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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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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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