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  1. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  2. Why Jobs Reports No Longer Predict the Fed

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report is thought to be one of the most important signals of major change in forthcoming ...
  3. The 3 Most Shorted Dow Stocks (V, CAT)

    Read about three heavily shorted stocks that are components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, including one company with ...
  4. Is Now the Right Time to Buy Gold Mining Stocks?

    Examine the current case for buying gold stocks, and learn the reasons why gold and mining stocks may be set to begin a new ...
  5. Top 3 Inverse Volatility ETFs (XIV, SVXY)

    Learn about four inverse volatility ETNs and ETFs, and understand how the CBOE VIX indicator is calculated and used to hedge ...
  6. The Biggest Oil Producers in the Middle East

    Discover which countries produce the most oil in the Middle East, a region long known for its influence on international ...
  7. The Biggest Oil Producers in Africa

    Discover which African countries produce the most oil, and learn more about which domestic and international oil companies ...
  8. Top 6 Companies Owned by Starbucks (SBUX)

    Read about some of the most important subsidiary companies in the Starbucks family, and learn a little more about how they ...
  9. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Starbucks Stock (SBUX)

    Read about the primary risks facing stockholders or aspiring stockholders of Starbucks Corporation, including international ...
  10. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Seadrill Stock (SDRL)

    Learn about some of the major risks of investing in Seadrill. Discover why the company is at risk for lower revenues due ...
  11. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Schlumberger Stock (SLB)

    Learn about risks investors face by buying shares in Schlumberger. Understand how the company has exposure to commodity prices ...
  12. 3 Oil Towns That Could Go Bankrupt With a $30/Barrel Oil Price

    Learn why $30 per barrel oil may be good for consumers, but it is extremely bad for the economies of certain cities, such ...
  13. Is Now the Right Time to Buy Oil Stocks?

    Learn about the oil industry and how crude oil effects the prices of oil stock. Understand if now is a good time to purchase ...
  14. The Biggest Oil Producers in Latin America

    Find out which countries produce the most oil in Latin America, and learn about some of the biggest oil companies operating ...
  15. Who Are Starbucks’ Main Competitors? (SBUX)

    Examine the current state of Starbucks in relation to its major competitors in the coffee shop business, including Dunkin' ...
  16. Top 5 Companies Owned by Exxon Mobil (XOM)

    Learn more about some of the biggest subsidiaries and joint-venture companies in the Exxon Mobil family, including both domestic ...
  17. Binary Options For Capital-Protected Investments

    Binary options may sound complex, but they can be used to create capital-protected investments. Here's how.
  18. How Do Companies Forecast Oil Prices?

    Read about the different forecasting methods that businesses use to predict future crude oil prices, and why it's so difficult ...
  19. The Biggest Oil Towns in Colorado

    Read about the most important oil and gas towns in Colorado, a state caught in the controversy of hydraulic fracturing and ...
  20. Learn How To Trade Gold In 4 Steps (GLD, GDX)

    Trading spot gold or gold futures, equities and options isn’t hard to learn, but the activity requires skill sets unique ...
  21. The Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Gold

    Explore the historical relationship between interest rate increases and the price of gold, and consider what effect a fed ...
  22. The 6 Biggest Russian Energy Companies

    Learn about the top energy companies in Russia, a country that holds some of the largest reserves of oil, natural gas and ...
  23. The Biggest Oil Towns in North Dakota

    Learn how the oil boom in North Dakota has transformed two small towns from sleepy agricultural outposts to booming centers ...
  24. Investing in Lumber Liquidators? Read This First (LL)

    Find out what investors should know before buying Lumber Liquidators shares. Learn about Lumber Liquidators' financial performance ...
  25. Learn How To Trade Crude Oil in 5 Steps

    Crude oil and energy markets are specialized venues. Here are five steps to take to build consistent profits.
  26. The Biggest Oil Producers in Asia

    Learn which Asian countries deliver the most crude oil to market, and discover what companies are the biggest producers in ...
  27. The 5 Biggest Russian Oil Companies

    Discover the top Russian oil companies by production volume and find out more about their domestic and international business ...
  28. The US States That Produce the Most Oil

    Learn what eight states produce over 90% of U.S. oil, and how fracking has helped the United States become the world's largest ...
  29. The 5 Best Buy-and-Hold Energy Stocks (MMP, TSO)

    Understand why energy companies' stock are volatile when oil prices are volatile. Learn about the top five energy companies ...
  30. Have Commodities Bottomed?

    Commodity prices have been heading lower for more than four years, being the worst performing asset class of 2015 with more ...
  31. How to Win More by Losing Less in Today’s Markets

    The further you fall, the harder it is to climb back up. It’s a universal truth that is painfully apparent in the investing ...
  32. Oil: Why Not to Put Faith in Forecasts

    West Texas Intermediate oil futures have recently made pronounced movements. What do they bode for the world market?
  33. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  34. Use Options Data To Predict Stock Market Direction

    Options market trading data can provide important insights about the direction of stocks and the overall market. Here’s how ...
  35. Is the U.S. Economy Ready for Liftoff?

