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  1. Why The Dollar’s Strength Can Continue

    Overall, the U.S. dollar has rallied this year, with the Dollar Index (DXY) now up by roughly 8 percent year-to-date, but ...
  2. The Story Behind Gold's Mini-Flash Crash

    The gold market was rocked last week by a sudden drop in prices. There are a number of factors that can lead to a flash crash ...
  3. How to Make Money by Trading Index Options

    Index options are less volatile and more liquid than regular options. Understand how to trade index options with this simple ...
  4. How To Hedge Put Options Using Binary Options

    Want to hedge your plain vanilla long put option position with binary call options? We show you how.
  5. How To Hedge Stock Positions Using Binary Options

    Here’s a step-by-step method to hedge your long (and short) positions in stocks, using binary options.
  6. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
  7. Is It Time To Buy Commodities?

    Despite the news, the Athens Stock Exchange is down less than 5 percent year-to-date, while the Shanghai Composite remains ...
  8. ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics ...
  9. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  10. Will Greece Return to the Drachma?

    More drama from Greece, as rumors swirl about a return to the drachma.
  11. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  12. How To Hedge Call Options Using Binary Options

    Here is a step-by-step walk through how to hedge a long call position with binary options.
  13. Understanding Bull Spread Option Strategies

    Bull spread option strategies, such as a bull call spread strategy, are hedging strategies for traders to take a bullish ...
  14. Some Overseas Markets May Prove More Resilient

    Though global markets sold off and have continued to slip in recent days, stocks in Europe and Japan are still faring better ...
  15. ETF Analysis: iShares Silver Trust

    Learn about the iShares Silver Trust, an exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in silver and is affected by risks unique ...
  16. Southwest & Cheap Oil: The Perfect Combination?

    Discover how falling oil prices (and well-timed futures contracts) benefit Southwest Airlines.
  17. As Fed Prepares To Move, Gold Is Losing Its Luster

    Last week’s Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress returned investors’ focus back to the fundamentals, and a general ...
  18. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  19. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners

    Obtain detailed information and analysis of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, and learn about the opportunities ...
  20. Selling Your Gold for Cash? Read This First

    Not all offers are equal. Here's how to discover what price your item can command.
  21. Will the Selloff in China Hurt the Global Economy?

    Though China is the world’s second largest economy, its volatility in the stock market is unlikely to have an impact on the ...
  22. Five Portfolio Moves For The Second Half

    After a relatively calm few months, market volatility is back. If you are an investor, we help you prepare your portfolio ...
  23. Is a Slumping Kinder Morgan a Good Buy?

    Learn how Kinder Morgan revenues are under pressure from lower commodity prices and how the growth of future dividend payments ...
  24. Is It the Perfect Time to Buy Seadrill?

    Seadrill's low price is enticing to many investors, but does the company have what it takes to regain its former value?
  25. Why Seadrill's Dividend Reinstatement Is Unlikely

    Learn why Seadrill suspended its dividend payments in the latter part of 2014, and how lower crude oil prices could hurt ...
  26. Coffee Wars: Starbucks Vs. Keurig Green Mountain

    We look at the very different paths coffee giants Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain have traveled since the end of the ...
  27. 4 Factors that Make or Break Seadrill Stock

    Learn what factors impact the stock price for Seadrill, including crude oil prices, dividend payments, quarterly revenues ...
  28. Signs The U.S. Recovery Is Solid

    Many market observers lately have been making some pretty pessimistic evaluations of the U.S. economy, declaring that it’s ...
  29. Should You Add Metals To Your Portfolio?

    This study examines how various metals have performed over the last 10+ years, with analysis of whether you should consider ...
  30. Looking To Begin Trading In The Stock Market?

    If you are a new trader, we explain the differences between penny stocks and options so you can make the best decision for ...
  31. Tesla Stock Too Expensive? Trade Tesla Options

    Tesla Motors is trading around $260 a share, making it too expensive for many investors. Options offer a low-cost way to ...
  32. Has Seadrill Become a Risky Investment?

    Investing in big oil stocks has long been a safe haven for investors, but falling oil prices and a suspended dividend payment ...
  33. A Look at How Currency-Hedged ETFs Work

    Currency-hedged ETFs come in two varieties: single-currency and multiple-currency. Which is right for you?
  34. Interpreting Overnight Action In The Index Futures

    Overnight action in index futures sets the tone for the U.S. market day. Traders can use 24-hour index futures charts to ...
  35. Stock Options To Trade On Intraday Momentum Index

    The intraday momentum index, or the IMI, can offer a reliable way to profit on options, but only for the right stocks.
  36. Intro to NYSE Binary Return Derivatives

    The New York Stock Exchange is entering into binary options trading. Here’s a quick introduction to how NYSE Binary Return ...
  37. Top Natural Gas Stocks Worth Considering

    The stock prices of the largest natural gas producers are at 12-month lows, creating an opportunity for investors. Here are ...
  38. Prospering In The Next Bear Market: Here's How

    Prepare to survive, and even prosper, in the impending bear market, by considering and putting into action the following ...
  39. Greece Isn’t The Only Problem U.S. Stocks Face

    Both stocks and bonds fell last week, due to several factors dampening investor sentiment. The most obvious one is the evolving ...
  40. Will Low Gas Prices Kill Hybrid Cars?

