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  1. A Top-Down Approach To Investing

    Use a global view to determine which stocks belong in your portfolio.
  2. Invest With A Thesis

    Writing down a thesis for every investment may seem almost too simple to be effective, but lessons from behavioral finance ...
  3. Create Your Own U.S. Equity Portfolio

    Find out how to structure your portfolio so you can maximize returns.
  4. Mutual Funds: Management Fees Vs. MER

    Having a clear understanding of the fees charged by a mutual fund is a significant component to making an informed investment ...
  5. Breaking Down The TSP Investment Funds

    For investors seeking growth, income AND capital preservation, the Thrift Savings Plan offered by the U.S. government is ...
  6. Choose A Fund With A Winning Manager

    We break down the key components of analyzing a fund manager's performance so you can find a winner.
  7. When To Buy A Mutual Fund

    There is money to be made in mutual funds, but investors fall into several pitfalls that keep them from maximizing their ...
  8. Mutual Fund Ratings: Crucial or Insignificant?

    Mutual fund ratings can help investors, but they have their drawbacks as well.
  9. Multi-Asset Funds Or Your Own Mix?

    The underlying concept of mixed funds is very appealing. Discover if you're better off with professional management or creating ...
  10. Which Mutual Fund Market Cap Suits You?

    Different funds invest in companies with different market caps. Find out which is right for you.
  11. 12b-1: Understanding Mutual Fund Fees

    Many mutual funds charge investors a 12b-1 fee to pay for marketing and promotion expenses.
  12. 4 Strategies For Managing A Portfolio Of Mutual Funds

    Discover some common strategies to devise a plan and maintain your holdings to reflect it.
  13. Active Management: Is It Working For You?

    There are guidelines to be followed when comparing an actively-managed investment strategy with a benchmark.
  14. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  15. Long-Term Investing: Hot Or Not?

    Forget the latest craze - you're more likely to succeed with a buy-and-hold strategy.
  16. Manage My Own Investments? Are You Kidding?

    Investors need not rely on professional advisors, but going it alone isn't easy.
  17. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  18. Does Active Value Investing Pay Off?

    Learn about a recently published paper that explores why active value investors underperform.
  19. The Alphabet Soup Of Credit Derivative Indexes

    Find out how these instruments work and how they are used in the market.
  20. Ultrashort Bond Funds: More Risk Than Reward?

    These funds' risk may overshadow their returns. Find out all you need to know before you get involved.
  21. Satisfy Your Investment Objectives With Income Funds

    Discover the various categories of income funds and the types of investors for whom they are appropriate.
  22. 5 Ways You're Paying Too Much To Invest

    You can't control what the markets will do in the future, but you do have some control over how much you pay to invest.
  23. Minimize Your Losses With Alternative Strategy Funds

    Discover a strategy that can be used to participate in the market and still protect the downside.
  24. In Praise Of Portfolio Simplicity

    Find out how you can streamline your investments for greater returns.
  25. 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.
  26. The Hidden Differences Between Index Funds

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

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

    Analyzing a hedge fund will help you determine whether it's a good investment and a good fit.
  29. When To Sell A Mutual Fund

    Unhappy with your mutual fund's returns and thinking of investing elsewhere? Read this article first.
  30. 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.
  31. 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. ...
  32. Why Late Trading Is Illegal

    Institutional investors got a sweet deal that soured retail investors' mutual fund returns.
  33. 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.
  34. 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. ...
  35. The Pros And Cons Of Target-Date Funds

    These accounts will take charge of your retirement savings, but should you let them?
  36. Shifting Focus To Sector Allocation

    Investing in sectors may trump international investments for providing diversification.
  37. Morningstar: A Premier Mutual Fund Source

    Looking for current mutual fund information? We'll look at one of the places to start your search.
  38. An Introduction To Sovereign Wealth Funds

    Countries use sovereign wealth funds to stabilize their economies, but these investments can lack transparency.
  39. Will A New Fund Manager Cost You?

    Learn how a change in leadership could mean more taxes for you.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  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. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Liquidation Blues: When Mutual Funds Close

    Underperforming funds often close their doors, leaving investors down and out.
  47. Closing Mutual Funds: Investment Protection Or Trap?

    Discover the characteristics of closing funds, the reasons why they close and key factors to consider.
  48. 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.
  49. 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. ...
  50. Life-Cycle Funds: Can It Get Any Simpler?

