper in riskier high-yield bonds. Weaker stock prices and increases in dividend distributions have created opportunities in stocks and energy-infrastructure businesses, with the additional advantage of providing some protection against rising consumer prices. As a result of jumpy markets, shares of many closed-end funds and business development companies (a new category in this year’s income survey) are selling at significant discounts to the value of the assets in their portfolios. This guide will help you find attractive income-producing investments in nine different categories, ranging from low-risk, ordinary securities to rather complex, high-risk offerings with the potential for high returns. Although yields and risk typically move higher in lockstep, that’s not always the case this year, and we’ve listed investments roughly in order of ascending risk.

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Before you reach for some handsome yields, though, keep a few considerations in mind. You should have a financial plan that targets long-term portfolio allocations. Everyone’s financial picture is unique, but generally speaking, you should ensure that you have enough cash or cash equivalents on hand to cover a minimum of six months’ worth of living expenses before you invest in high-risk/high-return assets. Prices, yields and other data are through March 31, unless otherwise noted. Be aware that as interest rates jump around, yields on bond funds are a fast-moving target.

The Best Options For High Yields

5% Short-Term Accounts

Yields on short-term, fixed-income accounts and securities take their cue from Fed policy, and that is resulting in some attractive yields for cash and other short-term liquid assets. “Instruments with little risk finally are offering respectable yields,” says Kapyrin. After years of famine, investors now have some tasty yields to feast on.

THE RISKS: Rates are unusually volatile this year, which means that when short-term investments mature, it’s hard to know what yields will be on offer. Safe cash equivalents are required for emergency reserves and to meet near-term liabilities, such as taxes and tuition payments. But particularly in this era of high (and unpredictable) inflation, excessive cash balances are a drag on purchasing power.

HOW TO INVEST: The stunningly rapid rise of interest rates has created some distortions. For example, even with 4%-to-5% yields available today in low-risk assets, many banks are still paying customers less than 1% on their deposits. “People who have their money in banks are asleep,” says Lew Altfest, chief investment officer of Altfest Personal Wealth Management (opens in new tab).

  • Money market mutual funds trade daily, which can be important for liquidity, and funds such as VANGUARD FEDERAL MONEY MARKET (VMFXX, YIELD 4.8%) offer attractive yields.
  • An FDIC-insured certificate of deposit from online savings bank MARCUS BY GOLDMAN SACHS pays 5.1% on a 10-month deposit with a $500 minimum balance.
  • Treasury bills, which are free from state and local taxes, have a substantial advantage over CDs and other interest-bearing assets in taxable accounts, in high-tax states such as New York and California, notes Kapyrin. One short-term Treasury exchange-traded fund he uses in client accounts is GOLDMAN SACHS ACCESS TREASURY 0-1 YR (GBIL, $100, 4.5%). ISHARES 1-3 YEAR TREASURY BOND (SHY, $82, 4.6%) also holds a basket of Treasuries, but its higher duration (a measure of interest-rate sensitivity) puts it more at risk if rates keep rising (rates and prices move in opposite directions). Default is not a risk with these funds, but you can lose money in either because net asset values fluctuate daily with changes in bond prices.

4-5% Municipal Bonds

Issued by U.S. states and local governments, muni bonds pay interest that is free from federal taxes — and for bonds issued in your state of residence free from state and local taxes as well. High-quality, investment-grade munis (you can also find riskier, high-yield munis) tend to perform well in a recession and, like Treasuries, can benefit from a flight to securities seen as safe havens in turbulent bond markets, such as we have experienced in 2023.

THE RISKS: Since muni bond prices have moved higher in sympathy with Treasuries, munis are not a screaming value today. “You really need to be in the highest tax brackets in high-tax states for munis to make sense,” says Kapyrin. However, thanks in part to bountiful COVID-related relief, municipal government finances are generally sound and, like Treasuries, the asset class can play a useful diversifying role in a portfolio.

HOW TO INVEST: To calculate and compare the tax-equivalent yield of a muni to a Treasury or other taxable bond, simply divide the yield by 1 minus your federal income tax bracket.

For example, for someone in the 24% tax bracket, the tax-equivalent yield of a muni bond yielding 3% is 3.95% (3%/1–0.24). You can gain exposure to well-diversified baskets of investment-grade muni bonds by investing in a national muni fund.

