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  1. Portfolio Moves To Make Before The End Of 2014

    With three months left to go, it makes sense to review your portfolio to make sure you’re prepared for what’s likely in store ...
  2. Warren Buffett's Probability Analysis Is His Key To Success

    Warren Buffett didn't get rich through luck. His shrewd acumen when picking investments is based on thorough research and ...
  3. The Importance Of U.S. Treasury Rates

    U.S. Treasury bond interest rates affect more than just bondholders! It impacts the day to day lives of all consumers.
  4. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  5. Understanding The Bond Behemoth That Is Pimco

    Pimco has been in the news lately. What does the giant investment manager firm do and who does it serve?
  6. 7 Steps To Evaluate A Financial Adviser

    Looking to hire a financial advisor but unsure what you want or need? Follow these seven steps.
  7. Is the Dow Jones a stock exchange?

    Learn about the Dow Jones Industrial Average and its impact. This historically significant index provides a daily snapshot ...
  8. What does FNMA stand for?

    Learn what FNMA is, how it helps low-, moderate- and middle-income families afford a place to live using mortgage liquidity, ...
  9. What are the differences between operating expenses and cost of goods sold (COGS)?

    Discover the differences between operating expenses and cost of goods sold, how each are calculated and why they are considered ...
  10. Are stock dividends and stock splits taxed?

    Understand different tax implications for dividend payments and stock splits; main factors include the type of account and ...
  11. How is revenue related to retained earnings?

    Learn what business revenue is and how it relates to retained earnings. See how accountants calculate these key figures and ...
  12. What is the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet?

    Find the current value of a business by reading the balance statement and determine whether operations are efficient by analyzing ...
  13. What are the differences between gross profit and gross margin?

    Learn how gross profit and gross margin are calculated and how each is used in fundamental analysis. Generally, these numbers ...
  14. Does gross profit account for sales returns?

    Discover how accountants record the return of a saleable item and how that might impact the gross profit for a firm, either ...
  15. When should I use depreciation expense instead of accumulated depreciation?

    Distinguish differences between depreciation expense, which is reported on the income statement, and accumulated depreciation ...
  16. Do real estate agents need a degree?

    Earning a degree is required by many real estate brokerages, as well as by some state's real estate boards. Getting a degree ...
  17. Where can you get real estate advice?

    Learn where to find unbiased real estate advice on the Web, and get a brief sampling of the types of issues to take into ...
  18. What do real estate attorneys do?

    Understand the role of a real estate attorney to help you decide if you would benefit from the expertise of this type of ...
  19. How are real estate taxes calculated?

    Find out how real estate taxes are calculated; failure to pay these taxes that can be a substantial annual expense can lead ...
  20. Is the Bureau of Labor Statistics accurate?

    Read this brief analysis of the accuracy of Bureau of Labor Statistics, including a summary of the types of reports issued ...
  21. Is the Dow Jones a public company?

    Find out how the Dow Jones Industrial Average tracks the health of the U.S. economy. This fluctuating number indicates the ...
  22. Stop Smoking If You Want To Sell Your House

    Homebuyers, whether first-time or repeat buyers, shop with their senses. The No. 1 turnoff for prospective homebuyers is ...
  23. 5 Pieces Of Unconventional Wisdom For Investors

    There is a problem with following conventional wisdom as an investor. Thinking outside of the mainstream is the best way ...
  24. 10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Being a successful entrepreneurs requires more than just an idea or a lot of money. Here are ten things that set successful ...
  25. Choosing The Right ETF Index To Reach Your Goals

    The key to choosing ETFs for your portfolio is understanding how they pick stocks and making sure their investment philosophy ...
  26. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  27. Technology Dividends Offer Income Opportunity

    The world of dividend investing has traditionally been dominated by companies in the utility, financial, and consumer goods ...
  28. Certificate of Deposit (CD)

    A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a common financial product sold by banks, thrift organizations and credit unions. This ...
  29. Due Diligence

    In the investment world, Due Diligence refers to the full investigation of a product and transaction that a buyer or seller ...
  30. Correlation

    In the world of finance, correlation is a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other.
  31. Repurchase Agreement

    A repurchase agreement is the equivalent of a short-term collateralized loan. An owner of marketable securities sells those ...
  32. Bond ETFs: Selling The Rumor, Buying The News

    The appetite for stock risk is softening, yet few people are talking about it.
  33. A CD Is The Best Tool To Teach Your Kid To Save

    After suffering through a major recession, many people developed a near obsession with making sure they have savings set ...
  34. Making A Move With Bond ETFs

    I talk a lot about how you can use ETFs to build bond portfolios in the current market environment, and my colleague recently ...
  35. How Does Goodwill Affect Financial Statements?

