Nathan Slaughter
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In case you didn't already know... it's a tough time to be an income investor.

Ten-year treasuries yield 2%, the average dividend stock in the S&P pays slightly more at 2.1%, and a savings account earns next to nothing.

But if you think that means that high-yield opportunities are in short supply, think again.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of high-yield plays hiding in the market that most investors simply don't know about. You just have to know where to look.

Take the energy sector for example.

When most people think of energy stocks, integrated oil and gas behemoths like Chevron (NYSE: CVX) usually come to mind.

But while Chevron's 3% yield is nothing to laugh at, don't think for a second that's the best you can do. In some industries, 3% might be the ceiling, but it's often just the floor in certain subsectors of the energy space.

The recent shale boom in the U.S., expanding economic output in the emerging markets, and fears over oil security in the Middle East have all stoked demand for everything from fracking fluids to LNG tankers.

Consequently, energy companies across the board are raking in record amounts of cash... and paying it back to investors in the form of dividends.

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Nathan Slaughter

Nathan Slaughter is Chief Investment Strategist of Market Advisor, Scarcity & Real Wealth, and Energy & Income at StreetAuthority.com.