Bonds Articles

  1. ETF “Technology” Gaining Ground: What it means for Your Portfolio

    A new report from Greenwich Associates reveals that institutional investors are increasingly embracing ETF “technology”. Daniel Gamba takes a closer look at the results and reveals what investors can learn from this trend.
  2. Why Apple On The Prowl Is A Good Sign

    While Apple's pending deal to buy Beats Electronics might be upsetting its acolytes, the move is far from an act of desperation. In fact, it's what smart, mature companies do to stay ahead of the curve.
  3. Debt Forgiveness: How to Get Out of Paying Your Student Loans

    Though many individuals eagerly await the possibility of student loan forgiveness, strict stipulations and changing laws may leave some debt-burdened grads with huge un-paid tabs and reduced – or no - help in sight.
  4. How Good a Deal is an Indexed Annuity?

    Indexed annuities are marketed as a compromise between fixed and variable-rate products. But watch the fine print!
  5. Fundamental Investment Metrics For Buying Stocks And Bonds

    Don't let the name fool you. Even a "fundamental" investor has to pay attention to certain metrics.
  6. Crass (But Effective) Ways to Build a College Fund

    Learn from non-profit fundraisers: Encourage friends and family to give your kid college cash, not toys – and say thank you, thank you, thank you
  7. 4 Free Parking Apps That Save You Time and Money

    Free parking apps that are working to save you gas, time and money.
  8. 11 Ways to Save on Hotel Costs

    One of the biggest expenses when traveling is lodging. According to the latest data from the Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com, U.S. travelers spent about an average of $174 per night on hotels when traveling internationally in 2013. When traveling at home, Americans spent about $131.
  9. What Will Become of Berkshire Hathaway Beyond Buffett?

    Warren Buffett, who has become almost synonymous with the term “investor,” remains robust, but at 83 is clearly somewhere in the fourth quarter of the game. What does that mean for Berkshire Hathaway investors?
  10. Bulk Up Your Retirement

    If your business has receiveables, here's a smart way to leverage them to build up your retirement fund – fast
  11. The Easy Way To Measure Bitcoin's Fair Market Value: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

    How do you determine the fair market value of a currency that has appreciated faster than the shares of even the hottest technology stocks?
  12. What If Donald Sterling Ran Your Company?

    A chief executive officer can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But all of that hard-earned respectability — along with a company’s share price — can erode in the wake of a scandal.
  13. 5 Key Strategies For ETF Growth Investors

    Key strategies you can employ that will allow you to get out ahead of near-term volatility.
  14. Common Retirement Advice That DINKs Can Ignore

    The retirement rules are different when a couple has no kids. Spending more, retiring sooner – all kinds of options open up
  15. 5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

    The lies you tell yourself can cost you plenty. Beware.
  16. Use Paying Rent to Boost Your Credit Score

    Now, rent payments can work for you – not just against you – to affect your credit rating
  17. To Love, Honor and Collect: You, Your Spouse and Social Security

    You may have earned your Social Security benefits on your own, but if you’re married, your collection strategy should be a joint decision.
  18. 5 Articles to Refresh Your Financial Literacy

    Being smart about things financial can make the difference between a shaky future and a comfortable one
  19. How To Protect Yourself From Rising Interest Rates

    Today's historically low interest rates have just one way to go. How should you prepare for their inevitable rise?
  20. How Gen Y Can Avoid Working Forever

    Despite tough odds, Gen Y has time to build a strong future with more control over their lives than earlier generations.
  21. Peri-Retirement: The New Life Transition

    Use your 30s and 40s to imagine new life options – and try them on for size
  22. 7 Things You’re Overpaying for on Vacation

    If you’re looking for summer costs that can be reduced, here are seven to start with.
  23. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  24. There Are More Ways To Invest In Land Than You Think

    You don't have to have a huge amount of capital to invest in land. You have many other options, including land-related ETFs and ETNs.
  25. An Introduction To Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark pools are not accessible by the investing public.
  26. 6 Credit Card Rules for New College Grads

    Used well, your credit card can build a credit history that gets you jobs, apartments and a lower car-loan rate
  27. Is It Time To Break Up Berkshire Hathaway?

