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  1. Could The Fair Tax Movement Ever Replace The IRS?

    Although many taxpayers would love to see the IRS abolished, only a handful of thinkers have come up with any sort of viable replacement plan. The Fair Tax is one such idea that has continued to slowly gain grassroots support.
  2. How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And Stocks

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the immediate future of the U.S. economy.
  3. Sanctions Between Countries Pack a Bigger Punch Than You Might Think

    In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, in March 2014 the West slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian hotshots. So what, you ask? Well, sancitons can pack a bigger punch than you might think.
  4. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    Here's a look at what about $200,000 will get you today in various regions within Chicago's real estate market.
  5. Five Alternative Investments For Main Street

    FOX Business Network anchor Deirdre Bolton explains the alternative investments investors ask her about the most.
  6. How Credit Event Binary Options Can Protect You In A Credit Crisis

    CEBOs are designed to offer protection from “Credit Events” like bankruptcy or a global economic crisis, and thus are quite different from standard call and put options.
  7. The Pros And Cons Of Using Airbnb

    Here, we look at Airbnb - what it is, how it works, and the pros and cons of using this online rental marketplace.
  8. The Risks Of Investing In Emerging Markets

    In a volatile market, domestic investing can be risky. Many investors choose to look overseas for diversification - but that strategy comes with its own unique threats.
  9. Five Steps To Retire Debt-Free

    Retiring without debt is a worthwhile goal, but a difficult one to achieve. If you're up to the challenge, follow these steps to a debt-free retirement.
  10. Hash Tag Scam: Investors Vulnerable To ID Thieves On Twitter And Facebook

    Social media scammers are targeting investors.
  11. The Three Stooges Debunk myRA

    The mention of a government-backed IRA in Obama’s state of the union address earlier this year may look like a good deal. After all, who wouldn’t want a retirement account with the full backing of the US government?
  12. Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Right Now?

    Find out the benefits of fixed- and variable-rate mortgages, and learn which option is best for you.
  13. Which Vertical Option Spread Should You Use?

    Knowing which option spread strategy to use in different market conditions can significantly improve your odds of success in options trading.
  14. Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto, Mysterious Bitcoin Founder?

    Short answer: No one knows.
  15. How Your Credit Score And Credit Report Are Examined By Lenders

    Knowing the difference between a credit score and credit report can help you make the right financial decision when it comes to applying for lines of credit, and can also help you get better interest rates on loans.
  16. Goldman, the Muppets and the Mystery of ‘Pretty Fishy; Dodgy’ Holdings

    Georgetown finance professor James J. Angel along with other investors are battling Goldman Sachs over the takeover of a hotel company. It's a "Muppet revolt," he says.
  17. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can usually sense when a customer is providing fraudulent information to them. Find out what sets off a tax preparer's lie detector.
  18. How To Use The Chaikin Oscillator To Your Advantage

    How best to reconcile increasing or decreasing volume with price fluctuations? No one has a definitive answer, but Marc Chaikin has come as close as anyone. Enter the Chaikin Oscillator.
  19. Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?

    As the economy slowly heals, credit has become easier to obtain and interest rates have gone down. But does that mean it's wise to take on a car loan right now?
  20. How Traders Can Utilize CCI (Commodity Channel Index) To Trade Stock Trends

    Use the Commodity Channel Index (CCI) to enter and exit price trends.
  21. Can Tweets And Facebook Posts Predict Stock Behavior?

    Social sentiment indicators - which track the frequency with which a stock is mentioned on Twitter or Facebook - are becoming increasingly important in predicting stock prices.
  22. How The Forex "Fix" May Be Rigged

    When it comes to forex, some types of "fixes" are legal. But some really aren't.
  23. Five Reasons To Not Bother Retiring

    Here are five reasons it may make sense to forgo a traditional retirement today.
  24. 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.
  25. Is Belfort's "Wolf" The Real Wall Street?

