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  1. 10 Tips For Achieving Financial Security

    Follow this sound advice and plan for a comfortable future.
  2. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  3. 4 Signs You're Addicted To Investing

    Compulsive trading will ratchet up your transaction costs, stress level and time spent away from the important things in ...
  4. Liquidity And Toxicity: Will TARP Fix The Financial System?

    TARP is the government's attempt to forestall a deep, extended recession. Will it work?
  5. Modern Portfolio Theory vs. Behavioral Finance

    Modern portfolio theory and behavioral finance represent differing schools of thought that attempt to explain investor behavior. ...
  6. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, ...
  7. The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  8. The Working Capital Position

    Learn how to correctly analyze a company's liquidity and beat the average investor.
  9. Why And When Do Countries Default?

    Countries can, and periodically do, default on their debt. This happens when the government is either unable or unwilling ...
  10. Making Money In Residential Real Estate

    Even in a down market, local real estate properties have inefficiencies that investors can exploit.
  11. A Look At Corporate Profit Margins

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
  12. Recognize And Avoid "Work At Home" Scams

    From pyramid schemes to envelope stuffing, there are a lot of scams masquerading as legitimate part-time work.
  13. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  14. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  15. Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, ...
  16. Challenges Faced When Analyzing Green Chip Stocks

    The fact that a green chip is not yet a blue chip should not alarm investors, but they need to be aware of the differences ...
  17. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  18. 5 Businesses That Started During A Recession

    These companies found success despite being started during economic downturns.
  19. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  20. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  21. The Federal Reserve System Affects You More Than You Might Think

    How does the Federal Reserve System affect ordinary citizens? In more ways than you might realize.
  22. Emerging Market ETFs Are Taking Back The World

    More often than not, if you tell me that an asset is roughly 20% above its long-term trendline, I will tell you that the ...
  23. S&P 500 ETFs: What Every Investor Should Know

    Before you invest in that SPDR S&P 500 ETF (or any other ETF based on that index) here are a few things to consider.
  24. The Art Of Cutting Your Losses

    Taking corrective action before your losses worsen is always a good strategy. Find out how to keep your capital losses small ...
  25. The S&P 500: The Index You Need To Know

    Just how are companies added to and dropped from the S&P 500, and how is its value calculated? Curious? Read on.
  26. The Companies That Headline The S&P 500

    These companies are the creme de la creme of the S&P 500. Here's how they got there.
  27. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. ...
  28. Real Estate and Crowdfunding: A New Path For Investors

    Real estate investing and crowdfunding - is this a good mix?
  29. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  30. How To Calculate An Exchange Rate

    Struggling to get a grasp on exchange rates? Here's what you need to know.
  31. The 4 Basic Elements Of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  32. Advanced Channeling Patterns: Wolfe Waves and Gartleys

    Discover how these provide the trader with insight into both the timing and scope of breakouts.
  33. What Is Market Efficiency?

    The efficient market hypothesis (EMH) suggests that stock prices fully reflect all available information in the market. Is ...
  34. Why Overvalued Stock ETFs Still Offer Opportunity

    Let us recall that every significant economist and every major U.S. investment firm predicted interest rates would climb ...
  35. Three Investing Lessons from the Napa Earthquake

    Here are three investing lessons from last week’s earthquake.
  36. The Rate Rise Timeline to Watch for Now

    When will the Fed begin to raise rates? Here’s a take on the rate rise timeline to watch for now post Jackson Hole.
  37. CEO Savvy And Stock's Success Go Hand In Hand

    A CEO shapes the direction a business will take. We provide four clues to help you determine which ones have the right stuff. ...
  38. 4 Ways To Value A Real Estate Rental Property

    Learning these concepts is the first step in getting into the real estate investment game.
  39. 3 Technical Tools To Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  40. Start Saving With A Roth 401(k)

    Here are the steps to take if you want to choose – and make the most of – a Roth 401(k) as you save for retirement.
  41. These Little Known Emerging Market Countries Are Star Performers

    Emerging market equities are starting to heat up this year and may fight their way back into the limelight when everyone ...
  42. Basics For Buying And Investing In Bitcoin

