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  1. How Financial Spread-Betting Companies Make Money

    How to evaluate spread-betting companies and find the right broker.
  2. The Volatility Surface Explained

    Learn about stock options and the "volatility surface," and discover why it is an important concept in stock options pricing ...
  3. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  4. This Bull Market Is Supported by the Index Funds Investment

    The massive growth of index funds has been supporting the bull market and could lead to a steeper correction when it happens.
  5. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 6 Signs You Are Addicted To Investing

    An addiction to trading can ruin your life and relationships. Not to mention the monetary costs. There are telltale signs ...
  8. 5 Things to "Deliberately" Do to Improve Your Trading

    Most traders are putting in trading hours, but not improving. Here are deliberate steps that can take your trading to the ...
  9. Understanding Investor Behavior

    Discover how some human tendencies can play out in the market, posing the question: are we really rational?
  10. Multiple Time Frames Can Multiply Returns

    Short-term and intermediate charts complement the underlying trend and refine entries and exits.
  11. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  12. What's Behind Lulu Lemon's 450% Rise Since Its IPO?

    The stock price of the athletic apparel retailer has expanded and contracted over the nine years since its IPO, but the company ...
  13. The Fed Sticks to the Script (Yawn…)

    The Federal Reserve missed another opportunity to raise rates last Thursday. So, If we get stagflation, the Fed must learn ...
  14. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  15. Buying Stocks When the Price Goes Down: Big Mistake?

    Averaging down is a trumpeted strategy that has merit, but can amount to throwing money away when used carelessly.
  16. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  17. Stock Safety: Top 3 Ways to Limit Your Losses

    First time stock investors may ask: is there any way to buy insurance on stocks to prevent losses?
  18. Why is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down --used to be unregulated.
  19. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  20. Rookie Day Trading Tips: Don't Play it by Ear

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  21. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    The “quantitative” approach to investing seeks to pay attention to the numbers instead of the intangibles.
  22. 5 Top Ways to Double Your Investment

    From risky maneuvers to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  23. Are You Investing or Gambling?

    We look at ways in which gambling creeps into trading and what may drive an individual to trade - or gamble - in the first ...
  24. The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Business and the Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance between cooperation and competition, ...
  25. Quit Your Job To Trade Stocks?

    Ready to quit your day job and become a full-time trader? These tips will help you determine your area of expertise.
  26. Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money ...
  27. The 10 Worst Mistakes Beginner Traders Make

    Traders generally buy and sell securities more frequently and hold positions for much shorter periods than investors, which ...
  28. A Day in the Life of a Day Trader

    Day trading has many advantages and, while we often hear about these perks, it's important to realize that day trading is ...
  29. Becoming An Elite Trader: The Game Plan

    To be an elite trader, you don't need a finance degree, but you must have a plan, and a serious, systematic approach to the ...
  30. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  31. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  32. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  33. Behind Google's 243% Rise in 10 years (GOOGL)

    Analyze Alphabet's stock price history to determine the primary drivers of appreciation. See how growth and outlook were ...
  34. 5 Restaurant Stocks With High Debt Levels (YUM, QSR)

    Examine the restaurant industry to identify five companies with high debt levels. Assess capital structure with financial ...
  35. 3 Reasons Cash Is a Smart Position in Your Portfolio

    Explore three reasons to hold cash positions in investment portfolios, including the advantages of liquidity in falling markets ...
  36. The 3 Biggest Spread-Betting Companies in the U.K.

