Investing Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

    These investments offer more precise bets on the market, reduced fees and greater diversification to investors.
  9. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  10. 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.
  11. Forex Investing: How To Capture Commodity Fluctuations

    For individual or retail investors looking to gain exposure to hot commodity trends, the foreign exchange markets provide the answer.
  12. Warren Buffett's 2010 Portfolio

    Find out what the Oracle of Omaha bought over the past year, and how those investments are doing so far.
  13. What You Need To Know About Financial Analysts

    Thinking about relying on analyst recommendations for your next trade? We'll show you what to watch out for.
  14. The Problem With Financial Journalism

    One of the most serious problems facing the general investing public is that that they fail to learn enough about investments until/unless they go wrong.
  15. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  16. Are CDs Good Protection For The Bear Market?

    Certificates of deposit promise stable income in any market, but do they deliver?
  17. How To Profit From Debt Securities In Failing Companies

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the market's weakest companies by investing in distressed debt.
  18. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  19. Your Best Investment For 2011

    You may be somebody who wants to invest but you're afraid to try. Here's an investment that has a 100% success rate.
  20. Traders: Which Markets Should You Trade?

    Being aware of other markets and other trading methods can help traders fine tune methods, save costs and add profits.
  21. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and increase your chances of finding successful investments.
  22. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  23. Investments That Would Have Made You Rich In 2010

    These companies and investments made huge gains in 2010 - did you get in while the getting was good?
  24. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  25. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  26. 5 Big Chinese Companies And Their U.S. Counterparts

    Here's a look at five Chinese companies, what they do and how they compare to the American companies they are modeled after.
  27. January: Time To Read Your Mutual Fund's Annual Report

    Don't let this valuable piece of mail end up in your trash can. Here are five things you need to know.
  28. Investopedia's Top 5 Terms Of 2010

    Find out what our readers wanted to know most about this year – and why.
  29. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  30. 5 Risky Mortgage Types To Avoid

    There are plenty of ways to end up with a bad mortgage. The risks of these five should make every homebuyer think twice before signing.
  31. Can The Market Continue To Grow In 2011?

    The market has nearly doubled from 2009 lows. We'll look at whether or not it has overshot the actual level of economic recovery since then.
  32. Top Homeowner Tax Write-Offs For 2010

    The subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 has not diminished the tax advantages of home ownership in America.
  33. Introduction To E-Micro Forex Futures

    At one-10th the size of regular FX contracts, the E-micros offer traders the opportunity to trade the forex in a regulated marketplace with reduced risks.
  34. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell.
  35. 5 Sunny Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2011

    These cities were hit hard by speculative fever, but given their favorable locations they are poised to rebound.
  36. The Top New Investment: Doing Nothing

    Volatility has scared a lot of people out of the financial markets, but is doing nothing with your money really the best approach?
  37. 5 Unusual Assets That Might Outperform The Market

    Investors don't have to stick to stocks and bonds to beat the market.
  38. 5 Basic Things To Know About Bonds

    Learn these basic terms to breakdown this seemingly complex investment area.
  39. 3 Ways To Tell If Your Stock Has Bottomed

    No one can call stock bottoms with absolute certainty, but there are some common trends that appear when stocks are about to hit bottom.
  40. How Riots Influence An Economy

    Economic austerity measures have produced some riots in the hardest-hit countries, but do these protestors’ bold tactics actually get them anywhere?
  41. The Lottery: Is It Ever Worth Playing?

    You have better odds of being bitten by a poisonous snake, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play.
  42. The Benefits And Value Of Stock Options

    The pros and cons of corporate stock options have been debated since the incentive was created. Learn more about stock option basics and the cost of stock options.
  43. 5 Wild Ride Commodities In 2010

    Amid all of the Wall Street confusion this past year, at least commodities traders had something to celebrate.
  44. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  45. Forget Gold, These Investments Are Poised For A Strong 2011

    While gold grabs the headlines, there are other commodity investments that aren't getting quite as much attention.
  46. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends.
  47. Internal Rate Of Return: An Inside Look

    Use this method to choose which project or investment is right for you.
  48. Introduction To Asian Financial Markets

    We look at the history of Asia's financial development and how investors can get involved in these growing markets.
  49. Pay Taxes Like A Billionaire

    The richest people know the ropes when it comes to paying as little in taxes as possible. Find out how you can do the same.
  50. 5 Failed Currencies And Why They Crashed

    In light of speculation that the euro is in trouble, we look at currencies that were once widely used but are now defunct.
  51. The World's Most Powerful Bankers

    These CEOs usually keep a low profile, but they are partially in control of unbelievable assets and hundreds of thousands of staff.
  52. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  53. 401(k) Fees You Need To Know

    Many workers are largely unaware of the various fees that their plans charge them, or what the fees are for.
  54. 5 Must Read Finance Books

    We'll look at 5 financial books that are perennial favorites and what has made them so popular.
  55. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  56. Taxation Rules For Bond Investors