    Goodwill is a bit of a paradox--intangible, yet it is recorded as an asset on the purchasing company's balance sheet.
  36. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  37. Charging Bull-The Brass Icon of Wall Street

    The brass "Charging Bull" near Wall Street, the finance world's most famous sculpture, started out as a bizarre stealth gift--initially, ...
  38. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  39. What is Happening To Atlantic City's Gambling Industry?

    It is quite ironic that Atlantic City, once a bustling seaside resort, home to Miss America Pageant and the inspiration for ...
  40. Fund Firm Jolts: Pimco's Isn't The First Or Worst

    When you business is built on prudence and trust, a lot can go wrong to cost you tons of clients and assets. Here are a few ...
  41. Alternatives To Pimco's Total Return Fund

    News of Bill Gross’ resignation has roiled the fixed income market. Given the sizable outflows from the Total Return fund, ...
  42. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  43. The Vital Importance of Choosing The Right Day Trading Software

    Software has made day trading quick and automatic--all the more reason to be as painstaking as possible when choosing the ...
  44. 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.
  45. Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy And Hold

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  46. Buffett: High Interest Rates Make Stocks Worthless

    When it comes to deciding where to invest, the stock market is a no-brainer for Warren Buffett.
  47. Is The S&P 500 Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

    Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio.
  48. How To Choose An Affordable Financial Planner

    Choosing a financial planner is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. In fact, this decision is just as important as ...
  49. Interested In Investing In Africa? Here's How

    In 2000, Africa was labeled “The Hopeless Continent” by The Economist. In 2011, its cover read “Africa Rising.” What has ...
  50. What To Expect From Pimco After Bill Gross

    What should investors and financial advisors make of Pimco and its Total Return fund following the departure of Bill Gross?
  51. Who Should Buy 'Rent To Own'

    The monthly payments sound small, but they add up. Here's how "rent to own" works and who might benefit from it. Or not.
  52. Pimco Investor? Consider This Before Bailing

    If you own a Pimco bond fund, consider this advice before you drop the firm over the departure of Bill Gross.
  53. Finding Rent-To-Own Homes

    Rent to own can be a route to owning your own home. But searching can be costly and complicated, and leases may have pitfalls. ...
  54. The World Bank's All-Important World Development Indicators (WDI)

    The World Development Indicators are the world's economic scorecards: they evaluate where nearly every country stands and ...
  55. Goodwill vs Other Intangible Assets: What's the Difference?

    "Intangible" assets don't possess physical substance. Yet they are quanitfiable, and of great importance to any business. ...
  56. Is It Smarter To Save Money Or Earn More Income?

    When it comes to money, what's your financial focus? My poor dad spent much of his energy working for others and saving as ...
  57. Why do Bitcoins have value?

    Performing with transactional anonymity, Bitcoin has value as a private digital currency, investment tool and social networking ...
  58. Commercial Real Estate Loans

    Obtaining a commercial real estate loan is quite different from borrowing for residential real estate. Here's what to expect ...
  59. Health Care REITs: A Dose Of Durable Dividends

    Healthcare REITs, like other REITs, are good dividend investments. Unlike other REITs, they are more recession proof and ...
  60. What are the best ways to lower my investing fees?

    Lower your investing fees by buying index funds or ETFs, choosing the right mutual fund share class, evaluating breakpoints ...
  61. What Bill Gross, Steve Jobs and Steve Wynn Share

    Few people build a multi-billion dollar business and leave it. But these did just that.
  62. What is the difference between a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan?

    Administered by for-profit, private companies, 401(k) plans are more common than the nonprofit or government-sponsored 4 ...
  63. Is there a minimum I have to contribute to my 401(k) plan?

    Deciding how much to put into a 401(k) account can be tricky. There are guidelines to ensure you are investing what you need ...
  64. What's the difference between a 401(k) and a pension plan?

    Discern the differences between 401(k) plans, in which employees assume the market risk, and pension plans, in which the ...
  65. What are the advantages of paying with Bitcoin?

    Learn how payments made with Bitcoins offer certain advantages over standard currency, including user anonymity, no taxation ...
  66. Is it legal to invest my student loan money?

    Take a risk investing student loans and encounter a legal and moral gray area as well as possible financial challenges along ...
  67. What's the difference between a long and short position in the market?

    Understand long and short positions for stocks and option contracts; combine long and short positions for added leverage ...
  68. What are the risks of investing in Bitcoin?

