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  1. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  2. 6 Dangerous Moves For First-Time Investors

    It's easy for people to invest nowadays, but there are risks. These mistakes could take you out of the market when you've ...
  3. How do I take qualitative factors into consideration when using fundamental analysis?

    Fundamental analysis is the method of analyzing companies based on factors that affect their intrinsic value. There are two ...
  4. Why is the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) misleading when assessing long-term ...

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. Below is an overview ...
  5. Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

    Find out how analysts determine the fair value of a company with this step-by-step tutorial and learn how to evaluate an ...
  6. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  7. Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
  8. How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    No one doubts the value and importance of investor education and sophistication, but many investors are not really all that ...
  9. 5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Economy

    I find that defaulting to pessimism about the economy is a great way to hedge your emotional bets.
  10. The Elder-Ray Indicator: Seeing Into The Market

    Elder-ray helps determine the strength of competing groups of bulls and bears so you know when to buy and when to short. ...
  11. Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments

    It is not uncommon for investors to lose money through misselling or other forms of mismanagement.
  12. Find Security In Covered Bonds

    Find out about a safe investing alternative that could have prevented the subprime meltdown.
  13. Take the "Dope" Out of Your Finances

    The activity of the brain chemical dopamine can help make sense of our irrational financial decisions. Here's how to outsmart ...
  14. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools to trade and analyze financial markets.
  15. Motivations That Influence Trading Strategies

    Traders and speculators have different classifications based on their differing characteristics or strategies carried.
  16. Economic Growth

    Economic growth happens when the market value of the goods and services in an economy increase in one time period as compared ...
  17. Burn Rate Key Factor In Company's Sustainability

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  18. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  19. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  20. Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool.
  21. How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater

    It would almost be easier to list the industry sectors in which Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) doesn’t ...
  22. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  23. 10 Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

    We'll look at ten habits that help real estate investors build a solid real estate portfolio.
  24. EBITDA

    Otherwise known as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Learn more about this indicator of a company's ...
  25. Basics Of China's Real Estate Industry

    China's exponential growth was led primarily by its Real Estate Industry, but could this trend continue?
  26. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  27. Cashing In On The Venture Capital Cycle

    Find out how VC firms make the market go round, and round and round.
  28. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  29. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  30. How can I budget for both short-term expenses and long-term goals?

    The first step in planning for long-term goals is actually determining how much you spend on short-term expenses. Once you ...
  31. What is the difference between preferred stock and common stock?

    Preferred and common stocks are different in two key aspects. First, preferred stockholders have a greater claim to a company's ...
  32. Why do stock prices change following news reports?

    Stock prices move up and down every minute due to fluctuations in supply and demand. If more people want to buy a particular ...
  33. American Depositary Receipt Basics

    Thanks to American depositary receipts, investors now have a world of investing opportunities to choose from.
  34. Ratio Analysis Tutorial

    If you don't know how to evaluate a company's present performance and its possible future performance, you need to learn ...
  35. Valuing Firms Using Present Value Of Free Cash Flows

    When trying to evaluate a company, it always comes down to determining the value of the free cash flows and discounting them ...
  36. The Evolution Of Money Management

    We look at the development of the money management profession and how it impacts professional money managers today.
  37. How To Add Real Assets To Your Portfolio

    Real assets, as distinguished from financial assets, means stuff you can touch: oil, gold, pork bellies, real estate and ...
  38. The Effective Annual Interest Rate

    The effective annual interest rate is a way of restating the annual interest rate so that it takes into account the effects ...
  39. Key Markets Waking From Summer Slumber

    Underneath Yellowstone National Park lies a dormant supervolcano capable of burying Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado ...
  40. Complementing Your Portfolio With Closed-End Funds

    You've created a well-diversified portfolio but have some spare cash that should be put to work. What next? Have a look at ...
  41. The Seasons Of An Investor's Life

    From a tentative spring to a comfortable winter, learn how to weather the phases of your investing journey.
  42. Do You Understand Investment Risk?

    Many investors overestimate their level of financial knowledge.
  43. Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios

    Make informed decisions about your investments with these easy equations.
  44. Profiling: It's Not Just For The FBI

    Learn how to quantify each client's specific dreams and create a realistic financial plan.
  45. Decoding DuPont Analysis

    Get a deeper understanding of ROE with these three-step and five-step calculations.
  46. How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings

    For some investors, the possibility of stumbling upon a small biotech with a potential blockbuster drug, or a junior miner ...
  47. Gold IRA Rollover

    Does it make sense to roll over some of the money in your 401(k), IRA or Roth retirement accounts into a gold IRA? Consider ...
  48. A Guide To Key ETFs Investing In South Korea

    An overview of the ETFs that offer investors an easy and efficient way to invest in South Korea's many leading companies.
  49. The Basic Language Of Candlestick Charting

    If you want to use candlestick charting to get a sense of where a stock is headed, you need to learn how to read this unique ...
  50. Working Capital Works

    A company's efficiency, financial strength and cash-flow health show in its management of working capital.
  51. The Leap-Year Phenomenon

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  52. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  53. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  54. Gunslinger Portfolio Managers

    Learn the high-risks associated with hiring a gunslinger to manage your investments.
  55. Warren Buffett's Best Buys

    The Oracle of Omaha's "Rip van Winkle" approach has served him well. Read on to learn more.
  56. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  57. Is Your Insurance Company Going Belly Up?