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
  57. Memorable Money Quotes Of 2010

    Possibly the best way to judge this past year, financially, is by listening to those who are in the know. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the past 12 months.
  58. The Story Behind The Irish Meltdown

    Once a lesson in national renewal, Ireland is learning that success can be fleeting. Learn the story behind Ireland's crumbling economy.
  59. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  60. Festive Portfolio Picks Worth Celebrating

    We look at festive products and the firms that are likely to benefit as shopping sentiment turns more cheerful this holiday season.
  61. 6 Steps To A Rule-Based Forex Trading System

    Learn to add structure to your trading methods with these six important steps.
  62. Santa's Financial Naughty List For 2010

    Santa is going to be shoveling a lot of coal for the financial world this year.
  63. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  64. Recession-Busting Sports Ticket Deals

    The recession has meant a drop in attendance for many franchises, which has resulted in teams creating unusual promotions to sell more seats.
  65. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets and economy.
  66. Cheap Stocks Can Be Deceiving

    Find out how to tell a truly undervalued stock from one that has been legitimately beaten down.
  67. 5 Consequences Of The Mortgage Crisis

    The mortgage crisis can still be felt all over the economy - and it is leading to some nasty side effects that will linger for some time.
  68. Gold: The Other Currency

    Throughout history, gold has held its value against paper currencies. Learn how it can help offset market risks.
  69. 5 Things To Know About Potash

    Potash has been in the news a lot recently, but why is it so important?
  70. The Capital Asset Pricing Model: An Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  71. Wall Street History: Carnegie, Circuit Breakers And Dynamite

    On this anniversary week of John F. Kennedy's death, we look at other monumental moments that shaped our current economy.
  72. Why Investments That "Feel" Safe May Not Be

    Investors tend to be adventurous in situations where they feel protected, but risk compensation theory suggests this may backfire.
  73. Improve Your Investing With Excel

    Excel is a useful tool to assist with investment organization and evaluation. Find out how to use it.
  74. What Happened To The MBS Market?

    Find out how the fall of mortgage-backed securities has changed the financial landscape.
  75. Water Cooler Finance: GM's Dramatic Return

    It was a notable week in finance, highlighted by General Motors' sensational re-entry to the stock market.
  76. Show Business Bankruptcy Filings

    We look at some of the entertainment industry's big bankruptcy filings and see why MGM is not alone.
  77. Enhanced Index Funds: Can They Deliver Low-Risk Returns?

    These funds may look appealing. Find out whether they can really live up to all of their promises.
  78. 5 Ways To Buy A Foreclosed Home

    There is no shortage of foreclosure properties. Find out how you can buy one for yourself.
  79. Introduction To Trading: Scalpers

    This type of trader makes many trades per day to "scalp" a small profit from each trade. Find out how it works.
  80. How Negative Demographics Can Help The Economy

    The obese, smokers and gamblers get a bad rap for burdening society. But could these groups really be stimulating the economy?
  81. Invest In Real Estate With $1,000 (Or Less)

    Here are some options to get you started in real estate for a fraction of what it would cost to buy an actual property.
  82. Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits.
  83. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  84. Water Cooler Finance: G20 Leader Spats And China Fakes It

    This week in the financial news: new video game sales records are being broken, while China can't seem to get along with its peers.
  85. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among other applications.
  86. Convertible Bonds: An Introduction

    Find out about the nuts and bolts, pros and cons of investing in bonds.
  87. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your tax burden.
  88. How Big Corporations Avoid Big Tax Bills

    How do companies manage to pay such low taxes? Just look at Google's 2.4% tax rate.
  89. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  90. 5 Long-Term Consequences Of The Recession

    Apart from the headlines about jobs, this recession is doing damage in other areas that goes unnoticed.
  91. Water Cooler Finance: Lions And Diapers And Dows, Oh My!

    This week in finance, unemployment numbers were stagnant and a major movie company files for bankruptcy protection.
  92. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

    International investors need to be aware of the staggering correlation between tax rates and economic performance.
  93. What Your Portfolio Says About You

    Are you risk averse or are you a risk taker? Do you repeat mistakes or do you learn from them? Learn how your investments reflect your personality.
  94. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  95. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

    Learn how put options can act as insurance for volatile stocks in your portfolio.
  96. 5 Trendy Investment Ideas

    Here are some hot investing ideas a bit off the beaten paths.
  97. 7 Reasons To Pick ETFs Over Stocks

    ETFs have some significant advantages that investors should not ignore.
  98. Wall Street History: Dow's Debut And Daiwa's Dishonor

    This week in financial history, an important birthday and a notable death.
  99. 5 Big Names That Profited From The Recession

    While the recession was a terrible event for many, some savvy parties managed to make it work for them.
  100. 5 Extreme Recession Real Estate Buys

    The recent economic downturn and mortgage crisis have put many real estate values in the basement. Find out about the unbelievable property prices that are popping up around the U.S.
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