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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Bonds Versus Stocks Investing

Is Investing In Bonds Safer Than Stock Investing?

Most investment professionals consider bonds a safe component of portfolios. They're supposed to provide the stability and certainty that stocks can't. Others say that...
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...
Investing Bonds Basics Corporate Vs Municipal

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...
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...