Learning A Little Bit More About Dividends And Bonds

It’s always amazing what I find as I read through my favorite personal finance blogs.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about dividends – what they are, how they work, how they are calculated, etc. Well, I fired up my newsreader today, and my good friend JLP from All Financial Matters has an excellent article about dividends and the Dow 30.

As I move forward in 2008, one of my goals is learn more about investing. Right now, I invest mainly in index-based ETFs, but I’m always on the look-out for easy-to-understand investment articles.

Sasha over at Consumerism Commentary recently cashed in some Savings Bonds. My kids have couple of bonds that they were given a few years ago, and I’ve been thinking about cashing them in and investing the money in mutual funds.

If you want to cash in a savings bond, all you have to do is go to your local bank and they’ll give you cash for it. If the bond is your child’s, most likely, it’ll have the child’s name and your name on it.

If you want to find the value of your bond, or if you need a replacement for a bond you’ve lost, checkout Treasury Direct, the securities division of the United States Treasury.

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