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  1. Options & Futures

    Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  2. Active Trading

    What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

    The FTC announced it had opened an official investigation of Herbalife, which has been accused of running a pyramid scheme. But what exactly does that mean?
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Junk Bonds: Everything You Need To Know

    Don't be fooled by the name - junk bonds may be for you if you know how to analyze them.
  4. Retirement

    How To Build A Retirement Plan

    Learn more about planning for your non-working years.
  5. Options & Futures

    How to use Straddle Strategies

    Discover how this sophisticated trading technique can unlock significant gains while reducing your losses.
  6. Forex Strategies

    Herd Instinct Often A Good Guide For Forex

    Use caution and commonsense when making trades according to herd instinct – use stop losses, avoid complacency and plan your exit strategy.
  7. Options & Futures

    The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  8. Budgeting

    This Is the Year to Start Budgeting

    Whether your issue is credit card debt, student loans (or the fact that Social Security isn't rising next year), it's time to learn how to build a budget.
  9. Fundamental Analysis

    The Basics Of Corporate Structure

    CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents: learn how to tell the difference.
  10. Investing News

    Investing in the Future: 17 Goals

    On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.
  11. Term

    Capital Markets

    Capital markets are markets for buying and selling equity and debt instruments. May be classified as either primary markets or secondary markets.
  12. Investing Basics

    5 Tips For Investing In IPOs

    Thinking of investing in IPOs? Here are five things to remember before jumping into these murky waters.
  13. Term

    Debt Ratio

    A financial ratio that measures the extent of a company’s or consumer’s leverage. The debt ratio is defined as the ratio of total—long-term and short-term—debt to total assets, expressed as a decimal or ...
  14. Credit & Loans

    Schedule Loan Repayments with Excel Formulas

    Calculate all the particulars of a loan using Excel, and set up a schedule of repayment for a mortgage or any other loan.
  15. Investing

    What is a stock split? Why do stocks split?

    All publicly-traded companies have a set number of shares that are outstanding on the stock market. A stock split is a decision by the company's board of directors to increase the number of shares that ...
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