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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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Monday, November 28, 2011 12:56 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This morning Fidelity Investments released the results of a new survey that shows that young investors are skewing more conservative. The “Higher Education Generational Survey” looked at the investing behavior of retirement plan participants in higher education across three generations: Y, X and Boomer. The survey found that Generation Y investors use similar asset allocation

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:35 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The long holiday weekend may be a good time to do some financial housekeeping, and that might include rebalancing your investment portfolio if it’s in a tax-advantaged account such as a 401(k) or IRA. Rebalancing means resetting your investments to match your original asset allocation plan. For instance, imagine a hypothetical scenario in which someone

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Friday, November 11, 2011 10:09 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Tuesday, Jefferson County, Alabama filed for bankruptcy, earning the dubious distinction of being the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The county was in debt to bondholders for more than $3 billion for a sewer system project, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday in the story, “Biggest muni bankruptcy ever puts investors on high alert.”

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