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  1. Introduction To Binary Options - Sponsored by Nadex

    Binary options may sound complicated, but they're really not. In fact, they offer traders alternative ways to trade stock indices, commodities and currencies-even economic events. Say you think the S&P 500 is going to rise, or the U.S.
  2. 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.
  3. 10 Unfamiliar Ways to Help Pay Down Medical Bills

    Paying your medical bills can seem frightening, given the high cost. Don’t let unpaid medical bills ruin your credit.
  4. This Company Is No Mickey Mouse Operation

    With its famous history that's become part of popular culture, and the instantly recognizable silhouette in its logo, The Walt Disney Co. is only an animation studio in the same way that Johnson & Johnson is only a baby powder manufacturer.
  5. 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.
  6. What Is The Relationship Between The Federal Funds, Prime And LIBOR Rates?

    The prime rate and LIBOR rate, two of the most prominent benchmark rates, tend to track the federal funds rate closely over time. However, during periods of economic turmoil, LIBOR appears more likely to diverge from the central bank’s key rate to a greater extent.
  7. Should India Be On Investors' Radars?

    Policy paralysis and investor indifference have defined India for some time, but a new government bent on cutting red tape and ramping up infrastructure spending could put the country back on "buy" lists.
  8. How Doing Your 'Share' Has Enriched Facebook

    The phenomenon of Facebook, and the speed at which users joined and continue to join, is unprecedented. But just because a novelty is adopted by a large chunk of humanity, does that mean it’s inherently an economic powerhouse?
  9. Seven Well-Worn Secrets to Investment Success

    Highlights and recommendations of a veteran portfolio manager for investment success.
  10. Why a Rise In the National Debt Is Good for You

    In the first quarter of the year, the household national debt for Americans was $129 billion. Yet contrary to popular belief, debt is not always a bad thing.
  11. These Sectors Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

    You've adjusted your debt portfolio to prepare for rising interest rates; now what about your equity holdings? Here are some sectors and companies to keep an eye on.
  12. How AT&T Came To Serve A Third Of Americans

    AT&T mobile phones are used by roughly a third of Americans. How it managed to accomplish that starts with a state-sponsored monopoly, a well-publicized breakup and astute maneuvers through a technological revolution.
  13. Trading Options on Futures Contracts

    Futures contracts are available for all sorts of financial products, from equity indexes to precious metals. Trading options based on futures means buying call or put options based on the direction you believe an underlying financial product will move, or writing options for income.
  14. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  15. How To Earn The Most From CDs When Interest Rates Are Low

    Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer security and stability. And with laddering and studying promotional rates, you can generate a nice return.
  16. Four Market Risks to Focus on This Summer

    Four market risks to pay attention to this summer.
  17. Why Caregiving Costs Women

    Fueled by extended life expectancies, lost wages from reduced work and rising healthcare costs, women are now the hardest hit when it comes to caregiving for an elderly parent.
  18. Pot Stock Pitfalls To Watch For

    When it comes to the quickly evolving marijuana sector, stay wary, heed SEC warnings and do your research, or your investment could go up in smoke.
  19. 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.
  20. How To Buy Gold Options

    Buy gold options to attain a position in gold for less capital than buying physical gold or gold futures. If you've wondered how to invest in gold , here's a shorter-term and less capital intensive way to do it.
  21. How To Buy Silver Options

    Buying silver options allows traders to attain a position in silver for less capital than buying physical silver or silver futures.
  22. How Oracle Remains A Relatively Unknown Software Giant

    Among the world's largest corporations by market cap, few companies are as unfamiliar to the everyday consumer as Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle Corp. How is the world's second-largest software company able to stay below radar?
  23. Preparing Your Portfolio For Climate Change

    A recent White House's report paints an alarming picture of coming climate change. How will you adjust your portfolio to protect your assets?
  24. Trading The Most Volatile Stocks After Hours

