Investing Articles

  1. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

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

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  3. 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.
  4. Money Management Matters In Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  9. Taking Advantage Of Central Bank Interventions

    These interventions provide great opportunities for investors and traders to seize entries into longer-term trends.
  10. Top 5 Investment Trends For 2011

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

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  16. 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.
  17. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  18. 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.
  19. 5 Investments That Are Better Than Oil

    These investment classes are historically more stable and easier to invest in than oil and other commodities.
  20. Trading Divergences In Forex

    We compare the results of two forex trades based on MACD histogram divergences.
  21. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Reverse Engineering Return On Equity

    Return on equity is a widely used ratio, but return on net operating assets (RNOA) takes things one step farther.
  25. 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.
  26. 5 Signs Of A Market-Beating Stock

    Beating the market is not automatic, but focusing on companies with strong margins, good management and double-digit ROIC is a good place to start.
  27. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  28. 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.
  29. How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Off-Balance-Sheet Entities: An Introduction

    The theory and practice of these entities varies greatly. Investors need to learn what they're getting into.
  34. 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.
  35. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  36. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

    These investments offer more precise bets on the market, reduced fees and greater diversification to investors.
  37. Discovering Keltner Channels and the Chaikin Oscillator

    It's time to acquaint yourself with some lesser-known yet effective technical indicators.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

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

    Certificates of deposit promise stable income in any market, but do they deliver?
  45. 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.
  46. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  51. 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?
  52. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  53. 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.
  54. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  55. 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.
  56. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  57. 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.
  58. Investopedia's Top 5 Terms Of 2010

    Find out what our readers wanted to know most about this year – and why.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. Top Homeowner Tax Write-Offs For 2010

    The subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 has not diminished the tax advantages of home ownership in America.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. Understanding The Basel III International Regulations

    The Basel III regulations mark a drastic reform in international banking. But how do they impact the future's investment landscape?
  65. 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?
  66. 5 Unusual Assets That Might Outperform The Market

    Investors don't have to stick to stocks and bonds to beat the market.
  67. 5 Basic Things To Know About Bonds

    Learn these basic terms to breakdown this seemingly complex investment area.
  68. 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.
  69. 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?
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 5 Wild Ride Commodities In 2010

    Amid all of the Wall Street confusion this past year, at least commodities traders had something to celebrate.
  73. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  74. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends.
  75. 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.
  76. Can You Hit A Perfect Credit Score?

    Everyone wants a great credit score, but few know exactly how to achieve perfection. Find out how your credit score is kept and what it takes to reach a perfect 850 rating.
  77. Internal Rate Of Return: An Inside Look

    Use this method to choose which project or investment is right for you.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  83. 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.
  84. 5 Must Read Finance Books

    We'll look at 5 financial books that are perennial favorites and what has made them so popular.
  85. 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.
  86. Taxation Rules For Bond Investors

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. 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.
  91. 6 Steps To A Rule-Based Forex Trading System

    Learn to add structure to your trading methods with these six important steps.
  92. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  93. 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.
  94. Santa's Financial Naughty List For 2010

    Santa is going to be shoveling a lot of coal for the financial world this year.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. Cheap Stocks Can Be Deceiving

    Find out how to tell a truly undervalued stock from one that has been legitimately beaten down.
  98. The Capital Asset Pricing Model: An Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  99. Gold: The Other Currency

    Throughout history, gold has held its value against paper currencies. Learn how it can help offset market risks.
  100. 5 Things To Know About Potash

    Potash has been in the news a lot recently, but why is it so important?
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