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  1. 5 Dividend Stocks that Should Be on Your Watchlist

    These stocks might not appreciate in a broad market selloff, but they're fundamentally sound and offer generous dividends.
  2. How to Updgrade Your Portfolio in a Down Market

    While it may be tempting to sell when the market turns downward, your long-term results may be better if you leave your money ...
  3. Robo-Advisors Face First Market Downturn Test

    Robo-advisors are experiencing a major market downtown for the first time. So how did they do?
  4. How to Know When it's Time to Sell a Stock

    Knowing when to sell a stock isn't always easy. Keep in mind these tips to help you know when to say when.
  5. Picking The Right Algorithmic Trading Software

    Willing to enter the tech-savvy world of algorithmic trading? Here are some tips to picking the right software.
  6. Learn How To Trade The Market In 5 Steps

    Learn how to trade the markets with skill and authority, starting with these five basic concepts.
  7. Marijuana Penny Stocks: Where Risk Meets Sin

    Marijuana producers and users, working in a market that's still illegal in many states, are a risky but promising bet for ...
  8. Only Take a Trade If It Passes This 5-Step Test

    Not every moment is a good trading opportunity. Put each trade through this five-step test, so you're trading only at the ...
  9. Two Great Currencies To Profit From Oil Volatility

    U.S. dollar crosses with Canadian and Australian dollars offer easy access to crude oil trends due to their tight correlation ...
  10. Redefining the Stop-Loss

    Using Stop-losses for trading doesn’t mean ‘losing money’, but instead think about the money you'll start saving once you ...
  11. Stock Trading for Free: Now a Reality

    Believe it or not, you can now trade stocks and ETFs for free. Here's a look at providers offering commission-free trading.
  12. Use Options to Hedge Against Iron Ore Downslide

    Using iron ore options is a way to take advantage of a current downslide in iron ore prices, whether for producers or traders.
  13. Use Market Volume Data to Determine a Bottom

    Market bottoms often carve out classic volume patterns that let observant traders make fast and accurate calls.
  14. Top 5 Bear Market Mutual Funds (GRZZX, BEARX)

    Discover five bear market mutual funds that investors can turn to for generating maximum capital appreciation during a bear ...
  15. Understanding How Dividends Affect Option Prices

    Learn how the distribution of dividends on stocks impacts the price of call and put options, and understand how the ex-dividend ...
  16. Understand How Square Works before the IPO

    Square is reported to have filed for an IPO. For interested investors wondering how the company makes money, Investopedia ...
  17. The Top Spread-Betting Strategies

    What are the most commonly followed spread-betting strategies (in countries where it's legal)?
  18. 4 Ways to Find a Penny Stock Worth Millions

    Thinking of trading in risky penny stocks? Use this checklist to find bargains, not scams.
  19. Who Actually Trades or Invests In Penny Stocks?

    Although penny stocks are highly speculative, millions of people trade them daily. Here are 10 different types who do.
  20. Renting vs. Owning: Which is Better for You?

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  21. Why do Debt to Equity Ratios Vary From Industry to Industry?

    Obtain a better understanding of the debt/equity ratio, and learn why this fundamental financial metric varies significantly ...
  22. The Origins of the Chinese Stock Market Collapse

    Learn about some of the reasons for the volatility in the Chinese stock market, including expansion of margin lending and ...
  23. Using Moving Averages To Trade The Volatility Index (VIX)

    VIX moving averages smooth out the natural choppiness of the indicator, letting traders and market timers access reliable ...
  24. The Brief: Where Is the Bottom?

    Where is the market going today after yesterday's bumpy ride?
  25. Tips for Helping Clients Though Market Corrections

    When the stock market sees a steep drop, clients are bound to get anxious. Here are some tips for talking them off the ledge.
  26. Finding Value in the Selloff Rubble

    Globally and in the United States, stocks are now in correction mode, with the recent erosion in equities in emerging markets ...
  27. 6 Smart Strategies to Invest Your Extra Cash Now

    The world's stock markets are shaky, to say the least. Should you hold onto your cash or bargain hunt?
  28. How Rollins Inc. Transformed from Radio to Pest Control

    Discover how Rollins, Inc. grew and expanded, making numerous acquisitions, transitioning from the radio industry to the ...
  29. Benefits of Regional Bank ETFs over Commercial Banks (KRE, KBE)

    The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF offers a stable local alternative to broad-based multinational commercial banking sector ...
  30. Holding Out for Capital Gains Could Be a Mistake

    Holding stocks for the sole purpose of avoiding short-term capital gains taxes may be a mistake, especially if all the signs ...
  31. 6 Reasons Why Every Investor Should Consider ETFs

    Once you understand the benefits of ETFs, you’ll see how they could be an exciting and smart way to help meet your financial ...
  32. When Getting a Rent-to-Own Car Makes Sense

    If your credit is bad, rent-to-own may be a better way to purchase a car than taking out a subprime loan – or it may not ...
  33. Are You a Trend Trader or a Swing Trader?

