Market Minute on Finance Friday

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Recent action in the stock market has overshadowed global bond markets.
Over the past several years, global governments have worked to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing and foster economic growth. Low Interest rates flow through the economy, making it easier to borrow money for homes, cars and small-business ideas. At the same time reducing interest payments investors receive on bonds and other fixed-income investments.

For short-term investors seeking income, that may mean investing in higher-yielding and potentially riskier bonds, or move money into other asset classes, helping to offset low interest rates and their income-dampening effect.

For longer-term investors, it means taking the time today to think about the role income-generating assets will play in your portfolio.

Market Minute on Finance Friday

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The rollercoaster ride in the equity markets continued as good news from the Greek election was offset by weak economic data and a credit downgrade for some of the biggest names in banking. Volatility and fear have overshadowed the fact that the U.S. economy has continued to grow, albeit slowly, despite daily doses of gloom and doom from the media.