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  1. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  2. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  3. The Capital Asset Pricing Model: An Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  4. Why Investments That "Feel" Safe May Not Be

    Investors tend to be adventurous in situations where they feel protected, but risk compensation theory suggests this may ...
  5. Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits. ...
  6. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  7. The Ghouls And Monsters On Wall Street

    Learn about some of the creepiest cases of fraud and the characters behind them.
  8. For Higher Stock Returns, Vote Republican Or Democrat?

    The president's political party is correlated to market performance. Find out which party tends to outperform.
  9. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  10. Does Bad PR Make For A Good Investing Opportunity?

    Like most other kinds of turnaround investing, investing in the face of bad PR can be a high-risk/high-reward situation. ...
  11. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  12. Bet Smarter With The Monte Carlo Simulation

    This technique can reduce uncertainty in estimating future outcomes.
  13. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

    Currency fluctuations often defy logic. Learn the trends and factors that result in these movements.
  14. Use Duration And Convexity To Measure Bond Risk

    Find out how this measure can help fixed-income investors manage their portfolios.
  15. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress. ...
  16. Top 3 Pitfalls Of Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

    The DCF method can be difficult to apply to real-life valuations. Find out where it comes up short.
  17. Do-It-Yourself Analyst Predictions

    Regular investors can build their own financial models using the mosaic theory.
  18. Investing Myths That Need To Go

    Certain investing myths just won't die. Find out how dated sayings could be costing you.
  19. Know Your Counterparty When Day Trading

    This can provide insight into how the market is likely to act based on your presence, orders and transactions.
  20. 6 Basic Financial Ratios And What They Reveal

    These formulas can help you pick better stocks for your portfolio once you learn how to use them.
  21. Do Financial Decisions Get Better With Age?

    Like a fine wine, you no doubt get better as you get older, but your money choices might not.
  22. 7 Secrets Of Wall Street

    Wall Street brokers: They’re all millionaires, walking around New York in their fancy suits as they rake in the big bucks, ...
  23. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  24. How The Sharpe Ratio Can Oversimplify Risk

    When it comes to hedge funds, this measure is not reliable on its own.
  25. Crisis Management Strategies For Business Owners

    When a PR problem arises, your company will be judged on how you handle it. Are you ready?
  26. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  27. The Ratings Game - A Solution

    The ratings agencies are refusing to take on the legal risks of the new rules, leaving investors with a dilemma.
  28. 10 Investing Tips From Heavy Metal

    Duelling guitars, frenetic drumming, ear-splitting vocals... and solid investment advice?
  29. Profit With The Power Of P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a valuable tool when deciding on an investment, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  30. Catch On To The CCAPM

    The consumption capital asset pricing model smoothes over some of CAPM's weaknesses to make sense of risk aversion.
  31. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  32. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  33. Calculating The Equity Risk Premium

    See the model in action with real data and evaluate whether its assumptions are valid.
  34. Deleveraging: What It Means To Corporate America

    Getting rid of debt is usually a good thing, but companies can also use it to become more profitable.
  35. Be Risk Diverse, Not Risk Averse

    You have to take on some risk, but finding the right level is key to your portfolio's success - and your sanity.
  36. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

    Deflation fears are sweeping the U.S. , but the effects of this economic phenomenon are not all bad.
  37. Goldman: Guilty Of Finance, Innocent On Fraud

    While Goldman is no angel, the focus on CDO and derivatives transactions is misguided at best.
  38. The Latest, Greatest Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions

    Find out which companies have come together lately and why.
  39. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  40. How To Convert Value At Risk To Different Time Periods

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  41. When To Sell Stocks

    Buying at the right price determines profit, but selling at the right price locks it in.
  42. Corzine: Goldman Targeted Because Of Success

    Democratic stalwart tells Wall Street crowd to accept financial reform.
  43. What Is the Quantity Theory of Money?

    Take a look at the tenets, assumptions and challenges of monetarism's principal theory.
  44. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  45. The Equity-Risk Premium: More Risk For Higher Returns

    Learn how the expected extra return on stocks is measured and why academic studies usually estimate a low premium.
  46. Lipstick And The Stock Market: Connection?

