Investing & Retiring

The sad fact is that many retirees today are living on very small fixed incomes – money from IRAs they may have started late in their careers, and the small monthly amounts they receive from Social Security. To help supplement their finances, some retired investors are being drawn to purchase secondary market annuities, which promise
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Options are similar to futures, where two parties agree to a transaction at a future date for a set price. The difference is that futures are obligations to follow through on the transaction, whereas options are the right to participate in the transaction. In both cases, the goal is to generate short-term income. Option contract
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Commodities are commercial goods that are considered interchangeable with other goods of the same kind and quality, and traded in that fashion. When most people think of commodities, they may think of traditional commodities such as wheat, cattle, heating oil or gold. Today, this definition can also include financial instruments such as currencies or indices,
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Futures are a type of financial contract where two parties agree to a future transaction at an agreed-upon price. That transaction could be in commodities, currencies, stock indexes or other goods. Futures contracts contain all the pertinent transaction details — quantity, specifications, price per unit and intended delivery method. However, many futures contracts do not
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An annuity is an insurance product and retirement planning tool that establishes a future income stream based on a current investment. Most annuities are sold through insurance companies, but some are supplied via direct sale from investment companies such as Vanguard and T. Rowe Price. You have two choices regarding the style of annuity: Deferred
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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is a U.S. Government regulatory agency that has three primary purposes: Insure bank deposits of member banks; Assist with banking regulations; Deal with failing banks. Let’s look at each of these jobs in a little more detail. Deposit Insurance The FDIC does insure bank deposits in
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Investors have long valued Certificates of Deposits (CDs) as a low-risk savings tool. Most types of CDs are straightforward; the more you deposit and the longer the term, the higher the interest rate and return. In addition, many come with insurance from the FDIC. In today’s investment environment, historically low interest rates have made CDs
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Stock options were formerly considered best left to stock trading professionals. But these days, trading stock options is almost as easy as buying and selling shares of stocks or mutual funds. Stock options are even allowed in self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA’s). Even as options have become easier to access and trade, they may still
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CD or Savings Account: One, Both, or Neither? Finding an investment product that best meets your unique needs can be confusing and frustrating. There are so many out there, including mutual funds, money markets, stocks, bonds, and annuities, to name a few. Books have been written comparing and contrasting each one of these. This article
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