Markets Articles

  1. Why Forward Contracts Are The Foundation Of All Derivatives

    This article expands on the complex structure of derivatives by explaining how an investor can assess interest rate parity and implement covered interest arbitrage by using a currency forward contract to generate a risk-free rate of return.
  2. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that are poised to benefit, and find cautionary signals around industries and companies that are likely to suffer.
  3. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  4. How Effective Is The Chinese Wall?

    Because underwriters work on one side of the Chinese wall and analysts work on the other side, information gathered by the underwriters is not supposed to be shared with analysts.
  5. Why Banks Are Scrambling To Hear Your Complaints

    Find out the real reasons why banks are trying to reach angry customers before they file a complaint to the CFPB.
  6. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is this possible?
  7. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  8. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  9. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority of SWFs are located in the Middle East and Asia, whether these largely opaque entities are friends or foes of the nations where they invest has been the subject of hot debate from time to time.
  10. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  11. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  12. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  13. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  14. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  15. Fox Business Network's Gerri Willis: What Gen Y Learned From The Great Recession

    The financial crisis that just notched its five-year anniversary was the ultimate classroom for investors and savers. And, according to a new survey by Fidelity Investments, Gen Yers were taking better notes than just about anybody else.
  16. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  17. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This respected index is published monthly from the results of random telephone surveys.
  18. Trading With The Jobless Claims Report

    Introduction to the jobless claims report. This article looks at what jobless claims tell us about the economy's health and how to interpret the data contained in the release.
  19. The Market Participant Playbook

    Find out what effect institutional investors have on the stock market and individual traders.
  20. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  21. How To Choose Between Bronze, Silver, Gold And Platinum Health Insurance Plans

    Here, we explain the different coverage levels within the new Health Insurance Marketplace and help you choose among the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum health insurance plans.
  22. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  23. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of interest.
  24. Insider Selling Isn't Always A Bad Sign

    Predated trades at regular intervals can instill confidence, not fear, for investors.
  25. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  26. The Difference Between Emerging And Frontier Markets

    Emerging and frontier markets offer investors global diversification in return for higher risk. These sectors have performed well over the past few years, but do your homework before you venture into them.
  27. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  28. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  29. What Is Private Equity?

    This investment vehicle attracts wealthy investors to increase the value of portfolio companies.
  30. War's Influence On Wall Street

    Blitzkrieg? Dawn raids? Sounds like the markets and the battlefield have a few things in common.
  31. Introduction To Coincident And Lagging Economic Indicators

    Investors can learn a lot, or very little, from these indicators once they know how to use them.
  32. American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  33. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  34. Managing Interest Rate Risk

    Learn which tools you need to manage the risk that comes with changing rates.
  35. Evaluating Country Risk For International Investing

    Investing overseas begins with determining the risk of the country's investment climate.
  36. It's No Accident That Drugs Are Expensive

    Branded drugs are expensive in large part because it's expensive and risky to develop them
  37. Profiting In Bear And Bull Markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their full advantage.
  38. Breaking Down The Balance Of Trade

    The balance of trade is a key indicator of a nation’s health. Investors and market professionals appear more concerned with trade deficits than trade surpluses, since chronic deficits may be a precursor to a currency devaluation.
  39. A Look At Primary And Secondary Markets

    Knowing how the primary and secondary markets work is key to understanding how stocks trade.
  40. Investing In China

    Investment opportunity is huge in China. However, investors should consider the pitfalls, understand the risks and rewards, focus on shareholder-friendly companies and stick to investments they understand.
  41. How To Calculate The Bid-Ask Spread

    It's very important for every investor to learn how to calculate the bid-ask spread and factor this figure when making investment decisions.
  42. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  43. Financial Risks That Don't Pay Off: The Cost Of Reckless Financial Behavior

    Despite the recessions, citizens continue to take financial risks and spend outside of their means without fully appreciating the potential consequences for both themselves and the wider economy.
  44. Will Immunotherapy Disrupt The Oncology Market?

