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  1. What Are the Characteristics of Successful Investors?

    Successful investors have a healthy life balance, are disciplined, and measure success properly.
  2. How Anheuser-Busch Makes Money (BUD)

    The world's largest brewer enjoys overwhelming market share all over the world, and that market share is expected to rise. ...
  3. How to Piece Together Your First Portfolio

    Here are some questions to consider when investing your money and building up a portfolio.
  4. How to Figure Out Your Investment Timeline

    Timing has a big impact on what you can expect of your investments. Here are some guidelines based on how long you have. ...
  5. MLP Investors to Benefit Under a Trump Tax Regime (AMLP,EMLP)

    Trump’s new tax plan could spell big savings for investors in master limited partnerships.
  6. Four Ways Boomers Benefit from Rising Rates

    Here are four ways that Baby Boomers can take advantage of rising interest rates.
  7. Best and Worst Investments If You’re 50 or Older

    It’s always important to be diligent about choosing the right investments for your portfolio. What are the best investments ...
  8. The Pros of Separately-Managed Accounts

    Investors who want a more personalized approach to managing their money should consider separately-managed accounts.
  9. The Problem With Stocks That Pay Dividends

    A portfolio should be diversified across more than dividend-paying stocks.
  10. Tapping Emerging Markets Via Multi-Asset Investing

    What are the best ways to build exposure across emerging markets asset classes, including equities, fixed income and currencies?
  11. Is It Time to Rebalance Your Portfolio?

    Failing to rebalance a portfolio results in higher risk without higher returns.
  12. Top Penny Stocks for December 2016

    Penny stocks have now entered a seasonality positive period. Here are top penny stocks to watch.
  13. Does the S&P Follow the Consumer Confidence Index?

    Are the ups and downs of the Consumer Confidence Index similar to those of the S&P 500?
  14. Understanding Stock Valuations: Price-Earnings Ratio

    Understanding stock valuations is essential to uncovering worthy portfolio candidates. Ignore them at your own risk.
  15. The Biggest Lie Your Advisor Might Tell You

    Has your financial advisor talked to you about the factor that makes or breaks financial success?
  16. Three Ways to Prepare Your Portfolio for President Trump

    It's easy to panic about big changes – or think you can game them. What to do instead as the economy (and your portfolio) ...
  17. Managing Risk Instead of Trying to Beat the Market

    Risk management can produce much more stable long-term returns than trying to beat the market.
  18. Dividend Reinvestment: Grow Your Investments Faster

    Dividend reinvestment is a smart strategy for growing your investments faster over the long term, but it’s not a get-rich-quick ...
  19. Top 5 Books Every Young Investor Must Read

    Reading these respected books by finance legends will help you begin investing on the right foot.
  20. Stock Picking: The Flaws of Technical Analysis

    Is technical analysis of stocks an accurate science, and a worthwhile endeavor?
  21. What Are the Benefits of Passive Investing?

    These are the benefits of a passive, long-term investing strategy.
  22. Best Stocks, ETFs for a Clinton Presidency (TAN, ITA)

    If Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election these are the stocks and ETFs that should be on your watch list.
  23. The Best Investment Strategies for a Low-Yield Environment

    Our current economic environment is challenging, so you need to have the best investment strategies for your situation. A ...
  24. Trying to Beat the Market? Consider These Steps Instead

    Trying to beat the market? These methods are much more likely to lead to investing success.
  25. The Advantages of an Active Management Strategy

    A look at active management and what it potentially offers investors.
  26. How Much Americans Spend On Halloween

    Americans are due to spend $8.4 B this year on Halloween.
  27. What You Should Know About High-Yield Dividend Stocks

    High-yield dividend stocks can be an enticing alternative for income, but it's important to research them carefully before ...
  28. Baseball and Investing: How to Win at Both

    The paths to winning big in baseball and winning big in investing are very similar.
  29. Why Do Investors Still Choose Active Management?

    A look at active management and why passive management is a better choice.
  30. Using Trend Following Investing to Beat the Market

    With billions of dollars being invested in trend following strategies, these models are in high demand from investors, hedge ...
  31. Protecting Your Investments From Economic Storms

    Investing during a financial storm is scary for you and your portfolio, but there are many ways to weather it.
  32. Will the New President Impact Your Portfolio?

