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Tom Petruno

Contributing Writer
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Petruno, a former financial columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is an independent investor, writer and consultant. He lives in L.A.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2018

Earn up to 11% on Your Money

Since the Great Recession, many investors' portfolios have been a tale of feast and famine. Stocks have racked up hefty gains, while the lowest interest rates in a generation have meant paltry returns ...

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2018

35 Ways to Earn up to 11% on Your Money

We've got a range of opportnuties for your money to deliver yield, from low-risk money market funds to high-risk MLPs.

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2018

3 Ways to Earn 8% to 11% from Master Limited Partnerships

Pipeline companies pump profits from moving America's rising oil production.

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Mutual Funds
May 2018

3 Ways to Earn 5% to 9% from Closed-End Funds

The trick to these investments is to buy in when they trade below the underlying net asset value of their holdings.

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REITs
May 2018

5 Ways to Earn 4% to 9% from Real-Estate Investment Trusts

Real estate investment trusts had a great run. They're discounted now, and still hold promise.

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Dividends
May 2018

7 Ways to Earn 4% to 6% from Dividend-Paying Stocks

Exchange-traded funds that own preferred stocks and steady-Eddie telecoms and utilities can provide safe and reliable payouts.

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2018

4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 6% in High-Yield Bonds

A sense that the economic good times can't run on forever has pushed up yields.

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Foreign Stocks & Emerging Markets
May 2018

3 Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 5% in Foreign Bonds

With slow growth in Japan and Western Europe keeping rates there low, U.S. investors will need to look to emerging markets for real yield.

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2018

4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 4% in Investment-Grade Bonds

We've found low-cost funds that give you a wide range of these low-risk investments.

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Mutual Funds
May 2018

3 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 2% - 3% in Municipal Bonds

If you make a lot of money and live in a high-tax state, municipal bonds can be magic.

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Making Your Money Last
May 2018

3 Ways to Earn 1%-2% in Short-Term Accounts

As the Federal Reserve continues to raise rates, your cash is getting a better return. But inflation is still nibbling away.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2017

Stocks to Buy for 2018

If this bull market survives beyond August, it will be the longest-running bull ever. And yet, there's reason to believe it still has has some room left to run. One key factor: A modestly growing economy ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2017

18 Best Stocks to Buy for 2018

If this bull market survives beyond August, it will be the longest bull market ever. And yet, there's reason to believe it still has has some room left to run. One key factor: A modestly growing economy ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2017

Stocks to Sell for 2018

Recommending stocks to sell in a hot market is begging to be humbled. Even when a company disappoints investors, a “buy the dip” mentality can mean that any share-price decline will be short-lived. ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2017

8 Bargain Dividend Stocks in a Pricey Market

Value-oriented investors have faced slim pickings in the U.S. stock market for some time. After more than eight years of gains, few truly cheap stocks remain, at least as measured by price-earnings ratios ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2017

8 Cheap Stocks for a Pricey Market

In a market obsessed with sexy, fast-growing technology companies, a better long-term strategy may be to look for wallflowers. Wall Street's rally this year has been led by the tech world's most storied ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

7 Great America First Stocks to Own Under Trump

Since President Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November, Wall Street has been scrambling to identify businesses that have the most to gain under the new administration. The stock market’s broad ...

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