Investing Articles

  1. Using Porter's 5 Forces To Analyze Stocks

    These five qualitative measures allow investors to draw conclusions about a corporation that are not apparent on the balance sheet.
  2. A Billionaire's Financial Entourage

    This crew may not be as exciting as a rock star's, but a group of financial gurus can keep more money coming in than going out.
  3. Adding Alpha Without Adding Risk

    Learn how to generate higher returns in your portfolio while keeping the same risk profile.
  4. Are My Investments Insured Against Loss?

    Money invested in a brokerage account has some protection, but that doesn't mean you can't lose it.
  5. The Dangers Of Deflation

    We look at what life would be like in a deflationary environment, and what you can do to protect your investments.
  6. Investing Tips For DINKs

    It sounds like an insult, but many count being a DINK as a financial advantage.
  7. Top Tax Tips For Retirees

    Filing your taxes during retirement can be just as time consuming as when you were employed. We have some tips to help you out.
  8. The Series 3 Exam: Creating A Career With Commodities

    The Series 3 exam is the quickest way to diversify sales and add futures to your investing options.
  9. 3 Economic Reasons Behind The Protests In Egypt

    Find out the underlying issues that have led to the recent protests and change in government in Egypt.
  10. Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model

    The DDM is one of the most foundational of financial theories, but it's only as good as its assumptions.
  11. Using Open Interest To Find Bull/Bear Signals

    Volume should inform your use of this indicator in confirming trends and reversals.
  12. The Financial Effects Of A Natural Disaster

    Despite advances in building and infrastructure, we're all subject to Mother Nature's whims - and the damage can have far-reaching effects.
  13. Why There's No Such Thing As A Bad Real Estate Market

    Sometimes a "bad" market can be the best thing for you.
  14. 10 Ways To Prepare For A Personal Financial Crisis

    Life is unpredictable, but if there's anything you can do to stave off disaster, it's to be prepared and be careful.
  15. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with today.
  16. Who Owns The Stock Exchanges?

    As M&A heats up among the exchanges, here's how the market currently looks.
  17. 5 Recession Stock Picks And What They're Worth Now

    Warren Buffett and others continued to buy - or go long - the stock market throughout the recession.
  18. Become A Certified Financial Divorce Analyst

    Use your financial knowledge to help people preserve their financial integrity after a failed marriage.
  19. Dividend Tax Rates: What Investors Need To Know

    Find out how legislation enacted in 2003 is benefiting both investors and corporations, and when it's scheduled to expire.
  20. An Introduction To Reverse Convertible Notes (RCNs)

    When stocks are stagnant and fixed-income yields are crumbling, RCNs come to the rescue!
  21. 6 Signs Of A Healthy Real Estate Market

    When these indicators align, it is a good bet that a real estate recovery is on the way.
  22. How To Pick A Stock

    So you've finally decided to start investing. But what should you put in your portfolio? Find out here.
  23. How China's New Status Affects You

    China is officially the world's second-largest economy. Find out what this ranking shift means for the general public and investors.
  24. David Sokol: Buffett's Former Right-Hand Man

    Sokol contrasts sharply with Buffett's management style, but he can help Berkshire thrive once Buffett decides to move on.
  25. Who Wants To Be A Trillionaire?

    These wealthy individuals have the best shot at being the first trillionaire.
  26. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  27. Option Price-Volatility Relationship: Avoiding Negative Surprises

    Learn about the price-volatility dynamic and its dual effect on option positions.
  28. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  29. What You Need To Know About Capital Gains And Taxes

    Find out how your profits are taxed and what to consider when making investment decisions.
  30. The Secret To Finding Profit In Pairs Trading

    Read about a market-neutral trading strategy using relatively low-risk positions.
  31. How To Calculate Required Rate Of Return

    The required rate of return is used by investors and corporations to evaluate investments. Find out how to calculate it.
  32. How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

    Learn how to halt options losses when the market moves quickly in an unfavorable direction.
  33. Wrap It Up: The Terms And Benefits Of Managed Money

    Find out if fee-based investing is right for you, by learning its terminology and types of investment vehicles.
  34. How The Rich Got That Way

    We explore the most common ways that people get rich, and look at what you can do to join the ranks of the wealthy.
  35. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  36. Due Diligence On Dividends

    Understanding dividends and how they work will help you become a more informed and successful investor.
  37. Government Regulations: Do They Help Businesses?

