Greg McFarlane

  1. Before you invest in that SPDR S&P 500 ETF (or any other ETF based on that index) here are a few things to consider.
    Mutual Funds & ETFs

    S&P 500 ETFs: What Every Investor Should Know

    Before you invest in that SPDR S&P 500 ETF (or any other ETF based on that index) here are a few things to consider.
  2. Just how are companies added to and dropped from the S&P 500, and how is its value calculated?
    Economics

    The S&P 500: The Index You Need To Know

    Just how are companies added to and dropped from the S&P 500, and how is its value calculated? Curious? Read on.
  3. You've mastered investing in individual stocks...now what? If you like a challenge, consider stock index futures. Just be careful.
    Options & Futures

    Curious About Stock Index Futures? Read This First

    You've mastered investing in individual stocks...now what? If you like a challenge, consider stock index futures. Just be careful.
  4. Percentage Price Oscillator is a solid indicator
    Investing

    Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The "Elegant Indicator" ...

    Technical analysis is basically an attempt to disprove the credo that "Past performance is not indicative of future results." The percentage price oscillator, which measures momentum, is among the more ...
  5. Berkshire Hathaway has 59 wholly owned subsidiaries and owns big stakes in several huge companies. Just how do those pieces fit together?
    Stock Analysis

    A Look At Berkshire Hathaway's Many Components

    Berkshire Hathaway has 59 wholly owned subsidiaries and owns big stakes in several huge companies. Just how do those pieces fit together?
  6. With its share price at an all-time high amid talk of a stock market correction, why would anyone buy Berkshire Hathaway shares?
    Stock Analysis

    Always Bet On Berkshire Hathaway (And Here's Why)

    With its share price at an all-time high amid talk of a stock market correction, why would anyone buy Berkshire Hathaway shares?
  7. Curious about pre-market or extended-hours trading? Here's a quick guide so you'll know what to expect.
    Investing Basics

    The NASDAQ Pre-Market: What You Need To Know

    Curious about pre-market or extended-hours trading? Here's a quick guide so you'll know what to expect.
  8. How does a company start with an unfortunate bout of dengue fever and grow to be a multibillion dollar corporation?
    Stock Analysis

    How Gilead Sciences Became A Big Name In Biotech

    How does a company start with an unfortunate bout of dengue fever and grow to be a multibillion dollar corporation?
  9. Want to make money in the oil and gas industry?
    Stock Analysis

    Why Schlumberger Is A Name You Should Know

    Want to make money in the oil and gas industry? Be an ancillary service provider--that's where the real money is.
  10. Offering free one-month loans so people can buy stuff seems like the worst business model imaginable...until the grace period ends.
    Stock Analysis

    How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    The credit card transaction business is so profitable, Visa Inc. doesn't even bother lending money. Here's how they make their money.
  11. What makes Verizon any different than T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T?
    Stock Analysis

    How Verizon Built A Customer Base Of 150M

    What makes Verizon any different than T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T? Its sheer size and growth potential.
  12. Pfizer, Inc. is one of the world's largest and most profitable pharmaceutical companies, and not just because of that little blue pill.
    Stock Analysis

    Why There's Far More To Pfizer Than Viagra

    Pfizer, Inc. is one of the world's largest and most profitable pharmaceutical companies, and not just because of that little blue pill.
  13. When and why do gold prices plummet?
    Investing Basics

    When and Why Do Gold Prices Plummet?

    A wise investor is one who recognizes gold’s place in the market, without attaching too much nor too little significance to it.
  14. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  15. Investing News

    Want To Make Money In Marijuana? Read This First

    "Investing in cannabis" used to mean buying grow-lights for a hydroponic operation. How things have changed...
  16. day trading is a fool's game in the wrong hands
    Investing Basics

    Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with no money.
  17. Amazon is unusual among large U.S. companies ranked by market cap in that its profit margins are tiny and its stock is phenomenally pricey. Here's why.
    Investing News

    How We'll All Be Amazon.com Customers Eventually

    Amazon is unusual among large U.S. companies ranked by market cap in that its profit margins are tiny and its stock is phenomenally pricey. Here's why.
  18. As one of the world’s most reputable companies, one of its most profitable, and one of its largest, Disney continues to seek new opportunities in its ninth decade of existence.
    Investing News

