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Is It Time to "86" the 60/40 Portfolio? Not Hardly. Why 60/40 Still Matters September 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The 60/40 stocks/bonds portfolio target has its share of critics. But it's still useful, and there are ways to diversify while protecting and building a long-term nest egg.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Charting the Course: 3 Ways to Track the Yield Curve on thinkorswim® August 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Upward-sloping, flat, or negative? The yield curve is tracked by traders and investors as an economic and inflation barometer. Here are three ways to track yield curve spreads on the thinkorswim® platform.

3 min read  |  Futures
Business Cycling: The Role of Economic Cycles in Sector Investing June 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Markets—and the economy in general—tend to run in cycles, and each phase tends to favor certain sectors. Learn how sector investing can help investors seek specific objectives.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Building a Long-Term Investment Portfolio? Get Your Power Tools, Calculators, & Resources June 5, 2020 11:13 AM   |  

Building a long-term investing portfolio includes defining goals, establishing asset allocation, and managing a portfolio. Whether you're entirely self-directed or you enlist the help of a professional, here are some tools to help.

3 min read  |  Web Platform
Are There Any Safer Havens? Investing in Uncertain Times May 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the coronavirus pandemic sent markets reeling, many investors wonder if there's such a thing as a safe investment. Technically, no investment is risk-free. But some investment practices can be safer than others.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know. May 14, 2020 3:23 PM   |  

Investors adding bonds to a stock-heavy lineup may opt for securities with a shelf life designed for today’s investing climate. That’s where bond duration comes in.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Financial Lifelines: Bankruptcies, Bailouts, and What They Mean for Stock and Bond Investors May 6, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When the economy turns south, sometimes it exposes cracks in certain companies or industries. There are a few lifelines built into the system—bailouts and bankruptcies for instance—but they're not all alike. Here what investors should know.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
When It Feels Like the Sky Is Falling, Should You Pivot Your Retirement Strategy? May 4, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When bull turns to bear, should you change your asset allocation? It might depend on where you are in your investment journey. If you’re thinking about a strategy pivot, here are a few things to consider.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Pick and Choose: How to Invest in Mutual Funds March 31, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Mutual funds are one of the most popular investment choices some people make when seeking to build a diversified portfolio. Find out why and learn how to choose mutual funds that align with your savings goals.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
April Is Financial Literacy Month: Why Education Never Stops for Investors March 26, 2020 12:16 PM   |  

Financial Literacy Month is a good time to think about your financial wellness. Throughout the month, TD Ameritrade will be sharing education ideas and resources to help grow investors’ financial literacy.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
What Are Money Market Funds? Are They Right for Your Portfolio? March 9, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Money market funds typically invest in higher-yield, short-term debt securities. Are they right for you? Learn more here.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Financial Planning 101: Changing Interest Rates, Long-Term Investors January 23, 2020 9:33 AM   |  

How might interest rate increases and cuts impact long-term investing decisions? Learn strategies long-term investors might consider to help weather volatility.

4 min read  |  Investing Basics
Industry Spotlight: How a Bond ETF Builds Its Portfolio & Calculates Yield January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When bonds are wrapped up in an exchange-traded fund (ETF), their values change as yields increase or decrease. Find out what goes on beneath the surface.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Steady as It Gets? How Series EE Savings Bonds Work January 3, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Series EE bonds are viewed as a stable investment with a long and storied history, although today’s savings bonds pay paltry interest rates. Here are a few facts about this perennially popular gift for the grandkids.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Considering Fixed Income for Your Portfolio? Understand Bond Risks. And Eat Your Broccoli. December 5, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

When seeking portfolio balance and diversification, many investors choose bonds and other fixed-income securities. But just like all investments, bonds carry risk. Learn about bonds and bond risk, and when you should consider fixed-income investing.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Emergency Fund: Do I Really Need One? November 6, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

An emergency fund isn’t just a repository of cash to dip into when the tires wear out. Emergency dollars can actually be critical to your investment strategy.

7 min read  |  Creating a Budget
Your Guide to CD Accounts and How They Work October 24, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Looking for a way to save with lower risk and higher yield? A CD account might be an investment instrument to consider.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
As You Wind Down the Road: Market Volatility, Risk, and Your Retirement Portfolio October 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

All investments experience market volatility, which is why retirement portfolio strategies should focus on allocating assets across investments of different risk levels.

