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What Do the Bucket Portfolios Yield?

And what should you do if it's not enough to live on?

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Since I began putting together model "bucket" portfolios five years ago, the "income" question keeps popping up. Income, as in, "How much do these portfolios yield?"

The question is a logical one. After all, many retirees rely on their portfolios' income production to serve as their cash-flow generator in retirement, to help replace the income from their paychecks. It's also true that dividend income has contributed a huge share of the stock market's return over its history. For bond investors, the income they receive is by far the biggest percentage of their returns. There are lots of reasons to want your portfolio--retirement or otherwise--to generate income.

Christine Benz does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.