Bonds Articles

  1. The Causes And Costs Of Absenteeism

    Playing hooky to play golf may feel harmless, but the accumulated effect of absenteeism hurts businesses' bottom line. This article looks at the causes of absenteeism, the costs of lost productivity and what employers can do to reduce absenteeism rates in the workplace.
  2. Turning A Subsistence Retirement Into A Luxurious Retirement

    It seems many investors these days, particularly seniors, either go it alone with no outside guidance or they completely abdicate responsibility to a financial advisor who may or may not have their best interests in mind. In this article we’ve tapped Jeff White, founder and president of American Financial Group, to show us how to get the most from using a financial advisor while keeping our independence.
  3. New Tax Rules Target The Top Tax Bracket

    The American Taxpayer Relief Act brings about new tax rules for the wealthy that people such as Warren Buffett have been calling for over the last few years.
  4. Use Caution Trading Pink Sheet Stocks

    Pink Sheets stocks offer exciting opportunities to increase portfolio returns by large magnitudes in a short time. However, these opportunities come with significant risks. Investors need to be extremely cautious and diligent with research and analysis of each investment.
  5. Introduction To Commercial Paper

    Commercial paper is a short-term instrument that can be a viable alternative for retail fixed-income investors looking for a better rate of return on their money.
  6. A Day In The Life Of A System Trader

    Systems traders divide their time between trading, developing, backtesting, optimizing and forward testing, to create viable and high-probability trading systems.
  7. Dealing With 10 Coworker Personality Conflicts

    The financial world is filled with dysfunctional workers; find out if you're one of them and what you can do about it.
  8. Tracking Volatility: How The VIX Is Calculated

    When market volatility spikes or stalls, newspapers, websites, bloggers and television commentators all refer to the VIX®. Formally known as the CBOE Volatility Index, the VIX is a benchmark index designed specifically to track S&P 500 volatility.
  9. Consequences Of Maxing Out Your Credit Card

    With the average credit card holder owning 3.5 cards, it’s important to manage and keep track of purchases made with your card, so you don’t go over your credit card limit or cap.
  10. Using Index Futures To Predict The Future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Check out the index futures.
  11. Helping Clients Navigate Short Sales And Foreclosures

    Both buyers and sellers can benefit from a real estate professional experienced in dealing with short sales and foreclosures.
  12. How Much Should You Have In Your 401(k) To Retire?

    Here are some tips for retirement goals, general investing rules and what to focus on while saving.
  13. Top 8 Most Tradable Currencies

    Currencies can provide diversification for a portfolio that's in a rut. Find out which ones you need to know.
  14. 6 Ways Mentors Elevate Your Career

    Find out how experienced and credible mentors can get you where you want to go.
  15. Credit Card Arbitrage: Free Money Or Dangerous Gamble?

    Credit card arbitrage is a way to make some money, but it's a major gamble with devastating risks.
  16. Create Your Own U.S. Equity Portfolio

    Find out how to structure your portfolio so you can maximize returns.
  17. The Basics Of CFP Designation Maintenance

    The workload doesn't end with your exam. Find out how to keep up your CFP credential.
  18. 5 Overused Resume Phrases

    Here are five phrases to avoid if you want your resume to stand out in the crowd.
  19. The Financial Fallout Of The DOMA Repeal For Same-Sex Couples

    The recent Supreme Court decision to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act has paved the way for same-sex couples to enjoy the same federal benefits as opposite-sex couples.
  20. Why Companies Issue Bonds

    When companies need to raise money, issuing bonds is one way to do it. A bond functions like a loan between an investor and a corporation.
  21. How Exchange Risk Affects Foreign Bonds

    Investors include foreign bonds in their portfolios to take advantage of higher interest rates or yields, and to diversify their holdings. However, the higher return expected from investing in foreign bonds is accompanied by increased risk arising from adverse currency fluctuations, which can have a significant impact on bond returns.
  22. Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibility

    Being a fiduciary comes with a certain level of responsibility. These four steps will reduce your liability when managing other people's money.
  23. 5 Budget Tips For Your European Backpacking Trip

    In this article, we'll explore a few ways you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe without breaking the bank.
  24. The History Of The T-Bill Auction

