Income investing is hard when income seems scarce. Even the yield on the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index doesn’t seem all that high. As of 1-3-2018, the yield to worst on this index was 5.65%, well below the average of 9.12% for the 1987 through 2017 period. Even adjusting for inflation, that yield seems a little skimpy. Inflation—as measured by the year-on-year change in the consumer price index—averaged 2.6% for that time period, with the most recent reading for November 2017 coming in at 2.2%. It is no wonder that income-oriented investors are probably looking for alternative sources of income, and casting a more global net across multiple asset classes.