Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

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  1. Investing Strategy

    5 Common Mistakes New Investors Make

    Just starting out as an investor? Steer clear of these common slip-ups.
  2. Markets & Economy

    What's the difference between the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

    The major difference between these two indexes is that the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) includes a price-weighted average of 30 stocks whereas the Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is a market ...
  3. Financial Analysis

    Valuing Private Companies

    You may be familiar with publicly-traded companies, but how much do you know about privately-held firms?
  4. People

    Bill Gates Net Worth

    Today, Microsoft Corp. founder, Bill Gates is the world's richest man with a net worth of $81.3 billion.
  5. Forex & Currencies

    Austerity

    A state of reduced spending and increased frugality. Austerity measures generally refer to the measures taken by governments to reduce expenditures in an attempt to shrink their growing budget deficits. ...
  6. People

    This Is How Donald Trump Actually 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.
  7. Trading Instruments

    What do the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq futures contracts represent?

    Every morning before North American stock exchanges begin trading, TV programs and websites providing financial information will give the quotes for the S&P, Dow and Nasdaq futures contract. The quoted ...
  8. ETFs

    Dollar-Cost Averaging With ETFs

    If you are investing small amounts regularly into an exchange-traded fund, be sure to do it right.
  9. Investing Strategy

    8 Gifts for Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  10. ETFs

    Exchange Traded Notes: An Alternative To ETFs

    ETNs offer yet another way to track an index. Find out what they have to offer, and what's at stake.
  11. Financial Analysis

    Reading the Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  12. Politics & Money

    What is GDP and why is it so important to investors?

    The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time ...
  13. FA Profession

    ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  14. Trading Strategy

    A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  15. 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 ...
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