Greg McFarlane

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  1. Investing News

    This Company Is As Unavoidable As It Is Unloved

    It used to be that just two things in life were unavoidable: death and taxes. But with its purchase of rival Time Warner Cable Inc., one should consider adding communications and entertainment giant Comcast ...
  2. Investing News

    How Merck Found Its Way Into Millions Of Medicine Cabinets

    With over $40 billion in revenue from pharmaceutical sales, there's a good chance that you'll be very grateful for one of Merck & Co.'s drugs some day.
  3. Stock Analysis

    10 Canadian Oil Companies Worth Your Attention

    Tapping Canada's vast natural resources requires a host of local oil and gas exploration and production companies. Here's an overview.
  4. Economics

    TransCanada Sits In Oil Pipeline Catbird Seat

    TransCanada stands to win no matter what happens to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Approved? Send oil to a thirsty America. Shot down? Send it west to tankers.
  5. Savings

    Where To Put Your Cash: Call Deposit Vs Time Deposit Accounts

    Time deposit accounts and call deposit accounts allow customers to earn higher interest in exchange for less access to their cash.
  6. Economics

    Understanding Value: Donald Trump & His Net Worth

    Having your dad bankroll your first big project is more than a simple leg up. But what Donald Trump did from there is far more than a silver spoon story.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  21. 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...
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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.
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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 ...
  30. Investing Basics

    The Difference Between Options and Futures

    Are you sure you know the difference between an option and a future?
  31. 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? ...
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. 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?
  35. 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. ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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, ...
  41. 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.
  42. 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?
  43. 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?
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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 ...
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