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  1. What's The Difference Between Bond & Equity ETFs?

    Learn how different stock ETFs and bond ETFs are, though they actually have quite a few things in common.
  2. 3 Companies That Hate Debt Financing (CMG, BBBY)

    Learn how companies such as Chipotle, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Paychex are able to maintain impressive levels of growth without ...
  3. Understanding Stock Quotes

    All you need to know about understanding stock quotes.
  4. Avoid These 3 Value Trap Stocks

    Investors are wise to do their homework and avoid the following companies that might be value traps.
  5. 4 Reasons Intercept Pharmaceuticals Should Be on Your Radar (ICPT)

    Learn about Intercept Pharmaceuticals and what type of biopharmaceuticals it seeks to create. Understand four reasons why ...
  6. Looking To Begin Trading In The Stock Market?

    If you are a new trader, we explain the differences between penny stocks and options so you can make the best decision for ...
  7. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Oil Companies

    Learn about key financial ratios investors will want to use when analyzing oil companies, and what these ratios say about ...
  8. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Biotech Companies (AMGN, GILD)

    Explore the rapidly growing biotechnology industry, and learn some of the key financial ratios investors use to analyze companies ...
  9. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Healthcare Industry

    Examine the health care sector and learn about significant financial ratios used by investors and analysts to evaluate health ...
  10. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Automotive Industry

    Learn about the most critically important financial ratios investors and market analysts utilize to evaluate companies in ...
  11. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Uber Worth? (FB, GOOG)

    Learn about the private company Uber and how it has found so much success since 2010. Understand the valuation of the company ...
  12. The 4 Technology Stocks You'll Wish You Bought in 2015 (NFLX, AMZN)

    Find out which technology stocks you wish you had bought in January 2015, including such big names as Amazon.com, Netflix ...
  13. The Economics of a CrossFit Gym

    Learn the economics of opening a CrossFit gym, including the business model, relationship with corporate, expenses and projected ...
  14. Predictions For The Stock Market

    Learn different choices and strategies that can be used to create a profit regardless of what direction the market is going.
  15. What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  16. Why Investors Should Consider Cash Right Now

    With so many market watchers thinking that the current stock rally is getting long in the tooth, investors might considering ...
  17. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Xiaomi Worth?

    Learn about the private company Xiaomi, its business model and the success it found recently. Understand the company's most ...
  18. The Economics of FanDuel

    Part of fantasy sports’ success lies in one-day and week-long contests serving as an alternative to season-long games. FanDuel, ...
  19. Best Stocks to Buy for Less Than $5 (FCEL, MEET)

    Learn more about interesting small-cap stocks, selling for less than $5 per share, that investors may wish to consider adding ...
  20. The Future Outlook of the Golf Industry

    The popularity of golf peaked in 2003. To regain popularity and survive, the industry is adapting to appeal to a younger ...
  21. JC Penney Recovers from Marketing Missteps (JCP, M)

    An analysis of how JC Penney's misguided marketing strategies caused its stock to fall from $80 to $8 per share.
  22. Invest in Costco? First Understand Its Balance Sheet

    A strong balance sheet sets a company apart and boosts investor confidence. How healthy is Costco based on an analysis of ...
  23. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Airbnb Worth?

    Learn about the private company Airbnb and how it achieved success. Understand how much it is worth and how that value was ...
  24. Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky. Is It the Right Move? (LMT, UTX)

    Discover more information on the Lockheed Martin acquisition of Sikorsky, and learn why this move makes good strategic business ...
  25. A Look At the Buy Low, Sell High Strategy

    Learn how to buy low and sell high by using objective measures to identify opportunities. Buying low and selling high is ...
  26. Is It Too Late to Get Into the Netflix Frenzy? (NFLX, GOOG)

    Explore the current state of Netflix and the question of whether its sharp rise in share price over a two-year period means ...
  27. 4 Cybersecurity Value Stocks to Watch For (CHKP, FEYE)

    Discover how huge data breaches to major companies have caused an upswing in the cybersecurity industry, and top stocks investors ...
  28. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Snapchat Worth? (NYSE: TWTR)

    Learn about Snapchat's multibillion dollar valuation and how it is part of a new breed of private companies known as unicorns ...
  29. 3 Startups Worth More Than a Billion

    Learn about three of the fastest-growing startups worth more than a billion. Billion-dollar startups are known in Silicon ...
  30. If You Had Invested Right After Google's IPO

    Find out more about how much money you would have if you invested $1,000 in Google Incorporated right after its initial public ...
  31. 3 Reasons Why Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Keeps Sliding (INTC, AMD)

    Understand how Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) operates and what industry it operates in; learn three reasons why AMD slid in ...
  32. Financial Ratios to Spot Companies Headed for Bankruptcy

    Obtain information about specific financial ratios investors should monitor to get early warnings about companies potentially ...
  33. The 5 Reasons Why RadioShack Went Out of Business (RSHCQ)

    Learn five reasons why RadioShack went bankrupt: store concentration, online competition, product concentration, management ...
  34. Vitaminwater Has Been Coca-Cola’s Best Purchase

    Read about Coca-Cola's high profile acquisition of Glaceau Vitaminwater in 2007, and learn how the deal stacks up after more ...
  35. What's the Secret Behind Ambarella's Success?

