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  1. 3 Ways To Invest In A Volatile Environment

    Here are three different ways to use the low volatility index to invest in a volatile market.
  2. Hedge Fund Failures Illuminate Leverage Pitfalls

    Learn what mistakes cause hedge funds to collapse and how to avoid similar problems.
  3. ETFs Or Mutual Funds For Your IRA?

    Most actively managed mutual funds fail to beat the market over a long period of time, so it's probably best to go with ETFs ...
  4. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: Energy

    There are a number of choices to gain exposure to the energy sector. We go over some of the more prominent options.
  5. Minimize Your Losses With Alternative Strategy Funds

    Discover a strategy that can be used to participate in the market and still protect the downside.
  6. How To Pick A Mutual Fund In A Troubled Market

    Here are some tips to help the amateur investor pick the right funds in the current state of the market.
  7. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: European Equities

    Find out which one offers the easiest, most cost effective options.
  8. 3 Reasons Why You Need To Understand Investing

    Everyone should learn a few investing basics, even if you plan to hire an investment professional.
  9. In Praise Of Portfolio Simplicity

    Find out how you can streamline your investments for greater returns.
  10. Introduction To Investment Diversification

    Reducing risk and increasing returns in your portfolio is all about finding the right balance.
  11. Closed-End Vs. Open-End Funds

    Open-end products may be a safer choice than closed-end, but closed-end funds might produce a better return.
  12. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: Small Cap Stocks

    For individual investors, a passive strategy may be best when investing in the small-cap realm of equities.
  13. Investing In Oil And Gas UITs

    Unit investment trusts provide direct exposure to the energy sector, fueling better returns.
  14. The Hidden Differences Between Index Funds

    These funds don't all match index returns. Find out how to avoid costly surprises.
  15. Open Your Eyes To Closed-End Funds

    Although less popular than their open-ended counterparts, these investment vehicles are worth a second look.
  16. Hedge Fund Due Diligence

    Analyzing a hedge fund will help you determine whether it's a good investment and a good fit.
  17. Technology Sector Funds

    Evaluate past performance before investing in these types of gadget funds, as technology investors have been on a wild ride ...
  18. When To Sell A Mutual Fund

    Unhappy with your mutual fund's returns and thinking of investing elsewhere? Read this article first.
  19. Utility Funds: A Bright Choice In Bear And Bull Markets

    Gas, electric and water companies' non-cyclical nature can power strong gains in any portfolio.
  20. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  21. Why Late Trading Is Illegal

    Institutional investors got a sweet deal that soured retail investors' mutual fund returns.
  22. Go International With Foreign Index Funds

    As global trade continues to expand and the world's economies grow, spice up your portfolio with these exciting opportunities. ...
  23. Why Expense Ratios Are Important To Investors

    Expense ratios aren't just numbers in a column. They make a palpable impact on your bottom line. Find out how.
  24. The Value Line Investment Survey

    If you want to try your hand at picking stocks but don't know where to start, The Value Line Investment Survey can help. ...
  25. How To Pick A Good Mutual Fund

    Learn how to evaluate mutual funds and find the right one for you.
  26. Beginner's Guide To ETFs And Currency Risk

    ETFs that invest overseas can offer a relatively low-cost vehicle, but there is a risk that should be understood.
  27. Index Mutual Funds Vs. Index ETFs

    When considering an index mutual fund versus the ETF variety, investors should consult an experienced professional.
  28. The Pros And Cons Of Target-Date Funds

    These accounts will take charge of your retirement savings, but should you let them?
  29. Are Derivatives Safe For Retail Investors?

    These vehicles have gotten a bad rap in the press. Find out whether they deserve it.
  30. Shifting Focus To Sector Allocation

    Investing in sectors may trump international investments for providing diversification.
  31. An Introduction To Sovereign Wealth Funds

    Countries use sovereign wealth funds to stabilize their economies, but these investments can lack transparency.
  32. Morningstar: A Premier Mutual Fund Source

    Looking for current mutual fund information? We'll look at one of the places to start your search.
  33. JP Morgan: The Other Side Of The Hedge

    A hedge is supposed to decrease overall risk, but when it's instead used to increase profits, the risk can be multiplied. ...
  34. Why You Should Be Wary Of Target-Date Funds

    These funds are hard to understand and might not be a wise choice by themselves. We tell you why.
  35. Unusual Assets Owned By Hedge Funds

    Although many hedge funds hold stock in big companies, some hold some extremely unusual investments.
  36. 4 Traits Of A Great Index Fund

    If you're planning to fill your portfolio with index funds, here's what you should look for in a high-quality fund.
  37. Will A New Fund Manager Cost You?

