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General Investment

Net-worth: More than a number?

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

A look at why net worth does not always tell the full story about someone's financial well-being.

How to Start Investing: A 10-Step Guide

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Investing is a massive and complex field of study, but wading into it gradually with a step-by-step approach can help you learn steadily and minimize your risks.

Mutual Funds: What They Are and How They Work

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Mutual funds are a popular investment option today, but they can have widely varying characteristics and levels of risk. Learn what you should know before investing.

Savings Bonds: What They Are and How They Work

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Savings bonds offer excellent security, but there are a few things you should know before you purchase your first bond.

About Money Market Funds

By MoneyRates Team | Money Rates Columnist |

A money fund may make a welcome addition to your portfolio, but it's important to note the key traits of these products before you invest.

Car Loan Shopping Tips

By MoneyRates Team | Money Rates Columnist |

Considering a new auto loan? Learn the basics on auto loan shopping, including what to look for in a lender.

What is Commercial Paper?

By MoneyRates Team | Money Rates Columnist |

Learn how commercial paper works and how it can fit into an individual investor's portfolio.

Government Bond Funds and Inflation Protection Funds

By MoneyRates Team | Money Rates Columnist |

Curious whether a bond fund is for you? Research the basics before you make any purchases.