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Friday, August 5, 2011 12:08 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost about 4.3 percent, down 513 points at the day’s close. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also fell on Thursday, tumbling 4.78 percent. That wasn’t the end, global markets followed suit with Asian stock markets joining the fray and European markets opening to tumult on Friday. This

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A year after the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law, the Securities and Exchange Commission has plowed through many of the studies that the act required and has proposed or adopted rules for the 90 provisions requiring them, the SEC website reports. One of those provisions empowered the SEC

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:12 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s been a tough year for the Dodd-Frank Act. Not only is the House of Representatives working to undo investor protections, the judiciary is as well. On Friday, July 2, an appeals court threw out the proxy access rule set by the Securities and Exchange Commission as empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Los Angeles

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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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