Money Market Archives

Legendary investor Warren Buffett is doing something he’s always avoided — splitting shares of his beloved Berkshire Hathaway (Stock Quote: BRK.B). Each current share will be turned into 50. Read more»
The problem: You just don’t have time, the inclination or financial experience to manage your retirement investments on your own. Read more»
A growing number of companies are scrambling to come up with enough shares for their employee stock-purchase plans, suggesting that employees are eager to get the most they can from this benefit, despite the risks. Are those risks really worth taking? They can be, if they are kept under control. That takes some diligence. Read more»
Bonds have long been the backbone of the safer, or more conservative, portion of an investment portfolio, and bond-owning mutual funds have been stellar performers this year. But now bonds are looking riskier. Interest rates are so low that they’re more likely to go up than down, and that could undermine bond prices. Read more»
Fixed-income investors searching for higher yields have an alternative to stingy bank savings and money market funds — bonds backed by mortgage debt. Some mutual funds that invest in them yield more than 4%. Is that a joke? Didn’t a mortgage-market implosion trigger the financial crisis and Great Recession? Aren’t mortgage-backed securities terribly risky? Read more»
When bank savings and money markets pay almost nothing, it seems logical to reach for a bit more yield by taking on a smidgeon of additional risk. Read more»
For many investors it is an article of faith: Never spend principal. In other words, if you need to take money from your investments to live on, withdrawals should be confined to interest and dividend earnings. A retiree or long-term investor should never, ever, dip into the investment itself, whether it’s a stock, bond, mutual fund or bank savings. At least, that’s the common wisdom. Read more»
Investing Results: Use a Benchmark
By: Jeff Brown
Ask the average mutual fund investor how well a portfolio is performing and you’re likely to get a variation of three basic answers: “Pretty well.” “Lousy.” “Just treading water.” Ask a professional money manager and you’ll hear something like: “We outperformed (or trailed) the S&P by 200 basis points.” Read more»
Investors who want steady income are having a hard time of it these days, as yields on bank savings, money markets and government bonds are pitifully low. You’re lucky to get 2%, and would have to tie your money up a pretty long time to do any better. So why not look to dividend-paying stocks? Read more»
A year ago, savers were shocked by the news that a major money market fund had “broken the buck,” triggering worries about whether cash holdings were safe. Turns out they were. And they still are. Read more»
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