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Credit Rating Agencies History

History of Credit Rating Agencies and How They Work

Credit rating agencies have been around for the better part of the 20th century, and have played a key role in the financial world...
Real Estate Investment Trust Investing Reits

What Is a Real Estate Investment Trust – Investing in REITs

For many, real estate is the gold standard of all investments. It has a great long-term track record, can provide a steady income, and...
Maximum 401k Roth Ira Contribution

Maximum 401k & Roth IRA Contribution Limits 2011

As you probably already know, saving for retirement is extremely important, and there are many different types of retirement accounts that you can use...
Gold Investment History

Investing in Gold – History, Determining If It’s a Good Investment

Humankind's fascination with gold can be dated back as far as 4000 B.C., and for much of our collective history, possession of gold was...
Fama French Factor Model Stock Investing

Fama and French Three Factor Model for Stock Investing

A logical investor might assume that the best performing stocks are massive, cash-rich companies that have been in existence for decades. A reasoning mind...
Social Security Eligibility Age

How To Prepare For The Social Security Eligibility Age Increase

Social Security has been a hot topic during this election season. Many politicians have discussed raising the age at which individuals become eligible to receive...
Problems Etfs Watch

4 Problems With ETFs To Watch For

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are certainly one of the best financial innovations to hit main street since mutual funds and retail online brokers. ETFs...
Stock Market Timing Strategies

Stock Market Timing Strategies – Do They Really Work?

Some analysts claim that they are able to time the stock market and only invest during bull markets. The premise is simple: Buy stocks...
Exchange Traded Note Etn

What Is an Exchange-Traded Note (ETN) – How They Differ From...

Like a bond, an exchange-traded note (ETN) is a debt instrument with a set maturity date upon which its issuer promises to repay your...
employee stock ownership plan concept?

What Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – Definition, Pros...

There are several different types of plans available for employers that choose to reward their employees with shares of the company. However, there is...
Learn From Bear Stearns Downfall

What We Can Learn From the Bear Stearns Down Fall

If you keep up with current events and/or financial news, then you probably heard about the demise of Bear Stearns, a once large investment...
Best Small Business 401k Plans

Best Small Business 401k Plans

Finding a good small business 401k plan for you and your employees can be daunting. Nearly every financial company offers some kind of option...