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  1. How the Brexit Could Affect U.S. Investors

    Learn what Brexit is, who supports and opposes it, and when the referendum is to be held. Discover the possible consequences ...
  2. Income Strategies for Your Portfolio to Make Money Regularly

    Discover the option-writing strategies that can deliver consistent income, including the use of put options instead of limit ...
  3. Why $50 Oil Won't Be Sustainable (USO, XLE)

    Examine why the recent upswing in oil prices looks to be short-lived, and discover the dynamics between the increasing level ...
  4. Not Wailing, but Shrugging

    Learn about how bottom-up is back as the markets take big macro data in stride.
  5. How the Equity Market Became Sensitive to Oil (COP, WFC)

    Discover the reason equities markets became closely correlated with oil prices in the first quarter of 2016, and why the ...
  6. How to Hedge Against Negative Interest Rates (GLD, GDX)

    Find out why Stanley Druckenmiller believes negative interest rates are dangerous, why the bull market may be ending and ...
  7. Why Norway Does Not Anticipate $100 Oil (STO)

    Discover why Norway's Petroleum and Finance Minister Tord Lien does not think the markets will see $100 per barrel of oil ...
  8. Why $50 Oil Won't Save Oil Companies

    Discover why oil exploration and production companies face troubles despite the recent strong rally in crude prices, and ...
  9. How Deutsche Bank Market Manipulation Impacts Investors (DB)

    Explore the ramifications of Deutsche Bank's admission that it manipulated gold and silver from 2007 to 2014, including its ...
  10. S&P 500: 3 Lessons From the Most Unprofitable Sectors (APA, CHK)

    Discover the universal lessons for investors and businesses from the 10 most unprofitable companies in the S&P 500, all of ...
  11. 3 Reasons Why U.S. Oil Imports Are Rising (PSX, BP)

    Explore the reasons behind increasing oil imports to the United States, despite production and inventory levels at or near ...
  12. NB SRI Team In Support of Limiting Methane Emissions

    On March 10, 2016, the US and Canada announced that the two countries would aim to cut methane (CH4) emissions in the oil ...
  13. Will Energy Exposure Tank Wells Fargo? (WFC)

    Discover the reasons Wells Fargo's portfolio of loans to speculative shale oil and gas exploration and production companies ...
  14. Does the S&P 500 Still Have 20% Downside Risk?

    Find out what top bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach foresees for the U.S. stock market in 2016, and discover two investments ...
  15. Yield-Hungry Investors Are Smitten with the U.S.

    Global demand for yield is good for U.S. investment grade fixed income, but what could it do to credit quality?
  16. Gold ETF Buying Reached the Second Highest Level on Record (GLD)

    Learn about the factors that are pushing gold demand to its second-highest level ever and where the price of gold could be ...
  17. The Market Plays a (Fed) Waiting Game

    In this article, we talk about the outlook on equity markets, the path for Fed rate hikes, and the U.S. consumer and retail ...
  18. 5 Income Strategies For Your Portfolio

    Discover five moves you can make to start generating regular income from your investment portfolio with income-focused investments.
  19. Was "Peak Oil" a Myth?

    We’ll look at what’s happened to the once-clear concept of finite oil reserves, and where it stands now.
  20. Chart of the Week: Why It’s Time for Caution?

    This week’s chart helps illustrate why we’re taking a more cautious view of global equities over the near term.
  21. Commodities Relative Value

    In this special report, we take a close look at the hedge fund segment, considering key characteristics and performance trends, ...
  22. 6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Avoid these pitfalls to keep your credit score healthy and your debt under control.
  23. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  24. Why Low Oil Prices Don't Always Mean Low Gas Prices

    Find out why gasoline prices do not always decline with oil prices. Learn about the impact of the refining process, taxes ...
  25. Score a Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  26. A Dollar That Stays Within the Lines

    Find out how a range-bound U.S. dollar could contribute to a renewed focus on company and sector fundamentals.
  27. Energy, Economics, Environment and Exuberance

    Learn why recent news from the coal and solar industries suggest that knowledge is power.
  28. Why Most Analysts Remain Bullish on Gold

    Many analysts are bullish on gold for the foreseeable future. Here's why.
  29. The Top 4 Starbucks Shareholders (SBUX)

    Learn about the origins of Starbucks Corporation, its focus on continuing to grow, and the top five individual shareholders ...
  30. Chart of the Week: Is Deflation Dead?

    U.S. deflation is no longer an imminent risk. This week’s chart helps illustrate why.
  31. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  32. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  33. Why Inflation Feels Higher Than the Fed's Target Rate

    Follow the monthly readings on core PCE inflation in the Personal Income and Outlays reports to understand the Federal Reserve's ...
  34. David Einhorn on the Value of Gold (GLD)

    Find out what famed hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, David Einhorn, is saying about investing in gold, and get his ...
  35. 4 Energy Stocks the Pros Won't Touch (CHK, CNX)

    Learn about four stocks whose high levels of debt and declining institutional holdings place them in a tenuous position inside ...
  36. Are These the Golden Days for Gold?

