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  1. What Is The Relationship Between The Federal Funds, Prime And LIBOR Rates?

    The prime rate and LIBOR rate, two of the most prominent benchmark rates, tend to track the federal funds rate closely over ...
  2. Should India Be On Investors' Radars?

    Policy paralysis and investor indifference have defined India for some time, but a new government bent on cutting red tape ...
  3. How Doing Your 'Share' Has Enriched Facebook

    The phenomenon of Facebook, and the speed at which users joined and continue to join, is unprecedented. But just because ...
  4. Seven Well-Worn Secrets to Investment Success

    Highlights and recommendations of a veteran portfolio manager for investment success.
  5. Why a Rise In the National Debt Is Good for You

    In the first quarter of the year, the household national debt for Americans was $129 billion. Yet contrary to popular belief, ...
  6. These Sectors Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

    You've adjusted your debt portfolio to prepare for rising interest rates; now what about your equity holdings? Here are some ...
  7. Trading Options on Futures Contracts

    Futures contracts are available for all sorts of financial products, from equity indexes to precious metals. Trading options ...
  8. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  9. How To Earn The Most From CDs When Interest Rates Are Low

    Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer ...
  10. Four Market Risks to Focus on This Summer

    Four market risks to pay attention to this summer.
  11. Why Caregiving Costs Women

    Fueled by extended life expectancies, lost wages from reduced work and rising healthcare costs, women are now the hardest ...
  12. Pot Stock Pitfalls To Watch For

    When it comes to the quickly evolving marijuana sector, stay wary, heed SEC warnings and do your research, or your investment ...
  13. How To Buy Gold Options

    Buy gold options to attain a position in gold for less capital than buying physical gold or gold futures. If you've wondered ...
  14. How To Buy Silver Options

    Buying silver options allows traders to attain a position in silver for less capital than buying physical silver or silver ...
  15. How Oracle Remains A Relatively Unknown Software Giant

    Among the world's largest corporations by market cap, few companies are as unfamiliar to the everyday consumer as Redwood ...
  16. Preparing Your Portfolio For Climate Change

    A recent White House's report paints an alarming picture of coming climate change. How will you adjust your portfolio to ...
  17. Trading The Most Volatile Stocks After Hours

    The stock market has an official open and close, but trading takes place outside these hours, often in the most volatile ...
  18. The Difference Between Options and Futures

    Are you sure you know the difference between an option and a future?
  19. These Astute Bets Helped Hedge Funds Win Big

    Some astute bets helped hedge fund managers increase their average take by 50% in 2013, though the majority of funds were ...
  20. Time to Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    How much you could get and whether to respond
  21. Why Apple On The Prowl Is A Good Sign

    While Apple's pending deal to buy Beats Electronics might be upsetting its acolytes, the move is far from an act of desperation. ...
  22. 4 Free Parking Apps That Save You Time and Money

    Free parking apps that are working to save you gas, time and money.
  23. An Introduction To Dark Pools

    Dark pools are an ominous-sounding term for private exchanges or forums for trading securities; unlike stock exchanges, dark ...
  24. Is It Time To Break Up Berkshire Hathaway?

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is at the pinnacle of success and that’s when business leaders have to be the most wary. ...
  25. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their ...
  26. Five Stocks Whose Growth Rides On Low-Income Customers

    Catering to the rich won’t make you rich; there just aren’t enough of them to go around. But become popular with the regular ...
  27. Housing Market to Heal (But Remain Cautious of Homebuilders)

    Despite last week’s troubling drop in new home sales, the housing market should continue to recover. However, a sanguine ...
  28. The Perils Of Program Trading

    The increasing use of program trading makes market glitches inevitable - and sometimes disastrous.
  29. Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to tops in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 6 of 20 countries; the U.S.,11th.
  30. Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red

    Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red
  31. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part II)

    This is the second missive of a two-part series on cannabis stocks in 2014.
  32. Cycles And Presidential Cycles: Is There A Twist?

    The days when QE-infinity both here and in the land of the rising sun meant free money for those that could pull off the ...
  33. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their ...
  34. Connecting the Dots on Fed Policy

    A close look at how the Fed decides which path to follow.
  35. You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) caused by Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street ...
  36. Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk)

    By most fundamental measures, oil prices should be declining. Russ explains why they’re on the rise instead, how this has ...
  37. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  38. What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price ...
  39. How IEX is Combating Predatory Types Of High-Frequency Traders

    IEX is an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that seeks to combat predatory trading, particularly high-frequency trading. ...
  40. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  41. No Legwork Wednesday – J.C. Penney And The 'No Sale' Debacle

    When it comes to retailing, a company’s success depends as much on properly positioning its products as it does on the actual ...
  42. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Gold Standard

    Many feel that with the instability that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, some form of the gold standard ...
  43. Beware Of Overreaching For Yield

    With rates likely “low for long,” the stretch for yield looks set to continue, though investors should be cautious before ...
  44. Banking Perks for the Rich That Will Make You Green With Envy

    Famous faces are known for getting mountains of free stuff and special treatment. And the bank is no exception. Forget cars, ...
  45. Bubble Bursting? Only For Biotech & Internet Stocks

    The recent sluggish performance of U.S. stocks is leading some market watchers to question whether we’re witnessing the bursting ...
  46. Use Knock-Out Options To Lower The Cost of Hedging

    Unlike a plain-vanilla call or put option where the only price defined is the strike price, a knock-out option has to specify ...
  47. Give Yourself More Options With Weekly and Quarterly Options

    Weekly and quarterly options were introduced to give a greater choice of option expirations to investors, and enable them ...
  48. How the Case Against BofA's Ken Lewis Fizzled

    The regulatory cloud has lifted for Kenneth D. Lewis. Last week, the former head of Bank of America received a modest penalty, ...
  49. How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More

    How does Russia make its money, and why doesn’t it make more?
  50. The Insiders Who Fix Rates for Gold, Currencies And Libor

    The system by which benchmark rates are fixed for interest rates, currencies and gold is archaic - and, many would argue, ...
  51. Quantitative Easing: Does It Work?