  • Actively managed VANGUARD INTERMEDIATE-TERM TAX-EXEMPT (VWITX, 3.2%) holds 12,400 bonds, 90% of which are rated A or higher, and has a duration of 4.8, which implies a loss of approximately 4.8% if yields move up by one percentage point. For a taxpayer in the 24% federal bracket, the tax-equivalent yield is 4.2%, or 5.1% for someone in the highest federal bracket of 37%.
  • You can do slightly better on yield with VANGUARD TAX-EXEMPT BOND (VTEB, 3.3%), which has a rock-bottom expense ratio of 0.05% but comes with a higher duration of 5.9. The tax-equivalent yield is 4.3% for investors in the 24% bracket, or 5.2% for those in the 37% bracket.
  • Mary Ellen Stanek, president of Baird Funds (opens in new tab), notes that the farther out on the yield curve you go, the more attractive munis start to look compared with taxable bonds. For example, a five-year muni’s yield is less than two-thirds that of a Treasury of the same maturity but 92% the yield of a 30-year Treasury.
  • FIDELITY MUNICIPAL INCOME (FHIGX, 3.4%) has a duration of 7.4 and tax-equivalent yields of 4.5% and 5.4% for taxpayers in the 24% and 37% brackets, respectively. The fund is heavily weighted toward revenue bonds (as opposed to general obligation issues), which are supported by specific projects — in this case, mostly in the healthcare and transportation sectors. The two largest state exposures are Illinois and Pennsylvania.

4-5% Investment-Grade Bonds

The core of a typical fixed-income portfolio comprises investment-grade bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, government agencies (mortgage-backed securities, for instance) and corporations. Prior to 2022, when interest rates surged, these assets offered little income. That has changed dramatically over the course of the past year.

“Investment-grade bonds are a compelling asset class today and have restored their ability to diversify portfolios,” says David Albrycht, chief investment officer of Newfleet Asset Management (opens in new tab). In short, bonds are back.

THE RISKS: Last year was one of the worst years for bonds in history, owing to those surging rates. The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond index, which tracks intermediate-term investment-grade paper, slumped 13% in 2022. But that was then. One new risk is that some investors are so shellshocked from losing money on high-grade bonds in that dreadful year that they don’t take advantage of today’s much higher yields (and lower risk due to the interest rate starting point).

HOW TO INVEST: One thing that excites Kapryin is that investors can again earn positive real yields (the yield minus the inflation rate) on Treasuries and corporate bonds after losing money on an inflation-adjusted basis in 2021 and 2022. For example, he notes that real yields on intermediate-term corporate bonds are 2% to 3%. “After inflation, you’re talking about a yield that is back to normal,” he says.

  • FPA NEW INCOME (FPNIX, 4.1% as of February 28) has a sterling record of risk management and protecting shareholders’ capital. Abhijeet Patwardhan (opens in new tab), the manager, says he has been extending the duration of the portfolio (roughly 2, currently) over the past 18 months with the increase in interest rates. He’s particularly fond of structured products, such as mortgage- and asset-backed securities, which, unlike most corporate bonds, are secured by the asset in which you’re investing. “We find that you can get better yields than on Treasuries or corporate bonds of comparable maturities,” he says.
  • Securitized asset-backed products are the stock-in-trade of Jeffrey Gundlach’s DOUBLELINE TOTAL RETURN BOND (DLTNX, 4.9% as of February 28). Jeffrey Sherman, DoubleLine (opens in new tab)’s deputy chief investment officer, says the fund has extended its average duration from 4 at the start of 2022 to 6.3, the longest in the fund’s history. “You get paid to take risk now,” he says. Sherman notes that Total Return has also upgraded the portfolio’s credit quality by moving more into government-guaranteed assets, such as agency mortgage-backed securities.
  • For something more diversified, consider BAIRD AGGREGATE BOND (BAGSX, 3.9%). Piloted by Baird’s co-chief investment officers, Stanek and Warren Pierson, this intermediate-term fund (its duration is 6.3) invests in government and corporate debt along with asset-backed securities. The fund is a recent addition to the Kiplinger 25, the list of our favorite no-load, actively managed funds.

