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  1. Top 5 Oil and Gas Stocks of 2016 (CVX, BP)

    Learn about the top five oil and gas stocks of 2016, their historical performances during the oil bear market and why they ...
  2. Top 5 Companies Owned by Goldman Sachs (GS, BNFT)

    Goldman Sachs and its private equity division is heavily invested in technology providers. Discover the company's top five ...
  3. The Economic Effects of Food Shortages

    Learn about the effects of food shortages on the economy and social order, and why lack of food isn't necessarily about lack ...
  4. How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really ...
  5. The Elusive Spark Needed for the Rally to Continue

    Against most expectations, U.S. stocks are turning in a respectable performance this year. The S&P 500 is now up 7% year-to-date, ...
  6. The Big Merger Fell Through – Now What?

    Employees who own stock or stock options at their employer need to be aware of these pitfalls if a merger or acquisition ...
  7. The Keynesian Put: New Support For Asset Prices

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts suggest fiscal policy is likely to take over from monetary policy in supporting strong ...
  8. The Worst-Performing Currencies of 2016

    Find out which foreign currencies struggled the most during the first seven months of 2016, and why the situation in Venezuela ...
  9. Top 5 Pesticide Companies in the World (SYT, DOW)

    Discover the top pesticide companies in the world and explore the merger and acquisition activity that may concentrate food ...
  10. Top 5 Health Care Stocks of 2016 (AMGN, BMY)

    Discover why the baby boomers are benefiting the health care sector. Explore five health care stocks that are well positioned ...
  11. 5 Fintech Firms Emerging in India (BABA, MSFT)

    Learn about the growing financial technology sector in India and the innovative companies that are challenging traditional ...
  12. Will Nonperforming Loans Cause 'Italeave'?

    The EU's reluctance to allow Italy to bail out its precarious banks may encourage Italy to follow England out of the EU. ...
  13. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Currencies

    Analyze the relationship between interest rates and currency devaluation. Examine the impact of negative rates and how further ...
  14. 5 Challenges Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries Face

    Although they may be legal in four states, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska ...
  15. Talking to Clients Who Think Stocks Are in a Bubble

    Here's what to tell clients who think that the market is in bubble territory.
  16. Two Bond Stories from Two Sides of the English Channel

    We find that the U.K. market has many similarities to the United States and Canada, but across the English Channel, the European ...
  17. America's Poorest States in 2016

    The poorest states in America include Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas.
  18. Real Estate: How the Bubble Will Pop

    This real estate bubble is much different from the last one. Understanding it is imperative if you plan on making any investments.
  19. How Green Dot Works and Makes Money (GDOT)

    Green Dot Corp. is dominating the general purpose reloadable payment card industry, offering two of the highest-rated prepaid ...
  20. Top 7 Companies Owned by Home Depot (HD)

    Home Depot's acquisition strategy, including a recent $1.6 billion purchase, has left the home improvement retailer at the ...
  21. Behind FireEye's 16.8% Decline Since the 2013 IPO (FEYE)

    Analyze FireEye's stock price history to determine its major drivers. Learn how speculative valuations and market correlations ...
  22. Should Central Banks Be Independent?

    Find out why more and more experts are calling for an end to central bank independence, any why such provocative calls may ...
  23. Top 5 Shareholders of Allergan (AGN)

    Discover the top institutional and direct Allergan shareholders. Learn about their shareholdings and associations with the ...
  24. Who Is Driving Fitbit's Management Team? (FIT)

    These four members of Fitbit’s management team have worked together to help double and triple the company's revenues and ...
  25. Top 3 Health Care REIT ETFs in 2016

    These three REIT ETFs give individuals the opportunity to invest in health care-oriented real estate.
  26. Top 5 Timber Stocks of 2016 (WY, PCH)

    These five stocks offer appealing investments in the timber industry, based on dividend yield, financial health, valuation ...
  27. 3 Things to Know When Labor Day Car Deals Come Around

