Markets Articles

  1. How To Get A Good Deal On A Used Car

    Why are prices quoted by dealers and private sellers so disparate? Read on to find out how to use that info to your benefit when buying a used car.
  2. Why Cisco Systems Is Virtually Unavoidable

    Chances are you've used a Cisco Systems product today and you don't even know it. Here's how.
  3. Top SEC EDGAR Tools For New Investors

    Navigating the plethora of data available to investors can be overwhelming. The SEC has made it a bit easier with its EDGAR system.
  4. The German Economic Miracle

    After World War II, Germany was in ruins. Learn about the country's quick rise to the third strongest economy in the world.
  5. The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want it to do it profitably.
  6. The Treasury And The Federal Reserve

    Find out how these two agencies create policies to stimulate the economy in tough economic times.
  7. Advocacy Group Seeks To Change Name Of S&P 500

    "Brokers Against Unpleasant Sociolinguistics" are campaigning to change the name of the S&P 500 Index.
  8. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  9. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  10. 4 History-Making Wall Street Crooks

    Find out how these Wall Street high-rollers landed themselves in hot water.
  11. Getting A Grip On The Cost Of Gas

    Feeling overwhelmed by rising oil prices? We offer some tips that will save you money.
  12. The Scottish Referendum & Fed News For Investors

    Last week’s stock losses were a reflection of investors looking to two big news events: the Scottish independence vote and the Federal Reserve statement.
  13. Learn More About Your Investments: Using XBRL In EDGAR

    This data-tagging system makes it easier than ever to research and analyze companies' financial information.
  14. Where to Find Affordable Health Insurance

    The cost of medical services can hit the wallet hard: there are 1.7 million personal bankruptcies every year due to inability to pay medical bills.
  15. Countries With The Highest Fracking Potential

    Is fracking a "necessary evil," as some believe? Here are some countries with huge fracking potential--and what they stand to lose or gain from fracking.
  16. A Checklist For Successful Medical Technology Investment

    Find an investment that will give your portfolio a shot in the arm.
  17. 5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  18. How Nasdaq Continues To Innovate

    For centuries, a stock market was a physical arena where buyers and sellers traded shares. Then the NASDAQ opened and changed everything.
  19. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  20. Want to Day Trade? Try Binary Options Or Spread Betting

    Interested in Day Trading? These two derivative products are growing in popularity due to their profit potential and small trading capital required.
  21. This Company Is As Unavoidable As It Is Unloved

    It used to be that just two things in life were unavoidable: death and taxes. But with its purchase of rival Time Warner Cable Inc., one should consider adding communications and entertainment giant Comcast Corp. to that list.
  22. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might not.
  23. Spotting Companies In Financial Distress

    What are the warning signs that a company is struggling - or worse, sinking - financially? Read on to find out.
  24. Reg AC: What Does It Mean To Investors?

    In 2003, the SEC issued a new regulation meant to hold analysts more accountable for their reports. Find out what it means.
  25. Investing Implications Of An Uneven Global Economy

    As last week’s non-farm payroll report illustrated, the recovery – both in and outside the United States – remains a grudging, disappointing one.
  26. Currency Hedged Stock ETFs Can Protect A Portfolio

    The U.S. economy has been growing at an annualized pace of roughly 2% since the current expansion began in June of 2009.
  27. Putting The Decline Of European ETFs In Context

    European ETFs have experienced a difficult summer amid a faltering currency and central bank that is scrambling to implement looser monetary policies.
  28. The 9 To 5 Job: Challenging How We Earn A Living

    It was my first semester of college. My friend and I were looking for something to eat, but we didn't have much money, so our options were limited.
  29. Essential Tips For Buying A HUD Home

    Buying a HUD home from the government requires some studying and planning, but the reward can be huge. Here are some essential tips.
  30. How Merck Found Its Way Into Millions Of Medicine Cabinets

    With over $40 billion in revenue from pharmaceutical sales, there's a good chance that you'll be very grateful for one of Merck & Co.'s drugs some day.
  31. Lessons Learned From the Banking Crisis

