The Different Stock Market Sectors – Are You Taking Advantage?

When we speak of the stock market we describe it with the term “The Stock Market”, as if it’s a single, unified market.

The reality is nothing close.

The stock market is really a group of sub-markets, many of them very different from the rest.  These sub-markets are commonly described as “sectors” and there are quite literally dozens of them.

Since sectors perform differently in various market conditions, it’s worth using them to your advantage in building your portfolio.

Common Market Sectors

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Getting Health Insurance for a Small Business Owner

Health insurance is one of the biggest challenges for small business owners.

It’s a problem for anyone who isn’t in a government or employer sponsored plan, but small businesses have special concerns.

For small businesses, health insurance is complicated by the fact that there may be employees.  Do you just get coverage for yourself, or do you extend that coverage to your employees?

The answer is different for different businesses, but there are ways to work through the process to get the best plan to cover your specific needs.

Use an independent insurance broker

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What is FDIC and How it Makes Our Lives Better

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The FDIC has been in the news a lot in recent years, but during quieter times the agency and what it does are invisible to most Americans.

The closest we get to it is the sign in the bank window that says, “Member FDIC”.

The FDIC is sort of like a giant insurance company for the entire US banking industry (in fact it stands for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).  The fact that we usually don’t know what it does is an indication that it’s doing the job it was meant to do.

The History of the FDIC

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The Best Credit Card Offers

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When used in the right way, a credit card can be a powerful tool.

The best credit cards provide you with free stuff, and even cash back.

While we often we think of credit cards as debt traps, the truth is that, used responsibly, credit cards actually provide a number of benefits.  Savvy credit card use can lead to the earning of valuable rewards, as well as cash back.  You can actually make money simply by making purchases that you would normally.

The goal, of course, is to get the best credit card possible.

This includes a credit card with generous rewards, as well as easy redemption.  Many of the best credit cards also come with a signing bonus.  When you sign up, and then spend a certain amount of money within a set period of time, you receive bonuses worth $100, or even $200.
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The Pros and Cons to Refinancing Your Mortgage

Interest rates on mortgages are at all time lows; does that mean you should refinance as soon as possible?

Maybe–and maybe not.

Interest rates may be lower than they’ve ever been, but never has the issue of refinancing been more complicated.  For one thing, it’s harder than ever to qualify for a loan at the best rates, and for another, today we have to consider falling property values which is something that hasn’t existed since the Great Depression.

What are the pros and cons to refinancing your mortgage?

The reasons you SHOULD refinance – Pro

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What is LIBOR and the Scandal that Rocked It?

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If you’re a faithful news follower, you’ve likely heard about the recent LIBOR scandal but like many, you might not know anything about LIBOR or the why the scandal is big enough to make international news.

What is LIBOR?

LIBOR is an acronym for the London InterBank Offered Rate.

Here’s how it works: Banks, just like other businesses, sometimes need extra money.  Let’s say that Bank A wants to make a large commercial loan but to lend the money would put them below certain capital requirements but only until other payments and deposits come in.

Bank B happens to have an excess of cash on their books and as any good banker knows, cash sitting around doesn’t make any money so they’re eager to lend some of their cash.  Bank A and Bank B come together and work out the terms of a short term loan, but how do they agree on an interest rate?
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Money Market Account VS Savings Account – What’s the Difference?

There are many different savings vehicles to choose from, but two of the most common are money market accounts and savings accounts.

There are similarities between the two—both pay interest, have fixed balances, and are pretty easy to deposit money into or withdraw it out.  Either account type could accomplish your savings goals.

But there are significant differences between them, and those differences could help you decide when one is more appropriate as a savings vehicle than the other.

Money Market Accounts VS Savings Accounts

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