As the U.S. Federal Reserve moves toward ending its extremely accommodative policies, advisors must help their dividend- and income-focused clients navigate a low-yield environment while also protecting their portfolios against rising rates -- and capitalizing on returns when yields do start moving.

While bond prices will drop when interest rates rise, the increase in income can help offset falling prices. And yield-hungry investors should be able to mitigate losses and take advantage of opportunities through a well-diversified and broad range of income-producing and high-quality dividend-paying instruments.

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