Markets Articles

  1. Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price

    The strike price has an enormous bearing on how your option trade will play out. Read on to learn about some basic principles that should be followed when selecting the strike price for an option.
  2. What The Market Open Tells You

    The first few moments of trading provide a lot of information. If a trader analyzes this information, it can give a lot of insight into the market's moves for the day.
  3. Netflix: Should You Buy Or Hold Or Sell?

    Ultimately, an investor has to trust the decisions and strategies of the company’s management. History is on the side of CEO Hastings, who seems to have a knack for both surprising and pleasing the market. Nothing is ground in stone, of course. But don’t bet against Netflix.
  4. An Introduction To Stock Market Indexes

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indexes and what makes them all different.
  5. Your Post Office Could Become More Like A Bank

    Facing dire financial straits and staving off bankruptcy, the United State Postal Service may make an entry (in fact, a re-entry) into the financial sector by offering a suite of financial services.
  6. Principal Trading and Agency Trading

    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you buy or sell a stock? Read on and find out!
  7. EDGAR: Investors' One-Stop-Shop For Company Filings

    You can learn a lot about any listed company through this system - if you know how to use it.
  8. Do You Really Want to Learn Investing from These Guys?

    Wall Street has a new campaign to lure Main Street back to the markets by teaching financial literacy. A separate goal may be to avoid further regulation.
  9. The Basics Of Outstanding Shares And The Float

    We go over different types of shares and what investors need to know about them.
  10. Introduction To Trading Eurodollar Futures

    Introduction to trading eurodollar futures, covering eurodollar time deposits, the history of eurodollars, hedging and speculating with eurodollar futures.
  11. Why Americans Still Can't Escape The Recession

    National statistics indicate that the U.S. economy is finally gaining momentum. So why doesn't it feel that way for many Americans?
  12. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  13. Why Do Companies Care About Their Stock Prices?

    Read on to learn more about the nature of stocks and the true meaning of ownership.
  14. Oil: A Big Investment With Big Tax Breaks

    Oil and gas investments can provide unmatched deduction potential for accredited investors.
  15. The Importance Of The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)

    The PMI is the headline indicator in the ISM Manufacturing Report on Business, an influential monthly survey of purchasing and supply executives across the United States. The acronym PMI stood for Purchasing Managers’ Index prior to September 1, 2001.
  16. Fed’s Yellen Risks Inflation Spiral With Unemployment Target

    The Fed may be treading on dangerous ground by lowering its unemployment target for determining when to end the central bank's bond buying program.
  17. What You Need To Know About Binary Options Outside The U.S.

    Binary or digital options are a simple way to trade price fluctuations in multiple global markets.
  18. New Mortgage Rules For 2014

    New mortgage rules are set to take place next year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will make lenders screen home loan applicants in greater detail.
  19. 10 Most Shameful Bank Scandals Of 2013

    This year brought a whirlwind of shocking announcements and news that would go on to affect every corner of the globe, including the number of banking scandals uncovered in some of the world's largest countries, including the U.S.
  20. Should You Invest In Stocks Or Commodities In 2014?

    It's the dawn of a new year and investors are facing an array of fresh challenges. One of the intriguing investment parlor games is to contemplate whether stocks or commodities loom as the vehicles offering the best returns. Stocks enjoyed a spectacular showing in 2013.
  21. What To Expect From The Real Estate Market In 2014

    2014 holds some good news for the housing market, with gains in average home prices allowing more and more home owners to get their mortgages above water.
  22. Philly Fed Survey: Valuable To Investors?

    For many investors, the Philly Fed's monthly manufacturing survey provides important clues about the direction of the economy. But trading on the monthly report is probably best left to the professionals since it has a very short-term impact on the market.
  23. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
  24. America's Compensation Gap Shows No Signs Of Slowing

    The gap between the rich and the poor and middle classes is rapidly increasing in America. Historically this is not a good sign, as a strong middle class has been the backbone of the U.S. economy for most of its existence.
  25. Introduction to SPOT Options

    Single-payment options trading (SPOT) allows investors to have full control over their investments.
  26. The GDP And Its Importance

    GDP is an accurate indication of an economy's size. In terms of its ability to convey information about the economy in one number, few data points can match the GDP and its growth rate.
  27. The Fundamentals Of Forex Fundamentals

    Charting is not the only way to analyze the foreign-exchange market. Learn how to apply fundamental analysis to the economic indicators.
  28. Investing in Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs): Know the Risks

    Leveraged buyouts allow investors to make large acquisitions without committing a lot of capital. But LBOs carry big risks and can result in huge returns or huge losses.
  29. Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  30. Financial Markets: Random, Cyclical Or Both?

