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Preferred Stocks and Preferred Income Funds Offer High Yields

A preferred stock trades like a stock but offers income like a bond. Preferreds are attractive because their yields are usually higher than corporate bonds of similar credit ratings. And preferred dividends are taxed at a lower rate than corporate bonds. Like bonds, preferred stocks usually trade in a narrow price range, but they can experience significant prices declines.

You can find information about specific preferred stocks at QuatumOnline, a free site. Or check with your broker.

In addition to individual preferred stocks, you can invest in convenient closed-end funds and exchange-traded fund that feature preferred stocks.

Here is a sample of 7 preferred income closed-end funds.

Preferred Income CEFs
Price Quote & Dividend
1-Yr Price Chart
BlackRock Credit Allocation Income Trust IV 
Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Fund
Flaherty & Crumrine Preferred Income Opportunity Fund
John Hancock Preferred Income Fund
John Hancock Preferred Income Fund II
John Hancock Preferred Income Fund III
Nuveen Quality Preferred Income Fund 2
Price and dividend data from Quandl.

To inspect the performance of the Preferred Income CEFs portfolio, see the returns table and chart below. Portfolio values are computed using monthly closes for from Quandl.

All 7 are included in the portfolio computations. The current value of the portfolio assumes that $1,428.57 was invested (total of $10,000) in each at its closing weekly price for the current date in 2008.

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