Investing Articles

  1. Financial Advice With Zero Return

    Discover how a recent study indicates that many advisors do not increase investment returns.
  2. Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  3. Analyzing Mutual Fund Risk

    Find out whether a fund's performance is a result of the manager's abilities, or just a fluke.
  4. The History Of The Modern Portfolio

    Learn how the writings of John Burr Williams and Harry Markowitz led to the creation of the investment portfolio.
  5. Bearer Bonds: From Popular To Prohibited

    These coupon bonds are transferable, negotiable and anonymous - so why aren't they sold in the U.S.?
  6. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  7. Portfolio Management Tips For Young Investors

    Discover how to start building a portfolio and how to manage it for the best results.
  8. Bond ETFs: A Viable Alternative

    Discover the advantages of a security that tracks bond index funds, but trades like a stock.
  9. How To Maximize Returns By Choosing The Self-Directed Option

    Make sure your 401(k) plan has the self-directed option to ensure that your retirement is as comfortable as possible.
  10. Currency All-Time Highs And Lows

    These four major currencies have seen some wild swings in the floating market since 1990.
  11. The "Turn To The Carry" Trade

    This variation on the turn to trend setup can help longer term traders make more potent trades.
  12. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  13. Tips For When To Buy, Sell Or Hold

    Knowing how to make sound snap decisions is a must for any broker.
  14. How Mutual Funds Differ Around The World

    Learn which country has the strictest rules on mutual fund construction and why.
  15. The Changing Role Of Equity Research

    Research creates a division of labor that makes the market more efficient. Learn how its role has changed.
  16. How Does The Strait Of Hormuz Affect My Gas Prices?

    We look at where the Strait of Hormuz is and what it has to do with oil prices.
  17. Are $1 Coins A Better Option Than $1 Bills?

    We look at how much the government could save if it took $1 bills out of circulation.
  18. 3 Types Of REITs For Your Portfolio

    Learn the key features of three subcategories of equity REITs: industrial, multifamily and hotel REITs.
  19. Banks And Real Estate In 2012

    Discover if banks and real estate will pay investors back for their pain this year.
  20. An Economic Outlook For 2012

    Here's what economic forecasters are predicting for 2012.
  21. Encumbrances And Nonpossessory Interests In Real Property

    Learn about nonpossessory interests and the various forms of encumbrances.
  22. A History Of Wall Street Profitability

    Learn about the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Averages (DJIA) through the decades.
  23. A Brief History Of Exchange-Traded Funds

    Learn how ETFs have become the most popular investment vehicle in less than 20 years.
  24. How To Be A Stock Trader In 2012

    If you're planning to enter the markets as a new trader this year, here are a few tips to consider.
  25. An Evaluation Of Emerging Markets

    Get the full story on this asset class before you write it off as too risky.
  26. Avoid Tricky Tax Issues On Municipal Bonds

    Learn the rules every investor should know before buying into this "tax-free" investment.
  27. Possible Effects Of An Iran Embargo

    Because of Europe's dependence on Middle East oil, an embargo is likely to not lead to any changes.
  28. How To Get A Credit Card Despite Bad Credit

    Prepaid credit cards and secured credit cards are both excellent options for getting a credit card despite having a poor credit rating.
  29. Taking A Look Behind Hedge Funds

    Hedge funds can draw returns well above the market average even in a weak economy. Learn about the risks.
  30. 5 Dumb Things Investors Do With Their Money

    With a long-term perspective, investors can make many wise investment choices and avoid these dumb decisions.
  31. Use Real Estate To Put Off Tax Bills

    Find out how you can build wealth and reduce your taxes.
  32. 5 Questions To Ask When You're In A Trading Rut

    If you're in a trading rut, ask yourself these five questions to help turn the corner.
  33. 3 Ways To Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  34. 5 Eurozone Acronyms Explained

    Confused by all of the new acronyms used by the media to describe the European debt crisis? We can help.
  35. Uncovering The Securities Firm

    Learn about the various departments of a securities firm and the professionals who make it work.
  36. How The U.S. Government Formulates Monetary Policy

    Learn about the tools the Fed uses to influence interest rates and general economic conditions.
  37. The Basics Of Business Forecasting

