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  1. 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. ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. Venezuela: Portrait of a Country in Turmoil

    Venezuela is floundering, and the story has more to do with just the falling price of oil.
  13. 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 ...
  14. Top Commodities ETFs for Your Retirement Portfolio

    There are many commodity-tracking ETFs, but only a few are must-adds to your retirement portfolio.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Taking Measure: Gold, Diamonds and... Karats?

    We look at the difference between karats and carats, as well as investment opportunities in gold and diamonds.
  22. 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 ...
  23. When And How To Tackle Earnings Reports

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

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

    Measure reward and risk targets before taking a trade, and let those numbers guide your open position.
  26. 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 ...
  27. SEC-Regulated Options Brokers

    Investopedia provides a List Of SEC-Regulated Options Brokers
  28. 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, ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 5 Gold Stocks that Pay Regular Dividends

    Five dividend paying gold stocks to put on your watch list.
  32. This Gold ETF is Fine for Traders, Not Investors

    A look under the hood of the Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF.
  33. Oil vs. Gas ETFs: Which One Should I Choose?

    When it comes to oil versus gas ETFs, why not choose one that gives exposure to both?
  34. The Top 3 Silver ETFs

    Like any tradable asset, silver and silver ETF prices are governed by the fundamental market economic forces of supply and ...
  35. How To Trade Orange Juice Options

    How do orange juice options work and which factors determine the orange juice valuations? Here's a sneak peak into the world ...
  36. Invest In Gold Through ETFs

    The mystique of the yellow metal captivates market players seeking hedges against inflationary pressure, safe haven in turbulent ...
  37. Getting To Grips With Energy Markets

    The wholesale energy market is quite different from traditional financial markets and potential trader need to thoroughly ...
  38. An Introduction To Trading Forex Futures

    We explain what forex futures are, where they are traded, and the tools you need to successfully trade these derivatives. ...
  39. U.S. Investors Are Seeking Opportunities Overseas

    A latest analysis leads to believe that many investors are applying a spring cleaning approach to their portfolios, rebalancing ...
  40. Three Portfolio Moves To Consider Now

    What portfolio moves should you consider making as the 2nd quarter kicks off? Before we focus on the future, let’s first ...
  41. Pockets Of Value In The Stock Market

    U.S. stocks benefited from signs the Fed’s path toward higher interest rates, as well as from continued merger-and-acquisition ...
  42. When To Expect Fed Liftoff Now

    “When will the Fed raise interest rates?” That has been the question of many investors since the Fed indicated it was prepared ...
  43. The UNG Natural Gas ETF: Best Bet or Stay Clear?

    UNG is a popular natural gas ETF, but if you're going to get involved, then you need to know the risks.
  44. The Economics Of Owning A Tesla Car

    The Tesla Model S is a strong economic choice for today's consumers.
  45. Where And How Should You Make Your First Trade?

    New traders should enter markets that offer the greatest opportunity for learning their craft while keeping risk at a minimum. ...
  46. How Long Can Gas Stay Cheap?

    The current gas prices means a lot for the economy and our pockets. Let's explore how long we can expect gas prices to be ...
  47. Why Is Best Buy Stock So Volatile?

    We look at why BBY has been so volatile in the past and whether this trend is likely to continue or abate in the future.
  48. Using Technology To Tune Out Market Noise

    Today’s technology-centric culture allows us to have access to information anytime. As investors, we can be informed of market ...
  49. Where To Search For Yield Today

    It’s hard to miss that there has been a pronounced slowdown in the U.S. economy this year.
  50. Ending The Limits On U.S. Crude Oil Exports

    As US storage capacity reaches its limit, industry participants and their lobby groups in Washington are calling for an end ...
  51. Circumvent Limitations of Black-Scholes Model

    Mathematical or quantitative model-based trading continues to gain momentum, despite major failures like the financial crisis ...
  52. Don't Make These Top 10 Mistakes On Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable errors.
  53. Prospects of Gold ETFs GDX vs. GDXJ

    Eyeing gold? A comparison of the prospects of the Market Vectors Gold Miners and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETFs. ...
  54. A Guide Of Option Trading Strategies For Beginners

    Options offer alternative strategies for investors to profit from trading underlying securities, provided the beginner understands ...
  55. Does The US Fear The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

    The AIIB has the U.S. fearful of their decreasing influence in both developing economies and the world economy.
  56. Brokerage Reviews: TradeStation Vs. Interactive Brokers

    These are among the most sophisticated brokers in the industry in terms of investment offerings, market access and technology.
  57. Introduction To Trading In Oil Futures

    An introduction to oil futures, how the market arrives at oil futures prices, what futures prices mean, and how investors ...
  58. How To Lock In Low Oil & Gas Prices

    We provide a quick overview of how companies can manage the risk of adverse moves in commodity prices by hedging in the futures ...
  59. How To Profit From Volatility

    We explain four key strategies to profit fom volatility in markets.
  60. How To Prepare For Volatile Markets?

