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July 2013


3 Reasons to Love Bank Loans

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There is a sub-sector within the bond market that is getting quite a bit of attention lately: floating rate bond funds. These funds may also be known as senior secured loans, bank loans or leveraged loans. Going forward, I’ll refer to them as bank loans just to keep things simple, but given their ...

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Japan's Gamble is Everybody's Gamble

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Japan’s got debt – lots of it. The country’s government debt-to-GDP ratio is well over 200 percent, roughly twice that of the United States and even higher than Europe’s most troubled economies – Greece, Italy and Spain.

Servicing that heavy debt was a lot easier before interest rates nearly doubled ...

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5 Cool Planning Tips for Second Half

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The first half of the year is in the books, and domestics stocks have done well. But things are pretty mixed and some of the hot tips of the past, most notably gold futures and Apple shares, have had a dismal six months. Bonds have also been slammed. The right financial plan can help you stay cool ...

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