    How to get the very best deal on current year car models during Labor Day sales.
  28. IMF Calls For 6-Step Solution to the Euro Crisis

    Discover six points the International Monetary Fund believes the European Union must address in order to continue economic ...
  29. VLACX,WOGSX,FLCSX,FCNTX,DODGX: Top Large Cap Mutual Funds

    Learn about the top large-cap mutual funds for 2016. Read about funds with active management that keep expense ratios low ...
  30. Top 5 Shareholders of HSBC

    Learn about the business profiles, operations and investment strategies of the five largest institutional shareholders of ...
  31. Why Goldman Thinks the U.S. Dollar Will Stay Strong

    Goldman analysts are bullish on companies that do business in the United States, in the face of a strengthening dollar and ...
  32. Top 9 Companies Owned by Samsung

    Samsung has established itself as one of the largest companies in the world through acquiring and managing subsidiaries in ...
  33. Why Bank of America Stock Is Lower Than Pre-Crisis (BAC)

    Rescued by the U.S. Government in 2009, Bank of America stock is still lower than it was before the Global Financial Crisis.
  34. Top 5 Automobile Stocks of 2016

    Low rates, cheap gas, available credit and an improving economy should drive sales for these five industry leaders in 2 ...
  35. Alan Greenspan: Gold Is Safest Store of Value Right Now

    Alan Greenspan is sounding the alarm on out-of-control entitlements and inflation. Find out why he advocates for a return ...
  36. World's Top 10 Oil Exporters

    Discover the size of the global oil export market, and learn various details about the world's current 10 largest crude oil ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Teams in 2016 (MANU)

    Learn which teams are the most valuable sports franchises in 2016, including which organization overtook Real Madrid as the ...
  39. Behind Encana's 82.3% Fall in 10 Years (ECA)

    Encana's stock price has moved with other energy firms, though production mix, the Cenovus spinoff and financial results ...
  40. Top 5 Companies Owned by Whirlpool (WHR)

    Whirlpool's major acquisitions go back to the 1980s, and the companies that it owns has helped make it the second-largest ...
  41. Top 10 Shareholders of Pfizer (PFE)

    As of 2016, approximately 72% of Pfizer's 6.19 billion outstanding shares are owned by [mutual funds] and institutional investors.
  42. What is Adverse Selection in the Insurance Industry?

    Adverse selection impacts the markets for health insurance and automobile insurance, but interfering with actuarial work ...
  43. Chart of the Week: Warming Up to Emerging Markets

    This week’s chart helps explain why we have upgraded our view on emerging market (EM) equities.
  44. Top 8 Companies Owned by Twitter (TWTR)

    Since 2012, Twitter has acquired eight technology companies that have contributed to the top and bottom lines and helped ...
  45. The Top 25 Broker-Dealer Firms for 2016 (LPLA, AMP)

    Find out which independent broker-dealers generate the most revenue and why one major group may face major change in 2016-2 ...
  46. Understanding IBM's Capital Structure

    The shift to the cloud is challenging IBM's traditional on-site server and software-installation business, pressuring its ...
  47. Top 3 Global REIT ETFs in 2016

    The prevailing low-interest-rate environment generally favors international REITs, at the moment. These three ETFs track ...
  48. Top 5 Gold Mining Stocks of 2016 (EGO, NEM)

    Obtain information and analysis on five of the top-performing gold mining stocks thus far in 2016.
  49. The Reinsurance Industry: An Inside Look (BRK.A)

    Warren Buffett has a major influence on the global reinsurance market, which has seen momentum in 2016 for higher revenue.
  50. What Is the Difference Between Helicopter Money and QE?

