Investing Articles

  1. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  2. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of the blame.
  3. Investing Quotes You Can Bank On

    These catchy quips can really help your investing.
  4. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  5. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  6. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively.
  7. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  8. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results.
  9. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  10. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  11. Buffett's Biggest Mistakes

    This investment guru is still human, and his biggest investing blunders prove it. Find out where he went wrong, and what you can learn from his mistakes.
  12. Is Cloud Computing An Investable Trend?

    Wall Street loves the next hot trend of cloud computing, but is it for real?
  13. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  14. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal Reserve.
  15. Berkshire's Stock Splits: Good Buy Or Goodbye?

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway recently split its stock. Is this a sign to buy?
  16. European Crisis: Take It In Stride

    EU problems are part of a bull market wall of worry.
  17. January Barometer: Did It Work?

    Find out whether this superstitious belief is worth following or little more than water cooler chatter.
  18. Sports Bets That Would Have Made You Rich In 2009

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  19. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  20. The Dangers Of Over-Diversifying Your Portfolio

    If you diversify too much, you might not lose much, but you won't gain much either.
  21. How Money Makes The Economy Move

    This simple example shows how central banks expand the money supply, and why the money supply must grow for the GDP to grow.
  22. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  23. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  24. Analyzing Show Biz Stocks

    The glitz and glam of Hollywood could help put some more glitz in your pocket.
  25. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  26. 11 Tax Deductions You Can't Actually Write Off

    These are some of the most common tax write-offs that you can't really claim.
  27. 5 Money Managers to Watch in 2010

    We look at managers that could be poised to deliver market-beating returns in 2010, and how we can participate.
  28. Hedging With Puts And Calls

    This trading strategy can reduce your risk - but only if you use it effectively.
  29. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  30. Underwater Companies That Haven't Drowned - Yet

    These companies are saddled with huge debts, but are still operating. How do they manage to stay afloat?
  31. The Truth About Micro-Cap Index Funds

    They don't exist, because micro-caps are too small for index funds and ETFs to invest in.
  32. Should Insider Trading Be Legal?

    Insider trading has become a hot-button issue. Here are some of the pros and cons to making it legal.
  33. Which Mutual Fund Style Index Is For You?

    The Russell Investments and MSCI Barra style classification systems can help you pick the right mutual fund - if you know how they work.
  34. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  35. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
  36. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  37. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  38. Understanding BRIC Investments

    Brazil, Russia, India and China are becoming more popular for investing, but there is still plenty of risk among BRIC countries.
  39. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  40. Stock Analysts: Should You Listen?

    If you want to find out which analysts are worth following, you shouldn't take their word for it.
  41. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  42. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  43. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  44. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  45. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge risks.
  46. Public Pensions, Managers Falsify Investment Returns

    Fraud gives inflated view of many assets performances.
  47. International Aid To Haiti: The Large And Small

    We look at the aid that's been promised to Haiti and see which nations are most generous on a per-capita basis.
  48. Asset Allocation In A Bond Portfolio

    An investor's fixed-income portfolio can easily beat the average bond fund. Learn how and why!
  49. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  50. Sell Your Rental Property For A Profit

    Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
  51. What To Expect In 2010

    The economy has stabilized, but what's ahead for us in the new year?
  52. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  53. Structured Notes: Buyer Beware!

    At first glance, this product looks like the answer to investors' prayers. In reality, it's just too good to be true.
  54. 2010: The Year To Change Your Money Manager?

    After the beating the market took in 2008 and the recovery in 2009, now is the time to do a portfolio check-up.
  55. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  56. Schaff Trend: A Faster And More Accurate Indicator

    The Schaff Trend Cycle Indicator is forward-looking and generates signals much faster than old indicators like the MACD.
  57. The Best 401(k) Moves Right Now

    Whether you've been out or in the market lately, the health of your 401(k) is vital.
  58. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  59. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear.
  60. The 2010 Real Estate Outlook

    The real estate market is still struggling, but that doesn't leave everyone out in the cold.
  61. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  62. Surprising Earnings Results

    Consensus estimates can send stocks spiraling - but are they representing reality?
  63. 8 Signs Your Neighborhood Is On The Upswing

    If you were hard-hit by the real estate crash, you may be wondering when things will get better for you. We show you how to keep tabs.
  64. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  65. Mutual Funds Are Awesome - Except When They're Not

    This investment is very popular, but that doesn't mean it comes without risk.
  66. Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification.
  67. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business.
  68. Freebies From Your Health Insurance Company

    Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking or just take overall better care of yourself you may have a surprising ally: your health insurance company.
  69. Warren Buffett's Frugal, So Why Aren't You?

