Finding a decent income stream in early 2010 was a difficult task for investors. After all, global stocks were still reeling from the aftershocks of what was arguably the worst global economic downturn and credit crisis since the 1930s.
To fight the crisis, global central banks slashed short-term interest rates to near zero in most developed markets and pushed down longer-term interest rates by purchasing government bonds and mortgage backed securities in a process known as "quantitative easing."
And that was only the beginning.
Governments around the world took extraordinary measures...
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