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  1. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  2. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  3. Recession: What Does It Mean To Investors?

    Understanding the business cycle and your own investment style can help you cope with an economic decline.
  4. The Most Expensive American Cities

    Some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. are also the most expensive - here's why.
  5. How Does Your Margin Grow?

    Risk-management tool SPAN margin boosts profitability prospects by helping to determine when to exit a trade.
  6. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  7. Beer Mergers: Are The Micro Brewers Doomed?

    What does the consolidation in the beer industry mean for investors and, more importantly, beer drinkers?
  8. New Forex Rules Cap Losses - And Profits

    The CFTC is considering reducing the maximum amount of leverage in the forex market to 10:1. Find out what this change would ...
  9. Taking Your Home "Off The Grid"

    There are many alternatives to traditional energy sources - though, they can come at a price.
  10. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  11. U.S. States Receiving The Most Bailout Money

    Find out where the stimulus money is going and how it is affecting citizens, schools and businesses.
  12. Why Laws Won't Prevent Financial Bubbles And Crashes

    We look at past government financial legislation, and see why it just doesn't work.
  13. Water Cooler Finance: We're Getting Richer And Spending More

    This week showed Americans' cautious optimism about the economy as more signs of recovery keep popping up.
  14. Take The LEED With This Green Career

    Over the next 10 years, the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are going green. Claim your space in the green revolution.
  15. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  16. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  17. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  18. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  19. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  20. An Introduction To Ichimoku Charts In Forex Trading

    Discover how this high-flying application can be used in forex trading.
  21. Jobless Growth: Are You Prepared?

    Economic growth doesn't always mean employment growth. Learn about how the jobless growth economy affects workers and investors. ...
  22. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  23. Should You Invest In A Green Home?

    Energy neutral homes are becoming real possibilities, but the financial point of view might not be so optimistic.
  24. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial ...
  25. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  26. The Perfect Investment For Chocolate-Lovers

    With mounting production problems, it might be time for investors to enjoy some hot cocoa ... investments.
  27. The European Union's Dead Weight

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  28. Mr. President And Mr. Market

    Whether you're Canadian, French or Mongolian, if you invest, you probably need to keep an eye on American politics.
  29. One World, One Currency: Could It Work?

    This idea has been debated for decades, but could it really work? Which countries would benefit? What are the downfalls? ...
  30. How Savings Are Saving The Economy

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  31. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  32. The Dangerous Lure Of Cheap Out-Of-The-Money Options

    Betting on an expected move is fine, but one must understand the risks involved in a position - and consider the alternatives. ...
  33. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  34. Financial Villains: Where Are They Now?

    We check in with these news-making fraudsters to see whether they cleaned up their acts after a decade or more.
  35. Forex: How To Scalp Fundamentally

    Learn why event-driven scalping in the currency market involves balancing fundamentals with technicals.
  36. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  37. 6 Unusual Ways To Make A Living

    Bounty hunters, repo men, body guards - many of these strange jobs are on the rise, so find out more about job requirements ...
  38. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an ...
  39. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  40. 6 Reasons Why Products Fail

    There are a number of reasons outside of marketing and the actual product that can lead to unmitigated failure.
  41. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead. ...
  42. Going Long On Calls

    Learn how to buy calls and then sell or exercise them to earn a profit.
  43. 7 Ways Climate Change Affects Companies

    The SEC is now asking companies to report their climate impact in their books. Find out how this factor can affect a company's ...
  44. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management. ...
  45. Warren Buffett: Oracle No More?

    Though he's an investing icon, critics are pointing to several past events that signal Buffett's reign may be ending.
  46. 2000-2009: The Lost Decade

    A look back at a volatile decade for investors and what it can teach us going forward.
  47. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  48. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of ...
  49. Options and Futures: You Already Trade Them

    These instruments seem complicated to beginners, but many people already make similar trades on a daily basis.
  50. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  51. The Cost Of An Auto Recall

    The impact of an auto recall on a company isn't simply financial.
  52. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  53. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  54. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively. ...
  55. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  56. Olympic Economics: Boom Or Doom?

