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  1. Economics

    Can Internet companies be vertically integrated?

    Find out how online businesses are beginning to take advantage of vertical integration for many of the same reasons as traditional businesses.
  2. Trading Strategies

    What are the best technical indicators that complement the ...

    Discover some of the best technical indicators that traders and analysts can employ to supplement the use of the relative vigor index (RVI).
  3. Technical Indicators

    What are the best technical indicators that complement the ...

    Learn some of the best additional technical indicators that can be used along with the relative strength index to anticipate trend changes in a market.
  4. Options & Futures

    How do you trade put options on E*TRADE?

    Learn all about put option trading at E*TRADE. Explore margin accounts and become familiar with the different types of option writing.
  5. Options & Futures

    Do you have to be an expert investor to trade put options?

    Learn about investing in put options and the associated risks. Explore how options can provide risk, which is precisely defined to predetermined limits.
  6. Trading Systems & Software

    How do you trade put options on Ameritrade?

    Learn about option trading with TD Ameritrade. Explore the different types of options and their possible impacts on the investors that write them.
  7. Options & Futures

    Are put options more difficult to trade than call options?

    Learn about the difficulty of trading both call and put options. Explore how put options earn profits with underlying assets fall in value.
  8. Trading Strategies

    How can retirees protect their wealth in a bear market?

    Look at some helpful hints about how to protect your retirement nest egg when the stock market is underperforming or the economy is in recession.
  9. Trading Strategies

    What is a common strategy traders implement when using the ...

    Read about some of the many uses of the Relative Strength Index (RSI), and learn about basic strategies traders implement along with it.
  10. Taxes

    Can you write variable costs off your taxes?

    Learn if you can deduct variable or fixed costs from your business taxes and learn more about business deductions, cost of goods sold and gross profit.
  11. Trading Strategies

    How are Rising Three Methods patterns interpreted by analysts ...

    Understand the basics of the rising three methods candlestick pattern and how this strong continuation signal is interpreted by analysts and traders.
  12. Economics

    What's the relationship between r squared and beta?

    Learn about the relationship between R-squared and Beta. Explore how the concepts are related and often used in conjunction with portfolio Alpha.
  13. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How do hedge funds use short selling?

    Learn how hedge funds use short selling to profit from stocks that are falling in price. Explore different analytical techniques hedge funds employ to find investments.
  14. Technical Indicators

    How are retracement patterns interpreted by analysts and ...

    Discover how traders and analysts interpret retracement patterns, and learn why it is important to distinguish between retracements and reversals.
  15. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the difference between operating cash flow and net ...

    Learn how net income is an income statement for a certain period of time, while cash flow shows inflows and outflows based on conversion of sales into cash.
  16. Fundamental Analysis

    What average annual return does the railroads sector generate?

    Calculating the average annual return of the railroad sector provides insight into the overall performance of rail companies over an extended period of time.
  17. Investing Basics

    How long can a trader keep a short position?

    Learn whether there are any limitations on how long may an investor hold a short position, and explore the costs associated with short selling.
  18. Options & Futures

    Is short selling a form of insurance?

    Explore short selling and put options. Learn how put options may be used as insurance to protect positions, and costs associated with using this method.
  19. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS) ...

    Understand the basics of the earnings per share ratio and how this important financial metric is calculated in Excel and used in investment analysis.
  20. Economics

    How has fracking helped the U.S. to decrease dependence ...

    Learn about the drilling technique referred to as fracking, and discover how this technology has significantly reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
  21. Fundamental Analysis

    How do I calculate dividend payout ratio from a balance ...

    Understand what the dividend payout ratio indicates and learn how it can be calculated using the figures from a company's balance sheet statement.
  22. Investing Basics

    What is the effect of price inelasticity on demand?

    Find out why price inelasticity of demand shows the relationship between demand and price if the price of an inelastic good is either lowered or raised.
  23. Fundamental Analysis

    How do I calculate the debt-to-equity ratio in Excel?

    Understand the basics of the debt to equity ratio, how it is interpreted as a measure of financial stability and how it is calculated in Microsoft Excel.
  24. Credit & Loans

    When is it necessary to get a letter of credit?

    Capitalize on assets and negate risks by using a letter of credit. Letters of credit are often requested for buying, selling or trading.
  25. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What is the lowest capitalization rate before an investment ...

    Learn about different levels of profitability associated with investments featuring similar capitalization rates. Explore how value changes affect rates.
  26. Economics

    What are some limitations of the consumer price index (CPI)?