    Are the markets random or cyclical? It depends on who you ask. Here, we go over both sides of the argument.
  31. The Unemployment Rate: Get Real

    Depending on how it's measured, the unemployment rate is open to interpretation. Learn how to find the real rate.
  32. Introduction To Single Stock Futures

    These contracts allow for easier shorting, and provide more leverage and flexibility than stocks.
  33. Healthcare 2.0 - Obamacare Reboots The Health Insurance Market

    People who want to buy or switch their health insurance will have access to a much wider array of choices through the web, where health insurers will have to compete for our business.
  34. Using The Mirror Trading Strategy For Stocks

    Mirror investing offers transparency and the ability to benefit from someone else’s investment expertise, but it could well be a fad that appeals to a limited number of investors.
  35. Broadening Your Portfolio's Borders

    Find out what type of international fund might suit your needs in gaining exposure to foreign markets.
  36. The Drawbacks Of Single-Payer Healthcare

    Universal healthcare has many benefits, but if there's no such thing as a free lunch, then in what ways are single-pay citizens paying for their "free" healthcare?
  37. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment vehicles can reignite your interest in trading.
  38. If Kennedy, Eisenhower, Alexander the Great Et Al Were Leaders in Finance

    Would Eisenhower, Roosevelt and Kissinger have made good corporate executives? What about Alexander the Great?
  39. Getting A Handle On The Options Premium

    The price of an option, otherwise known as the premium, has two basic components: the intrinsic value and the time value. Understanding these factors better can help the trader discern which contracts represent a good value for the money.
  40. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  41. Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For J.C. Penney?

    Shares of the beleaguered retailer soared Wednesday after it told Wall Street that its holiday season would be its best in years. Unfortunately, it's not clear when it will profitable.
  42. Executive Pay: How Much Do Shareholders Really Care?

    How much do shareholders - or the public - really care about executive pay? A new SEC proposal may be aimed at finding out.
  43. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  44. The Basics Of Option Price

    Options can be an excellent addition to a portfolio. Find out how to get started.
  45. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  46. Why Facebook Investors Should Fret That Young Teen Users are Leaving the Nest

    David Ebersman of Facebook told Wall Street analysts during a conference call that Facebook during the third quarter the company did see a decrease in (teenagers’) daily uses, especially younger teens. What does this mean for the company and investors?
  47. How Much Exposure to Technology Stocks Should You Have?

    How Much of a Technology-Stocks Exposure Should You Have in your portfolio? Every investor is totally different, in many cases it has more to do with the individual’s risk tolerance.
  48. 7 Ways To Successfully Settle A Dispute With Your Bank

    Whether the problem is a small one or something serious enough to harm your credit rating, handling a dispute with tact and using the proper channels can save time and aggravation.
  49. How To Avoid Closing Options Below Intrinsic Value

    To get the best return possible on your options trading, it is important to understand how options work and the markets in which they trade.
  50. Breaking Down The Binomial Model To Value An Option

    Find out how to carve your way into this valuation model niche.
  51. Can Reed Hastings' Netflix Succeed Jobs And Apple?

    Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) has become the company that everyone wants to talk about. On Wall Street, giddy investors pinch themselves as they scoop up large returns on investments. Netflix' stock has more than tripled so far this year, while Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) has declined 1.4% year-to-date.
  52. What You Need To Know About The Employment Report

    This widely watched indicator of economic well-being directly influences the market.
  53. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term growth potential.
  54. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

    Savvy investors know to ask an advisor questions on these five essential subjects:
  55. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive advantages.
  56. Why And When Do Countries Default?

    Countries can, and periodically do, default on their debt. This happens when the government is either unable or unwilling to make good on its fiscal promises.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. What Is Market Efficiency?

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

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

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  65. 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.
  66. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

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

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

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

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

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  71. 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.
  72. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. The Market Participant Playbook

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

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  77. 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.
  78. 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!
  79. 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.
  80. Insider Selling Isn't Always A Bad Sign

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

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  82. 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.
  83. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  84. 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.
  85. What Is Private Equity?

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

    Blitzkrieg? Dawn raids? Sounds like the markets and the battlefield have a few things in common.
  87. 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.
  88. American Vs. European Options

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

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

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

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

    Branded drugs are expensive in large part because it's expensive and risky to develop them
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. A Look At Primary And Secondary Markets

    Knowing how the primary and secondary markets work is key to understanding how stocks trade.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  99. 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.
  100. Will Immunotherapy Disrupt The Oncology Market?

    Immunotherapy could radically change the treatment of cancer, and the revenue opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.
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