Socrates Alvarez

Socrates Alvarez

Socrates Alvarez is a freelance writer and contributing author for Investopedia. He is an Economics graduate from the University of Alberta and covers topics from investing basics, personal finance and economics, to technology and travel. You can read more from him at his blog, The Other Socrates and follow him on twitter @sockismyname.

  1. Investing Strategy

    Growth Investing

    Growth investing is a strategy where an investor seeks out companies demonstrating signs of high earnings that are well above the average rate compared to other firms in their industry and within the overall ...
  2. Investing Strategy

    10 Common Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  3. Investing Strategy

    Income Investing

    Investopedia explains: Income investing is a term used to describe a style of stock-picking focusing on securities that generate a cash stream - like traditional bonds, dividend-paying stocks and diversified ...
  4. Budgeting & Savings

    5 Budget Tips For Your European Backpacking Trip

    In this article, we'll explore a few ways you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Europe without breaking the bank.
  5. ETFs

    3 Misconceptions About Purchasing ETFs

    The many advantages of ETF investing include safety, tax and cost efficiency, and portfolio diversification.
  6. Retirement Planning

    Emerging Market ETFs For Your Retirement Accounts

    Emerging market ETFs are typically seen as riskier investments, but some of them may be able to strengthen your retirement accounts.
  7. Investing Strategy

    3 Banking Moves You Should Make Before Traveling

    Putting your finances in order should be one of your top priorities before traveling out of the country.
  8. Markets & Economy

    Is the Minimum Wage Fair?

    Lower-wage jobs have increased because of the recession, but the minimum wage is lower than in 1967 when adjusting for inflation.
  9. People

    Why Hollywood Makes Bad Movies

    It's often much more financially viable for film studios to make bad movies and unnecessary remakes than it is to make critically-acclaimed films.
  10. Investing Strategy

    What Is The Intrinsic Value Of A Stock?

    Intrinsic value reduces the subjective perception of a stock's value by analyzing its fundamentals.
  11. Politics & Money

    How The Ex-Patriot Act May Affect You

    This new legislation targets high-net-worth U.S. citizens who want to renounce their citizenship to avoid paying certain taxes.
  12. Budgeting & Savings

    Ways To Be Frugal In Your 20s

    If you are a recent college grad or still in school, here are some fun and innovative ways to save money.
  13. Buzz & Trending

    3 Ways Companies Profit From Virtual Goods

    A report released in late 2011 predicts that the market for virtual goods will reach $2.9 billion this year.
  14. Commodities

    Explaining RBC's Wash Trade Accusations

    On April 2, U.S. regulators accused RBC of operating a wash trading scheme. Find out what this means.
  15. Markets & Economy

    Tackling The Super Bowl Indicator

    Find out what a win or loss by your favorite team means for the markets.