    Explore some of the basic limitations of the widely used economic indicator, the consumer price index, or CPI, and examine the criticism of its accuracy.
  27. Economics

    What is the difference between fiscal policy and monetary ...

    Utilizing founding principles of macroeconomics through both fiscal and monetary policy can have drastic effects on a country's economic state.
  28. Trading Strategies

    What are common investing mistakes in bear markets?

    Learn why investing in a tumultuous market can be challenging even for the most experienced investors. Avoiding these common mistakes is key in bear markets.
  29. Retirement

    What type of investor should consider annuities?

    Learn about the features and benefits of annuities and when to consider one. Investors seeking to secure income for retirement benefit the most.
  30. Retirement

    What is the difference between a fixed and variable annuity?

    Understand the difference between fixed, variable and indexed annuities, and read a brief summary of their respective risks and advantages.
  31. Fundamental Analysis

    How can I calculate the acid test ratio in Excel?

    Understand how the acid test ratio is used by analysts to determine the financial health of a company and how to calculate this liquidity metric in Excel.
  32. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the formula for calculating the current ratio in ...

    Understand the basics of the current ratio, including its use and interpretation as a financial metric and how it is calculated in Microsoft Excel.
  33. Fundamental Analysis

    Can entities other than banks issue letters of credit?

    Obtaining a letter of credit from a non-bank is legally acceptable according to the ICC, but companies tend to prefer to receive them from banks.
  34. Options & Futures

    What is the difference between inelasticity and elasticity ...

    Find out how elasticity of demand and inelasticity of demand are two sides of the same coin, based on the calculated elasticity quotient.
  35. Options & Futures

    What is the average annual dividend yield of companies in ...

    Investing in the forestry sector can provide investors a degree of stability through dividend-paying stocks that are in line with market averages.
  36. Economics

    Can the consumer price index (CPI) for individual areas ...

    Understand why the Consumer Price Index, or CPI, cannot appropriately be used for comparing the cost of living across different areas of the country.
  37. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the average annual dividend yield of companies in ...

    Investing in oil and gas drilling companies can provide income investors a promising addition to dividend-focused portfolios due to higher than average yields.
  38. Trading Strategies

    What can capitalization rate tell investors about real estate ...

    Learn about capitalization rates and what information investors may glean from them with regard to bubbles. Explore how rates changed in the early 2000s.
  39. Economics

    Will the consumer price index (CPI) be updated or revised ...

    Learn about the consumer price index (CPI) and understand how its purpose and calculation make it necessary to continually update and revise it.
  40. Economics

    Does the consumer price index (CPI) correlate with the change ...

    See why the consumer price index is a questionable proxy for inflation, and why it is unlikely to represent experiences with price changes accurately.
  41. Investing Basics

    How does weather impact the share prices of utility stocks?

    Learn how investing in the utilities sector can provide stability to a portfolio; understand the factors that impact stock price movement.
  42. Bonds & Fixed Income

    What are the benefits and drawbacks of owning preferred ...

    Owning a share of a company can be accomplished through the purchase of common or preferred stock, but there are benefits and drawbacks for each option.
  43. Personal Finance

    Do minimum wage laws make labor a fixed or variable cost?

    Find out why labor is a classified as a semi-variable cost by the minimum wage laws; labor has elements of both fixed costs and variable costs.
  44. Investing Basics

    What is the simplest kind of company stock?

    Learn about the simplest type of stocks. Explore growth and dividend investing strategies and examples of companies whose shares are available for investment.
  45. Economics

    Can scarcity and surplus coexist together?

    Can surplus and scarcity exist at the same time? Many examples of redistributing wealth and corporate welfare take advantage of this phenomenon.
  46. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    What ETFs should I buy to track the utilities sector?

    Selecting utilities sector company stocks can be a challenge for investors, but utilizing an ETF that tracks a utilities index is a smart option for investors.
  47. Investing Basics

    When is it beneficial for underwriters to sell stock below ...

    Learn when selling stock below the minimum rate can be beneficial. Find out how the 1987 market crash affected an offering of British Petroleum shares.
  48. Economics

    Is the consumer price index (CPI) a cost of living index?

    Explore the consumer price index (CPI) and understand why it is not an actual cost of living index although it is often identified as one.
  49. Fundamental Analysis

    What is the affect of the invisible hand on consumers?

    Discover how consumers help initiate and benefit from the invisible hand of the market, which naturally coordinates trade in an exchange economy.
  50. Trading Strategies

    How does short selling help the market and investors?

    Find out how short sellers provide a service to the market by acting as a check against overvalued companies and exposing unethical practices.
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