Investing Blog

Friday, September 16, 2011 3:35 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Telling you how to invest and keeping your coffers filled in retirement may not be the most important services financial planners and investment advisers provide. Instead, most financial advisers believe that the most valuable service they provide to clients close to retirement is an objective and unemotional point of view about the market, a recent

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

President Obama sent his jobs bill to Congress this week. Among the spending cuts and tax increases is a provision to cap the amount of tax-exempt interest a high income investor can earn from municipal bonds. Interest from municipal bonds is generally free from federal income tax, as well as state and local taxes in

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Friday, September 2, 2011 9:15 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Regulators have been examining the issue of derivatives in mutual funds since March 2010 but on Wednesday of this week the SEC requested comments from the public. Derivatives are investments that are based on the value of something else. For instance, futures contracts are derivatives, the contract is worth a certain amount based on the

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:06 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Being mistaken can be embarrassing but it’s always better to admit the mistake, cut your losses and move on. And Bill Gross is moving on from his recent mistake: his well-known estrangement from longer-term U.S. Treasuries. Earlier this year the co-chief investment officer of Pimco and manager of the Pimco Total Return Fund, announced that

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Friday, August 26, 2011 2:41 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Stocks jumped this morning following the speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The Dow Jones Industrial Average initially dropped 131.04 as the speech began but by noon was up 3.3 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index followed the same trend, dropping initially but rallying until noon, up 3.7 percent from the day’s low. Some

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Friday, August 19, 2011 3:14 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Despite the fervent belief in unfettered capitalism, America insists on installing gatekeepers for every industry. For some reason, people are under the impression that industries do a poor job of policing themselves; conducting business in an ethical manner; refraining from poisoning the air, land and water or maybe not crippling the largest economy on the

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Tags: Regulation, SEC
Friday, August 12, 2011 3:17 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The stock market wrapped up yet another week, and this time it was a crazy one. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 11,245.71, up 5.3 percent from the low hit last Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished the week up 5.2 percent from last Thursday. Understandably, investment advisers had their hands

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Friday, August 5, 2011 12:08 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 4.3 percent, down 513 points at the day’s close. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also fell on Thursday, tumbling 4.78 percent. That wasn’t the end, global markets followed suit with Asian stock markets joining the fray and European markets opening to tumult on Friday. This

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A year after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law, the Securities and Exchange Commission has plowed through many of the studies that the act required and has proposed or adopted rules for the 90 provisions requiring them, the SEC website reports. One of those provisions empowered the SEC

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:12 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s been a tough year for the Dodd-Frank Act. Not only is the House of Representatives working to undo investor protections, the judiciary is as well. On Friday, July 2, an appeals court threw out the proxy access rule set by the Securities and Exchange Commission as empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Los Angeles

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