Brokered CDs: Worth Exploring for Good Rates

If you want to earn more on your “safe” money than you can get from buying certificates of deposits directly from a bank, you might want to consider something called brokered CDs. Although going directly to banks to buy high-paying CDs with easy early withdrawal penalties is still my core strategy for safe-money investing, I’ve started adding brokered CDs for my clients’ portfolios and my own. Brokered CDs are certificates of deposit sold through brokerage firms such as Fidelity, Schwab …

The Men Who Would Be Bond

In my review for the latest James Bond spectacle, Skyfall, I celebrate the fact that after a couple of dark, moody outings, the Bond Franchise is finally rediscovering its fun side. After all, it was Commander Bond’s casual combination of flippant humor and deadly force that made him irresistable-a quality that all too many would-be imitators discovered all too late. Over the past five decades, lots of dashing actors have aspired to follow in James Bond’s dapper Church slip-on shoes …