Markets Articles

  1. How Much Disaster Can Gold Hedge?

    Gold holds up well in the face of fear, but offers little in times of true collapse.
  2. The Importance Of Trading Psychology And Discipline

    Find out how investing success can be more about your mindset and less about the markets.
  3. Top 6 Websites For Finding Financial Stats

    These websites are among the best for you to find financial information on a variety of topics.
  4. FINRA: How It Protects Investors

    Find out the history of FINRA, and how it's organized to monitor the markets and protect investors.
  5. Is The Stock Market Really Worth Your Money?

    The S&P's 0.00% change over the past three years will make you wonder whether your money's in the right place.
  6. Translating Ticker Talk

    Stock tickers can say a lot about a company in just a few letters. Find out how to read them.
  7. Countries With The Highest Taxes

    If you thought your taxes as an American were high, think again. Here's a list of the top five countries with the highest tax revenues as a percentage of GDP.
  8. Is Your Mutual Fund Safe?

    You might be carrying more risk than you think if your fund invests in derivatives.
  9. Ivar Kreuger: Businessman Or Scam Artist?

    Match monopolist Ivar Kreuger started as a brilliant businessman, but his high-flying lifestyle led to some shady dealings.
  10. Of Gold, Greeks And Governance

    The past decade has taught us a lot about how gold and governments are interdependent.
  11. Why These 3 Countries Could Be Too Risky To Invest In

    Why is being trade-dependent a problem for these countries, and how does that affect investors?
  12. Where Is China Investing In The U.S.?

    The Chinese are gobbling up real estate across the country and making multi-billion investments in other business sectors, including construction, fuel and green technology.
  13. The British Pound: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    As a strong alternative to the dollar it is likely that the pound will remain a preeminent global currency for some time to come.
  14. 5 Common Mistakes Young Investors Make

    Starting to invest can be a scary process. Luckily, steering clear of common errors is half the battle.
  15. Profit On Any Price Change With Long Straddles

    In this strategy, traders cash in when the underlying security rises - and when it falls.
  16. Countries With The Highest Government Spending To GDP Ratio

    Does it make sense to invest in these countries with high government spending levels as a percentage of GDP?
  17. Guard Your Portfolio With Defensive Stocks

    Find out how these securities can protect you from a market bust.
  18. How September 11 Affected The U.S. Stock Market

    The attack on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001 had a profound impact on the market.
  19. Could September Be D-day For The Euro?

    Should Europe see another bout of stress, or continued stress, the single currency could face dire consequences.
  20. The 3 Biggest Risks Faced By International Investors

    Investing internationally is a great way to diversify your portfolio, but you need to know the risks.
  21. The Biggest S&P Missteps

    The S&P is generally respected, but several missteps have damaged the company's reputation.
  22. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  23. The Swiss Franc: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    Find out what you need to know before you start trading the Swiss franc.
  24. The Correlation Between Education And The Economy

    Is there a correlation between education level and a state's economic output?
  25. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  26. Budgeting For A Recession

    A recession can be tough on your finances, but by planning ahead you can increase your financial resiliency.
  27. Who Holds The Largest Gold Reserves?

    The biggest holders of gold account for 30,500 of the world's estimated 160,000 tonnes.
  28. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  29. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  30. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  31. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  32. The Next AAA Countries Headed For A Downgrade

    The next two years will continue to be volatile for many countries as they try to reign in their debt and avoid recession in the process.
  33. The Top Position Holders In The DJIA

    Find out who the major players are in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and who has been kicked out recently.
  34. And The King of R&D Spending Is

    When it comes to investing in other countries, knowing how much is being spent on research and development, and where it's be spent, is important for any investor.
  35. Finding Success Where Indicators Fail

    Trade what you see: Follow the charts, buy breakouts and honor stops. We'll look at a case study to show you how.
  36. Paying For College In An Economic Downturn

    There are many ways to fund a child's education including loans, scholarships, grants and protecting your investments.
  37. Industries Prone To Bubbles And Why

    Investors who want to avoid future bubbles should learn from the past in order to protect their investments.
  38. Most and Least Educated States

    The U.S. Census Bureau maintains lists of many state-by-state comparisons. One of the most interesting is the list of states with the most educated population.
  39. 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession

    Some companies improve their bottom line as many people make more conservative decisions with money during a recession.
  40. Higher Education - Bubble, Closed Society Or Free Market?

    With a collective faith in its value, insensitivity to price and a lot of debt underpinning it all, could higher education be the next bubble?
  41. Currency Positions You Can Take Now

    The foreign currency market is the largest financial market in the world, and investors in this market have many options.
  42. Is All That Glitters Gold?

    Gold has doubled in price over the last two years, and many say gold is the new currency but will it continue to outperform?
  43. The Future Of Sales Brokers

    The role of the sales broker, as a purely transaction-based salesperson, is changing. Find out what's next for this industry.
  44. World's Most Expensive Disasters

    Whether disasters are natural or caused by man, they all leave behind a devastating toll and huge bills.
  45. What Google's Pending Deal Means To You

    Google’s most recent deal bulks up defenses against Android patent infringement claims, and opens opportunities to operate as a dominant integrated smartphone vendor.
  46. The Hong Kong Dollar: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

    Find out everything you need to know about the eighth most traded currency in forex.
  47. Introduction To Counterparty Risk

    Unlike a funded loan, the exposure from a credit derivative is complicated. Find out everything you need to know about counterparty risk.
  48. Sector Rotation: The Essentials

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  49. 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.
  50. 5 Economic Effects Of Country Liberalization

    Liberalization provides new opportunities for diversification and profit.
  51. What Drives Employment?

    While numerous states, including Michigan, Florida, California, Nevada and others struggle with double-digit unemployment, we'll look at four states with above average employment.
  52. Can The U.S. Super Committee Solve The Debt Crisis?