    Explore the differences between helicopter money and quantitative easing, and learn about the consequences of these economic ...
  51. Who is Driving Bank of America's Management Team (BAC)

    Top level management at Bank of America is driving expansion into investment banking, global markets and other financial ...
  52. Most Important Mergers and Acquisitions of 2016 (SHPG, ABT)

    While 2016 has yet to see anything rivaling the $100 billion mega-deals of 2015, there have been plenty of important multibillion-dollar ...
  53. Best Places to Go on a Strong Dollar in 2016

    Take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar by travelling to these three destinations, and discover new cultures and architectural ...
  54. Will Natural Gas Perform Like Oil? (UNG, XLE)

    Oil is in a bull market. Will natural gas prices follow or are both headed for a near-term correction?
  55. The Sharing Economy: Financial Services Will Be Next

    Traditional financial institutions need to adapt to an economy that is rapidly evolving.
  56. Will Brexit and Cheap Sterling Hurt M&A in the UK?

    Britain's referendum to leave the European Union and a cheap pound sterling is having an impact on Britain's M&A industry.
  57. Can Infrastructure Spending Really Stimulate the Economy?

    Public infrastructure spending rarely stimulates long-term positive growth for the economy, even in times of recession...
  58. Bank Profitability in the Era of Low Interest Rates

    The "low-for-long" policy on interest rates presents a major challenge to bank profitability.
  59. Top 5 Auto Stocks of 2016 (TTM, GM)

    Investors seeking exposure to the cyclical automotive industry can choose from stocks exhibiting a variety of characteristics ...
  60. Top 5 Housing Stocks of 2016 (TOL, DHI)

    Discover what factors are supporting the housing market in 2016. Explore five housing stocks that are well positioned to ...
  61. What Are the 5 Hottest Emerging Industries in 2016?

    Discover five of the hottest industries among technology, construction and agribusiness sectors poised for tremendous growth ...
  62. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Banks' Bottom Lines

    Examine the impacts of low interest rates on banking industry profits and find out if negative interest rates will have a ...
  63. Top 5 Silver Stocks of 2016 (SLW, GPL)

    Discover the silver stocks that are top performers mid-way through 2016 and that offer the highest potential for the remainder ...
  64. 6 Best Tips to Negotiate a Home Purchase

    These tips and techniques can help you negotiate your best deal on your next home purchase in any market condition.
  65. Who Is Driving Pfizer's Management Team? (PFE)

    Pfizer Inc.'s management team is led by Ian C. Read, Frank D'Amelio and Freda C. Lewis-Hall, all veterans with decades of ...
  66. How SoundCloud Makes Money (SNE)

    SoundCloud’s income and cash inflow streams have expanded to include advertising, user subscriptions, content uploader subscriptions ...
  67. The Volatility Surface Explained

    Learn about stock options and the "volatility surface," and discover why it is an important concept in stock options pricing ...
  68. Behind Disney's 240% Rise in 10 Years (DIS)

    DIS stock returned 240% from July 2006 to July 2016, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index grew 75.5%.
  69. The Charts All Inflation Watchers Need to See

    Getting the inflation call right is one of the most important decisions an investor can make today. We explain in these charts ...
  70. Top 5 Schwab ETFs of 2016

    Schwab's strategy of offering funds with low expense ratios has attracted significant assets to its five largest exchange-traded ...
  71. VISVX,DFFVX,DTMVX,TRBIX: Top US Small Cap Value Index Funds

    Find out which index mutual funds do the best at investing in small-cap value stocks for higher potential returns at the ...
  72. Top 5 Wind-Power Stocks of 2016

    Investors considering wind-power stocks should note the risks of OTC investing, as most wind-turbine manufacturers are not ...
  73. Top 5 Mining Stocks of 2016

    Mining stocks have performed strongly in the first half of 2016 as commodity prices have improved. These five stocks are ...
  74. Behind Sunedison's 99.5% Loss in 10 Years (SUNEQ)

    Examine the volatile history of SunEdison to determine how restructuring, fluctuating financial results and bankruptcy have ...
  75. Why the Fed Keeps Lowering Macro Growth Outlook

    Examine the FOMC's communications to determine when and why it has reduced its growth expectations. Find out how changing ...
  76. The Financial Effects of a Natural Disaster

    We're all subject to Mother Nature's whims – and the damage can have far-reaching effects.
  77. Why You Should Not Be Bullish on Equities Now

    The stock market has been rising but that doesn't mean all is well among equities. Make sure you understand the headwinds ...
  78. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  79. 5 States With Low Taxes and High Income

    When it comes to saving for retirement, living in one of these five states with low taxes and high income can better position ...
  80. ETFs: Are Investors Expecting Too Much from Them?