3 min read  |  Retirement Planning
What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing October 10, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a bond anyway? Some financial pros recommend bonds as part of a diversified portfolio. Learn the basics, including the definition of a bond, from TD Ameritrade.

1 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Stages of Retirement: Accumulation & Decumulation Phases October 3, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Are you making the shift from accumulation to decumulation in retirement? Learn about the difference between these stages.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Riding Out the Retirement Red Zone with Fixed Index Annuities September 12, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Fixed index annuities help balance growth and capital preservation in your portfolio. You receive a fixed interest payment from the annuity but also limit your upside and downside potential. You could consider investing in a fixed index annuity when you're close to retirement.

5 min read  |  Annuities
Can’t Happen Here? U.S. Rates Might Go Negative, So Consider Getting Ready September 11, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Though negative rates haven’t appeared to help the European and Japanese economies much, they can’t be ruled out here eventually. Here’s why, and how to consider getting prepared.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Reaching for Yield: “Vanilla” Investments Can Be Risky, So Know What to Watch August 27, 2019 11:35 AM   |  

In these times of stock market volatility, many investors are looking for yield in fixed income and dividend stocks. However, there’s risk in these investments, too, so know what you’re getting into.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Looking for a Steady Stream? Consider Fixed-Income Mutual Funds August 22, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you’re considering fixed-income investments as a way to diversify your portfolio and target a steady stream of income, you might want to give fixed-income mutual funds a look. Here’s what you need to know.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
It’s an Insurance Thing: A Fresh (or First) Look at Annuities July 25, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Redesigned annuities are less expensive and easier to understand and buy, yet still customizable. They can be a vital hedge against outliving your assets.

6 min read  |  Annuities
Stocks, Bonds, and Multi-Asset: Exploring Three Styles of Income Investing July 12, 2019 11:54 AM   |  

New to income investing? Learn about three approaches: dividends from equity holdings, interest from bonds and fixed-income securities, and income from a multi-asset portfolio. Each comes with its own potential benefits and risks.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What Is a Corporate Bond? Another Way to Invest in a Company June 19, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you’re interested in a company, its stock isn’t the only investment you might want to consider. Corporate bonds offer yield and potentially (but not always) less risk.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What Baby Boomers Can Do When Volatility Hits Near Retirement April 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Baby boomers will soon start to enter retirement, and with life expectancy extending, there will be many volatile factors to consider for your own retirement.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
What’s a Convertible Bond? A Different Mode of Investment March 21, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about convertible bonds, what appeal they might have for investors, and how they differ from corporate bonds.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Tax-Aware Mind-Set: Seeking a Strategic Portfolio Balance March 4, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Looking for a diversified portfolio that’s also tax efficient? Learn how the one-two punch of tax-free debt securities and tax-loss harvesting can help you pursue your goals.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
Aiming for a Diversified Portfolio: Investing in Mutual Funds February 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

If you’re looking for diversification in your portfolio, mutual funds can help you toward your goals. But the array of choices can be dizzying.

3 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Long-Term Investing and the Power of Compound Interest February 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Compound interest can potentially drive investment returns over a long time period, but there are a few things to consider, such as time, reinvestment and the importance of risk management.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Fixed Income: Trying to Make Your Money Last in Retirement February 12, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Lifespans are increasing, potentially making fixed-income investments essential for retirees and near-retirees who need to generate reliable income.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Bank CDs vs. Brokered CDs: What’s the Big Difference? February 4, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

CD investing isn’t limited to walking into your local bank branch and opening an account. Learn the potential benefits and risks of brokered CDs and how they differ from bank-issued CDs.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
I-Portfolio: Seeing the Road Ahead for Your Fixed-Income Investments December 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the TD Ameritrade I-Portfolio tool can help you monitor and analyze your fixed-income investments.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise? November 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

As investors, it’s important to understand the relationship between bonds and interest rates. Find out what happens to bonds when interest rates rise.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Big Purchase on the Horizon? Think Short-Term Investment Strategies November 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding how to invest for shorter term goals.

