Interest Rates

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage? Key Considerations July 24, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

How might falling interest rates affect mortgage rates, and what does it all mean for homeowners looking at refinancing?

5 min read  |  Savings Goals
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
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
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
View from the Tetons: Fed’s Powell Recommends Gradualist Approach August 30, 2018 11:00 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
August Markets: Earnings Deliver, Turkey Enters Geopolitical Fray August 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

Geopolitical issues flared up again in August with Turkey’s potential currency crisis. Concerns over the headlines were seemingly tempered by strong earnings reports.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
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
September’s Market Outlook: A Blend of Potentially Higher Rates and Politics August 22, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

In August, the Fed left rates unchanged and earnings season overall didn’t disappoint. What might be in store for September?

4 min read  |  Market Insights
July Markets: Geopolitics – Earnings Tug of War Continues July 30, 2018 5:00 AM   |  

July seemed to be a repeat of what investors have experienced for much of 2018: geopolitical news and earnings competing for attention. By the end of the month, strong corporate numbers appeared to have the edge, at least for now.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
Feeling Sensitive? Some "Rate Sensitive" Sectors Bucking Tradition July 16, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

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.

6 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Rising Rates? Consider a Bond Ladder June 28, 2018 9:00 AM   |  

In a rising interest rate environment, investors might consider attempting to counter their fixed-income risk by building a bond ladder.

2 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bond Duration: Not Just Passing Time. What You Need to Know June 1, 2018 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 duration comes in.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Investment Strategies to Help Weather Rising Interest Rates March 12, 2018 8:00 PM   |  

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.

3 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
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, Growth February 12, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

Learn how economic growth, inflation and interest rates link to the consumer price index and how the CPI, sometimes called the inflation index, affects the stock market as well as depicts the price of goods and services.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
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
Interest Rates Edging Higher; Is It Time to Consider Annuities? October 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Annuities might be a good way to protect principal or guarantee retirement income. Learn how rising interest rates might affect annuity rates.

3 min read  |  Annuities
Preferred Stock: A Potential Income Arrow in the Quiver September 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the ins and outs of preferred stock, and the differences between preferred stock, common stock, and corporate bonds.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Is the Fed Turning Dovish? Recent Remarks May Temper Rate Hikes July 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

After two interest-rate hikes thus far in 2017, Fed Chair Janet Yellen sounded a dovish note in recent Congressional testimony.

3 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Fed Raising Interest Rates: How It Could Affect Your Financial Life June 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

As the Federal Reserve continues its rate-tightening cycle, is it time to lock in low rates for home and auto loans?

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
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
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
Financial Planning 101: Rising Rates and Long-Term Investors January 5, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

How might rate increases impact long-term investing decisions? What’s the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings?

4 min read  |  Investing Basics
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
Drawing It Down: Tweaking the 4% Rule for Retirement Funds December 27, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

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.

3 min read  |  Plan Distributions
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
A New Home For Retirement? Test-Drive Before You Buy September 26, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

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.

2 min read  |  Retirement Lifestyle
Kinahan and Laffman: Brexit Creates Cloud Of Uncertainty June 29, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Global financial market volatility remains high in the new post-Brexit world and investors continue to rotate into more “conservative” positions.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Bond Market Look: High-Yield and Investment-Grade Bonds June 2, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

High-yield corporate bonds are surging after an oil-related dip. But these bonds hold more risk than investment-grade issues. How do investors decide?

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Negative Interest Rates? Unlikely. Still, Investors Can Prepare May 2, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

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

6 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Popping the Cork With the Fed: Cool Ideas for Rising Rates April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength? January 27, 2016 7:01 PM   |  

Looking for new ways to win in the stock market? Dividend-paying stocks can be quite attractive.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks? August 9, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

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.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

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
Trading in Retirement: To Be Feared or Revered? March 18, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

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.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Questions Loom for Muni Bonds Amid Rising Rate Outlook January 5, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Annuities and Rising Rates October 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Interest rates are going up. If you hold an annuity, or are considering one, it’s important to understand how these investments will be affected.

6 min read  |  Annuities
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