Wellesleys paying a 4.3% yield plus capital gains at the end of the year.
You could probably mix up a concoction of an intermediate term treasury fund, tips fund and high yield fund to produce something in the 5-5.5% range
Depends on your view of safety and safety horizon. An investment eking out a couple of percent over inflation isnt going to be terribly safe for the long haul. Grabbing for yield can be counterproductive.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.