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  • 1. Any suggestions for getting started with investing? Views: 63
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    Terms of Use Need some help finding the right path for your financial future? You've come to the right place. We've put together an itinerary that takes in all the basics for your journey to learn more about saving and investing. Traveling down the right road to achieving financial well-being is one of the most important trips that you'll ever make in life. You don't have to be a genius to do it … and you don't have to be rich … you just need to hit the road a  More...
  • 2. What should I know about Certificates of Deposits (CDs) or Share Certificates? Views: 60
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    Terms of Use: Investors searching for relatively low-risk investments that can easily be converted into cash often turn to certificates of deposit (CDs) or share certificates. A CD/share certificate is a special type of deposit account with a credit union, bank or thrift institution that typically offers a higher rate of interest than a regular savings account. Unlike other investments, certificates are insured up to $250,000. Here’s how CDs and share certificates work: When you purchase one, yo  More...
  • 3. Things to know about online trading Views: 59
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    Terms of Use More Americans are investing in the stock market and many of them are doing so through the Internet. The price of some stocks can soar and drop suddenly. In these fast markets, when many investors want to trade at the same time and prices change quickly, delays can develop. Executions and confirmations slow down, while reports of prices lag behind actual prices. In these markets, investors can suffer unexpected losses very quickly. Investors trading over the Internet, who are u  More...
  • 4. How can I determine my tolerance to risk when deciding what to invest in? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use Determine Your Risk Tolerance This knowledge article is part of a series of knowledge articles aimed to help you define your roadmap to savings and investing. To review the previous knowledge article in this series, click here . To review the table of contents for the articles, click here . You are approaching the half-way point in your journey to saving and investing. This is a good point to make sure that you understand some key concepts: Savings Your savings are usually put i  More...
  • 5. What are the primary economic indicators that economists follow when trying to measure how the economy is doing? Views: 59
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    Terms of Use: Investors should follow economic news, since the health of the economy affects individual investments. Yet, sometimes press reports about the economy can be difficult to understand. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has information on their site to help you understand the numbers that frequently appear in media reports. The following is a summary: Output: Gross domestic product (GDP) is the dollar value of the goods and services produced in a specific period. In general, the  More...
  • 6. How do I make a financial plan? Views: 58
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    Terms of Use: Make A Financial Plan Figuring Out Your Finances This knowledge article is part of a series of knowledge articles aimed to help you define your roadmap to savings and investing. To review the previous knowledge article in this series, click here . To review the table of contents for the articles, click here . You can never take a journey without knowing where you're starting from, and a journey to financial security is no different. You'll need to figure out on paper your current s  More...
  • 7. How should I go about defining my investment goals? Views: 57
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    Terms of Use Define Your Goals This knowledge article is part of a series of knowledge articles aimed to help you define your roadmap to savings and investing. To review the table of contents for the articles, click here . What are the things you want to save and invest for … A home? A new car? Your education or that of a child? A comfortable retirement? The needs of your parents? All of these goals will cost money. To make sure that you will have enough money when you need it, follo  More...
  • 8. What is after-hours trading and what should I know about the risks associated with it? Views: 56
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    Terms of Use: The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market—the highest volume market centers in the U.S. today—have traditionally been open for business from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Although trading outside that window—or after-hours trading—has occurred for some time, it has been mostly limited to high net worth investors and institutional investors. But this is changing. Some smaller exchanges have recently extended their hours. And, with the r  More...
  • 9. What can I do to avoid problems when investing? Views: 55
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    Terms of Use: This knowledge article is part of a series of knowledge articles aimed to help you define your roadmap to savings and investing. To review the previous knowledge article in this series, click here . To review the table of contents for the articles, click here . How To Avoid Problems Choosing someone to help you with your investments is one of the most important investment decisions you will ever make. While most investment professionals are honest and hardworking, you must watch ou  More...
  • 10. What does a credit rating for a bond issuer mean? Views: 54
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    Terms of Use The credit rating for a bond reflects the degree of risk associated with the bond issuer defaulting on the loan. There are several rating agencies that rate bond issuers. Credit ratings are based on in-depth analysis of the issuer's financial condition and management, economic and debt characteristics, and the specific revenue sources securing the bond. The highest ratings are AAA (S P and Fitch) and Aaa (Moody's). Bonds rated in the BBB category or higher are considered i  More...
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