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  1. The Fed's Interest Rate Rise & Your Credit Cards

    The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised the lending rate from 0% to 0.25% – the first time since 2006. How does that affect ...
  2. Mozilla To Stop Developing Firefox OS Phones, Upsetting No One

    Firefox OS is dead, or is it still alive? Here’s the reality check, and what is left for Mozilla and its Firefox operating ...
  3. Is it Time to Buy Emerging Markets ETFs?

    Does the poor performance of emerging markets, particularly China, present a buying opportunity with ETFs?
  4. These Currencies Are The Biggest Losers Of The Stock Downturn

    Here’s a list of the hardest-hit currencies amid the global stock market mayhem.
  5. 4 Ways to Short China with ETFs

    If the Chinese economy proves to be a house of cards, here are a few ways to trade it.
  6. A Brief History of International Trade Agreements

    Since the mercantilist era, world trade has become increasingly multilateral, but since WW2 there has been a definite rise ...
  7. The Best ADRs To Watch Out For In 2016

    A look at some Chinese and Indian ADRs on U.S. exchanges that investors can bet on in 2016.
  8. The High Growth Potential of Brazil's Pharma Market

    With high growth in the last decade, can Brazil’s pharmaceutical market sustain its momentum in future?
  9. The Efficient Market Hypothesis: Settling the Great Debate

    An understanding of neuroscience and the decision-making process provides a resolution to the decades-old debate between ...
  10. Investing in U.S. Stocks Vs. International Stocks in 2016

    Examine the case for investing in more international stocks versus U.S.-based stocks as the markets enter the 2016 trading ...
  11. Index Funds Explained

    Indexing strategies have been around for long, but many investors still don’t understand what a powerful tool they can be ...
  12. How to Advise Clients in a Rising Rate Environment

    In the wake of the anticipated rate hike advisors should help clients reassess their portfolios. Here's how.
  13. New York's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Learn about the six most influential industries in New York, the most economically productive city in the country, and home ...
  14. 4 Economic Challenges South Korea Faces in 2016

    Learn about the economic challenges South Korea faces in 2016. Discover the impacts of currency fluctuations, the Chinese ...
  15. The Marshall Plan and the Revitalization of Post War Europe

    The Marshall Plan helped revive the economies of Western Europe after WWII largely by reforms that created greater economic ...
  16. Export-Led Growth Strategies Through History

    Export-led growth has been a dominant paradigm for industrial development over the last 40 years, but the future may need ...
  17. Hedge Funds: Idiosyncratic Challenges to Fade

    With shifting monetary policy, we see renewed potential across many hedge fund strategies.
  18. What Saudi-Iranian Tensions Mean for Oil Prices

    The recent break in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran adds complications to the already chaotic environment ...
  19. Discover the Economic Events That Lie Ahead

    2016 is poised to be a very interesting year macro-economic-wise: China is on the ropes, the Fed has shifted gears and inflation ...
  20. (EWT, FTW, QTWN) 3 Best Taiwan ETFs for 2016

    Examine detailed analysis of three exchange-traded funds that track the Taiwan equity market, and learn about the characteristics ...
  21. New Mexico's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth

    Discover the four primary industries that are considered to be the most important drivers in the well-being of the economy ...
  22. (ENOR, NORW) 2 Best Norway ETFs for 2016

    Learn about the top two exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that track the Norway equity market, and explore analyses of their ...
  23. (AFK, EZA, GAF) 3 Best Africa ETFs for 2016

    Explore detailed analysis of the top three exchange-traded funds that track the African companies, and learn the type of ...
  24. 3 Economic Challenges Argentina Faces in 2016

    Learn about three challenges that the Argentine economy faces. How will President Macri manage capital controls, investor ...
  25. 5 States with the Lowest GDPs Per Capita

    Learn about the top five states that have the lowest real gross domestic products (GDPs): Mississippi, Idaho, South Carolina, ...
  26. Economics of Owning a Bar

    Understand what costs go into starting and running a bar, as well as what earnings can be expected. Learn whether or not ...
  27. 3 Reasons Southwest Is Growing Faster than Its Competitors (LUV)

    Understand how Southwest Airlines operates and what makes it different from competitors. Learn three reasons why it's growing ...
  28. How the Presidents Rate on Investment Performance

    During which U.S. presidency did stocks, bonds, and cash perform best? Let's take a look and find out why.
  29. Keep Calm and Carry on: The Investopedia State of the Union

    Investopedia readers are well educated market participants who seek to become sophisticated investors. By collecting data ...
  30. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  31. How Will Raising Taxes on the 1% Make a Difference?

