Markets Articles

  1. A User's Guide To Warrants

    These investment vehicles are relatively uncommon in the United States, but they do still appear in U.S. markets.
  2. The Capital Asset Pricing Model: An Overview

    CAPM helps you determine what return you deserve for putting your money at risk.
  3. Gold: The Other Currency

    Throughout history, gold has held its value against paper currencies. Learn how it can help offset market risks.
  4. HYIPs: The Newest Investment Scam

    Find out how to spot this kind of scam so you don't lose your hard-earned money.
  5. Who Stands To Benefit From QE2?

    With the Fed opening the tap again, some specific industries could see easy money come their way.
  6. What Happened To The MBS Market?

    Find out how the fall of mortgage-backed securities has changed the financial landscape.
  7. 6 Ways To Impress Your Boss

    The recession has given immense value to nearly every job in America. Learn top tips for wowing your boss and creating job ...
  8. Why Investments That "Feel" Safe May Not Be

    Investors tend to be adventurous in situations where they feel protected, but risk compensation theory suggests this may ...
  9. S&P 500 Options On Futures: Profiting From Time-Value Decay

    Writing bull put credit spreads are not only limited in risk, but can profit from a wider range of market directions.
  10. The Economy And The Market: A Tale Of 2 Indicators

    The economy is still suffering, but the stock market seems to be doing fantastic business - we look at how this can happen, ...
  11. Water Cooler Finance: G20 Leader Spats And China Fakes It

    This week in the financial news: new video game sales records are being broken, while China can't seem to get along with ...
  12. Industries Where Fortunes Rise As The Snow Falls

    These companies can warm up your portfolio when temperatures plunge.
  13. Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be used with equity as well as commodity and futures ...
  14. 10 Cities Where Renting Rules

    It's a buyer's market in real estate, so it's smart to buy, right? Not always. Here are 10 cities where it can be better ...
  15. 5 Long-Term Consequences Of The Recession

    Apart from the headlines about jobs, this recession is doing damage in other areas that goes unnoticed.
  16. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

    International investors need to be aware of the staggering correlation between tax rates and economic performance.
  17. Dollarization Explained

    Find out how fledgling economies can find some stability in their currency and attract foreign investment.
  18. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

    Learn how put options can act as insurance for volatile stocks in your portfolio.
  19. Jobless Recovery: The New Normal Since 1990

    Just because the economy rebounds from a recession does not mean the unemployment rate will follow.
  20. 6 Banking Fees You Can Avoid

    There are ways to avoid banking and credit card fees, but it takes planning, commitment and some lucky timing.
  21. 5 Big Names That Profited From The Recession

    While the recession was a terrible event for many, some savvy parties managed to make it work for them.
  22. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  23. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial ...
  24. A Goldbug's ETF Plays

    There are quite a few ways to play gold using only ETFs, and here are some of the more popular ones.
  25. 5 Stocks That Are Haunting Investors

    These stocks have lost a major percentage of their value this year, scaring away investors in the process.
  26. The Scariest Financial Moments Of 2010

    This Halloween, we'll take a look back in the year at the events that truly scared us.
  27. Wall Street History: We Fell On Black Days

    This week in financial history, Wall Street suffers some disastrous days.
  28. Trading The Soft Commodity Markets

    Learn the contract specifications for a few of the most heavily traded commodities.
  29. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  30. Water Cooler Finance: Ghosts Of Economies Past

    Will old disasters come back to haunt the markets in the time for Halloween?
  31. You Worked How Long To Buy That?!

    Find out the true cost of items by translating them into hours worked.
  32. The 6 Fastest-Growing Economies

    A look at the economic growth in several developing countries.
  33. 5 Metals That May Be Brighter Than Gold

    Many metals could be better investments than gold because they're more versatile and aren't as tied to investor sentiment.
  34. 5 Could-Be Bubbles Waiting To Burst

    Investors should approach these markets with caution, as prices and expectations seem to be ahead of reality.
  35. 6 Drug Companies With Expiring Patents In 2011

    The 2011 "patent cliff" is approaching and many big name pharmaceutical manufacturers face patent expiration on their core ...
  36. Wall Street History: Panics, Scandals And Rogue Traders (Oh My!)