    These rules are in place to protect consumers and help businesses thrive at the same time.
  38. 5 People Blamed For The Financial Crisis

    The housing bubble, and the resulting financial crisis, has many different parents to blame.
  39. How Market Psychology Drives Technical Indicators

    The tenets of market psychology underlie each and every charting tool.
  40. The Pros And Cons Of A Pegged Exchange Rate

    A pegged currency can give a country many advantages, but these advantages come at a price.
  41. 6 Problems With 401k Plans

    If you pay attention to the problems here, you will be able to avoid the negative effects and meet your retirement goals.
  42. The 2011 Billionaire Investment Portfolio

    Find out where the extremely wealthy are putting their cash in 2011.
  43. Top 8 Ways Companies Cook The Books

    Find out more about the fraudulent accounting methods some companies use to fool investors.
  44. Dragons, Samurai Warriors And Sushi On Wall Street

    From samurai to sushi, there's no denying the East Asian influence on investing terminology.
  45. What Billionaires Do After Retirement

    Retirement as a billionaire may sound like heaven, but for some, their work has only begun once they collect their gold Rolex.
  46. 4 Real Estate Markets Set To Rebound In 2011

    Some cities are ready to rebound sooner than others - these four markets show great potential.
  47. How To Become A Corporate Board Member

    We look at how corporate boards are constructed, and how investors can get involved.
  48. What's Going On With Muni Bonds?

    Should investors worry about the turbulence in the muni market?
  49. Protesting With Your Money: Does It Work?

    You have more power than you think when you protest with your wallet rather than your voice.
  50. Morningstar's Trifecta: An Easy Way To Select Mutual Funds

    These three pieces of Morningstar's trifecta can help you understand the quality of mutual funds.
  51. An Introduction To The CFA Designation

    The CFA designation is seen as the key certification for investment professionals. Find out what the CFA signifies for candidates and investors.
  52. Why Hedge Funds Love Distressed Debt

    When hedge funds buy up bonds from bankrupt companies, should investors follow suit?
  53. How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell A Stock's Future

    While the price-to-earnings ratio is commonly used for assessing stock prices, the price/earnings-to-growth ratio offers forecasting advantages that investors need to know.
  54. Time To Graduate From Mutual Funds?

    A few years ago, newly arrived investors were warned that they would lose $10,000 before they learned enough to make any money. If possible, that's not pessimistic enough.
  55. Tips For Recession-Proofing Your Portfolio

    Find out what to do when the sun sets on a burgeoning market.
  56. The Perks Of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

    These plans offer shareholders a way to directly invest in some of the top companies without the commissions.
  57. The Perfect 2011 Investment Portfolio

    No individual picks here, but we'll look at some sectors that are good candidates to provide the greatest returns and top stocks of 2011.
  58. Alternative Ways To Hold Your Net Worth

    If you're afraid of putting your money back into the financial system, check out these alternatives.
  59. Cautionary Signs For International Investors

    "Going global" is a fashionable investing style, but investors should know the risks.
  60. An Introduction To Weekly Options

    The weeklys are a powerful tool that can create quick profits or quick losses, depending on how you use them.
  61. 15 Outrageous Super Bowl Bets

    Betting now includes aspects as obscure as who the game's MVP will thank first and how long it will take for the anthem singer to finish.
  62. How To Use A European Open Forex Strategy

    Forex traders need to be aware of both price movements and the time of day. Learn FX strategies that incorporate these factors to maximize profits.
  63. Understanding Volatility Measurements

