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Friday, October 28, 2011 11:32 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Small investors get the short end of the stick when it comes to buying individual bonds. Unlike stocks, bonds are generally sold over the counter, or OTC, rather than through a central exchange. When an investor goes to buy a bond through their broker, the price they pay is not merely the cost of the

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:33 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

U.S. prime money market funds reduced investments in European banks by 14 percent between August and September, the Wall Street Journal reported today in the story, “Money Funds Shun European Banks.” That data comes from a report from Fitch Ratings released today. According to the press release from Fitch, European bank holdings make up 37.7

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The best way to ensure that your retirement portfolio consistently grows is not through complicated and arcane investing schemes but simply by putting money into your retirement account on a regular basis. The second best way is to take the free money from your employer in the form of matching contributions if you are lucky

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Friday, October 14, 2011 3:03 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, offer investors a bundle of securities like a mutual fund but with lower expenses and fewer taxes. Unlike mutual funds, which calculate the net asset value — or price per share — at the end of the day, ETFs are priced throughout the day like stocks. They can be structured

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Friday, October 7, 2011 11:18 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Not to belabor the whole investing in a recession topic, but Vanguard released a paper this week, “Recessions and balanced portfolio returns,” to address a common investor concern during economic contractions. “Given the rising risk of a renewed U.S. recession, investors may wonder about the merits of a more ‘defensive’ posture for their broad portfolio,”

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:02 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s difficult sometimes to get a big-picture view of everything that is going on with so much information. There’s so much news about everything that the forest gets lost in all of the trees. Two news stories really highlight that phenomenon today. The first comes from the USA Today website. “Many investors quit stocks: Is

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:10 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The R-word is flying around again. Last week, the Economic Cycle Research Institute, or ECRI, a business cycle forecasting firm, released an announcement stating “U.S. economy tipping into recession.” From their news release: Why should ECRI’s recession call be heeded? Perhaps because, as The Economist has noted, we’ve correctly called three recessions without any false

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Friday, September 30, 2011 3:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The chief investment officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System spoke to Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. Joe Dear, Calpers’ CIO, says meeting their target return this year will be tough. Over the long-term, Dear said in the Bloomberg story, “Calpers chief says 7.75 percent return (is) tough to meet,” the returns of the largest

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Friday, September 23, 2011 2:53 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Though the second Greek bailout program engineered by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund is ongoing, an increasing number of reports point to the possible eventuality of a default. Today, Friday, Germany’s finance minister said the second bailout package may need to be re-evaluated as debt inspectors found that the country is behind

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Friday, September 23, 2011 11:30 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

When the stock market resembles nothing so much as a sinking ship, the urge to flee can be strong. Indeed, in recent weeks, people have been making their egress from stocks. The Investment Company Institute, or ICI, reports that equity mutual funds lost $1.99 billion in the week ending September 14. For nervous investors, there

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