When looking for more stability and higher yields, many investors are turning to preferred stocks. These securities have some characteristics of regular stocks but also have some characteristics of bonds. According to Barrons, they are currently paying higher yields than junk bonds at an approximate rate of 6 percent. Many of these stocks are issued…

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For those looking for conservative growth with higher yields than bank products, fixed annuities can be an attractive option. Fixed annuities are contracts with insurance companies that provide for tax-deferred interest payments that go into the contract owner’s account.   The term of a fixed deferred annuity can vary but it is typically between three…

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