Investing Blog

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 10:29 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A study from Prudential Financial Inc. was released in August, called “Financial experience and behaviors among women.” This is the fifth study on women and investing done by Prudential in 10 years. The study found some good news for women as 95 percent of the respondents said they are directly involved in financial decisions and a

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Friday, October 1, 2010 11:09 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday, business groups filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission in an attempt to reverse the recently passed proxy access rule allowing shareholders to nominate candidates for their company’s board of directors. According to the groups filing the lawsuit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, the proxy access rule will give activists,

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:35 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Bad news, everybody. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell this month, from 53.2 in August to 48.5 in September. Consumers aren’t harboring high hopes for the near future, either. The Expectations Index also fell – to 65.4 from 72 in August. Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, offered an explanation for

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Friday, September 24, 2010 12:19 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Inspired by a question on a previous blog post, I thought I’d tackle Ginnie Mae bonds, or GNMA bonds, in today’s blog post. Leon Turner asked, “What do you think of Ginnie Maes these days?” I don’t know a lot about them, so I started investigating and spoke with Donald Cummings Jr., managing partner at

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:55 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

For the normal person of average means, investing in the stock market is an important thing to do. It amplifies the amount of money you’re able to accumulate over your lifetime.  But the amount of  income you’re able to save may be even more important than investing it perfectly if recent dire predictions about future stock

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Investors “clueless” about fiduciary duty A study released Wednesday by the Consumer Federation of America, AARP, the North American Securities Administrators Association and various investment advisor and financial planning organizations has found that investors overwhelmingly support a universal fiduciary standard and, at the same time, are very confused about which financial professionals are now held

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:09 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last week ratings agency Moody’s announced via press release that it is reconsidering the rating system for money market funds. Also on September 7, the agency published a paper soliciting investor comments, “Moody’s proposes new money market fund rating methodology and symbols,” and explained the rationale for the proposed change. “In September 2008, 31 rated

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:29 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In August the North American Securities Administration Association, or NASAA, released their annual list of investing scams and traps. In their press release, NASAA president, Denise Voigt Crawford, was quoted as saying, “Knowledge, attention to detail and a healthy sense of skepticism are a triple threat to fight investment fraud.” When it comes to investing,

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010 11:05 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

There’s been an ongoing debate on the role of the fiduciary standard in the financial services industry. On the one hand, consumers have a responsibility to research their investing options. On the other hand, that’s often why consumers seek investing advice in the first place. Unfortunately for consumers, sometimes the people who benefit the most

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Friday, September 3, 2010 9:34 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Buy and hold is the passive investing strategy that some investment advisors love to hate — of course, if they’re getting paid for trading in your account then they definitely hate it. Nonetheless, all the antipathy towards passive investing can’t be ascribed to cynical motivations hidden deep in the hearts of the active money management

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