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Many of us work and save our entire careers in hopes of achieving a relaxing, comfortable life during retirement. However, the actual process of transitioning into retirement can bring about…

Income-hungry investors often seek unconventional opportunities for higher yields. A lesser-known type of investment called a business development company (BDC) may help satiate their appetite. BDCs tend to offer outsized dividend yields—often 5% to 14% or more. Some outperforming BDCs may occasionally offer dividend increases, too, making them attractive investments for income seekers and retirees, […]

The 10-year Treasury gets more press than any other government security and is frequently what people refer to when they talk of Treasuries and Treasury yields. Investors pay keen attention to movements in 10-year notes because they serve as a benchmark for other borrowing rates, such as mortgage rates. When the 10-year yield fluctuates it […]

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Once upon a time, being called a millionaire meant you were wealthy. Today, millionaire sounds almost quaint. The term of art for wealth now is high-net-worth individual, or HWNI. This clinical-sounding acronym is thrown around frequently in the financial industry to denote a person or a household with a substantial amount of wealth. What Is […]

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise not to raise taxes on middle-class Americans. But a little-known provision in his big social programs bill could do just that. Tucked away in the American Families Plan, is a proposal to change the way capital gains taxes are paid on estates when people pass away. This seemingly […]

President Joe Biden announced in a speech before a joint session of Congress that he wanted to raise taxes on the richest Americans—by a lot. Jacking up the obligation to Uncle Sam on the top 1% of earners is politically popular, and will ostensibly be part of Biden’s plan to spend more money to help […]

Nobody loves inflation, the economic force that makes your morning cup of coffee cost more tomorrow than it does today. But here’s the thing: Despite the fact that it’s making everything more expensive over time, a modest amount of inflation is completely necessary for economic growth, and knowing what the inflation rate is, whether it’s […]

Ripple is a money transfer network designed to serve the needs of the financial services industry. XRP, a cryptocurrency tailored to work on the Ripple network, is consistently listed among the top five cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Despite its ambitions, Ripple is currently tied up in legal troubles with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), […]

The economy is rebounding. Need proof? Check out the first quarter earnings reports corporate America is releasing, which show S&P 500 companies are on track for their highest rate of profit growth in more than a decade. Earnings aren’t the only reason to feel optimistic. More than 55% of Americans have received at least one […]

If it feels like your dollar doesn’t go quite as far as it used to, you aren’t imagining it. The reason is inflation, which describes the gradual rise in prices and slow decline in purchasing power of your dollars over time. The impact of inflation may seem small in the short term, but over the […]

For new investors, getting started can feel overwhelming. Risks loom large, and complicated, unfamiliar financial jargon can be intimidating. That’s where online brokers can come in handy: Those that offer intuitive platforms and plenty of educational resources can guide you through your early investing days. In our search for the best online broker for beginners, […]

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) seem to have exploded out of the ether this year. From art and music to tacos and toilet paper, these digital assets are selling like 17th-century exotic Dutch tulips—some for millions of dollars. But are NFTs worth the money—or the hype? Some experts say they’re a bubble poised to pop, like the […]

Despite the massive economic toll the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on many people, others may have added some unexpected cash to their bank accounts. According to a Pew Research Center…

Investing can help you achieve goals that go beyond monetary returns. While your focus as an investor should always be on getting the best possible performance, more and more people also want their money to reward companies that have a positive impact on the environment and society. ESG investing is a strategy that channels dollars […]

Determining your net worth is like giving yourself a financial report card. By counting up your assets and liabilities, you can get a clearer view of your finances, identify what’s working and fix what’s not. Once you know your net worth and compare it to the average net worth of other people your age, you […]

The stock market is a constellation of exchanges where securities like stocks and bonds are bought and sold. In the United States, “the stock market” and “Wall Street” can refer to the entire world of securities trading—including stock exchanges where the shares of public companies are listed for sale and markets where other securities are […]

A financial planner helps you chart a course for your financial life, from budgeting and saving, to minimizing your tax burden and leaving a financial legacy for your children. If you’re thinking about hiring a financial planner, here’s what you need to know. What Does a Financial Planner Do? A financial planner helps you understand […]

How do you know if your investments are performing well? Your first thought might be to look at a chart and figure out how much they’ve grown in value over time—but that’s not always the best answer. Instead, you need to understand total return, which takes into account how much an investment has gained in […]

Generally, you can’t contribute to an individual retirement account (IRA) unless you earn an income in a given year. The spousal IRA, however, is an exception to this rule. If one spouse works and the other spouse has zero earned income, the working spouse is allowed to contribute double the normal limits to an IRA […]

A stock market bubble—also known as an asset bubble or a speculative bubble—is when prices for a stock or an asset rise exponentially over a period of time, well in excess of its intrinsic value. Eventually, prices hit a wall and then fall very far, very fast, as the bubble “pops.” Bubbles can occur to […]

Inflation may be an unavoidable economic fact of life, but it’s starting to make a lot of people very nervous. Economists, investors and everyday folks believe inflation is primed for rapid growth as trillions in federal stimulus spending is layered on top of the Federal Reserve’s rock-bottom rates, a nascent economic recovery and hordes of […]

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