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Interest Rate Swaps Explained

Interest Rate Swaps Explained – Definition & Example

An interest rate swap is a financial derivative that companies use to exchange interest rate payments with each other. Swaps are useful when one company wants...
Municipal Bonds Investing

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...
Short Selling Us Treasury Bonds

How to Short Bonds – Is Short Selling U.S. Treasury Bonds...

Bonds are often considered to be fairly safe investments, but their trading prices can endure as much fluctuation and volatility as stocks. As a...
What Are Financial Derivatives Trading Examples

What are Financial Derivatives – Common Derivatives Trading Examples

If you are active in the investing world, you've most likely heard something about dealing in derivatives. While this kind of investing may be...
Mutual Fund Performance Measures Ratings

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,...
Early Retirement Planning Investments

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...
Series I Savings Bonds

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...
Passive Income Investing Strategies

Passive Income Investing Strategies – Earn Monthly Income from Your Investments

The majority of people think of retirement accounts when the topic of investing comes up. Most "regular folks" are interested in building up a...
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...
Securities Exchange Commission

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...
Evaluate Mutual Fund Before Investing

How I Evaluate A Mutual Fund Before Investing In It

I have five things that I look for when evaluating a mutual fund to see if I want to invest in it. I'll outline...
Corporate Bond Types

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...