    The U.S. President is often called the most powerful person in the world, but they don’t run the economy any more than they ...
  33. The Top 5 Disney Individual Shareholders in 2016 (DIS)

    The top individual shareholders of Walt Disney Company for 2016 and their connections to the hugely successful media corporation.
  34. A Better Way to Think About Diversification

    Here's why diversifying your portfolio to the extreme is one of the best investment strategies around.
  35. The Importance of Making an Annual Financial Plan

    Making an annual financial plan is a smart way to ensure staying on track with your retirement, savings and investing goals ...
  36. How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you. ...
  37. How Fantasy Football Will Sharpen Your Investing

    There are at least a few lessons to be learned from fantasy football that can be applied to investing. Here are six.
  38. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  39. Wealth Preservation: "All I Know Is That I Know Nothing"

    Investors can derive great value from humility. By keeping the adage "all I know is that I know nothing" in mind, they can ...
  40. Why the Correlation Between the Dollar and Equities Is Weakening (SPY, UUP)

    The correlation between U.S. dollars and equities can change based on macroeconomic conditions. Understanding the causes ...
  41. 2 Investments With the Most Risk in 2016 (GLD, SDY)

    Investors should identify which investment has the most risk to protect themselves from losses. Risky investments include ...
  42. Smart Beta Factor Investing: What Are the Most Popular Funds? (USMV, EFAV)

    Smart beta ETFs allow an investor to focus on specific factors. Here are some of the most popular smart beta ETF vehicles. ...
  43. Diversification Strategies: Stocks Vs. Gold

    When it comes to asset allocation, is gold a solid diversifying asset class?
  44. How Momentum Investing is Making a Comeback

    Momentum investing is making a comeback, though recent studies have shown it has been a viable strategy all along.
  45. Your Risk Tolerance and Market Volatility

    It's important to understand that to invest in our future, we do not have to ride the stock market all the way down or stay ...
  46. How to Create a Smart Beta Investment Strategy (MTUM, VLUE)

    Learn how to use different smart beta ETFs exploiting various factors in your investment portfolio.
  47. 3 Reasons Against a Smart Beta Allocation in Your Portfolio

    3 reasons why you may want to think twice before allocating Smart Beta to your portfolio.
  48. Traps Leading to Market Underperformance Part III

    Many investors rely on the wrong things when it comes to evaluating and then acting upon their investments. Here are three ...
  49. EIA vs. API: Comparing Crude Inventories Announcements

    Between the two major oil inventory reports: the API and the U.S. EIA, which is more highly regarded and why?
  50. Investing: How to Focus on What You Can Control

    There are plenty of distractions and concerns outside of our portfolios, but to win the investing race we must stay focused ...
  51. Investment Decisions: How Do You Make Them?

    Your decision-making criteria reveals a great deal about your investing beliefs, and your outlook for the future.
  52. Tactical Allocation Funds: A Sucker's Play?

    John Rekenthaler of Morninstar has illustrated that the dismal performance of tactical allocation funds makes them a sucker's ...
  53. 3 Graphene Companies to Invest In (SSNLF, INTC)

    One-sixth the weight of steel and 200 times stronger, graphene could revolutionize several industries.
  54. Why You’ll Never Get a Stock Tip Out of Me

    Playing the long game might not be as exciting as following a cocktail party stock tip, but it's likely to make you far more ...
  55. GS Disagrees With the Stock Market's Most Common Theme (SPY)

    Goldman Sachs turned bearish in May 2016 and has doubled down as the stock market breaks new highs. Find out the reasons ...
  56. Barclays Foresees Oil Prices Recovering up to $85 by 2019 (BCS)

    Here's why Barclays predicted that Brent crude would reach $85 by 2019, one year earlier than the financial institution's ...
  57. Traps That Lead to Market Underperformance Part II

    There is a vicious investing cycle that impacts many young and first-time investors.
  58. How U.S Investors Can Buy Nintendo Stock (NTDOY)

    Those who wish to buy stock in Nintendo due to the success of "Pokemon Go" can do so on U.S. exchanges. Find out how.
  59. Top 5 Penny Stocks for September 2016

    These five penny stocks trading on U.S. public exchanges could gain substantial ground in coming months.
  60. Is Dividend Investing Still Viable?

    The performance of dividend stocks, ETFs and mutual funds is hot right now. Do they still offer upside potential for clients? ...
  61. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  62. Investing Vs. Speculating: How They Differ

    The difference between investing and speculating may surprise you.
  63. Think Twice Before Buying Tax-Free Municipal Bonds

    Municipal bonds are relatively safe, tax-exempt securities--but they are not without drawbacks. Due diligence is required. ...
  64. Traps That Lead to Market Underperformance Part I

    There are many psychological traps that lead to defeat in investing. But I've noticed this one more than others over the ...
  65. How Financial Times Are Changing

    Today there are probably better ways for you and your advisor to spend time than actively trying to beat the market.
  66. NIRP: Bonds Won't Diversify Your Portfolio Anymore (MS, BLK)

    Using bonds to diversify portfolios has grown more complex. Learn more about the new environment and effective investment ...
  67. Methods of Handling Risk: A Quick Guide

    Discover the five methods to manage pure risk, and learn how they can be implemented to mitigate risk with health and life ...
  68. Understanding Penny Stocks' Risks and Rewards

