Markets Articles

  1. Transocean's 3 Key Financial Ratios (RIG)

    Learn about key financial ratios for Transocean. Understand how the company's aging drilling fleet could work against its ...
  2. How to Protect Client Assets in a Bear Market

    Here are some strategies for how to protect client assets in a bear market.
  3. Is BWLD's Price Drop a Buy Signal?

    Buffalo Wild Wings is facing higher costs and comps growth has decelerated. Is the growth story over?
  4. How Disney (DIS) Continues to Deliver

    The Walt Disney Co. is only an animation studio in the same way that Johnson & Johnson is only a baby powder manufacturer.
  5. The 3 Sectors To Trade During Flat Markets

    The utility, defense and footwear sectors tend to outperform in flat markets, offering traders an alternative to more popular ...
  6. Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Oil

    Find out how oil markets might react to an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, and why consumers and bondholders could ...
  7. Lessons From the Worst Investments Ever

    Investing in the stock market isn't foolproof. Things can (and will) go very wrong. Here's what some investors have learned ...
  8. How Monetary Policy Impacts Income Inequality

    Income inequality is growing. Does monetary policy have a critical impact on its widening gap?
  9. How to Trade Dow Jones Future Contracts

    Learn about the Dow Jones Index futures contracts available and obtain step-by-step instruction on how to trade the stock ...
  10. Is Apple Overreliant on China? (AAPL)

    Apple's fourth quarter was more sweet than sour. But will that story hold true next year if China suffers another stock shock?
  11. The Inner Workings of a Big Regional Utility (DUK)

    Duke Energy is one of the quietest large companies in America. Few people outside of the Southeastern U.S. know about this ...
  12. 8 Ways to Protect Mutual Funds From a Financial Crisis

    Discover eight strategies you can use to protect your mutual fund investments from the next financial crisis, including which ...
  13. Is the CAPE Ratio Predicting an Era of Low Returns?

    When the the CAPE ratio is high, as it is now, it can indicate a bubble economy nearing its peak. Are we headed towards another ...
  14. When Will it Be Safe to Buy Commodities?

    When will it be safe to buy commodities (and which ones)? A closer look at the commodities markets and how they move.
  15. 5 U.S. Cities With High Paychecks and a Low Cost of Living

    Consider these U.S. hubs where workers get paid competitive salaries while enjoying a high quality of life due to a low cost ...
  16. Don’t Let Emerging Markets Scare You

    Concerns over global growth and rising rates have pushed emerging markets in a diversified portfolio out of this space, but ...
  17. Why The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Is Good News For American Companies

    Even though the full text of TPP is not yet available, preliminary indications are that it will benefit American companies. ...
  18. A Brief History of Income Inequality in the United States

    Income inequality is plaguing the U.S. economy, but a peek into the past reveals that the current situation is largely a ...
  19. How Income Inequality in America Affects Your Portfolio

    Income inequality is a major factor contributing to the anemic U.S. recovery after the 2008 Recession. Here's how it's affected ...
  20. Affordable Care Plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum?

    How to choose among the different coverage levels in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Which metal makes the most sense for ...
  21. Bank of America Stock: A Dividend Analysis (BAC)

    Learn about Bank of America, one of the largest U.S. financial institutions, its dividend policy, dividend yield, dividend ...
  22. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  23. How to Keep Your Clients During a Downturn

    Here's how advisors can reduce client churn during a downturn.
  24. These 2 Retailers are Bucking the Trend (COST,TJX)

    These two retailers are right in line with current consumer trends, which should lead to high upside potential and resiliency ...
  25. Is Hershey (HSY) Still a Sweet Investment?

    After a bittersweet third quarter is Hershey still likely to be a long-term winner?
  26. Why Millennials May Not Be Able to Retire

    The retirement outlook for millennials may appear grim but it doesn’t have to be. Gen Y still has time, but it needs to get ...
  27. Could Europe's Migrant Crisis Help its Economy?

    Middle class migrants are uniquely positioned to contribute to economic growth in Europe.
  28. How Labor Force Participation Rate Affects U.S. Unemployment

    While a falling unemployment rate sounds like a good thing, it can actually be indicative of people leaving the labor force ...
  29. U.S. Shale Oil Production: The Rise and Fall

    Low oil prices are taking their toll on U.S. shale oil producers, but their rise over the last decade is evidence of increasing ...
  30. 2 Of the Cheapest Large Cap Stocks to Buy (NOV, GPS)

    It might not be as exciting as owning a hot new tech company, but investing in an out of favor large-cap stock has some benefits.
  31. How Does Paribus Work and Make Money?

    Paribus gets costumers money back on their purchases after the fact, using the same algorithms that retailers use to manipulate ...
  32. The Top 4 Equity Proxies For the Futures Markets (SPY, IWM)

    Futures markets have highly liquid equity proxies for nearly all major contracts, offering greater choices for traders and ...
  33. Will China's Latest Economic Policy Save the Day?

    The Chinese economy is an enigma to many investors. Will its recent policy help its slowing economy?
  34. How Long Will Oil Prices Remain Low?

