Investing Blog

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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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
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