    News surrounding market volatility might make one never to invest again: headlines speak of “roller coasters”, “turbulence” ...
  61. Trade Forex Through Inside Day Breakout Strategy

    Inside day breakout is a popular strategy for forex trading. Here's how to recognize the patterns, entry/exit points and ...
  62. Arbitrage Strategies With Binary Options

    Looking for arbitrage opportunities in Binary Options? Here are the ways to encash on those, with the opportunities, risks ...
  63. Where And How To Trade Energy Stocks

    Energy futures set a high bar to entry for individual traders and investors, redirecting exposure into sector equities and ...
  64. Why BBA LIBOR Was Replaced By ICE LIBOR

    We track the reason behind the change in LIBOR's prefix from BBA to ICE.
  65. Options and Roth IRAs: Do's and Don'ts

    A breakdown of the do's and don'ts of trading options in a Roth IRA.
  66. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  67. The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
  68. Feed Your Appetite For Chipotle Stock with Options

    Chipotle's stock may be out of the average person's price range, but options in-the-money call options offer a way to invest ...
  69. Trade Covered Calls On High Dividend Paying Stocks

    We explain the risks, rewards, timing, and profit and loss considerations for covered calls with dividend stocks.
  70. Was Buffet Right about Derivatives as WMDs?

    Why Warren Buffet described derivatives as weapons of mass destruction, and when can they be helpful or harmful?
  71. Forecast Of Oil Production by Country in 2015

    Supply is still ahead of demand and looks to stay ahead for most of 2015. Until production noticeably weakens, that situation ...
  72. Want to Go Long Natural Gas? Eye the UGAZ ETN

    Is UGAZ the best way to play natural gas? Maybe not.
  73. Oil Investments Boost Egypt's Recovery Prospects

    Major foreign oil companies have provided a big boost to the Egyptian economy by agreeing to invest around US$17 billion ...
  74. Take Advantage of Cheap Oil, Invest in these ETFs

    With crude oil prices at record lows, investors should consider oil ETFs over oil company stocks as ETFs more closely mirror ...
  75. Examples Of Exchange-Traded Derivatives

    We look at some of the most common exchange-traded derivatives.
  76. Advantages Of Trading Futures Over Stocks

    We look at the top eight advantages of trading futures over stocks.
  77. Do Oil and Natural Gas Prices Rise And Fall Together?

    Do the prices of crude oil and natural gas affect each other? Investopedia explores price patterns and provides analysis.
  78. Trading Volatility? Don’t Trade Stocks, Trade Options

    During times of volatility, traders can benefit greatly from trading options rather than stocks. We explain why.
  79. Capitalize On Collars To Enhance Your Trades

    Trade collaring measures current technicals and makes swift adjustments to account for environmental changes.
  80. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  81. Strategies To Trade Volatility Effectively With VIX

    VIX offers a bird’s eye view of real-time greed and fear, while providing a snapshot of the market’s expectations for volatility ...
  82. What Do You Need To Know About Inflation?

    When it comes to inflation, there is no shortage of opinions: one side argues the Fed should raise rates, and the opposition ...
  83. Asian LNG Prices: Not Likely To Rise Anytime Soon

    Asian LNG prices could stay low for an extended period of time, due to low oil prices, less demand and new LNG-producing ...
  84. Is GDX the Best Way to Play Gold?

    An analysis of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF.
  85. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  86. Top Brokers Offering Tools For Covered Calls

    Here are the brokers that offer the best tools for investors and traders to write covered calls and covered puts.
  87. How To Valuate The Market Price Of A Commodity

    We explain how to analyze the market price of commodities including, gold, cocoa, and wheat.
  88. Effects of OIS Discounting for Derivative Traders

    The use of OIS discounting has important implications for derivative valuations and could positively or negatively impact ...
  89. Why Trading Coffee Futures Is A Zero Sum Game

    Coffee futures trading is as close to a zero-sum game as you might find in investing. We look at the risks and rewards.
  90. Why These Currencies are the Safest in the World

    The safest currency in the world may surprise you.
  91. American Airlines Can Survive Rising Fuel Prices

    American Airlines shares nearly doubled in value between mid-October and late January, as the price of oil slid to a multiyear ...
  92. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  93. What Must The UK Do To Keep North Sea Oil Afloat?

    The UK government may need to take drastic action to ensure the viability of UK North Sea offshore oil production amid high ...
  94. Energy Transfer Partners' Mexican Ambitions

    There has been a lot of talk over the past year or so about America's enticing ability to export natural gas to global markets
  95. Gas Dispute Poses Risks For Both The EU And Russia

    The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has caused energy insecurity for the EU, which is seeking new gas suppliers, and market uncertainty ...
  96. Why Westport Innovations Will Keep Struggling

    The energy sector has been a minefield for investors, with many companies seeing their business models threatened by lower ...
  97. Freeport-McMoRan Is Seeking A Helping Hand

    Freeport-McMoRan doesn't have the cash to invest in its planned oil and gas developments, which is forcing it to look for ...
  98. Is Cheniere Energy Still On Track For 2016?

    The energy boom in the U.S. has opened up a huge range of opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
  99. What's Behind Chesapeake Energy's Massive Plunge?

    Among energy stocks, Chesapeake Energy has gone through more than its share of turmoil over the past several years.
  100. What’s FuelCell Energy Strategy To Stand Out?

    FuelCell Energy stands out from most companies in the fuel cell industry by concentrating on a different niche that involves ...
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