Archive - August 23, 2017

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An Index Overview, Part IV: Opportunities and Obstacles
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How Safe is Your Money Market?

An Index Overview, Part IV: Opportunities and Obstacles

This mini-series originally appeared in my monthly newsletter.

Legend has it, a pharmacist named John Pemberton was searching for a headache cure when he tried blending Coca leaves with Cola nuts. Who knew his recipe was destined to become such a smashing success, even if Coca-Cola® never did become the medicine Pemberton had in mind?

In similar vein, when Charles Dow launched the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), his aim was to better assess stock prices and market trends, hoping to determine when the market’s tides had turned by measuring the equivalent of its incoming and outgoing “waves.” He …

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How Safe is Your Money Market?

Money markets have been around since 1970 when Bruce Bent created “The Reserve Fund”, as it was called, to offer investors a way to preserve cash liquidity and still earn a small return. Today 18% of all mutual fund assets are invested in nearly 900 money market funds.

Money market funds are a type of mutual fund that seek to keep their share price at exactly $1.00. Consumers gain interest earnings plus the stability of getting their principal back. Unlike other mutual funds, money market funds are restricted to investing only in the highest quality debt with average maturities less …

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