    The Fed continues to delay normalizing rates, citing inflation concerns and “global economic and financial developments” ...
  36. What Alcoa’s (AA) Breakup Means for Investors

    Alcoa plans to split into two companies. Is this a bullish catalyst for investors?
  37. The 4 Countries That Produce the Most Chocolate

    Discover the four countries in the world that manufacture the largest amount of chocolate and learn basic facts about the ...
  38. Exxon Mobil Stock: A Dividend Analysis (XOM)

    Learn about Exxon's strong history of paying and growing dividends. Understand how the company's revenues are hurt by low ...
  39. What Are the Best Hours to Trade the Mexican Peso? (MXN, USD)

    The best times to trade the Mexican peso are centered around economic releases, typically in the morning hours.
  40. Schlumberger Vs. Halliburton Stock: Which One to Choose?

    Read about the differences between Schlumberger and Halliburton, two large companies that operate in the oilfield services ...
  41. The 5 Countries That Produce the Most Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

    Learn about the top five countries, China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan, that are the largest contributors ...
  42. This Is What George Soros' Portfolio Looks Like (SPY, YPF)

    Learn about what George Soros is holding in his portfolio, including his large options position in the S&P 500 and what popular ...
  43. Oil Is Cheaper Than Bread In Venezuela...The Country Is In Chaos (BAC, TAPR)

    Venezuela is floundering, and the story has more to do with just the falling price of oil.
  44. Analyzing the Future of Oil Prices: When Should You Invest? (BP, CVX)

    In January, oil bottomed out at less than half its price in June. What caused the plunge, and how should long-term investors ...
  45. Top 4 Inverse Equities ETFs (SH, SDS)

    Explore analysis of some of the most popular inverse and leveraged-inverse ETFs that track equity indexes, and learn about ...
  46. The Risks of Investing in Inverse ETFs

    Discover analyses of the risks inherent to inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that investors must understand before considering ...
  47. Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks ...
  48. Watch Your Duration When Rates Rise

    While recent market volatility is leading investors to look for the nearest exit, here are some suggestions for bond exposure ...
  49. Oil & Currencies: Understanding Their Correlation (USD, UUP)

    Crude oil shows tight correlation with movements in many currency pairs.
  50. The Best Strategies to Manage Your Stock Options

    We look at strategies to help manage taxes and the exercise of incentive and non-qualified stock options.
  51. Who Are Seadrill’s Main Competitors?

    Learn about some of the issues facing Seadrill and its competitors in the offshore oil drilling industry due to low commodity ...
  52. How to Day Trade Using Leveraged ETFs

    Think you have the stomach to handle these volatile instruments? Then read on to find out how you can profit from their wild ...
  53. Retirement Planning Using Long-Dated Options

    Retirement planning using high-risk options? It is possible, and studies confirm better yields than conventional methods. ...
  54. How Copper Investors Can Strike Gold (FCX, FM.TO)

    Copper is an overlooked metal with important worldwide applications in industry and electronics. Considering the current ...
  55. Did the Fed Miss its Window to Raise Rates?

    The debate in the media over whether the Federal Reserve will announce liftoff this month or in December continues to rage ...
  56. How to Prepare Your 401(k) for Rising Rates

    If headlines of the Fed raising rates have you worried, here are some ideas to help you think about your retirement-investing ...
  57. 2 Sectors to Explore When Rates Rise

    While the market selloff and declining inflation expectations have lowered the probability of a Fed rate rise, U.S. economic ...
  58. Ideas for Your Bond Portfolio When Rates Rise

    It has been nearly 10 years since the Fed last raised interest rates, and though the central bank didn’t hike rates this ...
  59. Retirement Planning: Don't Forget Social Security

    You may miss out on a more robust retirement income if you invest too conservatively in retirement.
  60. This Might Be the Best Time to Buy Colombian Pesos

    Signs are growing that energy markets are bottoming out, allowing the Colombian Peso to recover its value in a profitable ...
  61. The 7 Biggest Chinese Mining Companies (1088-OL.HK, ACH)

    Read about the seven largest Chinese mining companies as measured by revenues, and learn more about the types of mineral ...
  62. The 7 Biggest Canadian Natural Gas Companies (CNQ, HSE.TO)

    Read about the seven biggest Canadian natural gas companies as measured by production volume and learn a little more about ...
  63. The 6 Biggest Chinese Energy Companies (SNP, 1088.HK)

    Read about the six companies atop the Chinese energy industry as measured by consolidated revenue, and learn more about their ...
  64. The 5 Biggest Chinese Oil Companies (SNP)

    Read about the top five Chinese oil companies as measured by crude oil production volume, and learn a little more about their ...
  65. Top 4 Inverse Commodities ETFs (DWTI, DGZ)

    Learn about inverse commodity exchange traded funds that investors may want to consider to take a short position in certain ...
  66. Who Are Kinder Morgan’s Main Competitors? (EPD, KMI)

    Look at a comparative analysis of Kinder Morgan and its two major direct competitors in the oil and gas transportation and ...
  67. The 5 Countries That Produce the Most Coffee

    Learn where your favorite cup of Joe comes from; discover how coffee drives the economies of developing countries with the ...
  68. The 7 Biggest Canadian Energy Companies (IMO.TO, TRP)

    Read about the largest seven Canadian energy companies as measured by market capitalization, and learn more about their energy ...
  69. An Expert’s Guide to Market Volatility

    A cursory look at the performance of major U.S. averages reveals a modest correction in stocks with relatively little movement ...
  70. Why European Energy Business Is in Decline

    We look at what's hitting the European energy business and the outlook for the sector in the mid- to long-term.
  71. Could the World Run Out of Chocolate?

