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  1. Economics of Owning a Rental Property

    Learn how to find suitably priced rental property and the right rent level. Determine what maintenance costs to expect and ...
  2. Should You Invest in Disney Stock Before Star Wars?

    The force is strong with Disney stock, as it continues to make gains going into the launch of EP7. But is this pricey stock ...
  3. Creating a Risk Management Plan for Your Small Business

    Learn how a complete risk management plan can minimize or eliminate your financial exposure through insurance and prevention ...
  4. Top Schwab Funds for Retirement

    These Schwab funds are strategically designed and have performed well on a historical basis, meaning they're solid options ...
  5. How Tech Can Help with 3 Behavioral Finance Biases

    Even if you’re a finance or statistics expert, you’re not immune to common decision-making mistakes that can negatively impact ...
  6. Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  7. An Introduction To The Indian Stock Market

    Most trading in the Indian stock market occurs through its two exchanges – the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock ...
  8. How Americans Can Open a Bank Account In Thailand

    Have your paperwork in order and be sure to shop around.
  9. American Funds' Top Funds for Retirement

    Planning for retirement in this economic and investment environment is far from easy. American Funds might offer an answer. ...
  10. Using Pivot Points For Predictions

    Learn one of the most common methods of finding support and resistance levels.
  11. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  12. 5 Tips For Diversifying Your Portfolio

    A diversified portfolio will protect you in a tough market. Get some solid tips here!
  13. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  14. An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line. ...
  15. 10 Steps To Building A Winning Trading Plan

    It's impossible to avoid disaster without trading rules - make sure you know how to devise them for yourself.
  16. PEG Ratio Nails Down Value Stocks

    Learn how this simple calculation can help you determine a stock's earnings potential.
  17. Buying Vanguard Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs

    Learn about the differences between Vanguard's mutual fund and ETF products, and discover which may be more appropriate for ...
  18. ETFs Vs. Mutual Funds: Choosing For Your Retirement

    Learn about the difference between using mutual funds versus ETFs for retirement, including which investment strategies and ...
  19. The 8 Most Popular Vanguard Funds for a 401(k)

    Learn about some of the mutual funds in Vanguard's lineup that are popular among 401(k) investors, and find out why you should ...
  20. How to Reinvest Dividends from ETFs

    Learn about reinvesting ETF dividends, including the benefits and drawbacks of dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) and manual ...
  21. What Exactly Does Warren Buffett Own?

    Learn about large changes to Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio. See why Warren Buffett has invested in a commodity company even ...
  22. How to Spot Secular Bull Markets vs. Secular Bear Markets

    A guide to identifying secular bull and bear markets.
  23. Is Caterpillar Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Learn about Caterpillar's suitability for a retirement portfolio. Does CAT have long-term viability? Find out if CAT is better ...
  24. Playing The Decline of Traditional Broadcast Media

    Broadcast media is losing viewership as cord cutting by the younger generation triggers subscription losses at cable and ...
  25. Ditching High-Yield Bonds for Plain Vanilla Ones

    In a low-rate environment, it's tempting to go for higher yield bonds. However, you might be better off sticking with the ...
  26. How to Deduct Your Stock Losses

    Held onto a stock for too long? Selling at a loss is never ideal, but it is possible to minimize the damage. Here's how. ...
  27. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    In theory, many of the best properties are auctioned. But auctioned properties aren’t always hidden gems.
  28. Explaining Uncovered Interest Rate Parity

    Uncovered interest rate parity is when the difference in interest rates between two nations is equal to the expected change ...
  29. Using Decision Trees In Finance

    A decision tree provides a comprehensive framework to review the alternative scenarios and consequences a decision may lead ...
  30. Understanding Tragedy of the Commons

    The tragedy of the commons describes an economic problem in which individuals try to reap the greatest benefits from a given ...
  31. What is an Indenture?

    An indenture is a legal and binding contract between a bond issuer and the bondholders.
  32. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  33. Top 10 Features Of a Profitable Rental Property

    Find out which factors you should weigh when searching for income-producing real estate.
  34. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Here's what to watch for when negotiating a contract for a rent-to-own home – and who is a good candidate for this option.
  35. Can hedge funds trade penny stocks?

    Discover the types of investments hedge funds can engage in, their primary goal, and the restrictions that preclude the average ...
  36. Best 3 Vanguard Mutual Funds for Retirement

    Discover the top Vanguard target-date retirement funds with target dates in 2020, 2030 and 2050, and learn about the characteristics ...
  37. Best 3 Vanguard Funds that Track the Top 500 Companies

    Discover the three Vanguard funds tracking the S&P 500 Index, and learn about the characteristics and historical statistics ...
  38. How to Buy Chinese Yuan

    Discover the different options that are available to investors who want to obtain exposure to the Chinese yuan, including ...
  39. Are Alternatives Right for Your Portfolio?

