Investing Articles

  1. Getting In On The Texas Oil And Gas Land Boom

    It's no secret that landowners are enjoying rising prices of their oil- and gas-producing plots, but is there any way for ...
  2. Why Is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down -- was unregulated until the Great Depression.
  3. The Most Important Factors For Investing In Real Estate

    It's a little more complicated than "location, location, location."
  4. Stores Where You Can Buy Things With Bitcoins

    One reason some people are wary of Bitcoin is they're not sure what to do with it other than buy and hold. But the Bitcoin ...
  5. What You Should Know About Hong Kong SAR

    You might know that Hong Kong is both a bastion of capitalism separate from (but also administered by) socialist China. How ...
  6. How Amgen Makes Billions On Just A Few Drugs

    Amgen produces relatively few drugs, but that's doesn't mean it's any less essential or profitable. Here's a look at the ...
  7. Solar Is Starting To Win The Price War

    For solar energy, the story has always been its price relative to fossil fuel prices. Grid parity with natural gas and coal ...
  8. The Death Of The Glamour Stock

    The market has started to realize that QE didn’t keep U.S. Treasury rates low. Instead it encouraged risk-seeking behavior ...
  9. Holiday Savings: A Tip a Day Till Christmas

    Start planning and saving for the holiday season, to avoid starting the New Year with a mountain of holiday debt.
  10. The Key Differences Between ETFs And Mutual Funds

    Given the distinctions between the two kinds of funds, which one is better for you? It depends, so read on.
  11. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  12. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  13. How Carlos Slim Built His Fortune

    How did Carlos Slim Helú get to be so wealthy? Here's a look at where the man came from and how he got to where he is.
  14. Investing In New York City REITs

    So you want a bite of The Big Apple? These REITs focus on New York City real estate. Here's what you need to know.
  15. Consumer Staples Defend against Volatility

    Volatility has crept back into the market, but consumers can defend against price swings by investing in consumer staples.
  16. Roth IRAs: Investing And Trading Do’s And Don’ts

    Just what can you invest in in a Roth IRA? And what constitutes a prohibited transaction?
  17. China's GDP Examined: A Service-Sector Surge

    China's economy has surged over the last several decades but still has a ways to go to modernize. Here's a look.
  18. 5 Things You Need To Know About Index Funds

    Index funds, at their best, offer a low-cost way for investors to track popular stock and bond market indexes. But not all ...
  19. What Can an Investor Learn from DuckTales?

    "DuckTales" told the story of Scrooge McDuck. Are there any lessons for an adult investor you might have missed as a child?
  20. The Top Reasons Behind The U.S. National Debt

    National debt, as with a business, is basically the difference between receipts and expenses--but in the U.S., the latter ...
  21. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  22. 7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    If you haven't been hacked yet, it may just be a matter of time. Here's how to protect yourself as much as possible before ...
  23. Main Characteristics of Capitalist Economies

    Commerce is based on the principles of capitalism, but there are few, if any, examples of pure capitalism except in theory.
  24. Self-Directed IRA: The Right Move For You?

    How to benefit from the self-directed IRA's increased investment opportunities – and avoid the scams.
  25. 9 Reasons You May Never Retire

    As we face more years on this planet, the quality of that life becomes more important, and so you will need more gold to ...
  26. Navigating E-commerce: Alibaba, eBay and Amazon

    Amazon, e-Bay and Alibaba were each game-changers in global e-commerce, with each not only finding its own niche, but inventing ...
  27. HUD-1 Form: What Must Be On It

    You can't close on property involving federally related mortgages without a HUD-1 form. Use these instructions for a correct ...
  28. The Fear And Greed Cycle Lives On

    The last few years in the market have been an interesting experiment in psychological conditioning and overall complacency. ...
  29. Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    You learn that credit card numbers have been stolen from a store you use. How to protect yourself in general – and what to ...
  30. Are You An Investor Or Trader?

    Some stock market participants are investors or traders, and others are trying to do both. Often, they get in trouble by ...
  31. Top Tips For Winning New Clients

    Advisors looking to attract potential clients need to speak in a straightforward manner, be available for questions and leave ...
  32. How Long Will Equity Income ETFs Remain Strong?

