Barry Nielsen

  1. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?
    Insurance

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  2. Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop
    Home & Auto

    Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop

    Home price appreciation is not assured. Can you withstand the volatility in this market?
  3. Choose Your Monthly Mortgage Payments
    Home & Auto

    Choose Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

    Exotic mortgages allow you to decide how much to pay. Find out how much they really cost.
  4. How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth
    Credit & Loans

    How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    Find out how to determine whether refinancing will put you ahead or even more behind.
  5. Cut Commissions With
    Home & Auto

    Cut Commissions With "For Sale By Owner" Sales

    It takes a lot more work, but selling your home without a realtor can have benefits.
  6. Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership
    Home & Auto

    Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Price appreciation is the biggest factor, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  7. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  8. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market
    Economics

    How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  9. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  10. Microsoft Excel Features For The Financially Literate
    Professionals

    Microsoft Excel Features For The Financially Literate

    Here are some of Excel's functions and features that a financial professional can use to make his or her job more efficient.
  11. Find The Right Bond At The Right Time
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Find The Right Bond At The Right Time

    Find out which bonds you should be investing in and when you should be buying them.
  12. How Bond Market Pricing Works
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Bond Market Pricing Works

    Learn the basic rules that govern how bond prices are determined.
  13. Behind The Scenes Of Your Mortgage
    Insurance

    Behind The Scenes Of Your Mortgage

    Four major players slice and dice your mortgage in the secondary market.
  14. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision
    Options & Futures

    Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  15. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices
    Active Trading

    Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  16. How To Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance
    Home & Auto

    How To Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  17. When The Federal Reserve Intervenes (And Why)
    Economics

    When The Federal Reserve Intervenes (And Why)

    The Federal Reserve doesn't interfere with the economy every time it flounders. Find out more here.
  18. Score A Cheap Mortgage
    Options & Futures

    Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  19. Stagflation, 1970s Style
    Economics

    Stagflation, 1970s Style

    Find out how Milton Friedman's monetarist theory helped bring the U.S. out of the economic doldrums.
  20. Mortgage Asset-Liability Management Made Easy
    Retirement

    Mortgage Asset-Liability Management Made Easy

    Should you refinance your mortgage to purchase other assets? Learn how to weigh your risk.
  21. Bond Yield Curve Holds Predictive Powers
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Bond Yield Curve Holds Predictive Powers

    This measure can shed light on future economic activity, inflation levels and interest rates.
  22. Subprime Is Often Subpar
    Options & Futures

    Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  23. Be Mortgage-Free Faster
    Options & Futures

    Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  24. Economic Meltdowns: Let Them Burn Or Stamp Them Out?
    Economics

    Economic Meltdowns: Let Them Burn Or Stamp Them Out?

    Whether the Fed should intervene in market bubbles is up for debate. Learn about both sides here.
  25. Payment Option ARMs: A Ticking Time Bomb?
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Payment Option ARMs: A Ticking Time Bomb?

    With these mortgages the loan's principal can continue to increase - even as payments are made.
  26. The Lost Decade: Lessons From Japan's Real Estate Crisis
    Personal Finance

    The Lost Decade: Lessons From Japan's Real Estate Crisis

    Find out what America can learn from Japan's liquidity trap and credit crunch.
  27. Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?
    Personal Finance

    Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?

    Learn how the secondary mortgage market and investor demand affect the cost of home ownership.
  28. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac And The Credit Crisis Of 2008
    Insurance

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac And The Credit Crisis Of 2008

    Is the U.S. Congress' failure to rein in these mortgage giants to blame for the financial fallout?
  29. The Rise And Demise Of New Century Financial
    Entrepreneurship

    The Rise And Demise Of New Century Financial

    A case study in how poor planning toppled a subprime mortgage giant.