Investing Basics

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  1. Smart Beta is Back, Says State Street Survey

    The most recent SPDR report by State Street Global Advisors shows that smart beta is making its return as a popular investment ...
  2. Understanding Rights Issues

    Not sure what to do if a company invites you to buy more shares at discount? Here are some of your options.
  3. Advanced Bond Concepts

    Learn the complex concepts and calculations for trading bonds including bond pricing, yield, term structure of interest rates ...
  4. 849,751% Return from a Cat-themed Smart Beta ETF

    There's more than one way to skin an ETF.
  5. The 5 Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

    Statistics show unusual accuracy for the buy and sell signals of certain candlestick patterns.
  6. Comparing Basketball and the Stock Market

    Investing is similar to basketball. Take a look at these commonalities.
  7. The Basics of the Bid-Ask Spread

    Successful traders must be aware of the difference between the bid price and the asking price of a security.
  8. How to Use Volume to Improve Your Trading

    Volume is a simple yet powerful way for traders and investors to increase profits and minimize risks.
  9. Think Like Warren Buffett

    They don't call him "The Oracle" for nothing. Learn how Buffett comes up with his winning picks.
  10. Financial Markets: Capital vs. Money Markets

    Find out the similarities and differences between these two commonly used components of the financial markets.
  11. How to Calculate Your Investment Return

    How much are your investments actually returning? Find out why the method of calculation matters.
  12. The Future of Impact Investing: CAIS 2017 Summit

    Panelists at the 2017 CAIS Summit share their unique approach to impact investing.
  13. How Does Facebook Make Money? (FB)

    The social network has gone from losses to a money spinner in a short span of time. Where do its profits come from?
  14. Deere & Co.: How it Makes Money (TTC, AGCO)

    The history, market share, and future prospects of Deere & Co., the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world.
  15. What is the history of the S&P 500?

    Discover the history of the S&P 500, which sophisticated market participants consider to be the best index to understand ...
  16. An Introduction to Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  17. How Rich Would You Be if You Followed Buffett into AAPL? (AAPL, IBM)

    The billionaire head of Berkshire Hathaway, traditionally anti-high tech, started with a small amount of AAPL... and increased, ...
  18. A Risk-Controlled Approach to Portfolio Construction

    A risk-controlled investment strategy includes a balanced and diversified portfolio.
  19. Top Preferred Stock ETFs for 2017 (IPFF, PSK)

    Exchange-traded funds that invest in preferred stocks offer investors reliable income.
  20. Top 5 Small-Cap Oil Stocks for 2017 (WTI, SN)

    Small-cap energy stocks may the most lucrative in the oil patch.
  21. How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used to trigger the order?

    A stop-loss order specifies that an investor wants to execute a trade for a given stock, but only if a specified price level ...
  22. Why don't investors buy stock just before the dividend date and sell right afterwards?

    In actuality, a company's stock price would decrease on the ex-dividend date by about the same amount of the dividend to ...
  23. How does one make money short selling?

    Short sellers make money by betting that the stock they sell will drop in price. If the stock drops, the short seller buys ...
  24. Series A, B, C Funding: What It All Means and How It Works

    Series A, B and C funding rounds have nothing to do with the alphabet. Instead, it refers to the development stage of startups ...
  25. Should Your Investments Take the Summer Off?

    The warmer months are generally a time when things cool off in the stock market.
  26. Top 4 Financial Stocks for 2017 (KKR, BAC)

    These four financial stocks are currently in uptrends and have good prospects for 2017.
  27. What Are "Quindecillions" In A Bitcoin Context?

    Quindecillions are the basis of unlocking Bitcoin transactions. They're another name for private keys.
  28. Who is Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull CEO and Media Mogul?

    The Austrian Red Bull CEO is developing a media platform along the lines of far right-wing Breitbart in the United States.
  29. Toyota Looks to Blockchain To Make Self-Driving Cars

    Is there no end to the uses of Blockchain technology?
  30. Wealthfront Review 2017: Fees and Investment Facts

    Wealthfront is one of the premier robo-advisors. Here's a breakdown of the brokerage's fees and features.
  31. 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 ...
  32. Factor Based Investing: Combining Active & Passive Strategies

    Factor based investing brings together the best of both passive and active investing strategies.
  33. 7 Financial Lessons You Can Learn From Baseball

    Here are seven important financial lessons you can learn from baseball.
  34. Exchange Rate: My Favorite Term

    What are exchange rates and why are they important to investors and economists?
  35. Common Misconceptions About Bond Investing

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

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

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

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

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

    Netflix shares reached an all-time high this week. Some say they will go higher.
  41. 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 ...
  42. Stock Basics Tutorial

    If you're new to the stock market and want the basics, this is the tutorial for you!
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. Diversify Your Portfolio With These 6 Essential Steps

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

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

    Many ETFs hold derivatives. Here's how to be sure if you own a derivatives-based ETF.
  49. How to Stress Test Your Financial Plan

    A look at four key variables and their impact on a financial plan.
  50. 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.
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