BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Between renewed hopes for QE3 and the bond moves that the ECB is planning across the pond this week, central banks are hard at work holding interest rates below the level of inflation right now. For income-focused investors, that's a very bad thing.The current environment has been difficult to traverse for income seekers. Low-risk fixed income investments just don't offer palatable returns anymore, as the piling-in of other investors spiked prices of treasuries and corporate debt, smashing yields to the floor. And if this past week's headlines are any indication, that low-rate/high-inflation scenario isn't changing anytime soon.
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