7%–10% High-yield Bonds

High-yield “junk” bonds are issued by firms with below-investment-grade ratings. For lending to these riskier businesses, investors are compensated with higher yields than investment-grade bonds offer (the current yield of a widely used high-yield bond index is nearly 9%). Junk bonds move more in sync with stocks than Treasuries and most likely merit only a limited portion of your fixed-income allocation.

THE RISKS: The risk of default is normally the chief concern, and defaults historically have surged during recessions. But junk-bond fund managers are sanguine that even if a recession arrives, the default rate will rise to maybe only 4% this time instead of the historical average of 8% or higher. “The bad companies got washed out during COVID, and the fair-to-good companies were able to refinance and lock in low-interest rates and extend maturities,” says Dave Breazzano, portfolio manager and head of Polen Capital (opens in new tab)’s high-yield team. The share of BB-rated companies, the highest rung of junk bonds, is nearly the largest it has ever been and includes many “fallen angels” (former investment-grade corporations that were downgraded to junk), such as Ford and Occidental Petroleum.

HOW TO INVEST: High-yield managers calculate that even if defaults rise to 3% or 4% and recovery rates on the debts are only 40%, they can still generate a positive return.

That is because yields are relatively high, and the average junk bond sells at only 88 cents on the dollar. “Bonds are trading at discounts even if they are issued by fundamentally solid companies,” says Breazzano.

  • Of course, it also helps if you have a seasoned risk manager like Carl Kaufman, who has steered OSTERWEIS STRATEGIC INCOME (OSTIX, 7.3%) since 2002. Kaufman says the fund’s duration is 2.5, compared with 4.1 for the high-yield market overall, and that he is avoiding cyclical commodities businesses whose fortunes tend to rise and fall with the economy. Instead, he’s searching for companies that have pricing power and a strong competitive position. “We’re looking for business models that don’t depend on the economy being super strong and whose managements understand the importance of a strong balance sheet in times of stress,” he says.
  • PGIM HIGH YIELD (PHYZX, 9.9%) makes the most of an army of 50 credit analysts, many of them focused on specific industries, according to Robert Cignarella, head of U.S. high yield at PGIM Fixed Income (opens in new tab) (PGIM is the asset-management division of Prudential Financial). Cignarella says the fund (duration: 3.8) has an overweight position in the bonds of housing and building-product firms because there is a serious housing shortage. He also likes electric-power generators due to strong pricing power and underinvestment in power that will need to be addressed to fuel the electrification of the country’s auto fleet.
  • For something slightly tamer, consider VANGUARD HIGH-YIELD CORPORATE (VWEHX, 7%), which focuses on higher-rated junk bonds. A member of the Kiplinger 25, the fund holds a basket of nearly 800 bonds, more than 80% rated B or BB. The fund has a duration of 3.9.

4%–7% Dividend Stocks

Stocks that pay dividends play an important income role in a diversified portfolio. Unlike fixed-income investments such as Treasuries and corporate bonds, healthy corporations can boost dividend distributions annually, which is a potent method to maintain purchasing power in an inflationary environment such as we have today.

THE RISKS: Stocks tend to be much more volatile than high-grade bonds. Very high yields on stocks can be an indication of poor growth prospects or a business in distress. “Don’t go for the highest-yielding securities, because they will be challenged,” says Altfest. Instead, look for dividend growth stocks, which Simeon Hyman, global investment strategist at ProShares (opens in new tab), calls “an elegant proof of quality.”

HOW TO INVEST: Not surprisingly, some bargains have emerged in banks and other financial institutions in the wake of some recent highly publicized bank failures. “We’re in an environment where people shoot first and ask questions later,” says John Buckingham, editor of The Prudent Speculator (opens in new tab).

