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  1. GDX: Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF

    Learn about Market Vectors Gold Miners, one of the most volatile ETFs in the market, which fell 75% from 2011 to 2015 after ...
  2. The Top 5 Silver ETFs for 2016 (SIVR, SIL)

    Check out the top five exchange-traded funds for 2016 that offer investors direct exposure to the silver market in the metals ...
  3. Will Crude Oil Recover In 2016? (USO, OIH)

    A historic supply imbalance may resolve in 2016, allowing crude oil to recover lost ground.
  4. How Safe Are Dividends on Oil Stocks?

    Discover how safe oil companies' dividend payments are if oil prices remain at their current level for a prolonged period ...
  5. Is It Time To Buy Natural Gas? (UNG)

    Natural gas stands to benefit greatly from the next commodity complex recovery wave.
  6. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Chesapeake Energy Stock

    Learn the biggest risks to investing in Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Discover the company's financial ratios and other ...
  7. The Top 5 Large-Cap Natural Gas Stocks for 2016

    Learn the top five large-cap natural gas companies with the potential to grow in 2016. Discover each company's growth opportunities ...
  8. Is It Time To Buy The Solar Sector? (TAN, FSLR)

    The solar industry has grown rapidly in the last decade but faces major roadblocks in 2016.
  9. The Top 5 Mid-Cap Gold Stocks for 2016

    Discover the top five mid-cap gold stocks for 2016, with a summary of each company and the outlook for both gold and the ...
  10. Will the Euro Continue to Rally? (EUO)

    The euro is rallying. Should investors chase this performance or is the real opportunity on the other side of the trade? ...
  11. What a $20 USD Barrel Means For the US Oil Industry

    Read about Goldman Sachs' prediction that oil prices could go as low as $20 a barrel. Understand how low prices impact companies ...
  12. The World’s Biggest State Owned Oil Companies

    Read about eight of the biggest government-controlled oil producers in the world, and learn more about how they are organized ...
  13. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  14. PHDG: PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged ETF

    Find out about the PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged ETF, and learn detailed information about characteristics, suitability ...
  15. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  16. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Southwest Stock

    Learn the biggest risks to investing in Southwest Airlines. Discover fundamental, industry-wide and other various internal ...
  17. The 3 Best Buy-and-Hold Canadian Stocks

    Learn how the market is misreading Canadian stocks and how long-term buy-and-hold investors can stand to benefit from the ...
  18. 3 Oil Companies Losing Money with Current Oil Prices

    Learn about three oil companies that are losing money with low oil prices. See how companies in the sector with high debt ...
  19. GDXJ: Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF

    Obtain detailed information and analysis of the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, and learn about the opportunities ...
  20. VXF: Vanguard Extended Market ETF

    Learn how the Vanguard Extended Market ETF provides investors with exposure to the larger stock universe, except for companies ...
  21. The 5 Best Cities to Open a Coffee Shop in the US

    Learn about the five top cities in which to open a coffee shop, and what differentiates Americans from coffee drinkers in ...
  22. Is Schlumberger Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Learn about Schlumberger as a stock to hold in an IRA. Read about how the stock has a high degree of volatility, but also ...
  23. This is How Much Oil Companies Make

    Learn about how much money some oil companies make. Understand how oil company earnings are highly correlated to the prices ...
  24. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    Learn about eight high-risk investment vehicles that can double the funds of investors looking to take on additional risk ...
  25. Is the GLD ETF a Good Long-Term Bet?

    The SPDR Gold Shares ETF has been a high quality investment. Should it be on your watch list going forward?
  26. The Top 5 Large-Cap Basic Material Stocks for 2016

    Discover the top five large-cap basic materials stocks expected to grow in 2016, with summaries of each company and the rational ...
  27. Best 3 Websites To Find Crude Oil Breaking News

    Discover the best websites to visit if you want accurate, current pricing and news on West Texas Intermediate and North Sea ...
  28. ETF/ETN Analysis: Natural Gas Subindex

    Discover an analysis of the iPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex ENT, and learn about its characteristics and how it seeks ...
  29. Looking to Add Oil Into Your IRA or Roth IRA? Here's How

    Learn the different ways investors can gain exposure to the price of oil and oil companies in their IRAs. See how individual ...
  30. The 3 Best Canadian Dividend Stocks (CNQ)

    Learn about the state of the Canadian stock market and three Canadian dividend-paying stocks that are worth taking a look ...
  31. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  32. Analyzing SandRidge's Return on Equity (ROE) (SD)

    Read about SandRidge's negative return on equity (ROE). Understand how the company has a very high debt load and is facing ...
  33. Looking to Hedge on Currency Volatility? Consider...

