Bonds Articles

  1. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that are poised to benefit, and find cautionary signals around industries and companies that are likely to suffer.
  2. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  3. How Effective Is The Chinese Wall?

    Because underwriters work on one side of the Chinese wall and analysts work on the other side, information gathered by the underwriters is not supposed to be shared with analysts.
  4. Why Banks Are Scrambling To Hear Your Complaints

    Find out the real reasons why banks are trying to reach angry customers before they file a complaint to the CFPB.
  5. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is this possible?
  6. What Are Hedge Funds?

    Hedge funds may be similar to mutual funds in some ways, but they differ in other ways like fee structure. Is a hedge fund for you?
  7. Tax Tips For The Last Quarter Of 2013

    Tax time may not be right around the corner, but the last quarter of the year is here, so it’s time to get in gear to maximize the potential for tax deductions as the year draws to a close.
  8. A Primer On The Forex Market

    Moving from equities to currencies requires you to adjust how you interpret quotes, margin, spreads and rollovers.
  9. Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  10. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  11. When, Why And How To File A Complaint With The CFPB

    When the employees you interact with at your bank, credit card company, mortgage lender or other financial institution seem incapable of or unwilling to resolve your complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's process may help you get a better result.
  12. The Legacy Of Ben Bernanke

    Will Bernanke go down in history as one of the greatest-ever chairpersons of the Fed, or is his legacy likely to be tarnished by events after his departure from the position, as was the case with his predecessor Alan Greenspan?
  13. Five Questions Investors Should Ask When A CEO Returns

    One of an investor’s most challenging decisions is how to handle the news that a former chief executive officer returns to power. In this article we'll cover the five questions you should ask when a CEO returns
  14. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing the assets and liabilities on the balance sheet.
  15. Magic Retirement Numbers: As Real As Every Elvis On The Las Vegas Strip

    Many folks find their "magic retirement number" when they are young and fully believe that if they hit that number, they will live the retirement of their dreams. What they don't realize is the number of assumptions that have gone into calculating that number.
  16. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually profit by doing market analysis. However, even experienced investors debate which type of analysis - fundamental or technical - provides higher returns.
  17. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  18. Janet Yellen: Background And Philosophy

    Janet Yellen's nomination as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board will mark the first time that a woman has served as head of the board. Her previous experience and credentials won support for her in Congress over other candidates, and market analysts expect her to continue the policies of Ben Bernanke, her predecessor.
  19. Analyzing Investments With Solvency Ratios

    Solvency ratios are extremely useful in helping analyze a firm’s ability to meet its long-term obligations; but like most financial ratios, they must be used in the context of an overall company analysis.
  20. Don't Fall Victim To These Obamacare Scams

    There are numerous fake Obamacare websites that attempt to look like an insurance exchange, when they are really just individuals trying to take your money and obtain your personal information. Find out how to protect yourself.
  21. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority of SWFs are located in the Middle East and Asia, whether these largely opaque entities are friends or foes of the nations where they invest has been the subject of hot debate from time to time.
  22. Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    A firm uses its assets to generate sales and bottom-line profits for shareholders. A healthy company will continually grow its assets, which stems from leftover profits that are reinvested back into the business.
  23. Top Reasons Forex Traders Fail

    This market can be treacherous for unprepared investors. Find out how to avoid the mistakes that keep FX traders from succeeding.
  24. Lowering Your Costs For Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage

    Here, we take a look at how you may be able to lower your costs for health insurance coverage in 2014 though the Health Insurance Markerplace.
  25. The U.S. National Spending And Debt

    Just like any average American household, government overspending can carry on for extended periods by rolling over debt and borrowing more and more money in what seems like a never-ending game of chasing our tail.
  26. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  27. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  28. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  29. The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance

    Understanding gender differences and how they are changing is fundamental to understanding the investing world.
  30. Beware The Liability Of Sharing Your Car With Strangers

    Car sharing, the newest way to rent a car, is catching on in the U.S., Canada and Europe. But both renters and the car owners they rent from may be taking on risks they don’t fully understand.
  31. Essential Health Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act

    Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive health services and these 10 essential health benefits are the minimum requirements for many health insurance plans.
  32. The Basics Of Short Selling

