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  1. Just What Factors Into The Value Of Your Used Car?

    Just what should you pay for that used car? And how much should you get for your beater? With these web sites, those are easy questions to answer.
  2. How The PATRIOT Act Affects You Today

    The USA Patriot Act gave the government more muscle to fight financial crime after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Here's an overview.
  3. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is this possible?
  4. Three Investing Lessons from the Napa Earthquake

    Here are three investing lessons from last week’s earthquake.
  5. The Rate Rise Timeline to Watch for Now

    When will the Fed begin to raise rates? Here’s a take on the rate rise timeline to watch for now post Jackson Hole.
  6. Peak Oil: What To Do When The Wells Run Dry

    Find out how to invest and protect your investments in this slippery sector.
  7. Investing In Natural Gas? Eye ETFs, Seasonality

    When considering natural gas extraction companies and the commodity itself, what options do investors have?
  8. Fracking ETFs Or Drilling Services Stocks?

    Hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — is a hot topic. But how to invest in this trend?
  9. The SEC’s EDGAR System: Use It Fearlessly!

    Navigate the SEC's EDGAR database system without fear.
  10. Companies That Succeeded With Bootstrapping

    Bootstrapping is likely to be part of the history of nearly every successful company. Here are a few success stories.
  11. How To Use The Top Yahoo! Finance Tools

    Yahoo has a set of tools that rival the professional ones so individuals are not at a disadvantage. Here is a guide for investors to find the top tools.
  12. Getting On The Right Side Of The P/E Ratio Trend

    Buying at the right time is crucial, but how do we know when that is?
  13. Curious About Stock Index Futures? Read This First

    You've mastered investing in individual stocks...now what? If you like a challenge, consider stock index futures. Just be careful.
  14. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  15. How The SEC Places Rules On Penny Stocks

    Penny stocks don't have the best reputation on Wall Street, but does that mean you should avoid them altogether?
  16. How The Stock Market Works

    Learn what it means to own stocks and shares, why shares exist, how you buy and sell them.
  17. Winklevoss Interview: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400 Billion

    The bull case for Bitcoin is often expressed as an estimate of the future value of all Bitcoins in circulation once it reaches its potential. The most widely known estimate of its intrinsic value is $400 billion made last November by the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler at the "New York Times" Dealbook Conference.
  18. Questions For U.S. Stock ETF Bulls

    Most people are aware of the crash in 1929. Yet many may not be aware of the government stimulus in 1933 that helped the market soar 200% over the next four years.
  19. How the Cost of Living Affects Your Income

    Do you know all the ways cost of living increases can affect your income?
  20. A Look At Berkshire Hathaway's Many Components

    Berkshire Hathaway has 59 wholly owned subsidiaries and owns big stakes in several huge companies. Just how do those pieces fit together?
  21. Japan ETFs May Radiate To Further Weaken The Yen

    Shinzo Abe expressed a fierce determination to jump start Japan's economy through unconventional monetary policy measures.
  22. 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During A Recession

    These tips can help you avoid financial risk, and are especially important during an economic slowdown.
  23. Know Cost Of Living B4 Taking A Relocation Package

    Is that promotion or new job worth taking? Before accepting the salary and relocation package, calculate what it really costs to live in that new area.
  24. Mortgage Rates To Rise, But When And By How Much?

    Mortgage rates have been at historical lows since 2008 following the financial crisis. They're expected to rise, but when and by how much?
  25. How Countries Deal With Debt

    For many emerging economies, issuing sovereign debt is the only way to raise funds, but things can go sour quickly.
  26. How Oil ETFs React To Falling Energy Prices

    Not all ETFs react the same to falling energy prices. Here's a look at a few examples.
  27. Middle East Tensions & Oil Prices

    With turmoil in the Middle East in the headlines, many investors wonder what the recent and growing unrest in the region means for oil prices and for equity portfolios.
  28. Passing Boomers Will Leave A Big Economic Wake

    While baby boomers keep the longevity economy surging, look out for a dark fiscal forecast when it comes to retirement planning and long term medical care.
  29. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile stocks? And how do I use technical indicators to trade them? Find out here.
  30. Selling Premium As Small Caps Play Catch Up

    In our recent article we pointed out a divergence between the small cap Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. However, the divergence has narrowed.
  31. The NASDAQ Pre-Market: What You Need To Know

    Curious about pre-market or extended-hours trading? Here's a quick guide so you'll know what to expect.
  32. The Rise And Fall Of The Shadow Banking System

    We look at the evolution, failure and fallout from the shadow banking system.
  33. Understanding Leveraged Buyouts

    LBOs are often presented as predatory by the media, but it really depends on which side of the deal you're on.
  34. Leasing to Section 8 Tenants?

