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  1. How Amgen Makes Billions On Just A Few Drugs

    Amgen produces relatively few drugs, but that's doesn't mean it's any less essential or profitable. Here's a look at the ...
  2. Solar Is Starting To Win The Price War

    For solar energy, the story has always been its price relative to fossil fuel prices. Grid parity with natural gas and coal ...
  3. The Death Of The Glamour Stock

    The market has started to realize that QE didn’t keep U.S. Treasury rates low. Instead it encouraged risk-seeking behavior ...
  4. Holiday Savings: A Tip a Day Till Christmas

    Start planning and saving for the holiday season, to avoid starting the New Year with a mountain of holiday debt.
  5. The Key Differences Between ETFs And Mutual Funds

    Given the distinctions between the two kinds of funds, which one is better for you? It depends, so read on.
  6. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  7. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  8. How Carlos Slim Built His Fortune

    How did Carlos Slim Helú get to be so wealthy? Here's a look at where the man came from and how he got to where he is.
  9. Investing In New York City REITs

    So you want a bite of The Big Apple? These REITs focus on New York City real estate. Here's what you need to know.
  10. Consumer Staples Defend against Volatility

    Volatility has crept back into the market, but consumers can defend against price swings by investing in consumer staples.
  11. Roth IRAs: Investing And Trading Do’s And Don’ts

    Just what can you invest in in a Roth IRA? And what constitutes a prohibited transaction?
  12. China's GDP Examined: A Service-Sector Surge

    China's economy has surged over the last several decades but still has a ways to go to modernize. Here's a look.
  13. 5 Things You Need To Know About Index Funds

    Index funds, at their best, offer a low-cost way for investors to track popular stock and bond market indexes. But not all ...
  14. What Can an Investor Learn from DuckTales?

    "DuckTales" told the story of Scrooge McDuck. Are there any lessons for an adult investor you might have missed as a child?
  15. The Top Reasons Behind The U.S. National Debt

    National debt, as with a business, is basically the difference between receipts and expenses--but in the U.S., the latter ...
  16. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  17. Law of Demand

    The law of demand is one of the most fundamental principles in microeconomics. It's all about how price affects demand. According ...
  18. Systematic Risk

    Systematic risk, also known as volatility, non-diversifiable risk or market risk, is the risk everyone assumes when investing ...
  19. Factors Of Production

    Factors of production is an economic term describing the general inputs used to produce goods and services to make a profit. ...
  20. 7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    If you haven't been hacked yet, it may just be a matter of time. Here's how to protect yourself as much as possible before ...
  21. Payback Period

    Payback period is the time it takes for an investment to generate an amount of income or cash equal to the cost of the investment. ...
  22. Main Characteristics of Capitalist Economies

    Commerce is based on the principles of capitalism, but there are few, if any, examples of pure capitalism except in theory.
  23. Self-Directed IRA: The Right Move For You?

    How to benefit from the self-directed IRA's increased investment opportunities – and avoid the scams.
  24. 9 Reasons You May Never Retire

    As we face more years on this planet, the quality of that life becomes more important, and so you will need more gold to ...
  25. Navigating E-commerce: Alibaba, eBay and Amazon

    Amazon, e-Bay and Alibaba were each game-changers in global e-commerce, with each not only finding its own niche, but inventing ...
  26. HUD-1 Form: What Must Be On It

    You can't close on property involving federally related mortgages without a HUD-1 form. Use these instructions for a correct ...
  27. The Fear And Greed Cycle Lives On

    The last few years in the market have been an interesting experiment in psychological conditioning and overall complacency. ...
  28. Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    You learn that credit card numbers have been stolen from a store you use. How to protect yourself in general – and what to ...
  29. Are You An Investor Or Trader?

    Some stock market participants are investors or traders, and others are trying to do both. Often, they get in trouble by ...
  30. When is revenue recognized under accrual accounting?

    Discover how to report revenue under the accrual method of accounting and why a firm recognizes revenue even when cash has ...
  31. How long are credit ratings valid?

    Learn how credit ratings are issued and how long they are valid. Investors look to credit ratings to determine risk associated ...
  32. Does a good credit rating guarantee repayment?

    Learn how credit ratings help investors determine the creditworthiness of an issuer and the risk associated with making an ...
  33. Is the Social Security trust fund solvent?

    Learn why the Social Security trust fund does not actually hold any money and how its solvency relies on the U.S. government's ...
  34. What are the differences between a systematic investment plan (SIP) and a recurring ...

    Differentiate between a recurring deposit and a systematic investment plan, or SIP, within an investment account, and learn ...
  35. What are the benefits and costs (or risks) of a systematic investment plan (SIP)?

    Discover the advantages and disadvantages of using a systematic investment plan; you may lower your average cost, or you ...
  36. What are the main differences between a systematic investment plan (SIP) and mutual ...

