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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:22 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A recent survey of investors, the quarterly Bloomberg Global Poll of traders and analysts who subscribe to Bloomberg, has found that most respondents believe that raising taxes will be the inevitable result of America’s efforts to reduce the deficit. The survey questioned investors from around the world and 64 percent agreed that it will not

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Friday, May 6, 2011 2:13 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With today’s employment numbers more people may be feeling a slight lift, but only time will tell if that feeling can be sustained. Payrolls increased by 244,000 in April, a larger than expected increase, but the unemployment rate bounced back up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent. In his economic indicators newsletter, High Frequency Economic’s

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:31 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The economy is improving but consumers remain cautious. Even CEOs and billionaire media moguls feel the near future is fraught with uncertainty. One media mogul in particular, Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, spoke on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla., about the hurdles the economy faces and how individuals can manage the myriad

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Friday, April 29, 2011 10:50 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investors face a steep learning curve when it comes to putting together their own portfolio. A workplace 401(k) may be the first time they’ve ever given a second of thought to stocks and bonds and they’re faced with a bewildering array of mutual funds from which to choose. According to investing theory, asset class selection

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Friday, April 22, 2011 10:14 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The recession seems to have knocked out many investors’ appetite for investment risk. A recent study by Northstar Research Partners and Sullivan, a communications firm, has found that over half of affluent investors, 58 percent, focus on protecting principal while only 39 percent worry about growing their money over the long term. Affluent investors were

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Tags: Investing, risk
Friday, April 15, 2011 2:38 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Index CDs sound like a great idea: the high yields of riskier markets with the safety of a CD. Everyone wins, right? Maybe, or maybe not. Everbank came out with a line of Marketsafe CDs in 2005. The initial CD offering was linked to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and subsequent market-linked CDs branched out

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Tags: CD, CDs, Commodities
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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