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  1. Trading Strategy

    A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  2. Asset Allocation

    What's the difference between a stop and a limit order?

    Different types of orders allow you to be more specific about how you'd like your broker to fulfill your trades. When you place a stop or limit order, you are telling your broker that you don't want the ...
  3. Markets & Economy

    What's the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics?

    Microeconomics is generally the study of individuals and business decisions, macroeconomics looks at higher up country and government decisions. Macroeconomics and microeconomics, and their wide array ...
  4. Chart Strategy

    Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  5. Investing Strategy

    How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you.
  6. Financial Analysis


    An archaic term used to describe a broker-dealer. Modern-day wirehouses can range from small regional brokerages to giant institutions with offices around the world.
  7. Investing Strategy

    Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when ...

    Short selling is hard enough to get your head around without getting into all the particulars. If you have a basic understanding of short selling, then you probably know that as a short seller, you are ...
  8. Trading Strategy

    Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index or hedge downside risk in a portfolio or stock.
  9. Trading Strategy

    Short selling vs. purchasing a put option: how do the payoffs ...

    Purchasing a put option and entering into a short sale transaction are the two most common ways for traders to profit when the price of an underlying asset decreases, but the payoffs are quite different. ...
  10. Trading Instruments

    How does somebody make money short selling?

    Short selling is a fairly simple concept: you borrow a stock, sell the stock and then buy the stock back to return it to the lender. Short sellers make money by betting that the stock they sell will drop ...
  11. FA Profession

    The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  12. Budgeting & Savings

    Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  13. Bonds / Fixed Income

    What is the difference between yield and return?

    While both terms are often used to describe the performance of an investment, yield and return are not one and the same thing.
  14. Markets & Economy

    The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths

    Stocks that go down must come up, right? Wrong. We bust this myth and four other common market misconceptions.
  15. Financial Analysis

    Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI)

    A person with investable assets of at least US$30 million, excluding personal assets and property, such as one’s primary residence, collectibles and consumer durables. Ultra High Net Worth Individuals ...
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