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  1. How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

    Here's how to determine what you should be borrowing to finance your home.
  2. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  3. Trading The MACD Divergence

    Currency traders can use this method to avoid stop-order triggers before the real reversal.
  4. If You Could Ask the New Administration for One Thing…

    Investors have been bidding up stocks in anticipation of policy shifts by the new administration. Russ discusses the policy ...
  5. Chart of the Week: The Case for Currency-Hedged Japanese Stocks

    We see global reflation and a weak yen propelling Japanese stocks higher on a currency-hedged basis. We explain with the ...
  6. Chart of the Week: Positioning Portfolios for 2017

    We see accelerating global reflation ahead, a theme central to how we suggest positioning portfolios for 2017. Richard explains, ...
  7. Why Stock Market Tranquility is Unlikely to Last

    Stock markets have been very quiet lately, but as we get ready to enter 2017, things may change. Here’s why.
  8. Chart of the Week: 3 Takeaways from a Topsy-Turvy 2016

    We share three key takeaways from a topsy-turvy 2016 characterized by big market reversals in the second half.
  9. Can't Seem to Budget? Beat These 3 Challenges

    Budgeting challenges don’t have to keep you from getting your finances in shape. Just follow this plan.
  10. Reasons to Like Japanese Stocks (for now)

    Does the Japanese stock market rally have legs? We weigh in on a number of reasons to like Japanese stocks (on a currency-hedged ...
  11. Chart of the Week: What’s Behind the Spike in U.S. Treasury Yields

    U.S. Treasury yields have jumped after the election. What's driving the yields up?
  12. The Latest Risk for Stocks

    Stocks have been helped by low rates and inflation. Russ suggests that may be changing.
  13. Weather Forecast, Near 100% Chance of a Rate Hike

    An examination of U.S. bond fund flow data since the last Fed meeting lays bare recent fixed income trends.
  14. How to Become a Financially Savvy Bag Lady

    Organize your financial baggage for a better future.
  15. The Secret to Organizing Your Finances is Cash Flow

    A careful analysis of cash flow and spending are two crucial steps toward forming a realistic savings or retirement plan. ...
  16. Why the Small Cap Rally May Fizzle

    We describe what has driven the small cap rally, and explain why its days may be numbered.
  17. Where is Risk Appetite Going?

    Risk appetite is relatively subdued, but we see potential for a recovery.
  18. How Groupon Makes Money

    A rundown of how Groupon works and how it benefits the businesses it partners with.
  19. The Many Faces of EM Investing

    Investors should think of emerging markets as individual countries with distinct opportunities and take into account the ...
  20. Yes, the Bond Selloff can Continue

    We explain why the post-election selloff in bonds may be a longer-term, not temporary, phenomenon.
  21. Saving Money for a Large Purchase: Better Than Debt?

    Deciding whether saving money for a large purchase makes more sense than going into debt is more complicated than you might ...
  22. Serving Up Diversification from a Lemonade Stand

    We go back to the basics and talk about what diversification really means, and why it matters to your long-term financial ...
  23. Stock Valuations 101: Price to Earnings Ratio

    Understanding stock valuations is essential to uncovering worthy portfolio candidates. Ignore them at your own risk.
  24. Valuing Private Companies

    You may be familiar with publicly-traded companies, but how much do you know about privately-held firms?
  25. FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it. ...
  26. Welcome to the New World of Reflation

    In the post-election markets, investors are preparing for the potential for higher growth—and inflation. Learn about the ...
  27. How to Seek Income Now

    As 2016 draws to a close and a Fed hike looms, where should investors hunt for yield now? We highlight the case for three ...
  28. Chart of the Week: Taking Stock of Income Stocks

    We see rising interest rates ahead, but this headwind for income equities doesn’t weaken the case for all dividend-paying ...
  29. Are International Markets Back?

    International stocks have started to outperform U.S. stocks. We explain what's behind the comeback and why it may continue.
  30. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  31. iShares Min Vol ETFs: Passing the Five-Year Test

    We examine the performance of the iShares minimum volatility ETFs and reasons why investors should consider them for the ...
  32. Chart of the Week: What 3Q Earnings Could Mean for U.S. Stocks

    The S&P 500 has been in a holding pattern since June. Will third-quarter earnings reports trigger an upward breakout? We ...
  33. How To Pick The Best ETF

    Of the hundreds of exchange-traded funds on the market, some are bound to fail. Learn how to pick the best of the bunch. ...
  34. Reading the Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  35. An Overview of the SEC's New Mutual Fund Rules

    The SEC has released new liquidity rules for mutual funds aimed at reducing risk.
  36. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  37. The Two-Track U.S. Economy

    We explain the multiple ways the U.S. economy is moving on two tracks, and what this means for monetary policy.
  38. 5 Must-Have Metrics For Value Investors

