Investing and College Savings – October Review

November 3, 2009

Investing was the main topic covered here on Money Smart Life in October with an emphasis on bonds.  We haven’t talked all that much about how bonds fit into an investment portfolio so I decided to take spend a few days covering bonds.

Investing Topics

Victor started out the the basics of investing in bonds and followed it up with a look at some of the common bond market terms.  Then we talked about a few different bond investing strategies and then wrapped it up with a post on bond funds.

The next investing topic was that of annuities and what types of investors are putting money into them.  They’re not for everyone, we look at how fixed annuities and variable annuities work and point you to some resources debating their usefulness in a portfolio.

College Savings

Since many college students were heading off to school last month we took a look at the Coverdell ESA and the 529 college savings plan.  We’re still moving on this one with another post on college savings in a rough economy later this week.

Money Topics

Some of the other personal finance areas we wrote about last month were setting goals to get what you want, paying medical bills, and some job hunting tips.

As I mentiond earlier, in the weeks to come we’re going to cover more in the college savings account arena.  We’re also going to take a look at something not covered much previously, real estate investing.  Hopefully you found something useful here last month, if you want to keep up with the new articles coming out in November you can get free updates.  Thanks for reading!


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