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More and more economists and investment advisors are warning that inflation may kick up. How high could it go? And how can you protect yourself, especially if you prize the safety of fixed-income holdings? Read more»
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on six-month Treasury bills have fallen to the lowest level this year, but economists are more worried about recent rise in long-term rates because it could threaten a rebound in the housing market. Read more»
Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds jumped, climbing above 3.7 percent at one point on Wednesday, the highest since November.That’s good, right? Higher yields mean bigger profits in your bonds and bond funds, don’t they? Read more»
FBR Small Cap Financial, Burnham Financial Industries and Mutual Financial Services have accomplished mission impossible: beat the benchmark S&P 500 index. Read more»
Why You Should Have a Money Market Account
By: Staff
When many people open a bank account they only consider two options, checking accounts and savings accounts. They overlook money market accounts because they don’t know what they are or how they could use them. Understanding money market accounts doesn’t take any special investing knowledge, however. Read more»
Short-Term Treasury Rates Take a Dip
By: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short-term Treasury bill rates edged down slightly in Monday's auction and are expected to remain at low levels until the Federal Reserve starts raising interest rates.That means businesses, money market mutual funds and other investors who use short-term Treasury bills as a convenient and safe place to park their money will not be getting much of a return. Read more»
FDIC Delays Plan to Stretch Bond Terms
By: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing objections from the Obama administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has delayed a plan to stretch the term of the government guarantee for bonds issued by banks that are backed by mortgages and other collateral.The FDIC in January proposed extending the guarantee to 10 years for the so-called covered bonds under a broader rescue program insuring hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. banks' debt. The current guarantee lasts three years. Read more»
Treasurys Gain on Jump in Jobless Claims
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Doubts about the economy are keeping demand for Treasurys alive.Treasury prices gained Thursday despite an advance in stocks after the government reported a sharp jump in new jobless claims.Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to 637,000 last week from 605,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said. That was not as high as the peak reached in late March, but well above analysts' forecast of 610,000. Read more»
Maybe you’ve got a tax refund coming. Perhaps you’ve been sitting on some cash waiting for the financial markets to turn around. Or maybe you want to shift from one investment to another now that the stock market is rebounding.Whatever the reason, using a smart tax strategy can help you avoid giving Uncle Sam more than you have to, and it will boost your returns. Read more»
You find them all over the Internet, especially on mutual fund and brokerage sites: questionnaires and calculators to help you divide your portfolio among stocks, bonds and cash.But can you trust them?Sure, as long as you don’t take their advice too literally. No automated system can perfectly tailor its results to your situation, or predict exactly what will happen in the real world. Read more»
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