  • He spots value in FIFTH THIRD BANCORP (FITB, $27, 5.0%), a conservatively managed Midwest bank with low levels of uninsured deposits and virtually no held to-maturity securities on its balance sheet (both issues helped to topple Silicon Valley and Signature banks).
  • The portfolio managers at Tweedy, Browne (opens in new tab) — dyed-in-the-wool value investors — also see bargains in the sector. They like TRUIST FINANCIAL (TFC, $34, 6.1%), a Charlotte, N.C.–based super-regional bank, for its strong footprint in the buoyant Southeast economy and diversified earnings stream. Jay Hatfield, chief executive of Infrastructure Capital Management (opens in new tab), fancies PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL (PRU, $83, 6.1%), a large, diversified insurance company that sells products such as life insurance and annuities. “It’s getting dragged down with banking stocks, even though it’s not a bank and its fundamentals are good-to-great,” he says.
  • VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS (VZ, $39, 6.8%), the largest wireless carrier, offers a juicy yield and sells at just eight times estimated earnings. It’s a member of the Kiplinger Dividend 15, our favorite dividend stocks. If you prefer to invest in a diversified basket of dividend stocks, consider SCHWAB US DIVIDEND EQUITY (SCHD, $73, 3.5%), an exchange-traded fund (and a member of the Kiplinger ETF 20) that holds 100 stocks (top positions include Abbvie and PepsiCo) and has a stellar track record of boosting dividends each year.
  • Finally, consider overseas stocks, which offer significantly higher yields than do their counterparts at home, according to Tweedy, Browne’s Robert Wyckoff. One of Tweedy’s picks is DEUTSCHE POST (DPSGY, $47, 4.1%), which owns DHL, one of the top parcel-shipping and third-party logistics outfits worldwide. For a diversified foreign portfolio, the U.S. Schwab fund has a cousin, SCHWAB INTERNATIONAL DIVIDEND EQUITY (SCHY, $24, 4.4%). Top holdings include Unilever and Deutsche Post.

3%–7% Real Estate Investments

Because REITs are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income each year, they offer relatively high yields. The best REITs can also offer good protection against inflation because operators are able to raise rents as leases expire.
THE RISKS: REITs are vulnerable to rising interest rates. Higher rates can stress property borrowers as well as lead to higher yields for bonds, which some investors see as yield competition for REITs. In addition, the rise of remote and hybrid work is hammering demand for urban office space.

HOW TO INVEST: REITs are a diverse industry, and portfolio managers find many of the best values in niches or sectors with strong, long-term growth drivers. For instance, a shortage of single-family homes combined with high mortgage rates and poor affordability is a boon for the housing rental market.

  • This setup drew Jeff Kolitch, manager of Baron Real Estate Income (opens in new tab), to INVITATION HOMES (INVH, $31, 3.4%), the largest owner and operator of single-family rental homes in the country, with more than 80,000 units. Kolitch also likes the economics of self-storage REITs, which tend to be recession resistant and have high cash flows, low capital spending needs and “sticky” tenants with short leases. EXTRA SPACE STORAGE (EXR, $163, 4.1%) is an example.
  • Healthcare facilities are benefiting from the aging of society and a steady increase in health spending. Accordingly, Kolitch recommends WELLTOWER (WELL, $72, 3.4%), which operates outpatient medical facilities and senior housing, a strong growth sector. Mathew Kirschner, a U.S. real estate portfolio manager at Cohen & Steers (opens in new tab), is attracted to HEALTHCARE REALTY TRUST (HR, $19, 6.6%), which owns and operates medical offices, most of which are affiliated with hospital systems.
  • Industrial REITs are similarly benefiting from robust, long-term demand drivers. “Warehouse space is perhaps the most compelling category of commercial real estate, as consumers and businesses seek faster and faster delivery of goods,” says Kolitch. He particularly favors EASTGROUP PROPERTIES (EGP, $165, 3.1%) for its focus on fast-growing 4%–11% | CLOSED-END FUNDS Sunbelt states, including Texas and Florida.
  • Finally, despite growing worries about a potential recession, some fund managers, including Infrastructure Capital Management’s Hatfield, are fond of SIMON PROPERTIES (SPG, $112, 6.7%), the nation’s largest shopping-mall owner. “The notion that the mall is dead is incorrect,” says Hatfield. “People do not want to be at home all day — particularly if they worked all day at home.”

6%-10% Midstream Energy Infrastructure

Midstream companies process, store and transport oil and natural gas around the country through pipelines. They are positioned between upstream companies (energy producers) and downstream firms, which produce finished goods such as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Operating as a kind of toll road, pipelines have several advantages. For political and regulatory reasons, it’s very difficult to build a new pipeline today, and that shelters the incumbents from new competition, says Simon Lack, comanager of Catalyst Energy Infrastructure Fund. In addition, pipeline operators can pass on higher costs to customers because long-term contracts typically contain inflation escalators. Finally, the U.S. is a competitive producer of natural gas and is boosting output and exports to places such as Europe and China.

