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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. A Closer Look at Starbucks

    Starbucks has had an outstanding run in recent years. But have its shares become too expensive for new shareholders?
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Is Dunkin' a Good Bet for the Long-Term? (DNKN)

    Should investors bet on Dunkin' Brands for its long-term potential?
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

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

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

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  21. 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 ...
  22. How to Buy Chinese Yuan

    Discover the different options that are available to investors who want to obtain exposure to the Chinese yuan, including ...
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  29. 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.
  30. Five ETFs for Contrarian Investors

    Here are five ETF ideas that can be used by the contrarian investor.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. How Starbucks' Secondary Products Will Help It Grow Globally (SBUX)

    Discover how acquisitions and product diversification have helped Starbucks capture significant international market share ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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.
  44. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Any Way The Wind Blows, You Can Trade The Weather

    You can trade on anything these days, including the weather.
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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.
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. ConocoPhillips Stock: A Dividend Analysis

    Discover a detailed analysis of ConocoPhillips' dividend policy, and explore a comparison between the dividend policies of ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. The Biggest Oil Producers in Africa

    Discover which African countries produce the most oil, and learn more about which domestic and international oil companies ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. 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 ...
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. 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 ...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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' ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. Binary Options For Capital-Protected Investments

    Binary options may sound complex, but they can be used to create capital-protected investments. Here's how.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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 ...
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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 ...
  90. 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 ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. 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.
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. Have Commodities Bottomed?

    Commodity prices have been heading lower for more than four years, being the worst performing asset class of 2015 with more ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. 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?
  100. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
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