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  1. Taxes

    What's the difference between cost of goods sold (COGS) ...

    Explore the difference between the cost of goods sold and cost of sales listed on an income statement, and what types of companies use one over the other.
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How long will it take for a bond to reach its face value?

    Learn when different savings bonds reach face value, and determine the best time to cash them in to get the highest return on your money.
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What determines the price of a bond in the open market?

    Learn more about some of the factors that influence the valuation of bonds on the open market, and why bond prices and yields move in opposite directions.
  4. Credit & Loans

    What are the different types of cash advances?

    Find out the different types of cash advances along with their different features to determine which option, if any, is best for you.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost ...

    Discover which types of businesses are not allowed to list cost of goods sold on their income statement or claim their COGS for a tax deduction.
  6. Credit & Loans

    Does a cash advance hurt my credit score?

    Find out if a cash advance will hurt your credit score and how your credit report and requests for new credit can be affected by a cash advance,
  7. Credit & Loans

    What's the difference between a grace period and a deferment?

    Learn the difference between grace periods and deferments and when each type of delayed-payment period applies to various types of loans.
  8. Economics

    What causes inflation, and does anyone gain from it?

    Learn how inflation affects what you pay for everyday items. Natural disasters, consumer confidence and corporate decisions all impact the sticker price.
  9. Economics

    What's the difference between hyperinflation and inflation?

    Learn the difference between inflation, which can be a normal part of economic fluctuation, and potentially economy-killing hyperinflation.
  10. Trading Strategies

    What is the difference between the dividend yield and the ...

    Learn the differences between a stock's dividend yield and its dividend payout ratio, and learn why the latter might be a better indicator of future dividends.
  11. Fundamental Analysis

    What metrics should I evaluate when looking for high-yielding ...

    Evaluate high-yield dividend stocks to determine if they are a good investment to produce steady income. Learn what questions to ask about why yield is high.
  12. Trading Strategies

    What's the safest way to invest in high-yielding dividend ...

    Learn about some of the most important safety factors that you need to consider before you invest in high-yielding dividend stocks.
  13. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How can I get a mutual fund prospectus?

    Read and understand the prospectus before investing in a mutual fund. You can obtain a copy from the fund company, your financial adviser or online.
  14. Retirement

    Can I purchase mutual funds for my IRA?

    Learn how to invest your IRA assets in mutual funds. Discover a few of the different types of mutual funds available for purchase and how to invest in them.
  15. Retirement

    What is the minimum amount of money that I can invest in ...

    Learn about investing in mutual funds even with a smaller initial investment; there are many funds available to investors with smaller purchase amounts.
  16. Taxes

    Why should I keep records on my tax-exempt bond transactions?

    Keep your purchase records on all investments, including tax-exempt bonds. Though the interest is tax-free, you may owe taxes if you sell your bond for a gain.
  17. Economics

    What are the main components of the Federal Reserve's balance ...

    Find out which items are listed as assets and liabilities on the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve, and how to read the Fed's weekly financial report.
  18. Investing Basics

    What's more important, cash flow or profits?

    Learn about the different effects that cash flow and profit have on a business so you can decide which aspect to focus on.
  19. Investing Basics

    Which leverage ratios are most useful for analyzing manufacturing ...

    See which leverage ratios investors and creditors are likely to use when analyzing the debt burdens for manufacturing companies.
  20. Insurance

    How does the grace period work on my Flexible Spending Account ...

    Learn how the grace period works on a flexible spending account so you can take full advantage of your annual pretax contributions.
  21. Insurance

    What are the pros and cons of life insurance policy loans?

    Find out the pros and cons of borrowing against your life insurance policy to help you decide if this loan type is the right financial decision.
  22. Insurance

    How can I borrow money from my life insurance policy?

    Capitalize on the cash value of your whole life insurance policy and learn the details of how to borrow money from your life insurance.
  23. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How are savings bonds taxed?

    Learn who is responsible for reporting U.S. EE savings bond interest for taxation and when the interest can be reported for proper taxation.
  24. Credit & Loans

    Is it better to get a balance transfer or a personal loan ...

    Find out what you should consider before deciding to pay off your credit card debt by taking out a personal loan or using a balance transfer to another card.
  25. Fundamental Analysis

    What's the difference between free cash flow and operating ...

    Learn the difference between free cash flow and operating cash flow. Explore how analysts use earnings and cash flow when evaluating a company's performance.
  26. Investing Basics

    What's the difference between retained earnings and revenue?