    Learn about spread betting and the companies that have cornered the market in offering cutting-edge trading technologies ...
  37. U.S. vs. Eurozone: Comparing Smart Money Moves

    Learn about four of the most successful market calls ever made by U.S. and European traders whose predictions triggered huge ...
  38. 6 Dangerous Moves for First-Time Investors

    First-time investors beware of these potentially disastrous decisions.
  39. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  40. Chart of The Week: 4 Reasons You Should Still Invest Abroad

    Though this year has not been a stellar one for many markets don’t be so quick to abandon investing outside the US. Here ...
  41. Implied vs. Historical Volatility: The Main Differences

    Discover the differences between historical and implied volatility, and how the two metrics can determine whether options ...
  42. 4 Cases to Buy If the Stock Market Is at an All-Time High

    Learn about why someone would invest in the stock market, even if it has reached an all-time high. This article will review ...
  43. The Four Most Common Indicators in Trend Trading

    Here are the top indicators and tools trend traders use to establish when trends exist and find entry/exit points.
  44. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools for trading and analyzing financial markets.
  45. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  46. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  47. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  48. Measuring Stock Market Sentiment With Extreme Indicators

    Pay attention to how the exhaustion principle helps technical indicators signal trend reversals when abrupt value changes ...
  49. Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Here are some ways to invest in real estate.
  50. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    8 high-risk investment vehicles that can double investors' funds.
  51. 4 Reasons Soros' Philosophy Is Hard to Implement

    Develop the skill to identify investments worthy of a significant portfolio allocation and build the self-discipline to exit ...
  52. How Mutual Funds Chasing Popular Stocks Hurt Alpha

    Learn about the Goldman Sachs research report, which concluded that mutual funds overweight holdings of stocks that are less ...
  53. What Happened to the Bull Market?

    Stocks suffered a horrific sell-off following the surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU. But what happened to the bull market? ...
  54. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  55. Economic Factors That Affect The Forex Market

    Knowing the factors and indicators to watch will help you keep pace in the competitive and fast-moving world of forex.
  56. Drawdown Risks: 4 Tips from Goldman to Prepare (GS)

    Explore the four recommendations made by Goldman Sachs to prepare for the increasing frequency of double-digit drawdowns ...
  57. What Data Can Tell Us About the Brexit Vote

    BlackRock’s Scientific Active Equity team compiled several key data points for an internal live dashboard to better understand ...
  58. Will the Fed Raise Rates During a Profit Recession?

    Find out if another rate hike from the Federal Reserve means stocks are in for a rough year, and why corporate earnings continue ...
  59. Income Strategies for Your Portfolio to Make Money Regularly

    Discover the option-writing strategies that can deliver consistent income, including the use of put options instead of limit ...
  60. Billionaire John Paulson's Q1 Biotechs: AGN, SGYP

    Let's take a look at billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson's Q1 investments in these healthcare stocks: AGN, SGYP
  61. Leverage: Is It Good for Your Portfolio?

    Discover the concept of financial leverage. Learn multiple ways to get leverage in your portfolio, and decide if leverage ...
  62. Which Brokers Are Anticipating a Bear Market? (GS, JPM)

    Learn why four market strategists at leading U.S. financial institutions are taking cautious views about stock market performance ...
  63. Logic: The Antidote to Emotional Investing

    Playing follow-the-leader in investing can quickly become a dangerous game. Learn how to invest independently and still come ...
  64. Are Hedge Funds Trying to Catch the Falling Knife? (AMZN, NFLX)

    Learn about how hedge funds continue to increase their exposure to momentum stocks and why this strategy carries both risks ...
  65. Is Chasing U.S. Equities Worth It? (GS)

    Explore the factors that make chasing returns in the S&P 500 Index a high-risk proposition, including a recession barometer ...
  66. Are Declining Buybacks a Bad Sign for the Equity Market? (C, MS)

    Learn why U.S. companies overall have curtailed their stock buyback programs in 2016. Discover the effects these reduced ...
  67. How to Talk Your Clients Through Bad Markets

    A bear market is the bane of all investors. Here’s what you need to do to effectively talk your clients through big downturns.
  68. Does NYSE Margin Debt Indicate a Continuous Rally in the U.S. Stock Market?