    This week chronicles the heroics of J.P. Morgan, a classic embargo battle, the first of Wall Streets' dark days and much ...
  37. Hotshots Needed For Commodity Trading Advisor Positions

    If you can multi-task and you enjoy a good challenge, this lucrative career could be a perfect fit.
  38. What Is Quantitative Easing?

    This is the latest economic buzzword; find out what it is and how it will affect you.
  39. Closing Down The NYSE: What Does It Take?

    The New York Stock Exchange has shut its doors multiple times in its long and storied history. We’ll look at when and why ...
  40. Forget BRIC, It's Time For CIVETS

    BRIC was the emerging market shorthand for the first decade, now it's time for CIVETS.
  41. Water Cooler Finance: The Beginning Of A Foreclosure Crisis?

    This week in financial news, robo-signers are explained and Buffett is selling more stock.
  42. What To Do About Gold Now

    Gold has made gains of more than 16% since January. These tips will help you ride the gold wave.
  43. Can You Dispute A Foreclosure?

    The bank has foreclosed on your mortgage, but do you really have to leave? Learn how to fend off the lenders and gain the ...
  44. Introduction To Weather Derivatives

    Learn about a financial instrument that makes temperature a tradable commodity.
  45. How To Tell If A Company's In Trouble

    Observing a company's behavior can prove beneficial for the mindful investor. Know the signs before you make a reactionary ...
  46. Drastic Currency Changes: What's The Cause?

    Currency fluctuations often defy logic. Learn the trends and factors that result in these movements.
  47. Brokers: Do You Want To Sell Stocks Or Insurance?

    Know the difference between working as a broker or an insurance rep.
  48. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  49. 5 Businesses That Rise As The Temperature Falls

    Not many people welcome the snow and cold, but these businesses depend on it to increase sales and profitability.
  50. The Best And Worst Investing Advice

    Some financial sayings are worth a second look, even if they seem to be set in stone.
  51. How The Federal Reserve Was Formed

    Find out how this institution has stabilized the U.S. economy during economic downturn.
  52. How To Sell Put Options To Benefit In Any Market

    As long as the underlying stocks are of companies you are happy to own, put selling can be a lucrative strategy.
  53. When Not To Trade

    When conditions arise where systems are likely to perform poorly, traders must exercise discipline and cease trading.
  54. September Real Estate Recap

    This year hasn't been a great year for the real estate market, and September proved no different. Can the ghosts of recessions ...
  55. What To Do When Your Options Trade Goes Awry

    Check out some repair strategies to help boost the profit potential of a losing position.
  56. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  57. How Does The Yen Affect American Finance?

    Although it has fallen to number four on the trading partner list, Japan and its currency have a large impact on the American ...
  58. Top 5 Reasons To Invest In Currencies

    Here's why you should get into the forex market.
  59. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

    Forget the cliches and uncover how much volatility you can really stand.
  60. Media Mashup: Who Owns Whom?

    You'd be surprised by how many publications fall under the umbrella of one company. Discover the big media companies and ...
  61. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  62. When The Federal Reserve Intervenes (And Why)

    The Federal Reserve doesn't interfere with the economy every time it flounders. Find out more here.
  63. How To Place Orders With A Forex Broker

    Learn how to set each type of stop and limit when trading currencies.
  64. Trading The QQQQ With In-The-Money Put Spreads

    Even beginners may use this strategy to trade a bullish outlook.
  65. The Wealth Gap: Developing Nations Are Catching Up

    The difference between rich, developed nations and poor, developing nations is shrinking. Find out what this means for you.
  66. Wall Street History: WaMu's Collapse, Black Friday And LTCM

    The end of September has historically been one of the worst times in finance. Find out why.
  67. Companies You Think Are Canadian

    Their advertising and brands scream Canadian, but are these companies really owned elsewhere?
  68. Water Cooler Finance: Poverty Rates Increase - And So Do Millionaires

    This week in finance, the number of poor people hits a new high and the U.S. gets tough on China.
  69. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  70. Options Risk Graphs: Visualizing Profit Potential

    With a single diagram, you can see how price, time and volatility affect potential gains.
  71. Build America Bonds: Should You Buy?