    See why retained earnings and revenue are both considered important measurements of a company's financial performance, and in which contexts they are useful.
  27. Credit & Loans

    What's the difference between a grace period and a moratorium ...

    Find out what grace periods and moratorium periods are, what you have to do to get them and how they can benefit your financial situation.
  28. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How do I judge a mutual fund's performance?

    Evaluate mutual fund performance utilizing resources such as Morningstar; compare the fund with others in its peer group to find the best mutual fund for you.
  29. Savings

    How can inflation be good for the economy?

    Find out why some economists and public policy makers believe that inflation is a good, or even necessary, phenomenon to help economic growth.
  30. Economics

    How do leverage ratios help to regulate how much banks lend ...

    Learn what leverage ratios mean for banks, how regulators restrict leverage, and what impact ratios have on a bank's ability to lend or invest.
  31. Trading Strategies

    What are the main signals traders use when following the ...

    Learn how the average directional index, or ADX, measures momentum and strength in market trends and how specific signals are gleaned.
  32. Charts & Patterns

    What is the disparity index formula and how is it calculated?

    Discover how to calculate the disparity index, a technical indicator used by analysts to measure price movements in a candlestick chart.
  33. Forex Strategies

    What are common strategies traders implement when identifying ...

    Learn how to spot a bearish engulfing pattern, and learn some of the trading strategies you can implement to take advantage of bear momentum.
  34. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What causes a bond's price to rise?

    Learn about factors that influence the price of a bond, such as interest rate changes, credit rating, yield and overall market sentiments.
  35. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How can I find good investments among lower rated bonds?

    Invest in high-yield bonds through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds or closed-end funds, leaving the job of finding a good deal to an expert.
  36. Economics

    What's the lowest year-over-year inflation rate in the history ...

    Learn about years with the lowest year-over-inflation in U.S. history. Read about how inflation is calculated using the consumer price index or estimates of it.
  37. Charts & Patterns

    How is accumulation area calculated?

    Explore the use of accumulation areas in the analysis of traded securities. Learn about on-balance volume and its role in identifying accumulation areas.
  38. Bonds & Fixed Income

    How do I sign up for a TreasuryDirect account?

    Invest in Treasury securities by dealing directly with the U.S. Department of the Treasury online, conveniently managing your investments at home or at work.
  39. Fundamental Analysis

    How do you calculate retained earnings per share?

    Research the amount of retained earnings per share compared over time to understand whether or not a company uses its profits wisely.
  40. Investing

    What is the difference between enterprise value and equity ...

    Valuating a business accurately depends heavily on the purpose of the valuation. Learn how enterprise value and equity value can help clarify valuations.
  41. Economics

    What is the difference between inflation and deflation?

    Determine how inflation and deflation affect prices and employment. Economies frequently teeter between these two economic conditions.
  42. Credit & Loans

    Does inflation favor lenders or borrowers?

    Find out under what circumstances inflation benefits borrowers more than lenders and in which situations inflation can be bad for borrowers.
  43. Economics

    What causes negative inflation or deflation?

    Find out what deflation is, what causes it, how it hurts the economy and how it can lead to a worsening cycle of deflation that is hard to break.
  44. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What is the difference between EE and I Bonds?

    Read about the similarities and differences between the EE and I savings bond programs created by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
  45. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What is the Education Savings Bond Program?

    Learn about the education savings bond program and find out if you are eligible to use your savings bonds for payments toward higher education.
  46. Charts & Patterns

    How is the Accumulative Swing Index calculated?

    Learn how the accumulative swing index is calculated using swing index. Explore absolute value and how it is used in the calculation of the ASI.
  47. Charts & Patterns

    What are the differences between a bar chart and candle ...

    Explore the difference between bar and candlestick charts. Learn how technical analysts use charts in the analysis of supply and demand for securities.
  48. Trading Strategies

    What are the most common leverage ratios for evaluating ...

    Learn more about some of the most common leverage ratios used by traders to determine whether a company is using debt in a responsible or profitable way.
  49. Insurance

    What are the tax implications of a life insurance policy ...

    Learn the instances in which you are required to pay taxes on a life insurance policy loan, so you can avoid making a costly mistake.
  50. Insurance

    What is a collateral assignment of life insurance?

    Learn about collateral assignment of life insurance so you can make a wise decision about what kind of collateral to use for a loan.
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