Investing Articles

  1. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  2. A Guide To Core-Satellite Investing

    Find out how this approach reduces risk and costs so you can maximize your portfolio's return.
  3. Using Time Horizons In Investing

    Time-horizon investing is all about planning. You need to think about your goals and select investments based on the amount ...
  4. Basics Of The Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

    What was once associated with shouting traders and wild hand gestures has now become more closely associated with statisticians ...
  5. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any ...
  6. Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    This is a more accurate method to use when trying to find a target price for a stock.
  7. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term ...
  8. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

    Savvy investors know to ask an advisor questions on these five essential subjects:
  9. Investment Strategies For Volatile Markets

    Read on to learn some investment strategies when the volatility is high.
  10. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive ...
  11. Introduction To Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers major profit potential thanks to the powerful way in which momentum can drive a stock.
  12. Cash Flow Statement: Reviewing The Cash Flow From Operations

    A company's ability to consistently generate positive cash flows from its daily business operations is highly valued by investors. ...
  13. Why Forward Contracts Are The Foundation Of All Derivatives

    This article expands on the complex structure of derivatives by explaining how an investor can assess interest rate parity ...
  14. A Million Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

    In 2007, an investor with $1 million could earn $60,000 annually on a certificate of deposit. Today, that same CD would earn ...
  15. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  16. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange ...
  17. How Effective Is The Chinese Wall?

    Because underwriters work on one side of the Chinese wall and analysts work on the other side, information gathered by the ...
  18. What Are Hedge Funds?

    Hedge funds may be similar to mutual funds in some ways, but they differ in other ways like fee structure. Is a hedge fund ...
  19. Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  20. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually ...
  21. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  22. Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    A firm uses its assets to generate sales and bottom-line profits for shareholders. A healthy company will continually grow ...
  23. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  24. The Basics Of Short Selling

    Short sellers enable the markets to function smoothly by providing liquidity, and also serve as a restraining influence on ...
  25. To Sell Or Not To Sell

    Learn some tips on how to exit a position to the best of your advantage.
  26. Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    If you believe the market smiles on those who focus on value, growth or income, this vehicle may be for you.
  27. How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    By gaining an awareness of the transportation firms and trends that affect these players, investors can gain an edge by analyzing ...
  28. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  29. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  30. Fund Of Funds - High Society For The Little Guy

    Like a mutual fund, FOFs provide instant diversity by grouping many hedge funds into one product.
  31. A Look At National Debt And Government Bonds

    Learn the functions of the U.S. Treasury, and find out how and why it issues debt.
  32. What Are Frontier Markets?

    Frontier markets refer to equity markets in small nations that are at an earlier stage of economic and political development ...
  33. An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  34. Nobody Wins When The Government Shuts Down

    The government is on the verge of its first shutdown in 17 years because some Republican members in the House are insisting ...
  35. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  36. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  37. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  38. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This ...
  39. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or ...
  40. Pay Attention To Your Fund’s Expense Ratio

    Despite trends indicating an overall decrease in fees across many fund categories, investors should still pay attention to ...
  41. Tortoises Win The Retirement Race

    People are having children later in life, which leaves them with less time to accumulate savings for retirement. For late ...
  42. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  43. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  44. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of ...
  45. Tailoring Your Investment Plan

    Start your own investing adventure with the help of some simple guidelines.
  46. Getting Shocked By Utility Stocks

    Utility stocks are traditionally thought of as safe investments, no matter what happens at Wall Street. A recent analysis ...
  47. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  48. Diversification: Protecting Portfolios From Mass Destruction

    This investing strategy retains its charm as a protection against random events in the market.
  49. The Difference Between Emerging And Frontier Markets

    Emerging and frontier markets offer investors global diversification in return for higher risk. These sectors have performed ...
  50. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  51. What Are Factor Model ETFs?

    Given that stock picking is not generally effective, trackers that simply follow an index have become very popular. However, ...
  52. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  53. Which Order To Use? Stop-Loss Or Stop-Limit Orders

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit ...
  54. A Primer On The MACD

    Learn to trade in the direction of short-term momentum.
  55. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  56. 6 Asset Allocation Strategies That Work

    Your portfolio's asset mix is a key factor in whether it's profitable. Find out how to get this delicate balance right.
  57. How To Cut Your Mutual Fund Fees By Up To 90%

    Most mutual funds don’t come close to beating the indexes they’re compared against. And yet they carry steep fees for active ...
  58. When To Short A Stock

    Learn how to make money off failing shares.
  59. A Top-Down Approach To Investing

    Use a global view to determine which stocks belong in your portfolio.
  60. How Risk Free Is The Risk-Free Rate Of Return?

    This rate is rarely questioned - unless the economy falls into disarray.
  61. Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    There are numerous ways to value investments, and many investors prefer a specific valuation method. Yield investing is one ...
  62. Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  63. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  64. Should You Offer Alternative Investments?

