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  1. How To Build Valuation Models Like Black-Scholes (BS)?

    Want to build a model like Black-Scholes? Here are the tips and guidelines for developing a framework with the example of ...
  2. Spot Chances For Profits In The Three-Step Cycle

    Markets progress from one price level to the next through an action-reaction-resolution cycle that generates all sorts of ...
  3. How to Short Alibaba

    We explain how and why to short Alibaba stocks.
  4. Organize Price-Band Relationships In Bollinger Bands®

    Bollinger Bands have become an enormously popular market tool since the 1990s but most traders fail to tap its true potential.
  5. What Happened To Obama’s Amnesty Bill?

    The sweeping Republican majorities were supposed to trigger change, but now they are preparing to embrace the Obama immigration ...
  6. Risk Management Techniques For Shorting Call Options

    Shorting covered calls is a popular options trade strategy. Here are the methods to mitigate the risk/loss and enhance profits ...
  7. Day's First Trade Can Serve As Support/Resistance

    The first trade of the day in liquid markets defines a narrow price level that can act as support or resistance for the entire ...
  8. What Is Hollywood Spending On Oscar Campaigns?

    Here's a look at how much Hollywood is spending this awards season to take home the gold at the 2015 Academy Awards.
  9. Trend-Range Alternation Spawns Trading Styles

    Markets cycle continuously between directional trends and compressed ranges in all time frames.
  10. Your Best Bet for Healthcare Stocks: The XHE ETF

    With the decent growth and wide profit margins of medical device companies, the XHE ETF shouldn't be ignored.
  11. Tackling Technicals For Beginners

    Choosing the right indicators can be a daunting task for novice traders. It’s a much easier process when they focus their ...
  12. Adapt The 50-Day EMA To Enhance Your Trading

    The 50-day EMA has numerous applications in price prediction, position choice & strategy building
  13. The Future of Qualcomm's Stock

    Qualcomm is a leader in a competitive market, but there are still significant risks to investing in its stock.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Cuba's Economy: Nowhere To Go But Up

    With relations improving between Cuba and America, here's a quick look at the island nation's slowly transforming economy. ...
  16. Know the Forces At Play Behind The Buy/Sell Cycles

    Weekly Stochastics uncovers patterns of buying and selling pressure that can be predicted and capitalized upon by observant ...
  17. Harness Elliot Wave principles To Tap Market Trends

    We can apply three easily understood Elliott Wave principles to a popular breakout strategy and watch how they improve market ...
  18. How To Use Technical Indicators To Master Financial Spread Betting

    As a popular tool of investing in the United Kingdom, spread betting encompasses the buying or selling of an underlying asset ...
  19. Fibonacci: Using Math To Make Right Market Moves

    Use these two original Fibonacci techniques to pinpoint the patterns in stock movements, and the most reliable entry and ...
  20. Will Stock Market VOOdo Continue?

    The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) offers a relatively safe investment opportunity for people who aren't sure which way the market ...
  21. Breaking Down the Halliburton Baker Hughes Deal

    Halliburton is using a downturn to get bigger and stronger in the long term, and the company is getting Baker Hughes at a ...
  22. Key Differences Between M&A Advisors And Business Brokers

    For a buy, sale or partnership for one's business, one needs brokers and advisors to proceed ahead. Here are the key differences ...
  23. Earnings Quality, the Facebook Example

    When judging Facebook's quality of earnings it is important to understand the various sources of revenue and trends in those ...
  24. Novice Trading Strategies

    How to use Investopedia’s Chart Advisor section to build efficient trading strategies.
  25. Not All Online Trading Brokers Are Created Equal

    The online trading broker market is becoming more and more competitive. Small differences between them can add up to big ...
  26. Selecting Mergers & Acquisitions Advisories For Small Businesses

    Mergers and acquisitions advisories aren't just for big players. Many advisory firms cater to small and medium businesses.
  27. M&A Advisory Business Boutiques: How The Small Shops Are Capturing Large M&A Deals

    M&A advisory boutiques are becoming a big business, giving large investment banks a run for their money.
  28. What's Your Idea Of Budgeting?

    Is your idea of a budget simply spending till your checking account is nearly empty? Or worse, till your credit limit is ...
  29. The Top Reasons Why M&A Deals Fail

    A significant number of M&A transactions result in failure. Here are the top reasons, with examples, of why it happens.
  30. How Do Tech Companies Measure ROA And ROE?