    The Oracle of Omaha has a net worth in the billions, but his lifestyle is not as rich as you may think.
  70. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  71. Partial Indexing Works For Wall Street, Not Investors

    Mixing index and actively managed funds should be called "Core and Pay More."
  72. Carbon Trading: Action Or Distraction?

    These credits claim to allow buyers to reduce their carbon footprints. Find out how.
  73. The Future Of Green Technology Investing

    Other endeavors may be experiencing a credit crunch, but investing in energy conservation, sustainable energy and resource maximization is on the rise.
  74. Will A Systematic Withdrawal Plan Work For You?

    Check out the particulars of an SWP to see if it's the right choice for your retirement.
  75. Making Sense Of Market Anomalies

    Stocks sometimes thwart the efficient market theory by showing some very unusual patterns.
  76. Long-Term Investing With Equity Index CDs

    Equity Index CDs are perfect for investors who don't mind hanging in for the long term.
  77. 2009's Biggest Financial Scandals

    At the heart of every financial scandal is a loss of trust. Find out which major scandals deflated the public's trust in 2009.
  78. Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    We go over several telling factors that can help you answer this question and avoid losses.
  79. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
  80. Keep It Simple - Trade With The Trend

    Often, the simple solution is the best one. Find out how easy it can be to trade with the trend.
  81. Projected Returns: Honing The Craft

    Find out how to forecast long-term returns on the three major asset classes.
  82. Power Up Your Portfolio With Video Game Stocks

    Level up your winnings by investing in this fast-paced, highly skilled industry.
  83. Trade Simple, Trade Smart

    Simplicity can be a trader's best friend. Here is a simple day trading strategy which takes advantage of a stock's dynamics.
  84. Fed's Spring Tightening Won't Stop Price Hikes

    Import price surge suggests investors brace for inflation.
  85. Investors Misfire With Target-Date Funds

    Using all-in-one funds as one of many can lead to a skewed asset allocation.
  86. Should The U.S. Switch To A Flat Tax?

    Some countries have begun charging a flat tax rate instead of the gradual tax system of the Western world.
  87. 2009's Top-Performing Hedge Funds

    We take a look at these investment vehicles that usually make news for blowing up rather than performance.
  88. Common Bond-Buying Mistakes

    Avoid these errors made daily in bond portfolios everywhere.
  89. 10 Great Investment Books For The Holidays

    Looking for the perfect gift? Here's a list of informative reads you'll want to share with others this season.
  90. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2009

    Given the information they had at the time, these were the worst financial decisions of the year.
  91. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  92. The U.S. Dollar And The Yen: An Interesting Partnership

    In order to make the USD/JPY relationship more understandable, we must look at the yen in terms of treasury bonds.
  93. Time For A Money Manager Check-Up

    Just because the portfolio isn't plummeting to the bottom anymore doesn't mean money managers are doing a good job. You need to review many other factors to try to protect your hard-earned money.
  94. The German Economic Miracle

    After World War II, Germany was in ruins. Learn about the country's quick rise to the third strongest economy in the world.
  95. Don't Be Fooled By SPINdex Funds

    Active managers now spin their products as index funds and ETFs.
  96. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  97. Getting An Investment Bank Job During A Recession

    Even in a recession, investment banks are seeking new talent. Learn what will set you apart from the crowd!
  98. Find The Perfect Job With A Career Club

    Career clubs can help you get back on your feet, whether you lost a job or just need a change.
  99. Santa's Naughty List 2009

    These Wall Streeters and a Canadian firm are definitely on the naughty list this year.
  100. Interest Rates And Your Bond Investments

    By understanding the factors that influence interest rates, you can learn to anticipate their movement and profit from it.
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