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  1. 2 Reasons the U.S. Economy Should Fare Better in 2017

    There’s a good chance the U.S. economy will perform solidly this year, experiencing a growth pickup from 2016. Why? Find ...
  2. Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on the Housing Market

    Understand what drives the federal funds rate and why the Fed would increase that rate. Learn about the effect of a rate ...
  3. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  4. The Investopedia Anxiety Index

    The Investopedia Anxiety Index (IAI) is a gauge of investor sentiment based on the behavior of 20 million Investopedia readers ...
  5. 5 Big Things to Know About the Bond Market in 2017

    Matt shares his market insights with bond investors as more interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve and more inflation ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Score a Cheap Mortgage, Here’s How

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  8. The Top 3 British Pound ETFs

    If you’re betting on a recovery after Brexit, you might want to consider these British pound ETFs.
  9. Fixing the Credit Gap for Black-Owned Companies

    Black-owned companies face greater obstacles when seeking capital, says a recent Census Bureau study. What to do.
  10. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  11. 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 ...
  12. Opinion: The Dangerous New World of Trump Oil Politics

    Today's low oil prices and abundant oil supplies could change fast, in a Trump-Putin world.
  13. The Uncertain Economic Impact of Trumponomics

    We examine the aspirations—and limitations—of Trump's fiscal plans.
  14. What’s Behind China’s Stabilizing Growth

    China's stabilizing growth has eased some of the anxiety that rattled investors in early 2016. But it is partly the result ...
  15. The 4 Most Promising ETFs for 2017 (FNCL, XLV)

    Looking for ways to beat the market in 2017? ETFs let you target promising sectors while hedging your risks.
  16. SoFi, Inc.

    SoFi is a nontraditional financial services firm that offers student loans and refinancing programs.
  17. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  18. Many Investors Are Happy to Pay Advisor Fees

    While a majority of investors are comfortable with fees they pay, they lack investment knowledge.
  19. Big Data in Financial Services Comes With Some Risks

    Big data is playing a larger role in finance but its application does not come without risks.
  20. What are the Federal Reserve Chairman's responsibilities?

    Learn about the duties and responsibilities of the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, including testifying before Congress ...
  21. 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, ...
  22. How to Avoid Human Errors in Cybersecurity

    There is a significant human element to cybersecurity that shouldn't be ignored.
  23. 3 Ways to Prime a Portfolio with ETFs for 2017

    Building a portfolio can be a daunting task, especially at an economic and political turning point like now. Here are three ...
  24. American Consumers Stay Remarkably Disciplined

    During the past year, households have taken 6 percent of their after-tax income to either set aside in savings vehicles, ...
  25. Top 25 Cities Where You Can Live Large on Less Than $70k

    Want life to feel more like Easy Street? Head for one of these cities, where you can live like a king (or queen) without ...
  26. How To Place Orders With A Forex Broker

    Learn how to set each type of stop and limit when trading currencies.
  27. 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.
  28. Best and Worst Performing Sectors of 2016

    Energy and basic materials stocks outperformed in 2016, while healthcare stocks lagged.
  29. Twitter's Wild 2016: A Year in Review

    The term "colossal failure" seems an appropriate description of Twitter's 2016 campaign.
  30. Facebook's 2016: A Year in Review

    Facebook's 2016 was plagued by the polarizing topic of fake news as well as slowing ad revenue growth.
  31. Fed Expectations Throw Investors a “Curve”

    The economic outlook for 2017 may rest in large part on the global yield curve. We explain what it means, and why it matters.
  32. Where is Oil Going After the Rally?

    We describe the opportunities for oil and related assets on the back of the recent oil rally.
  33. Microsoft's Cloud, LinkedIn Deal Dominate 2016

    Microsoft's growth in cloud services and its emergence into a threat to Amazon was one of 2016's biggest surprises
  34. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  35. Top Mutual funds of 2016 (HDPCX, SDIVX)

    A look at equities, bonds and other top-performing mutual funds of 2016.
  36. Most Important Mergers and Acquisitions of 2016

    While 2016 did not see a $100 billion deal, there were plenty of important multibillion-dollar deals.
  37. Is a Banking Crisis Looming in Europe?