THE RISKS: The main risk is a recession, which would depress energy consumption and thus shrink the volumes moved through energy infrastructure.

HOW TO INVEST: Yields average 6% to 7% in the sector, but Lack notes that free-cash-flow yields (free cash flow per share divided by share price) are nearly double that, and he projects that those flows will grow in the mid-single-digit percentages this year. Both corporations and master limited partnerships operate in the sector. Yields tend to be higher for MLPs, which typically distribute most of their income each year and issue K-1 forms to limited partners, which can be a nuisance at tax time.

  • Dan Genter, president of RNC Genter Capital Management, likes ENBRIDGE (ENB, $38, 6.9%), a conservatively run Canadian energy infrastructure giant that moves about 30% of the crude oil produced in North America and 20% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. Lack is drawn to outfits with strong natural gas franchises, including WILLIAMS COMPANIES (WMB, $30, 6.1%), which operates an “irreplaceable” pipeline network and, like Enbridge, is registered as a corporation. For a higher yield, consider ENERGY TRANSFER LP (ET, $12, 9.8%), an MLP that is constructing a large LNG export facility in Lake Charles, La., that will convert natural gas to LNG for shipment overseas.
  • For a basket of energy-infrastructure businesses, consider PACER AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE (USAI, $26, 5.5%) or Lack’s actively managed CATALYST ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE (MLXIX, 7.3%). Both funds hold American and Canadian stocks and, by keeping the MLP weighting to less than 25%, avoid the need to issue K-1s.

4%-11% Closed-End Funds

Closed-end funds list (and are traded) on an exchange, raise capital through an initial public offering, then invest the money in stocks, bonds and other financial assets. A closed-end fund’s share price fluctuates according to investor demand and frequently trades at a discount or premium to the per-share value of the fund’s underlying assets, or net asset value.

THE RISKS: Most closed-end funds use borrowed money, or leverage, to purchase portfolio assets. Leverage is a double-edged sword, augmenting price returns in bull markets but amplifying losses in NAV when markets decline. Additionally, when interest rates rise—as they have over the past year — fund borrowing costs increase.

HOW TO INVEST: Roughly one-third of closed-end funds invest in municipal bonds, one-third invest in taxable bonds, and one-third invest in stocks. Steve O’Neill, a portfolio manager at RiverNorth Capital Management (opens in new tab), says wide discounts have emerged due to market volatility in stocks and bonds. “It’s a very good time to be hunting in the closed-end fund market,” he says.

  • Munis have always been a staple of the industry because leverage can pump up tax-free yields. Because high-grade munis are low-risk assets, fund managers can apply more leverage than they can with volatile asset classes, such as stocks, O’Neill says, adding that unusually large discounts have created attractive opportunities.
  • John Cole Scott, chief investment officer of Closed-End Fund Advisors (opens in new tab), recommends NUVEEN QUALITY MUNICIPAL INCOME (NAD, $12, 4.1%), which trades at a 13% discount to NAV (that is, 87 cents for a dollar of assets) and has a 39% leverage ratio (borrowed money as a percentage of assets). The tax equivalent yield for someone in the 24% federal bracket is 5.4%. Nuveen is one of the largest and oldest managers of muni bond funds.
  • Higher yields are on offer in taxable high-yield funds. Scott likes ARES DYNAMIC CREDIT ALLOCATION (ARDC, $12, 10.8%), which sells at a 13% discount and employs 35% leverage. The fund holds principally high-yield bonds and bank loans, with top issuers including Uber, MGM Resorts and American Airlines.
  • If you like the idea of buying a dollar of assets at a steep discount but want to avoid the risk of leverage, Scott suggests ABRDN GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE INCOME (ASGI, $18, 8.0%), which has no leverage, trades at a 15% discount to NAV and holds a global portfolio of infrastructure-related stocks, an asset class that tends to perform well in inflationary environments.

