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  1. Switch to a High-Deductible PPO to Get an HSA?

    We crunch the numbers to see if the (future) benefits of a Health Savings Account outweigh the (present) price of a high-deductible ...
  2. Home Depot: Can its Shares Continue Climbing? (HD)

    Home Depot has outperformed the market by a wide margin in the last 12 months. Is this sustainable?
  3. Yelp: Will its Shares Recover in 2016? (YELP)

    Yelp investors have had reason to be happy recently. Will the good spirits last?
  4. Has Urban Outfitters Lost its Way? (URBN)

    Urban Outfitters just made a bold move. Will it pay off?
  5. Is Walmart's Rally Sustainable? (WMT)

    Walmart is enjoying a short-term rally. Is it sustainable? Is Amazon still a better bet?
  6. Are Amazon Profits Here to Stay? (AMZN)

    Amazon is starting to look like a steadily profitable company. Is this really the case? Should investors even be hoping for ...
  7. Kohl's Stock: Is it Time to Buy or Stay Away? (KSS)

    Many traders are bearish on Kohl's, but long-term investors might want to take a closer look for this simple reason.
  8. GoPro Stock: More Room to Drop or Time to Buy? (GPRO)

    As a company that primarily sells discretionary products, GoPro and its potential falls right in line with consumer trends. ...
  9. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  10. How Macy's is Going to Turn Itself Around

    Macy's is heading in the wrong direction, but what's the potential for a turnaround?
  11. Match.com IPO: Is it a 'Buy' or Should You Pass?

    Demand for relationships is always high. Now you will have a way to directly invest in the relationship market. But is it ...
  12. Nordstrom: Is it a Buy or Should You Avoid Right Now?

    Consumer trends are going to change over the next year or so. How will this impact Nordstrom? Will it adjust in time?
  13. Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?

    Learn about the two sides of the argument on the effect biofuels have on food prices and about other factors that affect ...
  14. The Gap: A Buying Opportunity or Time to Sell? (GPS)

    Investors are remaining bearish on clothing giant Gap Inc. They might be right for now, but what about for the long haul? ...
  15. How PepsiCo's CEO Has Transformed the Company

    Find out about the mergers and acquisitions (M&As) that Indra Nooyi made to help Pepsi grow from a beverage giant to ...
  16. Who Funds ISIS?

    Faced with the high costs of running and defending a state, ISIS has been resourceful, resorting to just about any way of ...
  17. Costco: How Wholesaling Makes it Billions in Revenue

    The geographic footprint and sales strategy of the 2nd-largest retailer in the world has made membership-only Costco a worldwide ...
  18. The Best Litmus Test Of A Company's Risk? The Acid Test

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  19. The Three Things Most Good Stocks Have In Common

    Uncover the three things most good stocks have in common: performance, profitability and value.
  20. How Profitable Is Pumpkin Spice Latte for Starbucks? (SBUX, MCD)

    The immensely popular pumpkin spice latte has been called a "harbinger of the season." But how much money does Starbucks ...
  21. Stock Buybacks: Breakdown

    Find out what these company programs achieve and what it means for stockholders.
  22. How Valero Pumps Up its Profits (VLO, PSX)

    Despite a lagging oil sector, Valero continues to have good results with its ethanol and oil refinery businesses.
  23. Homebuilder Stocks: What's the Best One?

    Here's a look at housing market stocks, the impact of the economy on them, and which company likely offers the most long-term ...
  24. Is Hertz a 'Buy' or Merely a Good Trade Right Now?

    Hertz did everything it could to be the industry leader, but rising competition and external factors are creating headwinds. ...
  25. Pepsi's Partnership with Sodastream

    Examine Pepsi's partnership with SodaStream, what each company hopes to gain, and learn how the latest battle in the cola ...
  26. Is Warren Buffet's Investment Strategy Suitable for Your Financial Profile?