    These quick-and-dirty ratios will help you find the most undervalued stocks on the market.
  39. 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.
  40. 5 Ways To Measure Mutual Fund Risk

    These statistical measurements highlight how to mitigate risk and increase rewards.
  41. Get Connected to the Mainstreaming of Renewable Power

    Amid growing investor interest in real assets, let's talk about the changing global energy landscape, highlighting the investment ...
  42. Why Bonds May No Longer Be Able to Save Stocks

    Historically low bond yields have helped boost stocks in recent years. We discuss why this may no longer be enough.
  43. Unemployed? 5 Smart Ways to Get Control of Debt

    When you're unemployed and barely making ends meet, smart debt advice can help you stay on top of your payments and protect ...
  44. Building a Case for Increased Infrastructure Spending

    The stars are seeming to align for more infrastructure spending in the U.S. and elsewhere. We discuss whether this can happen ...
  45. The Utility Of Trendlines

    Trendlines give an investor a good idea of the direction an investment might move in. Discover how to make them work for ...
  46. How Sustainable Is Whole Foods' Competitive Advantage? (WFM)

    Whole Foods Market has built an economic moat on strong brand identity, but it could be threatened by large grocers entering ...
  47. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future. ...
  48. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  49. 4 Key Elements To Create A Successful Trading Plan

    A successful trading plan addresses four key elements of trading: prediction, timing, volatility and risk.
  50. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  51. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  52. How Is a Business Valued on "Shark Tank?"

    How entrepreneurs and the Sharks value a business likely takes into account present value, future value, the value of companies ...
  53. ATI: How Allegheny Technologies' Stock Price Rose 17% in 6 Months

    Allegheny Technologies' stock price rose 17% in the first six months of 2016, thanks to a favorable earnings report and improving ...
  54. Top 5 Wheat Stocks of 2016 (ADM, MON)

    There is limited exposure to pure plays in wheat for stock investors, but here are the top five wheat-market-related equities ...
  55. Buying Seadrill Stock? Risks & Opportunities to Consider (SDRL)

    Seadrill Ltd. offers investors a wealth of potential capital gains, but also poses major investor risks in 2016.
  56. Stratasys Stock: 5 Things to Watch (SSYS)

    Stratasys' returns will depend on its ability to return to revenue growth and profitability, and investors must understand ...
  57. AAPL: Apple Dividend Analysis

    Apple's dividend has had healthy growth ever since its 2012 reinstatement, thanks to Apple's continuously rising revenue, ...
  58. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    As people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before. Why and what to watch for.
  59. Will the U.S. Election Really Matter for Markets?

    Find out why the U.S. election may have less of an impact on markets than many are expecting.
  60. Most Profitable Auto Companies of 2016 (TM, GM)

    Coming off a six-year boom in the the auto industry, five stalwarts have remained among the most profitable auto companies ...
  61. How The NFL Makes Money

    The National Football League is the most successful sports league in the world. How does the NFL make money, and what is ...
  62. Most Profitable Health Care Companies of 2016 (GILD, JNJ)

    All four of the most profitable health care companies listed on U.S. exchanges reported net income exceeding $2 billion during ...
  63. AET: How Aetna's Stock Price Rose 13% in 6 Months

    This review of an analysis of Aetna's stock price performance through the first part of 2016 explains the stock's general ...
  64. MannKind Stock: 3 Things to Watch (MNKD)

    Investors in Mannkind should monitor expense growth, liquidity ratios and book value as the company is threatened by bankruptcy ...
  65. Has the U.S. Treasuries Bubble Started to Pop?

    The sell-off represents the highest interest rate level since June, and some see it as a sign that the rally in bond prices ...
  66. Top 3 Nuclear Stocks of 2016 (EXC, CCJ)

    Nuclear power may be seeing a resurgence in 2016 and beyond, and there are three top nuclear stocks for investors to watch ...
  67. Chart of the Week: The Truth About Climate-Aware Investing

    Climate-aware investing does not have to mean compromising on traditional goals of maximizing investment returns, as this ...
  68. Most Profitable Construction Companies of 2016 (DHI, LEN)

    All four of the most profitable construction companies in the United States reported net income exceeding $200 million during ...
  69. Top 5 Iron Ore Stocks of 2016 (VALE, BHP)

    Iron ore has enjoyed a sharp upsurge in prices in 2016 that has resulted in triple-digit percentage gains for some of the ...
  70. Behind Lumber Liquidators' 44% Rise in 10 Years (LL)

    Lumber Liquidators' stock rose rapidly from its IPO to its 2013 high, but slowing growth and product quality scandal caused ...
  71. SUNEQ: Why SunEdison's Stock Price Fell 97% in 6 Months