11%–12% Business Development Companies

BDCs were created in the 1980s by Congress with a mandate to help finance small and midsize private firms that are typically too small to access bank funding. BDCs are like closed-end funds in that they raise a pool of capital and list on a stock exchange (there are also many unlisted BDCs); they borrow money to leverage portfolios; and they can trade at a premium or discount to net asset value, which is reappraised quarterly. As with REITs, BDCs are pass-through entities required to distribute at least 90% of taxable income each year. Because this is ordinary income (that is, not qualified dividend income eligible for lower tax rates), tax-deferred retirement accounts are a natural home for the assets.

Most BDC loans to small private firms are secured, first- or second-lien variable-rate loans of $25 million or less, with interest rates that are adjusted upward when lending rates rise. Hence, BDCs offer juicy yields in today’s high-rate environment. “BDCs are one of the few ways for non-institutional investors to access private credit,” says Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed-income ETF portfolio management at VanEck. Investors buy them for income, not for growth.
THE RISKS: Because these are private high-yield loans with a risk of default (particularly during a recession), they are not for the faint of heart. Leverage increases the volatility of BDC prices.

HOW TO INVEST: Due to the inherent risk of leveraged, floating-rate private credit, RiverNorth’s O’Neill recommends sticking with large, diversified and seasoned BDCs.

  • Alex Seleznev, director of wealth management and financial planning at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (opens in new tab), is comfortable holding ARES CAPITAL (ARCC, $18, 10.5%). It’s the largest firm in the business, with a $22 billion portfolio of several hundred loans with broad geographic and industry diversification. Ares trades at a 1% discount to NAV and has a leverage ratio of 55%, which is about average.
  • Scott, of Closed-End Fund Advisors, recommends CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP. (CSWC, $18, 11.9%), the oldest BDC, and OWL ROCK CAPITAL (ORCC, $13, 10.5%). Both have leverage ratios of just over 50% and predominantly hold senior secured loans. Capital sells at a 9% premium to NAV; Owl Rock, a 16% discount.
  • Invest in a basket of BDCs with VANECK BDC INCOME (BIZD, $15, 10.8%). The ETF tracks a market-weighted, concentrated BDC index — the top three holdings, which include Ares and Owl Rock, account for 45% of assets. ■

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Is a 6% rate of return good? ›

Generally speaking, if you're estimating how much your stock-market investment will return over time, we suggest using an average annual return of 6% and understanding that you'll experience down years as well as up years.

How to grow 500K? ›

The Best Ways To Invest $500K Right Now
  1. Stocks & ETFs. One of the most common ways to start investing is to build a portfolio of various stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ...
  2. Work With a Financial Advisor. ...
  3. Real Estate. ...
  4. Mutual Funds. ...
  5. Use a Robo-Advisor. ...
  6. Invest in a Business. ...
  7. Alternative Investments. ...
  8. Fixed-Income Investments.
Apr 6, 2023

What is the safest investment for $1 million dollars? ›

Generally, bonds are a safer way of investing money because they are backed by the government. There are different types of bonds such as corporate bonds, municipal bonds, and treasury bonds that you can invest in. Being that they are a safer way to invest, the interest rates are not usually that high.

Where is the safest place to put my money right now? ›

As it relates to personal finance, a combination of FDIC-insured checking accounts, money market accounts, bond ETFs, and treasury bills could offer both higher interest rates and more financial security than putting everything in just one of those options.

What is the safest way to invest $1 million dollars? ›

For example, bonds and real estate projects are the safest methods for investing $1 million dollars. Bonds are undoubtedly one of the preferred ways for investors just starting since they represent a minimum risk of loss, ensuring a return equal to the initial investment. They also provide earnings through interest.

How do I get a 10% return guaranteed? ›

How do I get a 10% return? There is no guaranteed way to get a return of precisely ten percent. However, you can invest in stocks or mutual funds that have the potential to provide you with a higher return. Remember that risk is always involved when investing in the stock market.

How to double 20k fast? ›

The Best Ways To Double $20,000
  1. Invest In Real Estate. One of the best ways to double 20,000 dollars is to invest in income-generating real estate. ...
  2. Start An Online Business. ...
  3. Invest In Stocks & ETFs. ...
  4. Invest In Small Businesses. ...
  5. Start A Service-Based Business. ...
  6. Try Crypto Investing. ...
  7. Retail Arbitrage. ...
  8. Lend Out Your Money.
Mar 2, 2023

Is 20k in savings good? ›

Is $20,000 a Good Amount of Savings? Having $20,000 in a savings account is a good starting point if you want to create a sizable emergency fund. When the occasional rainy day comes along, you'll be financially prepared for it. Of course, $20,000 may only go so far if you find yourself in an extreme situation.

