Bonds Articles

  1. Cash Flow Statement: Analyzing Cash Flow From Investing Activities

    Reviewing investment activity is one of the most important exercises an individual can do to see how efficiently a company's management is using shareholder capital to run is operations.
  2. Avoid 'Winging' Retirement: Don't Make These Investment Mistakes In Your 50s

    Even with a good, solid retirement program well underway, there are important retirement mistakes to avoid once you're in your 50s.
  3. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment vehicles can reignite your interest in trading.
  4. What Are The Odds Of Scoring A Winning Trade?

    Just because you're on a winning streak doesn't mean you're a skilled trader. Find out why.
  5. If Kennedy, Eisenhower, Alexander the Great Et Al Were Leaders in Finance

    Would Eisenhower, Roosevelt and Kissinger have made good corporate executives? What about Alexander the Great?
  6. Getting A Handle On The Options Premium

    The price of an option, otherwise known as the premium, has two basic components: the intrinsic value and the time value. Understanding these factors better can help the trader discern which contracts represent a good value for the money.
  7. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  8. Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For J.C. Penney?

    Shares of the beleaguered retailer soared Wednesday after it told Wall Street that its holiday season would be its best in years. Unfortunately, it's not clear when it will profitable.
  9. The Main Flaw With Obamacare

    Given how rocky its first few weeks of existence have been, it's time to start assessing how viable Obamacare is in the long run, and what will replace it should it fail.
  10. Executive Pay: How Much Do Shareholders Really Care?

    How much do shareholders - or the public - really care about executive pay? A new SEC proposal may be aimed at finding out.
  11. Impact of Share Repurchases

    Share repurchases can have a significant positive impact on an investor’s portfolio and are a great way to build investor wealth over time.
  12. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  13. 10 Retailers With Incredibly Flexible Return Policies

    You may not always know what to buy for some people on you gift list, but at least you can make sure the gift is easy to return.
  14. Understanding Stock Splits

    We explain what they are, the thinking behind them as well as their results.
  15. The Basics Of Option Price

    Options can be an excellent addition to a portfolio. Find out how to get started.
  16. Investing in Foreign Stocks: ADRs and GDRs

    Depositary Receipts are easy ways to invest in foreign stocks, regardless of what part of the world you live in.
  17. The Optimal Use Of Financial Leverage In A Corporate Capital Structure

    The amount of debt and equity that makes up a company's capital structure has many risk and return implications.
  18. Five Rules To Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  19. Logic: The Antidote To Emotional Investing

    Playing follow-the-leader in investing can quickly become a dangerous game. Learn how to invest independently and still come out on top.
  20. Achieving Optimal Asset Allocation

    Minimizing risk while maximizing return is any investor's prime goal. The right mix of securities is the key to achieving your optimal asset allocation.
  21. Home Sale Contingencies: What Buyers And Sellers Need To Know

    Home sale contingencies protect buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another. Find out what buyers and sellers need to know about these contractual conditions.
  22. Can Investors Trust The P/E Ratio?

    The P/E ratio is one of the most popular stock market ratios, but it has some serious flaws that investors should know about.
  23. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  24. Buying A House Sight Unseen: Good Deal Or Bad Mistake?

    There are significant risks that need to be acknowledged before buying a home without viewing it in person.
  25. Why Facebook Investors Should Fret That Young Teen Users are Leaving the Nest

    David Ebersman of Facebook told Wall Street analysts during a conference call that Facebook during the third quarter the company did see a decrease in (teenagers’) daily uses, especially younger teens. What does this mean for the company and investors?
  26. The Common-Size Analysis Of Financial Statements

    Using common-size financial statements helps investors spot trends that a raw financial statement may not uncover.
  27. Calculating Beta: Portfolio Math For The Average Investor

    Beta is a useful tool for calculating risk, but the formulas provided online aren't specific to you. Learn how to make your own.
  28. Six Critical Rules For Successful Retirement Investing

    Specific retirement investing "rule of thumb" tips are helpful, but there are broader guidelines to follow if you want to have enough income to retire when and how you want.
  29. The Multiple Strategies Of Hedge Funds

    Hedge fund investors or potential investors need to understand how much risk hedge funds take in making money.
  30. How To Trade The News

    Regardless of your investing horizon, learning to trade the news is an essential skill for astute portfolio management and long-term performance.
  31. How Much Exposure to Technology Stocks Should You Have?