    This controversial monetary policy has been used by some of the world's most powerful economies. But does it work?
  52. How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And Stocks

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the ...
  53. Sanctions Between Countries Pack a Bigger Punch Than You Might Think

    In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, in March 2014 the West slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian hotshots. So ...
  54. How Credit Event Binary Options Can Protect You In A Credit Crisis

    CEBOs are designed to offer protection from “Credit Events” like bankruptcy or a global economic crisis, and thus are quite ...
  55. The Risks Of Investing In Emerging Markets

    In a volatile market, domestic investing can be risky. Many investors choose to look overseas for diversification - but that ...
  56. Hash Tag Scam: Investors Vulnerable To ID Thieves On Twitter And Facebook

    Social media scammers are targeting investors.
  57. Which Vertical Option Spread Should You Use?

    Knowing which option spread strategy to use in different market conditions can significantly improve your odds of success ...
  58. Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?

    As the economy slowly heals, credit has become easier to obtain and interest rates have gone down. But does that mean it's ...
  59. How The Forex "Fix" May Be Rigged

    When it comes to forex, some types of "fixes" are legal. But some really aren't.
  60. Is Belfort's "Wolf" The Real Wall Street?

    Those sex-obsessed, drug-taking thugs who ripped off investors in Martin Scorcese's all-time biggest-grossing film, "The ...
  61. Why Unemployment Rates Matter To Your Retirement

    Undoubtedly, unemployment is important for retirees and soon-to-be retirees. Also important is understanding the inflation ...
  62. Mini Options: A Useful Tool For Trading High-Priced Securities

    Mini options are option contracts wherein the underlying security is 10 shares of a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). ...
  63. From Mrs. Watanabe To Abenomics: The Yen's Wild Ride

    Relatively recent upstarts like the euro and the yuan may hog the currency headlines these days, but for sheer drama and ...
  64. As Regulators Target CLOs, Bankers Predict Doom For Main Street

    Collateralized loan obligations are the latest Wall Street invention to give regulators headaches.
  65. Money Market Funds: Enough Regulation Already?

    Since September, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been sitting on proposed rules for money market mutual ...
  66. What is a Bear Call Spread?

    A bear call spread is an option strategy that involves the sale of a call option, and the simultaneous purchase of a call ...
  67. What is a Bear Put Spread?

    A bear put spread entails the purchase of a put option and the simultaneous sale of another put with the same expiration ...
  68. What is an Iron Butterfly Option Strategy?

    This relatively simple strategy is designed to provide a profit for investors who believe that there will be minimal price ...
  69. The 6 Most-Traded Currencies And Why They're So Popular

    Regardless of the reason, forex is an integral part of 21st century finance. And the more widely used and reliable the currency, ...
  70. What is a Bull Call Spread?

    A bull call spread is an option strategy that involves the purchase of a call option, and the simultaneous sale of another ...
  71. How Bernanke's Legacy Affects Retirees

    Ben Bernanke’s reign as Fed chairman has come to an end, and he’s leaving behind quite the legacy. The effects of this legacy ...
  72. Bitcoin Innovations And Obstacles

    Investopedia explains the development of the Bitcoin digital currency system and the risks associated with using and investing ...
  73. What Will Happen To Treasury Yields With Yellen And Tapering?

    Janet Yellen was sworn in as Federal Reserve chair Feb. 3, 2014, ending Ben Bernanke's eight-year tenure. Yellen assumes ...
  74. Creative Ways to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

    Protecting your stock portfolio is an extremely important part of portfolio management.
  75. The Best-Performing Sectors Of 2013

    A sector represents a high-level way in which analysts and investors group similar companies together. Analyzing Standard ...
  76. Four Breakout Stocks To Watch

    These biotechnology and pharmaceutical stocks continue to put in new highs, but indicators are diverging.
  77. An Overview of Weather Derivatives

    Investopedia explains: Weather derivatives allow businesses to safeguard against unusual temperatures or levels of precipitation ...
  78. The Best Investments This Year: The Boom of "Boring"

    Investopedia explains: U.S.-based stocks did well and beat more aggressive strategies pursued by hedge funds and other investors ...
  79. What Is A Bull Put Spread?

    Investopedia explains: A bull put spread is a variation of the popular put writing strategy, in which an options investor ...
  80. Why China's Currency Tangos With The USD

    Investopedia explains: It takes two to tango, but unless both partners move in perfect cohesion, a sequence of graceful maneuvers ...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. An Introduction To Stock Market Indexes

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indexes and what makes them all different.
  85. 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) ...
  86. Principal Trading and Agency Trading

    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you buy or sell a stock? Read on and find out!
  87. 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 ...
  88. Introduction To Trading Eurodollar Futures

    Introduction to trading eurodollar futures, covering eurodollar time deposits, the history of eurodollars, hedging and speculating ...
  89. 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 ...
  90. Why Do Companies Care About Their Stock Prices?

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

    Oil and gas investments can provide unmatched deduction potential for accredited investors.
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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.
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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. ...
  100. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
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