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Are you a saver or an investor?

The savings account has been a building block of our lending system since the Great Depression reforms of the 1930s. The Banking Act of 1933 federally guaranteed cash deposits and made them easily accessible.<p>But while we know savings can be a safe, convenient option for cash needed to meet …


Interactive: How global bonds are the bedrock of a diversified portfolio

Global diversification—the idea of spreading your risks and returns across domestic and international markets—is a basic principle of investing. But while many investors have signed on to the idea of diversifying their stocks, their bond portfolios are often highly concentrated in the U.S.1<p>What you …


Keeping your money too close to home could cost you

If you’re an investor, the ideal opportunity would be one that promised you great return for little risk. But, in reality, hitting that one perfect bet is tough, if not impossible: a company’s revenues can shift, its industry may fall out of favor, or economic news may suddenly paint a different …


Interactive quiz: Do you really know what an ETF is?

If you’re reading this, you probably know something about exchange traded funds (ETFs)—a widely used investment product whose assets have grown tenfold over the last 20 years to over $3 trillion globally<b>.*</b> ETFs have a lot in common with a more familiar vehicle—mutual funds: both offer access to …


The case for ETFs in 3 charts

You’re probably familiar with the concept of mutual funds, and may even own at least a few in your 401(k) or other accounts. Yet, you may be less informed about another investment vehicle that has become widely used by many types of investors: exchange-traded funds (ETFs). You may even own them and …