Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

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  1. Financial Analysis

    Cheap Stocks Or Value Traps?

    The value of stocks that trade at less than cash per share can be deceiving.
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    4 Unexpected Things That Lower Your Credit

    It's important to maintain a good credit score. Discover what could be lowering it without your knowledge.
  3. Budgeting & Savings

    Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Good intentions can put consumers in even more personal debt.
  4. ETFs

    How can I invest in gold?

    Investing directly in commodities, such as gold or oil, tends to be more difficult for investors than investing in stocks and bonds. A major reason for this is that stocks and bonds are readily transferable ...
  5. High Net Worth Strategy

    What does it mean when people say they "beat the market"? ...

    "Beating the market" can be used to refer to two different situations:1. An investor, portfolio manager, fund or other investment specialist produces a better return than the market average. 2. A company's ...
  6. Retirement Planning

    Tax Tips For the Individual Investor

    Keep more of your money in your pocket with these seven guidelines.
  7. FA Profession

    4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from dishonest broker practices means knowing how to spot them.
  8. Financial Analysis

    Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  9. Chart Strategy

    Five Chart Patterns You Need to Know

    Learn about five time-tested and trusted chart patterns that have been helping investors yield high returns for over a hundred years.
  10. Trading Instruments

    Why would a person choose a mutual fund over an individual ...

    There are a number of reasons why an individual may choose to buy mutual funds instead of individual stocks. The most common are that mutual funds offer diversification, convenience and lower costs.
  11. Mutual Funds

    What is a mutual fund's NAV?

    Net asset value (NAV) represents a fund's per share market value. This is the price at which investors buy ("bid price") fund shares from a fund company and sell them ("redemption price") to a fund company. ...
  12. High Net Worth Strategy

    What are unrealized gains and losses?

    An unrealized loss occurs when a stock decreases after an investor buys it, but he or she has yet to sell it. If a large loss remains unrealized, the investor is probably hoping the stock's fortunes will ...
  13. Budgeting & Savings

    The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  14. High Net Worth Strategy

    5 Things To Know About Asset Allocation

    Overwhelmed by investment options? Learn how to create an asset allocation strategy that works for you.
  15. Insurance & Health

    The Dangers Of Over-Diversifying Your Portfolio

    If you over-diversify your portfolio, you might not lose much, but you won't gain much either.
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