    Find out about this committee's tactics and members, and see whether you think they can solve America's financial problems.
  53. The Evolution Of Ticker Symbols

    The stock market has changed dramatically since its inception, but the use of ticker symbols has remained largely unchanged.
  54. 5 Signs Of A Credit Crisis

    These indicators can illuminate the depth and severity of problems in the credit markets.
  55. Is It Eurobonds Or Bust For The Eurozone?

    Europe's central bank has its work cut out for it in the coming months, especially as it works for long term solutions.
  56. Commodity Prices And Currency Movements

    Find out which currencies are most affected by fluctuations in gold and oil prices, and improve your trading.
  57. 7 Lessons To Learn From A Market Downturn

    Don't learn these lessons the hard way. Read on to make sure you can weather an unstable market.
  58. What Can Traders Learn From Investors?

    Discover tips from a long-term strategy that can help you make better short-term trades.
  59. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  60. What's The Next Bubble?

    While these bubbles have held up fairly well so far, what happens if poor economic conditions continue or get even worse?
  61. 9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Accounts

    When it comes to keeping your money safe, don't rely on the FDIC - there's much more you can do.
  62. 5 Industries Looking Strong In The Summer

    Despite growing fears of another recession, these five industries have shown strong sales and profit growth in recent months.
  63. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  64. Forex Trading The U.S. Trade Balance Figures

    Those that are able to capitalize on this rather obscure report will benefit immensely from it.
  65. New Regulations For Gold Trading Set

    Margins have been raised and new regulations are in place for gold trading. How is this going to affect investors?
  66. A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  67. 10 Questionable Investments

    These areas make for very poor investment choices right now.
  68. The Italian Crisis

    Unlike some of its troubled sister countries, Italy's financial problems are being felt globally, especially in the U.S.
  69. Are Computers Bringing Down The Stock Market?

    We take a look at high frequency trading and see if it's one of the reasons for stock market losses.
  70. Is This The Worst Market Decline?

    History proves that the current meltdown is not a first, and those who avoid panic selling now should be rewarded with better exit points as recovery unfolds in the months ahead.
  71. Valuing Startup Ventures

    Valuing a company is a difficult task, regardless of the size of the business - but these methods can help.
  72. Patent Wars And Their Effect On Your Wallet

    How can patent wars, and patent trolls, affect new businesses?
  73. The Stock Market: Winners And Losers

    Market contractions - like the one we are currently feeling - produce both winners and losers. Find out which side you are on.
  74. The Cost Of Unemployment To The Economy

    Unemployment carries many costs, both obvious and hidden, for an economy.
  75. The European Central Bank’s Bond Buying Program

    Assisting countries like Greece and Portugal through bond purchase may be a good idea in the short term, but what happens to the ECB in the long term?
  76. What Investment Is Best For You?

    ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and advisory firms are just some of the choices to consider.
  77. How The Credit Rating Downgrade Affects the U.S. Economy

    With the S&P downgrade, investors liquidate and global perception is that the U.S. is in financial trouble, but there are still those who remain cautiously optimistic.
  78. How To Analyze Mid-Cap Stocks

    Mid-cap stocks often outperform both large-caps and small-caps with very little added risk.
  79. Get To Know The Major Central Banks

    The policies of these banks affect the currency market like nothing else. See what makes them tick.
  80. What You Should Know About Inflation

    Find out how this figure relates to your investment portfolio.
  81. Is The Housing Bubble Over?

    A discussion of the economic forces that may drive real estate prices up or down.
  82. Can The U.S. Remain Risk-Free?

    Without reform, the U.S.'s lauded social safety net could be the undoing of the world's largest economy.
  83. What If There Were No Government?

    What would the United States look like in the absence of a federal government?
  84. Using Options Instead Of Equity

    Learn how to multiply returns and diversify risk by buying options instead of stock.
  85. 3 Dangers Of Checking Your Stock Portfolio Everyday

    Find out how being overly attentive to your stocks can lead to lower gains and higher fees.
  86. 7 Countries' Surprising Top Exports

    Many of us have ideas about what certain countries are "known" for such as chocolates from Belgium, but many countries export other foods or products that might surprise you.
  87. Understanding The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The new CFPB will try to make sure the financial products and services market is fair, transparent and competitive.
  88. Making Sense Of The Most Traded Market In The World

    Technical indicators are extremely useful for forex traders; find out how you can get started with these powerful tools.
  89. Leveraged ETFs: Are They Right For You?

    This specialty vehicle offers dramatic results, but can also magnify risk.
  90. 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.
  91. Buying Power Around The World

    It takes more than just exchange rates to explain the global differences in the price of many goods.
  92. 5 Successful Companies That Survived The Dotcom Bubble

    These companies did what many others could not - survived the dotcom bubble.
  93. 5 U.S. Cities Too Expensive To Buy A House In

    Whether it's the lifestyle or career opportunities, these cities continue to attract people putting pressure on available land and housing.
  94. Investing Beyond Your Borders

    Investing abroad poses risks, but can also help you diversify. Discover ways to invest in foreign stocks.
  95. A New Approach To Equity Compensation

    The new financial accounting standard known as FAS 123R could take a bite out of your portfolio. Find out why here.
  96. Using Decision Trees In Finance

    These decision-making tools play an integral role in corporate finance and economic forecasting.
  97. Uncovering The ETF Wrap

    Tax benefits, low expense ratios and flexibility - discover the advantages of this managed money product.
  98. An Introduction To Depositary Receipts

    Learn about a security that allows you to invest in a foreign company through your local exchange.
  99. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  100. The VIX: Using The "Uncertainty Index" For Profit And Hedging

    Learn the best ways to profit and hedge using the Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index.
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