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  1. Netflix's New Strategy: Penetrate Your Hotel Room

    Will Netflix’s new venture—to offer its media content in hotels—pay dividends? Investopedia explores the business potential ...
  2. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Pharmaceutical

    Read about one of the best-performing ETFs in the health care sector since 2012: the Market Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF (PPH) ...
  3. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  4. The Number One Reason Why Most Traders Fail

    We show you the simple tools, availble to everyone, to succeed as an active trader: education, experience, charts, vision, ...
  5. Credit Card Review: Platinum American Express

    Take a closer look at the gold standard of luxury travel rewards credit cards, the American Express Platinum, and find out ...
  6. Credit Card Review: Citi Simplicity

    Understand how the Citi Simplicity credit card works, what its pros and cons are, and which kinds of consumers would be happiest ...
  7. Credit Card Review: Discover it Miles

    Understand what makes a credit card valuable and possible drawbacks; learn about the Discover it Miles card and how it may ...
  8. Credit Card Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred

    Learn why the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is ideal for users who travel a lot and like to eat at restaurants, and discover ...
  9. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider

    These four sin stocks are likely to be resilient during a bear market.
  10. A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

    Financial advisors do a lot more than just manage portfolios, including prospecting, marketing, client servicing, compliance ...
  11. The Best (and Worst) Companies For Workplace Diversity

    Learn which large companies are the most committed to workplace diversity and which have the most work to do in their hiring ...
  12. The Financial Singularity Will Destroy Your Return

    Given the current and future growth of financial technology, many believe algorithms will soon define what drives market ...
  13. How Top Advisors Innovate to Stay Ahead

    Successful advisors are innovative, reaching out to a new generation of clients by embracing new technology.
  14. Can Mobileye Revolutionize The Car Industry?

    Cars are evolving into vehicles connected to the ecosystem around us. With its ability to sense and detect objects around ...
  15. The Benefits Of Corporate Inversion

    Many U.S. companies have found it advantageous to relocate their headquarters rather than face the highest corporate tax ...
  16. Retire In Ecuador With $200,000 Of Savings?

    Retiring in Ecuador means living a good life on a fixed income. Why not live where your Social Security dollars can provide ...
  17. Is Level Money The Perfect Budgeting Tool?

    Here’s a detailed review of how Level Money works and whether it could be the perfect tool to help you budget.
  18. Credit Card Review: Chase Slate

    Take a closer look at one of the most popular balance-transfer credit cards on the market: the Chase Slate card with a 0% ...
  19. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard

    Examine an overview of the credit card lineup offered through Bank of America, each of which is a different version of the ...
  20. 10 Jobs to Avoid Right Now

    These jobs may never recover to pre-recession highs, can easily be outsourced overseas or may disappear altogether as technology ...
  21. Are You Paying Too Much in Taxes?

    Overpaying taxes amounts to an interest-free loan to the government. Here are some ways to avoid that scenario.
  22. 10 Richest, Most Successful Tech Geniuses

    Unlike many industries, tech billionaires are mostly self-made. Many of these billionaires came from humble means and, through ...
  23. Will Nepotism Kill Wal-Mart?

    Wal-Mart recently appointed Greg Penner, grandson-in-law of its founder to the post of Board Chairman. Should investors be ...
  24. Pepsi (PEP) Gets Crafty with Soda: Will it Pop?

    Pepsi is getting crafty with the launch of its Stubborn Soda. Is it a recipe for success?
  25. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  26. This is the Top Fear of Gen X, Millennial Savers

    Younger folks are more stressed than older generations about having enough money for retirement.
  27. Will Consumer Spending Save 2015?

    Consumer spending is considered an important number (and it is), but a savvy investor will always look at "why" rather than ...
  28. Will Jet.com Revolutionize Shopping?

    Jet.com has arrived and will look to steal market share from Amazon over the next several years. Will it be successful?
  29. Advisors: Broach this Topic with Grandparents

    Talking to older clients about financial planning for their grandchildren may help secure a new generation of clients.
  30. How to Respond to 'I Already Have an Advisor'

    Every advisor has met someone who already works with an advisor. Here are some tips for keeping the door open.
  31. The 10 Richest Women In Finance

    Who are the top 10 women in the financial industry?
  32. Today's Top Young Investors

    Given the very different world that we live in as compared to the one the Warren Buffett graduated into, young, hopeful investors ...
  33. Don't Get Trapped in a Zombie Foreclosure

    Understand how foreclosures work and you can avoid the disastrous consequences of having a zombie foreclosure.
  34. 6 Websites Where You Can Book a Private Jet

    These sites can help you get the flights and destinations you desire – and sometimes, even just a seat instead of a whole ...
  35. Worldwide Trend that Will Forever Alter Retirement