    Learn how a change in leadership could mean more taxes for you.
  38. What Are SPDR ETFs?

    Spiders are exchange-traded funds based on an index and can be a great vehicle both for making money and hedging against ...
  39. Team Players Vs. All-Stars For Mutual Fund Management

    Mutual funds vary in terms of their management structures and one size generally does not fit all investors.
  40. The Risks Of Real Estate Sector Funds

    Discover the risks and rewards of investing in real estate funds, as well as some of the best and worst performers.
  41. Investing In Emerging Markets

    Discover if passive or active investments are the way to be involved in emerging markets.
  42. Banking On Blue Chip Stocks

    Discover what makes blue chip stocks such attractive investments.
  43. Why Money Market Funds Break The Buck

    These funds are noted for their safety in a rough market. Read on to find out why.
  44. Ways To Invest In Developing Countries

    Here is a review of potential investments in the BRIC nations and other developing countries around the world.
  45. Mutual Funds That Reduce Your Taxes

    It may be best to opt for ETFs over mutual funds, which allow wiser investors to reduce their tax obligations.
  46. Separately Managed Accounts: A Mutual Fund Alternative

    It takes a hefty minimum investment to get in in on an SMA, but these offer some distinct advantages.
  47. Liquidation Blues: When Mutual Funds Close

    Underperforming funds often close their doors, leaving investors down and out.
  48. Corporate Currency Risks Explained

    Transaction, translation and economic risks can affect a company's balance sheet.
  49. All Weather Investing With ETFs

    All Weather investment strategies can shield investors during the worst bear markets.
  50. How To Include ETFs In A Client's 401(k)

    Learn how ETFs can solve an advisor's litigation and fee disclosure fears.
  51. Is Your Investment Manager Skilled Or Lucky?

    Being familiar with composite presentations will help you better assess the quality of an investment manager's performance. ...
  52. 8 Ethical Guidelines For Brokers

    We examine the less obvious ethical dangers faced by a broker, and help you avoid trouble in ethical gray zones.
  53. 4 Things Investment Managers Say To Justify Losses

    While reputable managers will speak candidly about their performance, investors should be on the lookout for excuses.
  54. Investing Vs. Gambling: Where Is Your Money Safer?

    Many people who have never invested before see it as just another form of gambling. Find out the truth.
  55. The Difference Between Active And Passive Investing

    Deciding whether to take an active or passive approach is among the most important decisions you'll make.
  56. Closing Mutual Funds: Investment Protection Or Trap?

    Discover the characteristics of closing funds, the reasons why they close and key factors to consider.
  57. Is Stock Picking A Myth?

    Find out if mutual fund managers can successfully pick stocks or if you're better off with an index fund.
  58. The Evolution Of ETFs

    Average and cautious investors can experience lower risk with ETFs - a safer alternative to swaps and derivatives.
  59. What Does Your Mutual Fund Say About You?

    How your fund votes on proxy issues will reveal whether it's acting in your best interest and according to your beliefs. ...
  60. ETF Tracking Errors: Protect Your Returns

    Tracking errors tend to be small, but they can still adversely affect your returns. Learn how to protect against them.
  61. Life-Cycle Funds: Can It Get Any Simpler?

    Discover a security that offers a way for you to put your retirement portfolio on autopilot.
  62. 7 Hedge Fund Manager Startup Tips

    Starting a hedge fund is the new American dream. Find out how you can pull it off.
  63. 5 Ways To Measure Mutual Fund Risk

    These statistical measurements highlight how to mitigate risk and increase rewards.
  64. Should You Invest In Rookie Funds?

