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  1. OPEC and Its Limited Control Over Oil Prices

    Popular perception is that OPEC controls oil prices. But input from the futures markets and world events limit its pricing ...
  2. Is it Time to Invest in Green Bonds?

    Green bonds have been growing in popularity at a rapid rate, but is it too early to invest?
  3. Should You Be Bearish or Bullish on Gold?

    Will gold move higher or lower over the next year?
  4. Chinese Auto Stocks: Hot or Not?

    The Chinese auto market offers a lot of potential, but is it worth placing a bet now?
  5. How Google's Transformation to Alphabet Will Impact Shareholders

    Google will retain search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android, according to the company’s SEC filing, while Calico, Nest ...
  6. Why Google Became Alphabet

    Why did Google create Alphabet? Will it change the company's DNA or is it a mere rechristening?
  7. Norway, the Safest Oil Economy?

    Norway is one of the most stable oil-producing countries in the world. But for how much longer?
  8. SEC Audit? No Problem (If You're Prepared)

    Audits are unwanted and unpleasant, but by getting your proverbial ducks in a row ahead of time you can ease and simplify ...
  9. Real Estate: How the Bubble Will Pop

    This real estate bubble is much different from the last one. Understanding it is imperative if you plan on making any investments.
  10. Toshiba Highlights the Need for Faster Corporate Reform in Japan

    There is no doubt that Japan is still a leader in technology and production excellence, but that edge is in danger of being ...
  11. Kinder Morgan and Midstream Oil

    Kinder Morgan, Inc. is one of the biggest players in the midstream energy sector, which involves the transportation and storage ...
  12. What Are the Best Positioned Emerging Markets?

    As the Fed is poised to raise rates for the first time, many investors fear that higher rates could hurt the performance ...
  13. What Are The Three Key Elements of a Bond ETF?

    We explore the bond ETFs basics, because the only way to appreciate the benefits that this type of investment offers is to ...
  14. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Livestock

    Discover the basic information on the three primary exchange traded funds that offer investors exposure to investments in ...
  15. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  16. Drugmaker Extraordinaire: How Eli Lilly Grows

    Drugs mean big profits in America. Here's how the country's oldest pharmaceutical firm keeps its toehold in the market.
  17. Fracking and Other Oil Drilling Tech: A Primer

    Well-stimulation technologies have fundamentally changed the market through their recent widespread adoption in North America. ...
  18. The Top 6 ETFs For Investing in Energy

    Find out which energy sector ETFs may be poised for a big future, including options for investors who want clean energy, ...
  19. If You Had Invested Right After Apple's IPO

    Learn about how much a $1,000 investment in shares of Apple Incorporated would be worth if you invested at its initial public ...
  20. What Puts the Dollars in Priceline's Bottom Line?

    The Priceline Group is more successful than it may appear and is on track to enjoy tremendous profits down the road.
  21. Shale Oil vs. Oil Shale: What's the Difference?

    The biggest difference between oil shale and shale oil is that one is still a money making endeavor.
  22. Should You Be a Bull or a Bear Right Now?

    Ask a bull: If the economy is truly improving, where's all the consumer spending?
  23. Stay Away from These 10 Slumping Sectors

    You might want to stay away from these 10 lagging sectors. Far away.
  24. ETF Analysis: iShares Russell 2000 Index

    Find out more about the iShares Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, or ETF, the characteristics of this ETF and its suitability ...
  25. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Platinum

    Discover some of the most popular exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that investors utilize to obtain exposure to the platinum ...
  26. Companies You Never Thought Would Go Bankrupt

    Learn about some of the most shocking corporate bankruptcies in history, including General Motors, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers ...
  27. Why U.S. Wage Growth Isn’t as Bad as It Appears

    Though wage growth numbers are more nuanced than they may appear, they reveal another sign that the U.S. recovery is still ...
  28. What's Next After Apple’s (AAPL) Big Drop?

    What does the future hold for Apple following the recent drop of its stock?
  29. What’s Uber Worth?

    Value projections for Uber have been all over the map, but the most important projection doesn't come in the form of numbers.
  30. America's Poorest States in 2015

    Learn the reasons Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky are the poorest states in the United States, as ...
  31. Volcker Rule: How It Will Affect You

    Learn how the Volcker Rule has a limited impact on individual investors but restricts the types of activities in which banks ...
  32. Should You Worry About the U.S Inflation rate?

