Investment IdeasRisks to consider: Veolia's plan for improving its balance sheet involves asset sales, but finding buyers could prove challenging if Europe's economy weakens. Permian Basin Royalty Trust owns a finite amount of resources. As these are gradually depleted, distributions will decline and the trust will eventually cease to exist. Action to take: My top pick for conservative investors is Permian Basin Royalty Trust. The trust pays a generous distribution supported by high-quality, low risk assets. Southern Copper is slightly more risky, but a good choice for investors who want income and leverage to rising copper prices. Veolia is a much more risky pick. Earnings gains are contingent on restructuring, but Veolia offers the highest yield and upside potential. Lisa Springer does not personally hold positions in any securities mentioned in this article.
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