Readers Find Some Weird Winners
Investing for Income

Readers Find Some Weird Winners

Most of the time, I find flaws in offbeat investments with high distributions. But sometimes oddities have their day of glory.
July 30, 2021
How to Play the High-Yield Rally
Becoming an Investor

How to Play the High-Yield Rally

Junk bonds have been on a tear, so this fund has shifted to defense.
July 29, 2021
Is the Stock Market Closed for the Fourth of July in 2021?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Closed for the Fourth of July in 2021?

Independence Day falls on a Sunday in 2021, so the bond and stock markets will enjoy a long holiday weekend. Here's a look at the markets' holiday hou…
July 3, 2021
Will the Stock Market Close for Juneteenth?
Markets

Will the Stock Market Close for Juneteenth?

Washington has passed legislation turning Juneteenth into a federal holiday, with immediate effect. Will the stock market close in observance?
June 17, 2021
Stock Market Holidays in 2021
Markets

Stock Market Holidays in 2021

Is the stock market open today? Take a look at which days the NYSE, Nasdaq and bond markets take off in 2021.
June 17, 2021

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What Time Is the Stock Market Open Today?
Markets

What Time Is the Stock Market Open Today?

When does the stock market open? While the market does have regular hours, trading doesn't stop when the major exchanges close.
May 28, 2021
Bonds: Be Choosy for the Rest of 2021
Investing for Income

Bonds: Be Choosy for the Rest of 2021

Enough good things are happening in the economy and some fixed-income sectors (perhaps not T-bonds) to imply better second-half prospects.
May 26, 2021
Warren Buffett Stocks Ranked: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio
stocks

Warren Buffett Stocks Ranked: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio

The Berkshire Hathaway portfolio is a diverse set of blue chips and, increasingly, lesser-known growth bets. Here's a look at every stock picked by Wa…
May 18, 2021
Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now
Investing for Income

Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now

A portfolio of mortgages should retain their value better than ordinary bonds if interest rates rise.
February 28, 2021
2 Top-Tier T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds
mutual funds

2 Top-Tier T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds

T. Rowe Price's mutual funds typically stand out among their peers, but these two selections provide elite equity and bond exposure for this point in …
February 24, 2021
How Green Are Your Bonds?
Becoming an Investor

How Green Are Your Bonds?

Fixed-income investors can make an environmental impact, too.
February 23, 2021
Is the Stock Market Open on Presidents' Day 2021?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Open on Presidents' Day 2021?

If you invest in the stock or bond markets, enjoy your Monday off. The markets will be closed in honor of George Washington's birthday.
February 13, 2021
It May Be Time to Swap the 60/40 Portfolio for a 40/60 Portfolio Instead
bonds

It May Be Time to Swap the 60/40 Portfolio for a 40/60 Portfolio Instead

If the traditional “60/40 portfolio” is dead, what should investors do? For a clue, turn to the Chicago Bulls and see what we can learn from the Worm …
February 11, 2021
65 Best Dividend Stocks You Can Count On
stocks

65 Best Dividend Stocks You Can Count On

These 65 Dividend Aristocrats are an elite group of dividend stocks that have reliably increased their annual payouts every year for at least a quarte…
January 30, 2021
How to Play a Steeper Yield Curve
Investing for Income

How to Play a Steeper Yield Curve

The first of the year was a downer for corporate bonds and real estate and utility shares. It was strong for floating-rate loan funds.
January 28, 2021
Is the Stock Market Open on Inauguration Day 2021?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Open on Inauguration Day 2021?

The federal government will enjoy an off day on Inauguration Day, but the stock and bond markets alike will conduct business as usual.
January 19, 2021
Is the Stock Market Closed on MLK Day?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Closed on MLK Day?

Both the stock markets and bond markets will have Monday off as the nation honors civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
January 17, 2021
Is the Stock Market Open on New Year's Eve 2020?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Open on New Year's Eve 2020?

New Year's Day will be a stock market holiday, but investors have a full day of trading to look forward to on New Year's Eve before kissing 2020 goodb…
January 15, 2021
13 Best Vanguard Funds for the Next Bull Market
mutual funds

13 Best Vanguard Funds for the Next Bull Market

Optimistic that the bounce since March is indeed the start of the next bull market? Here are the 13 best Vanguard funds to help you make the most of i…
January 7, 2021
The Janet Yellen Era: Chapter Two
economy

The Janet Yellen Era: Chapter Two

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, if installed as Secretary of the Treasury as expected, should help to calm Main Street and Wall Street alike.
December 26, 2020
How to Find Yield With Emerging Market ETFs
Foreign Stocks & Emerging Markets

How to Find Yield With Emerging Market ETFs

Yield-hungry investors who are willing to take on extra risk should consider emerging-markets debt.
December 22, 2020
Is the Stock Market Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2020?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2020?

The stock market will take a pause on Thanksgiving, but investors will need to pay attention for a few hours on Black Friday.
December 21, 2020
Your Year-End Financial To-Do List
Coronavirus and Your Money

Your Year-End Financial To-Do List

We know you've got a lot to tackle, but these are the must-dos you should review before the year runs out on you.
December 9, 2020
Searching for Yield? Making a Case for High-Yield Bonds
bonds

Searching for Yield? Making a Case for High-Yield Bonds

High-yield bonds are an often-misunderstood asset class that could deserve a spot in your portfolio.
December 8, 2020
Is the Stock Market Open for Christmas Eve in 2020?
Markets

Is the Stock Market Open for Christmas Eve in 2020?

The stock market will open for Christmas Eve, but trading will end early ahead of the full stock market holiday on Christmas Day.
December 6, 2020