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is at the pinnacle of success and that’s when business leaders have to be the most wary. Will investors still be partying in Omaha a decade from now?
  28. How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio

    Real assets, as distinguished from financial assets, means stuff you can touch: oil, gold, pork bellies, real estate and more. What are the best ways to get exposure to this portfolio diversifier?
  29. Who Are America’s 10 Highest-Paid CEOs?

    Some of the top companies in America are worth billions of dollars, so how much do their CEOs earn annually?
  30. 5 Ways to Know You Are Spending Too Much Money

    Five signs it’s time to put on the brakes, stop spending too much money, and start saving.
  31. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their financial portfolios as they did during the tech bubble in 2000.
  32. Top 15 Colleges Where Graduates Earn The Most Money With Their Degree

    New data revealed from PayScale shows how much graduates are earning from over 1,000 schools around the country.
  33. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose
  34. Five Stocks Whose Growth Rides On Low-Income Customers

    Catering to the rich won’t make you rich; there just aren’t enough of them to go around. But become popular with the regular joe like these companies and you'll need a wheelbarrow to make your bank deposits.
  35. Housing Market to Heal (But Remain Cautious of Homebuilders)

    Despite last week’s troubling drop in new home sales, the housing market should continue to recover. However, a sanguine view on housing doesn’t necessarily translate into a positive view on homebuilders.
  36. Millennials: Let’s Grab A Beer, Burger and a Movie In 2064

    Asking a 25-year old to save money for his 75-year old future self is like asking him to give money to a stranger. But if you put the future in more relatable terms saving may start to make sense.
  37. The Perils Of Program Trading

    The increasing use of program trading makes market glitches inevitable - and sometimes disastrous.
  38. What Are The Best Bets In Biotech?

    The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is off nearly 20% as its components busy themselves with hostile bids and frenzied buying and selling of business units. Where should you be when the smoke clears?
  39. The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    When you refinance your mortgage, everything hinges on the appraisal. Here's what appraisers look at, how to make your home look as valuable as possible and ways to fight back if the valuation comes in too low.
  40. Why Facebook Should Buy Twitter

    Facebook and Twitter could make the perfect power couple. Is now the time for a deal to happen?
  41. Summer Blockbusters: Tips on Cutting Your Movie Bill

    There are practical ways you can save money on movie tickets and cut back on how much you spend on movies in general.
  42. Outside-the-Box Financial Strategies to Pay for College

    Four unexpected ways to build your kids' college fund
  43. 3 Defensive Equity ETFs For Turbulent Times

    Investors that are concerned about the recent volatility in the stock market may want to consider looking at conservative equity strategies to protect their assets.
  44. What is Bitcoin Mining?

    How does Bitcoin get released into circulation?
  45. Are People Really Receiving Their Salary Through Bitcoin?

    Did you know people are having their salaries paid with Bitcoin?
  46. Japan’s 20-Year Deflationary Spiral Is About To End

    With this month’s hike in the consumption tax from 5% to 8%, investors are fearful that history may repeat itself.
  47. Don't Get Burned by High Credit Card Rates

    How to avoid the worst rates – and use teaser offers strategically
  48. Survey: Americans Still Feel Vulnerable About Healthcare Insurance Under Obamacare

    The Afforable Care Act, aka Obamacare, continues to remain a hot-button political issue as America heads into its mid-term elections.
  49. Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to tops in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 6 of 20 countries; the U.S.,11th.
  50. When Is Grad School Worth It?

