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  1. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  2. Jobs Data Great For ETFs, Grisly For The Economy

    “Holy Moly!” exclaim the financial media. They marvel at a headline unemployment number of 5.9%. “This economy is much better ...
  3. A Look Into The Secrets Of Venture Capitalism

    Venture capitalists own an equity stake in the start-up and have a say in the functioning of the company. Investments are ...
  4. The Beginning Of A Bear Market?

    Monday, Friday and Thursday marked the worst three-day streak for U.S. stocks since 2011.
  5. What You Need To Know About Preferred Stock

    Curious about preferred shares? Here's what you should know about these bond-like instruments.
  6. Investor, Know Thyself: Choose A Stock Category Based On Your Risk Tolerance

    Choosing the right investment isn't just about choosing the right investment. It also requires that you intimiately understand ...
  7. Bitcoin Is Taking A Nosedive

    Many believe Bitcoin has positively changed the landscape of the global markets. But investors holding this currency could ...
  8. Three Things You Need to Know About ETFs

    Here’s a true conversation I had with my dental hygienist, meandering through our usual banter about life, money and investing. ...
  9. Iraqi Dinar: Can Comparables Guide Investment?

    Is the Iraqi dinar a good investment? Compared to the Kuwaiti dinar, the Vietnamese dong, and the Egyptian pound, it doesn't ...
  10. Day Trading Strategy Steps

    Five trading strategy steps for building your own day trading strategies, managing risk, finding entry and exit points and ...
  11. It Is Not Too Late To Hedge Against Stock ETF Risk

    Since October of 2011, the US. stock market has not only been resilient, it has repelled more water than Gore-Tex.
  12. Another Sound Lesson In Risk Management

    I received an email from a friend that is a successful entrepreneur. He copied me on a note regarding a company to check ...
  13. Finding And Investing In FHA Condos

    Interested in a buying an FHA-approved condo? Read this first.
  14. 5 Smart Money Strategies From Around The World

    Around the globe, the way money is thought about, handled, saved and spent varies greatly from what might be the norm in ...
  15. Why, How, Where and When Entrepreneurs Make Money

    Why, how, where and when do entrepreneurs make money? Eleven stages or "terms" that entrepreneurs and their ventures go through ...
  16. Portfolio Moves To Make Before The End Of 2014

    With three months left to go, it makes sense to review your portfolio to make sure you’re prepared for what’s likely in store ...
  17. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis Is His Key To Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  18. The Importance Of U.S. Treasury Rates

    U.S. Treasury bond interest rates affect more than just bondholders! It impacts the day to day lives of all consumers.
  19. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  20. Understanding The Bond Behemoth That Is Pimco

    Pimco has been in the news lately. What does the giant investment manager firm do and who does it serve?
  21. 7 Steps To Evaluate A Financial Adviser

    Looking to hire a financial advisor but unsure what you want or need? Follow these seven steps.
  22. Stop Smoking If You Want To Sell Your House

    Homebuyers, whether first-time or repeat buyers, shop with their senses. The No. 1 turnoff for prospective homebuyers is ...
  23. 5 Pieces Of Unconventional Wisdom For Investors

    There is a problem with following conventional wisdom as an investor. Thinking outside of the mainstream is the best way ...
  24. 10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Being a successful entrepreneurs requires more than just an idea or a lot of money. Here are ten things that set successful ...
  25. Choosing The Right ETF Index To Reach Your Goals

    The key to choosing ETFs for your portfolio is understanding how they pick stocks and making sure their investment philosophy ...
  26. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  27. Technology Dividends Offer Income Opportunity

    The world of dividend investing has traditionally been dominated by companies in the utility, financial, and consumer goods ...
  28. Bond ETFs: Selling The Rumor, Buying The News

    The appetite for stock risk is softening, yet few people are talking about it.
  29. A CD Is The Best Tool To Teach Your Kid To Save

    After suffering through a major recession, many people developed a near obsession with making sure they have savings set ...
  30. Making A Move With Bond ETFs

    I talk a lot about how you can use ETFs to build bond portfolios in the current market environment, and my colleague recently ...
  31. How Does Goodwill Affect Financial Statements?

