Investing Articles

  1. How To Find The Best Real Estate Agent

    Most people don't have the time, expertise or motivation to go it alone and finding a good real estate agent becomes essential to enjoying a smooth real estate transaction.
  2. Toronto Stock Exchange: Safest Investment In The World?

    Canada, one of the wealthiest countries, is also one of the safest places to invest.
  3. Real Estate and Crowdfunding: A New Path For Investors

    Real estate investing and crowdfunding - is this a good mix?
  4. Why Gold Attracts Conspiracy Theorists

    Few things attract as many conspiracy theories and theorists as gold does.
  5. Investing In Real Estate Versus REITs

    Article on Real Estate Investing Versus REITs.
  6. More Volatility Ahead?

    Despite recent market swings, volatility is still low by historic standards, suggesting that markets aren’t taking into account the prospect of bad news.
  7. What Is A Short ETF?

    A short ETF will be profitable if the underlying index or asset declines in price, and will incur a loss if the underlying index or asset gains in price.
  8. What Are The Best Real Estate REIT ETFs?

    In a period of low interest rates, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) offer great income potential.
  9. How Big Are Emerging Markets?

    Satistical studies of GDP in emerging markets have been in the news recently. One calculation indicated that the Chinese economy could be close to the U.S.
  10. Strip Options: A Market Neutral Bearish Strategy

    Strip Options are market neutral trading strategies with profit potential on either side price movement, with a "bearish" skew.
  11. Where Landlords Can Get Over 20% Returns

    Despite rising home prices, some markets still offer solid investment returns for residential landlords, if you know what to look for.
  12. 2 Portfolio Moves after Second Half’s Strong Start

    Economic data showing improving U.S. growth helped the market kick off a strong start to the second half of the year.
  13. Your Core Portfolio: How to choose the right ETFs

    The U.S. ETF landscape continues to grow, investors have a vast selection of products to choose from, but not all ETFs are created equal.
  14. Strap Options: A Market Neutral Bullish Strategy

    Strap Options are a market neutral trading strategy with profit potential on either side price movement, and with a "bullish" skew.
  15. 5 Types Of Bitcoin Early Adopters, Part 2: Merchants

    Once the bitcoin novelty wears off, which types of merchants are most likely to realize the biggest long-term benefits from accepting this digital currency?
  16. How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

    An ETF is a good way to get broad exposure without taking on specific risk, but calculating performance may be a bit tricky.
  17. Taking Advantage of Pessimism

    Prophecies of economic catastrophe have become almost de rigueur in recent months, reality is that none of these regions seem likely to suffer a near-term crisis.
  18. Buying bonds at a premium? Note these 4 things

    Would you buy an investment that was guaranteed to go down in price?
  19. The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  20. 5 Ways Early Adopters Can Use Bitcoin, Part 1: Consumers

    How might consumers use Bitcoin in the near future?
  21. 7 Investments Beating The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

    Seven contenders for your investment dollars — assets that simultaneously diversify your portfolio as well as increase your risk-adjusted performance.
  22. Buyback ETFs: U.S. & International Strategies

    Buyback ETFs: Hold Off On The U.S. Version, Evaluate The International Adaptation.
  23. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  24. Can High Fund Returns Be Deceiving?

    Don't focus too much on a mutual fund's recent returns. To pick a winner, look at how well it is poised for future success, not how it did in the past.
  25. Supply, Demand And Interest Rates: How They Relate

    A recent report from the Fed reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest rates have fallen so far in 2014.
  26. Where The Equity Opportunities Are

    Given that U.S. stocks are no longer cheap, most stock market bargains are now found overseas.
  27. Frontier Stocks: 3 Reasons They're A Strategic Asset Class

    Frontier markets have been gaining attention from market watchers and investors alike in recent months.
  28. Want A Career In Asset Management? Read This First

    When it comes to landing that job at an asset manager, not all degrees are created equally. Here's a look at the best schools for the job.
  29. Four Ways To Spot An Emerging Market

    The term "emerging market" is frustratingly ambiguous. It means a country has at least some market liquidity. But there's much more to it than that.
  30. Apple? Google? Tesla? Which Will Be The First To Reach A $1 Trillion Market Cap?

    What would it take for a company to be the first to grab the coveted $1 trillion market-cap crown?
  31. A Quarter Century of Emerging-Markets Investing

    The investment potential of developing markets had been recognized for a long time, but the actual birth and classification of emerging markets is more recent.
  32. Why Aren't More Young People Buying Homes?

    One of the drivers behind our slow housing recovery is an absence of a large portion of the buying audience: young, first-time buyers.
  33. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  34. Is Ukrainian Debt Worth a Look?

