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  1. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  2. Analyze Cash Flow The Easy Way

    Find out how to analyze the way a company spends its money to determine whether there will be any money left for investors. ...
  3. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  4. How High Levels of Debt Could Impact the Economy

    Here's how a large accumulation of private debt could impact the economy and investments.
  5. How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

    Here's how to determine what you should be borrowing to finance your home.
  6. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  7. Trading The MACD Divergence

    Currency traders can use this method to avoid stop-order triggers before the real reversal.
  8. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  9. Big Data in Financial Services Comes With Some Risks

    Big data is playing a larger role in finance but its application does not come without risks.
  10. Top Mutual funds of 2016 (HDPCX, SDIVX)

    A look at equities, bonds and other top-performing mutual funds of 2016.
  11. Most Important Mergers and Acquisitions of 2016

    While 2016 did not see a $100 billion deal, there were plenty of important multibillion-dollar deals.
  12. Small-Cap and Mid-Cap Value ETFs Dominated 2016

    Value ETFs performed better in 2016 than an investor would likely have done with individual stocks.
  13. What to Expect From M&A in the Next Year

    A Trump administration may be more inclined to let M&A deals go through.
  14. How to Become a Financially Savvy Bag Lady

    Organize your financial baggage for a better future.
  15. The Secret to Organizing Your Finances is Cash Flow

    A careful analysis of cash flow and spending are two crucial steps toward forming a realistic savings or retirement plan. ...
  16. Saving Money for a Large Purchase: Better Than Debt?

    Deciding whether saving money for a large purchase makes more sense than going into debt is more complicated than you might ...
  17. Stock Valuations 101: Price to Earnings Ratio

    Understanding stock valuations is essential to uncovering worthy portfolio candidates. Ignore them at your own risk.
  18. Valuing Private Companies

    You may be familiar with publicly-traded companies, but how much do you know about privately-held firms?
  19. FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it. ...
  20. ETF Liquidity: Why It Matters

    Lower levels of liquidity in exchange-traded funds make it harder to trade them profitably.
  21. The Flaws of Technical Analysis When Picking Stocks

    Is technical analysis of stocks an accurate science, and a worthwhile endeavor?
  22. Day Trading Strategies for Beginners

    Interested in day trading? From picking the right type of stock to setting stop-losses, here's a tutorial on how to trade ...
  23. Asset, Wealth Manager M&A Was Up in Q3; Value Fell

    The third quarter of 2016 saw an increase in M&A activity among asset and wealth managers says a new report, but the value ...
  24. Forget Gold—Base Metals Are Back

    Everyone is talking about gold hitting a monthly high, but don’t let the shiny metal blind you to what is happening with ...
  25. Fiduciary Rule Fuels M&A Among Advisory Firms

    M&A among advisory firms is on the rise in the wake of the new fiduciary rule.
  26. How To Pump Up Your Portfolio With ETFs

    These funds trade like stocks, provide diversification, reduce risk and increase returns.
  27. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  28. S&P 500 Vs. Russell 2000 ETF: Which Should You Get?

    We look at the differences of investing in a S&P 500 vs. the Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, and when to choose the one ...
  29. How To Pick The Best ETF

    Of the hundreds of exchange-traded funds on the market, some are bound to fail. Learn how to pick the best of the bunch. ...
  30. Reading the Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  31. An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how sector ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  32. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  33. 5 Must-Have Metrics For Value Investors

    These quick-and-dirty ratios will help you find the most undervalued stocks on the market.
  34. 6 Basic Financial Ratios And What They Reveal

    These formulas can help you pick better stocks for your portfolio once you learn how to use them.
  35. 5 Ways To Measure Mutual Fund Risk

    These statistical measurements highlight how to mitigate risk and increase rewards.
  36. High Beta Stocks Are Outperforming Low Volatility Stocks (SPHV, SPLV)

    After two years of low volatility stocks outperforming higher beta counterparts, that trend has reversed.
  37. Unemployed? 5 Smart Ways to Get Control of Debt

    When you're unemployed and barely making ends meet, smart debt advice can help you stay on top of your payments and protect ...
  38. The 5 Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

    Statistics show unusual accuracy for the buy and sell signals of certain candlestick patterns like abandoned baby, evening ...
  39. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  40. The Utility Of Trendlines

    Trendlines give an investor a good idea of the direction an investment might move in. Discover how to make them work for ...
  41. How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you. ...
  42. How Sustainable Is Whole Foods' Competitive Advantage? (WFM)

    Whole Foods Market has built an economic moat on strong brand identity, but it could be threatened by large grocers entering ...
  43. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future. ...
  44. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  45. Pros & Cons Of Day Trading Vs Swing Trading

    Day trading involves making dozens of trades in a single day, based on technical analysis and sophisticated charting systems. ...
  46. Catching A Falling Knife: Picking Intraday Turning Points

    Trying to pick the absolute top and bottom points can lead to excessive losses. This strategy allows you to hedge your risk. ...
  47. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  48. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  49. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  50. China May Be Poised for a Breakout

    The emerging markets continue to rally; China may refuse to get left behind.
  51. How Is a Business Valued on "Shark Tank?"