    Learn about how investors may not be able to replicate Warren Buffett's value investing strategy. See how they can still ...
  27. Whole Foods Market: Investors Beware?

    Whole Foods Market is in the crosshairs of short sellers right now, but the bulls might have the last laugh.
  28. Is This the Right Time to Buy Disney?

    Investors need to make sure they're paying attention to the real driving forces behind Disney.
  29. Stocks to Consider with China's One-Child Policy Over (MJN, PG)

    Here are four stocks to consider in the wake of China ending its one-child policy.
  30. Impacts of a 1-Star Yelp Review on a Company

    Learn how a 1-star Yelp review impacts the rating of a small business and how Yelp users interpret 1-star reviews given by ...
  31. Why Clorox Should Be on Your Watchlist

    Clorox might not be the most exciting company, but sometimes boring is best for long-term investors.
  32. Why Kraft Heinz News Amounts to a 'Buy' Signal

    Kraft Heinz hasn't wowed investors yet, but it's not designed to wow anyone.
  33. Is Fitbit a Better Fit for Investors or Traders?

    Fitbit recently called a timeout. Is it out of gas or was it just refueling its tank for the long haul?
  34. Investing $100 a Month in Stocks for 20 Years

    Learn how a monthly investment of just $100 can help build a future nest egg using properly diversified stocks or stock mutual ...
  35. The 3 Best Performing Vanguard Funds of 2015

    Learn about three Vanguard mutual funds that had the highest returns in 2015 and invest in the health care sector, broad ...
  36. 5 Best Resorts in the Philippines

    People go halfway 'round the world to stay at these exclusive resorts in the Philippines, where the accommodations and private ...
  37. Is BWLD's Price Drop a Buy Signal?

    Buffalo Wild Wings is facing higher costs and comps growth has decelerated. Is the growth story over?
  38. Why Does the House Always Win? A Look at Casino Profitability

    Understand how a casino has a number of built-in advantages that insure it, and not the casino players overall, will always ...
  39. The Evolution Of Drone Regulations

    How are countries coping with the proliferation of civilian drones in their skies? With regulations, of course.
  40. Is the Apple Watch a Real Threat to Fitbit?

    Examine the potential for marketplace competition between Fitbit and the Apple Watch in the rapidly growing consumer wearables ...
  41. Playing The Decline of Traditional Retailers (XRT, RTH)

    Play the decline of traditional retailers with a strategy that lowers built-in exposure to online sales.
  42. Is Hershey Still a Sweet Investment? (HSY)

    After a bittersweet third quarter is Hershey still likely to be a long-term winner?
  43. Is Walmart a Bargain Right Now?

    Every great growth story comes to an end. Is this the beginning of the end for Walmart or a buying opportunity?
  44. Top Tips for Buying or Selling a Car

    If you're selling your car or buying one, here are several tips and tools to make sure your price is the right one.
  45. Why Caterpillar Should Be on Your Watch List (CAT)

    Caterpillar is in a bind due to macroeconomic conditions, but unlike many other companies it's preparing accordingly.
  46. The Chinese Economy Needs More Stimulus

    China's central bank, the Peoples' Bank of China (PBoC), has cut its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time in 12 months, ...
  47. Is Under Armour a Buy Right Now? (UA, NKE)

    Under Armour is on the move...but in the wrong direction. Is its growth story over?
  48. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Tesla Stock

    Learn about the biggest risks for a person investing in Tesla Motors, which is one of the most exciting and unpredictable ...
  49. The 3 Best Dividend Stocks in the Utility Sector (DUK, FE)

    Learn about three of the best-paying dividend stocks in the utility sector. Understand why utility stocks have less volatility ...
  50. How to Identify Mispriced Stocks

    Find out how to identify mispriced stocks. Learn about intrinsic and relative valuation methods based on fundamentals, and ...
  51. The Best 3 Dividend Stocks Under $5 (AUO, LYG)

