DEFINITION of 'Current Income'

The investment objective for a moderately conservative portfolio of securities or mutual funds that provides high dividend and annuity payments to satisfy an investor's steady income requirements.

BREAKING DOWN 'Current Income'

Current income portfolios are often created for individuals in their retirement years because steady income is needed for living expenses. Income garnered from a current income fund is derived from bond interest payments, dividends and annuity payments.

A current income portfolio is moderately conservative, as it often contains a large percentage of fixed-income securities, in addition to other assets such as blue-chip stocks and annuities. A current income portfolio can also include mutual funds within the same asset categories and strategies, such as a government bond fund and a dividend fund.

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