Investing Articles

  1. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett's Bank Fraud And Financial Eruptions

    From fraud charges to volcanic eruptions, this week's news was anything but boring.
  2. Can You "Learn" The Stock Market?

    All of the knowledge in the world won't ensure the perfect trade every time - but is it possible to improve your odds in the market?
  3. The Equity-Risk Premium: More Risk For Higher Returns

    Learn how the expected extra return on stocks is measured and why academic studies usually estimate a low premium.
  4. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  5. 7 Cities With Great Real Estate Deals

    It's a buyer's market, but where are the best places to purchase your new home?
  6. SEC Issues Worthless Warnings On Fund Performance Ads

    Mealy-mouthed language may have opposite of intended effect.
  7. College Rejection Letter: Ticket To Success?

    If you got rejected from college, you're in good company, so did some of the most successful people in the world.
  8. As Interest Rates Rise Inflation To Follow

    Fed's focus on unemployment blinding it to price pressures.
  9. Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

    Stocks are soaring despite high unemployment, foreclosures and relatively low consumer spending. Can it last?
  10. Lipstick And The Stock Market: Connection?

    We test the theory that lipstick sales thrive during an economic downturn.
  11. Top Ways To Invest Your Tax Refund

    Investing your tax refund will give you the best possible return.
  12. The U.S. Dollar's Unofficial Status as World Currency

    Discover how and why the U.S. dollar emerged as official currency in many foreign countries.
  13. Take the "Dope" Out of Your Finances

    The activity of the brain chemical dopamine can help make sense of our irrational financial decisions. Here's how to outsmart it.
  14. An Introduction To The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Chances are you've heard of the IMF. But what does it do, and why is it so controversial?
  15. Is Your Investing Style Hot, Or Not?

    Don't let your portfolio construction fall out of fashion.
  16. The Greatest Stock Picker Of All Time?

    Get to know some of the best stock pickers, their strategies and how they got their starts.
  17. Understanding The U.S. Tax Withholding System

    Understanding the origins of our tax withholding system is crucial to getting the most out of it.
  18. The 5 Factors Of A "Good" Location

    “Location, location, location” is a common mantra in real estate. And it’s good advice – except for one thing: most people have no idea what this really means.
  19. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  20. Experienced Investors: Older And Wiser, Or Just Older?

    Find out how these famous investors have fared as they've aged.
  21. Countries Sanctioned By The U.S. - And Why

    America's power to influence and impede trade and immigration goes far beyond the military's reach.
  22. Fixer-Upper House: Is it Worth It?

    The "handyman special" that seems like a great deal can quickly become a money pit. Find out which repairs are most likely to put you in the red.
  23. Customize Your Trading With Flex Options

    These unique instruments take options trading to a whole new level.
  24. Understanding Forex Risk Management

    There's risk in every trade you take, but as long as you can measure risk, you can manage it.
  25. How U.S. Policy Affects Other Countries' Tax Rates

    U.S. tax policies don't just affect our own economy - many times, the entire world is influenced.
  26. Bond Funds Boost Income, Reduce Risk

    These funds can provide stable returns for those who depend on their investment income.
  27. Published Mutual Fund Returns Not Always What They Appear

    Survivorship bias erases substandard performers, distorting overall mutual fund returns.
  28. Water Cooler Finance: Warren Buffett Buys A Lemonade Stand

    News of Warren Buffett's unsolicited takeover bid for Kayla Summers' lemonade stand, and other top financial news.
  29. Investors Need A Good WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality.
  30. 5 Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

    Imagine having millions or billions of dollars, but living like you do right now.
  31. Hatch A New Financial Plan

    With spring just around the corner, now is a great time for a financial makeover.
  32. How To Profit From Investment "Losers"

    Diversification and rebalancing are keys to long-term returns.
  33. Investing In Emerging Market Debt

    This asset class has left much of its unstable past behind. Find out how to invest in it.
  34. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  35. 6 Weird Futures You Can Trade

    From trading based on weather to the next Hollywood blockbuster, these new derivatives show the investing world's innovation.
  36. Wall Street History: A Random Walk, Nixon's Taxes and The Marlboro Man

    From Nixon's tax bill to Marlboro Friday, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  37. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  38. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  39. Corporate Futures: Big Names, Big Risk

    We don't often think of Disney and derivatives, but it is one of many companies that use derivatives to hedge risks.
  40. Water Cooler Finance: Zombies File Taxes, Dead Bills Rise Again

    It seems that Halloween has come early to the world of finance. We take a look at what's making news this week.
  41. Look At Me! I Beat The S&P!

    How investment advisors use the wrong benchmarks to make poor performance look good.
  42. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  43. Twin Deficits: Twice The Fun For The U.S

    The U.S. has been running both fiscal and current account deficits for years, but what does it all add up to?
  44. Is There A Right Way To Invest In Gold?

