In addition to providing income, dividend stocks often perform well in challenging environments, such as down markets and periods of rising interest rates.
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Broadly speaking, bonds have long offered a source of high-quality, lower-volatility income. Credit-oriented bonds, such as high yield and municipal bonds can help you get the most out of the lower yield, higher tax environment, while low-duration bonds can help protect your portfolio from rising interest rates.
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Combining ETFs that hold bonds, dividend stocks and alternative income sources, like real estate stocks, the iShares Morningstar Multi-Asset Income ETF (IYLD) can help you strike a prudent balance between income and risk.