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  1. What's Ahead For The Russell-2000 Index in 2016?

    The Russell-2000 ended 2015 with a loss after failing a breakout to an all-time high.
  2. The Best Sectors To Sell Short in 2016

    Three groups of stocks and sectors should underperform in 2016, generating profits from selling high and buying low.
  3. 4 Unusual Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

    Working the system to get the highest legal Social Security benefits just got harder. Two long-time benefits strategies expired ...
  4. The Risks and Rewards of Day Trading the UWTI (UWTI)

    Learn about the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN, as well as its issuing company VelocityShares, and the potential risks ...
  5. The Perfect Moving Averages For Day Trading (AAPL)

    5-, 8- and 13-bar simple moving averages offer perfect inputs for day traders seeking quick profits on the long and short ...
  6. 3 Ways to Play Gold at $1000 (GLD, GDX)

    Gold ended 2015 within 100-points of 1000 and could bounce at that psychological level in 2016.
  7. 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.
  8. Which Order To Use? Stop-Loss Or Stop-Limit Orders

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit ...
  9. The Basics Of The Bid-Ask Spread

    The bid-ask spread is essentially a negotiation in progress. To be successful, traders must be willing to take a stand and ...
  10. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  11. Basics of Algorithmic Trading: Concepts and Examples

    Algorithmic trading makes use of computers to trade on a set of predetermined instructions to generate profits more efficiently ...
  12. Is it Risky to Invest in Options?

    Investing with options can be a great strategy, but you need to do your research first or the risks can outweigh the benefits.
  13. Why A Falling Stock Is Not Always A Bargain

    Learn how to successfully trade pullbacks and to avoid being crushed by "falling safes."
  14. FAS: Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X ETF

    Obtain a thorough review and analysis of the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X fund, a leveraged ETF that tracks the performance ...
  15. TLH: iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF

    Learn about the iShares 1-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF and its holdings, and understand why investors may be better served to ...
  16. FV: First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF

    Take a closer look at the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF, a unique and innovative fund of funds based on momentum ...
  17. ERX: Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X ETF

    Learn more about one of Direxion Fund's high-risk, high-reward energy plays: the Direxion Shares Funds Trust 3X exchange-traded ...
  18. TNA: Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X ETF

    Read about a triple-leveraged exchange-traded fund that aims for 300% of the returns of the Russell 2000 Index: the Direxion ...
  19. TMV: Direxion Daily 20 Year Treasury ETF

    Read about one potent, yet volatile, way to bet on rising interest rates -- the Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear ...
  20. CURE: Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3X ETF

    Learn about the Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull. This is a leveraged ETF that tracks the health care sector, which is a leader ...
  21. The Most Important Moving Averages For Investors (AAPL, TLT)

    Investors focus on fundamental criteria to choose portfolio candidates but adding moving averages to their analysis will ...
  22. Tracking Money Flow In The DJ Industrial Average (AAPL, MSFT)

    Tracking Dow money flow allows market players to identify the index components most likely to produce reliable profits.
  23. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  24. Value Momentum Based on Book Value

    Combining value and momentum can lead to favorable results.
  25. Adjusting Holding Periods To Market Cycles (AAPL, GLD)

    Holding periods should be established after analysis of market cycles, to determine the most advantageous timing for entries ...
  26. 5 Stocks You Should Buy for 2016

    The stock market might bring some challenges in 2016. Here are five stocks with potential to buck the trend.
  27. Value Momentum Based on EV/EBIT (ANTM, VLO)

    Combining value and momentum is a winning strategy.
  28. The Basics Of Trading Chip Stocks (INTC, TXN)

    Semiconductor companies offer an endless variety of trading and investment opportunities.
  29. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    Learn about eight high-risk investment vehicles that can double the funds of investors looking to take on additional risk ...
  30. The Basics Of Bollinger Bands

