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  1. The Share Buyback Report: The Materials Sector (MON, LYB)

    Analyze share repurchase data for the materials sector to determine which factors influence buybacks. Examine trends, and ...
  2. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Staples Sector

    Analyze share repurchase data for the consumer staples sector. Identify the factors that influence buybacks over time and ...
  3. Spain's Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover why the Spanish economy continues to suffer from devastating unemployment figures, and why a serious approach to ...
  4. Why It Doesn't Matter If the Equity Market Is Rigged

    Look beyond Ben Bernanke’s stated goals of the quantitative easing program to learn what it did for the economy beyond boosting ...
  5. Wal-Mart Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (WMT)

    Analyze Wal-Mart's capital structure to determine the relative contribution of debt and equity to financing the retailer's ...
  6. Canary in the Coal Mine: Trump's Energy Plan

    Trump, in a speech on Thursday, laid out his proposed energy policy to be implemented if he becomes the next President of ...
  7. TIPS: Deflated Expectations, Inflated Opportunity?

    Prices for U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) suggest inflation will be the same over the next 10 years ...
  8. Peabody Chapter 11: Is This Only the Beginning?

    Gain insight into why Peabody Energy ended up in bankruptcy after the coal mine sale to Bowie failed, and discover if Peabody’s ...
  9. CDOs and the Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  10. The Global Yield Field: What Investors Should Know

    In this month’s Chart of the Month, our Portfolio Manager notes that in today’s low yield environment, investors may want ...
  11. Keep Calm and Add More Carry

    Investors need to consider the role of positive cash flow which is referred to as “carry” by financial professionals. Here ...
  12. The Share Buyback Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    Analyze historical share repurchase data for the discretionary sector and identify the financial and economic factors that ...
  13. 10 Interest-Bearing Checking Accounts to Consider

    Explore 10 interest-paying checking accounts offered by traditional banks, credit unions and online banks, with rates as ...
  14. Retailers: The Best and Worst Bets Right Now (JCP)

    Here's a look at two retailers that could be in big trouble and two retailers that could continue to prove doubters wrong. ...
  15. 5 Hot Momentum Stocks to Watch (BAC, TOL, FCX, F)

    These aren't your typical momentum stocks. They're big names that are moving higher for logical reasons.
  16. Insights Into Robert Schiller's Recession Studies

    Find out what Professor Robert Shiller of Yale University has to say about recessions, what causes them and why human psychology ...
  17. The Top 4 General Electric Shareholders (GE)

    Pay attention to whether the amount of stock awarded to General Electric’s largest shareholders provides a hint about the ...
  18. 6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Avoid these pitfalls to keep your credit score healthy and your debt under control.
  19. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  20. Why Low Oil Prices Don't Always Mean Low Gas Prices

    Find out why gasoline prices do not always decline with oil prices. Learn about the impact of the refining process, taxes ...
  21. Global Energy: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Examine global energy sector revenue data by country and region, and identify geographical trends and analyze forecasts related ...
  22. Score a Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  23. The Top 4 Bank of America Shareholders (BAC)

    Discover the largest individual and institutional holders of Bank of America stock. Learn about the backgrounds of top Bank ...
  24. A Dollar That Stays Within the Lines

    Find out how a range-bound U.S. dollar could contribute to a renewed focus on company and sector fundamentals.
  25. Energy, Economics, Environment and Exuberance

    Learn why recent news from the coal and solar industries suggest that knowledge is power.
  26. The Top 4 Intel Shareholders (INTC)

    Consider the enormous amounts of stock granted by Intel to its top executives and how these individual investors can influence ...
  27. 3 Emerging Markets With Bright Prospects

    Learn about emerging and developed Asian markets, their economic machines, and which key factors contribute to real and per ...
  28. Why Earnings Results Have Not Mattered to the U.S. Equity Markets

    Discover why the U.S. stock market is probably in an asset bubble, how stock prices became detached from the fundamentals ...
  29. How the Bank of Japan Now Owns 90% of the Top 10 Stocks (BOJ)

    Discover how the Bank of Japan ended up as a top 10 shareholder in 200 of the 225 companies listed on the Nikkei 225 stock ...
  30. Pros and Cons of Buying a Certified Used Car

    A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle can bring peace of mind, but is it right for you? Here are some factors to consider.
  31. 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 ...
  32. Why Most Analysts Remain Bullish on Gold

    Many analysts are bullish on gold for the foreseeable future. Here's why.
  33. France Economics: 4 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Learn about the similarities and differences between the economic woes of France and Greece, and get some statistics and ...
  34. Japan's Case Study: Diminished Effects on QE

    Examine more than 25 years of Japanese expansionary policy, both fiscal and monetary, to see why quantitative easing hasn't ...
  35. SolarCity vs. Sungevity: A Financial Comparison (SCTY, APO)

    Compare the investment potential of two solar energy companies: SolarCity Corporation and Sungevity. Consider how global ...
  36. Top 10 Checking Accounts for Small Businesses (BAC, WFC)

    Explore the 10 best checking accounts for small businesses and discover why the perfect bank for one type of business may ...
  37. The Share Buyback Report: The Telecom Sector (T, VZ)

    Examine telecommunications sector share repurchase data to identify which companies and catalysts drove buyback trends between ...
  38. 5 Luxury Car Features That Are Over the Top

    Automakers are thinking up and designing ever more ingenious add-ons to entice buyers to ante up. But are the latest cool ...
  39. Chart of the Week: Is Deflation Dead?