    Learn how the U.S. found the perfect solution to its debt problems and ended up creating one of the largest markets in the world.
  25. How To Survive When Prices Double Every Day And A Half

    Hyperinflation can destroy your life savings in a matter of months or less. We’ve seen again and again throughout history…Germany in the 1920s, Hungary in the 1940s, Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Zimbabwe just a few short years ago. Hardest hit are seniors who generally don’t have many employment options for boosting their income.
  26. Capital Losses and Tax

    Capital losses are never fun to incur, but they can reduce your taxable income. Knowing the rules for capital losses can help you maximize your deductions and make better choices about when to buy and sell securities or other investments.
  27. Investing In Stock Rights And Warrants

    Many companies choose to issue rights or warrants as an alternative means of generating capital to avoid dilution of existing share value.
  28. A Day In The Life Of A Real Estate Agent

    While every day is unique for a real estate agent, there are some activities that may be a typical part of an agent's day.
  29. 3 Financial Tasks We Think Are Harder Than They Really Are

    Use these three tips to help put your financial situation into perspective. It turns out, organizing your finances isn't nearly as hard as you thought.
  30. Trading GDP Like A Currency Trader

    Investors that understand and utilize the U.S. GDP report have a significant advantage over those that don't.
  31. The Role of Commercial Banks in the Economy

    We interact with commercial banks daily to carry out simple financial tasks. That said, the function and creation of a commercial bank is anything but simple.
  32. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  33. All About Zero Coupon Bonds

    Zero-coupon bonds are bonds that do not make any interest payments (which investment professionals often refer to as the "coupon") until maturity. For investors, this means that if you make an investment today in a zero-coupon bond that matures in 20 years, you won't put a single penny worth of income in your pocket for two decades.
  34. Summer Money-Making Opportunities For Finance Students

    These earning methods enable students to generate additional income and provide actionable experience, without compromising their studies.
  35. What Is The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) And How Does It Work?

    Unless you are a government employee, you’ve likely never heard of the Federal Employees Retirement System, but if you work in the public sector or plan to in the near future, FERS is an acronym you will soon know well.
  36. A Peek Into Shareholder Meetings

    Shareholder meetings can be glamorous, exciting or controversial, but not particularly revelational. Here's a quick look at what to expect.
  37. No Finance Degree? No Problem! Top 10 Ways To Jumpstart A Career In Finance

    These tips should enable a non-financial graduate to substantially improve his or her chances of launching a career in finance.
  38. 5 Tips For Getting Your Bank Loan Approved

    Find out how to present the perfect, complete package for your lender and increase your chances of gettinga loan approved.
  39. Commuters' University: On-The-Road Learning

    Effectively using your commute time could place you miles ahead of your competition.
  40. 5 Easy Fixes For A High Summer Electric Bill

    These simple tips will help you save money this summer, so you can spend it on more exciting things than electricity.
  41. The Key To CFP Exam Success

    Up to 60 of the questions on this test are case studies. Are you up for the challenge?
  42. Giants of Finance: Charles Dow

    Find out how this financial visionary helped everyday people enter the world of finance.
  43. Budget-Friendly Summer Fun

    Keep the kids out of your hair and wallet by saving on summer camps, sports leagues, day trips and more.
  44. What You Need To Know About The Dow's 354-Point Plunge

    The Dow’s 354-point plunge Thursday was the worst drop since the presidential election. FOX Business Network stocks editor Elizabeth MacDonald weighs in below on what's behind the decline and what to expect when the market opens.
  45. Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating and Net Profits

    Rather than relying solely on net profit figures to evaluate a company's performance, seasoned investors will often look at gross profit and operating profit as well.
  46. Big Pharma Faces 'Pay For Delay' Lawsuits

    Unless you follow the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of pay to delay. Instead of planning to lose nearly all revenue once the drug goes off patent, the company owning the patent will pay generic manufacturers--often in the tens of millions of dollars, to delay the release of the generic form of the drug.
  47. Mutual Funds: Management Fees Vs. MER

    Having a clear understanding of the fees charged by a mutual fund is a significant component to making an informed investment decision. Often the management fee is used interchangeably with the MER by business publications and financial professionals, but the two are not the same.
  48. Is It Foolish To Strive For The American Dream?

