Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

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  1. Investing Basics

    Dissecting Declarations, Ex-Dividends and Record Dates

    Understanding the dates of the dividend payout process can be tricky. We clear up the confusion.
  2. Fundamental Analysis

    Inventory Valuation For Investors: FIFO And LIFO

    We go over these methods of calculating this component of the balance sheet, and how the choice affects the bottom line.
  3. Economics

    What Is Money?

    It's a part of everyone's life, and we all want it, but do you know how it gains value and how it is created?
  4. Investing Basics

    A Look At Primary And Secondary Markets

    Knowing how the primary and secondary markets work is key to understanding how stocks trade.
  5. Forex Education

    How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell A Stock's Future

    While the price-to-earnings ratio is commonly used for assessing stock prices, the price/earnings-to-growth ratio offers forecasting advantages that investors need to know.
  6. Home & Auto

    What is indexed universal life insurance?

    Indexed univeral life insurance is a lot like universal life insurance, however it does have a couple of wrinkles not found in traditional universal insurance policies. Universal life insurance comes in ...
  7. Investing

    What's the difference between a load and no-load mutual ...

    A mutual fund is simply a large group of people who lump their money together for a management company to invest. And, like most things in life, there are fees and commissions involved. Mutual funds come ...
  8. Retirement

    What is the difference between qualified and non-qualified ...

    Qualified and non-qualified retirement plans are created by employers with the intent of benefiting employees. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), enacted in 1974, defines qualified and ...
  9. Trading Strategies

    10 Tips for the Successful Long-Term Investor

    These guiding principles will help you avoid common folly during the decision-making process.
  10. Investing Basics

    Understanding Stock Splits

    We explain what they are, the thinking behind them as well as their results.
  11. Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure a company’s liquidity and solvency, and an investor should use both sets ...
  12. Investing

    What exactly is insider trading?

    An "insider" is any person who possesses at least one of the following: 1) access to valuable non-public information about a corporation (this makes a company's directors and high-level executives insiders) ...
  13. Retirement

    Early Out: A Realistic Plan to Retire Younger

    If you want to retire ahead of schedule, it'll take some extra planning.
  14. Forex

    What is arbitrage?

    Arbitrage is basically buying in one market and simultaneously selling in another, profiting from a temporary difference. This is considered riskless profit for the investor/trader. Here is an example ...
  15. Savings

    Building an Emergency Fund

    Do you have enough savings to cover the costs of unforeseen crises? We show you how to plan ahead.
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