    With nearly every index giving back their 2014 gains, have interest-rate-sensitive stocks sidestepped the volatility or have ...
  33. Junk Is Starting To Look A Lot Less Junky

    The recent rout in junk bonds could be the buying opportunity they’ve been waiting for over the last few years. Yields are ...
  34. Mutual Funds Commonly Found In Retirement Plans

    If you have a 401(k), these fund names should ring a bell. Here's how and why.
  35. Want To Impress Clients? Show Your Due Diligence

    Doing the learning legwork for the products and service providers you employ will expand your understanding and impress incumbent ...
  36. ETFs Commonly Found In Retirement Accounts

    Which ETFs are popular in retirement accounts? Here's a look at several and why they might be right for you or your client.
  37. Dealing With An Underwater Mortgage During Divorce

    Going through a divorce is chaotic enough, but throw in a house with an underwater mortgage and things get particularly messy.
  38. 3 ETF Signals You May Use For Confirmation

    Is the economic landscape healing? Far from it. Does that signal good things for the U.S. market? No… but the Fed is likely ...
  39. Are All ETF Correlations Barreling Towards 1.0?

    Since the S&P 500 hit 2011 on September 18, it has forfeited 4.1%. Though that may not represent a significant decline, it ...
  40. The Education of Warren Buffett

    How did Warren Buffett get to be the richest investor in America? A little luck, a lot of pluck and a head for numbers.
  41. Why Did ETFs Become So Popular?

    How long should a buy-n-hold investor “hold?” If you held the Dow Jones Industrials Average from 1916 - 1981, would you have ...
  42. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile ...
  43. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  44. TIPS Are Unloved And Under-Owned

    Do you use protection? Because based on the recent, wild action in the markets, it seems as though many people have been ...
  45. India Is Eclipsing China's Economy As Brightest BRIC Star

    It seems fitting that on the occasion of Diwali – the Hindu “festival of lights” – India should emerge as the brightest star ...
  46. How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage

    Making a windfall from a stock that attracts a takeover bid is an alluring proposition. But be warned – benefiting from m&a ...
  47. China Will Continue To Dominate World Production

    Some may think the ubiquity of Chinese products is due to the abundance of cheap Chinese labor that brings down the production ...
  48. How Bitcoin Casinos Work

    For those who don't just don't find bitcoin speculative enough, there are bitcoin casinos.
  49. Retirement Investment Strategies by Age

    Saving and investing for retirement ideally should begin the moment you start working — if not before — and continue well ...
  50. How To Invest In The Nikkei 225

    The Nikkei index is synonymous with Japan's economy, the third-largest in the world. Here's the easiest way to take a stake.
  51. Pick the Right Brokerage Account for Options Trading

    Follow these steps to pick the right options brokerage account depending on your trading needs and style of trading.
  52. What the 10-Year Treasury’s Dip Means for Bonds

    It was hard to miss the headlines earlier this week about the 10-year Treasury yield dipping below 2% Wednesday, hitting ...
  53. The Six Things Investors Should Do Now

    FOX Business Network’s Elizabeth MacDonald weighs on The Six Things Investors Should Do Now. Stocks are swinging up and down, ...
  54. An Investing Secret For When The Market Drops

    I wrote a piece called “Why Cash is Not a Strategy.” I was sitting on more cash than I knew was good for me: I’ve started ...
  55. Will ETFs Eventually Replace Mutual Funds?

    Will mutual funds be replaced by ETFs? Possibly, but it's not too likely and probably not anytime soon.
  56. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  57. Jobs Data Great For ETFs, Grisly For The Economy

    “Holy Moly!” exclaim the financial media. They marvel at a headline unemployment number of 5.9%. “This economy is much better ...
  58. A Look Into The Secrets Of Venture Capitalism

    Venture capitalists own an equity stake in the start-up and have a say in the functioning of the company. Investments are ...
  59. The Beginning Of A Bear Market?

    Monday, Friday and Thursday marked the worst three-day streak for U.S. stocks since 2011.
  60. What You Need To Know About Preferred Stock

    Curious about preferred shares? Here's what you should know about these bond-like instruments.
  61. Investor, Know Thyself: Choose A Stock Category Based On Your Risk Tolerance

    Choosing the right investment isn't just about choosing the right investment. It also requires that you intimiately understand ...
  62. Bitcoin Is Taking A Nosedive

    Many believe Bitcoin has positively changed the landscape of the global markets. But investors holding this currency could ...
  63. Three Things You Need to Know About ETFs

    Here’s a true conversation I had with my dental hygienist, meandering through our usual banter about life, money and investing. ...
  64. Iraqi Dinar: Can Comparables Guide Investment?