    There are lessons to be learned on how to handle severe financial downturns, and while the Fed is learning, politicians may not be.
  32. Stock Market Simulators: Play Your Way To Profits

    Online stock simulators make learning about stocks as fun and easy as playing a game.
  33. 5 Ways To Stretch Your Retirement Budget

    Living comfortably can be easy if you follow a simple plan.
  34. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  35. Falling Giant: A Case Study Of AIG

    Find out why the U.S. government approved an enormous bailout package for American Investment Group (AIG).
  36. Spot Hotshot Penny Stocks

    Don't flip a coin to find your next investment.
  37. The Uptick Rule Debate

    This rule was deemed ineffective and repealed in 2007, but critics argue it protects the market from bear raids.
  38. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  39. Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop

    Home price appreciation is not assured. Can you withstand the volatility in this market?
  40. How To Invest In Private Companies

    It can be tough to invest in a company that doesn't trade on an exchange, but there are also several advantages.
  41. Stocks: Who Needs Them?! (You, If You Want To Retire)

    Stocks have long been trumpeted as necessary to ensure a comfortable retirement. But does that advice still make sense?
  42. Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  43. Top 6 U.S. Government Financial Bailouts

    U.S. bailouts date all the way back to 1792. Learn how the biggest ones affected the economy.
  44. A Review Of Past Recessions

    Here we look at the biggest economic declines in the U.S. since the Great Depression.
  45. The Danger Of A 401(k) Flameout

    It looks like the 401(k) has failed, but what are the repercussions, and how can you protect yourself?
  46. Why You Need More International Stocks

    Despite the benefits of global stocks, most investors never stray from their home nations when it comes to portfolio construction.
  47. 10 Canadian Oil Companies Worth Your Attention

    Tapping Canada's vast natural resources requires a host of local oil and gas exploration and production companies. Here's an overview.
  48. Forget Opec, This Is What Sets The Price Of Oil

    When all the factors that could affect the price of oil are considered, the most influential remain supply and demand.
  49. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  50. Is Your Stock Headed South?

    Don't let your portfolio go with it! Find out which signs to watch out for.
  51. As Boomers Slow Down, Will The Economy Follow?

    Many baby boomers are working past 65. Yet as they inevitably retire, effects on workforce participation and consumer spending levels will be profound.
  52. Sector Rotation: The Essentials

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  53. Fighting The High Costs Of Healthcare

    If your employer is cutting medical benefits, a health savings account may be right for you.
  54. Should You Buy Banks' "Toxic" Assets?

    The Public-Private Investment Progam is part of the government's effort to fix the failing financial sector. But is it a good investment?
  55. Downsize Your Home To Downsize Expenses

    Learn how to cut your mortgage, tax, gas and utilities bills.
  56. Power Up Your Portfolio With Video Game Stocks

    Level up your winnings by investing in this fast-paced, highly skilled industry.
  57. The Gini Index: Measuring Income Distribution

    A country with $100 billion in assets and four residents sounds good - unless three of them have $0.
  58. The Pros And Cons Of Automated Trading Systems

    Automated trading systems minimize emotions, allow for faster order entry, lead to greater consistency and resolve pilot-error problems.
  59. Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  60. Short Selling: Making The Ban

    Short selling has been around as long as the stock market, and it hasn't always been looked on favorably.
  61. 3 Ways Price Momentum Can Burn Your Portfolio

    Momentum traders are always trying to ride the herd. In these three situations, however, they may end up getting trampled.
  62. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  63. There Are More Ways To Invest In Land Than You Think

    You don't have to have a huge amount of capital to invest in land. You have many other options, including land-related ETFs and ETNs.
  64. What You Should Know About The U.S. Bureau of Labor Monthly Statistics

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly employment figures are a key economic indicator. Here's how they work.
  65. Investing Beyond Your Borders

    Investing abroad poses risks, but can also help you diversify. Discover ways to invest in foreign stocks.
  66. From Booms To Bailouts: The Banking Crisis Of The 1980s

