Investing Basics

  1. Chart of the Week: Taking Stock of Income Stocks

    We see rising interest rates ahead, but this headwind for income equities doesn’t weaken the case for all dividend-paying ...
  2. The Dangers in Extreme Income Investing

    Investors seeking income have taken to the extremes: reaching to the riskiest corners for yield while also piling up cash. ...
  3. Interval Fund

    A non-traditional type of closed-end mutual fund that periodically offers to buy back a percentage of outstanding shares ...
  4. Stock Picking: The Flaws of Technical Analysis

    Is technical analysis of stocks an accurate science, and a worthwhile endeavor?
  5. What Are the Benefits of Passive Investing?

    These are the benefits of a passive, long-term investing strategy.
  6. Dollar-Cost Averaging With ETFs

    If you are investing small amounts regularly into an exchange-traded fund, be sure to do it right.
  7. Comparing VIX ETFs/ETNs (XIV, SVXY)

    These two exchange-traded products offer exposure to short-term VIX futures, but have a different degree of credit risk. ...
  8. Barred From Investing, SAC's Steven A. Cohen Turns to Philanthropy

    The billionaire, who has been barred from investing external assets through 2018 as a result of insider trading, has focused ...
  9. What is the formula for calculating net present value (NPV) in Excel?

    Understand how net present value is used to estimate the anticipated profitability of projects or investments, and how to ...
  10. What Does Investment Diversification Really Mean?

    A properly diversified portfolio provides investors with a way to reduce risk and volatility, without necessarily giving ...
  11. L Bond

    An L bond is an alternative investment providing high yield in exchange for bearing the risk that an insurance policy premium ...
  12. Smart Money Still Placing Massive Bets on Amazon (AMZN)

    While retail investors focus on higher operating expenses, professional money managers realize that Amazon just logged sixth ...
  13. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  14. Stocks, ETFs to Watch if Donald Trump Becomes President

    These stocks and ETFs could be good bets if Donald Trump ascends to the Oval Office.
  15. The Best Investment Strategies for a Low-Yield Environment

    Our current economic environment is challenging, so you need to have the best investment strategies for your situation. A ...
  16. Use Thematic Investing to Engage Your Clients

    Advisors looking for a new way to strengthen their client relationships should consider thematic investing, which can engage ...
  17. Why Hedge Funds Do Not Belong in Your Portfolio

    Considering hedge funds as part of your investment strategy? Make sure you understand all the risks and fees involved.
  18. John Mauldin: Investopedia Profile

    Chairman of Mauldin Economics John Mauldin shares his personal investing style.
  19. Should You Buy Stock or an ETF?

    No all investment vehicles are suited for each individual investor.
  20. 8 Gifts for Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  21. How Understanding Risk is Key to Investing

    Here's why considering all types of risk is crucial for a successful investment plan.
  22. An Inside Look At ETF Construction

    Everything you need to know about these versatile and ubiquitous investment vehicles.
  23. Trying to Beat the Market? Consider These Steps Instead

    Trying to beat the market? These methods are much more likely to lead to investing success.
  24. Facebook Blocks Insurance App From Using Your Data to Set Rates (FB)

    The Menlo Park company said Facebook data should not be used to determine loan eligibility. But it seems to okay with similar ...
  25. Using ETFs To Build A Cost-Effective Portfolio

    ETFs are a viable alternative to mutual funds, but before you invest, there are a few things you should know.
  26. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to ...
  27. Top Penny Stocks for November 2016 (CGNT)

    These five penny stocks trading on U.S. public exchanges were poised to gain substantial ground in November 2016.
  28. The Rise in Real Estate Isn't a Bubble

    Inventories and rates of new building do not show the speculative froth of 2008-2009.
  29. Investing in Robotics Through ETFs and Stocks (ROBO, ROK)

    The robotics sector is recovering from the dip in the beginning of 2016. Big dollars are being spent on new startups and ...
  30. Could Iceland's Pirate Party Save the Nation's Horrid Finances?

    After years of financial disasters, Iceland is poised to elect a party that plans to enact Iceland's own decentralized currency.
  31. The Advantages of an Active Management Strategy

    A look at active management and what it potentially offers investors.
  32. Immediate Variable Annuity

    An immediate variable annuity is an insurance product where an individual pays a lump sum upfront for payments that begin ...
  33. Thiel Defends Trump, Says He Will Make U.S. "Normal Country" (FB,PYPL)

    Speaking to reporters at the National Press Club, the Paypal Founder said that Trump would reject "bubble thinking" and American ...
  34. CRM2

    CRM2 refers to new rules around the reports and disclosures made by Canadian investment dealers and advisors.
  35. S&P 500 Vs. Russell 2000 ETF: Which Should You Get?

    We look at the differences of investing in a S&P 500 vs. the Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, and when to choose the ...
  36. iShares Min Vol ETFs: Passing the Five-Year Test

    We examine the performance of the iShares minimum volatility ETFs and reasons why investors should consider them for the ...
  37. Halloween's Effect on the Economy

    Discover some of the differing ways in which economists evaluate the impact of Halloween on the American economy and whether ...
  38. IRAs vs. 401(k)s: Differences Between Roth and Traditional

    For each type of account, whether IRA or 401(k), you also need to decide whether you need a Roth or traditional version. ...
  39. 3 ETFs That Track the S&P 500 (SPY,IVV,VOO)

    A look at three popular ETFs that track the S&P 500.
  40. Convertible Virtual Currency

    Convertible virtual currency is an unregulated digital currency that can be used as a substitute for real and legally recognized ...
  41. Closed Virtual Currency

    A closed Virtual Currency is an unregulated digital currency that is used as payment only within certain virtual communities. ...
  42. Why Cash Has Become King Again

    Often, high levels of cash in investors' portfolios represent excessive caution. We explain why this time is different.
  43. Hedge Fund Political Donations at Highest Levels Ever

    While hedge funds are donating more money toward the U.S. presidential election than ever before, it is going disproportionately ...
  44. How To Trade the Hong Kong Stock Exchange through ETFs (ETFC, EWH)

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the eighth largest in the world and easily accessible through ETFs.
  45. Atwood Oceanics Draws Attention of Investors (ATW)

    Analysts have raised earnings estimates for Atwood Oceanics, causing some investors to be optimistic about the stock.
  46. Chasing Mutual Fund Winners Can Be a Loser's Game

    Investors who chase winning mutual funds may end up shooting themselves in the foot.
  47. Home Depot Billionaire Founder Langone Criticizes Economy (HD)

    The Home Depot founder calls the economy "tepid" and sees a lack of prosperity throughout the world.
  48. Data Science

    Data science is a field of Big Data which seeks to provide meaningful information from large amounts of complex data.
  49. What You Should Know About High-Yield Dividend Stocks

    High-yield dividend stocks can be an enticing alternative for income, but it's important to research them carefully before ...
  50. Heuristics

    A problem-solving method that uses short cuts to produce good-enough solutions given a limited time frame or deadline.
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