Kristina Zucchi, CFA

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  1. Credit & Loans

    How To Become a Mortgage-Backed Securities Analyst

    Specializing in structured or derivative credit products like mortgage-backed securities requires education and prior experience in the mortgage field.
  2. Charts & Patterns

    How To Become A Private Equity Associate

    With the right planning, second- and third-year investment banking analysts can graduate to an associate position at a private equity firm.
  3. Charts & Patterns

    Stock Analysis Basics: How To Forecast Revenue and Growth

    Forecasted revenue and growth projections are important components of security analysis, leading to a stock’s future worth.
  4. Budgeting

    How Your Government's Budgetary Decisions Impact the Public ...

    Issues facing the public sector are not unlike some issues facing America’s oldest and largest companies, but with larger and broader impacts.
  5. Stock Analysis

    Investing In Apple: The Risks & Rewards

    Apple has been synonymous with growth and innovation, and its stock reflects this. But can it stay as inventive and competitive as it has been?
  6. Personal Finance

    What Drives Consumer Demand for Tesla?

    Tesla did not invent the electric vehicle market, but it has brought to it elements of luxury and elite status. But what really drives demand for Teslas?
  7. Personal Finance

    How You Can Become A Venture Capital Associate

    Venture capital analysts are the junior members of the venture capital firm. They receive compensation that is typically higher than other finance analyst positions.
  8. Trading Strategies

    The Best Low-Cost, Web-Based Trading Brokers

    With this table, investors can differentiate between top low-cost, web-based trading brokers by price, capabilities, and offerings.
  9. Personal Finance

    Why You Should Consider A Career In Supply Chain Management

    Supply chain managers ensure that increasingly global companies can coordinate distant sources of materials, labor, and manufacturing to successfully bring products to market.
  10. Investing

    The Capital Asset Pricing (CAPM) Model: Pros and Cons

    CAPM, while criticized for its unrealistic assumptions, provides a more useful outcome than either the DDM or WACC in many situations.
  11. Personal Finance

    How To Land a Wall Street Job Out of College

    Getting a job on Wall Street right after college can be difficult, but there many paths that eventually lead to Wall Street.
  12. Investing

    The World's Top Emerging Financial Hubs

    Creating a desirable and competitive financial center, a goal among the emerging financial hubs, can be undone by its volatility.
  13. Charts & Patterns

    What Drives Oracle Stock Prices?

    Oracle stock price depend on the company keeping ahead of new technologies while also keeping costs low.
  14. Investing

    Which Is Better For Me: MarketWatch Or Bloomberg?

    As part of a series comparing popular finance websites, Investopedia conducts an unbiased review of MarketWatch and Bloomberg.
  15. Personal Finance

    What Exactly Does A Portfolio Analyst Do?

    Portfolio analysts have the exciting role of working between the investment team layers and they touch various aspects of an investment organization.
  16. Personal Finance

    Credit Risk Analyst: Boring Title, Great Job

    Credit analysts make critical decisions about loans, are required to have a certain level of education, and receive commensurate compensation.
  17. Charts & Patterns

    The Future of Qualcomm's Stock

    Qualcomm is a leader in a competitive market, but there are still significant risks to investing in its stock.
  18. Investing

    Top 10 Largest Global IPOs Of All Time

    We have compiled a list of the top 10 largest IPOs of all time. The results may surprise you.
  19. Stock Analysis

    Buyinb Facebook Stock, A Beginner's Guide

    This straightforward guide helps the novice investor feel more adept at buying a stock, such as Facebook (FB).
  20. Investing Basics

    How Does Alibaba Make Money? A Simple Guide

    Alibaba broke IPO headlines--but making news and making money are two different things.
  21. Trading Systems & Software

    The Bloomberg Terminal: Step By Step

    Bloomberg is synonymous with investment information- its media outlet and software/hardware are used by most, if not all, professional money managers.
  22. Fundamental Analysis

    Earnings Quality, the Facebook Example

    When judging Facebook's quality of earnings it is important to understand the various sources of revenue and trends in those sources.
  23. Investing Basics

    The Top Five Alibaba Shareholders

    In addition to the new public shareholders, BABA has several prominent major stakeholders. Here are the top five.
  24. Investing

    The Top Chinese Companies Traded In The U.S.

