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  1. Style Drift Can Hurt Mutual Fund Returns

    Small, gradual changes in a portfolio manager's stated strategies can be a big risk for investors.
  2. 10 Ways To Prepare For A Personal Financial Crisis

    Life is unpredictable, but if there's anything you can do to stave off disaster, it's to be prepared and be careful.
  3. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  4. Wrap It Up: The Terms And Benefits Of Managed Money

    Find out if fee-based investing is right for you, by learning its terminology and types of investment vehicles.
  5. Morningstar's Trifecta: An Easy Way To Select Mutual Funds

    These three pieces of Morningstar's trifecta can help you understand the quality of mutual funds.
  6. Why Hedge Funds Love Distressed Debt

    When hedge funds buy up bonds from bankrupt companies, should investors follow suit?
  7. Time To Graduate From Mutual Funds?

    A few years ago, newly arrived investors were warned that they would lose $10,000 before they learned enough to make any ...
  8. Understanding Volatility Measurements

    How do you choose a fund with an optimal risk-reward combination? We teach you about standard deviation, beta and more!
  9. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  10. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  11. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  12. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  13. How To Profit From Debt Securities In Failing Companies

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the market's weakest companies by investing in distressed debt.
  14. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  15. January: Time To Read Your Mutual Fund's Annual Report

    Don't let this valuable piece of mail end up in your trash can. Here are five things you need to know.
  16. Investopedia's Top 5 Terms Of 2010

    Find out what our readers wanted to know most about this year – and why.
  17. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell. ...
  18. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  19. Enhanced Index Funds: Can They Deliver Low-Risk Returns?

    These funds may look appealing. Find out whether they can really live up to all of their promises.
  20. Invest In Real Estate With $1,000 (Or Less)

    Here are some options to get you started in real estate for a fraction of what it would cost to buy an actual property.
  21. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  22. Mutual Funds: Brand Names Vs. House Brands

    Find out whether an in-house fund will serve you better than a major company's fund offerings.
  23. 5 Ways To Invest In Currencies

    As the economies of some countries sputter and former third-world countries are beginning to emerge, currency investing is ...
  24. 3 Alternative Ways To Assess Your Investment Manager

    Find out whether your funds are being managed according to your goals.
  25. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  26. The Best And Worst Investing Advice

    Some financial sayings are worth a second look, even if they seem to be set in stone.
  27. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  28. Wall Street History: Japan Inc, Bailout Beginnings And Tax Reform

    The curse of September continues this week in history.
  29. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  30. Introduction To Money Market Mutual Funds

    Learn about the easiest way to benefit from money market securities.
  31. 6 Basic Financial Ratios And What They Reveal

    These formulas can help you pick better stocks for your portfolio once you learn how to use them.
  32. Currency Carry Trades 101

    This strategy can provide returns even if the currency pair doesn't move a cent.
  33. Proxy Voting Gives Fund Shareholders A Say

    You have the right to take part in important company decisions - even if you cannot attend the meetings.
  34. How The Sharpe Ratio Can Oversimplify Risk

    When it comes to hedge funds, this measure is not reliable on its own.
  35. The 7 Best Places To Put Your Savings

    You work hard to put your money away for the future, but where you should you keep it?
  36. Lazy Portfolio Strategies For Your RRSP

    Check out this cheap and easy way to secure good returns for the long term.
  37. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  38. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  39. A Safer Money Market With Rule 2a-7

    Money markets are traditionally "safe" investments - but Rule 2a-7 just made them a bit safer.
  40. The Upside Of Deflation

    Deflation has continued to pop up throughout economic history - but is that such a bad thing?
  41. Dangerous Advice For Beginner Investors

    Sometimes investment tips can do more harm to your portfolio than good. One size fits all may work for ponchos and raincoats, ...
  42. Watch Out For The Mutual Fund Metamorphosis

    A new name may make a fund look fresh and exciting, but has anything really changed?
  43. Retail Notes: A Simpler Alternative To Bond Funds

    These securities are meant to be held until maturity, removing the burden of complex pricing that sometimes plagues bonds. ...
  44. The 4 Key Elements Of A Well-Managed Portfolio

    If you choose an actively managed portfolio, be sure that your manager isn't neglecting one of these four points.
  45. Top 10 Investment Tips From Classic Rock

    Musicians of yore in tune with today's investing needs.
  46. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  47. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  48. Floating-Rate Mutual Funds: Rewards And Risks

    In an economy with low interest rates, investors need to get creative in order to reap high returns.
  49. Luck Is The Key To Success For Most Top Mutual Funds

    Without luck virtually all actively managed funds would lag indexes: study.
  50. Stocks Soros Is Holding

    George Soros once made $1 billion in a day. Find out what he's buying now.
  51. Activist Hedge Funds: Follow The Trail To Profit

    Learn to profit by following the lead of some of Wall Street's most ruthless investors.
  52. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  53. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  54. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  55. Your Million-Dollar Gift To Wall Street

    Ignore this article if you enjoy giving your money to millionaires.
  56. Impact Investing: The Ethical Choice

    This new wave in ethical investing is taking a new approach. Find out how it differs from its predecessors.
  57. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  58. Do Money-Market Funds Pay?