    Bitcoin continues to experience growth in both users and merchants, generating a common question - how can you be part of ...
  43. Matching Investing Risk Tolerance To Personality

    Understanding risk tolerance is crucial to the advisor/client relationship and any good investment policy statement.
  44. How Advisors Can Fill The Talent Gap

    Financial planning firms are seeing increased demand for their services just as a talent shortfall becomes more pronounced. ...
  45. Investing In Natural Gas? Eye ETFs, Seasonality

    When considering natural gas extraction companies and the commodity itself, what options do investors have?
  46. Fracking ETFs Or Drilling Services Stocks?

    Hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — is a hot topic. But how to invest in this trend?
  47. How To Use The Top Yahoo! Finance Tools

    Yahoo has a set of tools that rival the professional ones so individuals are not at a disadvantage. Here is a guide for investors ...
  48. Getting On The Right Side Of The P/E Ratio Trend

    Buying at the right time is crucial, but how do we know when that is?
  49. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  50. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  51. What The Dow Means And Why We Calculate It The Way We Do

    Investors worldwide refer to the Dow every single day, but do you know why we use that formula?
  52. Top Reasons To Apply For An FHA Loan

    When is it a good idea to apply for a Federal Housing Administration loan?
  53. How To Invest In Samsung

    Just what options are open to American investors who want to invest in South Korean electronics giant Samsung?
  54. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  55. Stop Loss Order Strategy

    A stop loss order is an order placed with a broker to sell a stock immediately if it drops to a certain price. It's a common ...
  56. Money Market Accounts vs. Savings Accounts

    An interest-bearing account that pays a higher interest rate than a savings account and gives the account holder limited ...
  57. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  58. Winklevoss Interview: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400 Billion

    The bull case for Bitcoin is often expressed as an estimate of the future value of all Bitcoins in circulation once it reaches ...
  59. Top 8 Ways Companies Cook The Books

    Find out more about the fraudulent accounting methods some companies use to fool investors.
  60. Questions For U.S. Stock ETF Bulls

    Most people are aware of the crash in 1929. Yet many may not be aware of the government stimulus in 1933 that helped the ...
  61. Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The "Elegant Indicator" For Picking Stocks

    Technical analysis is basically an attempt to disprove the credo that "Past performance is not indicative of future results." ...
  62. Cut Your Tax Bill With Donor-Advised Funds

    Beat the tax man come April 15 by investing in a charity-friendly fund.
  63. Herding Tendencies Among Analysts

    Just like private investors, analysts are sometimes guilty of following the herd and failing to think independently.
  64. A Look At Berkshire Hathaway's Many Components

    Berkshire Hathaway has 59 wholly owned subsidiaries and owns big stakes in several huge companies. Just how do those pieces ...
  65. Japan ETFs May Radiate To Further Weaken The Yen

    Shinzo Abe expressed a fierce determination to jump start Japan's economy through unconventional monetary policy measures.
  66. Finding The Trend With Aroon

    Don't be confused about whether a long-term trend will continue, stall or reverse.
  67. Is There A Changing Of The ETF Guard?

    The headlines have focused on the year-to-date gains for the S&P 500 as well as the relatively minor losses for the Dow Jones ...
  68. Always Bet On Berkshire Hathaway (And Here's Why)

    With its share price at an all-time high amid talk of a stock market correction, why would anyone buy Berkshire Hathaway ...
  69. Has Stock Bias Affected Your ETF Asset Allocation?

    Vast majority of fixed income ETFs are registering 52-week highs, yet CNBC's focus remains on the geopolitical impact of ...
  70. Top 5 Books For Young Investors

    Reading these respected tomes will help you begin your journey into investing on the right foot.
  71. Mortgage Rates To Rise, But When And By How Much?

    Mortgage rates have been at historical lows since 2008 following the financial crisis. They're expected to rise, but when ...
  72. Great Company Or Growing Industry?

    Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth.
  73. How Countries Deal With Debt

    For many emerging economies, issuing sovereign debt is the only way to raise funds, but things can go sour quickly.
  74. How Oil ETFs React To Falling Energy Prices

    Not all ETFs react the same to falling energy prices. Here's a look at a few examples.
  75. Who are Venture Capitalists?