    In an attempt to dampen down the impact of the stronger dollar, investors have been turning to currency hedged exchange traded ...
  34. Oil Boom 2.0: Be Sure You Are Ready to Invest

    Learn about the potential for oil boom 2.0, and discover why some experts say this is a good time to invest in oil companies ...
  35. Analyzing Schlumberger's Return on Equity (ROE) (SLB)

    Read about how Schlumberger has performed well as the world's largest oilfield services provider. See how revenue is dropping ...
  36. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Kinder Morgan Stock (KMI)

    Discover the biggest risks to Kinder Morgan stock using fundamental analysis. Learn how regulatory changes, pipeline integrity ...
  37. Is Starbucks Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SBUX)

    Find out if Starbucks stock is a suitable investment for an IRA and whether it matches the characteristics ideal for a traditional ...
  38. Getting in On the (Next) Texas Oil, Gas Land Boom

    Landowners enjoyed rich royalties from their oil- and gas-producing plots. But how can the rest of us hitch a ride on the ...
  39. Chevron's 3 Key Financial Ratios (CVX)

    Learn about key financial ratios for Chevron. See how the company is paying a decent dividend yield and has manageable debt ...
  40. Analyzing Porter's 5 Forces on Starbucks (SBUX)

    Examine the industry position of Starbucks Coffee Company from the perspective of the company using the Porter's Five Forces ...
  41. The Largest Oil Companies Make a Pledge to Climate Change

    Here is how ten of the world's largest oil companies prepared for the UN climate change summit happening in Paris this month.
  42. A Closer Look at Starbucks

    Starbucks has had an outstanding run in recent years. But have its shares become too expensive for new shareholders?
  43. Will 2016 Be Copper's Turnaround Year? (JJC)

    Economic upticks in China and other BRIC nations are likely to signal a significant low after copper's long downtrend.
  44. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  45. 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 ...
  46. Investing in Crude Oil Futures: The Risks and Rewards

    Learn about the risks and rewards of trading oil futures contracts. Read about a few strategies to limit the risk in trading ...
  47. Crude Oil Prices: Comparing Future Price Vs. Current Market Price

    Discover the differences between oil futures market prices and oil spot market prices and what leads to the differences between ...
  48. Why It Is Important to Follow Crude Oil Inventories

    Discover what oil inventories are, how they are communicated and what important insights they provide into the state of the ...
  49. Is Dunkin' a Good Bet for the Long-Term? (DNKN)

    Should investors bet on Dunkin' Brands for its long-term potential?
  50. The Biggest Risks of Investing in ConocoPhillips Stock

    Understand the risks of investing in ConocoPhillips stock. Learn about how there is a risk of a dividend cut due to lower ...
  51. In Search of the Rate-Proof Portfolio

    After October’s better-than-expected employment report, a December Federal Reserve (Fed) liftoff is looking more likely than ...
  52. Will Winter Affect the Price of Oil and Gas?

    Learn how heating oil and natural gas prices are affected during a harsh or mild winter and the EIA's prediction for heating ...
  53. Deepwater Explorations That Had Profitable Results

    Learn how deepwater oil wells sometimes deliver large profits to the companies finding them, if the oil company drillers ...
  54. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  55. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  56. Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  57. What Chevron Hopes to Find in its Exploration of the Great Australian Bight (CVX)

    Learn about Chevron's agreements that allow the oil company to explore the Great Australian Bight and the state of current ...
  58. How to Buy Chinese Yuan

    Discover the different options that are available to investors who want to obtain exposure to the Chinese yuan, including ...
  59. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  60. Are EM Stocks Finally Emerging?

    Many investors are looking at emerging market (EM) stocks and wonder if it’s time to step back in, while others wonder if ...
  61. Why Gold Is No Longer the Currency King

    Although a gold standard seems like a good idea, looking at its role in U.S. history reveals that it may not be the beacon ...
  62. Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?

    Learn about the two sides of the argument on the effect biofuels have on food prices and about other factors that affect ...
  63. Projected Gas Prices for 2016

    Learn what major authorities on gas prices are predicting for 2016, and about the different factors that can impact the price ...
  64. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  65. Terrorism's Effects on Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets, but just how much? Find out how to take cover.
  66. Five ETFs for Contrarian Investors

    Here are five ETF ideas that can be used by the contrarian investor.
  67. Can Industrial Metals Make A Comeback? (RIO, FCX)

    The industrial metals sector should turn higher when the GDPs of BRIC nations stabilize or when Western nations shift into ...
  68. Scared By ETF Risks? Try Hegding With ETF Options

    With more ETFs to trade, the risks associated with these investments have grown. To mitigate these risks, ETF options are ...
  69. Is US Inflation Too Low?

