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  1. IJH: iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF

    Learn more about the iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF, and understand how savvy investors might incorporate this ETF into their ...
  2. SPY: SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF

    Find out more about the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund and the suitability of investing ...
  3. UCO: ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF

    Find out more about the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF, the characteristics of UCO and the suitability and recommendations ...
  4. IBB: iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF

    Learn about the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, which offers one of the most diversified ways of investing ...
  5. SLV: iShares Silver Trust ETF

    Learn about the iShares Silver Trust, an exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in silver and is affected by risks unique ...
  6. BIB: ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF

    Find out information about the ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, and learn detailed analysis of ...
  7. IJK: iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth ETF

    Learn about the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth exchange-traded fund, which invests in U.S. equities of mid-cap companies ...
  8. A New Reason Behind This Strategy’s Outperformance

    One of the great anomalies of investing: The historical long-term outperformance of smart beta or factor-based strategies relative ...
  9. Are Stop-Loss Orders and ETFs a Good Idea?

    Using stop-loss orders can be beneficial as well as risky. Do they make sense when trading ETFs?
  10. 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 ...
  11. Why Junk Bonds Are Aptly Named Right Now

    Here's why junk bonds are likely to live up to their name in the not so distant future.
  12. How To Calculate Your Investment Return

    How much are your investments actually returning? Find out why the method of calculation matters.
  13. EWH: iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF

    Learn about the iShares MSCI Hong Kong fund, which invests in various equities of companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock ...
  14. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  15. VXF: Vanguard Extended Market ETF

    Learn how the Vanguard Extended Market ETF provides investors with exposure to the larger stock universe, except for companies ...
  16. IWD: iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF

    Learn about the iShares Russell 1000 Value exchange-traded fund (ETF), which invests in value stocks that are included in ...
  17. USMV: iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF

    Learn about the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility exchange-traded fund, which invests in low-volatility equities traded ...
  18. Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, ...
  19. These Are the Top-Performing ETFs, ETNs of 2015

    These are the best performing ETFs and ETNs of 2015 (thus far). Should they be on your radar?
  20. Is Risk Aversion Kryptonite to Millennials?

    Financial advisors to millennials need to pay heed to this generation’s aversion to risk and help them understand how to ...
  21. A Look at EAFE Index (EFA) ETF

    The iShares MSCI EAFE is a unique ETF with exposure to high quality companies, but is it likely to be a good bet going forward? ...
  22. Want to Short Stocks? Check Out These Inverse ETFs

    If you want to short stocks, consider inverse ETFs instead. Here's why.
  23. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Russia's GDP

    Understanding the GDP composition of the world's largest country, Russia.
  24. What a Family Tradition Taught Me About Investing

    We share some lessons from friends and family on saving money and planning for retirement.
  25. Where the Price is Right for Dividends

    There are two broad schools of thought for equity income investing: The first pays the highest dividend yields and the second ...
  26. How Tech Can Help with 3 Behavioral Finance Biases

    Even if you’re a finance or statistics expert, you’re not immune to common decision-making mistakes that can negatively impact ...
  27. 5 Tips For Diversifying Your Portfolio

    A diversified portfolio will protect you in a tough market. Get some solid tips here!
  28. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  29. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  30. How to Trade In a Flat Market

    Reduce position size by 50% to 75% in a flat market.
  31. Does TripAdvisor Offer Upside Potential? (TRIP)

    Will TripAdvisor's downside risk outweigh upside potential in 2016? It's most recent SEC filing offers some strong clues. ...
  32. 10 Ways to Protect Your Investments From an Interest Rate Hike

    Learn investment considerations and wealth-management options that aim to safeguard investor goals while interest rates rise ...
  33. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  34. Understanding High Yield Fund Performance

    For exchange traded fund, not all high-yield ETFs are the same. So, we take a look at one high yield investment in particular ...
  35. Analyzing Porter's 5 Forces on Facebook (FB)

    Read about how you can use Porter's five forces to analyze Facebook's competition. This simple methodology looks at several ...
  36. 3 Steps for Retirement Saving and Investing Habits

    We take a look at the choices we make today that our future selves would prefer not to be making, often faced by investors ...
  37. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Day Traders