    Goodwill is a bit of a paradox--intangible, yet it is recorded as an asset on the purchasing company's balance sheet.
  32. Charging Bull-The Brass Icon of Wall Street

    The brass "Charging Bull" near Wall Street, the finance world's most famous sculpture, started out as a bizarre stealth gift--initially, ...
  33. Wall Street's Enduring Impact On The Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  34. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  35. What is Happening To Atlantic City's Gambling Industry?

    It is quite ironic that Atlantic City, once a bustling seaside resort, home to Miss America Pageant and the inspiration for ...
  36. Fund Firm Jolts: Pimco's Isn't The First Or Worst

    When you business is built on prudence and trust, a lot can go wrong to cost you tons of clients and assets. Here are a few ...
  37. Alternatives To Pimco's Total Return Fund

    News of Bill Gross’ resignation has roiled the fixed income market. Given the sizable outflows from the Total Return fund, ...
  38. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  39. The Vital Importance of Choosing The Right Day Trading Software

    Software has made day trading quick and automatic--all the more reason to be as painstaking as possible when choosing the ...
  40. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Here's what to watch for when negotiating a contract for a rent-to-own home – and who is a good candidate for this option.
  41. Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy And Hold

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  42. Buffett: High Interest Rates Make Stocks Worthless

    When it comes to deciding where to invest, the stock market is a no-brainer for Warren Buffett.
  43. Is The S&P 500 Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

    Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio.
  44. How To Choose An Affordable Financial Planner

    Choosing a financial planner is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. In fact, this decision is just as important as ...
  45. Interested In Investing In Africa? Here's How

    In 2000, Africa was labeled “The Hopeless Continent” by The Economist. In 2011, its cover read “Africa Rising.” What has ...
  46. What To Expect From Pimco After Bill Gross

    What should investors and financial advisors make of Pimco and its Total Return fund following the departure of Bill Gross?
  47. Who Should Buy 'Rent To Own'

    The monthly payments sound small, but they add up. Here's how "rent to own" works and who might benefit from it. Or not.
  48. Pimco Investor? Consider This Before Bailing

    If you own a Pimco bond fund, consider this advice before you drop the firm over the departure of Bill Gross.
  49. Finding Rent-To-Own Homes

    Rent to own can be a route to owning your own home. But searching can be costly and complicated, and leases may have pitfalls. ...
  50. The World Bank's All-Important World Development Indicators (WDI)

    The World Development Indicators are the world's economic scorecards: they evaluate where nearly every country stands and ...
  51. Goodwill vs Other Intangible Assets: What's the Difference?

    "Intangible" assets don't possess physical substance. Yet they are quanitfiable, and of great importance to any business. ...
  52. Is It Smarter To Save Money Or Earn More Income?

    When it comes to money, what's your financial focus? My poor dad spent much of his energy working for others and saving as ...
  53. Health Care REITs: A Dose Of Durable Dividends

    Healthcare REITs, like other REITs, are good dividend investments. Unlike other REITs, they are more recession proof and ...
  54. Commercial Real Estate Loans

    Obtaining a commercial real estate loan is quite different from borrowing for residential real estate. Here's what to expect ...
  55. What Bill Gross, Steve Jobs and Steve Wynn Share

    Few people build a multi-billion dollar business and leave it. But these did just that.
  56. What The Daily 1% Price Mean For ETF Investors

    In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the ...
  57. Raise Your Kid To Be The Next Warren Buffett

    If you’re looking for a positive role model for your kid, Warren Buffett should be high on your list.
  58. A Good time to Check Your Bond Portfolio

    Bond market and currency volatility have been on the rise lately, leaving many investors wondering what they should do in ...
  59. The Irreplaceable Brand Of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has said that in order to succeed in real estate it's vital to enhance your location. His golf course investments ...
  60. Loving Bonds: Fixed Income Investing Themes 2014

    With the New Year now underway, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into fixed income markets to consider where (and how) ...
  61. Global Value From ETFs In The Land Down Under

    International ETFs have been under fire this summer as shifting currency woes and economic forecasts continue to indicate ...
  62. Infographic: The Unconstrained Approach

    The unconstrained approach: a global style of investing that looks at opportunities across a broad set of asset classes and ...
  63. Investors Still Fear Stock: Good News For Markets?

