Millions of Americans rely on income-producing investments to make ends meet. But with interest rates at historic lows and traditional low-risk vehicles paying rock-bottom returns, more and more investors are turning to obscure investments that promise much more income than you'll get from a bank CD right now.
But these vehicles come with their own particular quirks, and all are riskier than an FDIC-insured bank account.
Let's take a look at five investments you ought to know more about. While you shouldn't put all your money into any single one of them, as part of a diversified portfolio, each could have a role to play in helping you boost your income.
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