Greg McFarlane

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  1. Stock Analysis

    How American Express Counts on Your Profligacy

    Consumers like novelty, reliability, variety, and other subjective qualities. But what really keeps them coming back to American Express is convenience.
  2. Stock Analysis

    How CVS Grew Into a Drugstore Giant

    Want proof that brick-and-mortar businesses aren't dead? Just look at this company.
  3. Economics

    America's Most Notorious Corporate Criminals

    Learn about the crimes and punishments of some of the most infamous convicted white-collar crooks.
  4. Economics

    The Economic Impact of Better US-Cuba Relations

    We examine what the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba will mean for the two countries' economies.
  5. Investing News

    Cuba's Economy: Nowhere To Go But Up

    With relations improving between Cuba and America, here's a quick look at the island nation's slowly transforming economy.
  6. Professionals

    Who Needs A Financial Advisor? These Professionals

    A thief once said he preferred banks because "that's where the money is." Similarly, financial advisors focus on these professions for news clients.
  7. Stock Analysis

    Strange Bedfellows Or Archrivals? Southwest vs Jet Blue

    Shareholders will continue to be drawn by Southwest’s and JetBlue’s proven business models.
  8. Stock Analysis

    How Union Pacific Makes Its Money

    If you need to ship titanic volumes of sundry products across sweeping distances, nothing's better than rail, where Union Pacific is a titan.
  9. Options & Futures

    Futures Quotes Explained The "Easy" Way

    If there’s a security whose price fluctuates, there can theoretically be a futures marketplace for it.
  10. Stock Analysis

    ConocoPhillips's Well-Oiled Profit Machine

    By focusing on upstream production and farming out subsequent links in the chain, ConocoPhillips maximizes profits in a very capital-intensive industry.
  11. Stock Analysis

    A United Technologies Product: Always Closeby

    If you flown in an airplane, shopped for food or sat comfortably in a hot climate, you've probably used a United Technologies product.
  12. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Destination Africa: These Funds Offer Easy Access

    Africa's economic growth and growing stability has gotten the attention of adventurous investors. What kind of ETF or mutual fund options are available?
  13. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Interested In Latin America? Eye These ETFs

    These ETFs are an excellent place to start for any investor interested in betting on Latin America.
  14. Investing Basics

    How Does Janus's Fund Lineup Look Now?

    With the addition of 'Bond King' Bill Gross, Janus is a changed firm. Here's what its fund lineup looks like now.
  15. Investing

    Why Is Ryanair So Cheap?

    Ryanair is Europe's (in)famous low-cost airline. So how do they make money when they sometimes charge as little as $15 for a flight?
  16. Economics

    The Best 4 Places To Invest In Latin America

    Far from stagnant growth, crushing inflation or political instability, these Latin American nations deserve consideration for your investment dollars.
  17. Options & Futures

    How The Price Of Stock Futures Is Calculated

    Any derivative that exists can be securitized into a future, though of course most investors deal with the stock variety. Here's how they're priced.
  18. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    What Bill Gross's Arrival Means To Janus Capital

    Janus Capital's history now has two distinct eras: Before Gross and After Gross. Here's a look at the new Janus and its entry into the ETF marketplace.
  19. Economics

    Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of their own way economically?
  20. Stock Analysis

    How Amgen Makes Billions On Just A Few Drugs

    Amgen produces relatively few drugs, but that's doesn't mean it's any less essential or profitable. Here's a look at the $120B company.
  21. Stock Analysis

    How Apple And Samsung Compare ... And Coexist

    Taking a break from how their ubiquitous smartphones stack up, investopedia takes a look at the similarities and difference between Apple and Samsung.
  22. Stock Analysis

    Home Depot's Profitability: The Unvarnished Truth

    As long as people want to maintain and beautify their surroundings, Home Depot will continue to accommodate them — and at great profit.
  23. Entrepreneurship

    Building A Fortune: Jerry Jones And The Cowboys

    From insurance and wildcatting, to licensing and pizza, Jerry Jones has rolled the dice and frequently won. Here's how the man remade the franchise.
  24. Trading Strategies

    What You Need To Know About Preferred Stock

    Curious about preferred shares? Here's what you should know about these bond-like instruments.
  25. Stock Analysis

    Why Hewlett-Packard Continues To Reinvent Itself

    The pressure to reinvent oneself is huge in the tech sector, and Hewlett-Packard's move to divide into two units is evidence.
  26. Stock Analysis

    How You Depend On Qualcomm Every Day

    You may not know it, but you probably depend on a Qualcomm product just about every day. Here's how.
  27. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Understanding The Bond Behemoth That Is Pimco

    Pimco has been in the news lately. What does the giant investment manager firm do and who does it serve?
  28. Investing News

    Fund Firm Jolts: Pimco's Isn't The First Or Worst

    When you business is built on prudence and trust, a lot can go wrong to cost you tons of clients and assets. Here are a few examples.
  29. Trading Strategies

    Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy ...