    U.S. deflation is no longer an imminent risk. This week’s chart helps illustrate why.
  40. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  41. 5 Women Executives Who Are Shattering the Glass Ceiling (JPM, GM)

    Learn how these five women have successfully climbed to the top of the business world and are playing a large role in shattering ...
  42. 4 Reasons Owning a House Is Increasingly Unaffordable

    Learn about five factors causing home buying to be less affordable than it was in the past for the average American.
  43. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  44. How a Cashback/Rewards Checking Account Works

    Discover how some of the best cash-back and rewards programs for checking accounts work, including a simple way to earn up ...
  45. The Top 5 Johnson & Johnson Shareholders (JNJ)

    Learn about the origins of Johnson & Johnson as the company turns 130 and the health care conglomerate's five largest shareholders.
  46. How the Credit Market Impacts the Stock Market

    Discover why some analysts believe stock market prices are actually driven by demand for yields in credit markets, and why ...
  47. Tesla Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (TSLA)

    Learn why Tesla’s capital structure may be working against its ability to continue to raise funds for its electric vehicle ...
  48. Top Four ETFs That Track The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ,TQQQ,QLD,QQEW)

    There's a Nasdaq 100 ETF for investors and traders of all stripes, from the basic Qubes, to the turbocharged ProShares Ultra ...
  49. Why Inflation Feels Higher Than the Fed's Target Rate

    Follow the monthly readings on core PCE inflation in the Personal Income and Outlays reports to understand the Federal Reserve's ...
  50. The Top 5 IBM Shareholders (IBM)

    Learn more about the largest stakeholders of IBM and the role they have played in the company's growth in the software and ...
  51. Global Consumer Services: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Examine global consumer service revenue data to determine which countries and regions have the most exposure. Identify trends ...
  52. Real Estate: A Quick Guide to Boston

    Find out how the housing market is faring in historic Boston, and why the median condominium price is higher than the median ...
  53. Seriously, What is Helicopter Money?

    Helicopter money is making waves amid zero and negative interest rates prevailing in major economies. Here’s how it works.
  54. Why the Stock Market Isn't Affected by Slow GDP Growth

    Learn how the stock market reached new levels in the years following the financial crisis, even though U.S. economic conditions ...
  55. David Einhorn on the Value of Gold (GLD)

    Find out what famed hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, David Einhorn, is saying about investing in gold, and get his ...
  56. Is the Eurozone Recovery for Real?

    Is the eurozone’s consumption-led growth uptick sustainable? We took some of the firm’s most senior portfolio managers to ...
  57. The Share Buyback Report: The Industrials Sector (GE, MMM)

    Analyze share repurchase data for the industrials sector to identify factors that are driving trends over time and buybacks ...
  58. 4 Energy Stocks the Pros Won't Touch (CHK, CNX)

    Learn about four stocks whose high levels of debt and declining institutional holdings place them in a tenuous position inside ...
  59. GE Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (GE)

    Analyze GE's capital structure to determine the relative importance of debt and equity financing. Identify trends and drivers ...
  60. McDonald's Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (MCD)

    Learn about the importance of capital structure, and what equity and debt capitalization measures can tell us about the performance ...
  61. Should Apple Acquire Tesla? (AAPL, TSLA)

    Understand why Apple should not acquire Tesla and how the two companies may not benefit equally from a merger.
  62. Oil Supply Deficit, Default Rates Rise Again

    A round up of some of the week's most significant corporate events and news stories in Energy.
  63. Ford Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (F)

    Discover which companies Ford relies on as its most important customers to help the iconic company remain the top-selling ...
  64. Exxon Mobil Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (XOM)

    Investigate Exxon Mobil's capital structure and understand how equity, debt capitalization and enterprise value interact ...
  65. Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's ...
  66. Global Industrial Services: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Analyze geographical industrial service sector data to determine which factors influence revenue exposure by country and ...
  67. Theranos Voids and Revises Two Years of Tests

    According to reports coming out of ZeroHedge and the Wall Street Journal, test results obtained from Theranos' Edison blood ...
  68. Are These the Golden Days for Gold?

