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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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:03 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Every month, a business research organization called The Conference Board surveys 5,000 people to find out how they’re feeling about the economy. Their results are known as The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index. The results for August were released Tuesday morning and showed that consumers are feeling slightly less bleak, the Conference Board press release

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:43 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday, the SEC voted in favor of allowing shareholders proxy access. According to the SEC press release, shareholders will now be able to nominate candidates for their company’s board of directors and have those nominations included in the proxy materials. There are two hurdles to be cleared however, shares must have been held for

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:21 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Bonds continue to be a hot topic in the news. Reuters reported this morning that the 10-year Treasury note is yielding 2.44 percent, a new low since January 2009. I’m writing a story about buying bonds and have run into a couple of different strategies that investment advisers are using right now when it comes

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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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