    Penny stocks can soar in a short period, but dabbling in them is a dangerous game. Here is a breakdown on the risks and rewards ...
  69. How to Invest in Penny Stocks (ADAT, ANAD)

    Is the lure of finding a diamond in the rough too strong to ignore? Then here's a guide to investing in penny stocks.
  70. Elements of Insurable Risks: A Quick Guide

    Explore the elements of insurable risk: due to chance, measurable and definite, predictability, noncatastrophic, random selection ...
  71. How to Make Decisions About Your Stock Options

    Always make sure your financial plan is based on you and your goals for your future, especially when it comes to vetting ...
  72. Putting Your Money to Work for the Greater Good

    There are several ways to put your capital to work for social or charitable causes, while also facilitating moves that support ...
  73. Top 3 European Investment Trusts (JEO.L, HEFT.L)

    Discover three of the best-performing European investment trusts for investors to consider as vehicles to obtain exposure ...
  74. 5 Ways You Can Invest in Panama From Abroad

    Learn about five ways to invest in Panama, including buying stock, ADRs and real estate, conducting business in the Pacifico ...
  75. 5 Ways to Invest in Chile From Abroad (BSAC, ECH)

    A solid credit rating, relatively strong economy, low corruption and transparent bureaucracy make Chile a popular recipient ...
  76. Will Natural Gas Perform Like Oil? (UNG, XLE)

    Oil is in a bull market. Will natural gas prices follow or are both headed for a near-term correction?
  77. 4 Reasons to Move to Canada

    There's more to our northern neighbor than Hockey Night and maple sugar.
  78. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Banks' Bottom Lines

    Examine the impacts of low interest rates on banking industry profits and find out if negative interest rates will have a ...
  79. VMMXX: Overview of Vanguard Prime Money Market

    Find out if the Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund is a suitable choice for investing cash in today's low-interest-rate environment.
  80. DSEEX, PXTIX: Smart Beta Mutual Funds vs. Smart Beta ETFs

    These two smart beta mutual funds offer potential, but are their ETF counterparts a better option?
  81. 3 Ways You Can Invest in Costa Rica From Abroad

    Learn about the three ways to invest in Costa Rica: through its Bolsa stock exchange, through real estate or by investing ...
  82. What You Learn at University Investment Clubs

    University investment clubs are where Wall Street and the classroom intersect.
  83. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis is His Key to Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  84. CPFXX, SPAXX, VMFXX: Top Government Money Market Funds

    Discover three of the most popular and best performing government money market funds well suited for investors seeking capital ...
  85. Investing $100 a Month in Stocks for 30 Years

    Find out how you could potentially earn hundreds of thousands of dollars by just investing $100 a month in stocks during ...
  86. Market Timing Tips & Rules Every Investor Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  87. Buying Stocks When the Price Goes Down: Big Mistake?

    Averaging down is a trumpeted strategy that has merit, but can amount to throwing money away when used carelessly.
  88. 4 Best Passive Income Investments

    Generating income from passive investments begins with knowing which ones are the best fit for your portfolio.
  89. Why Spain's Sovereign Debt Is Outshining Italy's

    Spanish 10-year government bonds have been trading at a lower yield than Italy, which has significantly larger economy
  90. Follow Warren Buffett, Beat the Market

    Warren Buffett was once asked what is more important to become a successful investor: intelligence or discipline? His answer ...
  91. Is the Presidential Election Really Hackable?

    Electronic voting booths need upgrades, but 3/4s of the country still votes on paper.
  92. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    The “quantitative” approach to investing seeks to pay attention to the numbers instead of the intangibles.
  93. 4 ETFs With FANG Stocks (FDN,PNQI,QQQ,SKYY)

    These four ETFs offer exposure to FANG stocks, each in a different way.
  94. How To Be The Perfect Copycat Investor

    Legendary investor Warren Buffett has attracted copycats over the years, and that could be because copying Buffett’s strategy ...
  95. Shorting an ETF vs. Buying an Inverse ETF (AAPL, INTC)

    Investors who want to bet against specific sectors or indexes can either short an ETF or buy an inverse ETF. Which is better ...
  96. Behind Oracle's 172% Rise in 10 Years (ORCL)

    Earnings and acquisitions have driven the historical share price for Oracle Corporation.
  97. A Historical Guide to the Gold-Silver Ratio

    Regardless of the direction in gold and silver prices, investors can make money by trading on the price relationship between ...
  98. Analysis Paralysis: How to Manage Stock Research

    Don't suffer from paralysis by analysis; find out how to do an effective and manageable job of stock watching.
  99. 3 ETFs That Beat the S&P 500 (SPLV,RSP,NOBL)

    These three ETFs have consistently beat the S&P 500 since their inception.
  100. August 2016 Top Penny Stocks (CDTI)

    Penny stocks are generally risky; however, these five experienced an incredible run in July 2016 and look like they may keep ...
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