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Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:30 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Even if the federal government shuts down this weekend, the wheels still need to be greased so Treasury auctions will not be impacted by a government shutdown, Bloomberg.com reported on Monday. More worrying for the Treasury department would be a failure of Congress to raise the debt ceiling. Some House Republicans have vowed not to

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Friday, April 1, 2011 11:54 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed establishing rules that would impel broker-dealers — and other investment advice-givers — to labor under a fiduciary standard instead of the suitability standard to which they are currently held. Mark Schoeff Jr., writing for Investmentnews.com, reported on Monday that the SEC may move toward rule-making later in the

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Friday, March 25, 2011 11:47 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Municipal bonds have been the subject of an unusual amount of interest in the past year. Most of the attention has been negative as a result of some dire predictions for state and local finances from high-profile analysts. Since November, municipal bond funds have seen more money going out than coming in, according to Investment

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Friday, March 18, 2011 8:12 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In February, a colleague here at Bankrate jokingly wrote in an e-mail, “Uh-oh, investors are getting back into equities. Does this mean the market is doomed to fall soon?” I hope not! But there’s no denying that world events have put the market through the wringer recently. Individual investors took a renewed interest in the stock

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Friday, March 11, 2011 4:03 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Would you like to follow your investment advisor on Twitter or friend your stockbroker on Facebook? More than likely, you can’t do that just yet. But not because financial advisers and brokers aren’t interested in social media. The financial services industry is pretty heavily regulated in the way that brokers and financial advisors can interact with their

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Friday, March 4, 2011 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s not news that first-world companies exploit developing nations for resources and labor, but thanks to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, investors may have a little more insight into how companies operate in those countries, specifically in regard to oil, natural gas and minerals. The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules

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Friday, February 25, 2011 1:17 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In case you hadn’t noticed, CD rates are abysmally low and have been for quite some time. Rates are also likely to stay low through 2011. To find out why — and get some hints as to when rates may show significant improvement – one need only look to how CD rates are set. CD

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Tags: CD rates, CDs
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:11 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A new survey has found that nearly half of investors trusted their financial services company less in 2010 than they did in 2009. It’s no great mystery why investors would be fed up with the antics of big banks and investment firms but the survey asked anyway. The Edelman Trust in U.S. Financial Services Survey found

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Friday, February 18, 2011 9:54 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CD rates have gone up over the past 12 weeks in Bankrate’s weekly rate surveys. Don’t rush out to the bank just yet; yields have increased by mere fractions of a percent, one basis point at a time. The typical yield on a five-year CD has increased from 1.51 percent to 1.62 percent over three

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Tags: CD rates, CDs
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:20 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

What was life like before the Internet – particularly in regards to investing? Calling a broker, following stocks in a newspaper, actually leaving your home to open a brokerage account, they are all relics by today’s standards. Online brokerages democratized investing and gave everyone the tools they need to invest like a pro, or very nearly.

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