    This strategy has become one of the most useful tools for spotlighting extreme short-term price moves.
  31. How to Help Clients Gain During a Down Market

    You can help clients see the silver lining in market downturns by using a few simple strategies. Here are a few.
  32. The Best Energy ETFs For Swing Trading (XLE, XOP)

    Energy sector commodity and equity ETFs offer excellent swing trades, thanks to high liquidity, low expenses and wide range ...
  33. T-Mobile's 3 Key Financial Ratios (TMUS)

    Learn about how certain financial ratios say about T-Mobile's business and why the ratio are where they are, plus what it ...
  34. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  35. Financial Engineering: What it Means for Investors

    A look at financial engineering, what it means for investors and how to play it.
  36. From Grexit to Smart Beta: Investopedia's Top 10 Terms of 2015

    Did you see a unicorn in 2015? Many investors did in the shape of an Uber, Airbnb or Snapchat. If you didn’t know what a ...
  37. Adjusting Strategies to Moving Average Slopes

    Managing interrelationships between price, moving averages and slope can shift the reward: risk equation in your favor.
  38. How to Prepare for a Global Economic Slowdown

    Equity markets have held their own over the past year, but it's not difficult to figure out what's going on behind the scenes. ...
  39. How To Outperform Warren Buffett Using Market Simulators (BABA, MSFT)

    That moment when you realize you just booked $108 million dollars in less than an hour: it puts butterflies in your stomach.
  40. 5 Top Ways to Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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.
  43. The Science of Making Better Investment Decisions

    Neuroeconomics attempts to bridge neuroscience, cognitive psychology and economics in order to understand the mechanisms ...
  44. Asset Manager Ethics: Acting With Competence and Diligence

    Managers must make investment decisions based on their personal investment process, which in turn should be based on solid ...
  45. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  46. Using Pivot Points For Predictions

    Learn one of the most common methods of finding support and resistance levels.
  47. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

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

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  49. How to Spot Secular Bull Markets vs. Secular Bear Markets

    A guide to identifying secular bull and bear markets.
  50. Bull vs. Bear Markets: How to Be Prepared for Both

    Bull and Bear Markets are a reality that every investor must be prepared for. Here are a few tips.
  51. How to Trade In a Flat Market

    Reduce position size by 50% to 75% in a flat market.
  52. Is Wall Street Living in Denial?

    Will remaining calm and staying long present significant risks to your investment health?
  53. The Semiconductor Sector is on the Verge of a Breakout (SMH, INTC)

    The semiconductor sector may be on the verge of a major breakout that provides market leadership in 2016.
  54. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, wealthier trader.
  55. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  56. 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.
  57. 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 ...
  58. 3 Steps for Retirement Saving and Investing Habits

    We take a look at the choices we make today that our future selves would prefer not to be making, often faced by investors ...
  59. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Day Traders

    Discover these five must-watch films and documentaries for day traders reviewed with the takeaway lessons that inspire, motivate ...
  60. Profit From Currency Spikes With This Memory-Of-Price Strategy Variation

    Use this single-entry strategy to capitalize on currency spikes by anticipating reversals.
  61. These New ETFs Have Seen Huge Inflows

    Should you consider these five new, popular ETFs?
  62. 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 ...
  63. Finding Momentum Plays in Flat Markets

    Momentum traders should reduce frequency and size in flat markets, while seeking out story stocks that continue to trend ...
  64. The Elements of a Perfect Momentum Trade

    Five technical elements build profits in high-risk momentum trading strategies.
  65. In Focus: Water Scarcity

    After a discussion, sponsored by CDP, we share the importance of water disclosure as it relates to businesses operating amid ...
  66. These 4 Funds Haven’t Lost Money in a Decade

    If you’re looking for relative resiliency to challenging economic conditions while picking up a little yield, consider these ...
  67. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios (SBUX)

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  68. Behind the Hair: How To Build an Empire, Trump-Style