    Learn more about Ambarella, and understand some the primary reasons behind the company's continuing high level of growth ...
  36. AR & Inventory Turnover Is Key For These Sectors

    Accounts receivable and inventory turnover are two important ratios in the current asset category. We will also discuss the ...
  37. No Solace in Small Caps

    In the U.S., second-quarter earnings season has generally been better than expected. However, it has failed to inspire investors.
  38. Top 5 Smart Beta FAQs

    In the first half of 2015 we’ve seen many of our smart beta predictions fulfilled. So, here are a handful of common questions ...
  39. Make Room for Exelixis in Your Portfolio

    Discover information and analysis on the biopharmaceutical company, Exelixis, and learn what makes it a good stock to consider ...
  40. 3 Companies You Never Thought Would Go Bankrupt (GPRO, NFLX)

    Understand more about company bankruptcy and why a company would file for bankruptcy. Learn about three companies that went ...
  41. How MetLife Became a Global Insurance Giant

    MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States. Here's how it has managed to stay on top.
  42. Worried About Bond Market Liquidity? Try ETFs

    If you're looking for liquidity in the bond market, then turn to bond ETFs. Here is an analysis of 11 to consider.
  43. How Groupon Makes Money (GRPN)

    Find out how Groupon makes money, including a rundown of how Groupon works and what benefits it provides to the businesses ...
  44. Why Cash is King When Markets are Volatile

    After the past several years, you might be addicted to equity. But when markets turn volatile, cash is the best option. Here's ...
  45. 4 Utility Stocks that May Stay Bright

    With interest rates likely rising in the next year or so, there are a few utility stocks with potential to outperform their ...
  46. Making Sense of Netflix's Balance Sheet

    Understand how to assess Netflix's performance based on the major components of its balance sheet.
  47. Are Stock Buybacks Always Good for Shareholders?

    Stock buyback programs aren't always done with the interests of shareholders in mind. It's important to try to understand ...
  48. Advising FAs: Explaining Debt to a Client

    This article examines the different types of debt and breaks down which types of debt are better than others. The main types ...
  49. Five Biggest Obstacles Facing First-Year Traders

    Address these five obstacles and you'll make significant progress as a first-year trader.
  50. Do Stock Splits Cause Volatility?

    Since stock splits decrease the stock price, do they also increase volatility because shares are traded in smaller increments? ...
  51. Is It Time To Buy Commodities?

    Despite the news, the Athens Stock Exchange is down less than 5 percent year-to-date, while the Shanghai Composite remains ...
  52. Burger King and Tim Hortons Are Better Together

    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  53. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  54. Macau: Not Your Father's Gambling Destination

    Macau has given Las Vegas casinos a run for their money, but what's behind the scenes? Here's an overview of Macau's gambling ...
  55. DCF Vs. Comparables: Which One To Use

    DCF and Comparables models are widely used in equity valuation. We explain the pros and cons of each method.
  56. Pros And Cons Of Paper Trading

    Most market novices should paper trade for a considerable amount of time, despite key drawbacks.
  57. Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a ...
  58. Is There Still Opportunity in Japanese Stocks?

    Japanese stocks’ strong performance has prompted market watchers to question whether there’s still a case for adding exposure ...
  59. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  60. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider (LVS, MO)

    These four sin stocks are likely to be resilient during a bear market.
  61. What Happens to the Economy If China Deleverages

    Attempts to deleverage and institute reforms that will foster more sustainable growth could exacerbate an already slowing ...
  62. Apple’s Key Weaknesses

    While it seems that Apple is at the top of its game, several weaknesses have emerged that the company needs to address if ...
  63. 7 Companies That Pose a Threat to Apple

    Samsung, Dell, Google and many others are chewing away at markets that Apple helped define.
  64. Why Equity Financing Is Worth It

    When a business takes on an equity partner, it is exposed to a number of advantages that debt financing simply cannot provide. ...
  65. What Can A Conference Call Tell About Trends?

    Messages in a company conference call can be easily misconstrued. But there is a way to cut through the talking points to ...
  66. Do Fast Food Franchises Mean Fast Returns?

    We look at what it takes to own a fast food franchise: the entry costs, profit potentials, challenges, and sustainability.
  67. What Makes Tesla's Business Model Different?

    Tesla did not invent the first electric car. What it did invent was the first successful business model for bringing compelling ...
  68. Do Interest Rate Changes Affect Dividend Payers?