    Those sex-obsessed, drug-taking thugs who ripped off investors in Martin Scorcese's all-time biggest-grossing film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," have nothing in common with the refined investment professionals who do business on The Real Wall Street, they will tell you.
  26. Key Takeaways From Warren Buffett's Annual Letters To Shareholders

    A simple yet invaluable look into the key themes Warren Buffett repeats in his annual letter to shareholders.
  27. Reverse Mortgages 101

    Just because you can apply for a reverse mortgage doesn’t mean you should. Get a general idea of how these work, as well as who is poised to benefit from them in this article.
  28. Obama Announces Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Help

    On Friday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Miami-Dade’s Coral Reef Senior High School to emphasize the importance of education and to urge students to apply to college federal student financial aid programs. "We want every young person to have the kinds of teachers, and the kind of classes, and the kind of learning experiences, that are available to you here at Coral Reef," Obama said to a jam-packed, enthusiastic crowd in the gym.
  29. America Launches Its First Bitcoin ATMs : Q&A With Liberty Teller Co-Founder

    Investopedia interviewed one of the co-founders of Liberty Teller, a start-up company that launched the U.S.'s first Bitcoin ATMs.
  30. Is Homeownership A Smart Investment Again?

    Homeownership remains cheaper than renting across the nation. However, these findings speak broadly to the national market, and there are several situations where it still makes more sense to rent.
  31. Why Unemployment Rates Matter To Your Retirement

    Undoubtedly, unemployment is important for retirees and soon-to-be retirees. Also important is understanding the inflation rate as it’s reporting by the US.
  32. Mini Options: A Useful Tool For Trading High-Priced Securities

    Mini options are option contracts wherein the underlying security is 10 shares of a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). This is the main difference between mini options and standard options, which have 100 shares as the underlying security.
  33. What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

    The FTC announced it had opened an official investigation of Herbalife, which has been accused of running a pyramid scheme. But what exactly does that mean?
  34. Retirement Tax Changes For 2014

    To save efficiently for retirement, it pays to keep abreast of tax law changes. Limits on contributions for some plans have changed while those already receiving social security will see a pay boost.
  35. Console Wars Heating Up

    With Nintendo's Wii U now more than a year old, the two remaining members of the triopoly of video game console makers - Microsoft and Sony - are now vying for market share with the latest versions of their signature consoles.
  36. From Mrs. Watanabe To Abenomics: The Yen's Wild Ride

    Relatively recent upstarts like the euro and the yuan may hog the currency headlines these days, but for sheer drama and gut-wrenching volatility, no currency can match the venerable Japanese yen.
  37. Maximizing Your IRA

    Dennis Miller interviews IRA expert Terry Coxon to find out clarify the different types of accounts – and which are right for which people.
  38. As Regulators Target CLOs, Bankers Predict Doom For Main Street

    Collateralized loan obligations are the latest Wall Street invention to give regulators headaches.
  39. Retirement Woes Remain As Housing, Stock Markets Rebound

    Despite a rebounding stock market and recent housing gains, retiring comfortably remains an elusive goal for the majority of Americans, recent surveys have found.
  40. Obama Budget Released: Who Are The Winners And Losers?

    Tuesday President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 that includes new programs for education and rebuilding infrastructure while it also seeks to balance income inequality.
  41. How To Profit From The Rise in Proxy Fights

    A proxy vote is a vote cast by an entity or person on behalf of another. This sets the stage for a proxy fight between the current management and directors and the group trying to usher in change.
  42. How Powerful Is The IRS?

    The IRS has considerable power to enforce tax collection and reporting. But does it have too much power?
  43. Money Market Funds: Enough Regulation Already?

    Since September, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been sitting on proposed rules for money market mutual funds that would affect 61 million individual investors plus untold businesses that together have parked nearly $3 trillion in the funds for cash management.
  44. J.P. Morgan's Long-Awaited ETF: Playing Close To The Vest

    Why is J.P. Morgan getting into the ETF game now?
  45. What is a Bear Call Spread?

    A bear call spread is an option strategy that involves the sale of a call option, and the simultaneous purchase of a call option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bear call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  46. How Much Do You Know About 401(k) Fees?

    Here is a quick breakdown of fees that most people should know about when they look at their retirement account.
  47. What is a Bear Put Spread?

    A bear put spread entails the purchase of a put option and the simultaneous sale of another put with the same expiration but a lower strike price.
  48. How Financial Advisors Mistreat Women (And What Women Can Do About It)

    While many women want professional help managing their finances, some male advisors still treat women as second-class citizens. We’ve talked to three women who work in the financial services industry about the biggest problems they’ve observed in male financial advisors’ treatment of women.
  49. What is an Iron Butterfly Option Strategy?

    This relatively simple strategy is designed to provide a profit for investors who believe that there will be minimal price movement in the underlying security until expiration.
  50. The Ty Cobb Approach To Retirement Investing

    Swinging for the fences isn’t always the best tact when you’re talking about investing.
  51. The 6 Most-Traded Currencies And Why They're So Popular

    Regardless of the reason, forex is an integral part of 21st century finance. And the more widely used and reliable the currency, the greater the likelihood of people buying and selling it every day.
  52. Pharmaceutical Vs. Biotech Investing: Is It Worth The Risk?

