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Monday, February 27, 2012 6:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Economic reports coming out this week deal with a few key areas of the economy including housing, consumers and manufacturing. There’s just one caveat, according to Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, N.J. “All of these economic indicators or rather most of them that will come out (this) week

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:35 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The financial services industry can be an unforgiving place for everyone. For every story of hapless investors being taken advantage of, there are countless untold stories from the other side: those of the rude, abrasive, inconsiderate clients and the investment advisers that have to deal with them. It’s true that in many cases, advisers are

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:44 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Online brokerages are still keeping investors happy according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual E-Commerce Report released this morning. Not quite as happy as last year however; customer satisfaction is down 3 percent overall. ASCI attributes the dip in customer satisfaction to the volatility of the stock market. No matter how much research, slick

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Friday, February 17, 2012 12:28 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, have snowballed in recent years, exploding in popularity and number. The first ETF was started in 1993. By the end of the first quarter 2011, the ETF market had grown to $1.07 trillion, according to a 2011 report from BNY Mellon and Strategic Insight, “ETFs 2.0: The next wave of

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:17 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The introduction of new predators into an existing ecosystem wreaks havoc. That may be the case with today’s Treasury market. With the introduction of a mammoth bond buyer in the form of the Federal Reserve conducting Operation Twist, the natural habitat of the bond market has been altered. When there is a great demand for

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Monday, February 13, 2012 12:14 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It should be a big week for investors with many economic reports set to be released. It starts on Tuesday with the retail sales report for the month of January. On Sunday, the website Marketwatch.com surveyed economists and predicted that retail sales increased 1 percent last month in the story, “Retail sales key to U.S.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:25 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Everyone seems to be atwitter about a bull market this week. Yesterday, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index closed at a seven-month high, just 1 percent off the year-over-year high from April 29, 2011. And the MSCI All-Country World Index has also climbed precipitously in recent months. What is the MSCI All-Country World Index, you

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 11:35 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

There’s a great piece on the New York Times’ website, NYtimes.com, if you’re from under a rock, titled “Why do we still care about the Dow?” by Adam Davidson of Planet Money fame. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a closely watched index but is comprised of only 30 giant companies. Here’s how the index

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012 1:55 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Money market funds are designed to be safe investments that maintain a $1 per share net asset value, or NAV, at all times. Unlike money market accounts offered by banks though, money market funds are not insured by the FDIC. That means it is possible to lose money in a money market fund if the

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Monday, February 6, 2012 2:25 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Friday, good news came in the form of the nonfarm payrolls report, which showed a growth in private jobs of 243,000 and a decrease in the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent. Investors rejoiced, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished Friday up 1.46 percent from the previous day’s close. Last week’s release from

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