    Discover the methods behind financial forecasts and the risks inherent when we seek to predict the future.
  38. An Introduction To Exchange-Traded Grantor Trusts

    These funds offer a very hands-off experience for the low-involvement investor.
  39. How To Build Your Own Mutual Fund

    Creating your own mutual fund can save you the fees that cut into your profits. Find out how.
  40. What Is An ETF?: An Infographic

    Sometimes words just aren't enough. Learn about ETFs with this easy-to-understand infographic.
  41. How The Wealthy Slash Their Income Tax Bills

    Many of these tax-minimization strategies can be used by anyone. Find out how you can pay taxes like a millionaire.
  42. 6 Currencies With A Bright Future

    Have a rewarding new year by investing in these currencies.
  43. A Look At The Eurozone In 2012

    As the sovereign debt problems of Europe stretch on into another year, will they ever go away?
  44. How Taxes Affect The Economy

    Learn how tax changes have historically affected the economy over the past three decades.
  45. Rational Ignorance And Your Money

    It's impossible to know everything about the markets. Find out how ignorance affects your investments.
  46. Financial Wisdom From Three Wise Men

    Learn nine simple rules to success from the talented Buffett, Gartman and Pearson.
  47. Capitalizing On Seasonal Effects

    We show you how to take advantage of periodic trends in the equity markets.
  48. Choosing A Financial Advisor: Suitability Vs. Fiduciary Standards

    Discover the differences between the Suitability and Fiduciary Standards when hiring a financial advisor.
  49. The Pros And Cons Of Buying Distressed Property

    Real estate bargains abound, but is buying a distressed property more trouble than it's worth?
  50. Should You Cut Financials Out Of Your Portfolio?

    Financials have been underperforming the rest of the market. Find out if it's time to dump them.
  51. The Pitfalls Of Borrowing From Your 401(k)

    The whole point of a 401(k) is to allow you to save enough for retirement. Here are some reasons why withdrawing funds early is a bad idea.
  52. 10 Traits Of A Successful Options Trader

    If you want to take advantage of the versatility of options, you'll need to adopt these smart investing habits.
  53. FHA Money Trouble Causes Concern For Homebuyers

    The FHA says it's operating in the black, but reports say otherwise. If it goes bankrupt, what will the repercussions be?
  54. Great Stocking Stuffer Stocks

    Looking for something to stuff those stockings with? We've got a few stock suggestions for you.
  55. Kim Jong Il's Death And The Markets

    The sudden change in leadership in North Korea brings even more uncertainty to the markets.
  56. Major Blunders In Portfolio Construction

    Do you have the best mix of investments? Find out how to make sure.
  57. Viewing The Market As Organized Chaos

    Find out how a cat and a ladybug prove markets are both random and efficient.
  58. Real Estate Deal-Breakers That Shouldn't Be

    Some things can get in the way of owning your dream home, but they don't have to.
  59. Pros And Cons Of U.S. Exchange Traded Funds

    Thinking about getting into ETFs? We tell you what to watch out for, what benefits there are and the different types of ETFs.
  60. Does Higher Risk Really Lead To Higher Returns?

    Learn about what is being dubbed the low-volatility anomaly, why it exists and what we can learn from it.
  61. Put-Call Parity And Arbitrage Opportunity

    Look at trades that are profitable when the value of corresponding puts and calls diverge.
  62. How Did Italy Get To This Point?

    Italy is in the spotlight amid the eurozone crisis. Discover why and if the problems can be fixed.
  63. 5 Last-Minute Ways To Maximize Your Tax Deductions

    With tax season right around the corner, here are some ways to increase your tax deductions.
  64. The Worst Bets You Can Make At The Casino

    We break down the odds associated with casino games. Which game do you think offers the best chance at winning?
  65. Introducing Warren Buffett's Successor

    Warren Buffett has named his son, Howard, as his successor. Find out who he is and if he's a good fit.
  66. Getting Into International Investing

    Diversifying can mean not only investing in various asset classes but also venturing beyond domestic exchanges.
  67. Human Capital: The Most Overlooked Asset Class

    The skills and knowledge that allow you to make money are your best asset. Remember to invest in yourself!
  68. The Bond Market: A Look Back

    Find out how fixed-income investments evolved in the past century and what it means today.
  69. ETFs: How Did We Live Without Them?