    Further changes in the number of hybrid electric vehicles sold have, so far, mirrored oil prices: the higher the price of ...
  41. How The New NYSE Binary Options Work

    The New York Stock Exchange has launched its own version of binary options called Binary Return Derivatives Options or ByRDs. ...
  42. 4 Ways You Can Invest In Gold Without Holding It

    Owning gold can be a store of value and a hedge against unexpected inflation. Holding physical gold, however, can be cumbersome ...
  43. Get Better Mileage Out Of Your Savings At The Pump

    U.S. drivers are spending 90 cents less on a gallon of gas than a year ago, about more than $10 a tank. If that’s you, what ...
  44. Good Economic News The Cynics May Be Missing

    Headline data about the U.S. economy hasn’t been great, but the economy is actually stronger than it’s getting credit for. ...
  45. How To Profit From Oil Volatility With The Following Strategies

    The recent volatility in oil prices presents an excellent opportunity for traders to make a profit if they are able to predict ...
  46. How To Short Amazon Stock

    With the stock reaching all-time highs and the company gambling on several new business lines, many investors may feel it's ...
  47. What The Fed Needs To Consider Before A Rate Hike

    Everyone, from colleagues to clients, has some interpretation of when and if the Fed should raise short-term rates and start ...
  48. Structured Notes: What You Need to Know

    Structured notes are complex, high risk and might not be suitable for individual investors. Here's why.
  49. Will Oil Ever Go Back Up To $100?

    Experts have yet to reach a consensus on whether oil will return to $100, but recent events could give us some clues to its ...
  50. How Gloomy Headlines Support Eurozone Stocks

    It's hard to miss the many headlines on Europe lately with news ranging from Greece’s debt saga to the details of ongoing ...
  51. One Step Closer To Normal

    The global interest rate environment is changing. Last week, bond yields in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia and ...
  52. How Are Stock Options Taxed & Reported?

    That depends on the type of stock option you have. A rundown of the tax treatment for statutory and nonstatutory, or non-qualified, ...
  53. Trading Forex Options: Process And Strategy

    What are the processes to trade forex options on most liquid currency pairs, and what are some strategies for success?
  54. Options Strategies That Profit From Rite Aid's Volatility

    Learn why options strategies such as the long straddle and the long strangle enable investors to make big money with Rite ...
  55. How Are Futures & Options Taxed?

    We present a basic introduction to the US tax processes of futures and options.
  56. Places To Consider Riding Out The Rate Change

    Despite multiple signs that global growth remains sluggish, bond yields recently hit fresh highs for the year.
  57. Try Southwest Airlines Options To Avoid Risks

    Learn how to take a position in Southwest Airlines' stock using option strategies that have limited or defined risk.
  58. Is The Yuan The New Greenback?

    China is increasingly top of mind for investors. While bulls see an opportunity in a massive equity rally, bears are focused ...
  59. Where To Look For Yield In A Low-Yield World

    While U.S. yields are likely to rise by year’s end, last week’s decline in yields is a reminder that we’re in a “low-for-long” ...
  60. The Farmer's Grip on Japanese Politics

    If you live in Tokyo, Japan's biggest city, then your vote is cheap. If you want your voice to count, move out to the countryside ...
  61. Is Now the Time to Bet on Vacation Spending?

    As Americans embark on summer trips, investors can benefit by adding exposure to the travel and leisure sector.
  62. Why To Pay Attention To Today’s Buyback Boom

    There has been a lot of debate recently about whether today’s buyback boom, $133 billion for S&P companies, is good or bad ...
  63. Top U.S-Regulated Option Brokers

    Options trading requires amassing significant capital and then facing high volatility. To protect yourself, ensure you trade ...
  64. Tax Treatment For Call & Put Options

    A brief intro to the complex US tax rules governing call and put options with examples of some common scenarios.
  65. How To Buy Options On the Dow Jones

    We show why buying options on the Dow Jones is a good alternative to trading the exchange-traded fund.
  66. When Global Economies Converge

    The Divergences in global economic look very much like an explanation for what happened last year, though market observers ...
  67. Why To Look For Opportunities Overseas

    While U.S. equities can continue to climb and post further gains before the end of the year, the best opportunities may still ...
  68. Do Record Stock Highs Signal A Top?

