Bonds: Common but Confusing Asset Class

What would you guess is the hardest investment class for most people to understand? You might think it’s stocks, or a subclass of stocks like those of companies in emerging markets. Or how about real estate investment trusts (REITS) that hold various types of investment real estate. Maybe it’s commodities Read More

Market Recap: Construction Spending Unchanged, Mortgage Apps Up, ADP Employment Numbers Positive

Mortgage rates started to trend upward after a few weeks of holding steady.  This month, US construction spending remained unchanged and private-sector jobs grew less than anticipated.  New purchase mortgage applications rebounded after last week’s declines, and refinance applications decreased slightly. US construction spending from April to May was unchanged Read More

Financial Adviser Designations Do Matter

If you’re in search of financial advisers, pay attention to the designations behind their names. For a financial planner, look for a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), or MSFP (masters in financial planning). For an investment adviser, add a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation. This is advice Read More

For Seniors: Giving Up the Checkbook, Part Two

For seniors, arranging to entrust financial affairs to someone else is an important part of preparing for old age. Once you have chosen a surrogate and dealt with some of the details laid out in last week’s column, one question remains. How will the transition occur? Here are some suggestions, Read More

Joining the 800+ Credit Club

Lenders use credit scores to determine a borrower’s ability to repay debts like mortgages and vehicle loans. Credit scores impact lending terms, mortgage rates, and financing eligibility. Typically, scores above 700 are considered good. TransUnion reports only about 20% of Americans have a score above 780 and even fewer rank Read More

3 Mortgage Myths that are Wrong

As the spring and summer buying seasons quickly approach, prospective homebuyers have to remain careful about falling for mortgage myths. Let’s dispel the following three mortgage myths: No. 1: Buyers must have a high credit score Having a high credit score won’t hurt, but subpar scores won’t bar buyers from Read More