    How entrepreneurs and the Sharks value a business likely takes into account present value, future value, the value of companies ...
  52. ATI: How Allegheny Technologies' Stock Price Rose 17% in 6 Months

    Allegheny Technologies' stock price rose 17% in the first six months of 2016, thanks to a favorable earnings report and improving ...
  53. Top 5 Wheat Stocks of 2016 (ADM, MON)

    There is limited exposure to pure plays in wheat for stock investors, but here are the top five wheat-market-related equities ...
  54. Buying Seadrill Stock? Risks & Opportunities to Consider (SDRL)

    Seadrill Ltd. offers investors a wealth of potential capital gains, but also poses major investor risks in 2016.
  55. Stratasys Stock: 5 Things to Watch (SSYS)

    Stratasys' returns will depend on its ability to return to revenue growth and profitability, and investors must understand ...
  56. Behind eBay's 161% Rise in 10 Years (EBAY)

    Returns for eBay shareholders have been driven by financial performance, company outlook and market reception of the PayPal ...
  57. AAPL: Apple Dividend Analysis

    Apple's dividend has had healthy growth ever since its 2012 reinstatement, thanks to Apple's continuously rising revenue, ...
  58. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    As people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before. Why and what to watch for.
  59. How The NFL Makes Money

    The National Football League is the most successful sports league in the world. How does the NFL make money, and what is ...
  60. AET: How Aetna's Stock Price Rose 13% in 6 Months

    This review of an analysis of Aetna's stock price performance through the first part of 2016 explains the stock's general ...
  61. MannKind Stock: 3 Things to Watch (MNKD)

    Investors in Mannkind should monitor expense growth, liquidity ratios and book value as the company is threatened by bankruptcy ...
  62. Has the U.S. Treasuries Bubble Started to Pop?

    The sell-off represents the highest interest rate level since June, and some see it as a sign that the rally in bond prices ...
  63. Top 3 Nuclear Stocks of 2016 (EXC, CCJ)

    Nuclear power may be seeing a resurgence in 2016 and beyond, and there are three top nuclear stocks for investors to watch ...
  64. Most Profitable Construction Companies of 2016 (DHI, LEN)

    All four of the most profitable construction companies in the United States reported net income exceeding $200 million during ...
  65. Behind Lumber Liquidators' 44% Rise in 10 Years (LL)

    Lumber Liquidators' stock rose rapidly from its IPO to its 2013 high, but slowing growth and product quality scandal caused ...
  66. Key Financial Ratios for Manufacturing Companies

    An investor can utilize these financial ratios to determine whether a manufacturing company is efficient, profitable and ...
  67. Top 5 Iron Ore Stocks of 2016 (VALE, BHP)

    Iron ore has enjoyed a sharp upsurge in prices in 2016 that has resulted in triple-digit percentage gains for some of the ...
  68. Payout Ratio vs. Retention Ratio: When to Use Which

    The payback ratio and retention ratio collect different information and are useful in different situations.
  69. SUNEQ: Why SunEdison's Stock Price Fell 97% in 6 Months

    SunEdison's stock price has cratered 97% over the last six months. Many famous fund managers experienced steep losses in ...
  70. Steve Jurvetson: "Big Companies Should Be Worried"

    Steve Jurvetson on the future and why he thinks that big companies should be nervous.
  71. Top 5 Books to Learn Technical Analysis

    Here are five of the best books written on technical analysis to help traders and investors understand and apply technical ...
  72. Top 5 Cosmetics Stocks of 2016 (EL, ULTA)

    Even in an uncertain economy, sales of personal care and beauty products remain strong, and cosmetics stocks continue to ...
  73. IBM: Dividend Analysis

    Even with declining revenue and earnings, IBM dividends have been on the rise thanks to the company's ample cash flow from ...
  74. Behind Nokia's 70% Drop in 10 Years (NOK)

    Nokia's old mobile device business rose to global leadership before quickly becoming irrelevant, causing the stock price ...
  75. Most Profitable Beer Companies of 2016

    AB InBev, Ambev, Heineken, Carlsberg and Molson Coors are among the largest brewers by sales volume and should deliver the ...
  76. Top 5 Computer Stocks of 2016 (AAPL, HPQ)

    In the technology sector, there are a number of both hardware and software computer stocks for investors to consider adding ...
  77. Is the Microsoft and Xiaomi Partnership a Threat to Apple?

