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  1. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

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

    More drama from Greece, as rumors swirl about a return to the drachma.
  3. 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.
  4. Active or Passive ETFs: Which is Better?

    What will be more popular in the near future: active or passive ETFs?
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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. ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. What Are The 5 Hottest Emerging Industries In 2015?

    These five industries are poised to explode in 2015.
  9. Who Is The Next Greece?

    Several EU countries are on the potential candidate list, but some municipalities in the U.S. look far more like Greece. ...
  10. Understanding Bull Spread Option Strategies

    Bull spread option strategies, such as a bull call spread strategy, are hedging strategies for traders to take a bullish ...
  11. How Petrodollars Affect The U.S. Dollar

    We examine the rise of petrodollars, their influence on the USD as a global reserve currency, and their effects on the U.S. ...
  12. Some Overseas Markets May Prove More Resilient

    Though global markets sold off and have continued to slip in recent days, stocks in Europe and Japan are still faring better ...
  13. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  14. Making Your Home Retirement "Ready"

    Key steps to take so that your home is in good shape for you to live there as long as you want.
  15. Best Banks to Stash Your Million Dollars

    Get the richest perks and red carpet treatment for you and your money from these financial institutions.
  16. Invest Here Now: The Hottest Sectors of 2014-15

    These 10 industries have made investors a lot of money over the past year. Is there still room to run?
  17. Will Oil Hit $30 a Barrel?

    Will the price of oil continue to fall? Could it drop to $30 a barrel? Here are the factors at play.
  18. Investors Beware! Don't Make These Dumb Mistakes

    Sometimes mistakes make for the best lessons. That said, it's still better to learn from someone else's investing mistakes.
  19. China: Why Big Investors are Turning Into Bears

    More hedge fund managers and economists are beginning to transition from bull to bear when it comes to China. Here's why. ...
  20. ETF Analysis: iShares Silver Trust

    Learn about the iShares Silver Trust, an exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in silver and is affected by risks unique ...
  21. Impact of the Chinese Economy on the U.S. Economy

    The economic growth of China has been decreasing since 2010. What impact does this have on the US and the world economy?
  22. ETF Analysis: PowerShares QQQ Trust

    Learn more about one of the most popular and widely traded exchange-traded funds in the world: Invesco PowerShares QQQ Trust ...
  23. Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a ...
  24. Is There Still Opportunity in Japanese Stocks?

    Japanese stocks’ strong performance has prompted market watchers to question whether there’s still a case for adding exposure ...
  25. Is Divestment Destroying The Coal Industry?

    Should you worry about your investments in coal companies due to coal divestment campaigns? Investopedia explores the impact ...
  26. How Does China Manage Its Money Supply?

    Here's how the Central Bank of China manages its currency rates and the money supply.
  27. Three Currencies Benefiting From Low Oil Prices

    The Indian rupee is clearly the biggest beneficiary of the slide in oil prices, followed by the Indonesian rupiah and British ...
  28. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  29. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Germany

    Learn about iShares MSCI Germany, which is a nondiversified exchange traded fund that invests principally in large-cap German ...
  30. Oil Companies Near Bankruptcy

    With the resumed uncertainty in Europe surrounding Greece and the sudden bear market gripping China, the price of oil has ...
  31. Top 3 ETFs For Investing in China

    Discover the top three China ETFs. Chinese stocks tend to be quite volatile, presenting opportunities for savvy investors, ...
  32. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider

    These four sin stocks are likely to be resilient during a bear market.
  33. Are Currency Hedged ETFs a Good Idea?

    Considering currency-hedged ETFs? Here's a look at eight and what you need to know right now.
  34. Where Does Yahoo (YHOO) Go From Here?

    Yahoo operates in a competitive environment, but if it makes the right deals there's no reason why it can't thrive.
  35. The Best (and Worst) Companies For Workplace Diversity

    Learn which large companies are the most committed to workplace diversity and which have the most work to do in their hiring ...
  36. Can Mobileye Revolutionize The Car Industry?

