Investing Articles

  1. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  2. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  3. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  4. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  5. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  6. Recession Dates: Romantic Vs. Repugnant

    You can save money on a date, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.
  7. Leveraged ETFs: Too Risky For Their Own Good?

    With regulatory oversight under fire, the smart money might place an inverse bet on the future of these products.
  8. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  9. Should Interest Rates Go Up?

    An increase in interest rates could prove that that the Fed really believes the U.S. economy is starting to grow.
  10. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  11. 4 Ways To Weather An Economic Storm

    Keeping a cool head and sticking to a plan during an economic slump is vital to financial stability.
  12. 6 Reasons Nations Don't Go Green

    For countries, the economic costs outweigh the benefits of going green.
  13. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  14. Losing The Amaranth Gamble

    Investors in this fund didn't see it coming. Would you?
  15. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  16. 5 ETF Classes To Know

    Exchange-traded funds have become very popular. Here's a simple breakdown of five classes you should know.
  17. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  18. Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market

    Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, and engage in aggressive strategies to make this happen.
  19. Real Estate Bargains: Location Is Everything

    For the U.S. median house price, you can live in a mansion or a closet, it all depends on location.
  20. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  21. Is The Recession Over?

    Has the jump in the stock market since March reached a peak or is this the beginning of a long climb?
  22. Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  23. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  24. 5 Reasons To Avoid Index Funds

    Indexes are a hands-off way for investors to access the markets, but in some cases, nothing beats active investing.
  25. 3 New Threats For Would-Be Homeowners

    While depressed real estate prices have created bargains for buyers, these lower prices come at a cost.
  26. Don't Let Brokerage Fees Undermine Your Returns

    Smart investors don't give away more money than necessary in commissions and fees. Find out how to save.
  27. Bear Market Mauls Target-Date Funds

    This "set it and forget it" approach to investing is appealing, but it's not the best protection against a bear market.
  28. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  29. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  30. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint reversals.
  31. The Bad Market's Silver Lining: Lower Mutual Fund Fees

    Although the past 18 months have been devastating to the stock market, there is some upside to this down market.
  32. Why Low Oil Prices Are Bad For The Economy

    You may be paying less at the pump, but how are lower oil prices affecting other parts of the economy?
  33. Price Shading In The Forex Markets

    This practice puts brokers ahead of their clients, but it doesn't have to be a negative for traders.
  34. Outside-The-Box Ways To Make Money

    These non-traditional methods can help you make some extra cash.
  35. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  36. Faith-Based Investing: An Inspired Choice

    For those who follow a particular faith, this is just one more form of socially responsible investing.
  37. Top Colleges For Your Tuition Buck

    College is a major financial investment. Make sure you are getting the best value.
  38. On This Day in Finance: July 29 - Bonus Army Invades Washington, D.C.

    On July 29, 1932, government troops and tanks forcibly remove World War I veterans from makeshift camps in Washington D.C.
  39. Is It Worth Going Green?

    Going green might make you feel good about your purchases, but it probably won't help your finances.
  40. "Great" 8? 8 Failures Say Otherwise

    The G8 has a history of big promises and no action, and it doesn't look like much has changed in 2009.
  41. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Not everyone can make money in this field. Find out what you need before you buy in.
  42. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  43. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  44. Contemplating Collectible Investments

    Profit margins are slim, but that needn't deter those with a passion for eras past.
  45. Does The U.S. Need Stimulus 2.0?

    The U.S. might just need to better handle and plan stimulus 1.0, before taking a next step.
  46. On This Day In Finance: July 24 - Freddie Mac Is Born

    On July 24, 1970, the United States Congress established Freddie Mac.
  47. Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  48. The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run.
  49. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  50. On This Day In Finance: July 23 - Ford Delivers First Model A

    The first car produced by the Ford Motor company was the original Model A that came out in 1903.
  51. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  52. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  53. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  54. On This Day In Finance: July 20 - Congress Approves The Bretton Woods Agreement

    United States Congress officially approves the Bretton Woods Agreement, thus including the U.S. in the Bretton Woods System.
  55. Money-Saving Tips For Sports Fans

    If you do a little sleuthing and stay flexible on which teams to follow, you can still enjoy all the excitement of live sporting events.
  56. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical performances are tracked separately.
  57. You CAN Retire In A Recession

    Just because you receive your gold watch during a recession, doesn't mean you can't retire on time.
  58. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  59. Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China

    FDI in China surpassed $100 billion in 2010, certain key factors drive foreign direct investment.
  60. How To Master Online Auctions For Fast Cash

    Online selling is just as easy as in-person selling and can yield five to 10 times the profit.
  61. 10 Careers With Great Job Prospects

    The unemployment rate may be high, but that doesn't mean you need to sit on the sidelines. Find out which fields have the most potential.
  62. Goldman Sachs: Unusual Earnings For An Unusual Company

    Goldman Sachs alumni have an unprecedented history of seamlessly moving from private to public service. Here's a short list of a few notable examples.
  63. Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  64. Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Though patent trolls can help patients achieve cheaper medication in the short-term, everyone pays for it in the long term.
  65. "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke: Flying High Or Headed For A Tailspin?

