Municipal bonds are issued by a city or other local government, such as counties, redevelopment agencies, special-purpose districts, school districts, public utility districts, publicly owned airports and hospitals and any other state government entities. Also known as “munis,” municipal bonds are attractive to many investors within taxable accounts, because the interest income is exempt from federal income tax, and in many cases, state and local taxes as well.
Some financial advisers may view real estate as an important element of an investment portfolio. For many individuals, it is one of the main elements. Many investors tend to choose real estate over other investments because they are more familiar with real estate. Real estate is not limited to owning a home though.
You read about them almost daily—GDP, CPI, Consumer Confidence—but just what are they and what do they mean? These are economic indicators that are based on statistics and surveys. The indicators provide economists, governments, investors and even the media information regarding our nation’s economic health. For explanations on each of these indicators, read this Financial Tip.
Hedge funds are investment funds that are free to invest in almost any investment opportunity, utilizing a broad array of investment strategies. Initially, hedge funds were designed to hedge against market risk, and while some still do, others take on excess risk in hopes of outsized gains. For more information on hedge funds, read this Investment Whys.
Purchasing stocks as investments is often easier than selling because of most investors’ fears of capital gains. However there are several circumstances where it is beneficial to sell a stock and recognize the capital gain. For more information on when to take capital gains and losses, read this Financial Tip.
A trading halt is a temporary suspension in the trading on the New York Stock Exchange if the Dow Jones Industrial Average were to drop to a predetermined trigger level. The halt is designed so that investors can evaluate what news is moving the market. For more information on the trigger levels for the remainder of 2009, read this Investment Whys.
Income mutual funds often invest in companies that pay dividends, bonds or a combination of both. Some income funds may also have a secondary objective of capital growth. For more information on several types of income bond funds and the types of bonds they may hold, read this Investment Whys.
We offer a few simple rules to “recession proof” your portfolio; however, the rules should be followed in both good and bad markets.
While bond funds are appropriate for some investors, many who invest in bond funds may be missing out on two key characteristics that owning a bond provides: a fixed yield and a contractual maturity date. For more information on the differences between bonds and bond funds, read this Investment Whys.
Henssler Financial follows a strict investment philosophy for all investors. When it comes to equity investments, we suggest only investing money you will not need within the next 10 years in high quality, individual common stocks that fall within a strict investment criteria. For more details on how we choose individual common stocks, read this Financial Tip.