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  1. Investing Basics

    Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  2. 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.
  3. Fundamental Analysis

    The Perks Of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

    These plans offer shareholders a way to directly invest in some of the top companies without the commissions.
  4. Investing Basics

    Analyst Recommendations: Do Sell Ratings Exist?

    Analyst reports can be an investor's best friend - but without knowing how to read them, you won't be able to fully utilize them.
  5. Personal Finance

    6 Extremely Overpriced Products

    Consumers just can't live without these costly items.
  6. Credit & Loans

    6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Get your debt under control by avoiding these common pitfalls.
  7. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  8. Insurance

    Tips For Passing The Series 6 Exam

    Find out what you can do during the test to make sure you get a passing score.
  9. Insurance

    Investing In Your Child's Education

    Overwhelmed by increasing tuition costs for your kids? The U.S. government can help.
  10. Investing Basics

    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.
  11. Fundamental Analysis

    A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  12. Herbalife has been accused of running a pyramid scheme
    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?
  13. Insurance

    Dissecting The Bear Stearns Hedge Fund Collapse

    Learn how a deadly mix of greed and leverage cost investors millions.
  14. ogether, management and the board of directors have the ultimate goal of maximizing shareholder value.
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Corporate Structure

    CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents: learn how to tell the difference.
  15. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Passing The Buck: The Hidden Costs Of Annuities

    These may look like good retirement vehicles, but beware of the fees buried in the fine print.
  16. Professionals

    Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals

    Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge for most professionals in the finance industry, but it doesn't have to be that way.
  17. Personal Finance

    5 Products Canadians Pay Way More For

    Here are certain categories of goods and services that are usually cheaper in the U.S. than in Canada.
  18. Budgeting

    10 Ways To Cut Your Food Costs

    With a little time and effort, you can minimize the amount spent on this essential expense.
  19. Read on for a few unique gift ideas that are sure to please any financial geek.
    Investing Basics

    8 Gifts For Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  20. Retirement

    Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  21. Remember what category a stock falls under, and also how it compares to other stocks of the same group.
    Investing Basics

    The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  22. Credit & Loans

    Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet

    Not all plastic is equal! Learn the difference between the three kinds, and how each can affect your finances.
  23. Entrepreneurship

    Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  24. Trading Strategies

    MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  25. Investing

    The Biggest Stock Scams Of All Time

    Where there is money, there are swindlers. Protect yourself by learning how investors have been betrayed in the past.
  26. Liberty Teller launched the first Bitcoin ATM in the U.S.
    Forex

    America Launches Its First Bitcoin ATMs : Q&A With Liberty ...

    Investopedia interviewed one of the co-founders of Liberty Teller, a start-up company that launched the U.S.'s first Bitcoin ATMs.
  27.  These are the two main types of trades that investors will encounter: principal and agent transactions.
    Investing Basics

    Principal Trading and Agency Trading

    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you buy or sell a stock? Read on and find out!
  28. Diversifying not just among different stocks, but among different assets, is how an investor can truly mitigate risk.
    Investing Basics

    Diversification Beyond Stocks

    If you think holding several stocks means you're diversified, think again - there's much more to be done to reduce portfolio risk.
  29. Why then does a company, or more specifically its management, care about a stock's performance in the secondary market when this company has already received its money in the IPO?
    Investing Basics

    Why Do Companies Care About Their Stock Prices?

    Read on to learn more about the nature of stocks and the true meaning of ownership.
  30. It is, therefore, crucial for investors who are analyzing stocks to understand how inventory is valued.
    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.
  31. Junk bonds differ because of their issuers' credit quality.
    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.
  32. Put writing is an essential part of options strategies.
    Options & Futures

    Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  33. how to read a company's footnotes.
    Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print

    Find out what could be hidden in this often-overlooked part of the financial statements.
  34. Some funds suffer when the fund outgrows its investment style.
    Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Mutual Funds: Does Size Really Matter?

    The growth of mutual funds isn't always cause for celebration. Read on to find out why.
  35. A stock split is a corporate action that increases the number of the corporation's outstanding shares by dividing each share, which in turn diminishes its price.
    Investing Basics

    Understanding Stock Splits

    We explain what they are, the thinking behind them as well as their results.
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    Investing Basics

    Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  37. Ben Bernanke will in all likelihood exit in a blaze of glory as Fed chairman.
    Economics

    The Legacy Of Ben Bernanke

    Will Bernanke go down in history as one of the greatest-ever chairpersons of the Fed, or is his legacy likely to be tarnished by events after his departure from the position, as was the case with his predecessor ...
  38. One way of playing the market during a downturn is by utilizing the short selling strategy.
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Short Selling

    Short sellers enable the markets to function smoothly by providing liquidity, and also serve as a restraining influence on investors’ over-exuberance.
  39. Trading within the different countries of the world could have positive and negative outcomes on the economy.
    Economics

    Interesting Facts About Imports And Exports

    Imports and exports exert a profound influence on the consumer and the economy. Learn what affects these figures, and in turn how these figures affect the economy.
  40. A solvent and liquid company may indicate a good buy for an investor.
    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 ...
  41. Frontier markets are generally concentrated in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia
    Investing Basics

    What Are Frontier Markets?

    Frontier markets refer to equity markets in small nations that are at an earlier stage of economic and political development than larger and more mature emerging markets. These markets typically have modest ...
  42. The most popular bearish strategies in the markets today involve short selling and long puts.
    Investing Basics

    Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index, or to hedge downside risk in a portfolio or specific stock.
  43. Forex Fundamentals

    The Future Of Cryptocurrency

    The emergence of Bitcoin has sparked a debate about its future and that of other cryptocurrencies. Despite Bitcoin’s recent issues, its success since its 2009 launch has inspired the creation of alternative ...
  44. Active Trading

    Warren Buffett: How He Does It

    We look at the Sage of Omaha's methodology for evaluating value stocks.
  45. Options & Futures

    Shopping For A Financial Advisor

    Finding your perfect advisor is as simple as shopping for a car. Read on to learn more.
  46. Investing Basics

    A Look At Primary And Secondary Markets

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

    How Leverage Is Used In Forex Trading

    Forex trading by retail investors has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to the proliferation of online trading platforms and the availability of cheap credit. The use of leverage in trading ...
  48. Investing Basics

    How To Calculate The Bid-Ask Spread

    It's very important for every investor to learn how to calculate the bid-ask spread and factor this figure when making investment decisions.
  49. Investing Basics

    Investing During Uncertainty

    The inability to forecast future events can turn the markets upside down. Find out how to stay right-side up.
  50. Bonds & Fixed Income

    The Wonders Of Convertible Bonds

    Ever wondered what exactly a convertible bond does? Read the features of a convertible bond and learn how important the conversion factor is to you as an investor.