    Given an environment of low and even negative yields, slow growth and potential signs of rising inflation, Russ discusses ...
  37. The Share Buyback Report: The Energy Sector (XOM, CVX)

    Examine historical share repurchase data for the energy sector. Review buyback activity over time, and find out which companies ...
  38. The Challenge the Fed Faces (in 2 Powerful Charts)

    The Fed faces a big challenge as it seeks to raise interest rates this year: The central bank already missed the “window ...
  39. (VXX) iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN: Who Is Invested?

    Discover one of the largest volatility-based exchange-traded notes (ETNs), and learn which institutions hold the largest ...
  40. These Commodities ETFs are Rallying (GLD, IAU)

    The commodities rally has driven these ETFs higher. Will it last?
  41. Gold is Glittering in 2016: Here are 4 Reasons Why (GLD)

    Gold surged 17% in the first quarter of 2016, its biggest quarterly gain in three decades. Here are four reasons why gold ...
  42. Starbucks Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (SBUX)

    Find out how Starbucks became a giant in the coffee industry and how partnering with international key suppliers helps the ...
  43. The Surprising Force Behind Gold’s Rally

    Gold has shown resilience to dropping prices compared to other commodities, and has regained its status as a “safe haven” ...
  44. BP Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    Learn which corporate customers BP depends on the most and how many of them distribute and resell its oil and gas products ...
  45. (AM) Who are Antero Midstream Partners' Main Competitors?

    Learn about Antero Midstream Partners, and discover the companies in the energy sector that are its main competitors. Obtain ...
  46. Starbucks Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers

    Discover how five of Starbucks' key customers help keep the coffee giant competitive worldwide by offering a variety of food ...
  47. 5 High-Quality Oil Companies to Consider Right Now (XOM, EOG)

    Learn about five oil companies whose long-term prospects remain positive despite the precipitous decline in crude prices ...
  48. Petrobras Raises Cooking-Gas Price: Effects on Its Financials (PBR)

    Discover what happened when Petroleo Brasileiro SA raised the price of liquefied petroleum gas or cooking gas price in September ...
  49. Starbucks Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    Discover the capital structure analysis for Starbucks Corporation, and learn how it generated a 47% increase in enterprise ...
  50. Chesapeake Energy Stock Risess on Q1 Beat (CHK)

    The oil and gas company reported better-than-expected first quarter results that offered hope that a turnaround might be ...
  51. Tesla Stock Climbs Despite Wider Q1 Loss (TSLA)

    Tesla says it expects to produce about 20,000 vehicles in the second quarter, which would be a 30% rise from the first quarter.
  52. Global Junk Bond Defaults on the Rise

    Discover the reasons behind Moody's forecast for a record number of bankruptcies of global high-yield bonds for 2016 and ...
  53. Is Now the Time to Get a Gold IRA?

    Yes, you can invest in actual gold or other precious metals for your IRA. See the special rules for gold IRAs and what to ...
  54. Analyst Ratings Report: Breaking Down the S&P 500 Index (SWN, WFM)

    Learn about Wall Street analysts' 2015 forecasts for the S&P 500 Index, as well as the effects of individual components and ...
  55. SandRidge's 3 Most Profitable Lines of Business (SDOC)

    Learn about the three most profitable lines of business for SandRidge Energy Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration company ...
  56. What to Look for From The Fed

    Once again it is time for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) Board of Governors meeting, and the market is eager to see what ...
  57. Solar Wars: Solar City vs. Verengo Solar vs. Sungevity

    Read about three important players in the growing solar-energy services market, and learn more about their business operations ...
  58. McDonald's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (MCD)

    Find out about five key suppliers for McDonald’s restaurants from hardware and software to coffee importers and how they ...
  59. Re-Emerging Markets?

    If you're wondering when will the emerging markets comeback be? Read on because is still young, but encouraging.
  60. 5 Stocks to Invest in the Decline of Oil Storage Capacity (MMP, EDP)

    Discover five stocks that may likely benefit from the decline of oil storage capacity, and learn about their core business ...
  61. UCO: Crude Oil ETF Performance Case Study

    Explore how double-leveraged exposure to oil prices has affected the performance of the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ...
  62. The Debt Report: The Energy Sector

    Discover how the energy sector bit off more debt than it could chew, and learn why the energy bond contagion has market analysts ...
  63. Goldman Sachs Expects Three Rate Hikes in 2016 (GS)

    Explore the factors surrounding the Fed's recent decision to forgo raising interest rates and uncover Goldman Sachs' prediction ...
  64. AQR Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover the investment strategies and secrets of hedge fund powerhouse AQR Capital Management LLC in the alternative investment ...
  65. Starbucks Stock: An Earnings Case Study (SBUX)

    Learn how Starbucks has generated sales and earnings growth each year. Consider how the company measures average ticket sales ...
  66. (WMB) Who Are the Williams Companies' Main Competitors?