    How do you choose a fund with an optimal risk-reward combination? We teach you about standard deviation, beta and more!
  64. China Dominates Rare Earth Metals Market

    As China protects its supply of rare earth metals, countries around the world will have to develop their own production to meet the growing demand.
  65. Dynamic Current Ratio: What It Is And How To Use It

    Learn why this ratio may be a good alternative to the current, cash and quick ratios.
  66. 5 Investments You Can't Hold In An IRA/Qualified Plan

    The list of prohibited investment vehicles is short, but it's important to know what is off limits.
  67. Introduction to Types of Trading: Fundamental Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that focuses on company-specific events.
  68. Understanding Liability-Adjusted Cash Flow Yield

    Learn why LACFY is a valuable metric for investors looking to make quick valuation calls on a company's stock relative to it's free cash flow history.
  69. Why Stocks Outperform Bonds

    Why have stocks historically produced higher returns than bonds? It's all a matter of risk.
  70. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money.
  71. Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  72. Using Public SEC Filings To Analyze Companies

    Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission provide investors with an edge in determining the investment value of companies. Learn what to look for in these financial reports.
  73. Top 6 Brazilian Billionaires

    Brazil is set to be an economic superpower in the near future, and these are some of the country's richest citizens.
  74. 3 States On The Edge Of The Financial Cliff

    These three states are in bad financial shape. Barring a further bailout, it is difficult to say how they will make out.
  75. How You Make Money In Real Estate

    If you're interested in the real estate game, make sure you know what factors will affect whether you make money or not.
  76. Taking Advantage Of Central Bank Interventions

    These interventions provide great opportunities for investors and traders to seize entries into longer-term trends.
  77. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  78. Top 5 Investment Trends For 2011

    These five industries show great growth potential, as investors become riskier in their investments.
  79. Warren Buffett's Paycheck

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  80. 5 Signs That Social Media Is The Next Bubble

    With such lofty valuations and expectations, social media may be the next bubble waiting to burst.
  81. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  82. Book Value: How Reliable Is It For Investors?

    In theory, a low P/B ratio means you have a cushion against poor performance. In practice, it is much less certain.
  83. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  84. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  85. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  86. Using Base Metals As An Economic Indicator

    Base metals may not glitter like gold, but they can still guide an investor to a conclusion about overall economic health.
  87. 5 Investments That Are Better Than Oil

    These investment classes are historically more stable and easier to invest in than oil and other commodities.
  88. Using Technical Indicators To Develop Trading Strategies

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find the indicators and strategies that will work best for your position.
  89. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  90. The Pros And Cons Of A Strong Loonie

    The fundamentals are still in place, but some analysts predict more movement against currencies other than the USD.
  91. Rare Earth Metals: Shrinking Supplies Amid High Demand

    Learn why investors hold high interest in these valuable elements and why the world's dependency on these metals is growing rapidly.
  92. Convertible Bonds: Pros And Cons For Companies And Investors

    Find out why businesses choose this type of financing and what effect this has on investors.
  93. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  94. The SEC: A Brief History Of Regulation

    The SEC has continued to make the market a safer place and to learn from and adapt to new scandals and crises.
  95. 3 Strategies For Shedding Holiday Debt

    If you are part of 13.5 million Americans who are saddled with holiday debt, it's time to enact a plan for paying off your credit cards quickly and efficiently.
  96. Strategies For Determining The Market's True Worth

    Learn the strengths and weaknesses of passive and active management when trying to uncover the overall market's worth.
  97. 5 Big Mistakes Banks Made In 2010

    2010 was another tough year for banks. Find out the biggest mistakes these financial giants made in the past year.
  98. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

    These investments offer more precise bets on the market, reduced fees and greater diversification to investors.
  99. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  100. Is Your Portfolio Light On Stocks? It May Be Time For A Switch

    Low risk investments only offer low rewards. Investors may find it advantageous to put at least some money back into the stock market.
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