The financial crisis of the late 2000s may be an increasingly distant memory, but it has left a persistent legacy: stubbornly low interest rates on low-risk, low-reward investment vehicles. Rates on savings accounts, money market funds and government bonds remain at or below the rate of inflation. Of course, interest rates on consumer-facing mortgages and
Corporate bonds occupy a middle ground between low-interest, low-risk government bonds and stocks, which may offer higher returns but are much riskier overall. But corporate bonds are not perfect. Individual corporate bonds have significant drawbacks you should carefully consider before investing.
City and local governments use municipal bonds to raise money for public projects. Investors who buy these bonds enjoy a low-risk investment that offers special tax treatment. Learn what municipal bonds are, how to buy them, how the gains are taxed, and the pros and cons of investing.
Want to get rich? Start investing young. You don’t need to become a personal finance wizard or speak all the opaque financial lingo. You just need to understand a few basics, and consistently invest money every month. Learn how to invest as a teenager to build serious wealth.
With more than $7 trillion in assets under management, Vanguard is one of the biggest investment firms in the world. Its name is practically synonymous with the practice of passive investing using low-cost index funds. Learn the best Vanguard index funds to consider for your investment portfolio.
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