    Chocolate lovers, beware! Is it time to start stockpiling your favorite brands?
  72. Best 7 Money Saving Tips for Your Electric Bill

    Learn how to make simple changes around the home to save on your electric bill, such as fixing drafty windows and switching ...
  73. The US Will Remain the World's Reserve Currency

    Learn why the U.S. dollar is not in any danger of losing its reserve currency status and understand how China is pushing ...
  74. Who Are Exxon’s Main Competitors? (RDS.A, XOM)

    Learn about some of the main competitors to Exxon Mobil in the energy sector, and find out how their businesses are different ...
  75. Two Great Currencies To Profit From Oil Volatility

    U.S. dollar crosses with Canadian and Australian dollars offer easy access to crude oil trends due to their tight correlation ...
  76. ETF Analysis: U.S 12 Month Natural Gas (UNL)

    Learn about the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund, an exchange-traded fund that invests in 12-month futures contracts ...
  77. The 5 Biggest Chinese Natural Gas Companies (SHI, PTR)

    Read about the top five Chinese natural gas companies as measured by gas production volume and learn a little more about ...
  78. Analyzing The 5 Most Liquid Commodity Futures (WTI, ZC)

    Crude oil leads the pack as the most liquid commodity futures market, followed by corn and natural gas.
  79. Use Options to Hedge Against Iron Ore Downslide

    Using iron ore options is a way to take advantage of a current downslide in iron ore prices, whether for producers or traders.
  80. Top 5 Precious Metals Mutual Funds

    Obtain information and analysis of some of the top-rated and most popular mutual funds that offer investors exposure to the ...
  81. Understanding Rent-to-Own Contracts

    They can work for you or against you. Here's how to negotiate a fair one.
  82. 4 Mutual Funds to Consider If Interest Rates Rise

    Learn what mutual funds will perform best if interest rates rise. Interest rates can rise due to inflation or to an improving ...
  83. Understanding How Dividends Affect Option Prices

    Learn how the distribution of dividends on stocks impacts the price of call and put options, and understand how the ex-dividend ...
  84. Do Natural Gas Prices Always Follow Oil Trends?

    Prices for oil and natural gas are highly correlated. But investors should be aware of different factors affecting the prices ...
  85. Avoiding the 5 Most Common Rent-to-Own Mistakes

    Pitfalls that a prospective tenant-buyer could encounter on the road to purchase – and how not to stumble into them.
  86. Renting vs. Owning: Which is Better for You?

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  87. The Origins of the Chinese Stock Market Collapse

    Learn about some of the reasons for the volatility in the Chinese stock market, including expansion of margin lending and ...
  88. When Are Rent-to-Own Homes a Good Idea?

    Lease now and pay later can work – for a select few.
  89. These Are The Best Hours To Trade the British Pound

    The best times to trade the British pound are centered around economic releases at 1:30 am, 2:00 am, 8:30 am and 10:00 am ...
  90. The 4 Biggest Russian Mining Companies

    Discover information about the metals and mining industry in Russia, along with information on some of the largest Russian ...
  91. Using Moving Averages To Trade The Volatility Index (VIX)

    VIX moving averages smooth out the natural choppiness of the indicator, letting traders and market timers access reliable ...
  92. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze the Mining Industry

    Discover some the most important financial ratios used by investors and analysts to evaluate companies in the metals and ...
  93. How to Use Blockchain to Buy and Sell Gold

    Most people still haven't heard of the term "blockchain," but chances are you will soon. A blockchain is a tamper-proof, ...
  94. Is the Yuan a Yawn or a Nightmare for Investors?

    China’s decision to change the method of setting its currency exchange rate caused global shock waves last week.
  95. These 5 Countries Move the Supply of Oil

    Learn which countries are the largest source of change in the global supply of oil. Oil prices crashed in 2014 as supply ...
  96. 3 Cheap Russian Stocks You Should Keep an Eye on

    Learn about three cheap Russian stocks to keep an eye on; the more than 50% decline in oil has led to weakness in Russian ...
  97. Oil or Gold: Which Will Recover First? (USO)

    Not sure where oil and gold are headed? The answer is complex.
  98. The End of US Foreign Oil Dependency

    Learn about how U.S. production of oil is increasing on an annual basis and how oil imports are dropping, and why Congress ...
  99. When Getting a Rent-to-Own Car Makes Sense

    If your credit is bad, rent-to-own may be a better way to purchase a car than taking out a subprime loan – or it may not ...
  100. Using Fibonacci to Analyze Gold (GLD, GC)

    Use Fibonacci studies to analyze gold by picking out hidden harmonic levels that can provide major support or resistance.
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