    Short sellers enable the markets to function smoothly by providing liquidity, and also serve as a restraining influence on investors’ over-exuberance.
  33. What Is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  34. When The Offense Changes, The Defense Needs To Adapt

    Sports are like investing: you don’t blindly use a strategy without considering your opponent’s next move, his strengths, and his weaknesses. To win, you have to adapt.
  35. DIY! How To Sell Your House Without A Broker

    Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, people are showing their enthusiasm for DIY, or do-it-yourself projects to save money -- and selling your home shouldn't be any different.
  36. Interesting Facts About Imports And Exports

    Imports and exports exert a profound influence on the consumer and the economy. Learn what affects these figures, and in turn how these figures affect the economy.
  37. To Sell Or Not To Sell

    Learn some tips on how to exit a position to the best of your advantage.
  38. Adam Smith: The Father Of Economics

    This free thinker promoted free trade at a time when governments controlled most commercial interests.
  39. Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    If you believe the market smiles on those who focus on value, growth or income, this vehicle may be for you.
  40. How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    By gaining an awareness of the transportation firms and trends that affect these players, investors can gain an edge by analyzing the sector and looking to profit from understanding it.
  41. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  42. Reviewing Liabilities On The Balance Sheet

    As an experienced or new analyst, liabilities tell a deep story of how a company finances, plans and accounts for money it will need to pay at a future date.
  43. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure a company’s liquidity and solvency, and an investor should use both sets to get the complete picture of a company’s financial position.
  44. Fund Of Funds - High Society For The Little Guy

    Like a mutual fund, FOFs provide instant diversity by grouping many hedge funds into one product.
  45. A Look At National Debt And Government Bonds

    Learn the functions of the U.S. Treasury, and find out how and why it issues debt.
  46. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  47. What Are Frontier Markets?

    Frontier markets refer to equity markets in small nations that are at an earlier stage of economic and political development than larger and more mature emerging markets. These markets typically have modest market capitalization, limited investability and liquidity, and few sources of market information.
  48. An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  49. Nobody Wins When The Government Shuts Down

    The government is on the verge of its first shutdown in 17 years because some Republican members in the House are insisting that President Obama either delay or repeal parts of Obamacare.
  50. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  51. Introduction to Margin Accounts

    Find out what your broker is doing with your securities when you invest on margin.
  52. Fox Business Network's Gerri Willis: What Gen Y Learned From The Great Recession

    The financial crisis that just notched its five-year anniversary was the ultimate classroom for investors and savers. And, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments, Gen Yers were taking better notes than just about anybody else.
  53. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  54. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  55. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This respected index is published monthly from the results of random telephone surveys.
  56. 7 Essential Questions To Ask Aging Parents About Their Finances

    No one wants to think about the aging of his or her parents, let alone plan for their death. Unfortunately, aging is a part of life, and in order to truly support your parents, it's best to start asking questions now.
  57. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index, or to hedge downside risk in a portfolio or specific stock.
  58. Pay Attention To Your Fund’s Expense Ratio

    Despite trends indicating an overall decrease in fees across many fund categories, investors should still pay attention to expense ratios: even small differences in fees can have a significant impact on your investment over time.
  59. Trading With The Jobless Claims Report

    Introduction to the jobless claims report. This article looks at what jobless claims tell us about the economy's health and how to interpret the data contained in the release.
  60. The Market Participant Playbook

    Find out what effect institutional investors have on the stock market and individual traders.
  61. Tortoises Win The Retirement Race

    People are having children later in life, which leaves them with less time to accumulate savings for retirement. For late boomers, that means the time is now to start getting serious about retirement, even if they aren't empty-nesters just yet.
  62. How Currency Works

    Currency offers key advantages over economies based on direct trade. It provides sellers with a broader market for their goods and services, and provides a durable asset with which people can accumulate and store wealth.
  63. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  64. How To Choose Between Bronze, Silver, Gold And Platinum Health Insurance Plans

    Here, we explain the different coverage levels within the new Health Insurance Marketplace and help you choose among the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum health insurance plans.
  65. Don't Let Stock Prices Fool You

    Find out why a stock with a six-figure share price can still be a good value.
  66. How To Manage Lifestyle Inflation

    Learn how to manage your finances so that making extra money actually equates to getting ahead.
  67. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  68. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of interest.
  69. Tailoring Your Investment Plan

