Greg McFarlane

  1. 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?
  2. 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. ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. Wingspread
    Term

    Wingspread

    To maximize potential returns for certain levels of risk (while necessarily exposing oneself to potential losses for other levels of risk), some investors will attempt to profit by selling options at a ...
  6. How Johnson & Johnson Became A Household Name
    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 ...
  7. Short Call
    Term

    Short Call

    A type of strategy regarding a call option, which is a contract that allows (but does not mandate) its holder to buy a security, in practice a stock, at a particular price during a certain future period. ...
  8. How Some Brands Come Back from Near Death
    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.
  9. How Wal-Mart Makes its Money
    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, ...
  10. ExxonMobil's Massive And Reliable Money Machine
    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.
  11. Use The McClellan Oscillator To Measure Market
    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?
  12. How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More
    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?
  13. Buy In May And Here to Stay: Comcast, Boeing, Vulcan
    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.
  14. Why IBM Will Go On Forever
    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.
  15. Why GE Will Never Break Up
    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.
  16. How Facebook, Twitter, Social Media Make Money From You
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. How To Use The Chaikin Oscillator To Your Advantage
    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.
  19. Why Airlines Aren't Profitable
    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 ...
  20. 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?
  21. Console Wars Heating Up
    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 ...
  22. J.P. Morgan's Long-Awaited ETF: Playing Close To The Vest
    Markets

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

    Why is J.P. Morgan getting into the ETF game now?
  23. The 6 Most-Traded Currencies And Why They're So Popular
    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.
  24. Strategic Beta ETFs
    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 ...
  25. 5 Celebrities 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.
  26. The Barbell Investment Strategy
    Investing Basics

    The Barbell Investment Strategy

    It's the standard conventional wisdom offered regarding modern portfolio theory, or even regarding investing itself: Strike an acceptable balance between risk and reward. The median is the socially prudent ...
  27. Why Emergency Funds Are A Bad Idea
    Savings

    Why Emergency Funds Are A Bad Idea

    Learn why taking the time to build an emergency fund is a staggeringly inefficient use of the precious and limited resource that is your money.
  28. The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR
    Investing Basics

    The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR

    When most people shop for financial products, all they focus on is the listed interest rate. Human eyes instinctively dismiss the fine print, which usually includes the terms APR (annual percentage rate) ...
  29. The Drawbacks Of Single-Payer Healthcare
    Insurance

    The Drawbacks Of Single-Payer Healthcare

    Universal healthcare has many benefits, but if there's no such thing as a free lunch, then in what ways are single-pay citizens paying for their "free" healthcare?
  30. The Main Flaw With Obamacare
    Insurance

    The Main Flaw With Obamacare

    Given how rocky its first few weeks of existence have been, it's time to start assessing how viable Obamacare is in the long run, and what will replace it should it fail.
  31. The Hidden Fees In 401(k)s
    Retirement

    The Hidden Fees In 401(k)s

    Learn about the conspicuously disclosed fees that lurk within your 401(k) investments.
  32. 5 Famous Discontinued And Uncommon U.S. Currency Denominations
    Personal Finance

    5 Famous Discontinued And Uncommon U.S. Currency Denominations

    While we can choose from a rich array of singles, fins, sawbucks, Jacksons, $50s and Benjamins, there are several other denominations that the U.S. Treasury has discontinued. Here are the most notable ...
  33. Reasons You Should Use Your Credit Card For Purchases
    Credit & Loans

    Reasons You Should Use Your Credit Card For Purchases

    Paying for everything with your credit card will earn you rewards and protect you against fraud, among other benefits.
  34. Can You Trust Credit Card Offers?
    Credit & Loans

    Can You Trust Credit Card Offers?

    With the number of credit cards in circulation exceeding the nation's population, card issuers have developed various ways of sweetening the deal.
  35. Biggest Acquisition Failures Of All Time
    Personal Finance

    Biggest Acquisition Failures Of All Time

    Some acquisitions just aren't meant to be. Here are a select few acquisitions that failed miserably.
  36. How New Offshore Bank Rules Will Affect Americans
    Taxes

    How New Offshore Bank Rules Will Affect Americans

    FATCA is being implemented in 2013. Here is how it will affect the personal banking and taxes of Americans who hold offshore bank accounts.
  37. Biggest Layoffs Of All Time
    Personal Finance

    Biggest Layoffs Of All Time

    Even profitable and successful companies are sometimes forced to lay off employees. Here of some of the most prolific examples of major layoffs.
  38. Is Striking The Best Option?
    Personal Finance

    Is Striking The Best Option?

    Sometimes striking can do more harm than good. Here are a few examples where things have gone from bad to worse.
  39. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies
    Investing Basics

    The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  40. How Does Google Make Its Money?
    Stock Analysis

    How Does Google Make Its Money?

    Google seems to be a company with no real product. This article looks at where its billions of dollars of revenue come from.
  41. Illegal Activities That Could Help The Economy
    Economics

    Illegal Activities That Could Help The Economy

    Legalizing prostitution and street drugs nationwide may actually benefit the economy.
  42. Gaffes And Blunders That Cost Candidates The Presidency
    Economics

    Gaffes And Blunders That Cost Candidates The Presidency

    Find out how past presidential hopefuls squandered great opportunities to make it to the White House.
  43. The Business Of Conspiracy Theories
    Personal Finance

    The Business Of Conspiracy Theories

    Some famous conspiracy theorists do make money from their theories, but most are left to spout their claims on unpaid blogs.
  44. The Effect Of Drastic Brand And Logo Transformations
    Personal Finance

    The Effect Of Drastic Brand And Logo Transformations

    Company performance can sometimes be affected by major marketing and advertising strategies.
  45. Microsoft Increases Dividend By 15%
    Stock Analysis

    Microsoft Increases Dividend By 15%

    Microsoft could well develop into something even more substantial in its next iteration.
  46. Google Buys Instagram's Rival
    Stock Analysis

    Google Buys Instagram's Rival

    Google has likely shown once again that it's more interested in forging its own path than in playing catch-up to Facebook.
  47. Companies That Collaborated With Nazis
    Personal Finance

    Companies That Collaborated With Nazis

    Bayer, Siemens and IG Farben are just some of the companies that had business dealings with the Nazis.
  48. Most Expensive Franchise Fees
    Entrepreneurship

    Most Expensive Franchise Fees

    Here are a few of the most expensive franchises available for purchase in the United States.
  49. How Intelligence Relates To Wealth
    Personal Finance

    How Intelligence Relates To Wealth

    Being smart doesn't necessarily mean you'll be wealthy, but there are many ways intelligence can influence how much money you earn.
  50. Tips For Transferring A House Title
    Personal Finance

    Tips For Transferring A House Title

    Transferring a house title can be complicated at times. Here are some guidelines to help you get through the process.