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  1. What Lies Ahead for Apple's P/E ratio

    Recently, Apple's P/E multiple has come down to levels equal to the S&P 500. What does the future hold for the tech giant's ...
  2. The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
  3. How Boeing Makes its Money (MSFT, BA)

    The number of market leaders that indisputably dominated their industry in 1916 and still do today is almost nonexistent ...
  4. How To Trade Foreign Stocks

    We weigh the major ways to trade foreign stocks for investors.
  5. How MasterCard Makes its Money (MA)

    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  6. Why Kraft-Heinz Will Be a Winner Long-Term (KRFT, BRK.A)

    Kraft and Heinz are now one. This should present a profitable long-term investment opportunity, but isn't likely to be smooth ...
  7. WhatsApp: The Best Facebook Purchase Ever?

    WhatsApp is Facebook's largest acquisition to date. What makes it worth the major price tag?
  8. The Saudi Stock Exchange

    This article argues that investment in the Saudi Stock Exchange's petroleum sector is a good move for long-term investors.
  9. The Risks And Rewards Of Pharma Stocks

    While pharmaceutical stocks have certain risks, big pharma companies have stable cash flows and pricing power, offering opportunities ...
  10. How To Make Money With Motif

    Motif Investing has enabled investors to create a diversified portfolio, or motif, with relative ease.
  11. How Investment Risk Is Quantified

    FInancial advisors and wealth management firms use a variety of tools based in Modern portfolio theory to quantify investment ...
  12. 5 Things That Are Hard To Do With Bad Credit

    When your credit score slumps, many other things in your life can also start to slide downward. How to recognize the situation ...
  13. Is Quantitative Easing Destroying The Euro?

    Quantitative easing being undertaken by the ECB to stabilize the Eurozone economies is sure to have some impact in decreasing ...
  14. How The Islamic State (IS) Got Its Start

    Despite its relatively new emergence in radical Islamist terrorism, the Islamic State, or ISIS, has been around for nearly ...
  15. What is Meerkat and How Does It Work?

    Meerkat is a mobile app that connects to users' Twitter networks to broadcast a live stream.
  16. How Citigroup Makes its Money

    As a business, Citi has everything going for it. Scale, operational breadth...and the ear of key policymakers.
  17. Top Brokers Offering Tools For Covered Calls

    Here are the brokers that offer the best tools for investors and traders to write covered calls and covered puts.
  18. Bank of America's 2015 Outlook (BAC)

    An in-depth look at BofA, one of the most widely-traded stocks on Wall Street.
  19. 5 Reasons Sirius XM Haters Are Gone

    Bears continue to clear out of Sirius XM Holdings. There were fewer than 146 million of its shares sold short by the end ...
  20. Qualcomm's New Buyback Program Is Well-Timed

    Qualcomm announced after market close on Monday that they had approved a new stock buyback program, authorizing to repurchase ...
  21. How FuelCell Energy Stands Out From The Crowd

    FuelCell Energy stands out from most companies in the fuel cell industry by concentrating on a different niche that involves ...
  22. Are Your Investments Taking On Unnecessary Risk?

    Follow these tips to successfully manage portfolio risk.
  23. Will Ride Sharing Crush Medallion Financial?

    Driving a taxi cab is far from a glamorous business, but in many areas of the country, it's a business that involves a lot ...
  24. The Motley Fool vs. TheStreet: Which Is Which?

    Motley Fool and TheStreet.com provide financial news and other investment services, but each has unique traits that will ...
  25. Motif Investing Broker Review: Easy Thematic Investing

    A review of Motif Investing, a new online brokerage that brings thematic investing to individual investors and financial ...
  26. Solar Power Gets Some Major Backers (TAN, NYLD) (GOOG, AAPL)

    While solar hasn’t lived up its potential, the times are changing. New investment has surged. For investors, this could be ...
  27. Will This Be Opko Health's Big Year?

    Investors have pinned high hopes on Opko Health , a development-stage healthcare company spearheaded by billionaire healthcare ...
  28. How To Invest In The Saudi Arabia Stock Exchange

    We look at the recent and upcoming developments in the Saudi Stock Exchange and how to invest in that market.
  29. Annaly Capital Management Q4 Reports $658 M Loss

    Annaly Capital Management reported a net loss of $658 million thanks to the mortgage REIT's strategy of hedging its exposure ...
  30. How Cognitive Bias Affects Your Business

    Human beings often act irrationally when it comes to business decisions. Behavioral finance explains the difference between ...
  31. How 3M Makes its Money (MMM)

    3M specializes in businesses in which few aspiring entrants have neither the patience nor the capital to build market share.
  32. How Do Financial Regulations Affect Smaller Banks?