    When insurance companies go bankrupt or face financial difficulty, it's bad news for policy holders.
  58. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  59. Sovereign Debt Overview

    The national or government debt is a combination of both internal and external debt. The external debt is referred to as ...
  60. Analysis: Should You Get A Gold IRA?

    Yes, you can invest in actual gold or other precious metals for your IRA. See the special rules for gold IRAs and what gold ...
  61. Spotting Breakouts As Easy As ACD

    Wondering what it means to be a "logical trader"? Take a look at this system devised by Mark Fisher.
  62. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  63. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  64. The Green Marketing Machine

    Don't let corporations greenwash their dirty laundry. Learn how to spot a phony.
  65. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  66. Fracking Companies: Practices, Profit Opportunities & Outlook

    Learn about the business opportunities available to companies in the fracking, how they operate and new innovations going ...
  67. What Is Bitcoin's Intrinsic Value?

    What would bitcoin's price look like in the event of widespread adoption?
  68. Can I donate stock to charity?

    Giving stock, instead of cash, as a donation can greatly benefit both parties. You will find that most charities, hospitals, ...
  69. Why do some preferred stocks have a higher yield than common stocks?

    Before we answer this question, let's just take a quick review of what a stock's yield is actually measuring.The yield is ...
  70. Macroeconomics

    Find out everything you need to know about macroeconomics.
  71. What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Excel?

    The concept of CAGR is relatively straightforward and requires only three primary inputs: an investments beginning value, ...
  72. How The Retail Investor Profits From High Frequency Trading

    Stock markets and high-frequency trading seem inseparable. As an individual investor, try and make the best of the mess, ...
  73. What's a Liability?

    A liability is a debt. It is an obligation that arises during the course of business and represents a third-party claim on ...
  74. Which day is known as China's "Black Tuesday" and why?

    On February 27, 2007, the Chinese stock market suffered a correction, causing choppy markets all over the world. The Shanghai ...
  75. Certificates Of Deposit

    Safety is a hallmark of the traditional certificate of deposit (CD) sold by a bank or credit union.
  76. Capital Budgeting

    Learn the process through which businesses determine whether projects are worth pursuing.
  77. PEG Ratio

    Learn more about how this ratio is used to determine a stock's value based on its earnings growth.
  78. Ex-Dividend Date

    Not too sure what an ex-dividend date is? Find out here and learn how and when you can take advantage of a stock's dividend.
  79. Understanding Compound Interest

    Compound interest is often called one of the most powerful concepts in finance. Find out what it is and how it can work for ...
  80. Top SEC EDGAR Tools For New Investors

    Navigating the plethora of data available to investors can be overwhelming. The SEC has made it a bit easier with its EDGAR ...
  81. Reading The Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  82. IRA Assets And Alternative Investments

    Interested in non-traditional investing? Make sure you follow the rules to avoid prohibited transactions.
  83. The German Economic Miracle

    After World War II, Germany was in ruins. Learn about the country's quick rise to the third strongest economy in the world. ...
  84. How To Lie With Financial Statistics

    Can you really trust what the financial services industry puts out? We tell about some tricks that hide the truth.
  85. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing ...
  86. The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want ...
  87. What Is Opportunity Cost And Why Does It Matter?

    Economists suggest that the "opportunity cost" of any decision, the value of the next-best alternative, is crucial to making ...
  88. How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio ...
  89. Goodwill and Intangible Assets: One And The Same?

    "Goodwill" is a broad category for non-physical assets that are impossible to separate from the business itself, whereas ...
  90. The Treasury And The Federal Reserve

    Find out how these two agencies create policies to stimulate the economy in tough economic times.
  91. Choosing Between Major and Junior Mining Stocks

    In this article, we'll compare the juniors and the majors and look at what each can add to your portfolio.
  92. 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

    These are the most expensive paintings ever.
  93. 5 Expensive Pieces Of Memorabilia You Can Buy

    These movie and TV props are some of the coolest, and most expensive, you can buy.
  94. Gauging The Strength Of A Market Move

    Learn how to apply the ACD technique to a longer time horizon.
  95. Measure Momentum Change With ROC

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  96. Confirming Price Movements With Volume Oscillators

    Use this indicator to validate a change in price direction and moving averages.
  97. Momentum Trading With Discipline

    This type of strategy demands controlled decision-making, requiring a continual refinement of entry and exit techniques. ...
  98. Competitive Advantage Counts

    What's the best indicator of a company's future success? Its ability to succeed when others fail.
  99. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  100. 4 Steps To Creating A Better Investment Strategy

    Make your trading safer and more streamlined by following these simple guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the current ratio and what that result can tell you about a potential investment.
  2. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number ...
  3. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset ...
  4. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
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