    These funds burst onto the scene in 1993 and have continued to provide new opportunities for investors since.
  70. Does Tax Loss Harvesting Really Work?

    This is a regular December tradition for investors, but it may not actually provide any benefit.
  71. What Investors Can Learn From M&A Payment Methods

    How a company pays in a merger or acquisition can reveal a lot about the buyer and seller. We tell you what to look for.
  72. 5 Other Countries Affected By A Troubled Europe

    These countries have significant trading relationships with European countries, and could feel the brunt of a euro collapse.
  73. 5 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio From Volatility

    Sometimes the best defense is the lack of offense. Here are the best boring ways to protect your portfolio in volatile markets.
  74. Leverage Your Returns With A Convertible Hedge

    Find out how you can maintain your income stream by using this type of bond strategy.
  75. 5 Best Bets For Buying Gold

    Gold is a desirable alternative for those looking to diversify risk. Discover your options.
  76. Are Technology Stocks In Trouble?

    Technology stocks are traditionally strong at the end of the year. Find out what's going on in 2011.
  77. The Workings Of Equity Portfolio Management

    Achieve analytical efficiency by applying your evaluation to a key set of stocks.
  78. 8 Reasons To Dump A Mutual Fund

    Buy and hold is not forever. Find out when it pays to sell your fund and move on.
  79. Recession-Proof Sports Leagues

    Even in the hardest of times, these leagues are certain to turn a profit.
  80. 3 Tips For Buying Investment Properties

    Real estate can be a highly effective wealth building tool. Learn how to increase your chances of success.
  81. 5 Most Expensive Diamonds Ever Auctioned

    The Sun Drop Diamond was auctioned on November 15 for $10.9 million. How does that compare to other expensive diamonds that have been sold?
  82. All I Want For Christmas Are These ETFs

    Back in the day, parents or grandparents used to buy children savings bonds. Today, it may be shares in an ETF.
  83. Best Sports Bets Of The Year

    If you had bet on these longshots this year, you would have taken home a lot of winnings.
  84. Strategies For Making Sense Of The 2012 Forecasts

    Many investors are tempted to change their portfolio options when the 2012 predictions come out. Should you do the same?
  85. What The Failure Of The Super Committee Means

    The legislators appointed to start resolving the budget deficit have admitted defeat.
  86. 6 Dangerous Moves For First-Time Investors

    It's easy for people to invest nowadays, but there are risks. These mistakes could take you out of the market when you've just gotten in.
  87. Easy-To-Understand ETFs

    Investing doesn't have to be difficult. These popular ETFs make it easy to invest.
  88. Beware Of Wall Street's Three Big Lies

    Don't get swindled into buying snake oil from Wall Street. Find out three lies that can lead to losing investments.
  89. How To Lie With Financial Statistics

    Can you really trust what the financial services industry puts out? We tell about some tricks that hide the truth.
  90. Key Players In Mergers And Acquisitions

    Strategic acquisition is becoming a part of doing business. Discover the different types of investor groups involved.
  91. Ultra ETFs: The Ultimate Addition To Your Portfolio?

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ETFs.
  92. 4 Types Of Money Market Yields

    We give you four equations to help figure out the yields on your investments.
  93. ETFs For The Buy And Hold Investor

    ETFs are an investment product of choice. Learn how the buy-and-hold investor can profit from them.
  94. 3 Types Of Indexing For ETF Success

    ETF success relies on the index with which it's paired. Discover three index genres for tracking average market performance.
  95. An Introduction To The Options Industry Council

    The Options Industry Council is an educational organization for options traders. We introduce you to the Council and the online tools available.
  96. 3 Reasons For Job Seekers To Stay Positive During A Recession

    Don't be fooled by the doom-and-gloom headlines - a recession can actually have benefits for some companies and job seekers.
  97. Naive Diversification Vs. Optimization

    Informed, logical diversification is just as effective as optimizing models. Find out why.
  98. An Introduction To Complementary Currencies

    There are alternatives to national currencies. Discover complementary currencies and how they work.
  99. The Importance Of Diversification

    Without this risk-reduction technique, your chance of loss will be unnecessarily high.
  100. 4 Misconceptions About Free Markets

    These fallacies have hounded free market economists since the days of Adam Smith.
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