    Not to big to fail? We explain how US financial regulations affect smaller banks.
  33. Are Personal Loan Platforms Your Best Bet?

    Peer-to-peer lending platforms, such as Lending Tree, Lending Club and Prosper, offer borrowers newfound leverage. Here's ...
  34. Understand Market Order Types

    Buying and selling stock can be a lot like buying or selling a car. Traders should use and understand tools such as market ...
  35. What Cuba-U.S. Relations Means For U.S. Industry

    The restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean big profits for U.S. travel, agriculture, and financial services ...
  36. How American Express Makes its Money (AXP, MA)

    Consumers like novelty, reliability, variety, and other subjective qualities. But what really keeps them coming back to American ...
  37. Risk Management Techniques For Selling Covered Calls (IBM)

    Shorting covered calls is a popular options trade strategy. Here are the methods to mitigate the risk/loss and enhance profits ...
  38. How CVS Makes its Money

    Want proof that brick-and-mortar businesses aren't dead? Just look at this company.
  39. MarketWatch Versus Bloomberg: A Comparison

    As part of a series comparing popular finance websites, Investopedia conducts an unbiased review of MarketWatch and Bloomberg. ...
  40. How a Protective Collar Works

    We define a protective collar, using Apple (AAPL) as an example. A protective collar is a combination of a covered call plus ...
  41. Do You Know How To Beat Your Broker?

    Want more returns? Give less of it to your broker! Keep your costs down, starting with broker costs.
  42. Use Fibonacci To Point Out Profitable Trades

    Use these two original Fibonacci techniques to pinpoint the patterns in stock movements, and the most reliable entry and ...
  43. Money Lessons From Disney's Scrooge McDuck

    Forbes magazine ranked Scrooge McDuck as the richest fictional character in the world in 2013 with a net worth of $65.4 billion. ...
  44. Financial Analysis: Southwest vs Jet Blue

    Shareholders will continue to be drawn by Southwest’s and JetBlue’s proven business models.
  45. Buying Facebook Stock, A Beginner’s Guide

    This straightforward guide helps the novice investor feel more adept at buying a stock, such as Facebook (FB).
  46. Investing In (And With) Lending Club: How It Works

    The trick isn’t to buy the stock of the San Francisco-based LendingClub — it’s to become an investor in the loans the company ...
  47. The Motley Fool vs Seeking Alpha

    This is a comparison of two of the most popular investment research sites: The Motley Fool and Seeking Alpha.
  48. How Union Pacific Is Essential To The U.S. Economy

    If you need to ship titanic volumes of sundry products across sweeping distances, nothing's better than rail, where Union ...
  49. The Bloomberg Terminal: Step By Step

    Bloomberg is synonymous with investment information- its media outlet and software/hardware are used by most, if not all, ...
  50. Is the Stock Correlation Strategy Effective?

    The synchronized movement among stocks and markets in recent years is challenging diversification.
  51. How ConocoPhillips Makes Its Money

    By focusing on upstream production and farming out subsequent links in the chain, ConocoPhillips maximizes profits in a very ...
  52. Bloomberg Vs Morningstar: Key similarities & differences of 2 financial data providers

    Bloomberg and Morningstar are established leaders in financial industry. They're similar but certainly not identical. Investopedia ...
  53. How United Technologies Makes its Money

    If you flown in an airplane, shopped for food or sat comfortably in a hot climate, you've probably used a United Technologies ...
  54. Are Shipping Stocks Due For A Rally?

    Several bullish catalysts are lining up in favor of shipping companies. Their current cheapness may not last for long, though, ...
  55. Alibaba IPO: Why List In the U.S.?

    For companies like Alibaba, a U.S. listing can provide some benefits that they can't find at the exchanges nearer to home. ...
  56. LG As A Case Study Of A Successful Enterprise Resource Planning System

    Enterprise Resource Planning Systems require careful thought, consideration and engagement from all stakeholders. LG is a ...
  57. What's the Role of an Investment Bank?

    Investment banks provide financial advice to businesses and governments and help them raise capital through the sale of stocks, ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. How Apple And Samsung Compare ... And Coexist

    Taking a break from how their ubiquitous smartphones stack up, investopedia takes a look at the similarities and difference ...
  60. Home Depot's Profitability: The Unvarnished Truth

    As long as people want to maintain and beautify their surroundings, Home Depot will continue to accommodate them — and at ...
  61. What's a P&L Statement?

