By Dr. Carla Pasternak
The fear gauge has seen wild swings lately. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, spiked 49% the day after Brexit became a reality. Two trading days later, it plunged 21%. Since then, volatility has been reverting to the norm, but the next volatility trigger could be just around the corner.
Gold and U.S. Treasuries are often seen as the first line of defense in an uncertain market, and both asset classes certainly have their place in an investment portfolio. But neither throw off much dividend income. For income investors looking to hedge their portfolios from market swings, the place to turn is a defensive high-yield sector, such as utilities.