    Understand how inflation is measured, how U.S. inflation compares to other countries, and if investors should be concerned ...
  33. The 4 Best Websites For Small Business Loans

    Discover some of the best websites that small business owners utilize to obtain necessary financing at competitive interest ...
  34. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in the US Economy

    Find out more about exchange-traded funds that track the U.S. economy, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, Vanguard S&P 5 ...
  35. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Aluminum

    Discover information about how investors can use ETFs to obtain exposure to the aluminum market, including information on ...
  36. How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets?

    Bond markets today are presenting investors with multiple challenges, since unconstrained bond funds are an alternative solution ...
  37. The Biggest Items Obama Is Still Missing From His Mandate

    Learn how the biggest items missing from Obama's mandate include various forms of tax reform and closing the Guantanamo Bay ...
  38. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  39. Small Business Loan Vs Line of Credit: How They Differ

    Understand the differences between a small business loan and a line of credit, and learn some of the most appropriate uses ...
  40. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  41. These are the S&P's 5 Most-Shorted Stocks

    Shorts are betting heavily against these five stocks, but a closer look shows a different outlook on some of them.
  42. Netflix's Future Growth: Greater Than You Think?

    The potential for Netflix could be considerably greater than you think.
  43. Are These 5 Frackers in Trouble?

    As the price of oil slides are these five frackers in trouble?
  44. Top 4 Venture Capital Investors and Firms

    Understand what it is that venture capital firms do, the purpose they serve for new businesses and discover some of the top-ranked ...
  45. Minimum Wages Can Raise Unemployment

    Learn why many economists feel that minimum wages, while intended to benefit low-wage workers, actually hurt them by increasing ...
  46. The Top 5 US Cities with Highest Minimum Wage

    Learn how awareness campaigns have led to huge minimum wage hikes in several large cities, and discover which U.S. cities ...
  47. The Best Sports Car for Investors

    Ferrari, perhaps the best known sports car brand in the world, filed to IPO this week, issuing common shares to investors ...
  48. How Russian Sanctions Impact Western Companies

    Last month the EU agreed to extend sanctions first imposed on Russia last year for the hostile involvement in Ukraine and ...
  49. When's the Best Time to Sell a House?

    Your timing is a key element in when to sell a house. Here's what to consider.
  50. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Copper

    Learn about some of the best available ETFs, both commodity-based and stock-based, that investors can use to gain exposure ...
  51. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Commodities

    Explore diversifying an investment portfolio through investing in commodities ETFs, and get information on some of the best ...
  52. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Sugar

    Discover information about the exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that offer investors exposure to the basic agricultural commodity, ...
  53. What AIG Looks Like Now (and How it Got that Way)

    Despite some mammoth mistakes and a gargantuan government bailout, AIG remains a global insurance powerhouse. Here's how ...
  54. The Logic Behind Sears' REIT

    Learn what strategy Sears employed with the divestment of its 266 real estate properties to a separate real estate investment ...
  55. The True Unemployment Rate: U6 Vs. U3

    Learn how to distinguish between the U-3 and U-6 unemployment rates, and explore which rate provides a truer picture of unemployment.
  56. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI EAFE Index

    Discover how the iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF is managed, and learn which investors may benefit from adding the fund to a ...
  57. 7 Oil Companies Near Bankruptcy

    Small oil companies are to experience additional financial stress if oil prices stay at depressed levels for the next few ...
  58. How Honeywell (HON) Makes its Money

    Honeywell is a true conglomerate in a world of ever-greater specialization. Here's how it generates revenue.
  59. Is Cohousing Right for You?

    Cohousing isn't for everyone. But if you're community-minded or committed to living green, it may be an ideal option for ...
  60. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Gold Miners

    Learn about Market Vectors Gold Miners, one of the most volatile ETFs in the market, which fell 75% from 2011 to 2015 after ...
  61. ETF Analysis: Powershares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund

    Explore information and detailed analysis of two popular currency exchange-traded funds, the PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish ...
  62. Is Your Financial Advisor Looking Out for You?

