“Depending on to whom you listen, the recent GameStop “short squeeze” affair will have little to no impact on long-term investors, or… it will change everything.”-Eric Coons If you saw the film The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, then you have undoubtedly heard of the standard Wall Street practice of “short selling.” While there are […]
What are bonds?
Bonds are a type of investment. When you buy a bond, you are lending money to a company or government. The entity that borrows the money agrees to pay you back the money you lent, plus interest.
Learn more about bonds from our financial advisors below.
Zero-coupon bonds pay no interest; you buy at less than face value. Zero-coupon bonds are bonds that do not pay interest during the life of the bonds. Zero-Coupon bonds are purchased at a discount, and they will fund the face value at maturity. A portion of the funds at maturity will be accumulated interest […]
“Both an annuity and a bond can assure you of a steady income when you retire. But these two instruments have some important differences. So it’s crucial to know exactly how they differ before you decide which one to include in your portfolio.” Ed Hochard Both annuities and bonds are popular with pre-retirees and retirees […]
There is a new standard for portfolio management: Fixed Indexed Annuities Volatility and anxiety seem to walk hand in hand. Because of uncertainty, many retirees and pre-retirees are more concerned about their financial future than since the Great Depression. The question is where and how do Americans save, and how are their savings affected by […]
The purpose of a life insurance policy is to protect and preserve your assets and income in case you or your family suffer a loss (i.e., lose your income, loss of a family member’s income, the inability to work, or other reasons). But did you know that you may be able to use a life […]
The attraction to owning municipal bonds is twofold, limited exposure to loss and tax advantage interest. With the financial meltdown from 2008, concern over loss exposure has become more and more critical to investors. Many bond owners also purchase insurance on their bonds to ensure safety and security are part of the equation. If you […]
“It’s been over thirty years since Toronto Stock Market launched the first exchange-traded fund (ETF). Since that time, ETFs have gained popularity and are poised to take over the current mutual fund market.” John Ripley What are ETFs, anyway? Created to give individual investors more liquid and tax-efficient products than traditional mutual funds, ETFs were […]
Are you a woman who tosses and turns at night, worrying about money? Insurer Allianz surveyed women in 2019 found that 67% of female survey respondents reported worrying about their current financial situation versus 57% of males interviewed. Nearly 40% of women surveyed reported thinking about money on a daily or least weekly basis. A […]
“If you are preparing to purchase an annuity, you will need to decide when you want your stream of periodic payments to begin. The time when the income stream turns on is known as the “annuitization” phase. “- John Ripley There are several ways to receive payments during the annuitization phase of an annuity contract. […]
In September 2020, the Federal Reserve ended its two-day policy meeting by announcing its intention of keeping interest rates at their current all-time lows until 2023. Since 70% of the American economy relies on consumption, the Fed’s commitment to low-interest rates is part of an effort to push Americans away from saving and into spending. […]