    Looking past the obvious risks, does Ukraine deserve the attention of investors? Here's one take.
  35. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  36. 3 Midyear Portfolio Tune Up Tips For ETF Investors

    The midpoint of the year is often a great time to step back and assess your ETF portfolios strengths and weaknesses relative to your investment goals.
  37. The Income Buyers Guide to REIT ETFs

    Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have come a long way from the drubbing they experienced this time last year.
  38. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure you've made the right choice.
  39. "Value" Investments: Social, Faith & Eco-Investing

    When it's time to invest, why not follow your heart along with your head? These four types of investments seek to do good while returning a profit.
  40. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with no money.
  41. Is "100 Minus Your Age" Outdated?

    A longstanding rule of thumb says that your stock allocation should equal "100 minus your age." Now, some experts suggest being a little more aggressive.
  42. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might not.
  43. How to Day Trade Volatility ETFs

    A primer on the ideal time to day trade volatility ETFs, and how to do it.
  44. Should You Double-Down On Dorms?

    Even with the cost of college so dear, enrollment continues to surge. That's good news for operators of student-housing real estate.
  45. Avoid ETFs With These Traits

    Deciding which ETFs to avoid can be as important an investment decision as deciding in which ones to invest.
  46. Day-Trading Gold ETFs: Top Tips

    Learn when is the most favorable time to day-trade gold ETFs and how to take advantage.
  47. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. Here's a quick list.
  48. Why The Best Financial Advisor Might Be You

    Many people enlist expert advice when dealing with their finances. But could going it alone be the best option?
  49. New Retirement Living Option - And Income Source

    Here's a new option for retirement planning that could help three generations of a family – and be the glue that binds them together.
  50. Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement

    Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You can have more money, simplify your life, and reduce home-maintenance and utility costs.
  51. This Asian Nation Is Poised For Steady Growth

    This Southeast Asian nation's growth has analysts calling it a ‘Tiger Cub’, ‘a Next Eleven economy’ and ‘a new Tiger of Asia.’ Here's why.
  52. Buyout Cycle Boosts Biotech ETFs

    The 230% single day gain that IDIX experienced as a result of the buyout had a huge impact on the SPDR Biotechnology ETF (XBI), which rose more than 6% that day
  53. Synthetic vs Physical ETFs

    New and advanced versions of ETFs have been developed over the years.
  54. What You Need To Know About The Fiduciary Standard

    The financial industry has spent a boatload of money to prevent more stringent fiduciary requirements. Here’s what’s at stake.
  55. The Rise of 401(k) Brokerage Accounts

    Many 401(k) plans now allow participants to trade stocks and bonds by offering brokerage accounts inside the tax-deferred plan. Good idea or too risky?
  56. Disturbing Headlines, Strong Equity Markets: Why the Disconnect?

    It’s hard not to see some disconnect between recent disturbing world news headlines and the market’s quiet advance.
  57. U.S. Marshals To Auction Off Seized Bitcoins

    The U.S. Marshals are auctioning off 29,656.51306529 bitcoins seized from drug site Silk Road. To be eligible, you'll need $200,000.
  58. The Best Of The Best Wealth Management Firms

    Looking for a fee-only wealth management firm? Here's a handy ranking to get you started on your search for a top financial advisor.
  59. Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's how to profit – and stay out of trouble.
  60. Will The High Times In High Yield Continue?

    With junk bond yields at around 5% now, investors are wondering whether the risk is worth the reward.
  61. Why Real Estate Crowdfunding Will Be Loved by You, The Lazy Investor

    A new investment that is growing in popularity is called real estate crowdfunding.
  62. Impact Investing: Making A Difference And A Profit

    Most investors spend their time chasing returns. But what if there was a way to do good while also turning a profit?
  63. Which Billionaire Could Be Your New Neighbor?

    Just how much real estate can the fortunes of the founders of Tesla, Google, Amazon and Microsoft buy? You'll be surprised.
  64. Time to Cash In Your U.S. Savings Bonds?

    If your U.S. Savings Bonds are dated 1984 or earlier, they've reached maturity and stopped paying interest. Cash them in pronto and put that money to work!
  65. Who Actually Benefits From Target Date Funds?

    This pre-packaged retirement investment option could be the perfect fit for some investors and a downfall for others. Which are you?
  66. Why This Investment Will Remain A Boomer's Best Friend

    The retirement of millions of Baby Boomers will come with many knock-on effects, but risk-averse investors can take solace in knowing that U.S. Treasury bonds are likely to remain strong and popular.
  67. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile stocks? And how do I use technical indicators to trade them? Find out here.
  68. 3 “Risk-Off” Signs For ETF Investors

    Warning signs that ETF investors may wish to follow.
  69. How Risky Is A Short Sale?

    Short selling has a number of risks that make it highly unsuitable for the novice investor.
  70. Can the Stock & Bond Market Rallies Continue?

    If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve noticed there is a lot of talk about interest rates. So you might be asking: Why should I care? What’s the big deal? And will it affect me?
  71. A Guide For Buying ETFs On Margin

    "Buying on margin" is like shopping with a credit card, as it allows you to spend more than you have in your wallet.
  72. Will Bitcoin And Walmart Force Western Union To Change Its Business Model?