    Given an environment of low and even negative yields, slow growth and potential signs of rising inflation, Russ discusses ...
  69. Looking to Invest in Europe Equities? Try These 6 ETFs

    Despite geopolitical challenges, Europe’s economic strength is vast – ETFs provide interesting options for investors to increase ...
  70. The Share Buyback Report: The Energy Sector (XOM, CVX)

    Examine historical share repurchase data for the energy sector. Review buyback activity over time, and find out which companies ...
  71. Four Announcements Made by Google at Its I/O Conference Today (GOOG)

    Google made four major announcements at its developer conference today.
  72. An Underappreciated Trend Supporting European Stocks

    This week’s chart focuses on an underappreciated trend that supports the case for European stocks: The European consumer ...
  73. What is the Most Fundamentally Sound FANG Stock?

    It can be difficult to choose between the four FANG stocks. All have been long-term winners. Here's how to pick based on ...
  74. The Share Buyback Report: The Utilities Sector

    Explore historical share repurchase data for the utilities sector to learn how cash dividends and valuations drove buyback ...
  75. The Europe Behind the Headlines

    April was far from the cruelest month for investors. Most will have felt sentiment improve behind equities, high-yield bonds, ...
  76. High Yield Liquidity: High and Dry?

    Since the world’s investment banks were hit by a wave of new regulation following the 2007-09 financial crisis, the trading ...
  77. Lookin’ for Yield in All the Right Places

    Why is that in a world of low and in some cases negative interest rates, investors continue to struggle to find yield? Read ...
  78. The Challenge the Fed Faces (in 2 Powerful Charts)

    The Fed faces a big challenge as it seeks to raise interest rates this year: The central bank already missed the “window ...
  79. Alibaba Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (BABA)

    Review Alibaba's capital structure to determine the contribution of debt and equity financing. Identify trends and important ...
  80. Twitter Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (TWTR)

    Analyze Twitter's capital structure to understand the importance of equity and debt financing. Identify trends in financial ...
  81. Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Tesla's Competitive Advantage? (TSLA)

    Discover the factors of success for Tesla and how its first mover strategy has led to its success as a pioneer in the electronic ...
  82. 3 Things You Should Know About Factor Investing

    Learn about factor strategies in data and technology to give all investors access to time-tested investment ideas, once only ...
  83. The Good (and Bad) News About One Fixed Income Sector

    Find out how the recent rebound in commodity prices has been good news for high yield bonds, helping the sector (and credit ...
  84. Microsoft Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (MSFT)

    Analyze Microsoft's capital structure to determine the roles of debt and equity in its financing, and explore what these ...
  85. Global Technology: Exploring Revenue Trends and Fundamentals

    Analyze geographical revenue exposure data in the technology sector and determine which economic factors are driving revenue ...
  86. Moody's Downgrades 3 Gulf Countries' Credit

    Moody's downgraded the credit ratings of three Gulf countries over the weekend.
  87. Apple Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (AAPL)

    Learn about how Apple's common stock buyback strategy has impacted the company's capitalization profile and enterprise value ...
  88. Home Depot Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (HD)

    Analyze Home Depot's capital structure to assess trends in book value and corporate debt. Find out how its its capital structure ...
  89. (VXX) iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN: Who Is Invested?

    Discover one of the largest volatility-based exchange-traded notes (ETNs), and learn which institutions hold the largest ...
  90. Is the Hedge Fund Industry Peaking?

    Learn if the hedge fund industry has crested, and explore the characteristics of the fund community that may have implications ...
  91. Book Value Per Share for Banks: Is It a Good Measure? (WFC, BAC)

    Find out why bank stocks usually trade below book value per share, and understand how trading activities increase banks' ...
  92. These Commodities ETFs are Rallying (GLD, IAU)

    The commodities rally has driven these ETFs higher. Will it last?
  93. Gold is Glittering in 2016: Here are 4 Reasons Why (GLD)

    Gold surged 17% in the first quarter of 2016, its biggest quarterly gain in three decades. Here are four reasons why gold ...
  94. Oil Production Up, Default Rates to Rise

    A round up of some of the week's most significant corporate events and news stories in Energy.
  95. AT&T Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (T)

    Analyze AT&T's capital structure to discover important trends in the company's financing. Find out how and why debt and equity ...
  96. Are Greek Bank Stocks Poised for a Major Rebound?

    Morgan Stanley predicts returns of up to 90% for Greek banking stocks. Here's why.
  97. Investing Opportunities to Consider Before the Second Half

    Markets today are characterized by low returns and lots of “me-too” trades, but it’s important to remember low return doesn’t ...
  98. The Surprising Force Behind Gold’s Rally

    Gold has shown resilience to dropping prices compared to other commodities, and has regained its status as a “safe haven” ...
  99. BP Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    Learn which corporate customers BP depends on the most and how many of them distribute and resell its oil and gas products ...
  100. Why Do Some Failed Mergers Result in Break-Up Fees?

    When mergers go bad, there's often a break-up fee involved of as high as 3-5% of the value of the proposed merger.
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