    Purists like physical bullion, but most investors prefer ETFs.
  45. Why Country Funds Are So Risky

    High returns come at a price, but country funds may still be a good bet.
  46. Why U.S. Investors Should Care About "PIGS"

    The finances of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain have been in the spotlight lately. Find out how this affects the U.S.
  47. Jobs That Are Growing - Despite The Recession

    If your career was derailed recently, you're not alone - but these jobs are on the rise.
  48. Tankan Survey Provides Clues To Japanese Economy

    This quarterly survey is crucial for assessing Japan's economic health.
  49. The Economics Of Natural Disasters

    Even natural disasters that take place thousands of miles away can shake up your portfolio here at home.
  50. Make Money On The Movies

    If you think you know which films will tank and which will soar, this new way to trade could be for you.
  51. Sinful Investing: Is It For You?

    Sin stocks may seen outright undesirable to some, but these "naughty" industries bring stable returns - even in hard times.
  52. EU Economics? It's All Greek To Me!

    How will the fallout from Greece's sovereign debt crisis impact investors on Wall Street and Main Street? Find out here.
  53. Water Cooler Finance: Bailouts, Buffett-Rock And Prison Brawls

    This week was marked by extremes and touched by more than a little drama - and we're not just talking about Warren Buffett's appearance in GEICO's latest TV commercial.
  54. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  55. Mutual Fund Tune-Up Delivers High-Powered Performance

    Rebalancing your portfolio will protect you from risk and ensure that your investments are performing at their best.
  56. Recession: What Does It Mean To Investors?

    Understanding the business cycle and your own investment style can help you cope with an economic decline.
  57. The Future Of Mutual Funds

    Decreases in mutual fund classes and the growing use of ETFs means the future of mutual funds will be anything but smooth.
  58. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  59. New Forex Rules Cap Losses - And Profits

    The CFTC is considering reducing the maximum amount of leverage in the forex market to 10:1. Find out what this change would mean for traders.
  60. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  61. Rent-To-Own Real Estate Full Of Pitfalls

    Before you consider this type of arrangement, you should be aware of how it works, who benefits and the many things that can go wrong.
  62. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  63. Why Laws Won't Prevent Financial Bubbles And Crashes

    We look at past government financial legislation, and see why it just doesn't work.
  64. A Disaster-Protection Plan For Your Portfolio

    If you can't predict the future, you'll need to plan ahead to protect your assets from the impact of major world events.
  65. Agency Bonds: Limited Risk And Higher Return

    Discover these safe alternatives to Treasury bonds.
  66. Play Video Games; Become A Millionaire

    New ways to benefit from this industry have emerged over the last few years. The best part is, they're very profitable.
  67. 5 Spring Clean-Up Tips For Your Finances

    When you're done cleaning out the garage, consider putting some shine on your financial affairs.
  68. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  69. 6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  70. Millionaires Who Gave It All Away

    These rich philanthropists turned their backs on luxury to find far richer experiences than their money could buy.
  71. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  72. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  73. A Quick And Dirty Look At Sports Gambling

    Americans love to gamble on sports, but most of the money wagered doesn't come with a receipt - or the backing of the U.S. government.
  74. Investments To Die For

    It is possible to benefit financially from death - without being a character in a murder mystery.
  75. Bull Market Requires A Healthy Consumer

    High debt, bad policy bode ill for stocks.
  76. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial events of the past occurred during this week.
  77. Should You Invest In A Green Home?

    Energy neutral homes are becoming real possibilities, but the financial point of view might not be so optimistic.
  78. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  79. The Perfect Investment For Chocolate-Lovers

    With mounting production problems, it might be time for investors to enjoy some hot cocoa ... investments.
  80. The European Union's Dead Weight

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  81. The Basics Of Trading A Stock

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  82. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  83. How Savings Are Saving The Economy

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  84. One World, One Currency: Could It Work?

    This idea has been debated for decades, but could it really work? Which countries would benefit? What are the downfalls? How would supply and printing factor in?
  85. 7 Currency Blunders You Could Cash In On

    The government has made its share of mistakes when it comes to printing money, and the results are collector's items.
  86. Should You Follow Your Fund Manager?

    Learn how to tell if a fund in flux is still a suitable investment.
  87. Forex: How To Scalp Fundamentally

    Learn why event-driven scalping in the currency market involves balancing fundamentals with technicals.
  88. Fine Art Funds: A Beautiful Investment

    Have you ever admired a piece of art and wished you had the money to own it? Art funds may be one way to get a stake in this profitable market.
  89. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  90. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an indelible print on the market.
  91. Soaring Mortgage Defaults May Kill The Housing Recovery

    Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery.
  92. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  93. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens in the federal government.
  94. Losing Money? Don't Blame Your Broker

    Tempting as it is to pass the buck for your losses, the true culprit may be closer to home.
  95. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead.
  96. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  97. Top 10 Holdings Of 5 Top Money Managers

    Thanks to the SEC you can look at the companies and industries that 5 mega-investors are pouring their billions into.
  98. Is Your Portfolio Overweight?

    As time passes, in order to remain profitable, investors need to put certain parts of their portfolio on a diet.
  99. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  100. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management.
Trading Center