    Because longetivity is driving change in global and U.S. economies, we bring you a series of interviews with leading experts ...
  36. Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales ...
  37. Gay Weddings Mean Big Business

    The coming boom in same sex marriages represents a money-making opportunity for anyone in the wedding industry.
  38. 4 Ways Millennials Can Buy Private Businesses

    Buying private businesses is a good way to have greater control over your investments while increasing your income and avoiding ...
  39. Top Benefits of Prenup and Postnup Agreements

    It can be a sticky subject, but prenuptial or postnuptial agreements can head off a lot of potential messiness. Here's a ...
  40. The Importance of Healthcare Risk Management

    Risk management is especially important in healthcare because human lives might be on the line. Here are some strategies ...
  41. Top 7 Ways to Manage Business Risks

    Risk management is a form of insurance in itself for small business owners. Here are seven steps to implement a plan.
  42. Tips for Insuring Your Salary

    Those with high incomes really can’t afford to be without disability insurance. Here's why.
  43. Why Companies Need Risk Management

    Implementing risk management strategies can save an entire organization from failure. Is yours up to snuff?
  44. 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Southwest Airlines

    Learn some little-known facts about Southwest Airlines' surging business.
  45. Why Equity Financing Is Worth It

    When a business takes on an equity partner, it is exposed to a number of advantages that debt financing simply cannot provide. ...
  46. Why Best Buy Failed in China

    Best Buy entered China with much fanfare in 2006. The Minnesota-based retailer exited quietly last year. What went wrong? ...
  47. How Grant Cardone Built a $350M Real Estate Empire

    Sales trainer Grant Cardone built his multimillion-dollar real estate empire without raising external capital from anyone ...
  48. Medicaid and Nursing Homes: A Quick Guide to the Rules

    Medicaid can cover the costs of a long-term healthcare facility, if you qualify. But that's a big if.
  49. Hiring a Nanny? 20 Questions to Ask First

    How to find a caregiver who'll fit into your family – and which questions you can't ask.
  50. Are Markets Ready For An Interest Rate Hike?

    Despite financial market fears over the uncertainty of Greece’s debt crisis and the recent drop in China’s stock-market, ...
  51. Investors Turn to Artificial Intelligence

    Since the Alan Turing developed the Turing Test, scientific researchers have worked to develop a computer with the ability ...
  52. Is the Craft Beer Industry Driven by Millennials?

    Craft beer has become extremely popular among Millennials. Why the shift compared to past generations?
  53. How Private Equity and Hedge Funds are Taxed

    Private equity and hedge funds offer an appealing tax structure for those who can afford to invest in them. Here's why.
  54. 401(k) Rollovers: The Tax Implications

    The tax rules for 401(k) rollovers can be simple or more complex, depending on which path you take.
  55. IRS Sets 2016 HSA Deduction Limits

    Contribution limits for HSA plans have increased slightly for 2016. Here's a breakdown of what they are and how they work. ...
  56. Avoid These 4 Retirement Account Mistakes

    The top 4 mistakes investors should avoid in their retirement accounts.
  57. Top Tips on Catering to Millennial Clients

    The economic impact of Millennials is rapidly growing. Here's how to reach them.
  58. How the Fed Affects Reverse Mortgages

    An in depth look at how the Federal Reserve affects reverse mortgages.
  59. What is Cohousing and How Does it Work?

    Originally a Danish concept from the 1960s, modern cohousing communities can be found in the U.S., England and China. But ...
  60. 3 Ways Millennials Can Prepare for Retirement

    Poor money management decisions can either make a person's last few years of life a great reward for decades of hard labor ...
  61. ETF Analysis: Health Care Select Sector SPDR

    Learn about the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund including its performance, current holdings, recent performance and the ...
  62. When Is the Best Time for You to Buy a House?

    Making what is likely to be the single most expensive purchase of your lifetime shouldn’t be done on a whim.
  63. Are You Rich Enough to Retire in New Zealand?

    New Zealand is beautiful and welcoming to retirees – but only if they bring a healthy bank account. See how you measure up.
  64. What Can A Conference Call Tell About Trends?

    Messages in a company conference call can be easily misconstrued. But there is a way to cut through the talking points to ...
  65. The Battle Between Apple Watch & Luxury Watches

    With prices starting at $10,000, will the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition threaten luxury watch brands like Rolex and Cartier? ...
  66. Don't Underestimate Kroger's Retail Power

    The grocery chain Kroger has been growing stronger thanks to strategies such as holding down costs, acquisitions, and a focus ...
  67. What Makes Tesla's Business Model Different?

    Tesla did not invent the first electric car. What it did invent was the first successful business model for bringing compelling ...
  68. Successful Investors Don’t Just Set It & Forget It

    The most highly effective investors consistently take steps to adapt their investment plan in the face of changing markets ...
  69. Surviving Your First Year As A Trader

    These tips will reduce the learning curve for first-year traders.
  70. The Best Way to Insure Your Jewelry

    What you need to know to keep those baubles, bangles and beads safe.
  71. Are Tech Startups Overvalued?