    The stock market has an official open and close, but trading takes place outside these hours, often in the most volatile stocks.
  25. The Difference Between Options and Futures

    Are you sure you know the difference between an option and a future?
  26. These Astute Bets Helped Hedge Funds Win Big

    Some astute bets helped hedge fund managers increase their average take by 50% in 2013, though the majority of funds were unable to beat the broad market.
  27. Time to Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    How much you could get and whether to respond
  28. Why Apple On The Prowl Is A Good Sign

    While Apple's pending deal to buy Beats Electronics might be upsetting its acolytes, the move is far from an act of desperation. In fact, it's what smart, mature companies do to stay ahead of the curve.
  29. 4 Free Parking Apps That Save You Time and Money

    Free parking apps that are working to save you gas, time and money.
  30. What If Donald Sterling Ran Your Company?

    A chief executive officer can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But all of that hard-earned respectability — along with a company’s share price — can erode in the wake of a scandal.
  31. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  32. 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.
  33. An Introduction To Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark pools are not accessible by the investing public.
  34. Is It Time To Break Up Berkshire Hathaway?

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is at the pinnacle of success and that’s when business leaders have to be the most wary. Will investors still be partying in Omaha a decade from now?
  35. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their financial portfolios as they did during the tech bubble in 2000.
  36. Five Stocks Whose Growth Rides On Low-Income Customers

    Catering to the rich won’t make you rich; there just aren’t enough of them to go around. But become popular with the regular joe like these companies and you'll need a wheelbarrow to make your bank deposits.
  37. Housing Market to Heal (But Remain Cautious of Homebuilders)

    Despite last week’s troubling drop in new home sales, the housing market should continue to recover. However, a sanguine view on housing doesn’t necessarily translate into a positive view on homebuilders.
  38. The Perils Of Program Trading

    The increasing use of program trading makes market glitches inevitable - and sometimes disastrous.
  39. Why Facebook Should Buy Twitter

    Facebook and Twitter could make the perfect power couple. Is now the time for a deal to happen?
  40. Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to tops in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 6 of 20 countries; the U.S.,11th.
  41. Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red

    Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red
  42. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part II)

    This is the second missive of a two-part series on cannabis stocks in 2014.
  43. Cycles And Presidential Cycles: Is There A Twist?

    The days when QE-infinity both here and in the land of the rising sun meant free money for those that could pull off the "carry trade." And the days when the grass definitely looked greener on the other side of the economic fence.
  44. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their financial portfolios as they did during the tech bubble in 2000.
  45. Connecting the Dots on Fed Policy

    A close look at how the Fed decides which path to follow.
  46. You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) caused by Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” makes it important for industry professionals to come up to speed with HFT terminology.
  47. Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk)

    By most fundamental measures, oil prices should be declining. Russ explains why they’re on the rise instead, how this has helped energy stocks in 2014 and why investors should still consider an overweight to the global energy sector.
  48. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  49. What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price of $169,000 is still well below the national average - and there's much more inventory than in most regions, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014.
  50. How IEX is Combating Predatory Types Of High-Frequency Traders

    IEX is an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that seeks to combat predatory trading, particularly high-frequency trading.
  51. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  52. No Legwork Wednesday – J.C. Penney And The 'No Sale' Debacle

    When it comes to retailing, a company’s success depends as much on properly positioning its products as it does on the actual products being offered.
  53. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Gold Standard

    Many feel that with the instability that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, some form of the gold standard should be brought back.
  54. Beware Of Overreaching For Yield

    With rates likely “low for long,” the stretch for yield looks set to continue, though investors should be cautious before overreaching for yield.
  55. Banking Perks for the Rich That Will Make You Green With Envy

    Famous faces are known for getting mountains of free stuff and special treatment. And the bank is no exception. Forget cars, jewelry and runway fashions. For the ultra rich, the particular bank they use and the options available are the ultimate status symbols. Bank branches have levels, or tiers, of service.
  56. Bubble Bursting? Only For Biotech & Internet Stocks

