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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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.
  3. How Starbucks' Secondary Products Will Help It Grow Globally (SBUX)

    Discover how acquisitions and product diversification have helped Starbucks capture significant international market share ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Any Way The Wind Blows, You Can Trade The Weather

    You can trade on anything these days, including the weather.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. Are Oil Stocks Safe for Retirees? (CVX, SDRL)

    Learn how retirees might want to consider oil stocks for their portfolios because of strong dividends. Understand the risks ...
  29. Replacing Steel With Aluminum: Inside Ford's New Deal with Alcoa

    Take a look at the new joint development deal between Ford Motor Company and its supplier, Alcoa Inc., to see what's in it ...
  30. ConocoPhillips Stock: A Dividend Analysis

    Discover a detailed analysis of ConocoPhillips' dividend policy, and explore a comparison between the dividend policies of ...
  31. What Needs to Happen for Oil Prices to Go Up?

    Understand what is happening to global oil prices and why they are so low. Learn about key factors that can lead to the increase ...
  32. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. The Biggest Oil Producers in Africa

    Discover which African countries produce the most oil, and learn more about which domestic and international oil companies ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Starbucks Stock (SBUX)

    Read about the primary risks facing stockholders or aspiring stockholders of Starbucks Corporation, including international ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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' ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. Binary Options For Capital-Protected Investments

    Binary options may sound complex, but they can be used to create capital-protected investments. Here's how.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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.
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. Have Commodities Bottomed?

    Commodity prices have been heading lower for more than four years, being the worst performing asset class of 2015 with more ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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?
  64. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  65. 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 ...
  66. Is the U.S. Economy Ready for Liftoff?

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

    Alcoa plans to split into two companies. Is this a bullish catalyst for investors?
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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.
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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.
  75. 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 ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. 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 ...
  78. Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. Oil & Currencies: Understanding Their Correlation (USD, UUP)

    Crude oil shows tight correlation with movements in many currency pairs.
  81. 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.
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. Retirement Planning Using Long-Dated Options

    Retirement planning using high-risk options? It is possible, and studies confirm better yields than conventional methods. ...
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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 ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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 ...
  90. Retirement Planning: Don't Forget Social Security

    You may miss out on a more robust retirement income if you invest too conservatively in retirement.
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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 ...
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