    While many Chinese companies trade only on foreign exchanges, some of the top Chinese companies who trade in the United States are global industry leaders.
  25. Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Value Chain Analysis

    Value chain analysis establishes an action plan to understand and implement actvities that create values to a firm's clients, resulting in firm profits.
  26. Economics

    The Enduring Importance Of The DJIA

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continues to be an important indicator of the economy, though some say the DJIA doesn't have the same import as it once did.
  27. Economics

    Main Characteristics of Capitalist Economies

    Commerce is based on the principles of capitalism, but there are few, if any, examples of pure capitalism except in theory.
  28. Investing Basics

    Navigating E-commerce: Alibaba, eBay and Amazon

    Amazon, e-Bay and Alibaba were each game-changers in global e-commerce, with each not only finding its own niche, but inventing new ones as they go along.
  29. Fundamental Analysis

    Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal for portfolio returns.
  30. Investing Basics

    Investor, Know Thyself: Choose A Stock Category Based On ...

    Choosing the right investment isn't just about choosing the right investment. It also requires that you intimiately understand your own risk tolerance.
  31. Trading Strategies

    Traits of an Elite Trader

    When it comes to traders, these are the traits that separate the wheat from the chaff.
  32. Economics

    The Importance Of U.S. Treasury Rates

    U.S. Treasury bond interest rates affect more than just bondholders! It impacts the day to day lives of all consumers.
  33. Investing Basics

    Charging Bull-The Brass Icon of Wall Street

    The brass "Charging Bull" near Wall Street, the finance world's most famous sculpture, started out as a bizarre stealth gift--initially, an unwelcome one.
  34. Markets

    The Handy Guide To Global Stock Market Holidays

    Exchanges close on holidays--which vary by country. If you're a global trader, it's useful to have this handy Investopedia bank holiday reference.
  35. Economics

    Why The 10 Year US Treasury Rates Matter

    You might think of Treasury bonds as boring investments, but their yields are important indicators of the economy as a whole.
  36. Options & Futures

    Do Countries With The Most Oil Reserves Actually Produce ...

    Oil, aka Black Gold, is so precious that wars have erupted over it. So why is it that not all oil-rich nations are money-rich nations?
  37. Investing Basics

    Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand where investment risks lie.
  38. Investing Basics

    How To Play The OTC Pink Stocks

    The OTC Pink offers a variety of investment candidates including many good companies waiting to be discovered. Recently, the OTC Pink has worked hard to improve the service by tiering companies based on ...
  39. Markets

    Pick Better Stocks By Consulting Form 10-K

    Learn to read and dissect the most comprehensive compilation of information on a company.
  40. Professionals

    Trader vs Investment Banker: Which Job Is Best For You?

    Thinking of a career as an investment banker or a trader? Then you'd better know the difference!
  41. Professionals

    The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  42. Investing Basics

    Top SEC EDGAR Tools For New Investors

    Navigating the plethora of data available to investors can be overwhelming. The SEC has made it a bit easier with its EDGAR system.
  43. Investing Basics

    How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio or stay abreast of news.
  44. Entrepreneurship

    What Drives Investment Banker Salaries

    Do investment bankers make too much money? Are their salaries completely arbitrary or is there some logic behind it?
  45. Insurance

    Investing In Health Insurance Companies

    Health insurance companies work a little differently than most companies. Here's what you need to know as an investor.
  46. Markets

    The Impact Of Sell-Side Research

    Sell-side analysts are not stock buyers or sellers - rather, they provide unbiased guidance to traders.
  47. Fundamental Analysis

    EDGAR: Investors' One-Stop-Shop For Company Filings

    You can learn a lot about any listed company through this system - if you know how to use it.
  48. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Finding Value In A Sideways Market

    When the market is non-directional, your profit potential need not go sideways too.
  49. Investing Basics

    Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  50. Investing Basics

    Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, is vital to determining whether the portfolio strategy is working or needs to ...
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