    SunEdison's stock price has cratered 97% over the last six months. Many famous fund managers experienced steep losses in ...
  72. Top 5 Cosmetics Stocks of 2016 (EL, ULTA)

    Even in an uncertain economy, sales of personal care and beauty products remain strong, and cosmetics stocks continue to ...
  73. IBM: Dividend Analysis

    Even with declining revenue and earnings, IBM dividends have been on the rise thanks to the company's ample cash flow from ...
  74. With Election Looming, Fundamentals & Fed Matter for Investors

    This has been an unusual election in the United States, to say the least. We discuss some of the potential investment implications ...
  75. Credit Crunch Trends: 7 Countries Feeling the Pain

    Seven years after the global recession, several countries are on the brink of insolvency with heavy debt burden.
  76. Most Profitable Beer Companies of 2016

    AB InBev, Ambev, Heineken, Carlsberg and Molson Coors are among the largest brewers by sales volume and should deliver the ...
  77. Top 5 Computer Stocks of 2016 (AAPL, HPQ)

    In the technology sector, there are a number of both hardware and software computer stocks for investors to consider adding ...
  78. Top 10 Stocks Under $10 in 2016 (ELMD, HL)

    When selecting growth stocks as portfolio candidates, consider small companies with strong fundamentals and share prices ...
  79. Key Financial Ratios for Pharmaceutical Companies

    Because of the unique requirements for bringing products to market, pharmaceutical industry stocks are best analyzed by using ...
  80. Understanding Pfizer's Capital Structure (PFE)

    Pfizer has managed to return capital with dividends and share buybacks under limited debt use while the business faced declining ...
  81. Understanding Google's Capital Structure (GOOG)

    With Google becoming Alphabet, the company's internet business and other ventures remain the same under a capital structure ...
  82. Most Profitable IT Companies of 2016 (GOOG, MSFT)

    Each of the five most profitable IT companies reported net income exceeding $2 billion per quarter in the first half of the ...
  83. MRK: How Merck's Stock Price Rose 31.42% in 6 Months

    After sinking 6.99% during calendar year 2015, Merck's stock price soared 31.42% during the six-month period between Feb. ...
  84. Understanding Facebook's Capital Structure (FB)

    Facebook's strong revenue and earnings have allowed solid expansion of the company's equity capitalization, resulting in ...
  85. Is Groupon a Legitimate Business? (GRPN)

    Groupon still isn't profitable, and the legitimacy of its business model has come into question. Find out why it is legitimate ...
  86. Behind United Airline's 91.6% Rise in 10 Years (UAL)

    United Continental's stock has been impacted by oil prices and economic cycles, but its statistical correlation to the market ...
  87. Understanding Coca-Cola's Capital Structure (KO)

    Since the crisis of 2008 and the implementation of an accommodative monetary policy by the Fed, Coca-Cola's capital structure ...
  88. AXP: How American Express' Stock Price Fell 11% in 6 Months

    American Express's stock price has taken investors on an up-and-down ride in the first half of 2016, but the overall trend ...
  89. Behind BlackBerry's 70% Decline in 10 Years (BBRY)

    BlackBerry's shares lost 70% of their market value over a 10-year span because poor competitive strategies led to poor financial ...
  90. Most Profitable Computer Companies of 2016 (AAPL, IBM)

    The list of the five most profitable computer companies during 2016 includes three brands that dominated the desktop market ...
  91. Once Again, It’s Too Quiet Out There

    Russ discusses what's behind the unusually low volatility in the markets, and what could bring an end to the days of calm.
  92. Top 5 Communication Stocks of 2016 (T, CSCO)

    Note how the fundamentals of communication stocks compare with industry averages, when searching for portfolio candidates ...
  93. WYNN: How Wynn Resorts' Stock Price Rose 23% in 6 Months

    Wynn Resorts' stock price has steadily climbed higher in the first half of 2016, outperforming both the industry average ...
  94. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  95. Top 5 HVAC Stocks of 2016 (FIX, IR)

    The HVAC industry is projected to show substantial worldwide growth through 2022. Here are five of the industry's top-performing ...
  96. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  97. Understanding Bank of America's Capital Structure (BAC)

    For banks, especially large banks such as Bank of America, capital structure has to both meet funding needs and satisfy the ...
  98. Behind Delta's 46.4% Rise in 10 Years (DAL)

    Delta Air Lines stock has been highly correlated to its close peers, as crude oil price remains an important driver of financial ...
  99. What's Behind Walmart's 10 Year Stock Performance (WMT)

    The key factors behind the stock performance of Walmart Stores Inc. between 2006 and 2016.
  100. A Guide on the Risk-Adjusted Discount Rate

    When a project or investment faces higher amounts of risk or uncertainty, it may be appropriate to utilize the risk-adjusted ...
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