    Immunotherapy could radically change the treatment of cancer, and the revenue opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.
  45. Introduction To American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)

    Investors should look beyond the confines of the U.S. borders to diversify and maximize returns. ADRs are one way to diversify your portfolio and help you achieve better returns when the U.S. market is in a slump.
  46. Cashing In On Corporate Restructuring

    Companies use M&As and spinoffs to boost profits - learn how you can do the same.
  47. Why Companies Stay Private

    Many private companies prefer to stay private and find alternate sources of capital. Find out what firms have to gain by eschewing the windfall from a flashy IPO.
  48. Investing During Uncertainty

    The inability to forecast future events can turn the markets upside down. Find out how to stay right-side up.
  49. Ways To Gauge The Market Open Direction

    Accurately predicting the stock market’s opening moves can be a useful tool. If your projection is accurate, you have opportunity to profit. Of course, the first step is to correctly gauge the market direction. You also need to select an investment and successfully gauge the resulting impact the market’s move will have on your investment in order to make money.
  50. An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing in commodities can quickly degenerate into gambling or speculation when a trader makes uninformed decisions. However, by using commodity futures or hedging, investors and business planners can secure insurance against volatile prices.
  51. Why High-Income Earners Are Not Safe From The Threat Of Bankruptcy

    Few people have much sympathy for the woes of those earning six figure or more each year. But, given that high-income earners drive economic expansion, the risks and problems facing high earners must be addressed if the U.S. is to sustain a long-term recovery.
  52. The Copper King: An Empire Built On Manipulation

    Find out how Yasuo Hamanaka's actions in the copper market forever changed the rules for commodity traders.
  53. How To Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    If the current level of economic growth is to be maintained and improved upon, citizens must play their part by practicing responsible spending and borrowing.
  54. Should You Trust Your Instincts On Gold?

    The trouble with gold is that even as stocks are going up and the gold price is hurting, investors and central banks are loading up on gold and silver like never before. There’s a disconnect here and one of these sides is right and one is wrong.
  55. The Mobile Device Market is Undergoing a Seismic Shift

    Gone are the days when consumers lined up en masse to purchase $600 phones. Today, the consumer is looking towards more budget-minded solutions.
  56. Learn The Lingo Of Private Equity Investing

    Because of the non-public nature of private equity, it can be difficult to the learn the lingo. We break it down here.
  57. The Importance Of Work Experience For Students

    Issues facing unemployed graduates stretch far beyond an ailing economy. Use your work experience during school to ensure a better career.
  58. Retail Banking Vs. Corporate Banking

    Retail banking refers to the division of a bank that deals directly with retail customers. Also known as consumer banking or personal banking, retail banking is the visible face of banking to the general public. Corporate banking, also known as business banking, refers to the aspect of banking that deals with corporate customers.
  59. An Introduction To CFDs

    The benefits of these securities abound, but high leverage also magnifies potential losses.
  60. How To Make $1 Million In Finance

    The best opportunities to maximize sheer earning power are in investment banking, private equity and hedge funds. Find out what it takes to succeed in these ultra-lucrative areas of finance.
  61. What Causes A Currency Crisis?

    Find out what can cause a currency to collapse, and what central banks can do to help.
  62. Is Higher Education Still A Good Investment?

    Rising tuition fees and an ailing job market continue to perpetuate a cycle of spiralling student debt and lost opportunities. Has post-secondary education become a bad investment?
  63. Private Equity A Trendsetter For Stocks

    In this article, we'll show you how private equity sets the trend for stocks everywhere.
  64. OTCBB and OTC Markets Group

    The majority of larger companies that trade publicly choose to list their stocks on one of the major exchanges - the NYSE or Nasdaq. However, many companies are unable to meet the financial or other listing requirements for the exchanges, or choose not to subject themselves to the regulatory requirements that come with an exchange listing, and therefore trade instead in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
  65. Using Index Futures To Predict The Future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Check out the index futures.
  66. Top 8 Most Tradable Currencies

    Currencies can provide diversification for a portfolio that's in a rut. Find out which ones you need to know.
  67. How Exchange Risk Affects Foreign Bonds

    Investors include foreign bonds in their portfolios to take advantage of higher interest rates or yields, and to diversify their holdings. However, the higher return expected from investing in foreign bonds is accompanied by increased risk arising from adverse currency fluctuations, which can have a significant impact on bond returns.
  68. Trading GDP Like A Currency Trader

    Investors that understand and utilize the U.S. GDP report have a significant advantage over those that don't.
  69. 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.
  70. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  71. What You Need To Know About The Dow's 354-Point Plunge

    The Dow’s 354-point plunge Thursday was the worst drop since the presidential election. FOX Business Network stocks editor Elizabeth MacDonald weighs in below on what's behind the decline and what to expect when the market opens.
  72. Big Pharma Faces 'Pay For Delay' Lawsuits

    Unless you follow the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, it’s likely that you’ve never heard of pay to delay. Instead of planning to lose nearly all revenue once the drug goes off patent, the company owning the patent will pay generic manufacturers--often in the tens of millions of dollars, to delay the release of the generic form of the drug.
  73. Is It Foolish To Strive For The American Dream?