    Real estate investors and landlords: It's worthwhile to investigate the section 8 market. Learn about the pros and cons of leasing to section 8 tenants.
  35. How Inflation Affects Your Cost of Living

    How will your wallet be impacted by inflation?
  36. How The Sarbanes-Oxley Era Affected IPOs

    After the infamous collapse of companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom, the government responded to try and prevent it from happening again.
  37. Georges Doriot And The Birth Of Venture Capital

    Venture capital has been around for centuries, but Georges Doriot turned it into a structured field of investment.
  38. Why You Should Pay Attention To Africa Right Now

    With vast natural resources and a huge, young population, Africa's lion economies could be the next big thing. But how to get exposure?
  39. This Asian Nation's Stocks Are Up Over 20% YTD

    The Indonesian economy is in a bit of a rut, but new, business-friendly leadership could make its stocks a good bet.
  40. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  41. A Crisis vs. THE Crisis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

    Two of the most notable crises in the past 6-8 months, Ukraine and Syria, both seemed to cause rallies in the gold market.
  42. Warren Buffett's Bear Market Maneuvers

    This esteemed investor rarely changes his long-term investing strategy, no matter what the market does.
  43. Where's The Market Headed Now?

    Whether up, down or sideways, learn about some of the factors that drive stock market moves.
  44. Gold Scams To Watch Out For

    Buying and selling gold can be extremely lucrative, but there are also many risks associated with gold. Here are some useful tips.
  45. The Role Of Speculators In The Commodity Market

    Contrary to popular belief, speculators are important for the market. Find out exactly what they do.
  46. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
  47. How Much Disaster Can Gold Hedge?

    Gold holds up well in the face of fear, but offers little in times of true collapse.
  48. Is The Gold Pain Over?

    After falling more than 13%, gold has staged a rebound but is that for fundamental reasons or the work of value investors? Will gold reward investors who didn't give up or is there more pain ahead?
  49. When Financial Crisis Strikes The Bank Of Mom And Dad

    If you really want your kids to learn to be financially responsible adults, it's time to stop giving them money.
  50. Invest Like Madoff - Without The Jail Time

    This Ponzi scammer's professed strategy has been vilified, but it actually works.
  51. Fracking Can't Happen Without These Companies

    With all the attention paid to fracking, what is are the good investment opportunities? Are the companies that extract oil and natural gas a good bet?
  52. How Fracking Affects Natural Gas Prices

    Whatever you think of fracking, it has done one thing: kept the price of natural gas from increasing any more than it has.
  53. Valuing And Investing In Internet Companies

    How do we pick the right names to invest in from this highly lucrative sector?
  54. 5 Economic Changes That Fatten Your Grocery Bill

    Global economic conditions are working to bloat our food costs. And for many, even the smallest increase in food prices can spoil the family budget.
  55. Why Schlumberger Is A Name You Should Know

    Want to make money in the oil and gas industry? Be an ancillary service provider--that's where the real money is.
  56. The Taylor Rule: An Economic Model For Monetary Policy

    This interest rate forecasting model has helped central banks around the world adjust their rates to balance out inflation.
  57. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    The credit card transaction business is so profitable, Visa Inc. doesn't even bother lending money. Here's how they make their money.
  58. This is What the Fed’s Monetary Policy Means To You

    It’s a good thing for everyone concerned with their finances to take five minutes or so to find out what the Federal Reserve next move will be.
  59. Why You Should Invest In This Vibrant Asian Nation

    Other than tourism and a recent military coup, what's there for investors to know about Thailand? Plenty.
  60. How To Apply For Unemployment Insurance

    Unemployment compensation is a federal program administered by each state. Here's how to connect to your state's unemployment office and what to expect.
  61. 4 Leverage Ratios Used In Evaluating Energy Firms

    These four leverage ratios can help investors understand how oil and gas firms are managing their debt.
  62. How Verizon Built A Customer Base Of 150M

    What makes Verizon any different than T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T? Its sheer size and growth potential.
  63. These SRI Funds Focus On Empowering Women

    If you're looking to invest in companies that promote the empowerment of women, here are several fund firms to consider.
  64. What to do When the Market Doesn’t Believe the Fed

    Highlighting key points from Janet Yellen’s latest Congressional testimony that don’t necessarily align with what is priced into the market.
  65. How To Profit From Recent Market Divergence

    US stocks contemplate the fate of the 5-year bull market as the small cap Russell 2000 diverges from the S&P 500. Market veteran, Todd Gordon has an options strategy that takes advantage of the upcoming unwind of the divergence.
  66. Investor Fatigue Setting In?