    Cars are evolving into vehicles connected to the ecosystem around us. With its ability to sense and detect objects around ...
  37. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X

    Learn more about one of Direxion Fund's high-risk, high-reward energy plays: the Direxion Shares Funds Trust 3X exchange-traded ...
  38. 3 Possibilities If Sanctions Against Iran Lift

    What would happen if sanctions against Iran were lifted?
  39. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Russia

    Learn about Market Vectors Russia ETF, its top holdings, as well as cyclical and political risks associated with investing ...
  40. Apple’s Key Weaknesses

    While it seems that Apple is at the top of its game, several weaknesses have emerged that the company needs to address if ...
  41. The Dummies' Guide To The Iran Nuclear Deal

    What are the specifics of the Iran nuclear deal? Is it wonderful or horrible?
  42. SEC to Advisors: Implement Cybersecurity Plans

    Advisors need to take heed of new SEC guidelines to beef up cybersecurity. Here's what they look like and what some firms ...
  43. 10 Jobs to Avoid Right Now

    These jobs may never recover to pre-recession highs, can easily be outsourced overseas or may disappear altogether as technology ...
  44. Is Apple's (AAPL) Selloff Justifiable or Panic?

    Apple has minted millionaires over the past decade, but there is one current risk that might soon bring this to an end at ...
  45. 7 Companies That Pose a Threat to Apple

    Samsung, Dell, Google and many others are chewing away at markets that Apple helped define.
  46. Southwest & Cheap Oil: The Perfect Combination?

    Discover how falling oil prices (and well-timed futures contracts) benefit Southwest Airlines.
  47. As Fed Prepares To Move, Gold Is Losing Its Luster

    Last week’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress returned investors’ focus back to the fundamentals, and a general ...
  48. Do Transport Stocks Signal a U.S. Selloff?

    The Dow Jones Transportation Average index has underperformed the broader DJ Industrials Average, leading some market watchers ...
  49. Who Benefits from Lifting Iran Sanctions?

    There are multiple parties that will benefit from the lifting of Iranian sanctions and the return of the country to the international ...
  50. Value or Growth Stocks: Which is Best?

    The answer to the age-old growth versus value debate depends on a number of factors. Here's what to consider.
  51. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  52. Will Consumer Spending Save 2015?

    Consumer spending is considered an important number (and it is), but a savvy investor will always look at "why" rather than ...
  53. Where Will the Shanghai Composite Be in a Year?

    The Shanghai Composite Index is on fire. But where will it be a year from now?
  54. 3 Major Changes Resulting From Iran's Nuclear Deal

    A deal to lift sanctions on Iran could go into effect in a couple of months. Where should investors look for opportunities ...
  55. Don't Get Trapped in a Zombie Foreclosure

    Understand how foreclosures work and you can avoid the disastrous consequences of having a zombie foreclosure.
  56. Worldwide Trend that Will Forever Alter Retirement

    Because longetivity is driving change in global and U.S. economies, we bring you a series of interviews with leading experts ...
  57. Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales ...
  58. Understanding Iran Sanctions by the US

    Considering US sanctions have been in place for almost 40 years, and Iran is still considered a troubled region, can we say ...
  59. 4 Ways Millennials Can Buy Private Businesses

    Buying private businesses is a good way to have greater control over your investments while increasing your income and avoiding ...
  60. The Importance of Healthcare Risk Management

    Risk management is especially important in healthcare because human lives might be on the line. Here are some strategies ...
  61. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Energy ETF

    Discover the type of investment strategy the Vanguard Energy ETF follows, and learn why it may be an appropriate addition ...
  62. Examples Of Negative Interest Rates

    Negative interest rates seem like an abstract notion. But, they have practical consequences for an economy and are present ...
  63. Why Equity Financing Is Worth It

    When a business takes on an equity partner, it is exposed to a number of advantages that debt financing simply cannot provide. ...
  64. Why Best Buy Failed in China

    Best Buy entered China with much fanfare in 2006. The Minnesota-based retailer exited quietly last year. What went wrong? ...
  65. Are Markets Ready For An Interest Rate Hike?

    Despite financial market fears over the uncertainty of Greece’s debt crisis and the recent drop in China’s stock-market, ...
  66. Can Fracking Survive at $60 a Barrel?

    Can fracking survive at $60 a barrell?
  67. Industries That Will Benefit From Lifting Iran Sanctions

    After sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program are lifted, a number of global industries should benefit from the opening ...
  68. How Private Equity and Hedge Funds are Taxed

    Private equity and hedge funds offer an appealing tax structure for those who can afford to invest in them. Here's why.
  69. How the Fed Affects Reverse Mortgages

    An in depth look at how the Federal Reserve affects reverse mortgages.
  70. What is Cohousing and How Does it Work?

