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Computing Simple Interest and Annual Rates of Yields

Calculating interest can seem complex, especially when the terms "rate" and "yield" are involved. Right next to the annual percentage rate (APR) you often find the annual percentage yield [more…]

Understanding Compounding Interest on Your Investments

Over time, a modest-but-steady rate of compound interest can build into a sizable nest egg. The most powerful investments have stable, compounded returns. Regardless of what’s happening in the economy [more…]

Shopping for the Best Certificate of Deposit Rates

Certificates of Deposits (CDs) are issued by large financial institutions, such as commercial banks, savings and loans, and other thrift institutions that aren’t in any danger of bankruptcy. Interest paid [more…]

Maturities Define Differences among Short, Intermediate, and Long Bonds

Almost all bonds these days are issued with life spans (maturities) of up to 30 years. These life spans determine whether they are short, intermediate, or long. In the parlance of bond people, any bond [more…]

What Are Yield-to-Maturity and Yield-to-Call Bonds All About?

When you invest in bonds, bond salespeople will talk about several types of bond yields, including yield-to-maturity and yield-to-call. Understanding what kind of yield is being promised on a bond or bond [more…]

Pros and Cons of Convertible Bonds

Some corporate bond issuers sell bonds that can be converted into a fixed number of shares of common stock. With a convertible bond, a lender (bondholder) can become a part owner [more…]

Key Futures and Options Exchanges in the U.S.

Several active futures and options exchanges exist in the United States. Each has its own niche, but some overlaps occur in the types of contracts that are traded. Here are the names to know among American [more…]

What to Do with Your Day Trading Profits

Day traders not only need to determine how much to trade with each order, but they also need a plan for what to do with the profits that accumulate. That’s as much a part of money management as calculating [more…]

Earning Money through Interest

You can track how long it takes to double your investment if you deposit money at a specific interest rate. For interest rates that fall between the rates in the chart, remember that the time will fall [more…]

Financial Formulas

Formulas are an important part of business. A formula qualifies as such when it consistently gives you correct results and answers to questions thus providing organization and structure. The most common [more…]

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