    Discover three top dividend stocks trading under $5, the reasoning behind their stable dividends, and their unique positions ...
  52. How Lockheed Martin Makes its Money (LMT)

    A breakdown of the business of one of America's most mysterious yet successful companies: Lockheed Martin, the largest defense ...
  53. 3 Index Funds with the Lowest Expense Ratios

    Read detailed information about index mutual funds with some of the lowest expense ratios in their categories, and learn ...
  54. The Economics of Running a Food Truck

    Thinking of getting into the food truck business? It's not as easy as it looks. Here are some of the various challenges you'll ...
  55. Why JNJ Should Be on Your Radar

    If you’re looking to invest in a stock that offers resiliency, Johnson & Johnson should be on your radar. Here's why. ...
  56. Why Chipotle is Still a Good Bet (CMG)

    Does the slide in Chipotle's stock present a long-term buying opportunity?
  57. How to Pick the Best Stocks? Listen to Customers (AMZN, PZZA)

    Rated top in customer service, these companies have delivered impressive stock performance over the past year.
  58. Fast Food vs. Fast Casual: Which is the Better Bet? (CMG, MCD)

    Fast food restaurants are slashing prices to compete with fast casual restaurants. Which has better long-term potential? ...
  59. What is Google Express?

    Understand what Google Express is and how it operates. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks to shopping with Google Express ...
  60. Use this Trick to Pick the Best Restaurant Stocks (CMG, MCD)

    Investors in the fast food sector should pay attenion to customer service ratings — a good barometer for a company's health. ...
  61. The Return of CDOs After the 2008 Financial Crisis

    Learn how the market for CDOs is coming back after the 2008 financial crisis, and understand how the market for these products ...
  62. How to Avoid Stocks Full of Tourist Investors

    Tourist investors are short-term thinkers who invest in droves. Here are some steps to help you avoid tourist stocks.
  63. Famous Celebrities Who Opened Their Own Businesses

    From Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to Jessica Alba's "Honest" products, a look at celebrities who have become entrepreneurs.
  64. Will Sprouts Offer Growth Potential? (SFM) (WFM, SFM)

    Here's why investors should consider putting Sprouts Farmers Market on their watch list.
  65. How Nike's Stock Continues to 'Just Do It' (NKE)

    Nike always finds a way to fuel growth. Here is a look at its latest strategy.
  66. The Biggest Risks of Investing in General Electric Stock

    Read about the biggest risks facing General Electric Company, an international conglomerate that is undergoing unprecedented ...
  67. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Halliburton Stock

    Read about the primary business and political risks facing Halliburton Company, one of the largest energy services companies ...
  68. How Google Is Tapping India's Smartphone Market

    Understand why India's smartphone market is in a rapid growth phase. Learn how Google and other technology companies are ...
  69. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  70. The Best Way to Invest in 'The Chipotle of Pizza' (CMG)

    Americans love pizza. Here's why you should consider adding a slice to your portfolio via Chipotle Mexican Grill.
  71. How Capital One Makes its Profits (WFC, BAC)

    Once an upstart, Capital One is now a financial powerhouse. Here's how it happened.
  72. How Prudential Financial Earns its Profits

    Expansion into global markets while focussing on tried and true policies at home has helped Prudential Financial grow and ...
  73. The 5 Best Buy-and-Hold Tech Stocks (AAPL)

    Read about the five technology stocks that long-term investors should consider buying and holding on to over the next 10-15 ...
  74. The 4 Best Buy-and-Hold Dividend Stocks (HCP, WPZ)

    Discover four of the best dividend stocks for investors to buy and hold, along with the reasons for each stocks' suitability ...
  75. 8 Solid Utility Stocks for a Bear Market (WTR, AWR)

    If you're seeking modest appreciation, generous dividend payments and resiliency, consider these eight utility stocks.
  76. Why Phillips 66 (PSX) Remains a Top Long-Term Bet