    Discover these five must-watch films and documentaries for day traders reviewed with the takeaway lessons that inspire, motivate ...
  38. These 4 Funds Haven’t Lost Money in a Decade

    If you’re looking for relative resiliency to challenging economic conditions while picking up a little yield, consider these ...
  39. Why Contrarian Investing Is Not Very Smart

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  40. Margin Investing Gets A Bad Rap, But For The Thrill-Seeker, It's Worth It

    Investing on margin can be profitable but it's a risky play that needs care.
  41. Why Hedge Funds Are Not Living Up to Return Hype

    Hedge funds are supposed to produce better returns while protecting your investments from the downside. Here's why they are ...
  42. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  43. Are Financial Advisors Good Money Managers?

    There's a big difference between a good financial advisor and a good money manager. Here's how to tell.
  44. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Brazil's GDP

    Examining the GDP composition of one of the BRIC members, Brazil.
  45. How to Shift From Saving to Spending in Retirement

    Most people prefer a known monthly payment to the complex decision of investing a lump sum to cover their financial needs ...
  46. 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. ...
  47. An Assessment of High Yield Corporate Bond Credit Spreads

    A credit risk literature review.
  48. How to Think About Seasonality Trends

    Investors benefit when company research incorporates seasonality trends that predict relative strength and weakness throughout ...
  49. 4 Ways Simple Interest Is Used In Real Life

    Simple interest works in your favor when you're a borrower, but against you when you're an investor.
  50. Is it Time to “Buy” Inflation?

    Based on recent data from the Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) market, it would seem that most investors aren’t ...
  51. How To Build a Currency Hedged Strategy?

    We are still unsure of how to implement a currency hedge strategy based on the dollar's movement. So let’s focus on what’s ...
  52. 3 Stocks that Are Top Bets for Retirement

    These three stocks are resilient, fundamentally sound and also pay generous dividends.
  53. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Colombia's GDP

    With a backdrop of armed rebels and drug cartels, the journey for the Colombian economy has been anything but easy.
  54. The Basics of How Mutual Funds Are Rated

    Learn how the major rating agencies assign mutual fund ratings. Understand what these ratings measure and how they are different ...
  55. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Chile's GDP

    Chile has become one of the great economic success stories of Latin America.
  56. Watch Your Duration When Rates Rise

    While recent market volatility is leading investors to look for the nearest exit, here are some suggestions for bond exposure ...
  57. A Quick Explanation of How Short Selling Works

    Explanations of short selling can be hard to grasp. Here is a quick, realistic example.
  58. Yellow Light Trade Risk Management

    Being in the stock market for so long I tend to look at the world through the eyes of a trader, but how to decide when we ...
  59. Do You Have What it Takes to Start a Hedge Fund?

    So you want to start your own hedge fund? Here's what it takes.
  60. Dissecting the Simple Interest Formula

    Simple interest ignores the effect of compounding: it's only calculated on the principal amount. This makes it easier to ...
  61. Emerging Markets: Analyzing The Philippines' GDP

    Although its growth rate was mediocre in the past, the Philippines is slowly yet steadily emerging as a rising tiger.
  62. Ideas for Your Bond Portfolio When Rates Rise

    It has been nearly 10 years since the Fed last raised interest rates, and though the central bank didn’t hike rates this ...
  63. How to Create a Risk Parity Portfolio

    Learn about how risk parity uses leverage to create equal exposure to risk among different asset classes in portfolio construction.
  64. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Indonesia's GDP

    We look at the GDP of Indonesia, which bore the brunt of the Asian financial crisis but weathered the 2008 financial crisis ...
  65. Warren Buffett: The Road To Riches

    Find out how he went from selling soft drinks to buying up companies and making billions of dollars.
  66. 3 Ways to Diversify a $1+ Million Portfolio

    Here are three ways to diversify a high-net-worth portfolio, which could help stave off the impacts of volatility.
  67. Emerging Markets: Analyzing South Korea's GDP

    South Korea's transition from a war-devastated poor country to an affluent developed nation presents a phenomenal growth ...
  68. The S&P 500's 5 Fastest-Growing Companies