5 min read  |  Savings Goals
Looking for a Potential Income Stream? Consider ETFs October 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

ETFs may be used to produce a stream of income, and offer potential benefits of portfolio diversification.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
What Are Equity Securities and Debt Securities? October 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Stocks? Bonds? They're both known as securities. Learn the definitions of various securities and what sets them apart.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Fixed Income Investing in a Rising Rate Environment September 10, 2018 4:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact your retirement portfolio planning? Learn how rising rates can affect fixed income investments.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Remember CDs? Higher CD Interest Rates Could Unlock Demand September 4, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Years of rising interest rates appear to be raising demand for the venerable certificate of deposit (CDs). As rates tick higher, it may be time to learn about these fixed income products.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What's an Inverted Yield Curve, and How Could It Affect the Economy? August 29, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
How Do Bonds Work? Coupons for the Investor Set July 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment that can help diversify your portfolio and help you attempt to ride out stock market volatility.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Asset Allocation 101: What are the Asset Classes and How Does One Choose? July 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
U.S. Savings Bonds: Fixed-Income Securities Not Just for the Grandkids July 18, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

So, what’s the story with U.S. savings bonds? Here’s a brief primer explaining these historically solid investment instruments.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Investing Socially: Aligning Your Portfolio and Your Values June 29, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Socially responsible investing, which lets you align your portfolio with your values, has grown in popularity in recent years, bolstered by product innovation. Learn more here.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
CDs, Savings & Interest Rates: Are the Good Old Days Returning? February 22, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

As the economy continues its march forward after the financial crisis of the last decade, are we finally seeing higher interest rates for CDs and other savings rates?

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bonds, Fixed Income Securities and Your Adjusted Cost Basis December 10, 2017 7:00 PM   |  

Learn the nuances for calculating and reporting your adjusted cost basis for fixed income bonds on your tax return from TD Ameritrade.

9 min read  |  Tax Strategy
What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing November 2, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

What is a bond anyway? Some financial pros recommend bonds as part of a diversified portfolio. Learn the basics including bond definition from TD Ameritrade.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Charitable Remainder Trusts: Have Some Cake, and Eat Some Too November 1, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how a charitable remainder trust may help you receive income in retirement and direct the remainder to your favorite charity.

3 min read  |  Estate Planning
Life Happens: Have You Tweaked Your Portfolio Along the Way? August 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Life has a way of happening, and investors should consider life changes as a time to assess retirement portfolios and long-term goals.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing August 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Fixed income can be a vital part of a young investor’s portfolio, helping provide risk management through diversification.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Income in Retirement? Consider an Annuity, but Understand the Risks July 12, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Annuities are a retirement vehicle that can ride side-saddle with Social Security income and pensions. But they’re not for everyone.

5 min read  |  Annuities
Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds May 17, 2017 9:57 AM   |  

Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Stay in the Know With Equity IPO and Fixed-Income New Issue Alerts April 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how you can sign up to receive an email alert whenever an IPO that TD Ameritrade is participating in becomes available.

2 min read  |  Web Platform
How Rising Interest Rates Could Impact Markets March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Markets are impacted differently by rising interest rates. Make sure you know how rising rates could impact investments.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
5 New Features: IPOs & Fixed-Income New Issues February 20, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

TD Ameritrade reveals five new features in relation to their IPO and fixed-income new-issue offerings.

3 min read  |  Web Platform
Drawing It Down: The Bucket Approach to Retirement Funds January 17, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Learn about the “bucket approach,” a drawdown strategy that involves holding three different buckets of money, or separate asset accounts, for retirement.

3 min read  |  Plan Distributions
Higher Interest Rates: 6 Things to Know for Retirement Planning December 29, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Rising Interest Rates: How a Hike Cycle Might Affect Your Finances December 18, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Interest rates may begin to rise for the first time in a while, which may be the first time some younger borrowers and savers have seen a hike in rates.

4 min read  |  Household Finances
Retirement: Better to Live Rich Today than Die Rich Tomorrow September 1, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What are you saving for and why? Here are ideas to help you plan for a retirement that’s worth living and sharing with your loved ones.

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
Diversify Now! Building New and Improved Bond Ladders June 8, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Investors should diversify bond portfolios like they do their stock portfolios. However, bonds portfolios have a few layers of diversification to consider.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Thinking Outside the Cash Box: Take Advantage of Rising Rates April 13, 2014 9:48 AM   |  

Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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