    Alternative investments are increasingly making their way into retail investors' portfolios. Are they a good fit?
  40. What Is a REIT and Does It Belong in My Portfolio?

    Real estate investment trusts offer a unique way for investors to own a real estate portfolio without the risks of owning ...
  41. What’s the Difference Between Duration & Maturity?

    We look at the meaning of two terms that often get confused, duration and maturity, to set the record straight.
  42. How to Trade In a Flat Market

    Reduce position size by 50% to 75% in a flat market.
  43. How to Stretch Your Retirement Savings

    What does "nest egg" mean for your personal situation? Will you deplete it, or will you nurture it to generate income that ...
  44. ETF Fees: Why BlackRock is the Latest to Cut Them

    Low expense ratios are a big selling point for ETFs, but are they being focused on too much?
  45. Is Wall Street Living in Denial?

    Will remaining calm and staying long present significant risks to your investment health?
  46. Will Paris Attacks Undo the European Union Dream?

    Last Friday's attacks in Paris are transforming the migrant crisis into an EU security threat, which could undermine the ...
  47. Top Private Equity Bargains for Your Portfolio

    Investing in private equity firms can lead to long-term profits.
  48. Home Depot: Can its Shares Continue Climbing?

    Home Depot has outperformed the market by a wide margin in the last 12 months. Is this sustainable?
  49. Stock Picking Won’t Make You a Billionaire

    Find out why it's impossible to become a billionaire by just picking stocks, and what it really takes to land among the world's ...
  50. The 3 Best Vanguard Mutual Funds for Your Roth IRA

    Learn about Vanguard funds that are good choices for a Roth IRA. Read about how Vanguard funds make it easy for investors ...
  51. Has Urban Outfitters Lost its Way? (URBN)

    Urban Outfitters just made a bold move. Will it pay off?
  52. Does TripAdvisor Offer Upside Potential? (TRIP)

    Will TripAdvisor's downside risk outweigh upside potential in 2016? It's most recent SEC filing offers some strong clues. ...
  53. Boost Your Portfolio by Adding 3 Turnaround Stocks

    Peter Lynch loves turnarounds. The stocks of these battered companies can offer incredible rewards if bought at the right ...
  54. Is Walmart's Rally Sustainable? (WMT)

    Walmart is enjoying a short-term rally. Is it sustainable? Is Amazon still a better bet?
  55. Buy Penny Stocks Using the Wisdom of Peter Lynch

    Are penny stocks any better than playing penny slots in Vegas? What if you used the fundamental analysis principles of Peter ...
  56. Are Amazon Profits Here to Stay?

    Amazon is starting to look like a steadily profitable company. Is this really the case? Should investors even be hoping for ...
  57. Blockchain Boom Could be the Next Big Thing for Tech Startups 

    Blockchain technology offers startups the ability to create flexible and secure businesses. It's a growing trend, but startups' ...
  58. Vanguard's Target Date Funds: What You Should Know

    Target date funds have grown in popularity as an investment of choice among 401(k) investors. Here's a closer look at Vanguard's ...
  59. Your Flex Spending Dollars: How to Use Them All

    Your flexible spending account is about to expire. Don't throw money away; here's how you can spend every cent (or roll it ...
  60. Looking to Buy Mutual Funds Online? Here Is How

    Learn how to buy mutual funds online; discover which websites offer mutual fund trading services, how to choose a fund and ...
  61. 4 Iconic Financial Companies That No Longer Exist

    Learn how poor management, frauds, scandals or mergers wiped out some of the most recognizable brands in the finance industry ...
  62. Unsecured Personal Loans: 8 Sneaky Traps

    If you are seeking a personal loan, be aware of these pitfalls before you proceed.
  63. Are EM Stocks Finally Emerging?

    Many investors are looking at emerging market (EM) stocks and wonder if it’s time to step back in, while others wonder if ...
  64. Wal-Mart vs. Target: Which One Is A Bigger Threat To Amazon?

    Walmart and Target both revealed multi-year plans to grow their businesses. Which of these two retailers is the biggest threat ...
  65. Are the Brands Millennials Love a Good Buy?

    Millennials make up a very big — and thus important —c onsumer generation. So if they love a brand, its stock is likely to ...
  66. What Slow Global Growth Means for Portfolios

    While U.S. growth remains relatively resilient, global growth continues to slip.
  67. Does Costco Have Room to Grow Its Margins?

    Costco has historically capped their margins well below industry standard. Might now be the time for them to raise them and ...
  68. Keystone XL Rejected: Which Stocks Will Win, Lose?

    Are investors overestimating the Keystone XL Pipeline news? Here's a look at some of the stocks they're likely liking right ...
  69. Zeroing in on Fidelity’s Top Funds for Retirement

    Fidelity's retirement funds might offer long-term potential, but perhaps a better opportunity is available.
  70. How liquid are Vanguard mutual funds?