    Here's why Phillips 66 will likely remain one of the world’s largest and most profitable companies for a long time to come.
  77. Is Pepsi Still a Safe Bet? (PEP)

    PepsiCo has long been known as one of the most resilient stocks throughout the broader market. Is this still the case today? ...
  78. How Yelp Adds Value to Local Businesses

    Understand how the Yelp platform operates and how it adds value to the business world. Learn about the top five ways Yelp ...
  79. An Auto Stock Alternative to Ford and GM (F,GM)

    If you're not sure where Ford and General Motors are going, you might want to look at this auto investment option instead. ...
  80. 3 Solar Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio (SCTY, SPWR)

    Understand the growth and challenges of the renewable energy market and its success in 2015. Learn about the top three energy ...
  81. The 5 Best Buy-and-Hold Energy Stocks (MMP, TSO)

    Understand why energy companies' stock are volatile when oil prices are volatile. Learn about the top five energy companies ...
  82. What Alcoa’s Breakup Means for Investors (AA)

    Alcoa plans to split into two companies. Is this a bullish catalyst for investors?
  83. Israel-U.S. Relations: Economic Aspects You Didn't Know

    The relationship between the United States and Israel is a lightning rod for controversy and is mired in politics and emotion.
  84. 3 Undervalued Mid-Cap Stocks for Your Portfolio (HAIN, SAM)

    These three midcap stocks have significant long-term potential.
  85. Do You Have What it Takes to Start a Hedge Fund?

    So you want to start your own hedge fund? Here's what it takes.
  86. Is Volkswagen a Good Buy Right Now? (VLKAY)

    Volkswagen's stock is stalling after the company admitted cheating on its emissions data. Is this a buying opportunity?
  87. Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller's $105B Deal (BUD, SAB.L)

    Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller have agreed to a mammoth deal; here's what that means to investors.
  88. The Biggest Donors to the GOP (VHI, LVS)

    We'll take a look at largest Republican donors, a collection of moguls, magnates, shadowy corporations and more than one ...
  89. The Top-5 Cash-Rich Companies in the S&P 500 (ORCL, CSCO)

    Large cash positions allow for many different options and here's why they are beneficial to shareholders.
  90. How to Create a Risk Parity Portfolio

    Learn about how risk parity uses leverage to create equal exposure to risk among different asset classes in portfolio construction.
  91. Are Macy's (M) Store Closings Good or Bad News?

    Macy's is making some wise moves, but will those moves impact its stock price for the better?
  92. How Dow Chemical (DOW) Makes its Money

    An in depth look at how Dow has made itself vital to so many industries in its 118 year history.
  93. How Bill Ackman Plans to Fix Mondelez (MDLZ)

    Bill Ackman has a plan for Mondelez International. What does it mean for investors?
  94. 10 Restaurants that Could Deliver Big Gains (BJRI, SBUX)

    These 10 restaurants delivered big earnings gains in the second quarter. But what's their investing outlook going forward? ...
  95. The Thrilla in Manila: Yahoo Finance Versus Market Watch (WMT)

    An unbiased comparison of the two major financial tools.
  96. The 5 Fastest Growing Companies in the S&P 500 (LCI, NHTC)

    These are the five fastest growing companies in the S&P 500. Should they be on your watch list?
  97. 5 Reasons Why Dividends Matter to Investors

    Learn five of the primary reasons why dividends are of significant importance for the overall performance of stock market ...
  98. How to Updgrade Your Portfolio in a Down Market

    While it may be tempting to sell when the market turns downward, your long-term results may be better if you leave your money ...
  99. How to Know When it's Time to Sell a Stock

    Knowing when to sell a stock isn't always easy. Keep in mind these tips to help you know when to say when.
  100. How Social Venture Capital Is Changing the World

    Learn what social venture capital is and the ways in which it differs from traditional venture capital. Identify two leading ...
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