    Discover the main competitive threats to Williams Companies, a natural gas supplier founded in 1908, whose pipelines extend ...
  67. 4 Oil Companies Swimming in Debt to Avoid (HK, SWN)

    Discover which oil and natural gas companies American investors should avoid in 2016, and why the industry is awash with ...
  68. 3 Highly Liquid Stocks Under $10 (RF, AUY, SIRI)

    Here are three stocks that would have made you some serious coin over the past three months. They're also highly liquid. ...
  69. Are Low-Debt Oil Companies Your Best Friend Right Now? (TSO, NTI)

    Discover why falling oil prices are causing many oil companies to file for bankruptcy, and how low-debt oil companies and ...
  70. (AA) Who are Alcoa's Main Competitors?

    Learn about the financial profiles and operations of three main competitors to Alcoa Inc. and why this industry is becoming ...
  71. How Do Professionals Forecast Crude Oil Prices?

    Discover how the future price of oil is predicted with a weighted combination of mathematical tools. Economists largely use ...
  72. Don't Focus Too Much on ETF Fees

    Not all funds are created equal, and that goes for ETFs. But investors who only focus on fees associated ETFs can end up ...
  73. The Financial Future of PPL Corp's Spinoff, Talen Energy (TLN)

    Explore the financial prospects for Talen Energy, the resulting company from PPL Corporation's spinoff, including the impact ...
  74. One Market Where Oil Doesn’t Really Matter Much

    If you are getting worried that your portfolio will be affected by the recent slide in oil and energy prices, keep reading. ...
  75. 3 Forces Driving Sempra Energy (SRE)

    Discover the factors that contributed to Sempra Energy's positive performance during the first few months of 2016, and what ...
  76. SandRidge's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SDOC)

    Learn more about SandRidge Energy, Inc., a history of the company's performance and financial stability through key financial ...
  77. Is the Fed On the Right Track?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve (Fed) missed its window to raise interest rates nearly three years ago, when conditions ...
  78. Why It’s Time for More Caution Toward Credit

    Learn why it’s time for more caution toward credit, as prices declined and yields increased.
  79. 3 U.S. Equity Market Trends in 2016 (SLX, SPY)

    Learn about three U.S. equity market trends that are impacting stock prices. How these trends resolve will determine winners ...
  80. Where Will Currencies Go From Here?

    We discuss the factors behind these 3 trends: a rising U.S. dollar, a selloff in EM currencies and a weakening yuan, and ...
  81. Starbucks Vs. Dunkin' Donuts: Comparing Business Models (SBUX, DNKN)

    Learn about the business models of Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. Discover how franchising and growth strategies impact these ...
  82. The Case for Dividend Growers

    In the search for quality income, there is one area to consider as a potential investment opportunity this year—dividend ...
  83. How China Is Affecting BP's Bottom Line

    Discover how and why China's economy is so important to BP plc's financial health and what a slowdown of the country's economy ...
  84. Goldman Sachs Flip Flops On Gold (GS)

    Find out about Goldman Sachs' latest flip-flop on its short-term forecast for gold and the possible reason why it happens ...
  85. What Over-Levered Companies Can Learn from Halcon Resources (HK)

    Learn about Halcon Resources' 2015 debt restructuring. Find out why these measures were necessary and how successful the ...
  86. Crude Oil Peaks and Troughs Over the Past Century

    An overview of the events surrounding major price tops and bottoms in crude oil over the past 100 years.
  87. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  88. PRWCX: Portfolio Trends in 2016

    Discover how the portfolio trends in the T.Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund helped to keep performance positive in 2 ...
  89. Starbucks Expands Rewards Program Beyond Stores (SBUX, V)

    Investors are likely hoping its new rewards program can be rewarding in the long term.
  90. This Trend Could Influence Interest Rate Policy

    Learn why the Fed’s decision to leave its benchmark rate at its current level is a representation of the “wait-and-see” trend ...
  91. Chevron's Gorgon Project Begins LNG Exports (CVX)

    The LNG project has also been costly for Chevron, climbing from an estimated $37 billion in 2009 to current levels of $54 ...
  92. The Relationship Between Gold and Gold ETFs

    Here's how the price of gold ETFs corresponds to the price of actual gold.
  93. How is an ETC different from an ETF? (IAU)

    An exchange traded commodity (ETC) has many similarities to an exchange traded funded (ETF), but also a few differences. ...
  94. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  95. A Guide To Trading Binary Options In The U.S.

    What binary options are, how they work and where you can legally trade them in the U.S.?
  96. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  97. London's Effect On Gold Prices

    Read about the nearly 100-year-old London gold fix, why the process may be winding down and how Shanghai now threatens London ...
  98. The Implications of a Brexit

    Learn about the implications of a Brexit: The United Kingdom remaining as a member of the European Union (EU) or leave it.
  99. 3 Factors Driving Gold Prices Higher in 2016 (GLD)

    Find out how uncertainty, interest rates and inflation expectations drove gold prices higher in early 2016 and why analysts ...
  100. Are Specialty ETFs Right for Your Portfolio?

    Specialty ETFs give investors exposure to alternative asset classes. But they aren't for everyone. Here's why.
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