Investing Basics

  1. What is the best measure of a given stock's volatility?

    Understand what metrics are most commonly used to assess a security's volatility compared to its own price history and that ...
  2. Volatility and Inverse ETFs: Understand The Risks

    Inverse ETFs sound like a great way to take advantage of market volatility. But it's important to understand how they work ...
  3. John McAfee Messes with You Again in New Showtime Documentary

    Silicon Valley legend John McAfee's bizarre past is laid bare in a new Showtime documentary by a filmmaker with an axe to ...
  4. Wealth Preservation: "All I Know Is That I Know Nothing"

    Investors can derive great value from humility. By keeping the adage "all I know is that I know nothing" in mind, they can ...
  5. Fair Value

    The estimated value of all assets and liabilities of an acquired company used to consolidate the financial statements of ...
  6. Why the Correlation Between the Dollar and Equities Is Weakening (SPY, UUP)

    The correlation between U.S. dollars and equities can change based on macroeconomic conditions. Understanding the causes ...
  7. 2 Investments With the Most Risk in 2016 (GLD, SDY)

    Investors should identify which investment has the most risk to protect themselves from losses. Risky investments include ...
  8. Smart Beta Factor Investing: What Are the Most Popular Funds? (USMV, EFAV)

    Smart beta ETFs allow an investor to focus on specific factors. Here are some of the most popular smart beta ETF vehicles. ...
  9. Chart of the Week: The Good News About Global Growth

    This week's chart shows the new BlackRock Macro GPS economic indicator and the good news it implies about the global growth ...
  10. How Investment Advisors are Changing with The Times

    The world of investing is constantly changing. Our survey of top registered investment advisors (RIAs) around the country ...
  11. Sept. and Oct. Are the Most Volatile Time for Stocks

    September and October have historically been the two most volatile months for stocks, which some advisors see as an opportunity.
  12. Investment Options for Income in Retirement

    Generating income from investments during retirement is crucial. Here are some of the best options.
  13. The Best of iShares' Smart Beta ETFs (DVY, USMV)

    BlackRock's iShares offers some of the highest-rated smart beta ETFs around.
  14. How to Evaluate Smart Beta ETF Strategies (IWD, IWF)

    ETF providers are rolling out new smart beta products at a rapid pace. Here are some ways to evaluate them.
  15. Are Junk Bonds the New Equities?

    Many investors have begun to treat junk bonds like stocks. Is this a sound strategy?
  16. The Perils of Investing in Leveraged ETFs

    Leveraged ETFs are best suited for day traders versus buy-and-hold investors who have a longer time horizon.
  17. Diversification Strategies: Stocks Vs. Gold

    When it comes to asset allocation, is gold a solid diversifying asset class?
  18. A How-to For Putting Your 529 College Savings to Work

    After years of saving for college, you don't want a misstep when it's time to use your 529 assets. We offer some do's and ...
  19. Proof of Work

    Proof of work describes the process that allows the bitcoin network to remain robust by making the process of mining, or ...
  20. Can ETFs Outperform Hedge Funds?

    Long ETFs may be key to an evolving strategy that aims to supplant the hedge fund juggernaut.
  21. Selling Employee Stock Purchase Plan Shares

    An in-depth look at how qualified sales of employee stock purchase plan shares work, and the tax consequences under different ...
  22. Your Risk Tolerance and Market Volatility

    It's important to understand that to invest in our future, we do not have to ride the stock market all the way down or stay ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. The Six Biggest Misconceptions About Bitcoin

    Bitcoin has gone mainstream. Yet it's still massively misunderstood.
  25. How to Create a Smart Beta Investment Strategy (MTUM, VLUE)

    Learn how to use different smart beta ETFs exploiting various factors in your investment portfolio.
  26. Chart of the Week: The Truth About Climate-Aware Investing

    Climate-aware investing does not have to mean compromising on traditional goals of maximizing investment returns, as this ...
  27. Some Cautionary Advice for the Novice Day Trader

    The lure of day trading is the stuff of investor dreams: Making lots of money in little time. But it can be very dangerous. ...
  28. A Roadmap for Climate-Savvy Investing

    We explain the market risks and opportunities as well as how investors can incorporate climate awareness into their investment ...
  29. 3 Reasons Against a Smart Beta Allocation in Your Portfolio

    3 reasons why you may want to think twice before allocating Smart Beta to your portfolio.
  30. Traps Leading to Market Underperformance Part III

    Many investors rely on the wrong things when it comes to evaluating and then acting upon their investments. Here are three ...
  31. Stocks Dive as Rate Hike Fears Grow (SPY, DIA)

    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  32. August 2016 Top Penny Stocks (CDTI)

    Penny stocks are generally risky; however, these five experienced an incredible run in July 2016 and look like they may keep ...
  33. How to Manage the 'Debt Supercycle'

    A “super cycle” of debt in the global economy means that fixed-income investors need to proceed with caution.
  34. Why Investing in Commodities Can Be Tricky

    While some exposure to commodities can enhance a portfolio, it is key to understand the investment vehicle you've chosen, ...
  35. EIA vs. API: Comparing Crude Inventories Announcements

    Between the two major oil inventory reports: the API and the U.S. EIA, which is more highly regarded and why?
  36. With Election Looming, Fundamentals & Fed Matter for Investors

    This has been an unusual election in the United States, to say the least. We discuss some of the potential investment implications ...
  37. Investing: How to Focus on What You Can Control

    There are plenty of distractions and concerns outside of our portfolios, but to win the investing race we must stay focused ...
  38. Transports Flashing September Buy Signals (CSX, SWFT)

    This week's D.J. Transportation Average breakout signals new buying opportunities in the railroads, truckers, and packaging ...
  39. Investment Decisions: How Do You Make Them?

    Your decision-making criteria reveals a great deal about your investing beliefs, and your outlook for the future.
  40. Tactical Allocation Funds: A Sucker's Play?

    John Rekenthaler of Morninstar has illustrated that the dismal performance of tactical allocation funds makes them a sucker's ...
  41. A Guide to Smart Beta ETF Investing

    Smart Beta may be one of those financial terms that raises the ire of many market participants, but its success in spawning ...
  42. September Effect

    The September Effect refers to the historical weakness in stock market returns for the month of September.
  43. 3 Graphene Companies to Invest In (SSNLF, INTC)

    One-sixth the weight of steel and 200 times stronger, graphene could revolutionize several industries.
  44. 51% Attack

    51% attack refers to an attack on a blockchain – usually bitcoin's, for which such an attack is still hypothetical – by a ...
  45. Betterment Review 2016: Fees and Investment Facts

    Betterment is the largest robo-advisor with more than $5 billion in assets under management. Here is what to expect when ...
  46. What Jackson Hole Means for Investors

    Even as talk of Fed “normalization" intensifies, financial markets are looking less and less normal. We explain why this ...
  47. Investing: It’s Just a Matter of Getting Out of Your Own Way

    Being too quick to react to the news can undermine the most well-crafted investment plan. Getting out of your own way is ...
  48. Wealthfront Review 2016: Fees and Investment Facts

    Wealthfront is one of the premier robo-advisors. Here's a breakdown on the brokerages fees and features.
  49. Hamptons Effect

    The Hamptons Effect refers to a dip in trading prior to the labor day weekend followed by increased trading volume as traders ...
  50. How to Find the Best Wealth Manager

    Finally there exists a small number of financial advisors who can be considered modern wealth managers. Here's how to find ...
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