    Originally a Danish concept from the 1960s, modern cohousing communities can be found in the U.S., England and China. But ...
  71. ETF Analysis: Health Care Select Sector SPDR

    Learn about the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund including its performance, current holdings, recent performance and the ...
  72. When Is the Best Time for You to Buy a House?

    Making what is likely to be the single most expensive purchase of your lifetime shouldn’t be done on a whim.
  73. Private Equity Management: Fees & Regulation

    Since Dodd-Frank was signed into law in 2010, private equity firms can no longer operate largely unregulated, but the industry ...
  74. What Makes Tesla's Business Model Different?

    Tesla did not invent the first electric car. What it did invent was the first successful business model for bringing compelling ...
  75. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains?

    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  76. Where Are Real Estate Stocks Heading?

    We summarize five economic reports that investors should monitor monthly to keep them informed of where real estate and its ...
  77. Shareholders: Vote Your Proxy and Be Heard

    Voting shares, in person or via proxy ballot, is a right every shareholder should exercise. Here's why.
  78. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners

    Obtain detailed information and analysis of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, and learn about the opportunities ...
  79. Why Cash Will Never Be Obsolete

    As long as the banking system remains strong and so many Americans remain unbanked, the United States will not have a cashless ...
  80. How Undervalued Is The Yuan?

    Some argue that the large U.S. trade deficits over the past 15 years are primarily due to currency management by U.S. trading ...
  81. The 6 Biggest Fortune 500 Employers

    In 2015, five of the top six biggest Fortune 500 companies are retailers.
  82. Selling Your Gold for Cash? Read This First

    Not all offers are equal. Here's how to discover what price your item can command.
  83. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Large-Cap

    Discover what the Vanguard Large-Cap ETF has to offer investors in terms of investment management, historical performance, ...
  84. Is Amazon Killing the Best Buy Business Model?

    Best Buy's business model has been shaken up by Amazon. Its plan to adapt is working but needs to go further to avoid the ...
  85. Subaru: Japanese Cars for American Lifestyles

    Subaru has built its cars differently from traditional cars, and once someone is drawn in by the company’s catchy advertising ...
  86. Will the Selloff in China Hurt the Global Economy?

    Though China is the world’s second largest economy, its volatility in the stock market is unlikely to have an impact on the ...
  87. Five Portfolio Moves For The Second Half

    After a relatively calm few months, market volatility is back. If you are an investor, we help you prepare your portfolio ...
  88. The Delhaize/Ahold Merger: A Buy for Investors?

    The mid-2016 merger of Delhaize Group and Ahold NV will create a supermarket giant, but what will it mean from an investing ...
  89. Is a Slumping Kinder Morgan a Good Buy?

    Learn how Kinder Morgan revenues are under pressure from lower commodity prices and how the growth of future dividend payments ...
  90. Putting The Greece Deal In Context

    After a number of surprising twists, the recent Greek drama finally took an expected turn with news that Greece and its creditors ...
  91. America's Beloved Restaurants: Should You Invest?

    Should you invest in the country's most favorite restaurant brands?
  92. Is PayPal Worth More Than eBay?

    Examine the online payment processor, PayPal, and discover its projected value increase as a standalone company, separate ...
  93. Is Now the Time for Chinese Stocks?

    The recent panic in Chinese stocks could be seen as a buying opportunity for longer-term investors. Here are some ETFs to ...
  94. Is It the Perfect Time to Buy Seadrill?

    Seadrill's low price is enticing to many investors, but does the company have what it takes to regain its former value?
  95. Why Seadrill's Dividend Reinstatement Is Unlikely

    Learn why Seadrill suspended its dividend payments in the latter part of 2014, and how lower crude oil prices could hurt ...
  96. The Impact Of Oil On Your Real Estate

    We examine the relationship that oil prices (and quantities) bear on real estate prices and quantities, in both boomtowns ...
  97. Brazil's Oil Sector Can't Save the Economy

    Brazil’s economy is undergoing significant fiscal adjustments, and it now seems that the oil sector alone will not be able ...
  98. 6 Factors That Point to Global Recession in 2016

    We may be on the verge of another global recession.
  99. Game Theory And The Greece Bank Crisis

    How can game theory help us understand how the Greece bank crisis will play out? As things come to a head, Greece and the ...
  100. Leading Economic Indicators for Oil Prices

    The factors that determine the price of oil are supply and demand. Their leading indicators can help investors and traders ...
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