Investing Blog

Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:44 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Recently there’s been some low-level agitation in the news about a Treasury bond bubble as investors continue flock to safe investments. In my last post I mentioned the Wall Street Journal article “The Great American Bond Bubble,” but not everyone agrees with the authors’, Jeremy Siegel and Jeremy Schwartz, basic premise that pessimistic investors are

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:53 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Yesterday the Federal Reserve resumed purchasing Treasury bonds in hopes of bolstering the economy and fighting deflation fears. Purchases are being made with proceeds from principal payments on mortgage-backed securities. The Federal Reserve completed its $1.25 trillion purchasing program of agency mortgage-backed securities in March 2010. According to the Web site for the Federal Reserve

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:41 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A new report from Moody’s has found that back in 2008, “breaking the buck” was a problem for substantially more than one money market fund. In fact, many money market funds struggled at that time. In September 2008, the net asset value of Reserve Primary Fund fell below $1 per share. According to the Financial

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Friday, August 6, 2010 5:15 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

I just finished a story on deflation for Bankrate, it should be up next week. One thing I didn’t know about deflation prior to last week is that it can be very bad for investments. Obviously, I didn’t know a whole lot about deflation. In my defense, it’s a state of affairs that barely any

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 2:32 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

I’m writing a story on socially responsible investing for Bankrate. It’s an exciting topic and has received a lot of attention following the BP catastrophe and the meltdown in the financial sector. The term socially responsible investing encompasses a broad range of investor activities, the most frequently discussed of which is screening investments for behavior

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Friday, July 30, 2010 10:17 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

This year, CD rates have hit unprecedented lows. What are beleaguered CD investors to do? One avenue, suggests Bill Larkin, fixed-income portfolio manager at Cabot Money Management in Salem, Mass., is to try bonds. Rather than bonds funds, as I’ve written about in a previous post, Larkin suggests some of his clients buy bonds rather

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Tags: bonds, CD, CDs
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:28 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

I’ve written about indexed CDs previously but recently a marketing e-mail for a currency-linked CD got me interested in writing about them again. EverBank offers a few currency options in CD form. Their newest CD offering is linked to the Deutsche Bank Currency Returns Index. According to the details, investors can earn all of the

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Friday, July 23, 2010 9:44 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

My grandparents bought me savings bonds when I was born. I spent the money the second it was in my grubby little mitts, which was around 16, if I recall correctly. Since then I’ve struggled with my innate tendency to burn through money like water with varying degrees of success. Rather than giving me the

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:31 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Cue the triumphant fanfare, today President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law. Whether that signals a new era of consumer protections or a leaden regulatory morass depends on your perspective but hopefully consumers will find themselves being trampled by Wall Street and big banks a little less regularly. In his remarks during the signing

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:40 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Most people have probably heard of a zero-coupon bond, or a bond that pays interest at maturity rather than accruing annually. But CDs also come in zero-coupon form. Coupon refers to the interest rate on a bond. According to the website, BondClass.com, zero-coupon CDs, or ZCDs, are issued in maturities between three and 30 years and

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