    How Much of a Technology-Stocks Exposure Should You Have in your portfolio? Every investor is totally different, in many cases it has more to do with the individual’s risk tolerance.
  32. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  33. CMO vs CDO: Same Outside, Different Inside

    The concept of collateralizing and structured financing predates the market for collateralized mortgage obligations and collateralized debt obligations.
  34. Elves And Gnomes: Fairy Tale Investment Terms

    What do elves have to do with investing? Meet the fairytale creatures running around Wall Street.
  35. Advanced Game Theory Strategies For Decision-Making

    The importance of game theory to modern analysis and decision-making can be gauged by the fact that since 1970, as many as 12 leading economists and scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to game theory.
  36. The Evolution Of Money Management

    We look at the development of the money management profession and how it impacts professional money managers today.
  37. Is Your Personality Preventing Profitable Trades?

    Different personality types will trade differently. Where do you fit in?
  38. 7 Ways To Successfully Settle A Dispute With Your Bank

    Whether the problem is a small one or something serious enough to harm your credit rating, handling a dispute with tact and using the proper channels can save time and aggravation.
  39. A Guide To Core-Satellite Investing

    Find out how this approach reduces risk and costs so you can maximize your portfolio's return.
  40. 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 of time you have until the goal must be funded.
  41. How To Avoid Closing Options Below Intrinsic Value

    To get the best return possible on your options trading, it is important to understand how options work and the markets in which they trade.
  42. 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 and computer programmers.
  43. The Benefits Of Starting An IRA For Your Child

    Many financial experts and educators believe that the earlier children begin learning about money, the better their chances for financial stability in the future.
  44. Breaking Down The Binomial Model To Value An Option

    Find out how to carve your way into this valuation model niche.
  45. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any attempt to analyze a company for investment. After all, when you invest in a share of stock or an entire business, you want to know you are paying a sensible price.
  46. The Big Squeeze On Your Wallet

    The Federal Reserve has been printing money to cover some of our debts, but how long can they do so without spawning hyperinflation?
  47. Ostrich Effect And Passive Investing

    Learn how to take a hands-off approach to your portfolio without sticking your head in the sand.
  48. Utilizing Prisoner’s Dilemma In Business And The Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma, one of the most famous game theories, provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance between cooperation and competition, and is a very useful tool for strategic decision-making. As a result, it finds application in diverse areas ranging from business, finance, economics and political science to philosophy, psychology, biology and sociology.
  49. Money Mistakes You Can't Make In Your 40s

    According to Forbes, by 45 years of age, about three times your annual salary should be socked away in savings. Are you on track?
  50. Can Reed Hastings' Netflix Succeed Jobs And Apple?

    Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) has become the company that everyone wants to talk about. On Wall Street, giddy investors pinch themselves as they scoop up large returns on investments. Netflix' stock has more than tripled so far this year, while Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) has declined 1.4% year-to-date.
  51. Understanding Supply-Side Economics

    Does the amount of goods and services produced set the pace for economic growth? Here are the arguments.
  52. 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.
  53. What You Need To Know About The Employment Report

    This widely watched indicator of economic well-being directly influences the market.
  54. 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 growth potential.
  55. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

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

    Read on to learn some investment strategies when the volatility is high.
  57. Contingency Clauses In Home Purchase Contracts

    Here, we introduce widely used contingency clauses in home purchase contracts and how they can benefit both Buyers and Sellers.
  58. 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 advantages.
  59. Is Foreclosure Ever a Good Idea?

    Foreclosing on a home has major ramifications that can last for years, but for some, foreclosure may seem like the only option.
  60. Introduction To Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers major profit potential thanks to the powerful way in which momentum can drive a stock.
  61. How To Get Around The Health Insurance Marketplace Glitches

    When concussive maintenance fails you, we have the solution for working around the technical problems plaguing the Obamacare sign-up website.
  62. 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. Operating cash flow can uncover a company's true profitability and provide insight to its financial health.
  63. Why And When Do Countries Default?