    This Company Is No Mickey Mouse Operation

    With its famous history that's become part of popular culture, and the instantly recognizable silhouette in its logo, The Walt Disney Co. is only an animation studio in the same way that Johnson & Johnson ...
  19. The phenomenon of Facebook, and the speed at which users joined and continue to join, is unprecedented. But just because a novelty is adopted by a large chunk of humanity, does that mean it’s inherently an economic powerhouse?
    Investing News

    How Doing Your 'Share' Has Enriched Facebook

    The phenomenon of Facebook, and the speed at which users joined and continue to join, is unprecedented. But just because a novelty is adopted by a large chunk of humanity, does that mean it’s inherently ...
  20. The Coca-Cola Co. has remained a staple of the Dow for decades, turning $9 billion in annual profits like clockwork and redefining the scope and magnitude of what a beverage manufacturer can be.
    Investing News

    This Company's Dividend History Is The Real Thing

    Take water. Add some sugar, a little carbon dioxide and some flavoring. Sell at a gigantic markup. It sounds almost too simple to work, and yet Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has remained a staple of the ...
  21. LIBOR
    Economics

    What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?

    In the case of ICE LIBOR, an innocent-sounding set of letters has a profound bearing on every loan you make.
  22. Investing News

    How Philip Morris International Lights Up Portfolios

    Never mind the obvious risk, humanity's love affair with cigarettes is an enduring one. Even in an abstemous U.S., 18.1% of adults smoke. But that's nothing compared to the rest of the world, served by ...
  23. Stock Analysis

    How Oracle Remains A Relatively Unknown Software Giant

    Among the world's largest corporations by market cap, few companies are as unfamiliar to the everyday consumer as Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle Corp. How is the world's second-largest software company ...
  24. Investing Basics

    The Difference Between Options and Futures

    Are you sure you know the difference between an option and a future?
  25. What Will Become of Berkshire Hathaway Beyond Buffett?
    Investing News

    What Will Become of Berkshire Hathaway Beyond Buffett?

    Warren Buffett, who has become almost synonymous with the term “investor,” remains robust, but at 83 is clearly somewhere in the fourth quarter of the game. What does that mean for Berkshire Hathaway investors? ...
  26. Having no children makes it easier to save for retirement
    Retirement

    Common Retirement Advice That DINKs Can Ignore

    The retirement rules are different when a couple has no kids. Spending more, retiring sooner – all kinds of options open up
  27. Five Stocks Whose Growth Rides On Low-Income Customers
    Stock Analysis

    Five Stocks Whose Growth Rides On Low-Income Customers

    Catering to the rich won’t make you rich; there just aren’t enough of them to go around. But become popular with the regular joe like these companies and you'll need a wheelbarrow to make your bank deposits. ...
  28. What Are The Best Bets In Biotech?
    Stock Analysis

    What Are The Best Bets In Biotech?

    The NASDAQ Biotechnology Index is off nearly 20% as its components busy themselves with hostile bids and frenzied buying and selling of business units. Where should you be when the smoke clears?
  29. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the realization that you probably should have done more to limit your tax burden. ...
  30. How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe
    Stock Analysis

    How Chevron Found Itself Spanning The Globe

    To most consumers, San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is little more than a gasoline retailer – a place to fuel up, squeegee your windshield and inflate your tires. In point of fact, Chevron ...
  31. How Procter & Gamble Found Itself in Everyone's Cupboard
    Stock Analysis

    How Procter & Gamble Found Itself in Everyone's Cupboard

    Out of necessity, some giant corporations have narrow product lines. A bank, for instance, can package loans in only so many ways. Procter & Gamble defies that rule.
  32. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson is probably most famous as the parent company of multiple household products that double as household names.
    Stock Analysis

    How Johnson & Johnson Became A Household Name

    New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is probably most famous as the parent company of multiple household products that double as household names. Listing them all would require more ...
  33. Old Spice Guy wannabe: Fabio arm wrestles spokesman Isaiah Mustafa in a campaign  that went viral on You Tube.
    Stock Analysis

    How Some Brands Come Back from Near Death

    Some company brands manage to revive themselves, while others die and go to brand heaven.
  34. Wal-Mart was founded by a 44-year-old merchant who looked at the business model shared by the foremost retailers of the day – Woolworth, Sears – and found inefficiencies to exploit.
    Stock Analysis

    How Wal-Mart Makes its Money

    While convention dictates that it’s impossible to write about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) without saying at least something critical or speculative about the company’s influence on social issues, ...
  35. Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the integrated oil companies.
    Stock Analysis

