Markets Articles

  1. The 5 Best Performing Gold ETFs

    Gold ETFs are at bargain prices. Here are the five best performers to add to your portfolio.
  2. The Consumer Price Index: A Friend To Investors

    As a measure of inflation, this index can help you make key financial decisions.
  3. Top 10 Asian Cities For Real Estate Investment

    Emerging Asian markets are on a building tear. Countries in the region have focused on providing the housing, infrastructure and commercial buildings needed for the millions of new urbanites that flock to the cities from the countryside each year.
  4. 5 Ways To Get A Fair Price For Your Gold

    The price of gold continues to go higher and higher. When is the right time to sell, and how do you know if you're getting a good deal?
  5. An Introduction To Behavioral Finance

    Curious about how emotions and biases affect the market? Find some useful insight here.
  6. The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  7. Top 5 Reasons To Keep Leveraged ETFs To The Pros

    Leveraged ETFs can result in large gains, but also huge losses. Is it worth your time and money to look into them?
  8. The Bloomberg Terminal At A Glance

    The Bloomberg Terminal is one of the most popular tools for real-time financial information. Find out what it is and what it can do for you.
  9. Cities With The Fastest Internet Speeds

    How fast can you download music or movies? Depends on where you live. Broadband use has exploded over the past decade, but there are clear winners and losers when it comes to speed.
  10. The "True" Cost Of Stock Options

    Perhaps the real cost of employee stock options is already accounted for in the expense of buyback programs.
  11. What's The Difference Between Retiring In Canada And America?

    American and Canadian governments provide many of the same types of services, but the subtle differences between the two countries are worth noting.
  12. The Scariest Days On Wall Street

    Wall Street has had no shortage of breathtaking drops and gut-clenching routs. Here's a look at some of the worst crashes, routs and days of infamy.
  13. How Will Bank Regulation Affect British Banks?

    We look at the proposed changes to Britain's banking system, and see whether it will be able to stay competitive.
  14. 5 States That Are Bad For Retirees

    High taxes, poor healthcare and high crime are some of the reasons these states are bad places to retire.
  15. Why Are Consumers Paying The Same For Smaller Portions?

    Food portions of some products are getting smaller, but we are paying the same price. Find out why.
  16. What The Double-Dip Recession Means For Countries Around The World

    How will the possibility of a double-dip recession affect nations around the world?
  17. How Obama's Tax Cuts Could Affect Your Retirement

    Obama's tax cuts are supposed to help stimulate the economy, but how will they affect your retirement plans?
  18. The 6 Scariest Possibilities For The U.S. Economy

    The U.S. economy is at risk from many factors, and some are more likely than others.
  19. Retail FX Spreads: Do They Even Matter?

    Learn how retail forex spreads affect your ability to trade currencies.
  20. How To Establish A Credit History

    Can't get a credit card without a credit history, and can't get a history without a card? Break the Catch-22.
  21. The Importance Of Time Value In Options Trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  22. Top 4 Things To Know About The Last Double-Dip Recession

    The financial media and investors are haunted with the prospect of a double-dip recession. We look to the past to see if a double-dip recession is in our future.
  23. Currency ETFs Simplify Forex Trades

    Reduce your stock portfolio's risk by trading with foreign currencies.
  24. Can Operation Twist Jumpstart The Economy?

    We look at the Federal Reserve's Operation Twist, and see whether it's got what it takes to right a shaky economy.
  25. Top 5 Low-Risk Investments To Close Out 2011

    Negative sentiment on global economic growth prospects has actually pushed many asset classes into appealing territory.
  26. What Causes Bubbles?

    A look at how asset bubbles are formed according to different schools of thought.
  27. Top 6 Uses For Bonds

    We break down the stodgy stereotype to see what these investments can do for you.
  28. 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sovereign Debt Defaults

    Sovereign debt defaults are scary, but should they be? They are actually more common than you think.
  29. Why Today's "Recession" Tops The Great Depression

    The financial, labor and economic statistics show the current recession is worse than most people think.
  30. Should You Invest In Emerging Markets?

    Emerging markets are risky, but the rewards they can create make them a worthy addition to any portfolio.
  31. Why Britain Withdrew From The ERM

    Britain may have dodged a bullet, but it certainly was not an innocent bystander and still managed to become collateral damage.
  32. Getting Started In Forex Options

    Stocks are not the only securities underlying options. Learn how to use FOREX options for profit and hedging.
  33. The Baltic Dry Index: Evaluating An Economic Recovery

    This index can provide insight into economic growth and production, but it has its critics.
  34. The Market And Presidential Promises

    How can the presidential election affect your portfolio? Find out here.
  35. Stock Exchanges: A Global Tour

    Check out the history and inner workings of the world's six most well-known stock exchanges.
  36. Should You Follow Soros Out Of Gold?

    George Soros sold his gold, but that may have nothing to do with whether you should follow him.
  37. Why Consumer Confidence Matters

    As consumer spending is a dominant component of the U.S. economy, how consumers feel about the economy can become self-fulfilling.
  38. Market Speculators: More Help Than Harm

    Speculators often get a bad rap, but it's important to remember that they only observe trends, not manipulate them.
  39. The Importance Of Trading Psychology And Discipline

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

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

    Find out the history of FINRA, and how it's organized to monitor the markets and protect investors.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Translating Ticker Talk

    Stock tickers can say a lot about a company in just a few letters. Find out how to read them.
  45. Is Your Mutual Fund Safe?

    You might be carrying more risk than you think if your fund invests in derivatives.
  46. 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.
  47. Of Gold, Greeks And Governance

    The past decade has taught us a lot about how gold and governments are interdependent.
  48. 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?
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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?
  52. 5 Common Mistakes Young Investors Make

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

    In this strategy, traders cash in when the underlying security rises - and when it falls.
  54. Guard Your Portfolio With Defensive Stocks

    Find out how these securities can protect you from a market bust.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. The Swiss Franc: What Every Forex Trader Needs To Know

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

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

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  61. The Biggest S&P Missteps

    The S&P is generally respected, but several missteps have damaged the company's reputation.
  62. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  63. Budgeting For A Recession

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

    The biggest holders of gold account for 30,500 of the world's estimated 160,000 tonnes.
  65. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

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

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  67. 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.
  68. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. Industries Prone To Bubbles And Why

    Investors who want to avoid future bubbles should learn from the past in order to protect their investments.
  75. 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession

    Some companies improve their bottom line as many people make more conservative decisions with money during a recession.
  76. 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?
  77. 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.
  78. 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?
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. World's Most Expensive Disasters

    Whether disasters are natural or caused by man, they all leave behind a devastating toll and huge bills.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. The Evolution Of Ticker Symbols

    The stock market has changed dramatically since its inception, but the use of ticker symbols has remained largely unchanged.
  87. 5 Signs Of A Credit Crisis

    These indicators can illuminate the depth and severity of problems in the credit markets.
  88. 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.
  89. 5 Economic Effects Of Country Liberalization

    Liberalization provides new opportunities for diversification and profit.
  90. Commodity Prices And Currency Movements

    Find out which currencies are most affected by fluctuations in gold and oil prices, and improve your trading.
  91. 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.
  92. What Can Traders Learn From Investors?

    Discover tips from a long-term strategy that can help you make better short-term trades.
  93. 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?
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  98. A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  99. Forex Trading The U.S. Trade Balance Figures

    Those that are able to capitalize on this rather obscure report will benefit immensely from it.
  100. 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?
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