    Could this be another Lehman?
  38. The Top 5 Gold ETFs of 2016

    Five gold ETFs managed to produce strong returns by using leverage and derivatives.
  39. 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.
  40. Unicorn Profile: Pinterest

    Pinterest's growth is exploding as it evolves into a force in advertising and e-commerce.
  41. Inflation is Not Dead Yet

    We discuss four reasons why the rebound in inflation is likely to continue.
  42. Unicorn Profile: Xiaomi

    Xiaomi quickly became one of the biggest startup companies by valuation, but its recent history has been rocky
  43. Unicorn Profile: Lyft

    Lyft is second in size to rival Uber. A look inside the privately held ride-sharing company.
  44. 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 ...
  45. Unicorn Profile: Uber

    Uber is a major disrupter in the taxi, automotive and logistics industries.
  46. Unicorn Profile: Snap Inc. (Snapchat)

    Snap Inc., formerly called Snapchat, has become a social media phenomenon.
  47. Why Millennials May Not Be Able to Retire

    The retirement outlook for Millennials may appear grim but it doesn’t have to be. Gen Y still has time, but it needs to get ...
  48. All That Glitters: Top 3 Silver ETFs of 2016

    You can profit from the price movement of silver without physically owning the metal.
  49. The Top 4 Equity ETFs of 2016

    These ETFs have core holdings that can provide stability over the long haul.
  50. Top 3 Auto Industry ETFs for 2017

    Diehard car fanatics may want to check out these attractive auto industry ETFs.
  51. The Fed Makes its Move… Now What?

    With the Federal Reserve back in the spotlight, We discuss what investors should be focused on in 2017.
  52. 4 Real Estate Trends for 2017 Investors Should Know

    As the new year gets underway, these factors will be driving the real estate market.
  53. Rick Perry

    Secretary of Energy
  54. Thor Equities: Asset Manager Highlight

    Read about Thor Equities, a private equity real estate firm based in New York that was started to serve low-income communities ...
  55. The Election Is Over. Why Is the Market Going Up?

    There are several reasons why the market has gone up since the presidential election.
  56. Top 4 Bank ETFs for 2017

    2017 should be a great year for banks, financial stocks and bank ETFs.
  57. How the Shell Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (RDS.A)

    Learn the three different payment options available from Shell, including how to apply, the benefits of each, who should ...
  58. Small-Cap and Mid-Cap Value ETFs Dominated 2016

    Value ETFs performed better in 2016 than an investor would likely have done with individual stocks.
  59. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  60. A Look at the Shifts in Globalization in the Markets

    The shift towards populist-driven nationalistic trends has helped put the global economy in flux.
  61. A Guide to Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of bank account suits your specific needs.
  62. The Themes (and risks) That Will Shape Markets in 2017

    We believe three major themes—and a few key risks—are poised to shape markets in 2017.
  63. The ECB Missed an Opportunity to Re-rate European Growth

    Rick Rieder makes the case for a policy that is bolder than what the ECB had announced last week.
  64. 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?
  65. These Savings Accounts Have the Highest Interest Rates

    Don't expect interest from a bank savings account to make you rich. You can do better, however, than the paltry 0.08% average ...
  66. 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.
  67. The Standards for "Accredited Investor" Could Loosen

    The definition of an accredited investor could be expanded to include financial advisors by the end of the year.
  68. Is Trump Looking to Play Russia Off OPEC?