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  30. Economics

    Oil Price Analysis: The Impact Of Supply & Demand

    When all the factors that could affect the price of oil are considered, the most influential remain supply and demand.
  31. Investing News

    What Bill Gross, Steve Jobs and Steve Wynn Share

    Few people build a multi-billion dollar business and leave it. But these did just that.
  32. Stock Analysis

    Inside Intel: A Look At The Mega Chipmaker

    There's a very good chance that you've utilized an Intel chip today. Here's how the chipmaker became so ubiquitous.
  33. Stock Analysis

    How Bank of America Holds 1/8 of All U.S. Deposits

    Bank of America isn't America's central bank, but given its size and spread, you could be forgiven this misapprehension.
  34. Stock Analysis

    JPMorgan Chase: Too Big (And Profitable) To Fail

    If there's any bank that's too big to fail, JPMorgan Chase & Co. may very well be the best example. Just look at its return on equity.
  35. Stock Analysis

    How Wells Fargo Became The Biggest Bank In America

    How does WFC make money? They lend it out at a higher rate than they borrow it at. Simple, right? But the real story is how proficient they are at it.
  36. Stock Analysis

    The Key To Apple's Scale? Half A Billion iPhones

    Since 2000, Apple has grown into a $610 billion company with a market cap larger than the GDP of all but 20 countries. Just how did that happen so quickly?
  37. Stock Analysis

    Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal

    Within hours of its IPO, Alibaba's market cap surpassed Walmart's. So why is it that so many people still don't know what the Chinese company does?
  38. Stock Analysis

    PepsiCo's $66B Global Snack And Drink Empire

    With 14 billion-dollar beverage brands, you'll be surprised to learn that most of PepsiCo's revenue derives from foods. Here's how that came to be.
  39. Technical Indicators

    Basics Of The Binomial Distribution

    Despite the fancy-sounding name, you already understand the Binomial Distribution, and you can use it to make money. Ready? Read on.
  40. Personal Finance

    5 Overpriced Dishes In America

    These are some of the fanciest and most expensive restaurant dishes available in the U.S.
  41. Investing Basics

    Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  42. Stock Analysis

    How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater

    It would almost be easier to list the industry sectors in which Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) doesn’t turn gargantuan profits.
  43. Personal Finance

    Most Expensive Events To Attend At The Olympics

    For a sports fan, attending the Olympics can be a dream come true, but it doesn't come without its fair share of costs. Aside from travel, many tickets for high-profile events cost a pretty penny.
  44. Investing

    Most Expensive Rounds Of Golf

    These golf courses are some of the most expensive to play at.
  45. Entrepreneurship

    Want To Sell Life Insurance? Read This First

    Looking for a career that offers big financial upside and the lure of self-employment? Insurance sales could well be for you.
  46. Investing News

    How AT&T Came To Serve A Third Of Americans

    AT&T mobile phones are used by roughly a third of Americans. How it managed to accomplish that starts with a state-sponsored monopoly, a well-publicized breakup and astute maneuvers through a technological ...
  47. Investing Basics

    How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio

    Real assets, as distinguished from financial assets, means stuff you can touch: oil, gold, pork bellies, real estate and more. What are the best ways to get exposure to this portfolio diversifier?
  48. Stock Analysis

    Why Cisco Systems Is Virtually Unavoidable

    Chances are you've used a Cisco Systems product today and you don't even know it. Here's how.
  49. Technical Indicators

    How To Profit From The "Night and Day" Aroon Oscillator

    “Aroon” is a Sanskrit word loosely translated as the transition from night to day, appropriate for a measure that attempts to determine when a trend is about to develop into something of substance.
  50. Stock Analysis

    How Nasdaq Continues To Innovate

    For centuries, a stock market was a physical arena where buyers and sellers traded shares. Then the NASDAQ opened and changed everything.
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