A beginner's guide to passive income

Smart ideas for making money with low-maintenance investments

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Making money without trying might sound too good to be true, but there are smart ways to do it. Unlike the "active" income you earn from, say, your 9-to-5 job, "passive" is a stream of cash that flows without regular work on your part. Examples of passive income include dividends earned from stocks, income from a rental property, or royalties from an e-book you published.

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