    These are the five fastest growing companies in the S&P 500. Should they be on your watch list?
  69. Why These 7 Leveraged ETFs Are 2015's Best (ERY, BIB)

    2015's top-performing leveraged ETFs come with significant risks. Are they right for you?
  70. A Statistical Look at Passive Vs. Active Management

    Find out what the data has to say about the passive management Vs. active management debate, and why there isn't necessarily ...
  71. Why Market Timing Should Be Left to the Pros

    Marketing timing is generally a bad idea for the average investor. Here's why it should be left to the pros.
  72. Learn How To Trade The Market In 5 Steps

    Learn how to trade the markets with skill and authority, starting with these five basic concepts.
  73. The Basics of Business Development

    What exactly is business development? Sales, marketing, growth? It's all that and more. Investopedia explains the concept ...
  74. How Inflation Affects Your Cash Savings

    Prices tend to rise over time and this inflation can cut into the value of your savings. Here are some ways you can manage ...
  75. Examining Mexico's Trillion-Dollar GDP

    Examining the gross domestic product growth and composition of Mexico, the second largest economy in Latin America
  76. What Causes Inflation in the United States

    Inflation is the main catalyst behind U.S monetary policy. But what causes this phenomenon of sustained rising prices? Read ...
  77. Is India the Next Emerging Markets Superstar?

    With a shift towards manufacturing and services, India could be the next emerging market superstar. Here, we provide a detailed ...
  78. Are Hedge Fund ETFs Suitable for Your Portfolio?

    Are hedge fund ETFs right for you? Here's what investors need to consider.
  79. The Upside of Picking Stocks Nobody Follows

    Learn about the upside of picking stocks nobody follows. The less followed a stock, the more opportunity there is for a stock ...
  80. Why Leveraged ETFs Are Not a Long-Term Bet

    Leveraged ETFs aren't for the average investor. They can, however, present significant upside potential for the right type ...
  81. Simple Interest Loans: Do They Exist?

    Yes, they do. Here is what they are – and how to use them to your advantage.
  82. Bet on this U.S. Automaker for Long-Term Gains

    Ford holds a stronger technical position than General Motors and also pays a consistent dividend. This combination could ...
  83. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  84. 10 Overlooked Growth Stocks to Consider

    For investors with a long-term view, here are 10 overlooked growth stocks to consider.
  85. Currency-Hedged ETFs: Should You Invest?

    Currency-hedged ETFs offer many more pros than cons when compared to their counterparts, but there is still one big con. ...
  86. What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  87. What's Behind Thailand's GDP Rollercoaster?

    Understanding the economic composition of Thailand, a vibrant South-Asian nation.
  88. What You Need To Know About Bond ETF Yields

    When it comes to fixed income investing, yield is an important component of a bond investment’s total return to accurately ...
  89. You Know Debt & Deficit Are Not The Same, Right?

    An educational article explaining in detail how deficit differs from debt and how are they related.
  90. Is Norway's Statoil a Safe Oil Bet?

    For those who want to place a bet on oil, Norwegian state-backed company Statoil may be a good bet. But investors should ...
  91. Backtesting Value-at-Risk (VaR): The Basics

    Learn how to test your VaR model for accuracy.
  92. How Funds, ETFs Can Be Riskier than You Thought

    Here's why it's important to pay attention to the underlying holdings in ETFs and mutual funds and how they impact overall ...
  93. Is it Time to Invest in Green Bonds?

    Green bonds have been growing in popularity at a rapid rate, but is it too early to invest?
  94. What Are The Three Key Elements of a Bond ETF?

    We explore the bond ETFs basics, because the only way to appreciate the benefits that this type of investment offers is to ...
  95. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  96. What's Next After Apple’s (AAPL) Big Drop?

    What does the future hold for Apple following the recent drop of its stock?
  97. Go Green with a Investment in Green Bonds

    If you want to invest in a socially responsible way, green bonds may be for you. And as the market grows retail investment ...
  98. Got Dividends? Here's How to Reinvest Them

    Reinvesting dividends is almost always a good idea if you intend to hold your shares for the long term, and there are several ...
  99. Can Forex Trading Make You Rich?

    Forex trading may be profitable for hedge funds or unusually skilled currency traders, but for average retail traders, forex ...
  100. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
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