    Countries can, and periodically do, default on their debt. This happens when the government is either unable or unwilling to make good on its fiscal promises.
  64. 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 and implement covered interest arbitrage by using a currency forward contract to generate a risk-free rate of return.
  65. 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 $12,000, which makes things a lot more difficult.
  66. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that are poised to benefit, and find cautionary signals around industries and companies that are likely to suffer.
  67. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  68. 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 underwriters is not supposed to be shared with analysts.
  69. Why Banks Are Scrambling To Hear Your Complaints

    Find out the real reasons why banks are trying to reach angry customers before they file a complaint to the CFPB.
  70. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is this possible?
  71. 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 for you?
  72. Tax Tips For The Last Quarter Of 2013

    Tax time may not be right around the corner, but the last quarter of the year is here, so it’s time to get in gear to maximize the potential for tax deductions as the year draws to a close.
  73. A Primer On The Forex Market

    Moving from equities to currencies requires you to adjust how you interpret quotes, margin, spreads and rollovers.
  74. Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  75. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  76. When, Why And How To File A Complaint With The CFPB

    When the employees you interact with at your bank, credit card company, mortgage lender or other financial institution seem incapable of or unwilling to resolve your complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's process may help you get a better result.
  77. The Legacy Of Ben Bernanke

    Will Bernanke go down in history as one of the greatest-ever chairpersons of the Fed, or is his legacy likely to be tarnished by events after his departure from the position, as was the case with his predecessor Alan Greenspan?
  78. Five Questions Investors Should Ask When A CEO Returns

    One of an investor’s most challenging decisions is how to handle the news that a former chief executive officer returns to power. In this article we'll cover the five questions you should ask when a CEO returns
  79. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing the assets and liabilities on the balance sheet.
  80. Magic Retirement Numbers: As Real As Every Elvis On The Las Vegas Strip

    Many folks find their "magic retirement number" when they are young and fully believe that if they hit that number, they will live the retirement of their dreams. What they don't realize is the number of assumptions that have gone into calculating that number.
  81. 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 profit by doing market analysis. However, even experienced investors debate which type of analysis - fundamental or technical - provides higher returns.
  82. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  83. Janet Yellen: Background And Philosophy

    Janet Yellen's nomination as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board will mark the first time that a woman has served as head of the board. Her previous experience and credentials won support for her in Congress over other candidates, and market analysts expect her to continue the policies of Ben Bernanke, her predecessor.
  84. Analyzing Investments With Solvency Ratios

    Solvency ratios are extremely useful in helping analyze a firm’s ability to meet its long-term obligations; but like most financial ratios, they must be used in the context of an overall company analysis.
  85. Don't Fall Victim To These Obamacare Scams

    There are numerous fake Obamacare websites that attempt to look like an insurance exchange, when they are really just individuals trying to take your money and obtain your personal information. Find out how to protect yourself.
  86. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority of SWFs are located in the Middle East and Asia, whether these largely opaque entities are friends or foes of the nations where they invest has been the subject of hot debate from time to time.
  87. 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 its assets, which stems from leftover profits that are reinvested back into the business.
  88. Top Reasons Forex Traders Fail

    This market can be treacherous for unprepared investors. Find out how to avoid the mistakes that keep FX traders from succeeding.
  89. Lowering Your Costs For Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage

    Here, we take a look at how you may be able to lower your costs for health insurance coverage in 2014 though the Health Insurance Markerplace.
  90. The U.S. National Spending And Debt

    Just like any average American household, government overspending can carry on for extended periods by rolling over debt and borrowing more and more money in what seems like a never-ending game of chasing our tail.
  91. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  92. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  93. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  94. The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance

    Understanding gender differences and how they are changing is fundamental to understanding the investing world.
  95. Beware The Liability Of Sharing Your Car With Strangers

    Car sharing, the newest way to rent a car, is catching on in the U.S., Canada and Europe. But both renters and the car owners they rent from may be taking on risks they don’t fully understand.
  96. Essential Health Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act

    Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive health services and these 10 essential health benefits are the minimum requirements for many health insurance plans.
  97. The Basics Of Short Selling

    Short sellers enable the markets to function smoothly by providing liquidity, and also serve as a restraining influence on investors’ over-exuberance.
  98. What Is Fiscal Policy?

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.
  99. When The Offense Changes, The Defense Needs To Adapt

    Sports are like investing: you don’t blindly use a strategy without considering your opponent’s next move, his strengths, and his weaknesses. To win, you have to adapt.
  100. DIY! How To Sell Your House Without A Broker

    Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, people are showing their enthusiasm for DIY, or do-it-yourself projects to save money -- and selling your home shouldn't be any different.
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