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  1. Entrepreneurship

    This Is How Donald Trump Got Rich

    Find out how "The Donald" got his start, where he made his fortunes and why Donald Trump used the power of brand recognition to become a billionaire.
  2. FA Profession

    The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

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

    Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ...
  7. Politics & Money

    Structural Unemployment

    A longer-lasting form of unemployment caused by fundamental shifts in an economy.
  8. Small Business

    Silent Partner

    An individual whose involvement in a partnership is limited to providing capital to the business.
  9. Financial Analysis

    Red Herring

    A preliminary prospectus filed by a company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), usually in connection with the company’s initial public offering.
  10. Investing Strategy

    Paper Trade

    Using simulated trading to practice buying and selling securities without actual money being involved.
  11. Politics & Money

    Nominal Interest Rate

    The interest rate before taking inflation into account. The equation that links nominal and real interest rates is: (1 + nominal rate) = (1 + real interest rate) (1 + inflation rate). It can be approximated ...
  12. Bonds / Fixed Income


    A legal and binding contract between a bond issuer and the bondholders.
  13. Financial Analysis


    The level of a company’s debt related to its equity capital, usually expressed in percentage form. Gearing is a measure of a company’s financial leverage and shows the extent to which its operations are ...
  14. Markets & Economy

    Conflict Theory

    A theory propounded by Karl Marx that claims society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources. Conflict theory holds that social order is maintained by domination and ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    Economic Rent

    An excess payment made to or for a factor of production over and above the amount expected by its owner.
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