    With demand for oil weakening and new sources of supply, the price of oil is likely to remain below $100 a barrel for quite ...
  35. 3 Key Words in the Fed's Interest Rate Statement

    When you read the Federal Reserve Statement, read between the lines. There are three words in the last statement that especially ...
  36. Is There Any Upside Left for Walgreens?

    Walgreens is about to get much bigger, but does bigger equal better in this case?
  37. Is Walmart a Bargain Right Now?

    Every great growth story comes to an end. Is this the beginning of the end for Walmart or a buying opportunity?
  38. How the Dow Components Could Point to a Correction

    For the most part, the Dow has been on fire since March 2009. So the profits of its components are growing, right?
  39. Buy a House in the Philippines: A How-To Guide

    Foreign-ownership regulations make it a little tricky, but plan right and you can have a home in paradise.
  40. Trends Driving Managed Care M&A

    The uncertainty introduced by legislation has many managed care companies worried about potential financial losses. Companies ...
  41. Top SEC Exam Hacks for Financial Advisors

    These five tips will help financial advisors pass muster when the SEC comes knocking.
  42. Why IBM Bought Weather.com: The Stock Impact

    It's going to take a lot of time, but IBM just made a move that signals it'll be a tech giant once again. How might it's ...
  43. The Biggest Companies in Silicon Valley (AAPL, GOOGL)

    Understand what types of companies are the most successful in Silicon Valley. Learn about the top six largest Silicon Valley ...
  44. 4 Social Security and Medicare Need-to-Knows

    Retirees know better than anyone that costs are rising, especially health care. So, here we share these 4 considerations ...
  45. Considerations for Your 401(k) During Volatility

    If you can’t stand to sit tight when it comes to your 401k balance, focus on these five steps to help channel your worries ...
  46. Learn from These Big CEO Blunders

    A ceo can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But it can all erode — along with a company’s share price — ...
  47. Which Way Are Commodity Prices Headed In 2016?

    Commodity prices have been on a rollercoaster for the last four years due to global economic uncertainty. Will the trend ...
  48. How Advisors Can Prepare for a Bear Market

    Like investors, advisors must be ready for an eventual shift in the market. Here are a few scenarios and tips.
  49. How Facebook Leverages Your Posts to Swift Growth

    How Facebook has monetized your personal info into an economic powerhouse with robust growth.
  50. Top 2 Vanguard Energy ETFs and Mutual Funds (VDE)

    Read detailed analyses of an energy exchange-traded fund (ETF) and an energy mutual fund issued by Vanguard, and learn about ...
  51. Will Recession Become Reality in 2016?

    Due to creative measures by central banks, there is no telling when a recession will actually occur, but natural economic ...
  52. Why Caterpillar Should Be on Your Watch List

    Caterpillar is in a bind due to macroeconomic conditions, but unlike many other companies it's preparing accordingly.
  53. How Junk Food Earns Mondelēz $35B a Year

    How and why Mondelēz spun off from Kraft. Where the company is going, and how it profits on multiple continents.
  54. Will 2016 Bring a Bear Market?

    Timing the market is very difficult. Here are the current economic conditions that can hint at when a bear market will arrive. ...
  55. The Countries Affected By Falling Commodity Prices

    Weaker Chinese demand is helping to drive down commodity prices, which has significant effects on the global economy.
  56. The Chinese Economy Needs More Stimulus

    China's central bank, the Peoples' Bank of China (PBoC), has cut its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time in 12 months, ...
  57. 6 Ways to Start Saving for a House

    If you're serious about saving to buy a house, be willing to cut down or cut out unnecessary expenses. It can be done with ...
  58. Consider Dividend-Paying ETFs if Interest Rates Rise

    As an alternative investment, income-seeking investors may turn to dividend-paying exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a way ...
  59. Looking for Cost-Effective Ways to Save Water?

    There are lots of things you can do to save water at home while reducing your ecological footprint at the same time. Here ...
  60. A Look into the Exciting World of Venture Capital

    We look into the world of venture capital, where deep-pocketed investors gamble on funding the next big startup (or the next ...
  61. Is American Express (AXP) a Bargain Right Now?

    AXP has underperformed over the past 12 months. Is this likely to continue or is a rebound in the cards?
  62. Will the Stock Rally Last Past Christmas?

    The stock market can't seem to make up its mind. Will investors end up with coal for Christmas or might their wishes come ...
  63. Is McDonald's Rally Sustainable?

    Is McDonald's is in the early innings of a turnaround or should investors be shorting?
  64. Is Under Armour a Buy Right Now? (UA, NKE)

    Under Armour is on the move...but in the wrong direction. Is its growth story over?
  65. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Tesla Stock

    Learn about the biggest risks for a person investing in Tesla Motors, which is one of the most exciting and unpredictable ...
  66. Who Are McDonald’s Main Competitors?

