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How the Fed's Moves Affect You
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How the Fed's Moves Affect You

It’s pumping trillions of dollars into the economy and keeping rates near zero. Savers are sunk, but borrowers get a boost.
July 2, 2020
Coronavirus Fears Suppress Student Loan Interest Rates
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Coronavirus Fears Suppress Student Loan Interest Rates

The plunge in interest rates could reduce borrowing costs for students who take out federal loans for the 2020-2021 academic year—and their parents co…
March 26, 2020
Consumers Will Feel Impact of Rapidly Falling Interest Rates
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Consumers Will Feel Impact of Rapidly Falling Interest Rates

Mortgage and car loans will experience the most significant dips, while some holders of Treasuries may get a slight boost.
March 7, 2020
The 7 Best Bond Funds for Retirement Savers in 2020
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The 7 Best Bond Funds for Retirement Savers in 2020

Negative yields and an inverted yield curve have flashed danger signals for bonds. The best bond funds for 2020 will avoid trouble while earning decen…
December 10, 2019
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Will Rates in the U.S. Go Negative?
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Will Rates in the U.S. Go Negative?

It’s unlikely we’ll follow Europe and Japan, but interest rates will stay low for a while.
October 3, 2019

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Now Is a Good Time to Refinance
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Now Is a Good Time to Refinance

You may benefit even if you can’t reduce your mortgage rate by a full percentage point.
August 1, 2019
9 Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income
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9 Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income

Muni bonds serve up income that's free from federal (and sometimes state and local) taxes. Here are 9 top municipal bond funds to check out.
April 9, 2019
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6 Ways to Beat Rising Interest Rates
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6 Ways to Beat Rising Interest Rates

June 12, 2018
5 Bank Stocks to Buy for a Rising-Rate Environment
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5 Bank Stocks to Buy for a Rising-Rate Environment

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates three times this year.
March 15, 2018
8 Stocks to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates
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8 Stocks to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

Donald Trump's election as president has fueled a powerful stock-market rally rooted in expectations of faster economic growth in 2017.
March 8, 2017
6 Best Mutual Funds for Rising Interest Rates
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6 Best Mutual Funds for Rising Interest Rates

The Fed has held rates artificially low for years. Investors need to prepare for their inevitable rise.
November 11, 2016
Earn Income of Up to 8% From High-Yield Bonds
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Earn Income of Up to 8% From High-Yield Bonds

With defaults rising, reaching for these returns means serving yourself a big portion of risk.
June 13, 2016
7 Annuity Mistakes to Avoid
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7 Annuity Mistakes to Avoid

Annuities guarantee lifetime income, but they can be complex and expensive.
June 21, 2013
How to Get a 4% Yield These Days
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How to Get a 4% Yield These Days

Investment-grade bonds, especially those issued by financial companies, are looking better.
April 26, 2013