    What would happen if taxes were raised (even by a small degree) on the highest earners?
  32. 3 Financial Crises in the 21st Century

    Take a look at several of the most prominent financial crises of the 21st century, and understand why the Great Recession ...
  33. The Top 5 Global Equity ETFs for 2016 (IXJ, VT)

    Take a closer look at five global equity ETFs poised to do well in 2016, and learn why there are always opportunities for ...
  34. Why Are Global Markets Freaking Out? A Markets Explainer

    Stock markets around the world are off to their worst year ever, but understanding what stocks are will take the mystery ...
  35. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  36. The Top 5 ETFs to Track the S&P 500 for 2016 (VOO, RPV)

    Learn about five S&P 500-tracking ETFs that may be positioned for a strong 2016, especially in light of the Federal Reserve ...
  37. How Investors are Thinking about Climate Risk

    Learn about the four macroeconomic trends focusing on climate risk and sustainability discussed in the most recent Paris ...
  38. The Top 5 High-Yield Bond ETFs for 2016 (SJNK, SHYG)

    Read about five high-yield ETFs that are well-positioned to survive if the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates ...
  39. 6 Factors That Point to Global Recession in 2016

    We may be on the verge of another global recession.
  40. India: A Bright Spot in Today's Global Investment Landscape

    India, the best performing economy of 2015, has all it takes to maintain high growth momentum and ensure high returns for ...
  41. What's Ahead For The Russell-2000 Index in 2016?

    The Russell-2000 ended 2015 with a loss after failing a breakout to an all-time high.
  42. Grading Janet Yellen

    Read a review of how Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen performed in her tenure as head of the Federal Reserve, and why it is more ...
  43. The Impact of the Fed Interest Rate Hike

    The Federal Reserve recently raised benchmark interest rates. With much attention on the Fed's policy, here's what happens ...
  44. The Top 5 Bond Mutual Funds for 2016

    Learn about bond mutual funds that investors may want to consider for 2016. Understand why the risk of rising interest rates ...
  45. How To Evaluate Bond Performance

    Learn about how investors should evaluate bond performance. See how the maturity of a bond can impact its exposure to interest ...
  46. 5 Portfolio Ideas for 2016

    The Fed's zero interest rate policy is ending after seven years, the global economy is slowing and financial assets of all ...
  47. Why Junk Bonds Will Yield Extreme Risk in 2016

    A look at how the risks will outweigh the rewards of investing in high-yield bonds in 2016.
  48. What I Got Right (and Wrong) in 2015

    This year was distinct for two, contradictory reasons: rising volatility and stagnant returns, at least in the United States. ...
  49. The Top 5 Small Cap Bank Stocks for 2016 (SFNC, HBHC)

    Find out more about the top five small-cap bank stocks for 2016, and learn why they are expected to rise after the Fed's ...
  50. Can EM Debt Continue to Outperform?

    EM stocks and currencies have posted volatile and disappointing performance amid concerns about slowing global growth and ...
  51. Drilling Down for Bargains After Oil’s Decline

    Stocks have suffered with year-to-date returns for U.S. equities once again negative: collapsing oil prices and the implications ...
  52. The History Of Money: From Barter To Banknotes

    Money has been a part of human history for at least 3,000 years. Learn how it evolved.
  53. Why the Fed’s Rate Increase is Good (Not Bad) News

    The Fed's widely decision to raise interest rates has garnered plenty of attention, especially from those concerned over ...
  54. What Is The Balance Of Payments?

    The balance of payments helps countries to track how much money is coming in and how much money is going out. Learn more ...
  55. Worst Hyperinflations in History

    Here are the three worst episodes of hyperinflation in history. Each makes Venezuela's current inflation crisis seem modest ...
  56. VCIT: Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corp Bd ETF

    Learn about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the fund's characteristics, ...
  57. When Will Interest Rates Rise?

    Find out if -- and why -- the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates and what that might mean for savers, investors ...
  58. The Top 5 Financials Stocks for 2016 (JPM, BAC)

    Explore detailed analyses of the top five financials stocks to consider in 2016, and learn why they are poised to rise with ...
  59. These 5 Books Will Transform the Way You Think

    Just as successful startups disrupt their industries, these writers disrupt our view of the world.
  60. The Basics Of Tariffs And Trade Barriers

    Everything you need to know - from the different types of tariffs to their effects on the local economy.
  61. TLH: iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF

    Learn about the iShares 1-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF and its holdings, and understand why investors may be better served to ...
  62. CSM: ProShares Large Cap Core Plus ETF

    Learn information about the ProShares Large Cap Core Plus ETF, and explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability ...
  63. SKYY: First Trust ISE Cloud Computing ETF

    Find out about the First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund, and a explore detailed analysis of its characteristics, suitability ...
  64. The Top 5 Dividend-Paying Financials Stocks for 2016 (WFC, JPM)

    Discover analyses of the top five dividend-paying financial stocks for 2016, and learn why their stock prices and dividends ...
  65. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  66. Understanding Benchmark Oils: Brent Blend, WTI and Dubai

    Most crude oil prices worldwide are pegged to the influential Brent, WTI or Dubai/Oman benchmarks.
  67. Is Money in Your Pocket Worth the Same as Your Money in the Bank?

