Meet the income challenge: Broaden your horizons to boost income

Income seekers are increasingly looking beyond cash and government bonds to capitalise on the more attractive income opportunities that exist across global markets.

Investing in higher yielding assets – such as dividend-paying stocks, corporate bonds and emerging market debt – can provide an attractive income, even with interest rates so low. 

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“With interest rates likely to remain low for some time, it really matters where you invest your money”
Source: Barclays, BofA/Merrill Lynch, FTSE, Thomson Reuters Datastream, Tullett Prebon, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Euro corporate: Barclays Euro Aggregate Credit - Corporate; Converts: Barclays Global Convertibles; EM equity: MSCI EM; Global REITs: FTSE NAREIT Index; High yield: BofA/Merrill Lynch Developed Markets High Yield Constrained; EM debt: J.P. Morgan EMBI Global. Yields for the bond indices are yield to worst and dividend yields for the equity indices. Guide to the Markets - Europe. Data as of 31 Mar 2018. Past performance is not necessarily a reliable indicator for current and future performance.

It’s important to remember that markets are volatile and your capital, as well any income produced, can fall as well as rise. However, these risks can be managed through balanced investment options.

The key is to diversify across a broad range of attractive income opportunities and to invest for the long term so that you can lessen the impact of any short-term market volatility.  

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