    Reduce your average cost per share on mutual fund investments using the dollar-cost averaging strategy by way of a systematic ...
  37. Top Tips For Winning New Clients

    Advisors looking to attract potential clients need to speak in a straightforward manner, be available for questions and leave ...
  38. How Long Will Equity Income ETFs Remain Strong?

    With nearly every index giving back their 2014 gains, have interest-rate-sensitive stocks sidestepped the volatility or have ...
  39. Junk Is Starting To Look A Lot Less Junky

    The recent rout in junk bonds could be the buying opportunity they’ve been waiting for over the last few years. Yields are ...
  40. Mutual Funds Commonly Found In Retirement Plans

    If you have a 401(k), these fund names should ring a bell. Here's how and why.
  41. Want To Impress Clients? Show Your Due Diligence

    Doing the learning legwork for the products and service providers you employ will expand your understanding and impress incumbent ...
  42. ETFs Commonly Found In Retirement Accounts

    Which ETFs are popular in retirement accounts? Here's a look at several and why they might be right for you or your client.
  43. Dealing With An Underwater Mortgage During Divorce

    Going through a divorce is chaotic enough, but throw in a house with an underwater mortgage and things get particularly messy.
  44. How do I calculate earnings per share with simple capital and complex capital structure?

    Learn the difference between simple and complex capital structures and how the structure affects a company's calculations ...
  45. What are the main differences between a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) ...

    Learn about the advantages and differences of Registered Retirement Income Funds and life annuities. Explore two different ...
  46. How and when are stock dividends paid out?

    Learn about why, when and how companies declare and issue dividend payments to common stock shareholders. Also learn the ...
  47. What are some examples of the most common types of investments on an IRA?

    Explore different investments commonly held in investment retirement accounts, such as certificates of deposit and exchange ...
  48. What are the differences between dilutive securities and antidilutive securities?

    Learn how investors and accountants apply the terms "dilutive" and "antidilutive" to securities or the exercise of security ...
  49. Can I invest my IRA in an entity, business or LLC?

    Explore different types of businesses, entities, corporations and limited liability companies, and the types IRA-eligible ...
  50. What are the main income statement ratios?

    Learn how to calculate and interpret some of the most common and insightful financial ratios, like earnings per share, from ...
  51. What are the main disadvantages of a self-directed IRA?

    Find out more about self-directed IRA investments and the role of controlling drawdown in the management of a profitable ...
  52. What are the differences between comprehensive income and other comprehensive income?

    Learn what the accounting terms "comprehensive income" and "other comprehensive income" can tell an investor's financial ...
  53. How can I convert a 401(k) into a Roth 401(k)?

    Investigate how to convert a 401(k) into a Roth 401(k) and compare the two different types of defined contribution pensions ...
  54. What are the main differences between single step and multiple step income statements?

    Learn how to distinguish between single-step income statements and multiple-step income statements, and learn the advantages ...
  55. What are some examples of the most common assets on a Roth IRA?

    Investing in a Roth IRA can be achieved by using a variety of assets. Cash, real estate, stocks, bonds and other investments ...
  56. What are the difference between gross revenue reporting and net revenue reporting?

    Understand what it means to report revenue as net or gross and which kinds of companies are most likely to use either reporting ...
  57. Who is eligible to obtain a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA?

    Learn if an individual may contribute to a Simplified Employee Pension IRA when his or her employer offers a plan and how ...
  58. What are the differences between income statements from merchandising companies vs. ...

    Learn how merchandising companies and service companies have to account for different information when preparing an income ...
  59. When can I withdraw my IRA money?

    Managing an individual retirement account can be tricky. Find out when you can withdraw IRA money without incurring a 10 ...
  60. Can I own Master Limited Partnerships (MLP) on my Roth IRA?

    Learn how to invest in master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in your Roth IRA for access to high yields, but be careful to ...
  61. How do I invest my IRA in real estate?

    Investing real estate in an IRA is one way to fund an investment account. For investors who choose this route, certain rules ...
  62. What are the advantages of commodities on a Roth IRA?

    Discover what kind of commodity-based investments are allowed inside of a Roth IRA and what advantages commodities can bring ...
  63. What are the main advantages of a self-directed IRA?

    Learn about the way self-directed IRAs are handled by investors and the variety of options investors have to fund their retirement ...
  64. What are the disadvantages of commodities on a Roth IRA?

    Discover what kind of commodity-based investments are allowed in a Roth IRA and what disadvantages commodity investments ...
  65. How do you calculate beta in Excel?

    Learn how to calculate the beta of an equity investment using Microsoft Excel, including how to use a regression or the slope ...
  66. Why do I need to unlever beta when making WACC calculations?

    Dive into weighted average cost of capital calculations, and see why firms both unlever and re-lever beta to compare debt ...
  67. What's the difference between alpha and beta?

