Investing Basics

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  1. Pot Stock Winners of the Week

    The FDA's approval of a drug to combat chemotherapy-induced nausea sent one medical marijuana stock flying.
  2. Common Misconceptions About Bond Investing

    We share three fundamental misconceptions about bond investing that, according to new BlackRock research, are common.
  3. Satoshi

    The smallest unit of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Satoshi is named after Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the protocol used ...
  4. Bitcoin XT

    A fork from Bitcoin Core that proposed increasing the size of blocks from one megabyte to eight megabytes.
  5. Bitcoin Classic

    A fork from Bitcoin Core that proposed increasing the size of blocks.
  6. Bitcoin Unlimited

    A proposed upgrade to Bitcoin Core that allows larger block sizes.
  7. For Netflix, The Show May Have Just Begun (NFLX)

    Netflix shares reached an all-time high this week. Some say they will go higher.
  8. Keep Your Eyes On the Credit Markets, Not Washington

    With political uncertainty on the rise in D.C., will market volatility spike? Russ discusses why the economy and credit markets ...
  9. Stock Basics Tutorial

    If you're new to the stock market and want the basics, this is the tutorial for you!
  10. How Medtronic Makes Money (MDT)

    Here's the story of an American medical device firm that covers almost every segment in medicine and recently moved to Ireland ...
  11. What does a 'Chief Economist' do?

    Vanguard's Chief Economist Joe Davis discusses his role helping portfolio managers and clients.
  12. What is the difference between preference and ordinary shares?

    Preference shares, or preferred shares, have the advantage of a higher priority claim to the assets of a corporation in case ...
  13. What's the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" investing?

    Top-down investing looks at the economy and tries to forecast which industry will generate the best returns. A bottom-up ...
  14. Why is business ethics important?

    No matter the size, industry or level of profitability of an organization, business ethics are one of the most important ...
  15. Top 4 Leveraged S&P 500 ETFs (SSO, UPRO)

    Investors with high risk tolerance aiming to capitalize on a volatile space may like these funds.
  16. Top 3 ETFs for Long-Term Investors (VTI, VIG)

    Long-term investors may find these buy-and-hold ETFs very appealing.
  17. Top Defensive Consumer Stocks for 2017 (KHC, RAI)

    These 4 defensive consumer stocks can add stability to your portfolio.
  18. Diversify Your Portfolio With These 6 Essential Steps

    Follow these six essential steps to create a diversified portfolio within your risk tolerance.
  19. What is arbitrage?

    Arbitrage is basically buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market at a higher price, ...
  20. Complex Derivatives Made Simple (USO, UNG)

    Many ETFs hold derivatives. Here's how to be sure if you own a derivatives-based ETF.
  21. Top 4 Small-Cap Stocks for 2017 (CNNX, BCO)

    These four small-cap stocks could have a stellar 2017, complete with summaries and growth outlooks for each company and its ...
  22. Top 5 Alternative Energy ETFs for 2017 (QCLN, TAN)

    ETFs that focus on alternative energy have not produced positive returns but these 5 show promise.
  23. Top Consumer Cyclical Stocks for 2017 (DIS, GPC)

    Choose consumer cyclical stocks carefully if you want to prosper in the current economic expansion.
  24. Don't Panic When the Market Goes Up and Down

    Investing is not a month-to-month proposition. Here's why you need to consider the long term.
  25. How to Stress Test Your Financial Plan

    A look at four key variables and their impact on a financial plan.
  26. Top 4 Alternative Energy Stocks for May (NYLD-A, MNGA)

    Some alternative energy stocks are making positive moves and could have a prosperous 2017.
  27. What the Bond Markets Tell Us About Reflation

    Global bond markets are flashing caution on the reflation trade. Yet we see the underlying reflationary dynamic as alive ...
  28. Amgen's Woes: It Could Always Be Worse! (AMGN, GILD, IBB)

    Amgen may need to do a major acquisition to revive is stock price longterm
  29. Why Ford's New Boss Faces a Rough Road Ahead (F, GM, TSLA)

    Ford's New CEO, Jim Hackett, must find a way to overhaul the automaker
  30. The Top 5 Value ETFs of 2017 (RZV, PXSV)

    Value ETFs can outperform the market if money managers choose stocks wisely.
  31. How a Portfolio Benefits From Market Neutral Funds

    Market neutral funds can help protect your portfolio from different types of risk.
  32. What are Inverse ETFs?

    Should you be investing in inverse ETFs?
  33. Top 4 Inverse ETFs for May 2017 (SH, SDS)

    These 4 bear market ETFs will keep you safe when the market drops. Being inverse ETFs, they could make money if the market ...
  34. Top 5 Real Estate ETFs for 2017 (VNQ, IYR)

    These ETFs may be solid investments for those who want real estate exposure without the headaches.
  35. Top 4 Bank Stocks for 2017 (BAC, BBT)

    These four bank stocks have positive outlooks for 2017.
  36. Top 5 Semiconductor ETFs for May 2017 (SOXX, SMH)

    See why these 5 stellar semiconductor ETFs separated themselves from the pack in 2017.
  37. The Yield “Melt-Up” That Wasn’t

    Russ talks about why bond yields remain low this year, despite expectations of a rise.
  38. Top 4 Coal-Mining Stocks as of May 2017 (CLD, BHP)

    Coal stocks have been quietly making money and may continue to do so in 2017.
  39. Top 3 Healthcare Penny Stocks as of May 2017 (CRIS, CPHI)

    These three penny health care stocks are poised for a positive 2017.
  40. Top 4 Pharma Stocks as of May 2017 (SUPN, AKAO)

    Some smaller, more tightly-focused pharmaceutical stocks are outperforming the giants.
  41. How Rising Interest Rates and Inflation Affect Bonds

    Understand bonds better with these four basic factors.
  42. Not All High Dividend ETFs Are Taking a Breather

    The high dividend strategy will provide above-average total returns over time.
  43. Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch in May 2017 (ABBV, SMG)

    The marijuana industry could be ready to soar, and these 4 stocks are top picks.
  44. Top 3 ETFs That Track the Dow (DOD, DIA)

    Tracking blue chip stocks of the DJIA is simple with these 3 exchange-traded funds.
  45. Master Limited Partnership - MLP

    A Master Limited Partnership is a type of limited partnership that is publicly traded, combining the tax benefits of a partnership ...
  46. Goal-Based Investing: My Favorite Term

    Managing Director of Vanguard's Retail Investor Group Karin Risi shares why "goal-based investing" is her favorite financial ...
  47. The World's Top 4 Alternative Energy Companies (TSL, FSLR)

    These companies are world leaders in alternative energy, providing a relatively stable investment opportunity in alternative ...
  48. Standard Deviation

    A measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean, calculated as the square root of the variance. The more spread ...
  49. How McDonald's Makes its Money (MCD) (FB, MCD)

    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  50. How to Spot Fake Financial News When You're Investing

    Take these steps to decipher the flood of information and determine what’s worth your attention.
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