Barron’s cover article this week is by Andrew Bary, on Income Winners, focusing on blue-chip stocks, electric utilities, MLPs, and to a lesser extent, REITs.
“It’s hard to make a case for two of the lowest-yielding parts of the bond market — Treasuries and mortgage securities — because yields are in the 1% to 3% area, and both sectors could be hit hard if rates rise. Perhaps the best that can be said for Treasuries is that they’re one of the few asset classes that are negatively correlated with stocks, meaning they tend to appreciate when stocks fall, and thus offer a hedge against a stock-market downdraft.”
The whole column is worth your time to read . . .
Barron’s JANUARY 5, 2013