    Tech companies with billion dollar valuations are mushrooming and the NASDAQ index passed 5,000. Is there an app to tell ...
  72. Where Are Real Estate Stocks Heading?

    We summarize five economic reports that investors should monitor monthly to keep them informed of where real estate and its ...
  73. An in Depth Look at How Inheritances Are Taxed

    The tax implications of an inheritance can be complex. Here's what beneficiaries need to know.
  74. Millennials' Money Habits: How to Help

    Millennials gleaned much of their financial savings habits from their parents. Here's where they could use some help.
  75. How Advisors Can Assist Clients with Inheritances

    Leaving an inheritance can be complicated and even a burden on the recipient. Here's how advisors can help.
  76. How Financial Advisors Can Woo Wealthy Clients

    To woo wealthy clients, offer the resources they need and design a strategic website and marketing plan to bring those desired ...
  77. Top Spots in L.A. to Woo Clients

    L.A.'s dining scene is full of celebrities, but these impress-your-client spots offer better a mix of exquisite fare and ...
  78. Why Cash Will Never Be Obsolete

    As long as the banking system remains strong and so many Americans remain unbanked, the United States will not have a cashless ...
  79. The 6 Biggest Fortune 500 Employers

    In 2015, five of the top six biggest Fortune 500 companies are retailers.
  80. Six Agencies to Find a Caregiver for Your Child

    Hiring a caregiver for your kids can be tough. Here's a cheat sheet on how and where to find your personal Mary Poppins. ...
  81. Retire in Puerto Rico with $200,000 in Savings

    The climate, beaches and cost of living are a draw, but its economic challenges need to be factored into your decision.
  82. Nike and the NBA, a Perfect Duo?

    What does Nike's recent eight-year contract partnership with the NBA entail for its largest competitor Under Armor?
  83. Looking for Alternatives to Invest in Real Estate?

    There are several ways to invest in “real estate” via the stock market, buying stocks and hold them for years. We give you ...
  84. Is Amazon Killing the Best Buy Business Model?

    Best Buy's business model has been shaken up by Amazon. Its plan to adapt is working but needs to go further to avoid the ...
  85. What Private Investors Can Learn from 'The Profit'

    By watching "The Profit" investors can pick up a simple yet solid framework for investing in privately-held businesses.
  86. Subaru: Japanese Cars for American Lifestyles

    Subaru has built its cars differently from traditional cars, and once someone is drawn in by the company’s catchy advertising ...
  87. 8 Reasons to Roll Over Your 401(k) to an IRA

    Switching jobs? Moving your retirement savings into an IRA has advantages that may allow you to build a larger nest egg.
  88. Who Are Millennials and Why Do They Matter?

    With more than 80 million members, the Millennial generation represents a key consumer segment. Ignore them at your peril. ...
  89. Protect Yourself Against Reverse Mortgage Scams

    You could lose not only money, but also your home, if you fall for these schemes.
  90. Find a Reverse Mortgage Lender You Can Trust

    Reverse mortgages are a notorious lending market. Follow these steps and the chances are good you’ll find a trustworthy, ...
  91. Do Big Inheritances Do More Harm Than Good?

    Most wealthy parents plan to pass on their wealth, but few have had discussions with their heirs. Financial advisors should ...
  92. Top Tips for Helping Clients Sustain Wealth

    High-net-worth individuals face a number of potential challenges when passing wealth down, but it is possible to build generational ...
  93. The Delhaize/Ahold Merger: A Buy for Investors?

    The mid-2016 merger of Delhaize Group and Ahold NV will create a supermarket giant, but what will it mean from an investing ...
  94. 10 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won't Tell You

    Whether you're selling a home or buying one, go in with eyes wide open when you're working with a broker.
  95. General Electric Returns Vs The Dow Industrials

    General Electric (GE) has outperformed the Dow Industrial Average since the 2008 crash and could achieve even greater returns ...
  96. Find the Private Island of Your Dreams

    The perks, the problems and the pleasures of owning your own little piece of paradise.
  97. Can I Afford To Buy A Private Island?

    It may not be as pricey as you think, but don't forget to pay attention to the rights you're buying and, perhaps, factor ...
  98. Lockheed Martin Is Tight With The US Government

    The relationship between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. government is long-standing and the company's biggest revenue source, ...
  99. The Best Buy-and-Hold Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio

    These stocks offer stability while exhibiting strong indicators of future growth.
  100. What Drives The Price Of Chocolate?

    The price of chocolate is driven by many factors, and chocolate lovers need to understand what can impact our ability to ...
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