    BABs are part of the recovery act created by the Obama administration. Find out how they work and whether they could work ...
  72. What's Preventing Inflation?

    These economic factors are keeping inflation in check.
  73. Take Advantage Of Dollar-Cost Averaging

    We explain how dollar-cost averaging offers protection and opportunity in a sinking market.
  74. Water Cooler Finance: Mergers, Hostile Bids And SEC Probes

    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has once again emerged with offers being made in tech, biotech and even fertilizer.
  75. 5 Sectors To Avoid In A Market Crash

    These stocks did worse than the market in the meltdown, suggesting investors should approach these sectors at their peril.
  76. Compound Annual Growth Rate: What You Should Know

    The CAGR is a good and valuable tool to evaluate investment options, but it does not tell the whole story.
  77. Market News That Seems Promising - But Isn't

    Not all good news is created equal. Find out how some positive stock market news can actually be bad news for investors.
  78. Forex: The Moving Average MACD Combo

    Learn a strategy with clear entry and exit levels that will get you into a trend at the right time.
  79. Why You Should Understand The Stock Market

    Even if you don't invest a cent in stocks, you should still understand how the stock market works. Find out why.
  80. Should Your Options Go Naked?

    Compare naked strategies to credit spreads and see if the unlimited risk of going naked is worth it.
  81. 4 Companies That Should Have Sold Out

    When company management gets unreasonably stubborn and refuses a merger or buyout, shareholders often pay the price.
  82. The 6 Best States For Renters

    These areas offer the most bang for your rental buck.
  83. Wall Street History: Fannie And Freddie Are Bailed Out

    This week in financial history saw the first Chrysler bailout, the retirement of a superstar CEO and much more.
  84. What To Do If The Market Crashes Again

    Read these six tips and learn how to be prepared when the market inevitably falters.
  85. Water Cooler Finance: The New iPod And The Roller Coaster Market

    The market continues to threaten to jump the tracks, but take heart; Apple continues to deliver shiny gadgets for us to play ...
  86. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  87. Crash-Proof Sectors You Should Be Watching Now

    Although no industry is impervious, these sectors may add some safety to your portfolio.
  88. Options Trading Volume And Open Interest

    Learn how these two statistics can give you an edge in trading options.
  89. 5 Stock Sectors To Hold If The Market Crashes

    Equities can seem scary when the economy is volatile, but these holdings can be profitable in the long run.
  90. A Primer On Offshore Drilling

    Learn the important ratios and terms that you'll need to know to get involved in this trading sector.
  91. Currency Carry Trades 101

    This strategy can provide returns even if the currency pair doesn't move a cent.
  92. 4 Solar Power Rebates You May Not Know About

    Credits and rebates can make solar power a practical investment if you plan to remain in your home.
  93. Water Cooler Finance: The Ups And Downs Of A Double-Dip Recession

    This week in finance, disappointing economic indicators increased worries about an extended recession.
  94. Proxy Voting Gives Fund Shareholders A Say

    You have the right to take part in important company decisions - even if you cannot attend the meetings.
  95. The Best Business To Be In During A Recovery (And Why)

    Where are the best places to be when an economy starts to recover?
  96. Green Energy: Why We're Still Not Using It

    The reason we are still dependent on fossil fuels for energy is about as old as the fossils themselves. Read on to find out ...
  97. Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  98. The Best (And Worst) Provinces For Job Growth Right Now

    If you're unemployed and considering a move, the grass really is greener in these provinces.
  99. Water Cooler Finance: A Diving Dow And Rotting Eggs

    With an attempted hostile takeover, the Bank of America lawsuit, surprising earnings and a diving Dow, business news doesn't ...
  100. 6 Companies Thriving In The Recession

    The recession has left many companies scrambling, reporting losses often into the double digits.
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