5 Money Management Mistakes

It can be dizzying. And there’s lots of hard-to-ignore noise on the periphery. No, I’m not talking about trying to work at home with the kids buzzing around. Instead, I’m talking about managing your investments. Peruse the paper, surf the ...

Market Commentary: Earnings Reports Spur Market Momentum

Led by decent corporate earnings reports, the S&P 500 index powered to a new all-time high this week, closing at 1759.70, up 0.88%. Government bond yields continued their two-month descent, with the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury ...

Market Commentary: Congress Kicks the Can

Investors cheered the agreement to kick the can on short-term government funding until Jan. 15 — thereby ending the shutdown — and to extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. So the never-ending budget debate in Washington is not over by any means, ...

Market Commentary: Syrian News Sends Stocks Higher

Spurred by the reduced probability of a U.S. strike against the Syrian military, stocks rallied this week. The S&P 500 index advanced 2.03% on the week to close at 1,688. U.S. Treasury yields drifted lower, with the yield on the 10-year ...

Vacations Over: Stock Market Takes a Nose Dive

Stocks and bonds tumbled worldwide this week, as investors reacted to stretched valuations and the ongoing fear of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “tapering.” As early as September, the Fed may reduce its $85 billion monthly rate of ...

“Show Me the Money” Say Investors to ECB

This week’s actions by the European Central Bank remind us of the oft-quoted line from the 1996 movie, “Jerry Maguire.” Speculation that ECB president Mario Draghi would “show us the money” through a European form ...

Smart Savings Strategy: CD Ladders

Can I borrow your ladder? While certificates of deposit might offer a safe and secure way to invest your money, there is another smart option. There is a simple, yet powerful, strategy that builds on their strengths and minimizes the impact of ...