    Financial advisors sometimes aren't looking out for clients' best interests. Regulators are scrutinizing their practices; ...
  63. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in the Russell 200 Index

    Learn about three ETFs that track the Russell Top 200 Index and how these ETFs have a very high correlation with the S&P ...
  64. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Agriculture

    Learn about some the best available exchange-traded funds for profiting from exposure to the agricultural sector through ...
  65. Top ETFs For Investing in Greece

    Find out if it's time to add the GREK ETF -- the only major Greece-centric exchange-traded fund in the world -- as a risk/reward ...
  66. ETF Analysis: Vanguard International Stock

    Discover how the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF is managed, and learn which investors may find it suitable as part ...
  67. Go Green with a Investment in Green Bonds

    If you want to invest in a socially responsible way, green bonds may be for you. And as the market grows retail investment ...
  68. Interest Rates and Your 401(k): How They Tango

    Here's how a rise in interest rates will likely impact your 401(k).
  69. Are Stock Buybacks Always Good for Shareholders?

    Stock buyback programs aren't always done with the interests of shareholders in mind. It's important to try to understand ...
  70. Short-Term Funds or Fixed Deposits: Is One Better?

    Choosing between short-term funds and fixed deposits? Here's what you need to know.
  71. How to Protect IRAs from Higher Interest Rates

    Rising interest rates don’t have to translate into investment losses in an IRA. Here's how you can protect your investments. ...
  72. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Grains

    Learn about how investors can use exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) to obtain exposure to potential ...
  73. Why The Dollar’s Strength Can Continue

    Overall, the U.S. dollar has rallied this year, with the Dollar Index (DXY) now up by roughly 8 percent year-to-date, but ...
  74. How Iran Impacts The Price and Supply of Oil

    If Congress approves the deal, Iranian oil will be widely available for the first time in years. When Iranian oil begins ...
  75. A Comparison Between a Default and a Collapse

    Is the Greek default similar to the Lehman Brothers collapse?
  76. How To Create Capital Protected Investment Using Options?

    Does "Capital-Protection" guarantee in an investment product sound attractive? Wait! Here's how you can create a better one ...
  77. GrubHub (GRUB): Will it Deliver?

    Analysts are all over the map on GrubHub, but its latest quarterly numbers look pretty solid.
  78. The Story Behind Gold's Mini-Flash Crash

    The gold market was rocked last week by a sudden drop in prices. There are a number of factors that can lead to a flash crash ...
  79. How to Make Money by Trading Index Options

    Index options are less volatile and more liquid than regular options. Understand how to trade index options with this simple ...
  80. How China's Lenovo Makes Money

    Lenovo has emerged as one of China's most renowned multinational corporations. We examine the strategy and business model ...
  81. Is Lenovo A True Disruptor Of The Laptop Industry?

    Lenovo has cut costs, taken market share from top competitors and caters to both consumers and institutions, but is it a ...
  82. 10 Most Famous Public Companies That Went Private

    Here’s a list of the most popular listed companies that went private in recent decades.
  83. Is Kinder Morgan A Real Energy Player?

    KMI’s direct commodity exposure is minimal, but the company could be indirectly impacted, reducing cash flows and putting ...
  84. Microsoft's Game of Catch-Up With The Dow

    Microsoft (MSFT) underperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the 2002 to 2007 bull market, but it has played catch-up ...
  85. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
  86. Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide ...
  87. Is Your Broker Churning Your Account?

    Is your broker churning your account to generate fees? Here's how to know and what recourse you have.
  88. Is It Time To Buy Commodities?

    Despite the news, the Athens Stock Exchange is down less than 5 percent year-to-date, while the Shanghai Composite remains ...
  89. Burger King and Tim Hortons Are Better Together

    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  90. Sacrifices Necessary to Keep Puerto Rico Afloat

    After years of band aids and significant borrowing to meet its obligations, the time has come for meaningful reform in Puerto ...
  91. ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics ...
  92. What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.
  93. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  94. Will Greece Return to the Drachma?

    More drama from Greece, as rumors swirl about a return to the drachma.
  95. How a Higher Minimum Wage Would Impact the Economy

    Doubling pay for hourly workers could have several knock-on effects to the economy. Here's a brief look at a big issue.
  96. Active or Passive ETFs: Which is Better?

    What will be more popular in the near future: active or passive ETFs?
  97. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  98. ETF Analysis: Vanguard MSCI EAFE

    Learn more about Vanguard's index-shifting, low-cost and non-U.S. market exchange-traded fund: the FTSE Developed ex U.S. ...
  99. Smartphone "Flagship Killers" Coming after Apple and Samsung

    Learn why flagship killers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi have the potential to become the first legitimate competition faced ...
  100. What Are The 5 Hottest Emerging Industries In 2015?

    These five industries are poised to explode in 2015.
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