    We’re in the midst of earnings season, and thus far the news is largely positive.
  67. Why Coal Deserves Your Attention Right Now

    The coal sector has suffered for years at the hands of cheap natural gas and stiff regulations. But investors shouldn’t count out coal.
  68. Understanding The Top SEC filing forms

    It's easier than ever to keep track of your SEC filing status online.
  69. Toronto Stock Exchange: Safest Investment In The World?

    Canada, one of the wealthiest countries, is also one of the safest places to invest.
  70. Why Gold Attracts Conspiracy Theorists

    Few things attract as many conspiracy theories and theorists as gold does.
  71. How A Company Files With The SEC

    Filing with the SEC is not as complicated as you might thing -- just be meticulous about following the steps.
  72. More Volatility Ahead?

    Despite recent market swings, volatility is still low by historic standards, suggesting that markets aren’t taking into account the prospect of bad news.
  73. How Big Are Emerging Markets?

    Satistical studies of GDP in emerging markets have been in the news recently. One calculation indicated that the Chinese economy could be close to the U.S.
  74. Strip Options: A Market Neutral Bearish Strategy

    Strip Options are market neutral trading strategies with profit potential on either side price movement, with a "bearish" skew.
  75. Strap Options: A Market Neutral Bullish Strategy

    Strap Options are a market neutral trading strategy with profit potential on either side price movement, and with a "bullish" skew.
  76. 8 Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one? Why it could cost you more in the end.
  77. Day Trading Rules For Rookies: Don't Play It By Ear!

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  78. When and Why Do Gold Prices Plummet?

    A wise investor is one who recognizes gold’s place in the market, without attaching too much nor too little significance to it.
  79. Taking Advantage of Pessimism

    Prophecies of economic catastrophe have become almost de rigueur in recent months, reality is that none of these regions seem likely to suffer a near-term crisis.
  80. A Guide To Day Trading On Margin

    Buying on margin is a good option if you don't have the cash to day trade.
  81. Why Gold Has Always Had Value

    Gold has an allure and a price tag, but with no real intrinsic value, why do we consider it so precious and valuable? Explore the answer.
  82. Three Ways to Profit Using Call Options

    A brief overview of how to provide from using call options in your portfolio.
  83. Risk Reversals for Stocks Using Calls and Puts

    Risk reversal strategies can be a very useful “option” for experienced investors who are familiar with basic puts and calls.
  84. Why You Should Invest In Green Energy Right Now

    A new report shows how far renewables will count toward filling our energy needs. Is now the time to invest in green energy?
  85. Three Ways to Profit Using Put Options

    A brief overview of how to profit from using put options in your portfolio.
  86. Supply, Demand And Interest Rates: How They Relate

    A recent report from the Fed reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest rates have fallen so far in 2014.
  87. 5 Reasons Why Low Rates May be Harmful To The Economy

    Like quantitative easing before it, the Fed’s zero interest rate policy may actually be inhibiting economic growth and job creation in unintended ways.
  88. Where The Equity Opportunities Are

    Given that U.S. stocks are no longer cheap, most stock market bargains are now found overseas.
  89. Frontier Stocks: 3 Reasons They're A Strategic Asset Class

    Frontier markets have been gaining attention from market watchers and investors alike in recent months.
  90. Four Ways To Spot An Emerging Market

    The term "emerging market" is frustratingly ambiguous. It means a country has at least some market liquidity. But there's much more to it than that.
  91. A Quarter Century of Emerging-Markets Investing

    The investment potential of developing markets had been recognized for a long time, but the actual birth and classification of emerging markets is more recent.
  92. Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    If you're putting down less than 20%, the FHA's mortgage insurance premium could cost you more than private mortgage insurance with a commercial lender.
  93. The Biggest Threat To The Housing Recovery

    Despite a run of positive economic news that most recently includes a surge in new home sales, you have to be prepared for the possibility of a setback.
  94. Why Aren't More Young People Buying Homes?

    One of the drivers behind our slow housing recovery is an absence of a large portion of the buying audience: young, first-time buyers.
  95. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  96. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure you've made the right choice.
  97. "Value" Investments: Social, Faith & Eco-Investing

    When it's time to invest, why not follow your heart along with your head? These four types of investments seek to do good while returning a profit.
  98. Why Gasoline Costs What It Does

    The next time you have to dig deep into your wallet to fill your gas tank at least you'll know exactly what you're paying for.
  99. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with no money.
  100. Should You Buy Or Build A Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's your first home or your fifth.
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