Investing Blog

Friday, October 22, 2010 10:38 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In the 1600s, the Dutch went crazy for tulip bulbs. In the book “History of Greed,” David E. Y. Sarna calls the scandal the “first well-documented securities manipulation fraud.” For two years, the Netherlands experienced a boom and bust in the tulip bulb market. The bust came in 1637. At its heyday, people bet their

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:37 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Some things are so patently obvious that they become cliches. My early investing experiences taught me that the investing truisms, diversify and buy low, sell high, are actually true. Manage to do those two things well and you’ll be well ahead of the curve. 1. Not diversifying In my first job out of college, flush with

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Friday, October 15, 2010 1:51 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced another round of Treasury purchases. The tentative schedule calls for $32 billion worth of Treasury securities to be purchased through mid-November. There are probably more economic stimulus measures on the way. On Friday, Ben Bernanke gave a speech that outlined the Federal Reserve’s concerns about

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:01 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CD rates are likely to stay low for some time. After the September meeting of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee, the statement from Ben Bernanke spelled out the Fed’s intention to leave rates low for an extended period of time and possibly drive rates even lower through a process called quantitative easing. Quantitative easing

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Friday, October 8, 2010 11:18 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The search for yield has gotten a little nuts. CD rates keep dropping — as do Treasury securities. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Treasuries hit a record low of 0.36 percent on Thursday. As a result, exotic CD products are increasingly being discussed as antidotes for sinking CD rates. When considering any product

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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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