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  1. Company Stock in 401(k)s: The Risks and Rewards

    Holding company stock in a 401(k) has its risks. Here's how advisors can help clients avoid them.
  2. Equity Research: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about the average salary of an equity research position and the skills, education and certifications hiring companies ...
  3. Chevron's 3 Key Financial Ratios (CVX)

    Learn about key financial ratios for Chevron. See how the company is paying a decent dividend yield and has manageable debt ...
  4. The Best Banking Services for Your Business

    Find out which banking services can offer a small business the best opportunities for reducing cost and fraud while managing ...
  5. Oculus Rift: Facebook Plans To Teleport You By 2025

    Facebook wants to teleport you to your choice location with your friends. How does the social network plan to achieve this ...
  6. American Airlines: How Does a Giant Get Bigger?

    American Airlines has merged and organically grown its way to success. Will that success continue, or is it time to sell?
  7. Is Under Armour's (UA) Dip a Buying Opportunity?

    All temporary hits to Under Armour's stock have ended up being buying opportunities. Is this time any different?
  8. What Lululemon's Numbers Reveal (LULU)

    Should Lululemon be on your watch list? Let's have a look at the numbers.
  9. Three Things to Know About the Remittance Economy

    Up until the turn of this century, remittances were ignored by most economists in development economics. But, the remittance ...
  10. Private Banker: Career Path & Qualifications

    Discover what kind of work private bankers do, and learn more about how you can develop the experience and qualifications ...
  11. Can Small Caps Rebound?

    While the collective concensus was right on the dollar rising, it was wrong on at least one implication of a stronger greenback: ...
  12. The Top 5 Short-Term Bond ETFs for 2016

    Read about five short-term bond ETFs that investors should consider if the Federal Reserve triggers a rising interest rate ...
  13. Microsoft's New Reporting Structure: A Closer Look (MSFT)

    Learn about the changes being made to the reporting structure of Microsoft's books and how they will affect the way investors ...
  14. The Top 5 Alternative Energy ETFs for 2016 (TAN, PBW)

    Discover detailed analyses of the top five alternative energy ETFs, and learn about their characteristics and why they may ...
  15. 10 Ways to Profit From an Interest Rate Increase

    Discover 10 possible ways that individual investors and businesses can potentially profit from an environment of rising interest ...
  16. Rising Rates: What It'll Mean for Stocks and Bonds

    A look at what rising interest rates could mean for the equity and bond markets.
  17. Is Artic and Deepwater O&G Exploration Over?

    With oil prices range-bound for the better part of 2015, many are wondering if deep water and Arctic exploration could be ...
  18. Tech Startups Invest in Fusion Technology

    Significant strides have recently been made in fusion power. The end goal remains net energy production and useful ignition. ...
  19. From Grexit to Smart Beta: Investopedia's Top 10 Terms of 2015

    Did you see a unicorn in 2015? Many investors did in the shape of an Uber, Airbnb or Snapchat. If you didn’t know what a ...
  20. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Russia's GDP

    Understanding the GDP composition of the world's largest country, Russia.
  21. Will Argentina Default Again?

    Does a Manhattan judge's recent ruling putting Argentina on the hook for $6.1 billion in payments for its sovereign bonds ...
  22. The Largest Oil Companies Make a Pledge to Climate Change

    Here is how ten of the world's largest oil companies prepared for the UN climate change summit happening in Paris this month.
  23. Is Infinite Economic Growth on a Finite Planet Possible?

    While the finite nature of Earth's resources limits the direction of economic growth, it does not mean that infinite economic ...
  24. Thermo Fisher Scientific: A Growth Story (TMO)

    TMO has a history of making successful acquisitions to accelerate its growth while achieving strong organic growth. Will ...
  25. Playing The Strongest Small Cap Semiconductors (SOX, INTC)

    Semiconductor leadership in 2016 could have a powerful effect on small-caps in the broad technology sector
  26. Will Amazon Continue to Reward Investors? (AMZN)

    Amazon is the number one online retailer in the United States. Will its stock continue to appreciate?
  27. Will SolarCity Start to Shine Again? (SCTY)

    Does SolarCity's recent spike in its stock price mean it will start to shine again?
  28. Deere & Co.: How it Keeps Running (TTC, AGCO)

    The history, market share, and future prospects of Deere & Co., the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world.
  29. Corporate High-Yield Bonds vs. Equities

    Equities and corporate bonds often play a significant role regarding the diversification of an investor's portfolio. We put ...
  30. Does Target's Online Snafu Mean Opportunity? (TGT)

    A press release issued after Target's site crashed on Cyber Monday includes information that could mean opportunity in unexpected ...
  31. Aspiration Targets Socially-conscious Consumers

    Conscious consumers seek companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Aspiration introduces a new investment ...
  32. Will 2016 Be Copper's Turnaround Year? (JJC)

    Economic upticks in China and other BRIC nations are likely to signal a significant low after copper's long downtrend.
  33. Where Are Consumers Spending Their Gas Savings?