    Investopedia explains: Both pharma and biotech stocks are faced with a costly process that, when successful, can produce extremely profitable products. However, the process is unpredictable.
  53. Need To Enroll In Obamacare? File Your Taxes

    Taxpayers who need to obtain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act can now do so easily and conveniently when they file their taxes through an eligible preparer.
  54. Strategic Beta ETFs

    Strategic Beta ETFs By Greg McFarlane As the financial markets get more sophisticated and arcane with time, the number of different types of investment scheme proliferates. It was only a few decades ago when someone first pooled together various individual stocks to create the first mutual fund, which was seen at the time as novel and perhaps unduly complicated.
  55. What is a Bull Call Spread?

    A bull call spread is an option strategy that involves the purchase of a call option, and the simultaneous sale of another option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bull call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  56. Building A Better Mousetrap With Smart Beta ETFs

    More smart beta and altermative indexed funds are coming to brokerage account near you. But what exactly are these funds and how can use them in a portfolio?
  57. How To Handle A Windfall

    It can be tempting to spend a windfall on toys, trips, and other things that you "deserve," but doing so will leave you in the same place you were before you received the windfall. Find out what you need to do if you receive a chunk of cash.
  58. Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate

    The price and volume of luxury home sales is rising quickly in the U.S. and around the world. Find out what's driving this growth and what you need to know before buying a luxury property.
  59. How Bernanke's Legacy Affects Retirees

    Ben Bernanke’s reign as Fed chairman has come to an end, and he’s leaving behind quite the legacy. The effects of this legacy aren’t only to be seen in the savings of current retirees or those about to retire; It’s evident further on down the generations.
  60. Bitcoin Mass Hysteria: The Disaster that Brought Down Mt. Gox

    The disastrous halt in trading on Mt. Gox, a popular Bitcoin-trading web site, sent the Bitcoin world into a panic.
  61. Bitcoin Innovations And Obstacles

    Investopedia explains the development of the Bitcoin digital currency system and the risks associated with using and investing in it.
  62. What Will Happen To Treasury Yields With Yellen And Tapering?

    Janet Yellen was sworn in as Federal Reserve chair Feb. 3, 2014, ending Ben Bernanke's eight-year tenure. Yellen assumes her role at a time when the economy is its strongest since the recession ended in mid-2009.
  63. Signs You Need a Money Manager Now

    Do you know if you will have enough money in retirement? And is your current portfolio performing up to expectations?
  64. Introduction to Leveraged ETFs

    Leveraged exchange-traded funds have appeared that are designed to move either conversely or inversely to their underlying benchmark, which may be either a financial index or a specific segment or sub-segment of the markets.
  65. Obama’s Retirement Cap Could Hit Middle Class

    President Obama plans to place new limits on how much Americans can contribute to tax-deferred retirement plans. Retirees could get no more than $205,000 a year from such plans, estimates say.
  66. Creative Ways to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

    Protecting your stock portfolio is an extremely important part of portfolio management.
  67. What Is A Retirement Saver's Tax Credit?

    Here, we take an in-depth look a tax credit designed to provide relief to some people who are saving for retirement.
  68. A Brief Guide To Institutional Investing

    Institutional investors are organizations that manage assets on others' behalf. They include pension funds, investment companies, insurance firms, endowments and private foundations.
  69. Is Your Employer-Provided Life Insurance Coverage Enough?

    Learn about the several potential problems involved with obtaining life insurance through your employer.
  70. The Best-Performing Sectors Of 2013

    A sector represents a high-level way in which analysts and investors group similar companies together. Analyzing Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts, or SPDRs, serves as one of the best proxies to determine the best-performing areas of the economy.
  71. Four Breakout Stocks To Watch

    These biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks continue to put in new highs, but indicators are diverging.
  72. Money Habits Of The Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard of living as their parents did. Their spending and investing habits are guided by somewhat different factors than preceding generations.
  73. Position Sizing: The Way To Profit In Forex

    Position sizing will account for the quickest and most magnified returns that a trade can generate.
  74. An Overview of Weather Derivatives

    Investopedia explains: Weather derivatives allow businesses to safeguard against unusual temperatures or levels of precipitation that may adversely affect financial performance.
  75. What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

    Falling behind on your tax obligations is the financial equivalent of a root canal. Take the pain away by following these tips, and get square with Uncle Sam.
  76. The Best Investments This Year: The Boom of "Boring"

    Investopedia explains: U.S.-based stocks did well and beat more aggressive strategies pursued by hedge funds and other investors that try to time the markets, play commodities, or invest in ETFs.
  77. What Is A Bull Put Spread?

