Treasury rates can be thought of as the backbone of the global economy. You can use the yield curve, which is a measure of interest rate expectations, to get an idea of economic conditions and trends.
If you’re considering adding preferred stocks to your portfolio, know the benefits, characteristics, and risks.
Focus in June will likely be squarely on the Fed after its April meeting minutes suggested at least some officials there may be worried about the economy overheating. The Fed’s June 15-16 meeting looks like the highlight of the month.
With the Fed planning to keep interest rates low until 2023, and the Biden administration proposing an infrastructure bill, hot on the heels of the latest $1.9 trillion stimulus package, have fiscal discipline and so-called 'deficit hawks' gone the way of the dodo bird and T-Rex?
Year-to-date, value stocks have been outpacing growth. Whether that trend continues in April could depend on Treasury yields and the pace of vaccination progress.
One common barbell strategy for fixed income investing is for investors to focus on short- and long-dated maturities, and less on the intermediate term.
What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and how does it impact your investments? Economic growth, inflation, and interest rates are all linked to the CPI.
Whether you're buying groceries, filling your tank with gas, or shopping for your next home, understand how different types of futures contracts could have influenced their prices.
Inflation can impact your retirement income. Get to know the different investments that could help protect your portfolio against inflation.
Interest rates have been low for quite some time, and if Federal Reserve projections hold true, they’ll continue to be low for a while. How might you get a yield bump in such an environment? Here are a few ideas—but remember the risks.
Although negative rates aren’t officially here, they’re here in reality due to Treasury yields falling below inflation. That means investors might want to consider how to position their portfolios, no matter what the Fed ultimately decides.
The Federal Reserve has no intention of raising the Fed funds rate until 2023. That doesn't mean you should avoid investing in fixed income. There are some advantages to investing in fixed income when interest rates are low.
After years of tepid inflation—that is, a general rise in prices—recent readings indicate it could be on the rise, helped by dovish monetary policy and fiscal stimulus. Is that good or bad? Here's a primer on inflation and what it could mean for your portfolio.
Don't fight the Fed. It's an old Wall Street adage, but is it prudent to structure a portfolio around macroeconomic policy intentions? And how would you do it, anyway? Here's a rundown.
The high-yield bond market has been affected by COVID-19. Yields have surged due to economic uncertainty. But these bonds hold more risk than investment-grade issues. How do investors decide if they should add them to their portfolio?
Negative interest rates may already be built into options prices. You may have experienced them without knowing it.
How might interest rate increases and cuts impact long-term investing decisions? Learn strategies long-term investors might consider to help weather volatility.
Animal terms and animal references are prominent among Wall Street slang terms. Here’s a look at bulls and bears, hawks and doves, cats and dogs, sheep and pigs, and even black swans and unicorns.
Looking for a way to save with lower risk and higher yield? A CD account might be an investment instrument to consider.
Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.
How might falling interest rates affect mortgage rates, and what does it all mean for homeowners looking at refinancing?
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.
Learn how the TD Ameritrade I-Portfolio tool can help you monitor and analyze your fixed-income investments.
As investors, it’s important to understand the relationship between bonds and interest rates. Find out what happens to bonds when interest rates rise.
Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.
How might rising interest rates impact your retirement portfolio planning? Learn how rising rates can affect fixed income investments.
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.
The annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, hosted by the Kansas City Fed, pulled together central bankers and economic policymakers from across the world. Here’s what transpired at the 2018 gathering.
Compare interest rate-sensitive stock sectors that could benefit or suffer at the hands of a Federal Reserve that’s predicted to continue to hike rates.
In a rising interest rate environment, investors might consider attempting to counter their fixed-income risk by building a bond ladder.
Discover how rising interest rates may effect the investments in your portfolio. And learn about investment strategies that may help minimize the risks and maximize the potential for growth.
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?
Annuities might be a good way to protect principal or guarantee retirement income. Learn how rising interest rates might affect annuity rates.
After two interest-rate hikes thus far in 2017, Fed Chair Janet Yellen sounded a dovish note in recent Congressional testimony.
As the Federal Reserve continues its rate-tightening cycle, is it time to lock in low rates for home and auto loans?
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.
Markets are impacted differently by rising interest rates. Make sure you know how rising rates could impact investments.
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.
Part 1 of the 4-part "Drawing it Down" series looks at the 4% rule, and why the rule-of-thumb drawdown strategy may be in need of tweaks.
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.
Who needs a huge house and yard to take care of in retirement? Learn about the new try-before-you-buy approach to retirement housing.
Global financial market volatility remains high in the new post-Brexit world and investors continue to rotate into more “conservative” positions.
Negative interest rate policy is a fact in the eurozone and Japan. How has it affected those economies, and what might investors expect if such policy ever ar
What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.
Looking for new ways to win in the stock market? Dividend-paying stocks can be quite attractive.
Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.
Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.
Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.
Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.
If you choose to use trading as a source of retirement income, it’s important to keep in mind the risks that come along with the potential rewards.
With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.
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