    The economic environment of the late 1970s and early 1980s created the perfect storm for a banking crisis.
  67. EDGAR: Investors' One-Stop-Shop For Company Filings

    You can learn a lot about any listed company through this system - if you know how to use it.
  68. The Ups And Downs Of Investing In Cyclical Stocks

    This strategy can be profitable but only if you know when to dump these stocks.
  69. TransCanada Sits In Oil Pipeline Catbird Seat

    TransCanada stands to win no matter what happens to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Approved? Send oil to a thirsty America. Shot down? Send it west to tankers.
  70. America's Compensation Gap Shows No Signs Of Slowing

    The gap between the rich and the poor and middle classes is rapidly increasing in America. Historically this is not a good sign, as a strong middle class has been the backbone of the U.S. economy for most of its existence.
  71. The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths

    Stocks that go down must come up, right? Wrong. We bust this myth and four other common market misconceptions.
  72. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  73. Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

    Learn how the FDIC is helping to keep your money in your pockets.
  74. Introduction To Remittances

    Remittances are an important factor in the global economy, and help drive growth both at home and abroad.
  75. The Role of Commercial Banks in the Economy

    We interact with commercial banks daily to carry out simple financial tasks. That said, the function and creation of a commercial bank is anything but simple.
  76. Central Banks Pump Up the Volume

    Central bank liquidity trying to restart stalling economies around the globe bodes well for equities and bond prices.
  77. A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  78. Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Here are four strategies for trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the oldest and most widely-followed equity indices in the world.
  79. The Getty Oil Takeover Fiasco

    It was the largest takeover in history and one of the most dramatic. Learn all about the fate of Getty Oil.
  80. Hard-To-Value Finisar Could Be In For Better Days (FNSR, JDSU, CSCO, CIEN)

    Finisar should be poised to benefit from a telecom spending recovery.
  81. What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

    The FTC announced it had opened an official investigation of Herbalife, which has been accused of running a pyramid scheme. But what exactly does that mean?
  82. Dissecting The Bear Stearns Hedge Fund Collapse

    Learn how a deadly mix of greed and leverage cost investors millions.
  83. The Changing Role Of Equity Research

    Research creates a division of labor that makes the market more efficient. Learn how its role has changed.
  84. Alan Greenspan: 19 Years In The Federal Reserve

    Follow the economic glories and bumbles in the career of the previous Fed chair.
  85. How Globalization Affects Developed Countries

    The increase in communications technology has companies competing in a global market.
  86. Finding Value In A Sideways Market

    When the market is non-directional, your profit potential need not go sideways too.
  87. The Birth Of Stock Exchanges

    Learn how British coffeehouses helped give rise to the juggernaut that is the NYSE.
  88. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  89. Liquidity And Toxicity: Will TARP Fix The Financial System?

    TARP is the government's attempt to forestall a deep, extended recession. Will it work?
  90. 5 Biggest Tech Losers For 2013 (MSFT, INTC, RIMM, HPQ)

    Here's look at what could be the big disappointments in tech in 2013.
  91. The GDP And Its Importance

    GDP is an accurate indication of an economy's size. In terms of its ability to convey information about the economy in one number, few data points can match the GDP and its growth rate.
  92. Why And When Do Countries Default?

    Countries can, and periodically do, default on their debt. This happens when the government is either unable or unwilling to make good on its fiscal promises.
  93. Making Money In Residential Real Estate

    Even in a down market, local real estate properties have inefficiencies that investors can exploit.
  94. Why Facebook Should Buy Twitter

    Facebook and Twitter could make the perfect power couple. Is now the time for a deal to happen?
  95. Recognize And Avoid "Work At Home" Scams

    From pyramid schemes to envelope stuffing, there are a lot of scams masquerading as legitimate part-time work.
  96. How Google's Self-Driving Car Will Change Everything

    Self-driving vehicles are coming fast, and they’re going to radically change what it’s like to get from point A to point B, not to mention the town or city you live in.
  97. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  98. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  99. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  100. The Federal Reserve System Affects You More Than You Might Think

    How does the Federal Reserve System affect ordinary citizens? In more ways than you might realize.
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