    Learn how Bitcoin is an unregulated, uninsured and unregistered private digital currency that can be used as a speculative ...
  69. What's the difference between a cash account and a margin account?

    Compare and contrast margin and cash accounts. Margin accounts offer short-term loans, leverage on existing portfolios, and ...
  70. When did the real estate bubble burst?

    Collapsing home prices from subprime mortgage defaults and risky investments on mortgage-backed securities burst the housing ...
  71. What The Daily 1% Price Mean For ETF Investors

    In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the ...
  72. Raise Your Kid To Be The Next Warren Buffett

    If you’re looking for a positive role model for your kid, Warren Buffett should be high on your list.
  73. What are the differences between investing in real estate and stocks?

    Invest in real estate by purchasing physical property or buildings, or invest in stocks by buying a claim to a company and ...
  74. When can you trade the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Find out when you can trade shares linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average during NYSE and Nasdaq trading sessions.
  75. What is the maximum I can contribute to my 401(k) plan?

    Investing for retirement might mean making some sacrifices at first, but the resulting peace of mind is well worth the initial ...
  76. What do real estate investors look for in a property?

    Profit from real estate investments by either flipping homes or becoming a landlord. Learn best practices for a successful ...
  77. Can you buy shares in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Invest in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index through index funds or ETFs.
  78. Who owns Dow Jones & Company?

    Learn how the purchase of Dow Jones & Company by News Corp. included the acquisition of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's ...
  79. What is real estate crowdfunding?

    Invest directly in real estate projects through crowdfunding. Currently only open for accredited investors, the SEC is working ...
  80. What are some of the challenges in real estate development?

    Learn what real estate development is, what developers do, and how real estate development is hindered by both risks and ...
  81. What is the goal of real estate wholesaling?

    Invest in real estate with minimal capital through wholesaling. There is no remodeling or carrying costs. Rather, a quick ...
  82. How do you compare the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the Toronto Stock ...

    See how the Dow Jones Industrial Average and TSX Composite move according to factors in their respective countries and from ...
  83. What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) all-time high?

    Inching ever higher, the Dow Jones recorded new highs in September 2014. Since the index was first calculated in 1896, it ...
  84. Why is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) price weighted?

    Learn how the Dow Jones Industrial Average has told the story of the broad market through its simple, price-weighted calculation ...
  85. How can I make equity investments in real estate?

    Invest in real estate equity through buying and selling real property or through other more liquid investments like real ...
  86. How do you compare Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and Nifty?

    Compare the Dow Jones Industrial Average with the S&P CNX Nifty 50 to see how each represents the broad market in the United ...
  87. A Good time to Check Your Bond Portfolio

    Bond market and currency volatility have been on the rise lately, leaving many investors wondering what they should do in ...
  88. The Irreplaceable Brand Of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has said that in order to succeed in real estate it's vital to enhance your location. His golf course investments ...
  89. How To Research Volatile Stocks

    Volatile stocks scare some investors--they're worried about something they need to keep an eye on. Fortunately, great software ...
  90. Loving Bonds: Fixed Income Investing Themes 2014

    With the New Year now underway, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into fixed income markets to consider where (and how) ...
  91. Global Value From ETFs In The Land Down Under

    International ETFs have been under fire this summer as shifting currency woes and economic forecasts continue to indicate ...
  92. Infographic: The Unconstrained Approach

    The unconstrained approach: a global style of investing that looks at opportunities across a broad set of asset classes and ...
  93. Investors Still Fear Stock: Good News For Markets?

    Despite this week’s losses, stocks are still having a good year – in fact, they’ve been having a good five years.
  94. Rental Property: Getting Rich Means Taking It Slowly

    I have two second cousins who serve in the military. We don't always talk much, though. The age gap can be a roadblock and ...
  95. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  96. Analyzing Warren Buffett's 2013 Famous Shareholder Letter

    Reading the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's letters has been one of the best sources of investment education for value investors ...
  97. Emerging Market Bond ETFs: Look Under The Hood

    Interested in diversifying your portfolio with some emerging market debt? Have a look at these key ETFs.
  98. The Normal Distribution Table, Explained

    The normal distribution formula is based on two simple parameters - mean and standard deviation
  99. Should You Spend Your Money Or Your Time?

    We've all heard that time is money. It can mean various things to various people. Over time, if you save and invest, you ...
  100. Three Reasons To Consider EM Asia

    While the economic and monetary environment remains supportive of equity markets, not all stocks have been benefiting lately.
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    Learn how credit ratings are issued and how long they are valid. Investors look to credit ratings to determine risk associated ...
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