    The popularity of ETFs may give investors a false sense of security, which is why it is crucial to educate them on how they ...
  81. VGPMX, FKRCX, USAGX: Top 4 Platinum Equity Mutual Funds

    Learn more about precious metals mutual funds and discover the top four platinum equity mutual funds investors should add ...
  82. Who Is Driving Wells Fargo's Management Team?

    A look at the key management credited with advancing the stock price of one of the largest multinational banking firms worldwide.
  83. What Rising LIBOR Is and Is Not Telling You

    Find out why the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is on the rise, but not for the usual reasons.
  84. Top 8 Companies Owned by Kellogg's (K)

    Examine Kellogg Company's corporate structure to identify major subsidiaries. Explore the large acquisitions that make up ...
  85. 5 Debit Cards That Still Offer Rewards

    There are still debit card rewards available for those individuals who prefer using debit cards as opposed to regular credit ...
  86. Who Is Driving Citigroup's Management Team?

    These are the key people primarily responsible for directing Citigroup in a rapidly changing financial services world.
  87. The Top 4 Schwab Mutual Funds in 2016 (AAPL, MSFT)

    U.S. large-capitalization stocks have performed well in 2016. These four Schwab mutual funds provide ample exposure to the ...
  88. World's Top 10 Oil Producers

    China's two state-owned giants lead the list of top 10 global oil producing companies during the first six months of 2016. ...
  89. Most Profitable Oil and Gas Companies of 2016 (PSPX, TEP)

    The most profitable oil and gas sector firms, including those with the highest margins and those with the most net income.
  90. Top Small-Cap Stocks for 2016 (TPC, RMBS)

    Consider capital appreciation opportunities available from small-cap stocks with low price-earnings ratios despite strong ...
  91. How Hard is It to Dump Gun Stocks?

    Activist group Gays Against Guns is putting pressure on BlackRock to divest gun stocks held by some of its funds.
  92. UBVAX,JGACX,JIACX,JMCCX: Top JP Morgan Equity Mutual Funds

    Discover the four best equity mutual funds administered and managed by J.P. Morgan based on ratings received from Morningstar ...
  93. FDSSX, VGTSX, PRSGX, VTWSX: Top All Cap Core Mutual Funds

    Learn how to shop for the best all-cap mutual funds, and identify five funds that invest in companies of all sizes and offer ...
  94. How Retirees Should Think About Investing

    Older households are still rebuilding their assets in a post-recession environment. Learn how to think about the task during ...
  95. Why You Can't Get a Big Mac and Fries in Venezuela

    Find out why McDonald's pulled Big Macs off of the menu in Venezuela, and why that will not be the last fallout from the ...
  96. Understanding Taxes on Physical Gold/Silver Investments

    Physical gold and silver holdings are taxed when sold-- here's how the cost basis is calculated, and ways you can offset ...
  97. IMF: These Top 3 Banks Pose Global Financial Risk

    The IMF believes these three banks pose the greatest systemic risk to the global financial economy.
  98. Chart of the Week: Will the Fed Disrupt the EM Party?

    This week’s chart helps explain why stronger U.S. jobs data fueled speculation earlier this month of more Federal Reserve ...
  99. 2016's Most Promising Stocks

    Do not underestimate the growth potential of mega-cap stocks. With reduced risk as an extra benefit, these are some of the ...
  100. FRURX: Introducing 4 Franklin Templeton Equity Mutual Funds

    Discover the best four mutual funds of Franklin Templeton Investments that specialize in different domestic stocks and foreign ...
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