    Bernanke's first four-year term will come to an end in early 2010. Will it be his last?
  66. 5 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Find out how to stop chasing the market and start leading it.
  67. The Real Cost Of Drinking Coffee

    How much is your morning jolt hurting your wallet? More than half of Americans drink coffee every day, and the costs add up.
  68. On This Day In Finance: July 10 - Adolphus Busch Is Born

    On this day in 1839, German-born American brewer Adolphus Busch was born
  69. Real Estate Vs. Stocks: Which One's Right For You?

    There are ups and downs for both real estate and stock investments, so before diving in, know the differences between the two.
  70. Top 4 Things That Determine A Home's Value

    Your house depreciates over time, while the land beneath it is likely to do the opposite.
  71. On This Day In Finance: July 9 - New York Airways Launches First Helicopter Service

    New York Airway launches the first passenger helicopter air service in New York City.
  72. Silver Thursday: How Two Wealthy Traders Cornered The Market

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
  73. On This Day In Finance: July 8 - John D. Rockefeller Is Born

    On this day in history, American industrialist John D. Rockefeller was born.
  74. The Great Inflation Of The 1970s

    Political moves meant prevent unemployment served to do the opposite, creating one of the worst fiscal disasters of the century.
  75. So You Wanna Be A Millionaire: How Long Will It Take?

    There are many ways to hit the million-dollar mark, but the faster you try to get there, the harder it becomes.
  76. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

    Hyperinflation can make a $1,000 bill look like chump change.
  77. On This Day In Finance: July 7, 2003 - WorldCom Pays $750 Million

    WorldCom is ordered to pay fines in a civil case, as a result of fudging the numbers.
  78. 4 Tips For Buying Stocks In A Recession

    Bear markets can terrify even seasoned investors. Learn how to invest safely.
  79. Investing In The Recovery With Build America Bonds

    Build America Bonds give state and local municipalities a bigger market to fund projects - and they're a solid investment, too.
  80. What Would Full Disclosure Mean For The Market?

    In the wake accounting scandals, more people are calling for full disclosure. But what would that even help?
  81. Government Investment Program Misses The Mark

    The U.S. government is trying everything to ease the economic crisis. Is the Public-Private Investment Program the answer?
  82. On This Day In Finance: July 3 - Dow Jones Publishes Its First Stock Average

    On July, 3, 1884, Dow Jones & Company published its first stock market index.
  83. Notorious White Collar Criminals: Where Are They Now?

    While Madoff's victims hope he dies in jail, other notorious fraudsters still have future careers ahead of them.
  84. On This Day In Finance: July 2 - Asian Financial Crisis

    in 1997, the Asian financial crisis gains traction as the Thai baht begins to float.
  85. Assessing Bank Assets: Are Your Savings Safe?

    Learn how to determine if your assets are safe or if your bank has spread itself too thin.
  86. What Does It Mean To Be Green?

    Green investing is the new buzz word for companies and investors. Find out what it means.
  87. Iron Condors: Wing It To Maximum Profit

    Understanding the right way to execute an iron condor can increase potential returns and limit risk.
  88. How U.S. Firms Benefit When The Dollar Falls

    When the greenback is weak, smart investors will invest in multinational companies to benefit.
  89. Baseball's Best Ticket Bargains

    Don't just watch baseball for cheap - watch the best teams for the best price.
  90. 6 Summer Getaways That Won't Break The Bank

    If flying to an exotic locale isn't in the cards this year, check out these cheaper vacation alternatives.
  91. On This Day In Finance: June 30 - The End Of The Reconstruction Finance Corporation

    On this day in 1957, the RFC officially closed its doors.
  92. Is The Treasury Market Forming A Bubble?

    Panic in the economy led to investors buying short-term Treasuries despite negative yields. Reacting to short-term events is not the way to go.
  93. On This Day In Finance: June 29 - Apple iPhone

    The iPhone becomes a reality.
  94. Say "I Do" To A Recession Wedding

    Everyone has felt the pinch in these tough economic times, but your wedding can still be everything you want without breaking the bank.
  95. Crime Vs Time: Madoff Faces Off Against Fellow Fraudsters

    Madoff received the maximum allowable time for his sentence - much more than any white-collar criminal before him.
  96. Short Sales And Foreclosures: When It's Time To Move On

    Sometimes it's better to cut your losses, but foreclosures and short selling can have devastating impacts on your credit score.
  97. Myth Of The Week: Millionaires Don't Have To Worry About Money

    Michael Jackson carried an air of aristocracy even among the most elite celebrities, but although he lived like a king, he died in debt.
  98. Biggest Political Missteps Of The Recovery

    The U.S. is trying to stabilize the economy, but when politics and economics collide, the result is not always favorable.
  99. On This Day In Finance: June 26 - Federal Credit Union Act Signed

    On June 26, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law The Federal Credit Union Act
  100. On This Day In Finance: June 25 - Microsoft Inc. Is Born

    Microsoft reorganizes into a privately-held corporation, renaming itself Microsoft Inc.
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