    One reason the Fed has delayed its first rate hike: U.S. inflation has been persistently running below the stated 2 % level ...
  70. 2 Investing Implications of Higher US Rates

    While U.S. economic data continue to come in mixed, the numbers still point to decent U.S. economic growth.
  71. How Profitable Is Pumpkin Spice Latte for Starbucks?

    The immensely popular pumpkin spice latte has been called a "harbinger of the season." But how much money does Starbucks ...
  72. What Markets Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits?

    Late last month, the Fed reminded that a 2015 rate hike is still a possibility; there are certain segments of the market ...
  73. Will Eni’s Discovery Affect Oil Prices?

    Following a massive natural gas discovery in the Mediterranean, Egypt's energy concerns will be coming to an end, but how ...
  74. 5 Ways to Play the Stock Market after an Interest Rate Hike

    When the Fed will raises rates is still the unknown, but if it happens investors can benefit. Financials, consumer and growth ...
  75. How Oil and Ethanol Combine to Make Valero Rich (VLO, PSX)

    Despite a lagging oil sector, Valero continues to have good results with its ethanol and oil refinery businesses.
  76. How Starbucks' Secondary Products Will Help It Grow Globally (SBUX)

    Discover how acquisitions and product diversification have helped Starbucks capture significant international market share ...
  77. How Has Starbucks' Investment in Its Employees Paid Off? (SBUX)

    Discover how Starbucks' generous employee benefits have helped attract and retain the best talent, leading to benefits for ...
  78. Top 4 Apps for Option Traders

    Discover some of the most popular apps that options traders use so they can stay on top of market opportunities and manage ...
  79. Whole Foods Market: Investors Beware?

    Whole Foods Market is in the crosshairs of short sellers right now, but the bulls might have the last laugh.
  80. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  81. Ultra ETFs Are Not Your Father's ETFs

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ...
  82. Any Way The Wind Blows, You Can Trade The Weather

    You can trade on anything these days, including the weather.
  83. Transocean's 3 Key Financial Ratios (RIG)

    Learn about key financial ratios for Transocean. Understand how the company's aging drilling fleet could work against its ...
  84. Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Oil

    Find out how oil markets might react to an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, and why consumers and bondholders could ...
  85. How to Trade Dow Jones Future Contracts

    Learn about the Dow Jones Index futures contracts available and obtain step-by-step instruction on how to trade the stock ...
  86. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  87. The Top 4 Equity Proxies For the Futures Markets (SPY, IWM)

    Futures markets have highly liquid equity proxies for nearly all major contracts, offering greater choices for traders and ...
  88. Consider Dividend-Paying ETFs if Interest Rates Rise

    As an alternative investment, income-seeking investors may turn to dividend-paying exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a way ...
  89. The 3 Best Dividend Stocks in the Utility Sector (DUK, FE)

    Learn about three of the best-paying dividend stocks in the utility sector. Understand why utility stocks have less volatility ...
  90. Should You Invest in Oil and Gas? Consider These 3 Risks

    Learn about some of the major risks with investing in the oil and gas sector including volatile commodity prices, dividend ...
  91. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  92. Chevron Stock: A Dividend Analysis (CVX)

    Discover a detailed analysis of Chevron's dividend policy, and learn about the dividend policies of its competitors Exxon ...
  93. Why is Gold a Counter Cyclical Asset?

    Gold is widely considered a safe haven during market turbulence. History has proven gold performs counter cyclically to the ...
  94. 2 Top Long-term Infrastructure Stocks (PWR, GVA)

    Enormous sums will eventually be spent to upgrade U.S. Infrastructure. When it is, these companies should benefit.
  95. 4 Things to Know About the Future of US Energy

    The fracking revolution has underpinned the U.S. energy industry in recent years, with positive trends likely to continue ...
  96. Is it Time to Hedge Your Stock Portfolio?

    Recent weeks have seen stocks, credit and even emerging markets start to recover. Unfortunately, the gains haven’t been driven ...
  97. 4 Reasons Why the Price of Crude Oil Dropped

    Understand what drives the oil industry and how the price of crude oil is affected. Learn about five reasons why the price ...
  98. The 3 Steps to Preparing for Rising Interest Rates

    Let’s examine three steps you can take to understand the rate environment, how it relates to your investments and decide ...
  99. Royal Dutch Stock: A Dividend Analysis (RDS-A)

    Learn about Royal Dutch Shell's strong track record of paying dividends. Understand how a dividend cut may be a risk with ...
  100. Impact of a Weaker Euro on Oracle's Financials (ORCL)

    Understand what is happening to Oracle's financials and how the weaker euro is affecting the company. Learn how the company ...
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