Investing Blog

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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Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Many people prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to investing. In the aftermath of the grim bear market of 2008-2009, it’s difficult to question that impulse. The most recent Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Quarterly survey found that nearly half of affluent Americans consider themselves conservative investors. The survey defines affluent

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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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