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  1. 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 ...
  2. Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Oil & Currencies: Understanding Their Correlation (USD, UUP)

    Crude oil shows tight correlation with movements in many currency pairs.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. Retirement Planning Using Long-Dated Options

    Retirement planning using high-risk options? It is possible, and studies confirm better yields than conventional methods. ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Retirement Planning: Don't Forget Social Security

    You may miss out on a more robust retirement income if you invest too conservatively in retirement.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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.
  26. Could the World Run Out of Chocolate?

    Chocolate lovers, beware! Is it time to start stockpiling your favorite brands?
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. Understanding Rent-to-Own Contracts

    They can work for you or against you. Here's how to negotiate a fair one.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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.
  41. Renting vs. Owning: Which is Better for You?

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  42. 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 ...
  43. When Are Rent-to-Own Homes a Good Idea?

    Lease now and pay later can work – for a select few.
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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, ...
  49. 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.
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. Oil or Gold: Which Will Recover First? (USO)

    Not sure where oil and gold are headed? The answer is complex.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. 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.
  56. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  57. Who Are Iran's Biggest Allies, and Why?

    Learn about the alignments, largely based on shared anti-U.S. interests, that Iran maintains with the countries of Lebanon, ...
  58. Who Will Be the Tesla of the Airline Industry? (TSLA, AIR)

    Explore the move toward producing electric-powered airplanes and learn what companies are in the forefront for developing ...
  59. Looking To Begin Trading In The Stock Market?

    If you are a new trader, we explain the differences between penny stocks and options so you can make the best decision for ...
  60. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Oil Companies

    Learn about key financial ratios investors will want to use when analyzing oil companies, and what these ratios say about ...
  61. Looking to Invest In Oil? Be Patient

    Learn about the best time to pick a bottom in oil. Oil prices have been destroyed due to excess supply and slowing demand ...
  62. Looking to Invest in Oil Tankers? Try These 3 Stocks (NAT, SFL)

    Obtain information on the oil shipping industry, and discover three of the most widely traded oil tanker stocks to obtain ...
  63. The 5 Biggest Canadian Mining Companies (POT, AGU)

    Learn about the largest Canadian mining companies by market capitalization, including potash production, gold production ...
  64. What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  65. Gazprom and Shell: The Right Partnership? (RDS.A, GAZP)

    Learn about Shell and Gazprom, what industry they operate in and if they're competitors. Understand if their recent partnership ...
  66. ETF/ETN Analysis: VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil (UWTI, DWTI)

    Learn more about the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil exchange-traded note, or ETN, a triple-leveraged debt security backed ...
  67. ETF/ETN Analysis: iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil

    Learn about iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil exchange-traded notes and how investors can use this ETN to profit from short to intermediate ...
  68. ETF/ETN Analysis: VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil (DWTI, UWTI)

    Learn more about the VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil exchange traded note, or ETN, a triple-leveraged debt security backed ...
  69. How Does The Eurobond Work?

    No, the Eurobond is NOT from Europe, and is different from EurobondS! Here’s how a Eurobond works, its benefits and its risks.
  70. Invest in These 5 Industries When Oil Is Cheap

    Airline and transportation companies benefit directly from cheap oil. But industries that benefit indirectly from cheap oil ...
  71. How to Trade Options on Government Bonds

    A look at trading options on debt instruments, like U.S. Treasury bonds and other government securities.
  72. Why High Yield Still Has A Role To Play

    An asset class of this bull market has been high yield debt, as many searching for income in a low-rate world have turned ...
  73. Oil Exploration Companies Pose High Risk for Investors (NYSE ARCA: XOP, NYSE: PXD)

    Learn why oil exploration companies pose high risks for investors. Oil exploration stocks are highly leveraged to the price ...
  74. It Might Be Too Late for Inverse Oil ETFs (SCO, DWTI)

    Learn why investors seeking to short the price of oil may want to be careful when using leveraged ETFs, and see how oil prices ...
  75. China Looking to Deleverage its Existing Debt

    Learn about a possible debt bubble developing in China, and how the Chinese government may be selling assets to deleverage ...
  76. Understanding the Oil & Gas Price Correlation

    Learn how the correlation between the commodity prices for natural gas and oil changed from 2004 to 2015 due to increased ...
  77. 2 Hedge Fund Managers Who Predicted the Oil Crash

    Learn about a pair of hedge fund managers who predicted the massive decline in crude oil prices and made substantial amounts ...
  78. 3 High-Yield Investment Grade Stocks You Should Consider (BX, T)

    Discover three high-yield investment-grade stocks for income and appreciation. Interest rate risk is the largest source of ...
  79. UWTI Market Cap Continues to Grow

    Investigate the market cap growth of the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN, and find out why investors are jumping in ...
  80. No Solace in Small Caps

    In the U.S., second-quarter earnings season has generally been better than expected. However, it has failed to inspire investors.
  81. Long on Oil? Hedge Falling Oil Prices with Options

    With no end to the oil slump in sight, here are some risk management strategies using options to protect your oil positions.
  82. UCO Vs. UWTI: Two Different Leveraged Oil ETFs

    Find out more about the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF and VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN, and the mechanics ...
  83. American Oil Production's Amazing, Crude Future

    Is America producing more crude oil than it is consuming? How is technology changing the American oil industry? What will ...
  84. Top 3 Leveraged Natural Gas ETFs/ETNs (UGAZ, DGAZ)

    Find out about the top leveraged ETFs that track natural gas, such as the VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas and ProShares ...
  85. Backtesting Value-at-Risk (VaR): The Basics

    Learn how to test your VaR model for accuracy.
  86. Top 3 Natural Gas ETFs (UNG, FCG)

    Explore the variety of options that are available through exchange-traded funds for investors looking to obtain exposure ...
  87. China's Connection to the Recent Gold Crash

    Learn about the connection between the Chinese stock market crash and gold's crash. China is the world's largest source of ...
  88. Should You Be Bearish or Bullish on Gold?

    Will gold move higher or lower over the next year?
  89. What Are the Best Positioned Emerging Markets?

    As the Fed is poised to raise rates for the first time, many investors fear that higher rates could hurt the performance ...
  90. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  91. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Livestock (COW, UBC)

    Discover the basic information on the three primary exchange traded funds that offer investors exposure to investments in ...
  92. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Platinum (PPLT, PTM)

    Discover some of the most popular exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that investors utilize to obtain exposure to the platinum ...
  93. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Aluminum (IYM, AA)

    Discover information about how investors can use ETFs to obtain exposure to the aluminum market, including information on ...
  94. How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets?

    Bond markets today are presenting investors with multiple challenges, since unconstrained bond funds are an alternative solution ...
  95. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  96. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Commodities (GLD, DBA)

    Explore diversifying an investment portfolio through investing in commodities ETFs, and get information on some of the best ...
  97. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Copper (JJC, COPX)

    Learn about some of the best available ETFs, both commodity-based and stock-based, that investors can use to gain exposure ...
  98. Top ETFs for Investing in Coffee (JO, CAFE)

    Learn about the market for coffee, one of the largest agricultural markets, and two ETFs that investors can use to obtain ...
  99. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in the Russell 200 Index (IWL, IWY)

    Learn about three ETFs that track the Russell Top 200 Index and how these ETFs have a very high correlation with the S&P ...
  100. Top ETFs For Investing in Greece (GREK, TWGGX)

    Find out if it's time to add the GREK ETF -- the only major Greece-centric exchange-traded fund in the world -- as a risk/reward ...
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