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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...
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...
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...
Stocks Bonds Sign Road Sky

Investing in Stocks vs. Bonds – Differences to Consider

Stocks and bonds are some of the most widely known investment vehicles on the market today. Unfortunately, unless you seek a degree in a financial profession, you don’t learn much about them in school.
Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Tips

Investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) Bonds – Protection from Inflation

In nightly news coverage, local stories about prices, and talk radio monologues, rumblings about our nation's debt crisis are starting to expose fears about...
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...
Treasury Bond Yield Curve

What Is The Treasury Bond Yield Curve?

Have you ever heard anyone mention the yield curve and wondered what on earth they were talking about? It's really not as complicated as...
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...
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,...
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...
High Yield Junk Bonds

What Are High-Yield Junk Bonds – Definition, Pros & Cons of...

If you've heard the term "junk bonds" before, you might think that they are worthless. But the proper term for "junk" in this sense...