    Even Jay Gatsby's stubborn optimism in The Great Gatsby would be hard pressed to believe that rags-to-riches stories are possible in today's economy. Find out why the ever-increasing wealth gap is eroding the original American Dream and how we need to redefine our expectations for prosperity.
  49. Banker's Acceptance 101

    A banker's acceptance, a common way of financing international trade activity, provides a relatively safe, short-term vehicle for investors. An acceptance is a negotiable time draft that a bank guarantees to pay at a predetermined date.
  50. Online MBA Programs: Study From Home And Succeed!

    The freedoms available with online MBA programs can outweigh the hardships. Find out if an online program is right for you.
  51. Real Estate Investing: Is Now the Time to Take Advantage of the Current Buyer’s Market?

    Even though Dennis Miller spent well over three decades writing books and teaching the subject of negotiations, some of the best lessons he learned on the subject came from luck.
  52. The Hidden Fees In 401(k)s

    Learn about the conspicuously disclosed fees that lurk within your 401(k) investments.
  53. The Impact Of Currency Conversions

    Will a rising or falling dollar hurt you or your company? In this article we explore the impact of currency converisons on consumers, comanies, and countries.
  54. Follow The Herd In Trading The Capital Market

    If you have ever heard "the trend is your friend" and believed it, you may be a fan of herd instinct mentality. This is an environment where, just like with fashion, masses of people follow a pattern that the majority of people around them are following … sometimes for no sensible reason.
  55. Why Is Monsanto Evil, But DuPont Isn't?

    Monsanto is perhaps the most-hated company, but competitors like DuPont behave in very similar ways
  56. 6 Volunteer Opportunities For Finance Professionals

    Here are six ways financial professionals can volunteer their expertise and possibly advance their careers along the way.
  57. 4 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

    Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder or go it alone in the financial services sector, there are some extra steps you can take to reach for the top.
  58. How To Interpret Thursday's Supreme Court Ruling Involving Myriad

    Thursday's Supreme Court ruling is a blow to Myriad but investors haven't yet digested the ruling.
  59. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  60. Find The Right School To Upgrade Your Skills

    Financial planners and professionals who wish to upgrade their skills in today's market have more options than ever.
  61. Executive MBA Programs: Managers Going Back To School

    If you're working in management and want to move forward in your career,this degree may give you the boost you're looking for.
  62. Basic Investment Objectives

    You might know about different asset types, but do you know how each type contributes to a particular goal?
  63. Studying For The CFP Exam

    Learn the tips and tricks of the trade before heading into this test.
  64. 4 Reasons Why Your Credit Card Company Thinks Your Card Is Stolen

    Find out the most common reasons the bank will fear your credit card has been stolen ... even when it hasn't.
  65. Networking For Financial Professionals: Maintaining A Strong Industry Presence

    Find out the most productive methods of networking best suited to ambitious financial professionals.
  66. Exploring The Current Account In The Balance Of Payments

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  67. Can Financial Education Rebuild America’s Economy?

    Find out why financial education will help America to re-establish itself as the world's (undisputed) leading economy.
  68. 10 Common Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  69. Investing In Property Tax Liens

    Property tax liens can be a viable investment alternative for experienced investors that are familiar with the real estate market.
  70. What To Expect From A Financial Internship

    A college internship can be a wide-open gateway into your dream financial services industry post. Find out what you can expect, if you handle it right.
  71. What Is The Balance Of Payments?

    The balance of payments helps countries to track how much money is coming in and how much money is going out. Learn more about BOPs here.
  72. The Father's Day Index 2013: Dad’s Value Is Up!

