6 Things You Need to Know About the Fed’s Friday Speech

May 26th, 2015

Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a speech to the American public on Friday, where she went into detail about what the Fed thinks about the economy. These are the 6 biggest facts that you should be taking away from the recent presentation. 1. Rates Are Going Up This Year There’s no doubt about it, the … READ MORE

Searching For The Next Bubble: Stocks, Currencies, Bonds & Commodities

May 6th, 2015

The funny thing about bubbles is that everyone recognizes them in hindsight but at the time, most people fail to heed the warning signs. When you think about how easy it was for people to get mortgages pre-2008, it seems ludicrous. When you think about the crazy valuations of Internet stocks during the Dot-com bubble, … READ MORE

Tips for Investing in Bonds

January 16th, 2015

My grandfather died and left me as executor of his estate which includes sizeable cash assets. I want to keep the money safe for the rest of the family through bonds investment. Can you give me some ideas on how to make bonds investment? Bonds investment makes up one of the most conservative investment strategies … READ MORE

Bond vs. Stock

January 5th, 2015

Bonds and stocks are two of the most common types of assets purchased by investors and most portfolios include one or both. The two investment vehicles are very different, however, and this article will explain the differences. Bonds Investing in bonds is essentially buying a portion of the debt held by a corporation, or sometimes … READ MORE

Credit Default Swaps – Controlling Exposure to Risk

January 25th, 2013

Learn About Credit Default Swaps.

What are Municipal Bonds?

January 25th, 2013

Interested in municipal bonds? Learn about the two common types of municipal bonds, the associated fees, and the mininimum amount required to achieve the best price.

4 Types of U.S. Treasury Securities and How They Work

January 25th, 2013

Wondering what the benefits are from investing in treasury bonds? Find out about the securities the Treasury offers and the benefits associated with each.

What are Savings Bonds and their Tax Benefits?

January 25th, 2013

Savings bonds have their own unique properties and can't be sold on the secondary market. Find out about the types of savings bonds and their features.

Less Popular Types of Bonds and the Agencies that Issue Them

January 25th, 2013

Find out about alternatives to the common types of bonds, including mortgage-backed securities and Brady bonds.

Benefits and Risks Associated with Bonds

January 25th, 2013

If you're interested in bonds, you should familiarize yourself with their properties. Learn about the pros and cons and risk associated with bonds.

Buying and Selling Municipal, Junk and Treasury Bonds

January 25th, 2013

Find out the details related to the bond markets, and how they end up relating and fluctuating with interest rates.

An Introduction to Bonds and Their Role in the Stock Market

January 25th, 2013

Learn the basics behind bonds, and how the important role that they end up playing in portfolios. Also find out about the markets for bonds.

Splits and Buybacks Explained

January 25th, 2013

Learn the details behind stock splits and buybacks, including what they mean for you as an investor and why companies perform these actions.

Basic Bonds Terminology: Par Value, Maturity and Coupon Rate

January 25th, 2013

Learn the basic terminology associated with bonds, so that you can better understand the bond market.

Yield, Duration and Ratings of Bonds

January 25th, 2013

Find out about the various ways of measuring the yield of a bond, as well as the different ratings a bond can have.

Advanced Concepts and Unusual Features of Bonds

January 25th, 2013

Some bonds have unique features. Learn about callability, zero coupon bonds, tax deferred bonds, put provisions, and secured vs unsecured bonds.

What are Corporate Bonds and How Do You Evaluate Them?

January 25th, 2013

Find out the details about corporate bonds, and what you should consider when evaluating corporate bonds.

A Three-Step Process for Developing an Investment Policy

October 22nd, 2012

Haphazard investment choices will rarely help you realize your goals, which is why every investor should take the time to develop a Statement of Investment Policy. Doing so provides you with a written summary of your investment objectives and the choices you’ve made to achieve them that can be revisited annually and modified as necessary. … READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Retail Investors and Institutional Investors?

October 22nd, 2012

There are two categories of investors in the financial markets: retail investors and institutional investors. The differences between the two dictate not only the size of the trades they make, but also the types of companies and financial instruments in which they invest their monies. The term “retail investors” is synonymous with “individual investors.” The … READ MORE

How to Invest in Bonds

March 17th, 2012

A bond is a debt security, so when an investor purchases a bond, they are effectively lending money to the bond’s issuer. In exchange for the loan, the issuer promises to pay a specified periodic return or coupon, as well as to repay the principal amount of the bond to the investor when it matures. … READ MORE