Low interest rates are generally a good thing for borrowers. However, low rates haven't been so great for people wanting to earn more on their savings.
It’s important to understand why interest rates have been low, why that may be changing soon and how rising interest rates could affect your financial planning in a number of ways—including your investments.
You may invest steadily every month through your workplace retirement plan. But what if it’s bonus season and you’ve received a big check? Or you’ve received proceeds from selling a vacation home, or come into an inheritance?
Take a few minutes to better understand how asset allocation works and how it can help you.
If market volatility has you second guessing your investment approach, consider these points before making any moves.
Looking to make a change with your money? Consider seeking financial advice to help you take a step in the right direction.
More investors are taking an interest in socially responsible investing (SRI), which looks beyond financial performance.
Before you invest in bonds, you should learn which factors could affect how prices can rise and fall with changes in interest rates.
Proper diversification requires owning different types of stocks and bonds and other assets in the U.S. and overseas.
Just like physical conditioning, ensuring your fitness as an investor requires a strategy and a long-term commitment to tending to your financial health.
U.S. government bonds are debt securities issued by the United States to support government spending.
Get a summary of the main differences between a bond fund vs individual bonds and decide what's right for you.
Regardless of your age or financial situation, investing in fixed-income securities can play an important role in your long-term strategy.
Will your investments help you reach your financial goals?
If you don't have hours to spend maintaining your retirement account, then a lifecycle fund may be for you.
Learn how mutual funds and annuities work and what they offer for your retirement savings.
If you’re looking for an investment that provides income, you may want to consider tax-exempt municipal bonds.
If you invest in mutual funds, you may already know how varied the choices are.
If you have long-term goals, saving and investing for them now should be one of your top priorities.
If you haven't started saving and investing for your future, there's no better time than now.
An asset class is a group of securities that have similar financial characteristics.
Lifestyle funds are designed to simplify an investor’s selection of a diversified, risk-appropriate portfolio.
A mutual fund offers simplicity, diversification and the flexibility to redeem shares on request.
Mutual funds may be used to help you invest for a variety of goals such as retirement, a home purchase, or building up emergency savings.
The first few years out of college may be financially challenging, but there are steps that can help.
Couples should tackle financial planning together in case one person loses the ability to make decisions.
With fraud on the rise, it’s important to know the different methods and how to protect yourself.
Here are some steps you can take to help you and your spouse lead a financially healthy lifestyle.
When you started contributing to a retirement plan, you named your beneficiaries. Do they need to be updated?
While your retirement goals may be complex, an annuity can help make meeting those goals simple.
Annuities have a bad reputation among some people — but not necessarily a well-deserved one.
More basics about fixed and variable annuities.
You are likely familiar with the potential benefits and risks of investing in stocks and bonds, but are you aware of real estate as an asset class?
A divorce can be emotionally and financially draining. There are steps you can consider to help protect yourself.
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