    How to figure whether the payback you get from going to grad school – earnings, lifestyle, career opportunities – is worth the cost.
  51. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the realization that you probably should have done more to limit your tax burden.
  52. 3 Intriguing Canada ETFs For Your Portfolio

    Canada offers many attractive qualities for investors seeking exposure to North America, including plentiful natural resources, a sound economy, and welcoming business environment.
  53. Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red

    Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red
  54. The 401(k) Gender Gap

    Women aren't investing in 401(k) plans at the same rate as men - which will cost them big time at retirement. To reap the most, start investing young.
  55. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part II)

    This is the second missive of a two-part series on cannabis stocks in 2014.
  56. What to Do if You Don't Have a College Fund for Your Child

    Learn how your credit, equity in your home, credit card habits, and other resources can all impact your child's ability to pay for school.
  57. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part I)

    Even though cannabis-sector stocks have dropped more than 50 percent since the March peak, the Benzinga 420 Marijuana Index is still up 244 percent YTD.
  58. Cycles And Presidential Cycles: Is There A Twist?

    The days when QE-infinity both here and in the land of the rising sun meant free money for those that could pull off the "carry trade." And the days when the grass definitely looked greener on the other side of the economic fence.
  59. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their financial portfolios as they did during the tech bubble in 2000.
  60. Are Mutual Funds Doomed?

    Decreases in mutual fund classes and the growing use of ETFs means the future of mutual funds will be anything but smooth.
  61. Don't Retire Early - Change Careers Instead

    Many people who long for early retirement simply may have never known what it's like to enjoy going to work every day. A better goal for some: Shoot for a mid-life career change instead.
  62. 10 Sobering Findings About America’s Financial Literacy

    April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to highlight the importance of financial literacy and encourage Americans to learn and establish healthy financial habits.
  63. Don't Believe The Hype About A Yahoo Turnaround

    Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has recently claimed the company's core display advertising business is starting to show signs of a turnaround. Unfortunately, there may be less to this achievement than meets the eye.
  64. State Employment Trends: Does a Low Tax/Right-to-Work/Low Minimum Wage Regime Correlate to Growth?

    Employment in Governor Walker’s Wisconsin, as in Governor Brownback’s Kansas, has lagged behind that of the United States (and behind that of Governor Dayton’s Minnesota and Governor Brown’s California).
  65. What Makes LinkedIn Different From Facebook and Twitter

    Even with its network of 250 million members, Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn Corp. is often overlooked when it comes to social-media companies.
  66. Understanding FHA Home Loans

    Don't be overwhelmed when filling out these forms. Find out what you need to do here.
  67. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  68. Connecting the Dots on Fed Policy

    A close look at how the Fed decides which path to follow.
  69. You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) caused by Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” makes it important for industry professionals to come up to speed with HFT terminology.
  70. What Maker-Taker Fees Mean To You

    Exchanges and a few high-frequency traders are being scrutinized for a rebate pricing system regulators believe distorts pricing, diminishes liquidity and can cost long-term investors.
  71. The 401(k) Choice: Who's Right for a Roth

    Roughly half of U.S. employers offer a Roth 401(k). Anyone whose tax bracket is likely to increase later in life, especially younger workers, will get tax savings by choosing a Roth over a traditional 401(k).
  72. Is Amazon Prime Still The Best Deal In Tech?

    If you asked that question a week ago, when Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN) raised its annual fee for Amazon Prime to $99 from $79, you might have heard a far different answer.
  73. Save Money: 5 Expenses You Don’t Need

    Everyone likes having extra cash, and saving money every month doesn’t have to mean making big sacrifices in time, effort, or enjoyment. Here are a few ways to save money on five common household expenses.
  74. Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Mgmt Review and Outlook, Q1 2014

    Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Management Quarterly Review and Outlook, First Quarter 2014
  75. Five Retirement Warning Signs for Millennials

    If Gen Y'ers don't want to keep working forever, here's what they need to do now.
  76. Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk)

    By most fundamental measures, oil prices should be declining. Russ explains why they’re on the rise instead, how this has helped energy stocks in 2014 and why investors should still consider an overweight to the global energy sector.
  77. Dental Insurance: Is It Worth the Cost?

