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Dec. 2--QUESTION: My investments are in equities and money markets. I am retired and need to produce more income from my investments.
I have been under the impression that one buys bonds when interest rates are high and the bond prices low.
With rates so low, I am fearful of putting money into that type of investment at this time. Am I wrong? And what type of investments would be appropriate at this time?
-- G.M., Hackensack
ANSWER: Many investors find themselves in your predicament. The dividend yield on the Standard & Poor's 500 has declined steadily over the last few years as companies have emphasized stock buybacks over the payment of dividends. …