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 […]
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.
“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 […]
“Knowing who you concern money is a critical component of becoming more successful in life.”- Angie Politarhos. Attributed variously to Plato, Socrates, or Aeschylus, the saying, “Know thyself,” has popped up in self-help books for hundreds of years. When applied to a person’s finances, “Know thyself” has an intrinsic self-help appeal. I mean, after all, […]
If you’re like most people within 5-7 years of retirement, you’re concerned about having your life’s savings eaten away by everything from stock market downturns to inflation to increasing taxes. Every day, I get questions from concerned business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors just like you. These are often people with asset portfolios decimated by […]
“Happily ever after” is typically the ending to a fairy tale. But it’s more than that. It’s also the way we want to retire. What does it take to have a long and happy retirement? This has been the subject of study by Ph.D.’s in countries around the world. Before I go on, how would […]
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. […]
Did you DO something? Make a bad choice? A poor Decision? Surely you did SOMETHING to cause your mutual funds, stocks, or 401K to lose value! As I write this, the market has dropped over 1000 points. Why? Something out of our control happened: the Corona Virus became a pandemic. You didn’t have anything […]
Buying a US Treasury EE Bond can be a great idea if you want your funds held long term and have no need for the funds prior to their 20 year maturity. EE Bonds offer fixed interest rates for the life of the bond. The maturity period for EE Bonds is 20 years, if you redeem the bond in the first 5 years of ownership, there is a penalty affixed. EE Bonds offer safety, market yield and tax deferred interest compounding.