    Discover a tight correlation between NYSE total margin debt and the S&P 500 and why investors should be patient before overreacting ...
  69. 5 Income Strategies For Your Portfolio

    Discover five moves you can make to start generating regular income from your investment portfolio with income-focused investments.
  70. Penny Stocks: 3 Tips to Trade Over-the-Counter Stocks

    Discover some valuable tips to make investing in over the counter penny stocks more likely to be a profitable investment ...
  71. Wal-Mart Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (WMT)

    Analyze Wal-Mart's capital structure to determine the relative contribution of debt and equity to financing the retailer's ...
  72. 5 Hot Momentum Stocks to Watch (BAC, TOL, FCX, F)

    These aren't your typical momentum stocks. They're big names that are moving higher for logical reasons.
  73. 6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Avoid these pitfalls to keep your credit score healthy and your debt under control.
  74. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  75. Score a Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  76. 4 Reasons Why Selling Is Harder Than Buying

    Understand why selling stocks is harder than buying them, and develop strategies for establishing investment goals with price ...
  77. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  78. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  79. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  80. Is the American Dream Dead?

    Find out why the American Dream lives on and how entrepreneurial optimism is driving more innovative start-ups in an age ...
  81. The Truth About Moving Averages

    Why does volatility matter? Because for the vast majority of investors, buy and hold is a fallacy.
  82. GE Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (GE)

    Analyze GE's capital structure to determine the relative importance of debt and equity financing. Identify trends and drivers ...
  83. 8 Common Biases That Impact Investment Decisions

    Behavioral biases hit us all as investors and can vary depending upon our investor personality type.
  84. Alibaba Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (BABA)

    Review Alibaba's capital structure to determine the contribution of debt and equity financing. Identify trends and important ...
  85. Twitter Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (TWTR)

    Analyze Twitter's capital structure to understand the importance of equity and debt financing. Identify trends in financial ...
  86. Microsoft Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (MSFT)

    Analyze Microsoft's capital structure to determine the roles of debt and equity in its financing, and explore what these ...
  87. AT&T Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (T)

    Analyze AT&T's capital structure to discover important trends in the company's financing. Find out how and why debt and equity ...
  88. AMD Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    Analyze AMD's debt and shareholder equity to understand the firm's capital structure. Learn about shareholder deficit and ...
  89. Gilead Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (GILD)

    Analyze the capital structure of Gilead Sciences to understand the impacts of debt and equity financing. Identify trends ...
  90. (TVIX) VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN: Who is Invested?

    Discover how the TVIX loses up to 90% of its value annually and who are the largest institutional players. Learn if this ...
  91. Lowe's Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (LOW)

    Examine Lowe's Companies' equity capitalization, debt capitalization and enterprise value to analyze trends in the retailer's ...
  92. UPS Stock: Capital Structure Analysis

    Analyze UPS' capital structure to determine the relative importance of debt and equity financing. Identify the factors influencing ...
  93. Google Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (GOOGL)

    Analyze Alphabet's capital structure to determine how it has changed over time and how it compares to similar companies.
  94. Amazon Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (AMZN)

    Analyze Amazon's capital structure to determine what roles equity and debt play in financing operations. How has Amazon's ...
  95. Prepare Your Finances to Handle Natural Disasters

    The Fort McMurray, Canada, fire is a reminder to take these easy steps to protect your financial interests from natural disasters. ...
  96. David Einhorn on Short Selling (CSCO, AMZN)

    Discover David Einhorn's insights on short-selling and learn how his hedge fund generated 1,902% cumulative and 16.5% annualized ...
  97. Consider Leverage in a Negative Yield World

    Find out how leveraging negative yield bonds may help you beat the current deflationary market, but be aware of the greater ...
  98. Thoughts from John Hussman on Markets

    Find out what famed market forecaster John Hussman, who correctly called the 2000 and 2007 crashes, thinks about the current ...
  99. The Debt Report: The Consumer Discretionary Sector (XLY)

    Learn more about the rising role of corporate debt among the U.S. consumer discretionary sector, and why shifting monetary ...
  100. Alcoa vs. BHP Billiton: Which Is Better for My Portfolio?

    Obtain an up-to-date overview of BHP Billiton and Alcoa, Inc., two key players for investors seeking exposure to the aluminum ...
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