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A man overlooks an emblem for the U.S. Federal Reserve System | Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
June 28, 2016

How the Big-Bank Bailout Helped Investors Save Billions on “Crash Insurance”

Confident that help was pending, financial-sector investors had less incentive to buy protective options.


People pass by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the financial district in Manhattan borough of New York City. | Reuters/Brendan
August 3, 2016

Why Are U.S. Bonds Such a Secure Investment, Despite the Country’s Growing Debt?

When investors believe an asset is safe, their “flight to quality” helps make it so.
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