    Find out which companies are McDonald's closest competitors. Learn about the largest fast food chains in the world and which ...
  67. The 3 Best Dividend Stocks in the Utility Sector (DUK, FE)

    Learn about three of the best-paying dividend stocks in the utility sector. Understand why utility stocks have less volatility ...
  68. Kinder Morgan Stock: A Dividend Analysis (KMI)

    Learn about Kinder Morgan through an analysis of its dividend policy and dividend yields, and discover how current industry ...
  69. 3 ETFs with the Lowest Expense Ratios (TFLO)

    Read detailed analyses of three exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have low expense ratios, and learn about the pros and cons ...
  70. Should You Invest in Oil and Gas? Consider These 3 Risks

    Learn about some of the major risks with investing in the oil and gas sector including volatile commodity prices, dividend ...
  71. Apple’s Profits Break a Record (AAPL)

    On late Tuesday, Apple Inc. released its fourth quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations in terms of both revenues ...
  72. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Google Stock

    Read about the biggest risks facing search-engine conglomerate Google Inc. shareholders, especially the risks of increased ...
  73. Have We Found the Bottom of the Oil Market?

    Are oil prices finally in a position to rise in 2016 or is another year of low prices ahead of us?
  74. 6 Signs It's Time to Take Your Business Public

    There's much more to going public than getting a pile of cash to grow your company. Here's how to tell if you're ready for ...
  75. How Henry Kravis Built Private Equity Giant KKR

    An overview of how Henry Kravis built one of the world's largest private equity firms.
  76. General Electric Stock: A Dividend Analysis

    Read a detailed analysis of the dividend policy of General Electric Company, and explore a comparison of the dividend policies ...
  77. America’s Labor Market: Hidden Distortions and Uncertain Forecasts

    Employment reports released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have a profound impact on political, business, consumer, and ...
  78. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Cisco Stock (CSCO)

    Learn about the biggest risks facing Cisco's stock, the challenges the company faces to return to growth and how it will ...
  79. Can the Economic Data From China Be Trusted?

    China’s economic data is widely distrusted.
  80. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  81. Why Lockheed Martin Will Always Be Good Bet

    A breakdown of the business of one of America's most mysterious yet successful companies: Lockheed Martin, the largest defense ...
  82. Are Target-Date Funds Safer in a Reeling Market?

    A look at whether or not target-date funds are safer when markets are volatile.
  83. Chevron Stock: A Dividend Analysis (CVX)

    Discover a detailed analysis of Chevron's dividend policy, and learn about the dividend policies of its competitors Exxon ...
  84. Citigroup Stock: A Dividend Analysis

    Discover a detailed analysis of Citigroup's dividend policy, and explore a comparison between the dividend policies of its ...
  85. Jack Dorsey: Introducing Twitter's New CEO (TWTR)

    The young programmer turned billionaire dual-CEO is returning to his first project in efforts to revitalize a stagnant business. ...
  86. Why is Gold a Counter Cyclical Asset?

    Gold is widely considered a safe haven during market turbulence. History has proven gold performs counter cyclically to the ...
  87. The Top 5 Disney Shareholders

    Learn about the top individual shareholders of Walt Disney Company stock and their connections to the hugely successful media ...
  88. 2 Top Long-term Infrastructure Stocks (PWR, GVA)

    Enormous sums will eventually be spent to upgrade U.S. Infrastructure. When it is, these companies should benefit.
  89. 2 High-Growth Regional Banks (HOMB, OZRK)

    Here are two regional banks with the potential for more growth thanks to their acquisition strategies.
  90. 4 Things to Know About the Future of US Energy

    The fracking revolution has underpinned the U.S. energy industry in recent years, with positive trends likely to continue ...
  91. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Brazil's GDP

    Examining the GDP composition of one of the BRIC members, Brazil.
  92. 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 ...
  93. Why This Boring Bank Can Be a Smart Investment

    People's United Bank is a familiar name throughout the Northeast. Here's a look at its holding company, People's United Financial.
  94. How to Invest In Developing Markets

    Developing markets can be attractive additions to many investor's portfolios, but carry additional risks that must be considered.
  95. Is it Time to Hedge Your Stock Portfolio?

    Recent weeks have seen stocks, credit and even emerging markets start to recover. Unfortunately, the gains haven’t been driven ...
  96. How Ray Dalio Made the World's Largest Hedge Fund

    Follow Ray Dalio's journey from adolescent stock trader to running the world's top hedge fund.
  97. Is Making Your Home ‘Smart’ A Dumb Idea?

    Remote-controlled devices and home systems could allow hackers to penetrate your sensitive data, not to mention your premises.
  98. Alternative Investments: Are They Right for You?

    Alternative investments can provide unique benefits to clients for whom they are suitable. But do your due diligence and ...
  99. Top 4 Companies Owned By Walmart (WMT)

    Look into some of Wal-Mart's most important subsidiaries, and discover how they fit into the global operations of the world's ...
  100. Time to Worry About a Profit Recession?

    3rd Q earnings season, a weak global economy, a strong dollar and collapsing energy prices suggest that the U.S. may be in ...
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