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  1. 6 Major Credit Card Mistakes
    Credit & Loans

    6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Get your debt under control by avoiding these common pitfalls.
  2. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns
    Active Trading Fundamentals

    Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  3. Tips For Passing The Series 6 Exam
    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.
  4. Investing In Your Child's Education
    Insurance

    Investing In Your Child's Education

    Overwhelmed by increasing tuition costs for your kids? The U.S. government can help.
  5. The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths
    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.
  6. A Primer On Private Equity
    Fundamental Analysis

    A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  7. What Is 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?
  8. Dissecting The Bear Stearns Hedge Fund Collapse
    Insurance

    Dissecting The Bear Stearns Hedge Fund Collapse

    Learn how a deadly mix of greed and leverage cost investors millions.
  9. The Basics Of Corporate Structure
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Corporate Structure

    CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents: learn how to tell the difference.
  10. Passing The Buck: The Hidden Costs Of Annuities
    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.
  11. Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals
    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.
  12. 5 Products Canadians Pay Way More For
    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.
  13. 10 Ways To Cut Your Food Costs
    Budgeting

    10 Ways To Cut Your Food Costs

    With a little time and effort, you can minimize the amount spent on this essential expense.
  14. 8 Gifts For Financial Geeks
    Investing Basics

    8 Gifts For Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  15. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor
    Retirement

    Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  16. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks
    Investing Basics

    The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  17. Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet
    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.
  18. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved
    Entrepreneurship

    Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  19. MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes
    Trading Strategies

    MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  20. The Biggest Stock Scams Of All Time
    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.
  21. America Launches Its First Bitcoin ATMs : Q&A With Liberty ...
    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.
  22. Principal Trading and Agency Trading
    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!
  23. Diversification Beyond Stocks
    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.
  24. The Basics Of Outstanding Shares And The Float
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Outstanding Shares And The Float

    We go over different types of shares and what investors need to know about them.
  25. Why Do Companies Care About Their Stock Prices?
    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.
  26. The Return On Invested Capital (ROIC)
    Fundamental Analysis

    The Return On Invested Capital (ROIC)

    Return on Invested Capital, or ROIC, is a fundamental method of determining a company's financial performance. It is used to measure how well a company is investing its capital. ROIC is calculated as: ...
  27. Inventory Valuation For Investors: FIFO And LIFO
    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.
  28. Junk Bonds: Everything You Need To Know
    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.
  29. Introduction To Put Writing
    Options & Futures

    Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  30. Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print
    Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print

    Find out what could be hidden in this often-overlooked part of the financial statements.
  31. Mutual Funds: Does Size Really Matter?
    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.
  32. Middle-Income Countries (MICs)
    Term

    Middle-Income Countries (MICs)

    Nations with a per-capita gross national income in 2012 between $1,036 and $12,615. Middle-income countries (MICs) are one of the income categories that the World Bank uses to classify economies for operational ...
  33. Total Debt To Total Assets
    Term

    Total Debt To Total Assets

    A measure of financial risk that determines the proportion of a company’s assets which have been financed by debt. Total debt to total assets is a leverage ratio that quantifies the total amount of debt ...
  34. Capital Markets
    Term

    Capital Markets

    Markets for buying and selling equity and debt instruments. . Organizations/institutions in the public and private sectors also often sell securities on the capital markets in order to raise funds. Thus, ...
  35. Short Covering
    Term

    Short Covering

    Buying back borrowed securities in order to close an open short position. Short covering refers to the purchase of the exact same security that was initially sold short, since the short-sale process involved ...
  36. Understanding Stock Splits
    Investing Basics

    Understanding Stock Splits

    We explain what they are, the thinking behind them as well as their results.
  37. Centipede Game
    Term

    Centipede Game

    An extensive-form game in game theory in which two players alternately get a chance to take the larger share of a slowly increasing money stash.
  38. Cournot Competition
    Term

    Cournot Competition

    An economic model that describes an industry structure in which competing firms that make the same homogeneous and undifferentiated product choose a quantity to produce independently and simultaneously.
  39. Stock Split
    Term

    Stock Split

    A corporate action in which a company divides its existing shares into multiple shares. Although the number of shares outstanding increases by a specific multiple, the total dollar value of the shares ...
  40. Competitive Devaluation
    Term

    Competitive Devaluation

    A series of sudden currency depreciations that nations may resort to in tit-for-tat moves to gain an edge in international export markets.
  41. Matching Pennies
    Term

    Matching Pennies

    A basic game theory example that demonstrates how rational decision-makers seek to maximize their payoffs. “Matching Pennies” involves two players simultaneously placing a penny on the table, with the ...
  42. Sudden Stop
    Term

    Sudden Stop

    An abrupt reduction in net capital flows into an economy. A Sudden Stop is characterized by swift reversals of international capital flows, declines in production and consumption, and corrections in asset ...
  43. Trade in Value Added (TiVA)
    Term

    Trade in Value Added (TiVA)

    A statistical method used to estimate the sources of value added when producing goods and services for export and import.
  44. S&P/ASX 200 VIX (A-VIX)
    Term

    S&P/ASX 200 VIX (A-VIX)

    A real-time index that reflects investor expectations about volatility over the next 30 days in the S&P/ASX 200, the Australian benchmark equity index.
  45. Net International Investment Position (NIIP)
    Term

    Net International Investment Position (NIIP)

    A nation’s stock of foreign assets minus its foreign liabilities. The Net International Investment Position (NIIP) can also be defined as the value of overseas assets owned by a nation minus the value ...
  46. Current Transfers
    Term

    Current Transfers

    A current account transaction in which a resident entity in one nation provides a nonresident entity with an economic value, such as a real resource or financial item, without receiving something of economic ...
  47. Gross National Income (GNI)
    Term

    Gross National Income (GNI)

    The sum of a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) plus net income received from overseas.
  48. Sterilized Intervention
    Term

    Sterilized Intervention

    The purchase or sale of foreign currency by a central bank to influence the exchange value of the domestic currency, without changing the monetary base.
  49. Satisfaction of Mortgage
    Term

    Satisfaction of Mortgage

    A document generated and signed by a mortgage lender, acknowledging that the borrower has paid off the mortgage loan in full and that the mortgage is not a lien on the property.
  50. Penny Stock Reform Act
    Term

    Penny Stock Reform Act

    A securities act enacted in 1990 that sought to clamp down on fraud in non-exchange-listed stocks priced below $5 that generally trade in the over-the-counter market.