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What Are Bonds – Basics of Investing in Corporate vs. Municipal...

Many people turn to bonds as a means of saving for retirement. Others use bonds as a long-term investment vehicle to fund pre-retirement goals, such...

What Is a Corporate Bond – Types, Rates, and How to...

Since March of 2009, the stock market has been on a tear. All three major U.S. indices have at least doubled their value, and...

Series I Savings Bonds – What They Are and How to...

The financial crisis of the late 2000s may be an increasingly distant memory, but it has left a persistent legacy: stubbornly low interest rates...

What Is IRS Capital Gains & Losses Tax – Calculate Rates...

Whether you're new to the world of investing, or you're thinking of selling stocks, bonds, or real estate you've had for some time, it...

Top 13 Fitness & Spa Vacations on a Budget

In today's health-conscious world, practically every major hotel offers onsite fitness facilities, yoga classes, and even fit packages for vacationers. However, there's a big...

7 Mutual Fund Performance Measures & Ratings – What They Mean

For years, investors, fund managers, and stock analysts have sought reliable indicators to project the future return and risk of owning an individual stock,...

What Are Floating Rate Funds – Pros & Cons and Examples

Many types of mutual funds are primarily designed to pay income to investors in various forms. Some income funds invest in bonds, while others...

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...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) History & Fraud Cases

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a regulatory agency that oversees a major segment of the economy along with the IRS, the Consumer...

What Are Municipal Bonds – Pros & Cons of Investing

Most investors stick with the basics and invest in long-term, tax advantaged accounts for their retirement savings, such as pension plans, annuities, 401k or...

Early Retirement Planning: 6 Best Tax Efficient Investments

Early retirement...most of us want it, but few actually have the motivation and the know-how to get it. Just like a regular retirement, at or...