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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:07 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With a new year just around the corner, it’s time for Americans to consider setting some resolutions. This year, in addition to revisiting perennial favorites like losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more, some investing resolutions may be in order.  If you’ve been remiss in getting your financial house in order, the beginning of the

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The end of the year is the time when every publication likes to roll out their predictions for next year. Don’t worry, Bankrate’s 2011 outlook story is on the way. A survey of 55 economists by the Wall Street Journal has found that most are optimistic about  economic growth in the U.S. next year. The

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 2:11 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

 For three weeks, CD rates in the weekly Bankrate rate survey remained relatively stable. This week they lost ground again. Since the beginning of January, the average one-year CD yield has plunged 32 basis points, from 0.81 percent Jan. 6, to 0.49 percent on Wednesday. The decline in the average yield for five-year CDs has been

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Tags: CD rates
Friday, December 3, 2010 12:44 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Stodgy old dividend-paying stocks have received a lot of attention recently. With bond yields dragging and CD rates stagnating at record lows, it’s no wonder. For investors seeking income-producing investments, “I think in today’s environment that people should be focused on dividend-paying stocks. You read it all over the place — but don’t reach for

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Just three years ago the world was entering a terrible economic crisis. If you don’t remember, the official start date of the recession was December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. And now, look at us! Well, that’s enough self-reflection. Unfortunately, things are not quite copacetic just yet in the economy. But

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Friday, November 26, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s a little bit counterintuitive to sell off your winners and buy more of the losers. But for investors with strategic asset allocation plans, rebalancing can boost returns over time. Most people plan to buy low and sell high. Throw some fear and greed into the mix and that plan goes out the window. With

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

‘Tis the season for bonuses — for some lucky workers — and that begs the question of what to do with that bundle of cash: invest it or pay down debt? Some extremely fortunate employees at Queensland Nickel in Australia won’t have to worry about that, as their $10 million worth of Christmas bonuses were

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Friday, November 19, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CDs seem like the most basic of investments, but they can still trip up unwary investors. And no wonder, not every CD is a straightforward investment. They can come with confusing terminology and sometimes long prospectuses. In a short trip to the bank, investors can unwittingly lock themselves into CD mistakes.   But, those sticky

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Tags: CD, CDs
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:12 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A controversial study released November 8 has called into question the safety of exchange-traded funds. Exchange-traded funds are similar to mutual funds in that they are made up of a bundle of stocks or bonds, but they trade like stocks. However, unlike stocks or mutual funds, shares of an ETF do not represent ownership in

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Friday, November 12, 2010 11:03 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in the news more than Lindsay Lohan since they were placed in conservatorship in 2008. What does that mean for bond investors? Most recently, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s reported that overhauling the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, aka Freddie Mac, and the Federal National Mortgage Association, aka

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