    Despite this week’s losses, stocks are still having a good year – in fact, they’ve been having a good five years.
  64. Rental Property: Getting Rich Means Taking It Slowly

    I have two second cousins who serve in the military. We don't always talk much, though. The age gap can be a roadblock and ...
  65. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  66. Analyzing Warren Buffett's 2013 Famous Shareholder Letter

    Reading the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's letters has been one of the best sources of investment education for value investors ...
  67. Emerging Market Bond ETFs: Look Under The Hood

    Interested in diversifying your portfolio with some emerging market debt? Have a look at these key ETFs.
  68. Should You Spend Your Money Or Your Time?

    We've all heard that time is money. It can mean various things to various people. Over time, if you save and invest, you ...
  69. Three Reasons To Consider EM Asia

    While the economic and monetary environment remains supportive of equity markets, not all stocks have been benefiting lately.
  70. 10 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Save Money

    Addressing the issue of saving money is the most fundamental, yet neglected aspect of personal finance in the U.S. today.
  71. 3 (More) Mistakes To Avoid With Your ETF Portfolio

    I previously wrote an article about the 5 mistakes to avoid with your ETF portfolio, ranging from not falling in love with ...
  72. Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

    HSBC’s PMI for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector is expanding, ...
  73. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  74. How Low-Volatility ETFs Can Enhance Your Success

    Is your equity portfolio suffering from seasickness? Check out these low-volatility ETFs known for their stability.
  75. Human Capital, An Important Asset For Portfolio Diversification

    An investor’s total wealth consists of two parts – financial capital and human capital. The latter should not be overlooked ...
  76. Your Investments Should Be Bigger Than A Benchmark

    Chances are, you don’t invest for the sheer satisfaction of outperforming a market average. You’ve got bigger fish to fry, ...
  77. The Better Inflation Hedge: Gold or Treasuries?

    Owning gold may not be the best option for hedging against inflation. What else, then? Try treasuries or gold ETFs.
  78. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  79. Investing In Luxury Real Estate

    You might not have the money for a luxury home of your dreams, but that doesnt mean there aren't still plenty of ways to ...
  80. What Drives Summer Blockbuster Movie Profits?

    Moviegoers spent about $1 billion each of the months of May, June, July and August 2014. What is it that makes a summer blockbuster ...
  81. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  82. Investment Options For Bitcoin High-Rollers

    Got big money to bet on bitcoins? Here are some options looking to make a splash in 2014.
  83. Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal

    Within hours of its IPO, Alibaba's market cap surpassed Walmart's. So why is it that so many people still don't know what ...
  84. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  85. Investing In China

    Investment opportunity is huge in China. However, investors should consider the pitfalls, understand the risks and rewards, ...
  86. Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand ...
  87. The Federal Reserve’s Policy For ETF Investors

    The market climbs a "Wall of Worry," yet the only apprehension that sends stock investors for the exit doors relates to the ...
  88. Forex Exotic Currency Trading: Risks & Rewards

    Exotic currencies are off the beaten path and are not for novices, but experienced forex investors might find the high risk-reward ...
  89. The Government And Risk: A Love-Hate Relationship

    Though the U.S. government can help its citizens by subsidizing risky loans, the costs always come back to the taxpayers. ...
  90. Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising

    Investment companies and brokers want to sell. Unfortunately, this can result in promotional material that is not entirely ...
  91. Global View: Investing In Emerging Markets

    In recent months, investors have been looking overseas for opportunities in emerging markets (EMs).
  92. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  93. Follow Buffet's Discipline & Beat The Market

    Warren Buffett was once asked what is more important to become a successful investor: intelligence or discipline? His answer ...
  94. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  95. Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  96. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  97. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  98. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  99. Which Canadian Oil Stocks Are The Best?

    Canada is a prime option when investing in oil companies and oil-related assets. Here are four long-term picks worth your ...
  100. Guide To 401(k) And IRA Rollovers

    Follow the steps detailed below when you need to roll over your 401(k) or IRA account to be sure you preserve tax benefits ...
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