    Swing traders and trend traders execute market timing strategies that require different skill sets.
  34. Detrended Price Oscillator Trading Strategies (FSLR, TLT)

    The detrended price oscillator (DPO) offers a simple approach to cycle analysis, removing momentum and long-term trends from ...
  35. Bet on this U.S. Automaker for Long-Term Gains

    Ford holds a stronger technical position than General Motors and also pays a consistent dividend. This combination could ...
  36. Using Fibonacci to Analyze Gold (GLD, GC)

    Use Fibonacci studies to analyze gold by picking out hidden harmonic levels that can provide major support or resistance.
  37. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  38. Looking To Begin Trading In The Stock Market?

    If you are a new trader, we explain the differences between penny stocks and options so you can make the best decision for ...
  39. Predictions For The Stock Market

    Learn different choices and strategies that can be used to create a profit regardless of what direction the market is going.
  40. What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  41. Why Investors Should Consider Cash Right Now

    With so many market watchers thinking that the current stock rally is getting long in the tooth, investors might considering ...
  42. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Investment Banks

    Find out which financial ratios are most useful when analyzing an investment bank, and why tracking capital efficiency is ...
  43. Career Advice: Management Consulting Vs. Private Equity

    Compare the career paths of management consulting and private equity, using criteria such as skills needed, starting salary ...
  44. Top Skills Of The Best Quant Traders

    Lured by high salaries and perks of quant trading? Find out what skills and traits you need to become a quant trader.
  45. Use Price Action Trading Strategy for Results

    Bored by the fixed rules of technical and fundamental analysis? Price action trading allows you to customize your own trading ...
  46. How to Trade Options on Government Bonds

    A look at trading options on debt instruments, like U.S. Treasury bonds and other government securities.
  47. Deadly Habits Of Destructive Traders

    Many traders develop destructive habits that, left unchecked, trigger washout and failure.
  48. Will PotashCorp Ever Make a Comeback? (NYSE: POT)

    Learn whether PotashCorp will make a comeback. Potash was in a major bull market from 2000 to 2008 before falling over 5 ...
  49. How To Use Fibonacci To Trade Forex

    Fibonacci offers a perfect fit with forex strategies, locating hidden support and resistance levels that translate into high ...
  50. Using Moving Averages to Buy ETFs

    Learn how to use moving averages to enter and exit trades in ETFs, and understand some popular technical setups using moving ...
  51. A Look At the Buy Low, Sell High Strategy

    Learn how to buy low and sell high by using objective measures to identify opportunities. Buying low and selling high is ...
  52. Looking to Go Short on China? Here's How (FXI, HAO)

    Learn how to take short positions on markets in China by investing in long and short exchange-traded funds focusing on the ...
  53. Financial Ratios to Spot Companies Headed for Bankruptcy

    Obtain information about specific financial ratios investors should monitor to get early warnings about companies potentially ...
  54. How to Code Your Own Algo Trading Robot

    Ever wanted to become an algorithmic trader with the ability to code your own trading robot?
  55. New Alternatives to High-Frequency Trading

    As high-frequency trading declines, traders are exploring new alternatives like automated news-based trading or social media ...
  56. The Right Way To Set Up Your Trading Screens

    Well-organized trading screens sum up intraday market action, breaking it into digestible bites that can speed up complex ...
  57. Use Monthly Charts, Get Better Investment Results (AAPL, PEP)

    Investors can increase profits with monthly charts that gauge the progress of open positions.
  58. Long on Oil? Hedge Falling Oil Prices with Options

    With no end to the oil slump in sight, here are some risk management strategies using options to protect your oil positions.
  59. Avoid The Perfection Trap In Trading (CELG)

    Avoid the perfection trap and make peace with the market’s high levels of systematic noise.
  60. China's Connection to the Recent Gold Crash

    Learn about the connection between the Chinese stock market crash and gold's crash. China is the world's largest source of ...
  61. If You Had Invested Right After Chipotle's IPO

    Find out how much money you would have if you had invested $1,000 during Chipotle's IPO, including how a potential split ...
  62. What Is The Crystal Ball Indicator for Traders?