    Who is the man behind the hair? The crucial steps that Donald J. Trump took to build his real estate and celebrity empire. ...
  69. Why Rational Ignorance About Your Investments Might Really Be OK

    It's impossible to know everything about the markets. Find out how ignorance affects your investments.
  70. 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 ...
  71. The Traits All Baller Traders Have In Common

    When it comes to traders, these are the traits that separate the wheat from the chaff.
  72. Bad Luck With Trades? 5 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong

    If you're in a trading rut, ask yourself these five questions to help turn the corner.
  73. Why Contrarian Investing Is Not Very Smart

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  74. Playing It Safe With Trades? Or Holding Yourself Back?

    Fear of breaking out of a comfort zone can prevent an investor from reaching his or her full potential.
  75. Margin Investing Gets A Bad Rap, But For The Thrill-Seeker, It's Worth It

    Investing on margin can be profitable but it's a risky play that needs care.
  76. How to Protect Client Assets in a Bear Market

    Here are some strategies for how to protect client assets in a bear market.
  77. The 3 Sectors To Trade During Flat Markets

    The utility, defense and footwear sectors tend to outperform in flat markets, offering traders an alternative to more popular ...
  78. Is the CAPE Ratio Predicting an Era of Low Returns?

    When the the CAPE ratio is high, as it is now, it can indicate a bubble economy nearing its peak. Are we headed towards another ...
  79. Why Blue Chip Stocks Are Key to Buy-and Hold Investing

    Several blue chip stocks have proven that buy-and-hold investing still works, even after the huge declines of the Great Recession.
  80. The Top 7 ETFs For Day Trading

    ETFs that offer cost efficiency with high liquidity are ideal for day trading. Here are some of the top ETFs for day trading.
  81. 4 Movies Showing the Real Side of Finance

    Read about the most accurate and realistic movies about the financial industry and the people who have to work every day ...
  82. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  83. How to Keep Your Clients During a Downturn

    Here's how advisors can reduce client churn during a downturn.
  84. How Advisors Can Prepare for a Bear Market

    Like investors, advisors must be ready for an eventual shift in the market. Here are a few scenarios and tips.
  85. Will 2016 Bring a Bear Market?

    Timing the market is very difficult. Here are the current economic conditions that can hint at when a bear market will arrive. ...
  86. How to Identify Mispriced Stocks

    Find out how to identify mispriced stocks. Learn about intrinsic and relative valuation methods based on fundamentals, and ...
  87. How Successful Forex Traders Manage Profits

    How to balance anticipated vs. confirmed trades to manage potential profits and lower risks.
  88. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  89. Are Target-Date Funds Safer in a Reeling Market?

    A look at whether or not target-date funds are safer when markets are volatile.
  90. How Do Silicon Valley Traders and Wall Street Traders Compare?

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  91. 3 Technical Indicators to Analyze the UWTI

    Learn about a trio of technical analysis indicators that can help UWTI investors improve their trading strategies and increase ...
  92. How to Avoid Stocks Full of Tourist Investors

    Tourist investors are short-term thinkers who invest in droves. Here are some steps to help you avoid tourist stocks.
  93. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  94. 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 ...
  95. Is Your Broker Legit? 6 Steps to Take

    The Great Recession may have ended, but broker wrongdoing hasn't. Here's how to make sure you don't get stuck with the next ...
  96. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress. ...
  97. Hedge Funds and the Law

    Learn how hedge funds have gotten in trouble for illegal insider trading. Read about questionable high-frequency trading ...
  98. Don't Be Fooled by the Market's Recent Rally

    The bulls won for a bit in early October, but will bears have the last laugh?
  99. Binary Options For Capital-Protected Investments

    Binary options may sound complex, but they can be used to create capital-protected investments. Here's how.
  100. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Boeing Stock

    Learn about the biggest risks faced by Boeing investors. How should investors think about cyclicality, debt, sales volumes ...
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