Investing Basics

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  1. How Money Managers May Be Hurting Your Investments

    Is your money manager helping or hurting your investments? Read these 10 points to find out.
  2. Move Over Tech! The Market Has a New Winner

    Telecom stocks outperformed techs in July. How long will it last?
  3. 10 Tips for Successful Long-Term Investing

    Avoid common mistakes with these guiding principles.
  4. Warren Buffett's Investing Style Reviewed

    Warren Buffet uses a value-investing style in assessing a company.
  5. Returns and Financial Planning Projections

    Return expectations continue to be a necessary part of any investment strategy discussion.
  6. Penny Stocks to Watch for August 2017

    Speculative fervor should underpin penny stocks through August's dog days, with buying pressure centered on biotechs, industrial ...
  7. What Advisors, Clients Should Expect from a Low-Return Future

    What should advisors and their clients expect from what many see as a looming new era of low returns?
  8. Does Active Value Investing Pay Off?

    Learn about a well-researched paper that explores why active value investors underperform, and how value investing might ...
  9. 3 Trends to Watch in ESG Investing

    Understand why climate change, equal pay for women and executive compensation are three ESG investing trends you should watch ...
  10. Understanding the Power of Compound Interest

    Understanding compound interest is important for both investing and borrowing money.
  11. A Market Prediction From a Hesitant Predictor

    It is much better to focus on investment planning than market predictions.
  12. A Simple but Not Simplistic Investment Strategy

    To be successful, one should keep their investment strategy simple, but not too simple.
  13. 5 Reasons to Stay in Stocks At Market Highs

    The stock market keeps setting records. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't sell.
  14. Your 401(k): What's the Ideal Contribution?

    If done properly, planning for retirement can affect the quality of life at retirement age — for the better. Here's what ...
  15. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  16. Avoid Hot Stock Tips and Focus on Fundamentals

    Investors should avoid hot stock tips and instead focus on these fundamentals.
  17. Increase Portfolio Performance With Short Selling

    Adding short selling to your long positions generally results in better risk-adjusted performance.
  18. How Starbucks Makes Money (SBUX)

    A closer look at Starbucks.
  19. How does Twitter (TWTR) make money?

    Learn how Twitter earns revenue, including the company's use of three targeted advertising streams and data farming and licensing.
  20. What Does It Really Mean to Be Risk Averse?

    We can’t really get away from risk and there are many meanings for this thing we call risk.
  21. Why Index Investors Should Give Factor Investing a Try

    If you believe in index investing, you should believe in factor based investing. Here's why.
  22. 3 Ways ETFs Have Revolutionized the Bond Market

    Matt and Karen take a moment to look back—and look ahead—at the bond ETF market as it marks its 15 years since inception. ...
  23. 4 Ways to Define and Pursue Financial Certainty

    There are several approaches that may help you reach your own definition of financial certainty.
  24. Why You Should Be Concerned About High Stock Prices

    Stock prices are high, and as an investor you have reason to be concerned.
  25. Are Bezos & Musk's Rocketships Bad for Markets?

    The billionaire founders of Amazon and Tesla are building private rocketships. Market psychology expert Peter Atwater thinks ...
  26. The Geekiest (and most Important) Number Nobody is Discussing

    Russ explains why investors should pay more attention to the stock-bond correlation coefficient and understand its impact ...
  27. Investment Options for Income in Retirement

    Generating income from investments during retirement is crucial. Here are some of the best options.
  28. How the U.S. National Debt Affects the Dollar

    With the dollar potentially affected by the national debt, it may be time to invest in gold.
  29. 3 Ways to Prepare for a Market Downturn

    No one knows when a market downturn will occur or how long it will last, so it pays to be prepared.
  30. Why Employees Need an Investment Policy Statement

    Here's why having an investment policy statement is helpful if you have equity compensation.
  31. Stock Buybacks: A Good Thing or Not?

    In recent years, the value of stock buybacks has come into question. Here we break down the trend and weigh the pros and ...
  32. How Absolute Return Funds Differ from Mutual Funds

    Absolute return funds use strategies that are more complex than traditional mutual funds.
  33. Are dividends the best way to make money for retirement?

    Using dividends for retirement income can provide a hedge against a variety of risks, but investors need to be aware of the ...
  34. How to Diversify With a Style-Based Approach

    Investors who want a truly diversified portfolio should also consider diversifying by style.
  35. What are Options Contracts?

    An explanation of options contracts, call options and put options.
  36. All That Glitters: Top 3 Silver ETFs of 2017

    You can profit from the price movement of silver without physically owning the metal.
  37. Top 4 Healthcare Mutual Funds for 2017

    The healthcare sector is strong this year, despite earlier uncertainty over the ACA. Check out these top healthcare mutual ...
  38. Top Defensive Consumer Stocks for 2017

    These 4 defensive consumer stocks can add stability to your portfolio.
  39. ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: Why Investment Fees Matter

    How much can investors save in fees by replacing mutual fund holdings with ETFs?
  40. Investors: "All We Need Is Just a Little Patience"

    Here's why practicing patience can give you a huge edge over other investors.
  41. Top 4 Consumer Cyclical Stocks for 2017

    Choose consumer cyclical stocks carefully if you want to prosper in the current economic expansion.
  42. Vanguard's Tim Buckley on Being a Leader

    As Vanguard's Chief Investment Officer, and soon-to-be CEO, Tim Buckley has had several mentors while developing his leadership ...
  43. The Concierge Approach to Healthcare

    Healthcare is an asset class that everyone should spend time reviewing.
  44. Private Equity Real Estate Funds vs. REITs

    REITs and Private Equity Real Estate Funds are two different ways to invest in real estate.
  45. 3 Often Overlooked Areas of Financial Risk

    Here are three areas of risk many successful executives often overlook.
  46. What is Ethereum?

    Ethereum is a peer-to-peer network of virtual machines that any developer can use to run distributed applications (Dapps). ...
  47. 3 Investing Themes Shaping the Second Half

    We discuss three important themes that argue today’s low “fear” gauge levels signaling complacency and meaning we should ...
  48. 3 Asset Allocation Takeaways from Our Investor Survey

    Kate shares some asset allocation ideas based on the results of BlackRock’s recent survey of 4,000 Americans.
  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. Net Neutrality Issue (Again): Pros and Cons

    FCC's chairman, Ajit Pai, is taking up the fight against net neutrality.
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