    ExxonMobil's Massive And Reliable Money Machine

    Year after year ExxonMobil has shown itself a reliable generator of extraordinary profits, making it the most solid of the integrated oil companies.
  36. Use the McClellan Oscillator to measure market breadth
    Technical Indicators

    Use The McClellan Oscillator To Measure Market "Breadth"

    How broad is the market? And, once we answer that question, how can we use that answer to our advantage?
  37. Russia should be doing better than it is.
    Investing

    How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More

    How does Russia make its money, and why doesn’t it make more?
  38. A counter to the recommendation to
    Stock Analysis

    Buy In May And Here to Stay: Comcast, Boeing, Vulcan

    A counter to the recommendation to "Sell in May and Go Away"; companies worth examining this time of year.
  39. By market capitalization, IBM is the 9th-largest corporation on the planet[4]. Only a half-dozen or so U.S. companies can match IBM for profitability.
    Stock Analysis

    Why IBM Will Go On Forever

    Ask the average person on the street what IBM does, and you probably won’t get more than a vague answer about “computers.” But the company has a history of innovation that rivals that of any.
  40. Today, General Electric (NYSE:GE) remains one of the few true conglomerates, with its fingers in multiple unrelated industries: everything from healthcare to aviation to its traditional businesses of appliances and lighting.
    Stock Analysis

    Why GE Will Never Break Up

    it's the oldest component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, having joined the index in 1896, and long ago outlasting its then-contemporaries.
  41. Advertising isn’t just a way for Facebook and its ilk to perhaps earn a little bit of revenue in between hosting family photos and personal musings. It’s the very purpose of the site’s existence, and the same goes for Twitter and LinkedIn.
    Stock Analysis

    How Facebook, Twitter, Social Media Make Money From You

    If you’re not paying for the product, the product is you. That's a truism that's especially suited for social media and its foundation for generating revenue.
  42. The Real Secret To Microsoft's Success
    Stock Analysis

    The Real Secret To Microsoft's Success

    Microsoft is no longer in the raw experimentation stage common to young and growing companies. Rather, its main goal is to create profitability streams, then maintain and expand them.
  43. Enter the Chaikin Oscillator.
    Technical Indicators

    How To Use The Chaikin Oscillator To Your Advantage

    How best to reconcile increasing or decreasing volume with price fluctuations? No one has a definitive answer, but Marc Chaikin has come as close as anyone. Enter the Chaikin Oscillator.
  44. It's one of the most enduring folk wisdom dicta in all of commerce. The airline industry, in its history, has never made money. The truth of that statement is not so easy to confirm.
    Stock Analysis

    Why Airlines Aren't Profitable

    Bankruptcies have become a way of life for the older carriers in the U.S. aviation industry, every major one having to reorganize in recent years. What is it about this industry that makes it so hard to ...
  45. Amazon Never Makes Money But No One Cares
    Stock Analysis

    Amazon Never Makes Money But No One Cares

    Despite struggling to turn a consistent profit, Amazon continues to be a favourite among investors and consumers. Why are so many people enarmoured with a company that doesn't make money?
  46. With Nintendo's Wii U now more than a year old, the two remaining members of the triopoly of video game console makers - Microsoft and Sony - are now vying for market share with the latest versions of their signature consoles.
    Investing News

    Console Wars Heating Up

    With Nintendo's Wii U now more than a year old, the two remaining members of the triopoly of video game console makers - Microsoft and Sony - are now vying for market share with the latest versions of ...
  47. Why is J.P. Morgan getting into the ETF game now?
    Markets

    J.P. Morgan's Long-Awaited ETF: Playing Close To The Vest

    Why is J.P. Morgan getting into the ETF game now?
  48. Regardless of the reason, forex is an integral part of 21st century finance.
    Forex

    The 6 Most-Traded Currencies And Why They're So Popular

    Regardless of the reason, forex is an integral part of 21st century finance. And the more widely used and reliable the currency, the greater the likelihood of people buying and selling it every day.
  49. Technical Indicators

    Strategic Beta ETFs

    Strategic Beta ETFs By Greg McFarlane As the financial markets get more sophisticated and arcane with time, the number of different types of investment scheme proliferates. It was only a few decades ago ...
  50. Even well-known celebrities face financial difficulties. We'll take a look at five who went bankrupt.
    Entrepreneurship

    5 Celebrities Who Went Bankrupt

    Some of these celebs had hundreds of millions in career earnings, but various mistakes forced each star to bankruptcy filings.