    The recent sluggish performance of U.S. stocks is leading some market watchers to question whether we’re witnessing the bursting of an equity bubble. Russ explains that while U.S. equities overall are not in a bubble, valuations have started to become an issue, particularly for certain segments of the market. Despite signs that most of the U.S.
  57. Use Knock-Out Options To Lower The Cost of Hedging

    Unlike a plain-vanilla call or put option where the only price defined is the strike price, a knock-out option has to specify two prices – the strike price and the knock-out barrier price.
  58. 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.
  59. Give Yourself More Options With Weekly and Quarterly Options

    Weekly and quarterly options were introduced to give a greater choice of option expirations to investors, and enable them to trade more efficiently.
  60. Is High-Frequency Trading A Fancy Term For Cheating?

    High-Frequency Trading is highly controversial - and some critics say, barely better than a rigged poker game.
  61. How the Case Against BofA's Ken Lewis Fizzled

    The regulatory cloud has lifted for Kenneth D. Lewis. Last week, the former head of Bank of America received a modest penalty, paid for by his former employer, and a temporary ban from an industry he is no longer a part of.
  62. How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More

    How does Russia make its money, and why doesn’t it make more?
  63. The Insiders Who Fix Rates for Gold, Currencies And Libor

    The system by which benchmark rates are fixed for interest rates, currencies and gold is archaic - and, many would argue, deeply flawed.
  64. Quantitative Easing: Does It Work?

    This controversial monetary policy has been used by some of the world's most powerful economies. But does it work?
  65. How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And Stocks

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the immediate future of the U.S. economy.
  66. Sanctions Between Countries Pack a Bigger Punch Than You Might Think

    In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, in March 2014 the West slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian hotshots. So what, you ask? Well, sancitons can pack a bigger punch than you might think.
  67. How Credit Event Binary Options Can Protect You In A Credit Crisis

    CEBOs are designed to offer protection from “Credit Events” like bankruptcy or a global economic crisis, and thus are quite different from standard call and put options.
  68. The Risks Of Investing In Emerging Markets

    In a volatile market, domestic investing can be risky. Many investors choose to look overseas for diversification - but that strategy comes with its own unique threats.
  69. Hash Tag Scam: Investors Vulnerable To ID Thieves On Twitter And Facebook

    Social media scammers are targeting investors.
  70. Which Vertical Option Spread Should You Use?

    Knowing which option spread strategy to use in different market conditions can significantly improve your odds of success in options trading.
  71. Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?

    As the economy slowly heals, credit has become easier to obtain and interest rates have gone down. But does that mean it's wise to take on a car loan right now?
  72. How The Forex "Fix" May Be Rigged

    When it comes to forex, some types of "fixes" are legal. But some really aren't.
  73. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  74. Is Belfort's "Wolf" The Real Wall Street?

    Those sex-obsessed, drug-taking thugs who ripped off investors in Martin Scorcese's all-time biggest-grossing film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," have nothing in common with the refined investment professionals who do business on The Real Wall Street, they will tell you.
  75. Why Unemployment Rates Matter To Your Retirement

    Undoubtedly, unemployment is important for retirees and soon-to-be retirees. Also important is understanding the inflation rate as it’s reporting by the US.
  76. Mini Options: A Useful Tool For Trading High-Priced Securities

    Mini options are option contracts wherein the underlying security is 10 shares of a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). This is the main difference between mini options and standard options, which have 100 shares as the underlying security.
  77. 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?
  78. From Mrs. Watanabe To Abenomics: The Yen's Wild Ride

    Relatively recent upstarts like the euro and the yuan may hog the currency headlines these days, but for sheer drama and gut-wrenching volatility, no currency can match the venerable Japanese yen.
  79. As Regulators Target CLOs, Bankers Predict Doom For Main Street

    Collateralized loan obligations are the latest Wall Street invention to give regulators headaches.
  80. Money Market Funds: Enough Regulation Already?