    The recent plunge in gas prices is putting extra cash in consumers' pockets.
  34. How to Become an Uber Driver: A Step by Step Guide

    Becoming a personal driver with Uber is a popular way to make money at home. Here's everything you need to know before you ...
  35. How to Prepare for a Global Economic Slowdown

    Equity markets have held their own over the past year, but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on behind the scenes. ...
  36. Can Tim Cook Replace Steve Jobs? (AAPL)

    Looks at the similarities and differences between current Apple CEO Tim Cook and his predecessor, the iconic and mercurial ...
  37. Can Yahoo Make Flickr the Next Instagram?

    Looks at how Yahoo's acquisition of Flickr compares with Facebook's later acquisition of the far more successful photo sharing ...
  38. Are The Markets Ready For an Interest Rate Increase?

    Learn why the bond market may not necessarily see an interest rate increase soon. Read about how the Federal Reserve will ...
  39. Why Canada's Interest Rates Won't Rise Anytime Soon

    Learn why the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates anytime soon despite concerns about a housing market bubble ...
  40. How To Outperform Warren Buffett Using Market Simulators (BABA, MSFT)

    That moment when you realize you just booked $108 million dollars in less than an hour: it puts butterflies in your stomach.
  41. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  42. Best Buy's Cyber Week: Can it Trump Cyber Monday?

    Best Buy has been one of the most up and down retailers over the years. It recently took an innovative step to improve performance. ...
  43. Will Wendy's Continue Its Stealth Rally?

    Investors aren't paying as much attention to Wendy's as they do to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Shake Shack, but they should ...
  44. Aflac: How This Giant Insurer Makes Money

    One of America's largest insurers is also one of Japan's largest. See how Aflac became a Pacific Rim phenomenon.
  45. How Aetna Makes Money in the Age of Obamacare (HUM, AET)

    How Aetna, one of America's (and Canada's) biggest health insurers, combined private and governmental business to get huge. ...
  46. Will Pandora Media (P) Remain Relevant?

    Pandora's path has been consistent, but will it be able to turn up the volume?
  47. Investing in Crude Oil Futures: The Risks and Rewards

    Learn about the risks and rewards of trading oil futures contracts. Read about a few strategies to limit the risk in trading ...
  48. Blue Collar Vs. White Collar: Different Social Classes?

    Learn about the implications of the words "blue collar" and "white collar" and the connotation each carries for social class ...
  49. 5 Reasons to Rethink Retirement Investing

    Wherever you fall on a retirement crisis, consider these 5 reasons to rethink your investing strategy.
  50. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  51. The Best Alternatives to Payday Loans

    There are better ways to handle a financial emergency between paychecks, including the 12 described here.
  52. The Top ETFs For a Fast Recovery After a Recession

    Recession and recovery cycles are imminent in the markets. Here are the ETFs, which provide the best performance for a fast ...
  53. GE and the Future of Energy Storage

    Find out how energy storage, led by GE, is surging as power companies search for methods to smooth usage and backstop new ...
  54. The Most Important Factors that Affect Mortgage Rates

    Discover what the most important factors are that affect mortgage interest rates. Factors range from inflation and economic ...
  55. Wal-Mart Plans To Increase Sales 3 to 4% Annually

    Wal-Mart plans to increase sales by 3 to 4% each year with an expensive new investing plan. What is this plan and how will ...
  56. A Quick Look at Rite Aid's History

    Discover the history of Rite Aid, the third-largest U.S. drugstore chain. Learn about a potential merger that could drastically ...
  57. Common Interview Questions for Bank Tellers

    Discover some of the most common questions asked of applicants for bank teller positions and the best answers with which ...
  58. Top Compliance Headaches for Financial Advisors

    Advisors who do not devote sufficient attention to compliance issues can find themselves in hot water with both regulators ...
  59. The World's Top 10 Economies

    A look at the top ten economies in the world.
  60. Will J.C. Penney Come Back in 2016? (JCP)

    J.C. Penney is without a doubt turning itself around, but that doesn't guarantee the stock will respond immediately.
  61. Crude Oil Prices: Comparing Future Price Vs. Current Market Price

    Discover the differences between oil futures market prices and oil spot market prices and what leads to the differences between ...
  62. Why It Is Important to Follow Crude Oil Inventories

