Income stocks are a tough asset to place right now. On the one hand they have provided steady income since the Crisis, but as rates have risen, they have started to be wounded by losses and their yields no longer look as promising. Only 25% of stocks in the S&P 500 have yields higher than the 10-year Treasury bond. But what about stocks that are still handily out-yielding bonds? The best places to look are in consumer staples (averaging 3.3% yields), real estate (3.4%), telecom (5.4%), and utilities (3.6%).
FINSUM: So you can still get some great yields, but the big risk at the moment is capital losses because of rising rates.