Investing Basics

  1. Here’s How to Build Wealth Like a Multimillionaire

    If you’re wondering how to become a multimillionaire, the answer is less complicated than you may think.
  2. Defensive Investing: Learn from This Hedge Fund Pro

    Looking for ideas on companies, sectors or investments to short? Consider the opinion of this hedge fund luminary.
  3. Equity Returns: Key Drivers Over the Past 30 Years

    Equities enjoyed robust gains between 1985 and 2014, but a 2016 McKinsey report warned that these returns could soon deteriorate ...
  4. Investing Vs. Speculating: How They Differ

    The difference between investing and speculating may surprise you.
  5. Think Twice Before Buying Tax-Free Municipal Bonds

    Municipal bonds are relatively safe, tax-exempt securities--but they are not without drawbacks. Due diligence is required. ...
  6. Why You Should Never Short a Stock

    Short selling a stock means you are betting on the stock decreasing in price. Before taking on this investment, you should ...
  7. Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when he or she shorts a stock (i.e. dividends, rights offerings, etc.).

    Short selling is hard enough to get your head around without getting into all the particulars. If you have a basic understanding ...
  8. Why Your Investment Growth Calculator May Be Wrong

    Many simple investment growth calculators fall short, so here's one you should use instead.
  9. When short selling, how long should you hold on to a short?

    Explore the reasons for short selling and the various factors that influence how long an investor may wish to maintain a ...
  10. Traps That Lead to Market Underperformance Part I

    There are many psychological traps that lead to defeat in investing. But I've noticed this one more than others over the ...
  11. 3 Ways You Can Invest in Mexico From the U.S. (EWW, QMEX)

    Don’t buy into the negative picture the media is painting about Mexico -- now might be a great time to invest.
  12. How Financial Times Are Changing

    Today there are probably better ways for you and your advisor to spend time than actively trying to beat the market.
  13. TINA: There Is No Alternative

    "There is no alternative" is used to explain a less-than-ideal portfolio allocation, usually to stocks, since other asset ...
  14. 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.
  15. NIRP: Bonds Won't Diversify Your Portfolio Anymore (MS, BLK)

    Using bonds to diversify portfolios has grown more complex. Learn more about the new environment and effective investment ...
  16. Methods of Handling Risk: A Quick Guide

    Discover the five methods to manage pure risk, and learn how they can be implemented to mitigate risk with health and life ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. How Do Negative Interest Rates Work?

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding negative interest rates. Matt breaks it down and explains what going negative really ...
  19. Understanding Penny Stocks' Risks and Rewards

    Penny stocks can soar in a short period, but dabbling in them is a dangerous game. Here is a breakdown on the risks and rewards ...
  20. How to Invest in Penny Stocks (ADAT, ANAD)

    Is the lure of finding a diamond in the rough too strong to ignore? Then here's a guide to investing in penny stocks.
  21. Elements of Insurable Risks: A Quick Guide

    Explore the elements of insurable risk: due to chance, measurable and definite, predictability, noncatastrophic, random selection ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. How to Make Decisions About Your Stock Options

    Always make sure your financial plan is based on you and your goals for your future, especially when it comes to vetting ...
  24. Putting Your Money to Work for the Greater Good

    There are several ways to put your capital to work for social or charitable causes, while also facilitating moves that support ...
  25. Top 3 European Investment Trusts (JEO.L, HEFT.L)

    Discover three of the best-performing European investment trusts for investors to consider as vehicles to obtain exposure ...
  26. Can You Become Rich Investing in Mutual Funds?

    Find out how you can use mutual fund investments to get rich, including which types of funds are best suited for rapid wealth ...
  27. Talking to Clients Who Think Stocks Are in a Bubble

    Here's what to tell clients who think that the market is in bubble territory.
  28. Emerging Markets: What Advisors Should Tell Clients

    Is this the right time to invest clients’ money into emerging markets?
  29. Influence: Mohamed El-Erian

    Investopedia asked Allianz' Chief Economic Advisor, Mohamed El-Erian, to share who has had the greatest impact on his financial ...
  30. Sell: My Favorite Financial Term

    Investopedia asked Sallie Krawcheck to share her favorite financial term.
  31. What Would You Do With $10,000?

    Investopedia asked, and you answered: What would you do with $10k?
  32. Peter Mackey: Influence

    Peter Mackey, the head of CFA programs and exam development, shares his greatest investment influence with Investopedia.
  33. A Look At 3 Smart Beta Bond ETFs (PHB,VBND,AGGP)

    A look at three smart beta bond ETFs that may have passed under your radar.
  34. Is It Time to Buy Mining Stocks? (GLEN.L)

    The sector has come a long way from the lows of January, but arguably there is still more to come, especially if global stock ...
  35. Income vs. Total Return: Withdrawals Reconsidered

    Here is what needs to be considered when deciding between an income or total return approach to withdrawals.
  36. The Biggest High-End Housing Risk May Be Money Laundering (TOL, NVR)

    The next 12-24 months could be rocky for bullish housing investors, especially for those long high-end homebuilders. Here’s ...
  37. 5 Ways You Can Invest in Panama From Abroad

    Learn about five ways to invest in Panama, including buying stock, ADRs and real estate, conducting business in the Pacifico ...
  38. 3 Ways to Get Exposure to Philippine Stocks in the U.S. (PHI, EPHE)

    Large corporations and the international investor community are taking notice of the Philippines, the country with the second ...
  39. 5 Ways to Invest in Chile From Abroad (BSAC, ECH)

    A solid credit rating, relatively strong economy, low corruption and transparent bureaucracy make Chile a popular recipient ...
  40. 4 Reasons to Move to Canada

    There's more to our northern neighbor than Hockey Night and maple sugar.
  41. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Banks' Bottom Lines

    Examine the impacts of low interest rates on banking industry profits and find out if negative interest rates will have a ...
  42. VMMXX: Overview of Vanguard Prime Money Market

    Find out if the Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund is a suitable choice for investing cash in today's low-interest-rate environment.
  43. DSEEX, PXTIX: Smart Beta Mutual Funds vs. Smart Beta ETFs

    These two smart beta mutual funds offer potential, but are their ETF counterparts a better option?
  44. Reverse Churning

    Reverse churning is the practice of a financial advisor placing an investor's funds in a fee-based account for no reason ...
  45. What Does Stalled Consumer Sentiment Mean for Stocks?

    Consumer confidence continues to remain low and it may take major changes in the economy before an optimistic outlook returns. ...
  46. The Charts All Inflation Watchers Need to See

    Getting the inflation call right is one of the most important decisions an investor can make today. We explain in these charts ...
  47. 3 Ways You Can Invest in Costa Rica From Abroad

    Learn about the three ways to invest in Costa Rica: through its Bolsa stock exchange, through real estate or by investing ...
  48. International Investing: Just a Myth?

    Wall Street touts diversification and improving portfolios via investing in international equities. But do we know the whole ...
  49. Alternatives for Low-Yielding Bonds

    Historically low bond yields mean that it's harder than ever to find a safe source of returns. Here are a few alternatives.
  50. Smart Beta Pioneer Says Strategy is Being Abused, Could Crash

    Rob Arnott, one of the pioneers of smart beta, thinks the ballooning popularity of these funds creates a reasonable probability ...
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