    President-elect Trump's choice for Secretary of State could have wider benefit for U.S. oil.
  69. How Nvidia Makes Money (NVDA)

    The stock of Nvidia Corporation rocketed to the record high of over $90 per share in the fall. This is how the company makes ...
  70. What to Expect From M&A in the Next Year

    A Trump administration may be more inclined to let M&A deals go through.
  71. How Time Factors Into Your Investing Strategy

    Timing has a big impact on what you can expect of your investments. Here are some guidelines based on how long you have. ...
  72. MLP Investors to Benefit Under a Trump Tax Regime

    Trump’s new tax plan could spell big savings for investors in master limited partnerships.
  73. Top Tips for Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  74. How Bond Tents Help Retirees Protect Income

    Bond tents can be a useful tool for retirees to protect their income during a bear market.
  75. Chart of the Week: Reasons to Like Emerging Markets

    Risks to EM assets have increased since the U.S. election. Yet we see positives outweighing the risks and supporting a selective ...
  76. What's Next for Fintech as VC Funding Slows?

    Venture capital funding may be slowing for fintech, but the rollout of their services isn't.
  77. Top 3 Shareholders of NVIDIA Corporation

    The stock of Nvidia Corporation has had a huge runup in 2016. Here are its top three individual shareholders.
  78. Legal Considerations for Your Cybersecurity Program

    Nearly every financial institution has experienced some sort of cyberattack over the last few years. It pays to create a ...
  79. Is a Big Stock Buyback Coming?

    One of Trump’s tax proposal promises could be a boon for stock buybacks.
  80. The Euro Engulfs The Prior 13 Trading Sessions!

    The euro made a new low, below the past few weeks trading – and then reversed to close at a new high.
  81. Citi's New Digital Strategy for Wealthy Clients

    Citi is launching two new technology-driven programs in an effort to increase its market share among affluent customers.
  82. Multi-Asset Investing: The Best Way Into Emerging Markets?

    What are the best ways to build exposure across emerging markets asset classes, including equities, fixed income and currencies?
  83. Navigating the Trump Dollar Rally

    We explain the importance of why—and where—the U.S. dollar is rallying.
  84. Why Advisors Must Overcome Any Fears of Fintech

    To protect your advisor business and profits, you need to embrace financial technology and make it a priority in your strategy.
  85. What Italy’s Vote Means for Investors

    Italian voters rejected a constitutional amendment designed to alleviate political gridlock. Here's our take on the implications ...
  86. What We Talk About when We Talk About TIPS

    We explain why investors should look at Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) and TIPS ETFs now, and what the differences ...
  87. How Fintech Advances Improve Finance for All

    Financial technology companies have changed the landscape for the way we manage our financial lives. Here's what to expect ...
  88. 4 Reasons Why Irrational Exuberance Lasts

    20 years ago, Alan Greenspan gave his famous "irrational exuberance" speech, but asset bubbles take a long time to pop.
  89. The Top 5 Companies in Telemedicine

    Telemedicine companies are seeing a surge in popularity.
  90. Why the Small Cap Rally May Fizzle

    We describe what has driven the small cap rally, and explain why its days may be numbered.
  91. Starbucks: Profiting One Cup at a Time (SBUX)

    Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is stepping down after 30 years as CEO; we take a closer look at this well-caffeinated American ...
  92. Where is Risk Appetite Going?

    Risk appetite is relatively subdued, but we see potential for a recovery.
  93. How China Makes Money (BABA, PFE)

    China has the first or second largest GDP in the world but is not nearly as developed as others in the top 10.
  94. Mobile Banking: How Big Banks are Innovating With Fintech

    Here's how big banks are keeping up with fintech start-ups by launching their own mobile app offerings.
  95. The Role of Chatbots in Financial Services

    Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular and playing a bigger role in financial services. Here's how they work and are ...
  96. How to Owe Nothing on Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  97. The Impact Of Ending The US Embargo On Cuba

    Many argue that ending the US embargo on Cuba will not only make US consumers happy, but also help the US economy and bring ...
  98. CPI, Beige Book and Other Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should ...

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  99. How to Find a Financial Advisor / Planner

    How should you go about finding the right financial advisor? The first step is to figure out what sort of professional help ...
  100. Chart of the Week: Gauging Europe’s Political Risks

    We see a low risk of Europe’s populist parties winning power near term but expect them to stay on the political radar screen. ...
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