    A profit and loss statement, also called the income statement, is a financial statement that companies use to report their ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. Why Hewlett-Packard Continues To Reinvent Itself

    The pressure to reinvent oneself is huge in the tech sector, and Hewlett-Packard's move to divide into two units is evidence.
  65. How You Depend On Qualcomm Every Day

    You may not know it, but you probably depend on a Qualcomm product just about every day. Here's how.
  66. The Handy Guide To Global Stock Market Holidays

    Exchanges close on holidays--which vary by country. If you're a global trader, it's useful to have this handy Investopedia ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. Inside Intel: A Look At The Mega Chipmaker

    There's a very good chance that you've utilized an Intel chip today. Here's how the chipmaker became so ubiquitous.
  69. How Bank of America Holds 1/8 of All U.S. Deposits

    Bank of America isn't America's central bank, but given its size and spread, you could be forgiven this misapprehension.
  70. JPMorgan Chase: Too Big (And Profitable) To Fail

    If there's any bank that's too big to fail, JPMorgan Chase & Co. may very well be the best example. Just look at its ...
  71. How To Research Volatile Stocks

    Volatile stocks scare some investors--they're worried about something they need to keep an eye on. Fortunately, great software ...
  72. How Wells Fargo Became The Biggest Bank In America

    How does WFC make money? They lend it out at a higher rate than they borrow it at. Simple, right? But the real story is how ...
  73. The Key To Apple's Scale? Half A Billion iPhones

    Since 2000, Apple has grown into a $610 billion company with a market cap larger than the GDP of all but 20 countries. Just ...
  74. What Drives Summer Blockbuster Movie Profits?

    Moviegoers spent about $1 billion each of the months of May, June, July and August 2014. What is it that makes a summer blockbuster ...
  75. The Economics of Hulu, Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster

    These on-demand entertainment giants have already changed the way we consume entertainment. Who is poised to win this race ...
  76. Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal

    Within hours of its IPO, Alibaba's market cap surpassed Walmart's. So why is it that so many people still don't know what ...
  77. Investing In China

    Investment opportunity is huge in China. However, investors should consider the pitfalls, understand the risks and rewards, ...
  78. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  79. The Best Books On Warren Buffett

    These six books aren’t as satisfying as owning Berkshire shares has been for the last 45 years, but there is a lot of knowledge ...
  80. PepsiCo's $66B Global Snack And Drink Empire

    With 14 billion-dollar beverage brands, you'll be surprised to learn that most of PepsiCo's revenue derives from foods. Here's ...
  81. How To Pick Winning Penny Stocks

    Cheap doesn't always equal good. When choosing penny stocks, investors would be wise to note several key factors that affect ...
  82. Finding Spin In The Financial Services Industry

    The financial services industry may stop short of lying outright, but that doesn't mean that everything they say about their ...
  83. Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    It may be more beneficial for you to pay tax now than deferring it to an IRA. We show you how and why.
  84. Using Historical Volatility To Gauge Future Risk

    Use these calculations to uncover the risk involved in your investments.
  85. The Illusion Of Diversification: The Myth Of The 30 Stock Portfolio

    Find out what it takes to really diversify your portfolio.
  86. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority ...
  87. The Over-The-Counter Market: An Introduction To Pink Sheets

    Being early to a party may not be hip, but being early on a rising stock certainly is.
  88. How To Play The OTC Pink Stocks

    The OTC Pink offers a variety of investment candidates including many good companies waiting to be discovered. Recently, ...
  89. Pick Better Stocks By Consulting Form 10-K

    Learn to read and dissect the most comprehensive compilation of information on a company.
  90. Solutions For Concentrated Positions

    Investopedia explains various tactics for divesting your overexposure to any one stock.
  91. How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.
  92. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  93. Warren Buffett's Best Buys

    The Oracle of Omaha's "Rip van Winkle" approach has served him well. Read on to learn more.
  94. Fracking Companies: Practices, Profit Opportunities & Outlook

    Learn about the business opportunities available to companies in the fracking, how they operate and new innovations going ...
  95. Why Cisco Systems Is Virtually Unavoidable

    Chances are you've used a Cisco Systems product today and you don't even know it. Here's how.
  96. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  97. Effects Of Behavioral Biases In Investing Decisions

    Investing, just like our day to day activities, is primarily driven by our behavioral patterns and general thought processes. ...
  98. Some Good News Is Bad News For Investors

    Some companies excel at announcing news that is bad for shareholders, but spinning it as good news.
  99. How Nasdaq Continues To Innovate

    For centuries, a stock market was a physical arena where buyers and sellers traded shares. Then the NASDAQ opened and changed ...
  100. The Power Of Dividend Growth

    Dividends may not seem exciting, but they can certainly be lucrative. Learn more here!
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