    Discover what oil inventories are, how they are communicated and what important insights they provide into the state of the ...
  63. The Biggest Risks of Investing in ConocoPhillips Stock

    Understand the risks of investing in ConocoPhillips stock. Learn about how there is a risk of a dividend cut due to lower ...
  64. In Search of the Rate-Proof Portfolio

    After October’s better-than-expected employment report, a December Federal Reserve (Fed) liftoff is looking more likely than ...
  65. Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor ...
  66. Why Interest Rates Affect Everyone

    Learn why interest rates are one of the most important economic variables and how every individual and business is affected ...
  67. Best 3 Online Auto Loan Calculators that Include Tax

    Learn where you can find the best auto loan calculators online that include sales tax, and understand the different features ...
  68. Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the ...
  69. Will Winter Affect the Price of Oil and Gas?

    Learn how heating oil and natural gas prices are affected during a harsh or mild winter and the EIA's prediction for heating ...
  70. Deepwater Explorations That Had Profitable Results

    Learn how deepwater oil wells sometimes deliver large profits to the companies finding them, if the oil company drillers ...
  71. Allstate: How Being Boring Earns it Billions (ALL)

    A summary of what Allstate Insurance sells and whom it sells it to including recent mergers and acquisitions that have helped ...
  72. How Tech Can Help with 3 Behavioral Finance Biases

    Even if you’re a finance or statistics expert, you’re not immune to common decision-making mistakes that can negatively impact ...
  73. Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  74. HARP Loan Program: Help for Underwater Mortgages

    If you are underwater on your mortgage, this program may be just what you need to help build up equity in your home.
  75. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  76. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  77. An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line. ...
  78. Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  79. 5 States with the Highest GDP Per Capita

    Learn about the top five states ranked by their real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as of 2014: Alaska, North Dakota, ...
  80. The Biggest Private Equity Firms In India

    Learn about the leading private equity firms operating in India and which companies and industries are attracting foreign ...
  81. The Biggest Oil Towns in Texas

    Learn about the boom of oil production in Texas cities and how the new surge of wealth into these cities is changing local ...
  82. How to Spot Secular Bull Markets vs. Secular Bear Markets

    A guide to identifying secular bull and bear markets.
  83. What Chevron Hopes to Find in its Exploration of the Great Australian Bight (CVX)

    Learn about Chevron's agreements that allow the oil company to explore the Great Australian Bight and the state of current ...
  84. How to Deduct Your Stock Losses

    Held onto a stock for too long? Selling at a loss is never ideal, but it is possible to minimize the damage. Here's how. ...
  85. What's Better Facebook Moments or Google Photos ?

    Facebook and Google have both released new cloud-based photo sharing services. How good are they?
  86. How to Buy Chinese Yuan

    Discover the different options that are available to investors who want to obtain exposure to the Chinese yuan, including ...
  87. Are Alternatives Right for Your Portfolio?

    Alternative investments are increasingly making their way into retail investors' portfolios. Are they a good fit?
  88. Bull vs. Bear Markets: How to Be Prepared for Both

    Bull and Bear Markets are a reality that every investor must be prepared for. Here are a few tips.
  89. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  90. How to Trade In a Flat Market

    Reduce position size by 50% to 75% in a flat market.
  91. Is Wall Street Living in Denial?

    Will remaining calm and staying long present significant risks to your investment health?
  92. When Will Dick's Sporting Goods Bounce Back? (DKS)

    Is DKS a bargain here?
  93. How AT&T Evolved into a Mobile Phone Giant

    A third of Americans use an AT&T mobile phone. How did it evolve from a state-sponsored monopoly, though antitrust and a ...
  94. Will Paris Attacks Undo the European Union Dream?

    Last Friday's attacks in Paris are transforming the migrant crisis into an EU security threat, which could undermine the ...
  95. Top Private Equity Bargains for Your Portfolio (KKR)

    Investing in private equity firms can lead to long-term profits.
  96. SEC Audit? How Financial Advisors Can Be Ready

    Your firm may never be audited by the SEC, but you need to be prepared nonetheless. Follow these tips to make sure you're ...
  97. Home Depot: Can its Shares Continue Climbing? (HD)

    Home Depot has outperformed the market by a wide margin in the last 12 months. Is this sustainable?
  98. Yelp: Can it Regain its Losses in 2016? (YELP)

    Yelp investors have had reason to be happy recently. Will the good spirits last?
  99. Is Walmart's Rally Sustainable? (WMT)

    Walmart is enjoying a short-term rally. Is it sustainable? Is Amazon still a better bet?
  100. How the Rothschild Family Created Their Wealth

    An overview of how the Rothschild dynasty became one of the most powerful families in the world.
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