For retirement income, there should be three overall goals for investors. The income for retirement must be secure, meaning the investment is in an asset for which there will be always be a demand. It must increase with inflation so that rising prices over time do not decrease the purchasing power of the retirement income. To maintain the strength of the income stream, the underlying asset should also rise in value over time. For these objectives, rental real estate is the best investment for providing retirement income. Rental real estate provides the most secure payment stream of any income investment. The dividend of a stock can always be slashed or halted. Bond payments can also be dropped. But the rent must always be paid. Rental income is not subject to the whims of the board of directors of a publicly traded company. The one payment that will always be made is to ensure one’s home: the rent check will always be cut.