    Find out what problems arise for financial representatives when they start to diversify their client offerings.
  65. Managing Interest Rate Risk

    Learn which tools you need to manage the risk that comes with changing rates.
  66. Evaluating Country Risk For International Investing

    Investing overseas begins with determining the risk of the country's investment climate.
  67. Warren Buffett: How He Does It

    We look at the Sage of Omaha's methodology for evaluating value stocks.
  68. How To Properly Research For The Best Mortgage Rate

    You’ve probably been told to shop around for the best rate, but what exactly does that entail? Find out how to ensure you're ...
  69. Nobel Winners Are Economic Prizes

    Before you try to profit from their theories, you should learn about the creators themselves.
  70. Profiting In Bear And Bull Markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their ...
  71. How To Value An Insurance Company

    In the insurance space, accurate predictions of metrics such as ROE are important, and paying a low P/B can help put the ...
  72. Looking Into Sin Investments

    The stigma that a sin stock receives seems to be more concentrated among individual investors who are certainly entitled ...
  73. Lessons On Corporate Dividend Payout And Retention Ratio

    Why are dividend payout and retention ratios important to consider when investing in company stock? What companies have high ...
  74. Invest With A Thesis

    Writing down a thesis for every investment may seem almost too simple to be effective, but lessons from behavioral finance ...
  75. Perpetual Bonds: An Overview

    A perpetual bond makes interest payments to the investor forever. This type of bond holds a certain appeal to both the issuer ...
  76. Washing Trades In A Canadian Registered Account

    For Canadian RRSP accounts, washing same-day trades and using money market funds to bridge the gap over a multi-day trading ...
  77. Introduction To STRIPS

    STRIPS provide an alternative form of bond for fixed-income investors who need definite cash flows at specific times. Read ...
  78. Financial Risks That Don't Pay Off: The Cost Of Reckless Financial Behavior

    Despite the recessions, citizens continue to take financial risks and spend outside of their means without fully appreciating ...
  79. What Is Spread Betting?

    The temptation and perils of being over leveraged is a major pitfall of spread betting. However, the low capital outlay necessary, ...
  80. Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors ...
  81. Introduction To American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)

    Investors should look beyond the confines of the U.S. borders to diversify and maximize returns. ADRs are one way to diversify ...
  82. The Basics Of The Bid-Ask Spread

    The bid-ask spread is essentially a negotiation in progress. To be successful, traders must be willing to take a stand and ...
  83. Investing With A Purpose

    Your reasons for investing are bound to change as you go through the ups and downs of life. Setting goals is the first step ...
  84. To Rent Or Buy? There's More To It Than Money

    Your lifestyle, level of commitment and the trade-offs need to be carefully weighed.
  85. The Short Squeeze Method

    The short squeezed strategy can be risky - but also very rewarding - for those who master it.
  86. Investing During Uncertainty

    The inability to forecast future events can turn the markets upside down. Find out how to stay right-side up.
  87. Ways To Gauge The Market Open Direction

    Accurately predicting the stock market’s opening moves can be a useful tool. If your projection is accurate, you have opportunity ...
  88. Beware Of The Mutual Fund Performance Trap

    Want to own a mutual fund that will double its reported return in the next six months? Chances are, you already do. Every ...
  89. An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing ...
  90. The Wonders Of Convertible Bonds

    Ever wondered what exactly a convertible bond does? Read the features of a convertible bond and learn how important the conversion ...
  91. How And Why Do Companies Pay Dividends?

    If a company decides to pay dividends, it will choose one of three approaches: residual, stability or hybrid policies. Which ...
  92. Fine Art Can Be A Fine Investment

    The art market is fickle, and there are no guarantees of profitability, but with a little legwork and forethought you can ...
  93. Equity Valuation: The Comparables Approach

    The main purpose of equity valuation is to estimate a value for a firm or security. There are three primary equity valuation ...
  94. Think Like Warren Buffett

    They don't call him "The Oracle" for nothing. Learn how Buffett comes up with his winning picks.
  95. How To Profit From Inflation

    Inflation - defined as a sustained increase in the price of goods and services - seems to be inevitable. While rising prices ...
  96. Why High-Income Earners Are Not Safe From The Threat Of Bankruptcy

    Few people have much sympathy for the woes of those earning six figure or more each year. But, given that high-income earners ...
  97. Investing In Fine Wine

    If you fail to uncork profits in this market, you can always toast your loss.
  98. Income, Value and Growth Stocks

    Investors who buy stocks generally seek one of three criteria: undervalued holdings, growth potential or steady income. The ...
  99. Leverage: What It Is And How It Works

    Leverage is an investment strategy of using borrowed money to generate outsized investment returns. Before getting into greater ...
  100. Introduction to Treasury Securities

    Purchasing bonds that are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government can provide steady guaranteed income ...
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