    The strategic partnership of Microsoft and Xiaomi should benefit both companies, but the pairing likely is not enough to ...
  78. Dreamworks Stock: 3 Things to Watch (DWA)

    DreamWorks Animation has a few things to watch over the next few months, including upcoming releases, expanded business opportunities ...
  79. Top 8 Companies Owned by Swatch (UHR.VX)

    Swatch's success in the watch manufacturing and development industry is attributable to its numerous subsidiaries, obtained ...
  80. Top 5 Companies Owned by Cisco (CSCO)

    Cisco implements a growth strategy through acquisitions and has acquired over 100 companies; these five companies stand out ...
  81. Behind Symantec's 26.5% Rise in 10 Years (SYMC)

    Symantec's relatively volatile stock was driven primarily by financial results and changing outlook over the 10-year period ...
  82. Top 10 Stocks Under $10 in 2016 (ELMD, HL)

    When selecting growth stocks as portfolio candidates, consider small companies with strong fundamentals and share prices ...
  83. Top Royce Funds for Retirement (RYFSX, RYSEX, RYTRX, RYIPX)

    Discover four of The Royce Funds mutual funds suitable for diversifying retirement portfolios that focus on investing in ...
  84. 6 Countries That Produce the Most Cars

    With over 90 million cars manufactured in 2015, the automobile industry is a massive global market led by six countries.
  85. Key Financial Ratios for Pharmaceutical Companies

    Because of the unique requirements for bringing products to market, pharmaceutical industry stocks are best analyzed by using ...
  86. Understanding Pfizer's Capital Structure (PFE)

    Pfizer has managed to return capital with dividends and share buybacks under limited debt use while the business faced declining ...
  87. Key Financial Ratios for Retail Companies

    Using the following liquidity, profitability and debt ratios, an investor can gather deeper knowledge of a retail company's ...
  88. Why Small-Caps May Be a Good Bet if Rates Rise

    While small-cap stocks may suffer if rates rise, they may also turn out to be winning performers in this environment.
  89. Understanding Google's Capital Structure (GOOG)

    With Google becoming Alphabet, the company's internet business and other ventures remain the same under a capital structure ...
  90. MRK: How Merck's Stock Price Rose 31.42% in 6 Months

    After sinking 6.99% during calendar year 2015, Merck's stock price soared 31.42% during the six-month period between Feb. ...
  91. Key Financial Ratios for Restaurant Companies

    These seven financial ratios provide insight to the profitability of a restaurant, prospective longevity of the business ...
  92. Understanding Facebook's Capital Structure (FB)

    Facebook's strong revenue and earnings have allowed solid expansion of the company's equity capitalization, resulting in ...
  93. Behind United Airline's 91.6% Rise in 10 Years (UAL)

    United Continental's stock has been impacted by oil prices and economic cycles, but its statistical correlation to the market ...
  94. Understanding Coca-Cola's Capital Structure (KO)

    Since the crisis of 2008 and the implementation of an accommodative monetary policy by the Fed, Coca-Cola's capital structure ...
  95. AXP: How American Express' Stock Price Fell 11% in 6 Months

    American Express's stock price has taken investors on an up-and-down ride in the first half of 2016, but the overall trend ...
  96. Top 5 Communication Stocks of 2016 (T, CSCO)

    Note how the fundamentals of communication stocks compare with industry averages, when searching for portfolio candidates ...
  97. WYNN: How Wynn Resorts' Stock Price Rose 23% in 6 Months

    Wynn Resorts' stock price has steadily climbed higher in the first half of 2016, outperforming both the industry average ...
  98. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  99. Top 5 HVAC Stocks of 2016 (FIX, IR)

    The HVAC industry is projected to show substantial worldwide growth through 2022. Here are five of the industry's top-performing ...
  100. Break Down Modern Market Trends To Grasp Movement

    Convergence points to dynamic conditions that can elicit strong trends while divergence suggests conflict, more typical of ...
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