    Discover a security that offers a way for you to put your retirement portfolio on autopilot.
  51. Evaluating Green Equity Investments

    Learn how to find stocks that are both eco-friendly and profitable.
  52. The Advantages Of Mutual Funds

    Learn how to get diversification, liquidity and professional management at an affordable price.
  53. 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.
  54. 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 ...
  55. Consider Prime Rate Funds For More Income

    These funds may give you the reliable stream of income you need when you're retired.
  56. 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.
  57. Evaluating Bond Funds: Keeping It Simple

    Discover some of the key factors for determining a fund's risk-return profile.
  58. Separately Managed Accounts: A Boon For All

    We provide an explanation of individual cost basis and the advantages it brings to these accounts.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. Are Mutual Funds A Relic?

    We list some options other than mutual funds for your retirement plan.
  62. Financial Advice With Zero Return

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

    Find out whether a fund's performance is a result of the manager's abilities, or just a fluke.
  64. How Mutual Funds Differ Around The World

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

    Learn how ETFs have become the most popular investment vehicle in less than 20 years.
  66. 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.
  67. An Introduction To Exchange-Traded Grantor Trusts

    These funds offer a very hands-off experience for the low-involvement investor.
  68. 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.
  69. Major Blunders In Portfolio Construction

    Do you have the best mix of investments? Find out how to make sure.
  70. 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.
  71. Alternative Assets For Average Investors

    These investments can add a new level of diversification to your portfolio.
  72. The 4 Ways To Buy And Sell Securities

    Know the four main avenues of buying and selling investment instruments.
  73. 9 Misconceptions About Managed Futures

    Managed futures are not all they're worked up to be. Learn why they are not a good option for investors.
  74. Change The World One Investment At A Time

    Socially responsible investing allows you to express your political views in an unlikely way.
  75. Should You Invest In Emerging Markets?

    Emerging markets are risky, but the rewards they can create make them a worthy addition to any portfolio.
  76. Is Your Mutual Fund Safe?

    You might be carrying more risk than you think if your fund invests in derivatives.
  77. How To Legally Form A Hedge Fund

    Research is key before you take any steps in forming a hedge fund, as there are many options available.
  78. Money Market Mutual Funds: A Better Savings Account

    An good alternative to the traditional savings account is the money market mutual fund. It's easy, safe and has better returns. ...
  79. The Hidden Costs Of Investing In Mutual Funds

    Find the hidden fees in your portfolio, so that you can increase your rate of return.
  80. What Investment Is Best For You?

    ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and advisory firms are just some of the choices to consider.
  81. Evaluating Hedge Fund Performance

    Most investors are aware of hedge funds, but many don't know the dirty details of this unique investment type.
  82. Introduction To Inflation-Protected Securities

    Inflation is an enemy to investors - except to those who invest in IPS, which guarantee a real rate of return with no credit ...
  83. The Benefits Of An Investment Club

    Don't want to be a passive investor? Discover how investment clubs allow you to take control of your portfolio.
  84. A Guide To Investor Fees

    Fees are one of the most important determinants of investment performance and something that every investor should know. ...
  85. Stop Paying High Mutual Fund Fees

    Discover how investment strategies and expense ratios impact your mutual fund's returns.
  86. Investing In Leisure Funds

    If you thought investing and fun don't go together, think again. Find out more here.
  87. Creating Highly Effective Hedges With Index LEAPS

    Index LEAPS can be a highly effective way to hedge a retirement portfolio consisting of index or mutual funds, without the ...
  88. An Introduction To Closed-End Mutual Funds

    If you're looking to generate income for your investments, look no further.
  89. Lower Your Fees With Mutual Fund Breakpoints

    The lower the sales charge you pay, the greater your returns. Find out how to cash in.
  90. Digging Deeper Into Mutual Fund Names

    Go beyond the name and find out if that fund fits into your portfolio.
  91. Top 4 Signs Of Over-Diversification

    Learn how to spot over-diversification in your portfolio and find out why some financial advisors are motivated to do it. ...
  92. The Pros And Cons Of Money Market Funds

    Find out whether stocking your money in these accounts will stand up to the test of time.
  93. Style Drift Can Hurt Mutual Fund Returns

    Small, gradual changes in a portfolio manager's stated strategies can be a big risk for investors.
  94. 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.
  95. Why Hedge Funds Love Distressed Debt

    When hedge funds buy up bonds from bankrupt companies, should investors follow suit?
  96. 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.
  97. Understanding Volatility Measurements

    How do you choose a fund with an optimal risk-reward combination? We teach you about standard deviation, beta and more!
  98. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  99. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  100. 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.
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