    Even Jay Gatsby's stubborn optimism in The Great Gatsby would be hard pressed to believe that rags-to-riches stories are possible in today's economy. Find out why the ever-increasing wealth gap is eroding the original American Dream and how we need to redefine our expectations for prosperity.
  74. Banker's Acceptance 101

    A banker's acceptance, a common way of financing international trade activity, provides a relatively safe, short-term vehicle for investors. An acceptance is a negotiable time draft that a bank guarantees to pay at a predetermined date.
  75. The Impact Of Currency Conversions

    Will a rising or falling dollar hurt you or your company? In this article we explore the impact of currency converisons on consumers, comanies, and countries.
  76. Why Is Monsanto Evil, But DuPont Isn't?

    Monsanto is perhaps the most-hated company, but competitors like DuPont behave in very similar ways
  77. How To Interpret Thursday's Supreme Court Ruling Involving Myriad

    Thursday's Supreme Court ruling is a blow to Myriad but investors haven't yet digested the ruling.
  78. Exploring The Current Account In The Balance Of Payments

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.
  79. Can Financial Education Rebuild America’s Economy?

    Find out why financial education will help America to re-establish itself as the world's (undisputed) leading economy.
  80. Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  81. How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?

    Find out how this index tracks market movements and where it falls short.
  82. Forex Outlook For June 2013

    While June’s excitement may prove to be a bit more muted than May, there are many events unfolding that forex traders should watch closely. We'll take a look at where the four major currency pairs might be headed and some key reports that forex traders should watch for during the month.
  83. How To Get A Job At The SEC

    Want to make a good living taking on those renegade trading rascals on Wall Street? Here are some tips to help you get in the door at the SEC.
  84. Does High GDP Mean Economic Prosperity?

    GDP is the typical indicator used to measure a country's economic health. Find out what it fails to reveal and how the Genuine Progress Indicator can help.
  85. Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

    This index is a widely-used and respected barometer of the U.S. housing market and the broader economy.
  86. Arbitrage Squeezes Profit From Market Inefficiency

    This influential strategy capitalizes on the relationship between price and liquidity.
  87. Earnings Guidance: Can It Accurately Predict The Future?

    Explore the controversies surrounding companies commenting on their forward-looking expectations.
  88. What Forex Traders Need To Know About The Yen

    The Japanese Yen possesses some unique qualities that traders should know before jumping in.
  89. Financial Markets: Capital Vs. Money Markets

    Two commonly used components of the financial market are money markets and capital markets. Find out the similarities and differences between them.
  90. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  91. Make Your Precious Metal Choice Less ‘Golden’

    The recent rout in gold prices has affected the rest of the precious metals space as well. However, unlike gold, platinum is benefiting from long term industrial demand as well as constrained supplies. For investors, the white metal could be their best bet in the precious metals sector.
  92. The Yen Is Setting Up To Be An Attractive Long-Term Investment

    As Japan embarks on quantitative easing, the yen has come under pressure. Will it continue to be the source of big profits in the latter half of 2013?
  93. Why The Consumer Price Index Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  94. 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?
  95. Predict Inflation With The Producer Price Index

    Find out how the PPI can be used to gauge the overall health of the economy.
  96. Know Your Stock Cost Basis

    Understanding equity cost basis is critical for tracking the gains or losses of an investment.
  97. Fact Sheet: What Is The Fortune 500 List?

    The Fortune 500 is a list most have heard of but don't know much about. Here, we present the basics with a few interesting facts.
  98. Sell In May – Yay Or Nay?

    Seasonal timing in the market, best personified by the adage, “Sell in May – Go away,” has long been the subject of debate among investors. The question remains: Is there anything to it?
  99. Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  100. Uncovering Oil And Gas Futures

    Find out how to stay on top of data reports that could cause volatility in oil and gas markets.
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