    Interest rate changes have an effect on prices of dividend-rich stocks in interest rate sensitive sectors like utilities, ...
  69. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains? (AAL, DAL)

    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  70. Why These Are the Most Valuable Brands of 2015

    A company's brand can be worth billions of dollars. Here are the most valuable global brands in 2015.
  71. How Patent Trolls Hurt Competition

    Patent trolls are known to have a negative impact on the overall business ecosystem. Investopedia explores how.
  72. Are Tech Startups Overvalued?

    Tech companies with billion dollar valuations are mushrooming and the NASDAQ index passed 5,000. Is there an app to tell ...
  73. Companies That Went Bankrupt From Innovation Lag

    Companies that don't keep up with market-changing innovations run the risk of going bankrupt. We look at some examples.
  74. GoPro & Extreme Sports' Hella Gnarly Relationship

    This totally gnarly article will examine the close-knit relationship between GoPro and extreme sports, and how this partnership ...
  75. What Private Investors Can Learn from 'The Profit'

    By watching "The Profit" investors can pick up a simple yet solid framework for investing in privately-held businesses.
  76. Subaru: Japanese Cars for American Lifestyles

    Subaru has built its cars differently from traditional cars, and once someone is drawn in by the company’s catchy advertising ...
  77. Is a Slumping Kinder Morgan a Good Buy? (KMI)

    Learn how Kinder Morgan revenues are under pressure from lower commodity prices and how the growth of future dividend payments ...
  78. Putting The Greece Deal In Context

    After a number of surprising twists, the recent Greek drama finally took an expected turn with news that Greece and its creditors ...
  79. Choose Abundance and Manage Your Trades Like A Pro

    Professional traders build skills to last a lifetime, not just through the next rally or selloff. Cultivate the psychology ...
  80. Is PayPal Worth More Than eBay? (PYPL, EBAY)

    Examine the online payment processor, PayPal, and discover its projected value increase as a standalone company, separate ...
  81. Is It the Perfect Time To Buy Seadrill? (SDRL)

    Seadrill's low price is enticing to many investors, but does the company have what it takes to regain its former value?
  82. How The NBA Makes Money (DIS, TWX)

    The National Basketball Association has moved past Major League Baseball to represent the second most popular sport in the ...
  83. 4 Factors that Make or Break Seadrill Stock

    Learn what factors impact the stock price for Seadrill, including crude oil prices, dividend payments, quarterly revenues ...
  84. Will Spain Exit the Euro?

    With a "no" vote in last Sunday’s referendum on whether the Greek people would accept imposed austerity measures, chances ...
  85. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  86. How Does FIFA Make Money?

    A look at the hugely successful business model of FIFA.
  87. The Top Companies Owned By Alibaba

    Alibaba has a wide range of businesses, offering many different products and services that cater to every aspect of retailing.
  88. The Most Successful Corporations In The U.S.

    These five iconic American brands epitomize corporate success.
  89. Long-Term Outlook For Duke Energy

    Learn why Duke Energy is showing both positive and negative signs for long-term investors, and understand how an interest ...
  90. Has Seadrill Become a Risky Investment?

    Investing in big oil stocks has long been a safe haven for investors, but falling oil prices and a suspended dividend payment ...
  91. Who Are The Biggest Winners From The Greek 'No'?

    Greece’s non-acceptance of the bailout plan has created some winners for European and other global investors to put their ...
  92. Greece or China: Which is the Bigger Worry?

    A look at Greece, China and other economic concerns, as well as how to invest given the current environment.
  93. Is Gillette's Market Edge Becoming Razor-Thin?

    Despite Gillette's success with the razor-and-blades strategy, the increasing popularity of beards and new competition may ...
  94. How To Make Money Using Tobin's Q Ratio

    Although it seems simple, Tobin's Q Ratio is more complex than it appears. We explore some of its main strengths and weaknesses.
  95. Know When To Buy & Hold It, Know When To Fold It

    A passive buy-and-hold strategy using ETFs is one of the most efficient ways of building a portfolio.
  96. Pros & Cons Of A Passive Buy And Hold Strategy

    Forget market timing: we look at the pros and cons of the tried, tested, and true strategy of buying and holding stocks for ...
  97. Three Types Of Profit Protection Stops

    Three types of profit protection stops lock in profits at different stages in the progression of a successful trade.
  98. Spectator Vs. Speculator: Two Market Approaches

    Spectators and speculators rely on different mechanisms to identify and profit from market opportunities.
  99. Top Natural Gas Stocks Worth Considering

    The stock prices of the largest natural gas producers are at 12-month lows, creating an opportunity for investors. Here are ...
  100. Costco’s Business Model Is Smarter Than You Think

    Why is Costco so successful? What differentiates the company from its competitors and why is its profit so small compared ...
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