    Start your own investing adventure with the help of some simple guidelines.
  70. Getting Shocked By Utility Stocks

    Utility stocks are traditionally thought of as safe investments, no matter what happens at Wall Street. A recent analysis shows that this isn't really the case.
  71. Insider Selling Isn't Always A Bad Sign

    Predated trades at regular intervals can instill confidence, not fear, for investors.
  72. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  73. Diversification: Protecting Portfolios From Mass Destruction

    This investing strategy retains its charm as a protection against random events in the market.
  74. The Difference Between Emerging And Frontier Markets

    Emerging and frontier markets offer investors global diversification in return for higher risk. These sectors have performed well over the past few years, but do your homework before you venture into them.
  75. A Day In The Life Of An Economist

    We've interviewed three economists with very different job descriptions to give you an idea of the many possibilities this career choice offers.
  76. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  77. What Are Factor Model ETFs?

    Given that stock picking is not generally effective, trackers that simply follow an index have become very popular. However, trackers have their disadvantages, too, so hybrid models between the two extremes have naturally and logically evolved.
  78. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  79. Which Order To Use? Stop-Loss Or Stop-Limit Orders

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit losses. Investors need to know how each type of order works to know when to use one versus the other.
  80. How To Keep Costs Low When Refinancing Your Home

    With interest rates still being relatively low, now is a great time to capitalize on refinancing your home. Be aware of what fees are involved in a refinance, and how to keep these costs low.
  81. What Is Private Equity?

    This investment vehicle attracts wealthy investors to increase the value of portfolio companies.
  82. A Primer On The MACD

    Learn to trade in the direction of short-term momentum.
  83. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  84. Are You Really Retired Just Because You Stopped Working?

    Retirement doesn't have to mean the end of working, it can be just the end of working to get by every week. Retirement should be about working only if you want to, not because you have to.
  85. Loving Your Stocks? Don't Take This Cliché To Heart

    The advice not to fall in love with one's stocks is common, even a cliché. However, the prevalence of this phenomenon is probably overstated by financial journalists. More common is that investors hang on to poorly performing assets, but for a wide range of reasons.
  86. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and greater protection for consumers through a combination of community programs, public educational and legislation.
  87. 6 Asset Allocation Strategies That Work

    Your portfolio's asset mix is a key factor in whether it's profitable. Find out how to get this delicate balance right.
  88. War's Influence On Wall Street

    Blitzkrieg? Dawn raids? Sounds like the markets and the battlefield have a few things in common.
  89. Introduction To Coincident And Lagging Economic Indicators

    Investors can learn a lot, or very little, from these indicators once they know how to use them.
  90. A Day In The Life Of An Auditor

    If you like the idea of examining and attesting to a company's financial performance for a living, a career in auditing might be right for you.
  91. How To Cut Your Mutual Fund Fees By Up To 90%

    Most mutual funds don’t come close to beating the indexes they’re compared against. And yet they carry steep fees for active management. Find out how a little research and effort can cut your mutual fund fees.
  92. When To Short A Stock

    Learn how to make money off failing shares.
  93. 5 Money Moves To Make In September

    From a financial perspective, September is a great time for a quick reboot of your financial mind-set.
  94. The Auction Method: How NYSE Stock Prices are Set

    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), sometimes referred to as “the big board,” is the oldest and largest stock exchange in the United States. NYSE is the place investors think of when they picture traders shouting out prices and making wild hand gestures in a visually chaotic live securities auction process known as open outcry.
  95. American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  96. A Top-Down Approach To Investing

    Use a global view to determine which stocks belong in your portfolio.
  97. Pay Attention To The Proxy Statement

    Don't overlook this overview of a company's well-being.
  98. The Future Of Cryptocurrency

    The emergence of Bitcoin has sparked a debate about its future and that of other cryptocurrencies. Despite Bitcoin’s recent issues, its success since its 2009 launch has inspired the creation of alternative cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Ripple and MintChip.
  99. How Risk Free Is The Risk-Free Rate Of Return?

    This rate is rarely questioned - unless the economy falls into disarray.
  100. Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    There are numerous ways to value investments, and many investors prefer a specific valuation method. Yield investing is one way to value a stock by comparing the current price to various factors. Yield by definition means to give way to or produce. There are many ways to measure yield - three common ones are dividend yield, earnings yield and free cash flow yield.
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