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  1. Water Cooler Finance: Warren Buffett Buys A Lemonade Stand

    News of Warren Buffett's unsolicited takeover bid for Kayla Summers' lemonade stand, and other top financial news.
  2. