Investing Blog

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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Friday, February 11, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

After steady declines for more than three years, CD rates appear to have hit bottom — hopefully. The Federal Open Market Committee began slashing the Fed funds target rate in September of 2007. CD rates began to fall thereafter and here we are, about 40 months later, with the average yield on a one-year CD

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Tags: CD, CD rates, CDs
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:51 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investors love exchange-traded funds, and that love just keeps growing. ETF inflows totaled $10.3 billion for the month of January, according to National Stock Exchange, a provider of exchange services. Not only do assets continue to pour into ETFs but the investments themselves have multiplied like rabbits. At the end of January 2011, National Stock

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Friday, February 4, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

To paraphrase Henry Louis Mencken, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. Does that explain the overwhelming popularity of actively managed mutual funds compared to index funds? No – according to new research from Robert F. Stambaugh, a finance professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Stambaugh

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