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  1. Examining Credit Crunches Around The World

    Market tops and bottoms have proliferated the financial markets throughout history. Learn how countries dealt with these ...
  2. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority ...
  3. How To Play The OTC Pink Stocks

    The OTC Pink offers a variety of investment candidates including many good companies waiting to be discovered. Recently, ...
  4. Introduction To Asian Financial Markets

    We look at the history of Asia's financial development and how investors can get involved in these growing markets.
  5. The Easy Way To Measure Bitcoin's Fair Market Value: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

    How do you determine the fair market value of a currency that has appreciated faster than the shares of even the hottest ...
  6. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  7. 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 ...
  8. Investing For Safety and Income Tutorial

    Read on for some investment strategies that will allow you to protect your money, generate current income and grow the principal. ...
  9. How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  10. Fibonacci And The Golden Ratio

    Discover how this amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to the financial markets.
  11. How To Analyze Restaurant Stocks

    Don't put your money on the table before getting a taste for analyzing this sector.
  12. 5 Statements Commonly Made By Amateur Investors

    Here are five inaccurate investing statements and some tips on how to think more like a professional.
  13. 5 Reasons For Corporate Thanksgiving

    In the corporate world, several entities have major reasons to be grateful.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. Current Assets

    Current assets are all of the assets a company uses to fund its daily operations. These are the assets the company could ...
  17. Opportunity Cost

    Every action has a cost, even the ones you don't pursue. Find out how this is calculated.
  18. Liquid & Illiquid Assets

    The easier it is to convert the asset, the more liquid the asset is considered.
  19. Liquidity Vs. Solvency

    Learn about the differences between these two words and how each one is used in the stock market.
  20. What You Need To Know About Financial Analysts

    Thinking about relying on analyst recommendations for your next trade? We'll show you what to watch out for.
  21. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  22. Protecting Your Retirement Assets

    Your golden years are meant to be stress free. Keep them that way by protecting your assets.
  23. Introduction To The Portfolio Dedicated Strategy

    Dedicated Investment Portfolio strategies have been used by institutional investors like pension funds and insurance companies ...
  24. The Ethics Of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  25. Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement

    Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You can have more money, simplify your life, and reduce home-maintenance ...
  26. Solutions For Concentrated Positions

    Investopedia explains various tactics for divesting your overexposure to any one stock.
  27. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

    Find out how these five groundbreaking thinkers laid our financial foundations.
  28. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up ...
  29. Growth Investing

    Growth investing is a strategy where an investor seeks out companies demonstrating signs of high earnings that are well above ...
  30. Hostile Takeover

    A hostile takeovers is an unfriendly acquisition attempt by a company or raider that is strongly resisted by the management ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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.
  37. Investment Misselling A Global Problem

    When banks and advisors focus on fees and commissions, it is investors and the market that take the hit.
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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. ...
  41. 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.
  42. Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments

    It is not uncommon for investors to lose money through misselling or other forms of mismanagement.
  43. 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 ...
  44. Find Security In Covered Bonds

    Find out about a safe investing alternative that could have prevented the subprime meltdown.
  45. Motivations That Influence Trading Strategies

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

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

    Be careful around companies with high cash burn rates. These investments can turn to ashes.
  48. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  49. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  50. 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.
  51. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  52. 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 ...
  53. 10 Habits Of Successful Real Estate Investors

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

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

    China's exponential growth was led primarily by its Real Estate Industry, but could this trend continue?
  56. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  57. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  58. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  59. Cashing In On The Venture Capital Cycle

    Find out how VC firms make the market go round, and round and round.
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. American Depositary Receipt Basics

    Thanks to American depositary receipts, investors now have a world of investing opportunities to choose from.
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. The Evolution Of Money Management

    We look at the development of the money management profession and how it impacts professional money managers today.
  68. 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 ...
  69. Key Markets Waking From Summer Slumber

    Underneath Yellowstone National Park lies a dormant supervolcano capable of burying Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. Analyze Investments Quickly With Ratios

    Make informed decisions about your investments with these easy equations.
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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.
  74. Profiling: It's Not Just For The FBI

    Learn how to quantify each client's specific dreams and create a realistic financial plan.
  75. Do You Understand Investment Risk?

    Many investors overestimate their level of financial knowledge.
  76. Decoding DuPont Analysis

    Get a deeper understanding of ROE with these three-step and five-step calculations.
  77. 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 ...
  78. 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.
  79. Working Capital Works

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

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  81. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  82. 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 ...
  83. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  84. Sovereign Debt Overview

    The national or government debt is a combination of both internal and external debt. The external debt is referred to as ...
  85. Is Your Insurance Company Going Belly Up?

    When insurance companies go bankrupt or face financial difficulty, it's bad news for policy holders.
  86. 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.
  87. Gunslinger Portfolio Managers

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

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

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  90. 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 ...
  91. 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.
  92. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  93. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  94. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  95. The Green Marketing Machine

    Don't let corporations greenwash their dirty laundry. Learn how to spot a phony.
  96. Fracking Companies: Practices, Profit Opportunities & Outlook

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

    What would bitcoin's price look like in the event of widespread adoption?
  98. 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, ...
  99. 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, ...
  100. 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 ...
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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
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