    We calculated Dad's value based on typical household tasks.
  73. Steps For Adding New Services To Your Finance Business

    Advisors who seek to add additional lines of business to their practices need to carefully consider all the factors involved.
  74. 5 Financial Gifts Dad Really Wants

    Want to give a unique Father's Day gift? These financial gestures may make Dad's day.
  75. 3 Seemingly Non-Financial Decisions Everyone Should Take More Seriously

    None of these decisions should be considered as being purely financial, but there are severe consequences to ignoring the financial side all together.
  76. Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals

    Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge for most professionals in the finance industry, but it doesn't have to be that way.
  77. Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  78. Breaking Down The TSP Investment Funds

    For investors seeking growth, income AND capital preservation, the Thrift Savings Plan offered by the U.S. government is a great option to consider. In this article, we examine the five core funds offered in the TSP.
  79. Introduction To The Portfolio Dedicated Strategy

    Dedicated Investment Portfolio strategies have been used by institutional investors like pension funds and insurance companies for many years and have gained some popularity with individual investors looking to manage risk. The basic concept of portfolio dedication is to design investment portfolios that deliver predictable future cash flows to approximate future predictable cash outflows (or liabilities), thus mitigating the risk during that period.
  80. How Financial Advisors Are Leveraging Social Media

    As financial advisory clients are increasingly turning to social media, wealth managers who aren't following suit risk being left behind.
  81. How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?

    Find out how this index tracks market movements and where it falls short.
  82. Know Your Cost Basis For Bonds

    Nobody likes taxes, but tax reporting is an inevitable and unavoidable part of investing. If you buy stock, determining your costs basis is a slightly frustrating but fairly straightforward exercise. Your cost basis is the price you paid per share, including sales commissions, adjusted for corporate actions such as stock splits, mergers, and dividend payments.
  83. Experience Or Education: Which One Lands You The Job?

    When job hunting, does education trump experience? Here are some factors to consider when it comes to this duel of credentials.
  84. How To Keep Your Small Business Afloat During Hard Times

    If an economic storm has your business taking on water, we have some tips for bailing yourself out.
  85. Choose A Fund With A Winning Manager

    We break down the key components of analyzing a fund manager's performance so you can find a winner.
  86. CFP, CLU Or ChFC - Which Is Best?

    The designation you choose will depend on which areas of financial planning you want as your focus.
  87. How To Value An Internet Stock

    An academic study, published several years after the peak of the dot-com bubble in March 2000, accurately described just how whacky internet valuations grew until the bubble burst. The study's first sentence basically stated that valuations lost touch with reality.
  88. Be A Financial Planner From Home

    Now may be a good time to explore the possibility of working as a finanical planner from your home.
  89. Certifications For Estate Planning

    These certifications can lead to a promising career, but is estate planning for you?
  90. Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money and misery by avoiding them.
  91. When To Buy A Mutual Fund

    There is money to be made in mutual funds, but investors fall into several pitfalls that keep them from maximizing their profits. Read these tips to take the uncertainty out of investing in mutual funds and find out if mutual funds are a good fit for your portfolio.
  92. Should You Buy An Annuity?

    For many cash strapped seniors an annuity sounds like the perfect solution. And it can be if you think you’ll outlive your mortality date. The only trouble is that the insurance companies offering annuities have perfected estimating your mortality date based on factors like gender, birth year, where you live, where you were born, the age your parents died, and your health (or unhealthy) habits.
  93. Forex Outlook For June 2013

    While June’s excitement may prove to be a bit more muted than May, there are many events unfolding that forex traders should watch closely. We'll take a look at where the four major currency pairs might be headed and some key reports that forex traders should watch for during the month.
  94. Inside The e-PRO® Real Estate Certification

    The e-PRO® curriculum focuses on the most recent developments in real estate technology. Here's everything you need to know about it.
  95. What Determines Your Cost Basis?

    In any transaction between a buyer and seller, the initial price paid in an exchange for a product or service will qualify as the cost basis. When it comes to securities and related financial assets, determining the initial cost basis when there is only one initial purchase is very straightforward.
  96. 5 Secrets Credit Card Companies Don’t Want You To Know

    Find out some of the ways you can lessen your interest payments and avoid other unnecessary penalties that lurk in the fine print.
  97. 7 Tips To Help Land That Internship

    Here are some of the most important considerations to check off the proverbial list before going after that internship.
  98. Taking Shots At CAPM

    Find out why many investors think the capital asset pricing model is full of holes.
  99. Top 10 Cities For A Career In Finance

    Moving to one of these financial hot-spot destinations could set your career in motion.
  100. The Diner's Guide To Tipping

    A look at the standards for tipping service staff in some popular vacation destinations, and the rationale for each custom.
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