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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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bond Mutual Fund

What Is A Bond Mutual Fund?

Most people now understand what a mutual fund is. Mutual funds combine shareholders' money in a common pool to buy shares of stock in...
Floating Rate Funds

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...
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...