    Learn how liquidity applies to the Vanguard mutual fund family. Vanguard is one of the most well-known and largest investment ...
  71. The Semiconductor Sector is On the Verge of a Breakout

    The semiconductor sector may be on the verge of a major breakout that provides market leadership in 2016.
  72. Going Long China with Leveraged ETFs (YINN, YANG)

    Leveraged ETFs, especially those related to the China story, present significant opportunities and substantial risk. Here's ...
  73. Credit Default Swaps: An Introduction

    This derivative can help manage portfolio risk, but it isn't a simple vehicle.
  74. How Vanguard Index Funds Work

    Learn how Vanguard index funds work. See how the index sampling technique allows Vanguard to charge low expense ratios that ...
  75. How the Paris Attacks Could Impact the Economy

    The horrific terror attacks in Paris will have a ripple effect on comsumer spending and tourism.
  76. Is it Time to Climb Out of The Gap? (GPS)

    Investors are remaining bearish on clothing giant Gap Inc. They might be right for now, but what about for the long haul? ...
  77. 10 Ways to Protect Your Investments From an Interest Rate Hike

    Learn investment considerations and wealth-management options that aim to safeguard investor goals while interest rates rise ...
  78. How to Invest in the Philippines' Stock Market

    The Philippines offers more long-term growth potential than most economies around the world. Here's how to play it.
  79. Are hedge funds regulated by FINRA?

    Discover how FINRA's authority extends to hedge funds, an alternative investment vehicle, and learn what rules these funds ...
  80. The Enormous Long-Term Cost of Holding Cash

    We take a look into how investors are still being impacted by the memory of the tech bubble and the advent of the last financial ...
  81. How Bitcoin Helps People Bypass Government Currency Control

    Bitcoin has helped ordinary citizens in some countries bypass government controls over free exchange conversions.
  82. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, wealthier trader.
  83. What Bitcoin Regulations Look Like Around The World

    Bitcoin is still so new that countries are struggling to make legislation catch up with technology. Some nations are more ...
  84. The Next Big ETFs Might Be From Latin America

    These ETFs are an excellent place to start for any investor interested in betting on Latin America.
  85. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  86. Operating Cash Flow: Better Than Net Income?

    Differences between accrual accounting and cash flows show why net income is easier to manipulate.
  87. What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

    The FTC announced it had opened an official investigation of Herbalife, which has been accused of running a pyramid scheme. ...
  88. Junk Bonds: Everything You Need To Know

    Don't be fooled by the name - junk bonds may be for you if you know how to analyze them.
  89. Investors Beware! Don't Make These Dumb Mistakes

    Sometimes mistakes make for the best lessons. That said, it's still better to learn from someone else's investing mistakes.
  90. Investment Banks: Not a Good Bet Right Now?

    Investment banks might appear safe to investors at the moment, but they're probably more dangerous than advertised.
  91. An Overview of Janus Capital Management

    A look at Janus Capital and the funds it manages.
  92. Understanding High Yield Fund Performance

    For exchange traded fund, not all high-yield ETFs are the same. So, we take a look at one high yield investment in particular ...
  93. An ETF for Dollar Bulls: PowerShares UUP

    A look at PowerShares US Dollar Index Bullish Fund ETF.
  94. Terrorism's Effects on Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets, but just how much? Find out how to take cover.
  95. Using Your IRA to Invest in Property

    Explain how to use an IRA account to buy investment property.
  96. Finding the Right Mutual Fund Screener

    Learn about which filters should appear in a good mutual fund screener, and discover which factors are less important in ...
  97. 4 Companies That Made Billionaires Poor

    Learn how four once-successful companies in the stock market lost their way, and how these companies turned billionaire investors ...
  98. Five ETFs for Contrarian Investors

    Here are five ETF ideas that can be used by the contrarian investor.
  99. Finding the Right Mutual Fund: Top Tips

    Here's how to find the right mutual fund using five considerations to narrow down your choices.
  100. Analyzing Porter's 5 Forces on Facebook

    Read about how you can use Porter's five forces to analyze Facebook's competition. This simple methodology looks at several ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Can hedge funds trade penny stocks?

    Discover the types of investments hedge funds can engage in, their primary goal, and the restrictions that preclude the average ...
  2. How liquid are Vanguard mutual funds?

    Learn how liquidity applies to the Vanguard mutual fund family. Vanguard is one of the most well-known and largest investment ...
  3. Are hedge funds regulated by FINRA?

    Discover how FINRA's authority extends to hedge funds, an alternative investment vehicle, and learn what rules these funds ...
  4. Who actually owns the Wall Street Journal?

    Lean why media magnate Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the Wall Street Journal is now regretted by the family that owned the ...
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