Investing Blog

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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Thursday, November 3, 2011 3:43 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

By now the entire story of MF Global has unfolded, revealing a series of bad decisions and errors in judgment. MF Global made highly-leveraged bets on short-term sovereign debt from cash-strapped European nations such as Spain and Italy. Those investments were ultimately the firm’s undoing, but defaults on the investments weren’t what brought them down

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Friday, October 28, 2011 11:32 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Small investors get the short end of the stick when it comes to buying individual bonds. Unlike stocks, bonds are generally sold over the counter, or OTC, rather than through a central exchange. When an investor goes to buy a bond through their broker, the price they pay is not merely the cost of the

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Tags: bonds
Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:33 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

U.S. prime money market funds reduced investments in European banks by 14 percent between August and September, the Wall Street Journal reported today in the story, “Money Funds Shun European Banks.” That data comes from a report from Fitch Ratings released today. According to the press release from Fitch, European bank holdings make up 37.7

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The best way to ensure that your retirement portfolio consistently grows is not through complicated and arcane investing schemes but simply by putting money into your retirement account on a regular basis. The second best way is to take the free money from your employer in the form of matching contributions if you are lucky

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Friday, October 14, 2011 3:03 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, offer investors a bundle of securities like a mutual fund but with lower expenses and fewer taxes. Unlike mutual funds, which calculate the net asset value — or price per share — at the end of the day, ETFs are priced throughout the day like stocks. They can be structured

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Tags: ETFs
Friday, October 7, 2011 11:18 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Not to belabor the whole investing in a recession topic, but Vanguard released a paper this week, “Recessions and balanced portfolio returns,” to address a common investor concern during economic contractions. “Given the rising risk of a renewed U.S. recession, investors may wonder about the merits of a more ‘defensive’ posture for their broad portfolio,”

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:02 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s difficult sometimes to get a big-picture view of everything that is going on with so much information. There’s so much news about everything that the forest gets lost in all of the trees. Two news stories really highlight that phenomenon today. The first comes from the USA Today website. “Many investors quit stocks: Is

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