Greg McFarlane

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  1. How Wells Fargo Became The Biggest Bank In America
    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.
  2. The Key To Apple's Scale? Half A Billion iPhones
    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?
  3. Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal
    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?
  4. PepsiCo's $66B Global Snack And Drink Empire
    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.
  5. Basics Of The Binomial Distribution
    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.
  6. 5 Overpriced Dishes In America
    Personal Finance

    5 Overpriced Dishes In America

    These are some of the fanciest and most expensive restaurant dishes available in the U.S.
  7. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders
    Investing Basics

    Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  8. How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater
    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.
  9. Most Expensive Rounds Of Golf
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    Most Expensive Rounds Of Golf

    These golf courses are some of the most expensive to play at.
  10. Most Expensive Events To Attend At The Olympics
    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.
  11. Want To Sell Life Insurance? Read This First
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    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.
  12. How AT&T Came To Serve A Third Of Americans
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    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 ...
  13. How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio
    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?
  14. Why Cisco Systems Is Virtually Unavoidable
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    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.
  15. How To Profit From The
    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.
  16. How Nasdaq Continues To Innovate
    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.
  17. This Company Is As Unavoidable As It Is Unloved
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    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 ...
  18. How Merck Found Its Way Into Millions Of Medicine Cabinets
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    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.
  19. 10 Canadian Oil Companies Worth Your Attention
    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.
  20. Forget Opec, This Is What Sets The Price Of Oil
    Economics

    Forget Opec, This Is What Sets The Price Of Oil

    When all the factors that could affect the price of oil are considered, the most influential remain supply and demand.
  21. TransCanada Sits In Oil Pipeline Catbird Seat
    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.
  22. Where To Put Your Cash: Call Deposit Vs Time Deposit Accounts
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    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.
  23. Understanding Value: Donald Trump & His Net Worth
    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.
  24. S&P 500 ETFs: What Every Investor Should Know
    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.
  25. The S&P 500: The Index You Need To Know
    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.
  26. Curious About Stock Index Futures? Read This First
    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.
  27. Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The
    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 ...
  28. A Look At Berkshire Hathaway's Many Components
    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?
  29. Always Bet On Berkshire Hathaway (And Here's Why)
    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?
  30. The NASDAQ Pre-Market: What You Need To Know
    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.
  31. How Gilead Sciences Became A Big Name In Biotech
    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?
  32. Why Schlumberger Is A Name You Should Know
    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.
  33. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways
    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.
  34. How Verizon Built A Customer Base Of 150M
    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.
  35. Why There's Far More To Pfizer Than Viagra
    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.
  36. 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.
  37. The World's Largest ETFs
    Mutual Funds & ETFs

    The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  38. Want To Make Money In Marijuana? Read This First
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    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...
  39. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990
    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.
  40. How We'll All Be Amazon.com Customers Eventually
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    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.
  41. This Company Is No Mickey Mouse Operation
    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 ...
  42. Short Put
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    Short Put

    A type of strategy regarding a put option, which is a contract that allows (but doesn't require) its holder to sell a security, typically a stock, at a fixed price during a stated future period. The option ...
  43. How Doing Your 'Share' Has Enriched Facebook
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    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 ...
  44. This Company's Dividend History Is The Real Thing
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    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 ...
  45. What Is ICE LIBOR And What Is It Used For?
    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.
  46. How Philip Morris International Lights Up Portfolios
    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 ...
  47. How Oracle Remains A Relatively Unknown Software Giant
    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 ...
  48. The Difference Between Options and Futures
    Investing Basics

    The Difference Between Options and Futures

    Are you sure you know the difference between an option and a future?
  49. 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? ...
  50. Common Retirement Advice That DINKs Can Ignore
    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
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