    Cities often tout the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics but the wide range of estimates make the actual impact hard ...
  57. Is Cloud Computing An Investable Trend?

    Wall Street loves the next hot trend of cloud computing, but is it for real?
  58. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal ...
  59. European Crisis: Take It In Stride

    EU problems are part of a bull market wall of worry.
  60. 6 Ways To Steal Her Heart - Without Breaking The Bank

    There's nothing like a romantic proposal to sweep a girl off her feet. Here are six ways to make a major impression on a ...
  61. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  62. Careers in Crisis: Three Industries Hit Hardest By Job Losses

    The entire nation is suffering from unemployment headaches, but some industries are hurting worse than others.
  63. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  64. 7 States With No Income Tax

    These states impose no income tax on residents, but will putting down new roots really save you money?
  65. How Money Makes The Economy Move

    This simple example shows how central banks expand the money supply, and why the money supply must grow for the GDP to grow.
  66. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  67. This Week In Finance - Nasdaq Turns 40

    As the exchange enters its 40th year, it's a good time to examine how the Nasdaq's become one of the world's largest stock ...
  68. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  69. 5 Money Managers to Watch in 2010

    We look at managers that could be poised to deliver market-beating returns in 2010, and how we can participate.
  70. Hedging With Puts And Calls

    This trading strategy can reduce your risk - but only if you use it effectively.
  71. Underwater Companies That Haven't Drowned - Yet

    These companies are saddled with huge debts, but are still operating. How do they manage to stay afloat?
  72. The Truth About Micro-Cap Index Funds

    They don't exist, because micro-caps are too small for index funds and ETFs to invest in.
  73. 5 Signs You Shouldn't Switch Careers

    While switching careers can work wonders for your sanity and your bank account, you should always look before you leap.
  74. Mass Layoffs: The Hardest-Hit States

    The mass layoff data for December has been released, and while the numbers are far from good, they have been a lot worse.
  75. Are You Getting What You Paid For?

    Carefully checking your purchases can help protect your budget.
  76. Antitrust Defined

    Check out the history and reasons behind antitrust laws, as well as the arguments over them.
  77. Big Brother Breweries

    We look at the activity of the world's three largest brewers, and the impact on brewers and consumers.
  78. Understanding BRIC Investments

    Brazil, Russia, India and China are becoming more popular for investing, but there is still plenty of risk among BRIC countries. ...
  79. The German ILO: Why It Matters To Traders

    Germany sets the standard and tone for business in Europe, which makes its economic releases a source of great interest to ...
  80. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  81. Housing Numbers: Northeast Drags Down the Nation

    The most recent report suggests that a rebound just isn't in the cards, especially in the Midwest and Northeast regions.
  82. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  83. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  84. 5 Ways To Cut Your Cable Bill

    The cost of cable keeps climbing, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more satisfy your TV cravings.
  85. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
  86. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge ...
  87. Getting The Real Earnings

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  88. Range Trade Forex With Non-U.S. Dollar Pairs

    If you are following a range-trading strategy, you're better off with pairs that do not include the U.S. dollar. Find out ...
  89. What To Expect In 2010

    The economy has stabilized, but what's ahead for us in the new year?
  90. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  91. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  92. Schaff Trend: A Faster And More Accurate Indicator

    The Schaff Trend Cycle Indicator is forward-looking and generates signals much faster than old indicators like the MACD.
  93. The 2010 Real Estate Outlook

    The real estate market is still struggling, but that doesn't leave everyone out in the cold.
  94. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear. ...
  95. Six-Figure Jobs You Don't Have To Go To College For

    Can you make an elite salary with a basic education? Yes you can!
  96. 8 Signs Your Neighborhood Is On The Upswing

    If you were hard-hit by the real estate crash, you may be wondering when things will get better for you. We show you how ...
  97. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  98. Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification. ...
  99. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business. ...
  100. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

    But new standards won't help taxpayers this filing season.
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