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Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

What’s old is new again and dividend investing is big news in 2012.

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Friday, April 27, 2012 1:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The debate over money market funds has heated up recently as regulators scuffle with the fund industry.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 5:01 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

2012 is shaping up to be a record dividend year for member companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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Monday, April 23, 2012 10:08 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The last full week of April brings a big week in economic news. Monday is a snooze, but Tuesday through Friday will be packed.

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Friday, April 20, 2012 1:11 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

When it comes to investing in stocks, riskier is not better. More accurately: Higher volatility does not equal higher rewards over time.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:22 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday, the Securities Exchange Commission adopted a new rule defining who needs to be regulated in the over-the-counter swaps market.

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Monday, April 16, 2012 11:54 am
By OliverPursche · Bankrate.com

Experts agree: Gas prices are likely to reach $5 per gallon by the end of the year, and I, for one, want to find a way to lessen your pain.

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Monday, April 9, 2012 12:46 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Another week brings more opportunities to gauge the economy, and investing opportunities, in the form of economic indicators.

For the second week of April, investors can look forward to the National Federation of Independent Business Index, the Beige Book, the producer price index, the Consumer Price Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.
NFIB small business survey

On Tuesday, the National Federal of Independent Business will release their survey of small business owners for the month of March. The February reading of the NFIB small business survey, released last month, indicated an increase for the sixth consecutive month.

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Friday, April 6, 2012 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

I know nothing about cars. Short of becoming educated about modern fuel-injection engines, I walk into service stations like a willfully ignorant lamb. It’s all a vast mystery, and I’m surprisingly OK with that. Thus far, it’s worked out well — my car runs. Case closed.

It’s much more difficult to gauge service on products that are more abstract than cars. Things such as 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts, taxable brokerage accounts and the universe of investment options therein can be confusing. Not only that, the people paid to service these accounts, financial advisers, may benefit from the confusion.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 3:43 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday, President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law. The acronym stands for Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.

The act bars members of Congress, executive branch employees and judicial employees from profiting off nonpublic information gleaned on the job, according to a statement from the White House press secretary on Wednesday.

In his remarks at the signing, President Obama said:

The STOCK Act makes it clear that if members of Congress use nonpublic information to gain an unfair advantage in the market, then they are breaking the law. It creates new disclosure requirements and new measures of accountability and transparency for thousands of federal employees. That is a good and necessary thing.

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