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Are Bonds Really a Smart Investment?
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By StreetShares on May 18, 2018

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What do you know about bonds? Not James Bond, investment bonds. If you guessed "something having to do with the stock market," you're on the right track but not completely there!

When you invest in stocks, you know that you own a piece of the company’s value. When the demand for that stock increases, the market value goes up. If you sell when the market value is high, you make a profit.

When you invest in bonds, they are much like loans with you acting as the bank. You get a certificate showing that a business, city, or government owes you money to repay you for your investment in their spending on growth, equipment, construction, and other projects. When your bonds mature, you can cash them in for more than you paid for them.

So what does that mean for you? Are bonds a good option for your investment portfolio? Keep reading to find out!

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Is Your Portfolio the Real MVP or a Benchwarmer? Tips to Keep Your Money Healthy in 2018
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By StreetShares on May 17, 2018

Everyone wants to strike it rich in the stock market, but not everyone wants to- or even knows how to- put in the work to maintain a healthy portfolio. A financial portfolio is a collection of assets that includes, among other things, stocks, bonds, and property. The portfolio is a positive investment when it meets an expected return on investment (ROI), your risk tolerance, and the asset liquidity. Obviously all investors wants to maximize ROI, but not everyone wants to accept the risk of uncertainty or barriers to converting investments to cash. By taking steps like hiring an investment advisor and spreading your risk, you can give your investments a health injection in 2018. 

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Keeping up with the Cash: Top 5 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow
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By StreetShares on May 15, 2018

You know you're supposed to be saving for your retirement years, but whose advice do you follow? A search on Google will turn up so many different kinds of personal financial advice, and some of it is definitely questionable. So, how do you know who to turn to? That depends entirely on your situation- we all need different types of guidance for different stages in our lives. Are you fresh out of the military and venturing into civilian life? Did you just graduate college? Are you recently married or a new parent? Maybe you've had a 20-year career and have grandkids on the way. No matter your situation, these five personal finance influencers are the top names in the game for any stage of life.

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The Demystification of Diversification: How Diversifying Can Work Magic on Your Portfolio
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By StreetShares on May 10, 2018

Diversifying your investments - it's a phrase you've heard, and you know you should do it, but what does it actually mean? Essentially, it means that putting all of your financial eggs in one basket is a bad idea. The market is notoriously unpredictable, and diversification will play a vital role in fortifying your interests. You can reduce your investment risk, stabilize your income flow, and have a better shot at long-term financial success by investing in a wide variety of different assets that are in line with your goals and risk tolerance. 

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How to Diversify Your Savings with Stocks and Alternative Investments
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By StreetShares on May 8, 2018

Many Americans know the importance of investing; however, it is not uncommon to have questions about where and when to invest, how to diversify savings, and what alternative investments to consider when building a portfolio. How much time and knowledge should you, well, invest in your investments? A huge concern many face as they prepare to enter the world of investing is the necessary time commitment, and, of course, trusting that the risks match the potential rewards—not to mention budgeting to diversify savings in order to receive the greatest returns.

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3 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Produce More Inventory
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By StreetShares on May 4, 2018

If you produce a physical product, there are many reasons to maintain controlled inventory levels. Unsold inventory carries storage and depreciation costs, but not having enough product on hand can be just as unfortunate. How should you decide if you need to have more inventory? Here are three things to consider for your veteran-owned small business.

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6 Things to Be Prepared for Before Winning a GovCon Contract
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By StreetShares on May 3, 2018

In our earlier blog series on government contracting, we looked at how small businesses can enter GovCon, factors contractors must include in an award-winning proposal, and tips to succeed in the government contracting world. But government contracting is more than just putting together the ‘perfect’ proposal. It requires hard work, persistence, and immense networking to bag a government contract. While you may think you are prepared to enter this domain, failing to adhere to the rules and regulations can have an adverse effect on your business. This time, we present six things you should be prepared with in order to win a contract.

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7 Free (or Almost Free) Apps to Keep Your Budget on Track
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By StreetShares on May 3, 2018

The best budget is the one you actually stick to, no matter whether you are a disciple of Dave Ramsey or Suzi Orman. A personal finance app can help you understand when and where you are spending money, by linking up to bank accounts or notating when you purchase something. They also make record keeping so much easier, allowing you to take pictures of receipts and adding the details to spreadsheets for you. But what is the best personal budget app to use? Here are seven for your consideration.

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2018 StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award Finalists Announced!
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By StreetShares on May 2, 2018

Today, Mark L. Rockefeller was thrilled to announce the team finalists for the 2018 StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award- check out our announcement on Facebook Live below to find out who won! 

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What Type of Financing Should I Get for Marketing?
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By StreetShares on May 2, 2018

Starting a business is challenging. You first need to know how much funding to allocate to each part of your business and then you need to come up with the capital to support it. There are many moving parts, and it can be challenging to determine where and what you need. Having a strong plan for your business is critical to your success, and marketing needs to be included in that initial budget.

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