    Investopedia explains: A bull put spread is a variation of the popular put writing strategy, in which an options investor writes a put on a stock to collect premium income and perhaps buy the stock at a bargain price.
  78. Tax Deduction Guide: Contractors Vs. Employees

    The following are deductions independent contractors can write off, employees can write off, and a few that overlap.
  79. The 4 R's Of Investing In Retail

    In retail, successfully managing return on investment (ROI) and other financial indicators is the key to a healthy business.
  80. The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths

    Stocks that go down must come up, right? Wrong. We bust this myth and four other common market misconceptions.
  81. Bonds: They're Not Just For Seniors

    In this article, we'll show you how investors at any stage of life can keep these fixed-income investments. Keep Reading.
  82. Obama's Minimum Wage and EITC Proposals - What Taxpayers Should Know

    Investopedia explains: In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined two proposals - a minimum wage increase and an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion - that could boost workers' wages and stimulate the economy.
  83. A Second Look At Bonds

    Traditionally, bonds have been looked at as one of the safest investments around. But Dennis Miller has some analysis that may change the way you think bonds fit into your portfolio.
  84. How To File A Tax Extension

    Learn the process you need to follow to grant yourself an extra six months on the deadline for filing your tax return.
  85. Introduction To Institutional Investing

    Investopedia explains: Learn about institutional investing and all of the major players in this field.
  86. Why China's Currency Tangos With The USD

    Investopedia explains: It takes two to tango, but unless both partners move in perfect cohesion, a sequence of graceful maneuvers can be reduced to a series of clumsy moves. The latter depiction seems to be particularly apt when it comes to explaining the gyrations between the Chinese yuan and the U.S.
  87. Why Do So Many People Fall Behind On Their Taxes?

    Despite the threat of owing thousands of dollars to possibly the most feared organization in the U.S., millions of Americans continue to fall behind on their taxes.
  88. 65 Is Not A Magic Number

    Just because you've reached 65 doesn't mean you have to retire - that is, if you don't want to. Read on to find out how your age relates to your retirement.
  89. Exchange Rate Risk: Economic Exposure

    Investopedia explains: In the present era of increasing globalization and heightened currency volatility, changes in exchange rates have a substantial influence on companies’ operations and profitability.
  90. The Austrian School Of Economics

    Investopedia explains: If you think economists are only concerned with numbers, check out the Austrian School, who are more like economic philosophers.
  91. Key Steps In Choosing The Best Tax Preparation Software

    U.S. taxpayers left over $1 billion on the table in missed tax deductions in 2013. Would using tax software prevent you from contributing to this unclaimed cash?
  92. Diversity: Your Shield From Madoff-Style Investment Scams

    The best way to prevent being stung in a modern-day Ponzi scheme is diversity - not just within your portfolio, but also in the people who handle your investments.
  93. Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price

    The strike price has an enormous bearing on how your option trade will play out. Read on to learn about some basic principles that should be followed when selecting the strike price for an option.
  94. Crowdfunding for equities? Fool's Gold

    Investopedia explains: The JOBS Act was intended to make it easier for small firms to raise capital and give small investors a chance to put bets on new companies. But the failure rate of new businesses is so high that it's unlikely anyone will make any money this way, and investors should stay away from this opportunity.
  95. What The Market Open Tells You

    The first few moments of trading provide a lot of information. If a trader analyzes this information, it can give a lot of insight into the market's moves for the day.
  96. Eight Ways To Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

    Here are some ways to get the most out of your tax refund check.
  97. Inside National Payment Systems

    Investopedia explains: The global interconnection of U.S. payment systems makes commerical and financial transfers possible.
  98. Evaluating Paid Investing Newsletters

    Investopedia explains: There are many different newsletters available, and investors must decide which is most appropriate for their investing style.
  99. Debt: The Last Social Taboo?

    Debt need not be a personal tragedy nor a badge of shame. For some, it is simply a practical problem with practical solutions. For others, however, it isn't even the real problem.
  100. New Taxes Under The Affordable Care Act

    Find out what you need to know about the 21 new tax changes linked to the ACA.
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