Investing Basics

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  1. 3 Investment Options for Changing Levels of Inflation

    Many investors are bracing for rising inflation. Here are three ways to prepare your portfolio.
  2. On the Comeback of Value Strategies

    Among the risk-seeking factors, Sara focuses on value strategies and explains why this once downtrodden segment now may be ...
  3. Top 4 Healthcare Mutual Funds for 2017

    The healthcare sector is strong this year, despite earlier uncertainty over the ACA. Check out these top mutual funds if ...
  4. Top 5 Biggest Mutual Funds of 2017

    Vanguard takes top billing again in 2017 when it comes to supersized mutual funds. Here's our list of the rest of the top ...
  5. Top 5 Gold ETFs for 2017 (GLD, IAU)

    Gold ETFs offer a convenient way to take advantage of the volatility of the precious metals market.
  6. 5 Reasons Advisors Need to Rethink Impact Investing

    Aligning investments with personal values can be a winning formula.
  7. Bigger is Better, But Small is Beautiful

    There is an ETF for every market cap appetite. Consider these to remain diversified with minimal fees.
  8. Robo-Advisor (Robo-Adviser)

    Robo-advisors are digital platforms that provide automated, algorithm-driven financial planning services with little to no ...
  9. The Top 10 Brokerage Firms For Day Trading

    Day traders have different needs from long-term investors. Investopedia rates the top 10 brokerage firms for day traders.
  10. Top 4 Cosmetics Stocks of 2017

    The cosmetics industry may sell "hope in a jar," but do the market leaders do the same for your portfolio. Check the top ...
  11. Behavioral Finance: How Bias Can Hurt Investing

    Here are three cognitive biases from behavioral finance that investors would do well to be aware of to avoid making poor ...
  12. Why Stock Picking Is a Loser's Game

    If you are trading in and out of individual stocks and you are not illegally insider trading, you are a total loser. Here's ...
  13. How to Build Your Optimally-Balanced Portfolio

    How do you build an optimally balanced portfolio? A lot depends on your appetite for risk, and your understanding of rebalancing.
  14. Which Investor Personality Best Describes You?

    Different personality traits and preferences, along with a range of emotional and mental behavioral biases, have a strong ...
  15. What Happens When the P/E 10 Ratio Is High?

    Some investors think P/E 10 is one of the best predictors of stock market returns in the long run.
  16. 8 Common Biases That Impact Investment Decisions

    Behavioral biases hit us all as investors and can vary depending upon our investor personality type.
  17. Small Caps Looking for a Catalyst

    Small cap stocks are faltering this year. Russ describes why and whether that will continue.
  18. 3 Investing Themes for the Second Quarter

    Richard shares three interrelated themes that are likely to shape investing this quarter.
  19. Why Timing the Stock Market Is a Bad Idea

    When a market top looks inevitable how should investors proceed?
  20. The Advisor You Need Versus the Advisor You Want

    There is a common blunder that many inexperienced investors make when selecting an advisor.
  21. Health Care Stocks that are Good for You

    A dynamic of haves versus have-nots means that health care is increasingly all about stock picking. Kate sees opportunities ...
  22. Where Do Investment Returns Come From?

    How are returns generated in a portfolio? It is a simple question with a complicated answer. Here is a brief look.
  23. How to Fight Volatility in Today’s Market

    Should investors pull out of the market when volatility strikes?
  24. How Asset Allocation Can Create Unintended Wild Rides

    Asset allocation can often be imprecise and create an unintended wild ride.
  25. Why Dollar-Cost Averaging Is a Good Idea

    Dollar-cost averaging can help an investor cope psychologically with market ups and downs.
  26. Direct Public Offering - DPO

    Direct Public Offering (DPO) is a type of offering where the company offers its securities directly to the public without ...
  27. Michael Batnick on Blogs, StockTwits and Twitter

    Batnick of Ritholz Wealth Management sees that technology is directly competing with traditional business models.
  28. Annuities: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

    Annuities suffer from a few perception problems. This primer that covers the good, the bad and the ugly of annuities.
  29. Play The Market, Sector by Sector

    Sector ETFs are an increasingly important part of the equity ETF space and investors have hundreds to choose from.
  30. 3 Tasks to Cement Your Financial Literacy

    People have strong feelings when it comes to money. Here are three ways to arm yourself with financial literacy and break ...
  31. The Truth About Investing Using Stop Losses

    Stop losses are supposed to save you money when a stock's value falls, but they end up costing more.
  32. Why Reducing Investment Losses Is So Important

    It's more important to reduce the percentage of potential loss than to try to beat the market.
  33. Fred Wilson on’s Unfair Advantage

    Fred Wilson of USV tells StockTwits Howard Lindzon that Amazon Prime has unfair advantage in content.
  34. Options Action Suggests CRM Is Breaking Out

    Trading volume in shares of is nearly twice the daily rate, with increased options activity. We investigate. ...
  35. Commodities Trading: An Overview

    Even non-professional traders can participate in the commodities markets. Here's how:
  36. Should Retirement Savers Reallocate For Trump?

    A look at how to tactically adjust a hypothetical retirement portfolio for the particulars of 2017.
  37. What is a stock split? Why do stocks split?

    A stock split is a decision by the company's board of directors to increase the number of shares that are outstanding by ...
  38. What is the 'Rule of 72'?

    The 'Rule of 72' is a simplified way to determine how long an investment will take to double, given a fixed annual rate of ...
  39. Prepare Your Portfolio for a Difficult Stock Market

    Don't be too optimistic. Make sure your portfolio is prepared for a market downturn.
  40. Portfolio Management For the Under-30 Crowd

    Young investors have some advantages over their older counterparts. Read on to learn how to build a portfolio that will grow ...
  41. Avoid These Common Stock Option Planning Mistakes

    Extracting timely and maximum value out of stock options takes a great deal of planning.
  42. Not All That Glitters Is Worth Owning, Especially Gold

    What's the better investment for the long term, gold or equities?
  43. ETFs: Diversification the Easy Way

    Allan Katz explains why ETFs can be a useful tactic for diversifying your portfolio.
  44. Factor High Interest Rates Into Your Investing

    Harvard economist and author Ken Rogoff discusses rising interest rates and the global economy.
  45. When Interest Rates Rise: Best Investment Strategies

    Interest rates are on the rise. Here's what that means for investing strategies.
  46. Don't Rob Yourself With Underperforming Investments

    Safe but underperforming investments will lose you money in the long-run.
  47. The Seesaw Relationship of Volatility and Momentum Stocks

    Volatility is creeping back into the markets. Russ discusses why that holds some peril for momentum stocks.
  48. What Does the SF Bay Bridge Have to Do with Bond Investing?

    With the recent increase in short-term rates by the Federal Reserve, it’s a good time to go over what the yield curve is ...
  49. 6 Investing Mistakes That the Ultra Wealthy Don't Make

    Understand who ultra-high-net-worth individuals are and how they invest. Learn about the six key investment mistakes that ...
  50. Four Big Investor Errors

    These simple lessons can cut your losses
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