Investing Blog

Friday, July 22, 2011 11:37 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

When it comes to investing there are many types of risk — liquidity risk, interest rate risk, inflation risk, just to name some of the biggies. But the one people think of most when talking about risk is market risk or volatility. It refers to the ups and downs that move stock prices on a

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Monday, July 18, 2011 3:33 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Most news-savvy people are more than a little confident that they have all the answers when it comes to solving the country’s debt problem. Just give me a pencil and a pad of paper and I’ll show everyone how it’s done. Turns out, it’s a little complicated, as illustrated by the surprisingly fun game, Budget

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Friday, July 15, 2011 1:43 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This week the debt crisis in Europe increasingly featured Italy in addition to the already-fraught economies of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. The increased possibility of Italy as a potential debt defaulter alarmed many as the Italian economy is the third largest in Europe. The country’s tenuous financial position was thrown into stark relief after a

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Friday, July 1, 2011 11:42 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year’s Dodd-Frank Act included a provision to give shareholders in publicly-traded companies the power to vote on executive compensation. The financial reform bill also required certain companies, including publicly-traded companies, companies issuing debt instruments and companies required to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to report the ratio between executive compensation and worker

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Friday, June 24, 2011 9:30 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Thursday, the SEC received a petition signed by thousands of financial planners, members of the Financial Planners Coalition, urging them to apply a uniform fiduciary standard to anyone providing personal investment advice. You may perhaps recall that the SEC was empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act to study the issue last year. They found that

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:07 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Remember back in 2008 when the net asset value of one money market mutual fund dipped below $1? The Reserve Primary fund broke the buck in September of 2008 in the wake of the Lehman Brothers implosion. Now money market funds could be looking at a similar scenario, this time thanks to events across the

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:41 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Costs to consumers inched up in May, the core Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent. That represents the biggest increase in consumer costs minus food and energy since July 2008 according to the Department of Labor. Prices for clothing, shelter, new cars and recreation all went up in May, as did the price of food.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:08 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year, as the Securities and Exchange Commission was taking comments on the matter of a fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and other financial service professionals, the Consumer Federation of America conducted a survey which found that nearly all investors, 9 out of 10, believe brokers or advisers should put their clients’ interests ahead of their

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Friday, June 10, 2011 2:20 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Small investors have more power today than ever before. In the age of the Internet, investors can get real-time streaming quotes nearly anywhere plus low-cost online trades. And they can access tools that are very nearly on par with those that professional money managers use. With Americans increasingly responsible for their retirement, investing is no

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Friday, June 3, 2011 3:48 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A few pieces of less than gratifying economic news came out this week. On the heels of Memorial Day, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index showed a drop of 5.2 points to 60.8. And skittish consumers are never a good thing. The ISM manufacturing index also fell, recording the lowest reading of the year at 53.5

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