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  1. 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, ...
  2. 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?
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Hash Tag Scam: Investors Vulnerable To ID Thieves On Twitter And Facebook

    Social media scammers are targeting investors.
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. How The Forex "Fix" May Be Rigged

    When it comes to forex, some types of "fixes" are legal. But some really aren't.
  11. 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 ...
  12. Why Unemployment Rates Matter To Your Retirement

    Undoubtedly, unemployment is important for retirees and soon-to-be retirees. Also important is understanding the inflation ...
  13. 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). ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. As Regulators Target CLOs, Bankers Predict Doom For Main Street

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

    Since September, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been sitting on proposed rules for money market mutual ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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, ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. Bitcoin Innovations And Obstacles

    Investopedia explains the development of the Bitcoin digital currency system and the risks associated with using and investing ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. Creative Ways to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

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

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

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

    Investopedia explains: Weather derivatives allow businesses to safeguard against unusual temperatures or levels of precipitation ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. An Introduction To Stock Market Indexes

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indexes and what makes them all different.
  36. 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) ...
  37. Principal Trading and Agency Trading

    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you buy or sell a stock? Read on and find out!
  38. 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 ...
  39. Introduction To Trading Eurodollar Futures

    Introduction to trading eurodollar futures, covering eurodollar time deposits, the history of eurodollars, hedging and speculating ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. Why Do Companies Care About Their Stock Prices?

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

    Oil and gas investments can provide unmatched deduction potential for accredited investors.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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.
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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. ...
  51. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
  52. Introduction to SPOT Options

    Single-payment options trading (SPOT) allows investors to have full control over their investments.
  53. The Fundamentals Of Forex Fundamentals

    Charting is not the only way to analyze the foreign-exchange market. Learn how to apply fundamental analysis to the economic ...
  54. Investing in Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs): Know the Risks

    Leveraged buyouts allow investors to make large acquisitions without committing a lot of capital. But LBOs carry big risks ...
  55. Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  56. Financial Markets: Random, Cyclical Or Both?

    Are the markets random or cyclical? It depends on who you ask. Here, we go over both sides of the argument.
  57. The Unemployment Rate: Get Real

    Depending on how it's measured, the unemployment rate is open to interpretation. Learn how to find the real rate.
  58. Introduction To Single Stock Futures

    These contracts allow for easier shorting, and provide more leverage and flexibility than stocks.
  59. Healthcare 2.0 - Obamacare Reboots The Health Insurance Market

    People who want to buy or switch their health insurance will have access to a much wider array of choices through the web, ...
  60. Using The Mirror Trading Strategy For Stocks

    Mirror investing offers transparency and the ability to benefit from someone else’s investment expertise, but it could well ...
  61. Broadening Your Portfolio's Borders

    Find out what type of international fund might suit your needs in gaining exposure to foreign markets.
  62. The Drawbacks Of Single-Payer Healthcare

    Universal healthcare has many benefits, but if there's no such thing as a free lunch, then in what ways are single-pay citizens ...
  63. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment ...
  64. If Kennedy, Eisenhower, Alexander the Great Et Al Were Leaders in Finance

    Would Eisenhower, Roosevelt and Kissinger have made good corporate executives? What about Alexander the Great?
  65. Getting A Handle On The Options Premium

    The price of an option, otherwise known as the premium, has two basic components: the intrinsic value and the time value. ...
  66. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  67. Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For J.C. Penney?

    Shares of the beleaguered retailer soared Wednesday after it told Wall Street that its holiday season would be its best in ...
  68. Executive Pay: How Much Do Shareholders Really Care?

    How much do shareholders - or the public - really care about executive pay? A new SEC proposal may be aimed at finding out. ...
  69. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  70. The Basics Of Option Price

    Options can be an excellent addition to a portfolio. Find out how to get started.
  71. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  72. Why Facebook Investors Should Fret That Young Teen Users are Leaving the Nest

    David Ebersman of Facebook told Wall Street analysts during a conference call that Facebook during the third quarter the ...
  73. How Much Exposure to Technology Stocks Should You Have?

    How Much of a Technology-Stocks Exposure Should You Have in your portfolio? Every investor is totally different, in many ...
  74. How To Avoid Closing Options Below Intrinsic Value

    To get the best return possible on your options trading, it is important to understand how options work and the markets in ...
  75. Breaking Down The Binomial Model To Value An Option

    Find out how to carve your way into this valuation model niche.
  76. Can Reed Hastings' Netflix Succeed Jobs And Apple?

    Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) has become the company that everyone wants to talk about. On Wall Street, giddy investors pinch ...
  77. What You Need To Know About The Employment Report

    This widely watched indicator of economic well-being directly influences the market.
  78. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term ...
  79. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

    Savvy investors know to ask an advisor questions on these five essential subjects:
  80. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive ...
  81. Why Forward Contracts Are The Foundation Of All Derivatives

    This article expands on the complex structure of derivatives by explaining how an investor can assess interest rate parity ...
  82. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  83. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange ...
  84. How Effective Is The Chinese Wall?

    Because underwriters work on one side of the Chinese wall and analysts work on the other side, information gathered by the ...
  85. Why Banks Are Scrambling To Hear Your Complaints

    Find out the real reasons why banks are trying to reach angry customers before they file a complaint to the CFPB.
  86. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  87. How Much Influence Does The Fed Have?

    Find out how current financial policies may affect your portfolio's future returns.
  88. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  89. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  90. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  91. Fox Business Network's Gerri Willis: What Gen Y Learned From The Great Recession

    The financial crisis that just notched its five-year anniversary was the ultimate classroom for investors and savers. And, ...
  92. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  93. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This ...
  94. Trading With The Jobless Claims Report

    Introduction to the jobless claims report. This article looks at what jobless claims tell us about the economy's health and ...
  95. The Market Participant Playbook

    Find out what effect institutional investors have on the stock market and individual traders.
  96. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  97. How To Choose Between Bronze, Silver, Gold And Platinum Health Insurance Plans

    Here, we explain the different coverage levels within the new Health Insurance Marketplace and help you choose among the ...
  98. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  99. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of ...
  100. Insider Selling Isn't Always A Bad Sign

    Predated trades at regular intervals can instill confidence, not fear, for investors.
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