Master Limited Partnerships

3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Retirement Income

A new report reveals the nation's dire state of retirement readiness -- and also how deflated so many people feel about their prospects. But don't just give up: Here are the three key areas where you can squeeze out more money to cover your retirement living expenses.

5 Obscure Investments to Boost Your Income

With interest rates at historic lows and traditional low-risk vehicles paying rock-bottom returns, more and more investors are turning to once-obscure investments that promise much more income than you'll get from a bank CD right now.

Why Dividend Hunters Have MLPs in Their Sights

The big attraction is tax-favored dividends. MLPs can be generous because they don't have to pay federal income taxes if they pay out most of their cash flow to shareholders. Many MLPs now annually pay in the 6% to 10% range. But, alas, they're not for everyone.

With Interest Rates So Low, What's an Investor to Do?

Interest rates are hovering near record lows, so investors looking for higher returns will have to look beyond interest-bearing assets like CDs and money-market funds. If low risk is a priority, consider two interesting options: utilities and oil pipeline partnerships.

ETFs at Midyear: Investments Keep Pouring In

The first half of 2010 has been anything but dull for exchange-traded fund investors. ETF assets in the U.S. decreased 0.4% to $772 billion as of June 30, but that actually indicates a serious inflow of cash: Equity markets, as measured by the S&P 500, fell 8.9% during the period.