Investing Blog

Thursday, June 3, 2010 3:24 pm
By Lisa Weinberger · Bankrate.com

Due to low CD rates across the country, many investors have turned to other fixed-income investments. But if you’re shopping for CD rates in New York City, NY, our research can help. They may not currently be posting very investment-worthy yields, but CDs are still safe investments – they are insured by the FDIC up

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:06 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Early withdrawal penalties on CDs can be onerous, not only can they wipe out all of your interest but they can even reach into the investment principal, which clearly works against all the logic of CD investing. Nonetheless, some investors like to game the system and buy a longer-term CD for the higher yield and

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Friday, May 28, 2010 3:13 pm
By Lisa Weinberger · Bankrate.com

Every week Bankrate collects data on CD rates. I will be bringing this data to you daily in a fun, friendly and sometimes humorous manner about the locale of the geographic area. Here is your first taste of my world of CD rates. Enjoy your holiday weekend with friends and family sitting around the pool

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:23 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

What if you could buy a product that offered you the upside of the stock market with no risk to your principal? Sounds great, who wouldn’t buy that investment? Possibly someone who reads the fine print. Indexed CDs start with the structure of a CD but the return is tied to an index such as

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

It’s an interesting time for market watchers, at least for those of us with no dog in the fight. (What a terrible figure of speech.) Treasury prices swelled last week as investors sought safety from economic and political turmoil across the globe. The trend continued into this week, an Associated Press story reported Tuesday that

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:49 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Many economists and financial experts expect the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low for an extended period of time, which may stretch well beyond the second half of 2010 which is when many had predicted rates might increase. Because of that savers will continue to be at the mercy of issuing banks when it

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Tags: CD, CD rates
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:23 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CDs are a savings rate investment that make people feel good. Like a bond they have a coupon and maturity but unlike bonds they are understood by nearly everyone who invests in them. That’s one aspect that makes them very attractive. Besides their simplistic design, the FDIC guarantee makes them a sweet deal for risk-averse

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Tags: bonds, CD
Friday, May 14, 2010 11:30 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

CDs can be an attractive place to park some cash — when interest rates aren’t making a mockery of savers’ attempts to beat inflation. Be that as it may, CDs do offer convenience and an easy return on your money, plus your investment is backed up by the FDIC. Before investing in a CD, buyers

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:05 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Savers searching for yield and soured on low CD rates sometimes choose to park their money in a bond fund. More risky than CDs, bond funds can offer improved yields but without the safety of the FDIC guarantee to principal. “There is always a downside — Coca-Cola or McDonald’s is not as safe as the

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:04 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Brokered CDs allow investors to take advantage of higher CD rates anywhere in the country. Brokerages sell newly issued CDs as well as certificates of deposits on the secondary market. That means that if you buy a three-year CD with a 2 percent yield for $1,000 and then want to get out of it, you

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