    Learn about alpha and beta, two very important technical risk ratios that investors use to evaluate relative performance, ...
  68. What are the differences between period costs and product costs?

    Find out why GAAP separates all company expenses into either period or production costs and how this impacts the way expenses ...
  69. How can I protect my portfolio from market corrections?

    Learn about some of the types of investment strategies designed to protect an investment portfolio from losing value during ...
  70. Can I buy ETFs for my Roth IRA?

    Invest in exchange-traded funds within your Roth IRA to maximize diversification and gain access to specialized markets and ...
  71. How should an accountant correctly record and report a change in an accounting estimate?

    Read about how the FASB treats a change in accounting estimate and what businesses are required to report or disclose when ...
  72. Can I buy emerging market bonds on my Roth IRA?

    Learn how to diversify your Roth IRA by adding emerging markets debt to your portfolio. Reduce costs and risks by investing ...
  73. 3 ETF Signals You May Use For Confirmation

    Is the economic landscape healing? Far from it. Does that signal good things for the U.S. market? No… but the Fed is likely ...
  74. Are All ETF Correlations Barreling Towards 1.0?

    Since the S&P 500 hit 2011 on September 18, it has forfeited 4.1%. Though that may not represent a significant decline, it ...
  75. The Education of Warren Buffett

    How did Warren Buffett get to be the richest investor in America? A little luck, a lot of pluck and a head for numbers.
  76. Why Did ETFs Become So Popular?

    How long should a buy-n-hold investor “hold?” If you held the Dow Jones Industrials Average from 1916 - 1981, would you have ...
  77. Capital Structure

    Capital structure is the combination of the debt and equity a company uses to finance its long-term operations and growth. ...
  78. The Cash Conversion Cycle

    Cash conversion cycle, or net operating cycle, is the number of days it takes a business to convert its production inputs ...
  79. Arm's Length Transaction

    An arm’s length transaction describes business deals in which the buyer and seller act independently and with no interest ...
  80. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile ...
  81. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  82. TIPS Are Unloved And Under-Owned

    Do you use protection? Because based on the recent, wild action in the markets, it seems as though many people have been ...
  83. India Is Eclipsing China's Economy As Brightest BRIC Star

    It seems fitting that on the occasion of Diwali – the Hindu “festival of lights” – India should emerge as the brightest star ...
  84. How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage

    Making a windfall from a stock that attracts a takeover bid is an alluring proposition. But be warned – benefiting from m&a ...
  85. How Bitcoin Casinos Work

    For those who don't just don't find bitcoin speculative enough, there are bitcoin casinos.
  86. Retirement Investment Strategies by Age

    Saving and investing for retirement ideally should begin the moment you start working — if not before — and continue well ...
  87. How To Invest In The Nikkei 225

    The Nikkei index is synonymous with Japan's economy, the third-largest in the world. Here's the easiest way to take a stake.
  88. Pick the Right Brokerage Account for Options Trading

    Follow these steps to pick the right options brokerage account depending on your trading needs and style of trading.
  89. What the 10-Year Treasury’s Dip Means for Bonds

    It was hard to miss the headlines earlier this week about the 10-year Treasury yield dipping below 2% Wednesday, hitting ...
  90. The Six Things Investors Should Do Now

    FOX Business Network’s Elizabeth MacDonald weighs on The Six Things Investors Should Do Now. Stocks are swinging up and down, ...
  91. An Investing Secret For When The Market Drops

    I wrote a piece called “Why Cash is Not a Strategy.” I was sitting on more cash than I knew was good for me: I’ve started ...
  92. Will ETFs Eventually Replace Mutual Funds?

    Will mutual funds be replaced by ETFs? Possibly, but it's not too likely and probably not anytime soon.
  93. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  94. Capitalization Rate

    Capitalization Rate is a financial term most commonly used in the real estate investment industry. It is often simply called ...
  95. Jobs Data Great For ETFs, Grisly For The Economy

    “Holy Moly!” exclaim the financial media. They marvel at a headline unemployment number of 5.9%. “This economy is much better ...
  96. A Look Into The Secrets Of Venture Capitalism

    Venture capitalists own an equity stake in the start-up and have a say in the functioning of the company. Investments are ...
  97. The Beginning Of A Bear Market?

    Monday, Friday and Thursday marked the worst three-day streak for U.S. stocks since 2011.
  98. What You Need To Know About Preferred Stock

    Curious about preferred shares? Here's what you should know about these bond-like instruments.
  99. Economics 101

    Economics is the study of how individuals, governments, businesses and other organizations make choices that effect the allocation ...
  100. Investor, Know Thyself: Choose A Stock Category Based On Your Risk Tolerance

    Choosing the right investment isn't just about choosing the right investment. It also requires that you intimiately understand ...
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