Investing Blog

Friday, January 28, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Municipal bonds continue to hog the spotlight as the debate continues over just how bad 2011 will be for state and local governments. The Fundmastery Blog on Marketwatch.com neatly summed up what’s going on in muni finance in the post “Muni bonds taking a double hit.” On Monday, Kurt Brouwer wrote, “Muni bond investors are

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Monday, January 24, 2011 5:02 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last summer, the Securities and Exchange Commission was empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act to study the need for a higher standard of care when giving financial advice to investors. Currently only registered investment advisors are held to the most stringent standards, known as the fiduciary standard. They must work in the client’s best interest and

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Monday, January 24, 2011 9:10 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission delivered their study on the standards of care for providers of investment advice. After six months of study, the SEC recommended a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and investment advisers “when providing personalized investment advice about securities to retail customers,” the report stated. The study recommended that the

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Friday, January 21, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s finally here, the day the Securities and Exchange Commission delivers the fruits of a six-month study on standards of care to Congress along with their recommendations. It will be interesting to see what happens.  On the one hand, some industry groups oppose a strict fiduciary standard and instead feel a disclosure-based standard would suffice

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Hedge funds are so 2000s. The exclusive investments of the rich and richer may be on their way out; in their place institutional investors and investment advisors are buying alternative mutual funds and ETFs. A survey by the investment research company Morningstar, and Barron’s, the investment magazine, found that the liquidity and transparency of mutual

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Friday, January 14, 2011 10:57 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investing is not always as straightforward as it seems. As some may recall, the world of high-frequency trading was thrust into the spotlight last May when the Dow Jones plunged nearly 700 points in just a few minutes. The Securities and Exchange Commission investigated the incident and traced it back to one large sell order

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Shareholders were given the right to vote on executive pay in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Every one, two or three years, according to the law, investors will be able to vote executive compensation packages up or down. The vote can be nonbinding or binding. Additionally, at least every six years,

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Friday, January 7, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Coming months may be stressful for some municipalities but Moody’s Investor Service does not expect any state governments to default on Moody’s-rated debt in 2011. The ratings agency expects only a few local governments to default on debt obligations this year. In a new report released Thursday, Moody’s concluded that most U.S. municipalities are well-equipped

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed into law. Among the many other financial issues it dealt with, the act empowered the SEC to study the need for fiduciary standards for broker-dealers and then pass a rule imposing the standard. Congress gave the SEC six months to look at the

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Nearly half of Americans, 45 percent, believe the economy will stay the same in 2011, the Harris Poll has found. The Harris Poll is conducted by pollster Harris Interactive.   Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe the economy will get better while 26 percent say it will get worse. Despite those somewhat dour sentiments, there seem to be

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