    The return on Assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE) are often used metrics to measure the returns generated by a company.
  31. What Merger And Acquisition Firms Do

    The merger or acquisition process can be intimidating. This is why merger and acquisition firms step in to facilitate the ...
  32. SIC Vs. NAIC -An Introduction To Industry Classification Codes

    Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes and the more recent NAICS codes are crucial to classifying data to measure ...
  33. An Introduction To Price Action Trading Strategies

    For traders who want a mix of technical analysis with their own control in decisions, price action trading offers the perfect ...
  34. Analysis of Companies with high goodwill

    High goodwill as a percentage of market cap can actually be a big red flag--it potentially means the company botched a major ...
  35. Investing In New York City REITs

    So you want a bite of The Big Apple? These REITs focus on New York City real estate. Here's what you need to know.
  36. How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    Sallie Mae, which has financed many a college education, originally was a federally chartered government sponsored enterprise. ...
  37. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  38. How Mergers and Acquisitions Can Affect A Company

    M&A can have a profound effect on a company’s growth prospects and outlook, but with a significant degree of risk.
  39. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile ...
  40. 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. ...
  41. How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage

    Making a windfall from a stock that attracts a takeover bid is an alluring proposition. But be warned – benefiting from m&a ...
  42. How to Use the Gearing Ratio

    The gearing ratio is a figure that compares a company’s owners’ equity to the amount of money the company has borrowed.
  43. What's a P&L Statement?

    A profit and loss statement, also called the income statement, is a financial statement that companies use to report their ...
  44. The Six Things Investors Should Do Now

    FOX Business Network’s Elizabeth MacDonald weighs on The Six Things Investors Should Do Now. Stocks are swinging up and down, ...
  45. An Investing Secret For When The Market Drops

    I wrote a piece called “Why Cash is Not a Strategy.” I was sitting on more cash than I knew was good for me: I’ve started ...
  46. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  47. Day Trading Strategy Steps

    Five trading strategy steps for building your own day trading strategies, managing risk, finding entry and exit points and ...
  48. Saving Money Or Paying Off Debt?

    When choosing between blasting through debt and establishing precautionary funds in case of an emergency, the right course ...
  49. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  50. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  51. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  52. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  53. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  54. What The Daily 1% Price Mean For ETF Investors

    In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the ...
  55. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  56. The Normal Distribution Table, Explained

    The normal distribution formula is based on two simple parameters - mean and standard deviation
  57. Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

    HSBC’s PMI for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector is expanding, ...
  58. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  59. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  60. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  61. Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand ...
  62. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  63. Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  64. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  65. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  66. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  67. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  68. Which Canadian Oil Stocks Are The Best?

    Canada is a prime option when investing in oil companies and oil-related assets. Here are four long-term picks worth your ...
  69. How To Pick Winning Penny Stocks

    Cheap doesn't always equal good. When choosing penny stocks, investors would be wise to note several key factors that affect ...
  70. War's Influence On Wall Street

    Blitzkrieg? Dawn raids? Sounds like the markets and the battlefield have a few things in common.
  71. How To Decode A Company's Earnings Reports

    Read between the lines to decipher a company's true financial condition.
  72. Basics Of The Binomial Distribution

    Despite the fancy-sounding name, you already understand the Binomial Distribution, and you can use it to make money. Ready? ...
  73. Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  74. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  75. The Over-The-Counter Market: An Introduction To Pink Sheets

    Being early to a party may not be hip, but being early on a rising stock certainly is.
  76. How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  77. Fibonacci And The Golden Ratio

    Discover how this amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to the financial markets.
  78. How To Analyze Restaurant Stocks

    Don't put your money on the table before getting a taste for analyzing this sector.
  79. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&amp;As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  80. 6 Dangerous Moves For First-Time Investors

    It's easy for people to invest nowadays, but there are risks. These mistakes could take you out of the market when you've ...
  81. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  82. Get Organized With An Investment Analysis Form

    Your research will be easy if you compile all the decision-making information you need.
  83. The Elder-Ray Indicator: Seeing Into The Market

    Elder-ray helps determine the strength of competing groups of bulls and bears so you know when to buy and when to short. ...
  84. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools to trade and analyze financial markets.
  85. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  86. Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  87. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  88. Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool.
  89. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  90. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  91. Valuing Firms Using Present Value Of Free Cash Flows

    When trying to evaluate a company, it always comes down to determining the value of the free cash flows and discounting them ...
  92. Spotting Sharks Among Penny Stocks

    To protect yourself from an attack, don't swim in this ocean.
  93. How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings

    For some investors, the possibility of stumbling upon a small biotech with a potential blockbuster drug, or a junior miner ...
  94. Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios

    Make informed decisions about your investments with these easy equations.
  95. Decoding DuPont Analysis

    Get a deeper understanding of ROE with these three-step and five-step calculations.
  96. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  97. The Leap-Year Phenomenon

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  98. The Basic Language Of Candlestick Charting

    If you want to use candlestick charting to get a sense of where a stock is headed, you need to learn how to read this unique ...
  99. Spotting Breakouts As Easy As ACD

    Wondering what it means to be a "logical trader"? Take a look at this system devised by Mark Fisher.
  100. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
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