    Since September, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been sitting on proposed rules for money market mutual funds that would affect 61 million individual investors plus untold businesses that together have parked nearly $3 trillion in the funds for cash management.
  81. What is a Bear Call Spread?

    A bear call spread is an option strategy that involves the sale of a call option, and the simultaneous purchase of a call option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bear call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  82. What is a Bear Put Spread?

    A bear put spread entails the purchase of a put option and the simultaneous sale of another put with the same expiration but a lower strike price.
  83. What is an Iron Butterfly Option Strategy?

    This relatively simple strategy is designed to provide a profit for investors who believe that there will be minimal price movement in the underlying security until expiration.
  84. The 6 Most-Traded Currencies And Why They're So Popular

    Regardless of the reason, forex is an integral part of 21st century finance. And the more widely used and reliable the currency, the greater the likelihood of people buying and selling it every day.
  85. What is a Bull Call Spread?

    A bull call spread is an option strategy that involves the purchase of a call option, and the simultaneous sale of another option (on the same underlying asset) with the same expiration date but a higher strike price. A bull call spread is one of the four basic types of vertical spreads.
  86. How Bernanke's Legacy Affects Retirees

    Ben Bernanke’s reign as Fed chairman has come to an end, and he’s leaving behind quite the legacy. The effects of this legacy aren’t only to be seen in the savings of current retirees or those about to retire; It’s evident further on down the generations.
  87. Bitcoin Innovations And Obstacles

    Investopedia explains the development of the Bitcoin digital currency system and the risks associated with using and investing in it.
  88. What Will Happen To Treasury Yields With Yellen And Tapering?

    Janet Yellen was sworn in as Federal Reserve chair Feb. 3, 2014, ending Ben Bernanke's eight-year tenure. Yellen assumes her role at a time when the economy is its strongest since the recession ended in mid-2009.
  89. Creative Ways to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

    Protecting your stock portfolio is an extremely important part of portfolio management.
  90. The Best-Performing Sectors Of 2013

    A sector represents a high-level way in which analysts and investors group similar companies together. Analyzing Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts, or SPDRs, serves as one of the best proxies to determine the best-performing areas of the economy.
  91. Four Breakout Stocks To Watch

    These biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks continue to put in new highs, but indicators are diverging.
  92. An Overview of Weather Derivatives

    Investopedia explains: Weather derivatives allow businesses to safeguard against unusual temperatures or levels of precipitation that may adversely affect financial performance.
  93. The Best Investments This Year: The Boom of "Boring"

    Investopedia explains: U.S.-based stocks did well and beat more aggressive strategies pursued by hedge funds and other investors that try to time the markets, play commodities, or invest in ETFs.
  94. What Is A Bull Put Spread?

    Investopedia explains: A bull put spread is a variation of the popular put writing strategy, in which an options investor writes a put on a stock to collect premium income and perhaps buy the stock at a bargain price.
  95. 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.
  96. Why China's Currency Tangos With The USD

    Investopedia explains: It takes two to tango, but unless both partners move in perfect cohesion, a sequence of graceful maneuvers can be reduced to a series of clumsy moves. The latter depiction seems to be particularly apt when it comes to explaining the gyrations between the Chinese yuan and the U.S.
  97. Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price

    The strike price has an enormous bearing on how your option trade will play out. Read on to learn about some basic principles that should be followed when selecting the strike price for an option.
  98. What The Market Open Tells You

    The first few moments of trading provide a lot of information. If a trader analyzes this information, it can give a lot of insight into the market's moves for the day.
  99. Netflix: Should You Buy Or Hold Or Sell?

    Ultimately, an investor has to trust the decisions and strategies of the company’s management. History is on the side of CEO Hastings, who seems to have a knack for both surprising and pleasing the market. Nothing is ground in stone, of course. But don’t bet against Netflix.
  100. An Introduction To Stock Market Indexes

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indexes and what makes them all different.
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