    Cash in your pocket is a different form of money than that in your bank account, and it takes a strong institutional infrastructure ...
  68. FEP: First Trust Europe AlphaDEX ETF

    Learn about the First Trust ISE Europe AlphaDEX Fund, and explore detailed analysis of the ETF that tracks European stocks ...
  69. XLG: Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Mega Cap ETF

    Find out about the Guggenheim Russell Top 50 Index ETF, and read about some recommendations regarding the suitability of ...
  70. Toyota Stock: A Dividend Analysis (TM)

    Learn about Toyota Motor Corporation, its dividend policy, its historic dividend yield in comparison to the company's competitors ...
  71. DBC: PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking ETF, and explore a detailed analysis of the fund that tracks 14 distinct ...
  72. USL: United States 12 Month Oil ETF

    Find out more information about the United States 12 Month Oil ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the characteristics, ...
  73. UGA: United States Gasoline Fund ETF

    Learn about the United States Gasoline Fund, the characteristics of the exchange-traded fund, and the suitability and recommendations ...
  74. RXI: iShares Globl Consumer Discretionary ETF

    Explore analysis of the iShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF, and learn about the suitability of this fund that tracks ...
  75. Bretton Woods: How It Changed the World

    While the Bretton Woods system is no longer in place, it fundamentally changed the international monetary order.
  76. FLOT: iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF

    Explore detailed analysis and information of the iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF, and learn how to use this ETF as a defense ...
  77. PPLT: ETFS Physical Platinum ETF

    Learn about the physical platinum ETF. Platinum embarked on a bull market from 2001 to 2011, climbing to record prices along ...
  78. BIB: ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF

    Find out information about the ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed analysis of ...
  79. CDs Vs. Inflation: Are They Keeping Up?

    Learn how to determine whether the money invested in certificates of deposit (CDs) can keep pace with the rate of inflation ...
  80. BIV: Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF

    Find out about the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF, and delve into detailed analysis of this fund that invests in investment-grade ...
  81. FGD: First Trust Dow Jones Global Sel Div ETF

    Find out about the First Trust Dow Jones Global Select Dividend Index Fund, and learn detailed information about characteristics ...
  82. 3 Global Economic Challenges for Investors in 2016

    Read about areas of concern for the global economy in 2016. See how China's economy may be slowing down, although it is difficult ...
  83. PRF: PowerShares FTSE RAFI US 1000 ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 ETF, and explore detailed analysis of the fund that invests in undervalued ...
  84. GSY: Guggenheim Enhanced Short Dur ETF

    Find out about the Guggenheim Enhanced Short Duration ETF, and learn detailed information about this fund that focuses on ...
  85. IGOV: iShares International Treasury Bond ETF

    Find out about the iShares International Treasury Bond ETF, and explore detailed information about this fund that focuses ...
  86. XLF: Select Sector Financial SPDR ETF

    Find out more about the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund, and the suitability ...
  87. SPLV: PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF, and learn detailed information about this fund that provides exposure ...
  88. MTK: SPDR Morgan Stanley Technology ETF

    Find out about the SPDR Morgan Stanley exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, suitability ...
  89. 3 Economic Challenges the US Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three biggest challenges facing the U.S. economy heading into 2016, and discover why there are fears of another ...
  90. The Topic We Should All Be Paying Attention to

    As the December Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting nears, discussions and speculation about the precise timing of Fed liftoff ...
  91. Can the Global Economy Keep Going?

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of the conflicting signals coming in about the state of the global economy. ...
  92. The Rate Hike: What Investors Should Know

    Advisors will be getting many client questions about the rate hike. Here are some tips on how to address this hot topic.
  93. General Electric's 3 Key Financial Ratios

    Understand the fundamental business reasons behind some of GE's lackluster financial ratios and know how to interpret the ...
  94. 4 Simple Actions to Consider After Fed Liftoff

    This week, after months of anticipation, the Fed initiated its first rate hike in nearly a decade, raising the Fed Funds ...
  95. How Rising Rates Impact Bond Mutual Funds

    The interest rate increase by the Fed was one of the most widely anticipated in history. Here's what it means for bond mutual ...
  96. The Top 5 REITS for 2016

    Read about REITs investors may want to consider for 2016. Understand why investors may want to consider the impact of rising ...
  97. What Is International Trade?

    Everyone's talking about globalization, so we explain what is it and why some oppose it.
  98. AOR: iShares Core Growth Allocation ETF

    Find out about the iShares Core Growth Allocation Fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, suitability ...
  99. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Bank of America Stock

    Learn the largest risks to owning Bank of America stock. Discover its outlook through fundamental analysis and external risks ...
  100. DSI: iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF

    Find out about the iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed information about its characteristics, ...
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