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Donor-Advised Charitable Mutual Funds

December 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on charitable gift-giving programs offered through mutual funds. Read more »

Inverse and Leveraged ETFs

November 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue looks at exchange-traded funds that use inverse and leveraged strategies. Read more »

I Savings Bonds

October 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on I Savings Bonds--government bonds that pay both a fixed interest rate and an adjustable interest rate that corresponds with the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI). Read more »

Build America Bonds

September 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on the new Buy America Bonds--taxable bonds that are issued by state and local governments. Read more »

Using Social Media for Investment Issues

August 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on using on-line social media resources for investment issues. Read more »

Investing in Commodities

An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on the many ways to invest in commodities. Read more »

Laddered Bond Portfolios

June 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on building a bond ladder. Read more »

529 College Savings Plan

May 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on 529 plans for college savings. Read more »

Life Cycle Funds

April 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on life cycle funds. Read more »

Convertible Bonds

February 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is bonds that can be converted into common stock. Read more »

Foreign Ordinaries

January 2009 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Credit Union CDs

November 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on credit union CDs, which often offer higher rates than other CDs. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Exchange-Traded Notes

October 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on exchange-traded notes--a new, but risky, structured product that provides an alternative way to invest in the commodities and currency markets. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Mortgage-Backed Securities

September 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on mortgage-backed securities, in particular pass-through securities backed by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: LEAPS

August 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities (LEAPS). Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Certificates of Deposit

July 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on certificates of deposit (CDs). Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Immediate or Income Annuities

June 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on immediate annuities. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Treasury STRIPS

May 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on Treasury STRIPS. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Closed-End Funds

April 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on closed-end funds. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Investing in Gold

February 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on gold investing. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Unit Investment Trusts

January 2008 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on unit investment trusts. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: EE Savings Bonds

November 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on government-backed EE Savings Bonds. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Fixed-Rate Capital Securities

September 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
A starting point for investors. This issue's focus is on fixed-rate capital securities--debt/equity hybrids that offer attractive yields, fixed-income payments and a higher claim than preferred shares. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: American Depositary Receipts

August 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: REITs

July 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on real estate investment trusts (REITs). Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Warrants

June 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus in on warrants. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Brokered Certificates of Deposit

May 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on CDs purchased through brokerage firms. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Preferred Stock

April 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on preferred stock. Read more »

Offbeat Offerings: Equity Index-Linked Notes

February 2007 by Cara Scatizzi
An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on hybrid securities linked to equity indexes. Read more »