Month: May 2015

May
26

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Setting Financial Events to Music

You could have set the events of last week to music. The Markets—Should They Stay or Should They Go? Last week, the Bank of England (BOE), Britain’s central bank, inadvertently sent a memo describing how staffers should handle press inquiries about its confidential research into the possibility of a British exit (Brexit) from the European…

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May
18

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Waters for Treasury Market Grow Shallow

The U.S. Treasury market is a bit like a lake in the midst of a drought. All the action—fish, frogs, crawdads and such—that was once hidden in the depths has become a lot more visible as the water shallows. For decades, traders and investors have turned to U.S. government debt—Treasury bills and bonds—because the market…

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May
11

Provided by: Jon McGraw

The Bond Goes on a Tear in the Markets

Government bonds have gone wild! Sure, you might expect high-yield bonds to act unpredictably from time to time. That’s why they’re high-yield bonds. They don’t receive investment-grade ratings—BBB through AAA—from leading credit rating agencies because they are not considered to be as creditworthy as investment-grade bonds and carry a high degree of risk. U.S. Treasuries…

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May
04

Provided by: Jon McGraw

The U.S. and China’s Market Performance

Stock markets tipped into the red last week. Major indices in the United States and elsewhere dipped lower as U.S. economic growth came in below expectations. The Commerce Department reported gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.2 percent annualized during the first quarter. Growth was hindered by the strength of the U.S. dollar, which made…

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May
04

Provided by: Jon McGraw

Parents: What You Need to Know About College Savings and 529 Accounts

Are you concerned about the rising cost of tuition, wondering how you are going to save enough money to put your kids through college? It is a big responsibility to pay for higher education, and many parents are overwhelmed at the idea of paying for their child’s tuition. Don’t worry, because if you are strategic…

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