    This investment provides security, but its returns may not be adequate for long-term investors.
  59. The SEC Is Watching: New Reporting Standards

    The SEC recently proposed new rules for large traders. Does this tracking protect investors and the market, or is the SEC ...
  60. Top 5 All-Time Best Mutual Fund Managers

    The best managers produced long-term, market-beating returns and helped investors build big nest eggs. Find out who made ...
  61. SEC Issues Worthless Warnings On Fund Performance Ads

    Mealy-mouthed language may have opposite of intended effect.
  62. Bond Funds Boost Income, Reduce Risk

    These funds can provide stable returns for those who depend on their investment income.
  63. Published Mutual Fund Returns Not Always What They Appear

    Survivorship bias erases substandard performers, distorting overall mutual fund returns.
  64. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  65. 6 Weird Futures You Can Trade

    From trading based on weather to the next Hollywood blockbuster, these new derivatives show the investing world's innovation. ...
  66. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  67. Investing In Emerging Market Debt

    This asset class has left much of its unstable past behind. Find out how to invest in it.
  68. Mutual Fund Tune-Up Delivers High-Powered Performance

    Rebalancing your portfolio will protect you from risk and ensure that your investments are performing at their best.
  69. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  70. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  71. Should You Follow Your Fund Manager?

    Learn how to tell if a fund in flux is still a suitable investment.
  72. Fine Art Funds: A Beautiful Investment

    Have you ever admired a piece of art and wished you had the money to own it? Art funds may be one way to get a stake in this ...
  73. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  74. Top 10 Holdings Of 5 Top Money Managers

    Thanks to the SEC you can look at the companies and industries that 5 mega-investors are pouring their billions into.
  75. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  76. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  77. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  78. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  79. 5 Money Managers to Watch in 2010

    We look at managers that could be poised to deliver market-beating returns in 2010, and how we can participate.
  80. The Truth About Micro-Cap Index Funds

    They don't exist, because micro-caps are too small for index funds and ETFs to invest in.
  81. Should Insider Trading Be Legal?

    Insider trading has become a hot-button issue. Here are some of the pros and cons to making it legal.
  82. Which Mutual Fund Style Index Is For You?

    The Russell Investments and MSCI Barra style classification systems can help you pick the right mutual fund - if you know ...
  83. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  84. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
  85. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge ...
  86. 2010: The Year To Change Your Money Manager?

    After the beating the market took in 2008 and the recovery in 2009, now is the time to do a portfolio check-up.
  87. Schaff Trend: A Faster And More Accurate Indicator

    The Schaff Trend Cycle Indicator is forward-looking and generates signals much faster than old indicators like the MACD.
  88. Mutual Funds Are Awesome - Except When They're Not

    This investment is very popular, but that doesn't mean it comes without risk.
  89. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business. ...
  90. The Future Of Green Technology Investing

    Other endeavors may be experiencing a credit crunch, but investing in energy conservation, sustainable energy and resource ...
  91. Making Sense Of Market Anomalies

    Stocks sometimes thwart the efficient market theory by showing some very unusual patterns.
  92. 2009's Biggest Financial Scandals

    At the heart of every financial scandal is a loss of trust. Find out which major scandals deflated the public's trust in ...
  93. Keep It Simple - Trade With The Trend

    Often, the simple solution is the best one. Find out how easy it can be to trade with the trend.
  94. 2009's Top-Performing Hedge Funds

    We take a look at these investment vehicles that usually make news for blowing up rather than performance.
  95. Investors Misfire With Target-Date Funds

    Using all-in-one funds as one of many can lead to a skewed asset allocation.
  96. Time For A Money Manager Check-Up

    Just because the portfolio isn't plummeting to the bottom anymore doesn't mean money managers are doing a good job. You need ...
  97. The U.S. Dollar And The Yen: An Interesting Partnership

    In order to make the USD/JPY relationship more understandable, we must look at the yen in terms of treasury bonds.
  98. Don't Be Fooled By SPINdex Funds

    Active managers now spin their products as index funds and ETFs.
  99. Benefit From A Winning Investment Club

    Joining an investment club isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, but it can help you learn the ropes or sharpen your investing skills. ...
  100. 5 "New" Rules For Safe Investing

    Did the credit crisis leave a new landscape for investors? Maybe, but it's not as unfamiliar as you may have imagined.
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