    Venture capital investment firms can provide the seed money for high-risk, start-up companies. People called venture capitalists ...
  76. Your Three-Step Municipal Bond Workout

    The municipal market has been on a tear this year. In fact, few people anticipated interest rates would fall as they have ...
  77. Four Ways to Increase Your Corporate Bond Exposure

    Looking at the corporate bond market over the past few years, we see that there has been a growing demand for both investment ...
  78. 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 ...
  79. Selling Premium As Small Caps Play Catch Up

    In our recent article we pointed out a divergence between the small cap Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. However, the divergence ...
  80. Forecasting Mortgage Rates: Buy, Sell Or Refi?

    If you're paying off a mortgage or plan to buy a home, chances are you pay attention to where mortgage rates are heading. ...
  81. Understanding Leveraged Buyouts

    LBOs are often presented as predatory by the media, but it really depends on which side of the deal you're on.
  82. Megatrends For Maximum Profits

    Predicting how the world will evolve can help you build a portfolio that can roll with the punches.
  83. How does gun control policy affect the stock price of firearm companies?

    In general, companies that manufacture firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories will find it easier to sell their products ...
  84. MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  85. Top Companies Trading On The Toronto Stock Exchange

    Canadian stock markets are home to some of the best companies across sectors such as finance, energy, mining and minerals.
  86. What are the main risks of after-hours trading?

    Trading outside of traditional stock market hours brings some unique risks that you should be aware of.
  87. The Best Morningstar Tools For Analysts

    Morningstar, both the free standard and premium version, furnishes users with a plethora of analytical and tracking tools.
  88. What trends and data influence after-hours traders the most?

    Learn about the specific information that after-hours traders review to influence their trading.
  89. When would I have to fill out a Schedule D IRS form?

    In general, taxpayers who have short-term capital gains, short-term capital losses, long-term capital gains or long-term ...
  90. How The Sarbanes-Oxley Era Affected IPOs

    After the infamous collapse of companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom, the government responded to try and prevent it from ...
  91. How do you buy Bitcoins?

    Many people have heard of this virtual cryptocurrency, but few know all the ways you can purchase Bitcoin.
  92. What's the best way to play backwardation in the futures market?

    Backwardation is a market condition in which a futures contract far from its delivery date is trading at a lower price than ...
  93. What's the difference between housing starts and building permits?

    Both housing starts and building permits are economic indicators used to assess the health of the housing market, but their ...
  94. Liquid & Illiquid Assets

    The easier it is to convert the asset, the more liquid the asset is considered.
  95. Why You Should Pay Attention To Africa Right Now

    With vast natural resources and a huge, young population, Africa's lion economies could be the next big thing. But how to ...
  96. What are some common traits of undervalued stocks?

    There are a few basic factors found in companies that are worth more than their current stock price.
  97. What unforeseen circumstances affect what I'll pay in capital gains taxes?

    The IRS has outlined some unique circumstances that could qualify you for a reduced capital gains tax exclusion.
  98. Boost Your Portfolio Yield With Alternative Income ETFs

    The majority of ETF income investors focus their portfolios on dividend-paying stocks and bonds to generate yield. However, ...
  99. Darvas Box Traps Elusive Returns

    Follow a modern trade to see how this old strategy still captures profits today.
  100. What are the best indicators for evaluating technology stocks?

    Technology stocks are often some of the most discussed stocks on the news. How can investors spot the company that will roll ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Why would a company make drastic cuts to its dividend payments?

    A dividend cut occurs when a dividend paying company either completely stops paying out dividends (a worst-case scenario) ...
  2. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

    Regardless of whether a shareholder loses his or her stock certificate, that person still owns the shares. However, in order ...
  3. What is an echo bubble?

    To understand the term "echo bubble", you have to understand what a bubble is. A financial or economic bubble occurs when ...
  4. What is the formula for calculating the debt-to-equity ratio?

    Find out how to use this fundamental financial ratio to help assess a company's performance.
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