    Despite higher rates, U.S. stocks have been posting new records in recent weeks, despite investor concerns about slowing ...
  69. Understanding Gold Quote Prices

    Willing to trade gold but puzzled by gold price quotes and terminology? Investopedia explains how to read gold price quotes.
  70. How To Invest In The Swiss Franc

    The Swiss franc is one of the safe havens of the investing world. Learn how invest through ETFs, forex, futures, and binary ...
  71. What A Rate Hike May Mean For Stocks

    By the end of the year, investors will likely be contending with the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade. ...
  72. The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate ...
  73. Why You May Want To Be (And Stay) In Bonds

    Bonds are complicated, and it’s easy to feel intimidated or confused. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a numbers geek to ...
  74. Gaining Market Influence-- The Case of US Shale

    A convergence of sustained bank financing, falling production costs and rising oil prices might position the US shale industry ...
  75. What More Volatility Means For Momentum Stocks

    One byproduct of the recent tick higher in bond yields: a meaningful rise in volatility for both stocks and bonds.
  76. How Violence In Yemen Has Affected Oil Prices

    Oil prices have been dropping significantly over the past year due to an abundance of supply and weaker global demand.
  77. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Options

    The Fed is expected to change interest rates soon. We explain how a change in interest rates impacts option valuations.
  78. What To Do With Stocks That Hit All-Time Highs

    Apply this specialized set of risk management and technical rules when your positions are trading at new highs.
  79. Impact of Low Oil Prices on Oil Sellers and Buyers

    The impact of the fall in oil prices globally is nuanced due to the complex economies of some countries --some of which are ...
  80. Using Excel PV Function to compute Bonds PV

    To determine the value of a bond today - for a fixed principal (par value) to be repaid in the future at any predetermined ...
  81. Why The U.S. Economy Is Ready For Liftoff

    Though the U.S. economy is once again underperforming expectations, as it has for the past five years, the economy is ready ...
  82. Venezuela: Portrait of a Country in Turmoil

    Venezuela is floundering, and the story has more to do with just the falling price of oil.
  83. The Cost of Shale Oil Versus Conventional Oil

    Fracking technology has brought new costs to the oil extraction process, and that has an impact on the profitability of the ...
  84. Top Commodities ETFs for Your Retirement Portfolio

    There are many commodity-tracking ETFs, but only a few are must-adds to your retirement portfolio.
  85. The Long Game: Oil In 2020

    In January, oil bottomed out at less than half its price in June. What caused the plunge, and how should long-term investors ...
  86. Should You Average Down When Trading Stocks?

    Averaging down on a stock can allow you to avoid having to admit you are wrong. On top of this and given enough time, the ...
  87. How Safe Are Gold And Silver Investments?

    Contrary to both tradition and popular opinion, gold and silver may not be the best hedges against inflation nor the safest ...
  88. Europe's Oil Refineries Get A Second Chance

    The European refining sector is benefiting from the drop in oil prices, but it may not last the year. Can high margins beat ...
  89. Today's Top ETFs: Worth a Bet or Should You Pass?

    ETFs can be profitable and dangerous. Here's a list of today's most popular funds and what you should watch about them.
  90. The Risks Of Writing Covered Calls

    While writing a covered call option is less risky than writing a naked call option, the strategy is not entirely riskfree.
  91. Taking Measure: Gold, Diamonds and... Karats?

    We look at the difference between karats and carats, as well as investment opportunities in gold and diamonds.
  92. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Futures

    There are at least four factors that affect change in futures prices, including risk free-interest rates, particularly in ...
  93. When And How To Tackle Earnings Reports

    Trading earnings news for consistent profits requires considerable discipline and patience.
  94. An Introduction To Trading Silver Futures

    Silver Futures are becoming popular trading instruments. Here is a primer on how to trade them.
  95. Trading Risks And Rewards In Your Favor

    Measure reward and risk targets before taking a trade, and let those numbers guide your open position.
  96. How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

    Record low oil prices are a welcome development for consumers, but oil companies are struggling with choosing market share ...
  97. SEC-Regulated Options Brokers

    Investopedia provides a List Of SEC-Regulated Options Brokers
  98. Writing Covered Calls On Dividend Stocks

    Writing covered calls on stocks that pay above-average dividends is a strategy that can be used to boost returns on a portfolio, ...
  99. Will The US Economy Rebound In The 2nd Quarter?

    Most investors know that U.S. 1st quarter growth numbers aren’t pretty. Economic statistics have been missing expectations ...
  100. One Silver Lining Of Slower Global Growth

    Stocks struggled last week amid more evidence out of the world’s largest economies that global economic growth isn’t accelerating ...
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