How to turn $1,000 into $10,000 in a month? ›

The Best Ways To Turn $1,000 Into $10,000
  1. Retail Arbitrage. Have you ever bought something and then resold it for a profit? ...
  2. Invest In Real Estate. ...
  3. Invest In Stocks & ETFs. ...
  4. Start A Side Hustle. ...
  5. Start An Online Business. ...
  6. Invest In Small Businesses. ...
  7. Invest In Alternative Assets. ...
  8. Learn A New Skill.
Mar 6, 2023

How to invest $5,000 dollars for quick return? ›

What is the best way to invest $5,000?
  1. Invest in individual stocks.
  2. Invest in mutual funds or ETFs.
  3. Try real estate investing for rental income.
  4. Consider low-risk bonds.
  5. Leverage robo-advisors for hands-off investing.
  6. Open a CD for steady returns.
  7. Put a little into cryptocurrency for high potential returns.
Mar 29, 2023

What stocks to invest in to make money fast? ›

Fresh Money Buy List
  • Walt Disney (DIS)
  • Humana (HUM)
  • IQvia Holdings (IQV)
  • Las Vegas Sands (LVS)
  • LyondellBasell Industries (LYB)
  • Microsoft (MSFT)
  • NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE)
  • Procter & Gamble (PG)
Sep 1, 2019

What investment is 100% safe? ›

What are the safest types of investments? U.S. Treasury securities, money market mutual funds and high-yield savings accounts are considered by most experts to be the safest types of investments available.

Which is the riskiest of all investments? ›

The Bottom Line

Equities and real estate generally subject investors to more risks than do bonds and money markets. They also provide the chance for better returns, requiring investors to perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine where their money is best held.

Why is my 401k losing money right now? ›

Your 401(k) will make money or lose money based on the strength of the stocks and mutual funds in which you invest. Your balance is likely to drop when the market drops, depending on what funds you've chosen. Since investments are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

How much money do I need to invest to make $3000 a month? ›

According to FIRE, your portfolio should cover 25 times your annual expenses. Then, if you withdraw 4% of your portfolio every year, your portfolio will continue to grow and won't be compromised. We can apply this formula to the goal of making $3,000 a month like this: $3,000 x 12 months x 25 years = $900,000.

What is the ROI 1% rule? ›

What Is The 1% Rule In Real Estate? The 1% rule of real estate investing measures the price of the investment property against the gross income it will generate. For a potential investment to pass the 1% rule, its monthly rent must be equal to or no less than 1% of the purchase price.

Is 13% a good ROI? ›

What Is a Good ROI? According to conventional wisdom, an annual ROI of approximately 7% or greater is considered a good ROI for an investment in stocks. This is also about the average annual return of the S&P 500, accounting for inflation.

Where can I get 7% interest on my money? ›

7% interest isn't something banks offer in the US, but one credit union, Landmark CU, pays 7.50% interest, though there are major requirements and stipulations.

Which bank gives 7% interest on savings account? ›

Jana Small Finance Banks

Jana Small Finance Bank offers interest rates between 4.50% to 7% on various amounts. The interest rates with the are provided below, effective as of November 15, 2022. Interest is based on the day-end balances in the savings account. Interest is paid or credited to savings accounts quarterly.

Which bank gives 6% interest in savings account? ›

Mango Money pays up to 6% APY on the Mango Savings account. To start, you must open a Mango Card, a prepaid debit card. You don't need a credit check, and there's no activation fee; plus, all cardholders can open a savings account with a $25 deposit. You can earn up to 6% APY on balances of $25 to $2,500.

Should I buy bonds when inflation is high? ›

Buying inflation bonds, or I Bonds, is an attractive option for investors looking for a direct hedge against inflation. These Treasury bonds earn monthly interest that combines a fixed rate and the rate of inflation, which is adjusted twice a year. So, yields go up as inflation goes up.