    We test the theory that lipstick sales thrive during an economic downturn.
  47. An Introduction To The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    Chances are you've heard of the IMF. But what does it do, and why is it so controversial?
  48. How To Profit From Investment "Losers"

    Diversification and rebalancing are keys to long-term returns.
  49. The Economics Of Natural Disasters

    Even natural disasters that take place thousands of miles away can shake up your portfolio here at home.
  50. Mutual Fund Tune-Up Delivers High-Powered Performance

    Rebalancing your portfolio will protect you from risk and ensure that your investments are performing at their best.
  51. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  52. A Disaster-Protection Plan For Your Portfolio

    If you can't predict the future, you'll need to plan ahead to protect your assets from the impact of major world events. ...
  53. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  54. Bull Market Requires A Healthy Consumer

    High debt, bad policy bode ill for stocks.
  55. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial ...
  56. One World, One Currency: Could It Work?

    This idea has been debated for decades, but could it really work? Which countries would benefit? What are the downfalls? ...
  57. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  58. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  59. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  60. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead. ...
  61. Warren Buffett: Oracle No More?

    Though he's an investing icon, critics are pointing to several past events that signal Buffett's reign may be ending.
  62. Why Dividends Matter

    Seven words that are music to investors' ears? "The dividend check is in the mail."
  63. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of ...
  64. January Barometer: Did It Work?

    Find out whether this superstitious belief is worth following or little more than water cooler chatter.
  65. How Money Makes The Economy Move

    This simple example shows how central banks expand the money supply, and why the money supply must grow for the GDP to grow. ...
  66. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  67. Which Mutual Fund Style Index Is For You?

    The Russell Investments and MSCI Barra style classification systems can help you pick the right mutual fund - if you know ...
  68. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  69. Stock Analysts: Should You Listen?

    If you want to find out which analysts are worth following, you shouldn't take their word for it.
  70. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  71. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  72. Structured Notes: Buyer Beware!

    At first glance, this product looks like the answer to investors' prayers. In reality, it's just too good to be true.
  73. Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification. ...
  74. Should The U.S. Switch To A Flat Tax?

    Some countries have begun charging a flat tax rate instead of the gradual tax system of the Western world.
  75. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  76. 10 Great Finance Books Of 2009

    Surprisingly, not all of these books are about the recession. But they are all worth the read.
  77. Staying Home Vs. Daycare: A Financial Conundrum

    Most moms and dads make this tough decision based on emotion, but there are quite a few financial consequences to each choice, ...
  78. Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Learn how to analyze earnings sustainability - an important part of making sound investments.
  79. The Federal Reserve: Too Powerful?

    The Federal Reserve needs its power in order to make the tough decisions that politicians can't.
  80. The 5 Most Influential Bankers Of All Time

    These bankers shaped the current financial system - though some didn't live to see the fruits of their labor.
  81. Recession Stats You Need To Know

    We take a look at some of the most quoted recession statistics, and find out how they're calculated and who they affect. ...
  82. How Credit Cards Built A Plastic Empire

    A decade before Mastercard or Visa existed, the first credit card company was introduced.
  83. These Financial Products Are Too Complex For The Average Joe

    Structured financial products are so elaborate that investors are unable to assess costs and risk.
  84. Investing Lessons From Across The Pond

    There's a lot to learn from Anthony Bolton, who is known as Europe's Peter Lynch.
  85. The 5 Most Feared Figures In Finance

    Gates, Soros, Icahn, Rockefeller and Morgan caused chills on Wall Street.
  86. October: The Month Of Market Crashes?

    In the finance world, October is a month to be feared, but is it justified?
  87. Is Biased Investing Holding You Back?

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  88. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  89. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  90. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  91. Are You A Disciplined Investor?

    Don't let "financial porn" steer you away from a sensible, long-term approach to investing.
  92. State-Run Economies: From Public To Private

    Find out how former Iron Curtain countries used private enterprise to join the world financial markets.
  93. Free Market Maven: Milton Friedman

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  94. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  95. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  96. Permanent Portfolio Locks In Long-Term Profits

    Harry Browne believes his "permanent portfolio" theory is the ideal long-term investing strategy.
  97. The Market's Primed For A Pullback

    Comparing stock and bond prices, it's clear that the market is ready for a major pullback.
  98. Investing Basics: Flight To Quality

    At times of market stress, investors flee from risky assets to investments the safest ones available.
  99. 5 Things To Avoid In A Bull Market

    Submission for August 28
  100. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
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