    Taking a chance on a brand-new mutual fund can add some all-star quality to your portfolio.
  65. Evaluating Green Equity Investments

    Learn how to find stocks that are both eco-friendly and profitable.
  66. Finding The Best Fund Manager

    So you're getting into mutual funds. We give some tips on how to find a manager.
  67. Using ETFs For Small Periodic Investments

    ETFs have lower costs than index funds, but the cost to buy and sell can be more expensive.
  68. The Advantages Of Mutual Funds

    Learn how to get diversification, liquidity and professional management at an affordable price.
  69. Misconceptions About Past Performance And Future Returns

    Relying on an investment's past performance to guide your investment decisions is a losing strategy. Find out why.
  70. Income Funds 101

    Income funds don't have to be bonds, there are plenty to choose from. Read up on the types of income funds and whether they ...
  71. Forex: Wading Into The Currency Market

    We go over the ground rules and available resources needed for this undertaking.
  72. Protect Your Foreign Investments From Currency Risk

    Hedging against currency risk can add a level of safety to your offshore investments.
  73. Consider Prime Rate Funds For More Income

    These funds may give you the reliable stream of income you need when you're retired.
  74. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  75. A Guide To Faith-Based Investing

    If you've wondered how to invest in a way that reflects your religious belief, we've got the answers for you.
  76. Evaluating Bond Funds: Keeping It Simple

    Discover some of the key factors for determining a fund's risk-return profile.
  77. Behind The Scenes Of Your Mortgage

    Four major players slice and dice your mortgage in the secondary market.
  78. Separately Managed Accounts: A Boon For All

    We provide an explanation of individual cost basis and the advantages it brings to these accounts.
  79. How To Invest Like A Hedge Fund

    Hedge funds earn big returns for investors. Find out how they do it and whether you can too.
  80. Bettering Your Portfolio With Alpha And Beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  81. Finding Fortune In Foreign-Stock ETFs

    Think beyond your borders to reduce the impact of local market downturns.
  82. How To Invest In Private Equity

    Private Equity might be a pricey investment, but returns are on the rise and the payoff could be big.
  83. The Value In Socially Responsible Investing

    Socially responsible investing has been growing in popularity. Discover if it's the right strategy for you.
  84. Picking Top-Quality Hedge Funds

    Narrowing down your choices is the first step to finding a winning fund.
  85. Fee-Based Research: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Providing information on stocks that would otherwise not be available, fee-based research plays an important but complicated ...
  86. Are Mutual Funds A Relic?

    We list some options other than mutual funds for your retirement plan.
  87. Actively Managed ETFs: The New Mutual Funds?

    Actively managed ETFs offer increased earnings, but are the cons worth the potential payoff?
  88. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: A Comparison

    Comparing the structure of mutual funds and ETFs can help you decide which is right for your portfolio.
  89. Financial Advice With Zero Return

    Discover how a recent study indicates that many advisors do not increase investment returns.
  90. Analyzing Mutual Fund Risk

    Find out whether a fund's performance is a result of the manager's abilities, or just a fluke.
  91. Portfolio Management Tips For Young Investors

    Discover how to start building a portfolio and how to manage it for the best results.
  92. Bond ETFs: A Viable Alternative

    Discover the advantages of a security that tracks bond index funds, but trades like a stock.
  93. How Mutual Funds Differ Around The World

    Learn which country has the strictest rules on mutual fund construction and why.
  94. A Brief History Of Exchange-Traded Funds

    Learn how ETFs have become the most popular investment vehicle in less than 20 years.
  95. Taking A Look Behind Hedge Funds

    Hedge funds can draw returns well above the market average even in a weak economy. Learn about the risks.
  96. How To Build Your Own Mutual Fund

    Creating your own mutual fund can save you the fees that cut into your profits. Find out how.
  97. Major Blunders In Portfolio Construction

    Do you have the best mix of investments? Find out how to make sure.
  98. ETFs: How Did We Live Without Them?

    These funds burst onto the scene in 1993 and have continued to provide new opportunities for investors since.
  99. 5 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio From Volatility

    Sometimes the best defense is the lack of offense. Here are the best boring ways to protect your portfolio in volatile markets. ...
  100. 8 Reasons To Dump A Mutual Fund

    Buy and hold is not forever. Find out when it pays to sell your fund and move on.
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