    A trip to the dentist can take a big bite out of your wallet, which is why it’s important for some people to purchase dental insurance. But what if you’re a single person without a need for major dental work?
  78. Why College Graduates Are Settling for Minimum Wage Jobs

    Going to college means you’re going to land a high-paying job and make lot of money, right? That is not the case in today’s world. A fair amount of college graduates are settling for minimum wage or low paying jobs.
  79. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  80. What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price of $169,000 is still well below the national average - and there's much more inventory than in most regions, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014.
  81. Bad Investor Behavior: Overemphasizing Experience

    Behavioral finance researchers have discovered that our personal experiences disproportionately impact our investing behavior. Nelli examines the evidence and implications of this bad investing behavior, and what investors can do to overcome it.
  82. Overbought Or Oversold? Use The Relative Strength Index To Find Out

    The Relative Strength Index comes in handy when identifying areas that are potentially overbought or oversold.
  83. How IEX is Combating Predatory Types Of High-Frequency Traders

    IEX is an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that seeks to combat predatory trading, particularly high-frequency trading.
  84. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  85. 10 Ways to Screw up Your Retirement

    There are many common traps that retirees or soon-to-be-retirees fall into. We’ve laid out the top 10 here to help you avoid these pitfalls. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling into some of these traps – many have.
  86. No Legwork Wednesday – J.C. Penney And The 'No Sale' Debacle

    When it comes to retailing, a company’s success depends as much on properly positioning its products as it does on the actual products being offered.
  87. The Four Most Commonly-Used Indicators In Trend Trading

    Here are the top indicators and tools trend traders use to establish when trends exist and to find entry/exit points.
  88. Tax Dodging Companies Cost You More Than $1,200 Each Year

    Every year that multinational corporations and wealthy individuals lower their U.S. tax bills by stashing profits in off-shore tax havens, you pay more to cover their tab. The same is true for small businesses. How much more? U.S.PIRG, the U.S Public Interest Research Group, just released this report that says tax haven abuse cost states and the federal government $184 billion last year.
  89. 10 Money Scams Aimed At Senior Citizens

    The older people get, the more vulnerable they become to fraud. Here are 10 scams to watch out for -- with FBI tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
  90. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Gold Standard

    Many feel that with the instability that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, some form of the gold standard should be brought back.
  91. Guide: How to Save on Expensive Funeral Costs

    According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in 2012 was $7,045.
  92. If You Live In One Of These 11 States You May Be Flunking Finance

    Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to make effective and informed money management decisions. Some states do a much better job of teaching it to kids than the rest.
  93. I Didn’t File Taxes, Now What?

    April 15 has come and gone, but if you didn’t file your tax bill, all is not lost, even if you think you will owe taxes. Take a deep breath and learn what you can do next to avoid serious consequences if you didn’t file your taxes by the April 15 deadline. Get help if possible First, no advice here is a good substitute for talking to a qualified tax professional about your situation.
  94. 3 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money

    Money — everyone needs it, but not everyone has it. Many people who find themselves in a financial bind aren’t left with many options, and sometimes applying for a loan isn’t realistic. The most accessible methods of getting quick cash come with a high cost, but those who need money badly won’t mind.
  95. Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples

    In her latest personal finance post, Jessie Szymanski takes a closer look at a major cause of conflict in American marriages. Here are five things you must discuss with your significant other before taking the plunge.
  96. The Price Of Produce Is Sky Rocketing – Here's How To Save

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the price of produce is rising fast. Lettuce is projected to jump more than 30% in the coming months, avocados will rise 28%, and broccoli—22%.
  97. Your Bad Financial Habits Can Hurt Your Kids

    Modeling sensible planning and budgeting practices in front of your kids helps set them up for a lifetime of financial good health
  98. How Some Brands Come Back from Near Death

    Some company brands manage to revive themselves, while others die and go to brand heaven.
  99. How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater

    It would almost be easier to list the industry sectors in which Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) doesn’t turn gargantuan profits.
  100. Obamacare May Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

    A benefit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be a drop in car insurance premiums as health care providers shoulder more of the treatment costs tied to accidents and injuries, according to a new report from a leading think-tank. The non-profit Rand Corporation says the rise in the number of people with medical coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare, could result in a "modest" drop in claims against auto insurers.
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