What is the outlook for high-yield bonds 2023? ›

Bond yields are likely to remain relatively high at least through the first half of 2023. Higher yields enable bonds to once again play their historical role as sources of reliable, low-risk income for investors who buy and hold them to maturity.

Do bond prices go up when yields go down? ›

Rising bond prices work against existing bond holders because of the inverse relationship between bond yields and bond prices. When yields rise, prices of current bond issues fall.

What percentage of a portfolio should be in high-yield bonds? ›

Meketa Investment Group recommends that most diversified long-term pools consider allocating to high yield bonds, and if they do so, between five and ten percent of total assets in favorable markets, and maintaining a toehold investment even in adverse environments to permit rapid re-allocation should valuations shift.

What is the highest paying government bond? ›

If you're eyeing ways to fight swelling prices, Series I bonds, an inflation-protected and nearly risk-free asset, may now be even more appealing. I bonds are paying a 9.62% annual rate through October 2022, the highest yield since being introduced in 1998, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Monday.

How risky are high-yield bonds? ›

What are the risks? Compared to investment grade corporate and sovereign bonds, high yield bonds are more volatile with higher default risk among underlying issuers. In times of economic stress, defaults may spike, making the asset class more sensitive to the economic outlook than other sectors of the bond market.

How to invest in high-yield bonds? ›

How can you invest in high-yield corporate bonds? You can invest directly in high-yield corporate bonds by buying them from broker-dealers. Alternatively, you can invest in these high-yield bonds indirectly by buying shares in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (etFs) with a high-yield bond focus.

Who has the best bond rates? ›

Top bonds to buy
Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund(NASDAQ:VSCSX)5.2%
Guggenheim Total Return Bond Fund(NASDAQ:GIBIX)5.1%
Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund(NASDAQ:BNDX)3.1%
Fidelity Short-Term Bond Fund(NASDAQ:FSHBX)4.3%
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Mar 30, 2023

What is the average return on AAA bonds? ›

US Corporate AAA Effective Yield is at 4.21%, compared to 4.28% the previous market day and 3.65% last year. This is higher than the long term average of 4.03%.

Is high-yield a good investment? ›

High yield bonds are not intrinsically good or bad investments. Generally, a high yield bond is defined as a bond with a credit rating below investment grade; for example, below S&P's BBB. The bonds' higher yield is compensation for the greater risk associated with a lower credit rating.

Where to invest to get high returns? ›

Top 10 Best Investment Plans in India to get The Highest Returns
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How can I double $10 K fast? ›

How to Double $10k Quickly
  1. Invest in Penny Stocks.
  2. Play the Stock Market.
  3. Invest in Cryptocurrency.
  4. Start a Business.
  5. Do Odd Jobs.
  6. Summary.
Oct 31, 2022

How to invest $1,000 dollars and double it? ›

How to Invest $1000: 7 Smart Ways to Grow $1K in 2023
  1. Deal with debt.
  2. Invest in Low-Cost ETFs.
  3. Invest in stocks with fractional shares.
  4. Build a portfolio with a robo-advisor.
  5. Contribute to a 401(k)
  6. Contribute to a Roth IRA.
  7. Invest in your future self.
Jan 29, 2023

Is 6% a good yield? ›

Rental yield is the percentage return you'll get on your investment into the property. A low yield means you won't make a great return (and your money is better spent elsewhere), while a higher yield above 6% suggests a good investment.

When to invest in high-yield? ›

High-yield bonds tend to perform best when growth trends are favorable, investors are confident, defaults are low or falling, and yield spreads provide room for added appreciation.

How much should I have in high-yield savings? ›

Stampf recommends keeping six to 12 months' worth of expenses in a high-yield savings account for easy access to cash in case of an emergency and saving for larger expenses that are are coming in the short term, like buying a home.

How to invest $100 000 safely? ›

Best Investments for Your $100,000
  1. Index Funds, Mutual Funds and ETFs. If you're looking to invest, there are a lot of options. ...
  2. Individual Company Stocks. ...
  3. Real Estate. ...
  4. Savings Accounts, MMAs and CDs. ...
  5. Pay Down Your Debt. ...
  6. Create an Emergency Fund. ...
  7. Account for the Capital Gains Tax. ...
  8. Employ Diversification in Your Portfolio.
Apr 19, 2023


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