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Friday, February 3, 2012 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In mid-January, the SEC requested comments from the public on financial literacy and investor disclosure issues. The Dodd-Frank Act mandated that the SEC conduct this study to identify investors’ levels of financial literacy and come up with ways of improving disclosure materials pertaining to investment products, services and providers. They also must identify the most

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Monday, January 30, 2012 1:33 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s a big week for economic data, and the stock market could react to reports released through the week. “The focus will be on Europe today and maybe tomorrow,” says John Stewart, an economist and founder of Vantage Economics. “Then the focus will shift to the domestic economy with some of the reports coming out,

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:47 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Ever talk to someone bemoaning the state of their 401(k) or IRA? A few casual questions reveal that they had no reason to buy the mutual funds in their portfolio outside of a hopeful glance at the historical returns. If and when the funds falter, the losers are jettisoned willy-nilly, and the investing plan, if

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Monday, January 23, 2012 12:45 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The stock market is a bit like the id in Freud’s theories. Pleasure-seeking and pain-avoiding, it reacts first and asks questions later. As a result, regular economic data reports can inspire whoops of enthusiasm  or exaggerated despair in stock prices. Here’s a look at some of the economic reports coming out this week that could

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

You may have heard the phrase, “so goes January, so goes the year.” The phrase comes from the January barometer and is believed by some to be a predictor of the direction of the stock market for the coming year. Though it has its detractors, the son of the creator, Jeffrey Hirsch, editor of the

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Friday, January 13, 2012 11:23 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Not surprisingly, this election year will shape up to be an ideological battle royal between proponents of free-market capitalism and those that would impose some constraints on unfettered capitalism in the form of regulation. Back in 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in order to address some of the abuses by financial institutions that led

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 4:41 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA · Bankrate.com

I recently appeared on the Fox Business Network to talk about my 2012 interest rate outlook. Here’s an edited transcript of my comments: Mortgages I think there’s a possibility that mortgage rates could move considerably lower early this year. It will be brief, but here’s the scenario under which I see that unfolding: If fears

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Friday, December 16, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Oh December, month of lists detailing the best and worst of the outgoing year and forecasts telling us what to expect from the coming year. Today’s forecast for 2012 comes from the CFA Institute, the world’s largest association of investment professionals and granter of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In their Global Market Sentiment

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Friday, December 9, 2011 11:25 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Inflation won’t be going away anytime soon, but at today’s interest rates, your purchasing power may be slipping. Inflation can, of course, be a significant drain on the amount you can buy in the future with today’s dollars. To fight that, investors often use government bonds called Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, or TIPS. The inflation

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:26 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The economic report known as the Beige Book came out today. The report comes out eight times per year and includes data from each of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks and businesses in their corresponding regions. Only one region, St. Louis, reported a decline in economic activity. For the 11 other districts it increased at

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