    Is the Iraqi dinar a good investment? Compared to the Kuwaiti dinar, the Vietnamese dong, and the Egyptian pound, it doesn't ...
  65. Day Trading Strategy Steps

    Five trading strategy steps for building your own day trading strategies, managing risk, finding entry and exit points and ...
  66. It Is Not Too Late To Hedge Against Stock ETF Risk

    Since October of 2011, the US. stock market has not only been resilient, it has repelled more water than Gore-Tex.
  67. Another Sound Lesson In Risk Management

    I received an email from a friend that is a successful entrepreneur. He copied me on a note regarding a company to check ...
  68. Finding And Investing In FHA Condos

    Interested in a buying an FHA-approved condo? Read this first.
  69. 5 Smart Money Strategies From Around The World

    Around the globe, the way money is thought about, handled, saved and spent varies greatly from what might be the norm in ...
  70. Why, How, Where and When Entrepreneurs Make Money

    Why, how, where and when do entrepreneurs make money? Eleven stages or "terms" that entrepreneurs and their ventures go through ...
  71. Portfolio Moves To Make Before The End Of 2014

    With three months left to go, it makes sense to review your portfolio to make sure you’re prepared for what’s likely in store ...
  72. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis Is His Key To Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  73. The Importance Of U.S. Treasury Rates

    U.S. Treasury bond interest rates affect more than just bondholders! It impacts the day to day lives of all consumers.
  74. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  75. Understanding The Bond Behemoth That Is Pimco

    Pimco has been in the news lately. What does the giant investment manager firm do and who does it serve?
  76. 7 Steps To Evaluate A Financial Adviser

    Looking to hire a financial advisor but unsure what you want or need? Follow these seven steps.
  77. Stop Smoking If You Want To Sell Your House

    Homebuyers, whether first-time or repeat buyers, shop with their senses. The No. 1 turnoff for prospective homebuyers is ...
  78. 5 Pieces Of Unconventional Wisdom For Investors

    There is a problem with following conventional wisdom as an investor. Thinking outside of the mainstream is the best way ...
  79. 10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Being a successful entrepreneurs requires more than just an idea or a lot of money. Here are ten things that set successful ...
  80. Choosing The Right ETF Index To Reach Your Goals

    The key to choosing ETFs for your portfolio is understanding how they pick stocks and making sure their investment philosophy ...
  81. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  82. Technology Dividends Offer Income Opportunity

    The world of dividend investing has traditionally been dominated by companies in the utility, financial, and consumer goods ...
  83. Bond ETFs: Selling The Rumor, Buying The News

    The appetite for stock risk is softening, yet few people are talking about it.
  84. A CD Is The Best Tool To Teach Your Kid To Save

    After suffering through a major recession, many people developed a near obsession with making sure they have savings set ...
  85. Making A Move With Bond ETFs

    I talk a lot about how you can use ETFs to build bond portfolios in the current market environment, and my colleague recently ...
  86. How Does Goodwill Affect Financial Statements?

    Goodwill is a bit of a paradox--intangible, yet it is recorded as an asset on the purchasing company's balance sheet.
  87. Charging Bull-The Brass Icon of Wall Street

    The brass "Charging Bull" near Wall Street, the finance world's most famous sculpture, started out as a bizarre stealth gift--initially, ...
  88. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  89. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  90. What is Happening To Atlantic City's Gambling Industry?

    It is quite ironic that Atlantic City, once a bustling seaside resort, home to Miss America Pageant and the inspiration for ...
  91. Fund Firm Jolts: Pimco's Isn't The First Or Worst

    When you business is built on prudence and trust, a lot can go wrong to cost you tons of clients and assets. Here are a few ...
  92. Alternatives To Pimco's Total Return Fund

    News of Bill Gross’ resignation has roiled the fixed income market. Given the sizable outflows from the Total Return fund, ...
  93. The Vital Importance of Choosing The Right Day Trading Software

    Software has made day trading quick and automatic--all the more reason to be as painstaking as possible when choosing the ...
  94. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  95. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Here's what to watch for when negotiating a contract for a rent-to-own home – and who is a good candidate for this option.
  96. Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy And Hold

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  97. Buffett: High Interest Rates Make Stocks Worthless

    When it comes to deciding where to invest, the stock market is a no-brainer for Warren Buffett.
  98. Is The S&P 500 Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

    Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio.
  99. How To Choose An Affordable Financial Planner

    Choosing a financial planner is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. In fact, this decision is just as important as ...
  100. Interested In Investing In Africa? Here's How

    In 2000, Africa was labeled “The Hopeless Continent” by The Economist. In 2011, its cover read “Africa Rising.” What has ...
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