    If you want to be a succesful trader in the market, here we show you the indicators that will help you achieve it long term. ...
  63. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  64. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  65. These are the S&P's 5 Most-Shorted Stocks

    Shorts are betting heavily against these five stocks, but a closer look shows a different outlook on some of them.
  66. How To Create Capital Protected Investment Using Options? (MSFT)

    Does "Capital-Protection" guarantee in an investment product sound attractive? Wait! Here's how you can create a better one ...
  67. Five Biggest Obstacles Facing First-Year Traders

    Address these five obstacles and you'll make significant progress as a first-year trader.
  68. How to Make Money by Trading Index Options

    Index options are less volatile and more liquid than regular options. Understand how to trade index options with this simple ...
  69. 10 Most Famous Public Companies That Went Private

    Here’s a list of the most popular listed companies that went private in recent decades.
  70. How To Hedge Put Options Using Binary Options

    Want to hedge your plain vanilla long put option position with binary call options? We show you how.
  71. How To Hedge Stock Positions Using Binary Options

    Here’s a step-by-step method to hedge your long (and short) positions in stocks, using binary options.
  72. Microsoft's Game of Catch-Up With The Dow

    Microsoft (MSFT) underperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the 2002 to 2007 bull market, but it has played catch-up ...
  73. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
  74. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  75. How To Hedge Call Options Using Binary Options

    Here is a step-by-step walk through how to hedge a long call position with binary options.
  76. Adjust Market Strategies To Elevated Risk

    Improve returns by adapting trading strategies to changing market conditions.
  77. Pros And Cons Of Paper Trading

    Most market novices should paper trade for a considerable amount of time, despite key drawbacks.
  78. Understanding Bull Spread Option Strategies

    Bull spread option strategies, such as a bull call spread strategy, are hedging strategies for traders to take a bullish ...
  79. IPO Flippers And The Companies Who Hate Them (TWTR, ETSY)

    Learn how flipping activity affects an initial public offering.
  80. 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 ...
  81. 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

    iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF offers a highly liquid equity alternative to direct bond exposure.
  82. How To Interpret The Volume Zone Oscillator

    Introduced in 2009, the Volume Zone Oscillator (VZO) is gaining traction with traders and technicians.
  83. Where Does Yahoo (YHOO) Go From Here?

    Yahoo operates in a competitive environment, but if it makes the right deals there's no reason why it can't thrive.
  84. Uncovering Evidence Of Sector Rotation

    Stalk ETF performance lists over several weeks to uncover hidden institutional buying and selling strategies.
  85. 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 ...
  86. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains? (AAL, DAL)

    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  87. Use the Vortex Indicator Trading Strategy To Profit

    The vortex indicator is a relatively new technical indicator, introduced in 2010, that is gaining traction with traders and ...
  88. Building An Effective Watch List

    An effective watch list will uncover opportunities missed by other traders, fund managers and market timers.
  89. Exploring The Williams Alligator Indicator

    Bill William’s Alligator Indicator provides a useful visual tool for trend recognition and deciding when to enter or exit ...
  90. Will Higher Interest Rates Hurt Trading Activities?

    Do higher interest rates lead to less trading and lower interest rates lead to more trading? Investopedia debunks common ...
  91. Swing Trading With Ichimoku Clouds

    Ichimoku Clouds offer complex market analysis in a single visual image that addresses price, trend and momentum.
  92. Will the Selloff in China Hurt the Global Economy?

    Though China is the world’s second largest economy, its volatility in the stock market is unlikely to have an impact on the ...
  93. End Yo-Yo Trading By Cultivating Discipline

    Lack of professional and personal discipline can impact self worth and market performance. Examine lifestyle choices like ...
  94. The Best Buy-and-Hold Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio (STON)

    These stocks offer stability while exhibiting strong indicators of future growth.
  95. Choose Abundance and Manage Your Trades Like A Pro

    Professional traders build skills to last a lifetime, not just through the next rally or selloff. Cultivate the psychology ...
  96. Is It the Perfect Time To Buy Seadrill? (SDRL)

    Seadrill's low price is enticing to many investors, but does the company have what it takes to regain its former value?
  97. How to Create a Personal Risk Management Plan

    Investors should consider these strategies to establish a risk management plan.
  98. Tesla Stock Too Expensive? Trade Tesla Options

    Tesla Motors is trading around $260 a share, making it too expensive for many investors. Options offer a low-cost way to ...
  99. The Casino Mentality In Trading

    Many new traders treat the market like a casino, placing unwise bets and hoping for the big win.
  100. How to Take The Right Amount of Risk

    Some investors are risk takers, others are risk-averse. The best investors are neither.
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