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Income investors need to weigh up the sustainability of returns and risk level with the yield they desire


Portfolio manager, Morningstar Investment Management Europe

Income investing is thought to be enjoying a structural tailwind of popularity. This follows the mantra that cashflow is king, supported by the fourpronged demand from an increasing number of retirees, record low interest rates, lengthening life expectancies and the dwindling use of annuities.

Yet there remains significant conjecture in the industry about the best way to succeed in the pursuit of income. How best to provide income from financial products remains a healthy source of debate, with opinions varying from yield targeting through to far more flexible definitions incorporating a total return focus.

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