    Western Union is recognized across the globe for providing a fast, efficient way to move money. Just walk into a Western Union office and you can transfer money to friends, relatives or business partners halfway around the world.
  73. Should India Be On Investors' Radars?

    Policy paralysis and investor indifference have defined India for some time, but a new government bent on cutting red tape and ramping up infrastructure spending could put the country back on "buy" lists.
  74. An Introduction To Target Date Funds

    Target date mutual funds can be an alternative to bonds and CDs for investors who do not wish to actively manage their savings. The reason: These financial products periodically reallocate fund holdings to a more conservative mix over time as the fund holder approaches the target date – usually retirement.
  75. Five Questions to Ask About Your Company's 401(k) Plan

    Having a comfortable retirement depends on taking maximum advantage of your company's 401(k), if it's offered. Here's what you need to know.
  76. Seven Well-Worn Secrets to Investment Success

    Highlights and recommendations of a veteran portfolio manager for investment success.
  77. Russian Interests

    Tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain high, and have spilled onto the international stage.
  78. Why a Rise In the National Debt Is Good for You

    In the first quarter of the year, the household national debt for Americans was $129 billion. Yet contrary to popular belief, debt is not always a bad thing.
  79. Top 10 Factors When Buying Country ETFs

    Here are our Top Ten factors to consider when buying a country ETF.
  80. Value Offers a Cushion: Why Last Year’s Winners Are Now Losers and Vice Versa

    A trend in markets this year has been the poor performance of last year’s stock market winners, and the resilience of some of last year’s losers.
  81. Unconstrained Investing: What It Is … And What It Isn’t

    “Unconstrained investing” is a term that is bandied about frequently—and is an investment approach that can often be misunderstood.
  82. “Old Tech” ETFs Are Better Risk-Reward Prospects Than “New Tech” ETFs

    Scores of investors often regard Benjamin Graham as the grandfather of value investing. Even those who shun Graham’s methods of analyzing securities tend to revere quotes attributed to him.
  83. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  84. How To Earn The Most From CDs When Interest Rates Are Low

    Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer security and stability. And with laddering and studying promotional rates, you can generate a nice return.
  85. When Should You Make A Short Sale?

    Consider making a short sale in the following circumstances: Bearish trend is developing rapidly, fundamentals are deteriorating, technical indicators are signaling "Sell," and there is an abrupt change in momentum / sentiment.
  86. Four Market Risks to Focus on This Summer

    Four market risks to pay attention to this summer.
  87. Learn How To Invest Defensively From This Hedge Fund Pro

    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 hovering near all-time highs and plenty of investors shifting to a defensive stance, there are plenty of opportunities to bet against the stock market. But where to start?
  88. 5 Funds to Fight Inflation

    Judging by the price action and performance of conventional inflation hedges over the last 12 months, it appears the investing public's worries over inflation are nearly non-existent.
  89. Why Now May Be The Right Time For Emerging Market Bonds

    The emerging markets fixed income space continues to see some volatility, but there are some potentially attractive entry points.
  90. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools to trade and analyze financial markets.
  91. Why Is Bitcoin's Value So Volatile?

    Bitcoin's value fluctuates due to a confluence of factors, including media hype and perceived value.
  92. Bargain ETFs Are Sitting In Plain View

    Last week, at the same time that the Dow had been hitting an all-time high, the Russell 2000 had been crossing below its long-term 200-day trendline.
  93. Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  94. Five Things to Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    If that property you're about to buy has a quitclaim deed, check very carefully before you hand over your cash.
  95. Preparing Your Portfolio For Climate Change

    A recent White House's report paints an alarming picture of coming climate change. How will you adjust your portfolio to protect your assets?
  96. Could One Bitcoin Come To Be Worth $1 Million? Q&A

    "If Bitcoin lives up to its potential and becomes the working capital of international trade, it could be used for cross border transactions."
  97. These Astute Bets Helped Hedge Funds Win Big

    Some astute bets helped hedge fund managers increase their average take by 50% in 2013, though the majority of funds were unable to beat the broad market.
  98. ETF “Technology” Gaining Ground: What it means for Your Portfolio

    A new report from Greenwich Associates reveals that institutional investors are increasingly embracing ETF “technology”. Daniel Gamba takes a closer look at the results and reveals what investors can learn from this trend.
  99. Fundamental Investment Metrics For Buying Stocks And Bonds

    Don't let the name fool you. Even a "fundamental" investor has to pay attention to certain metrics.
  100. Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The "Elegant Indicator" For Picking Stocks

    Technical analysis is basically an attempt to disprove the credo that "Past performance is not indicative of future results." The percentage price oscillator, which measures momentum, is among the more sophisticated of such tools.
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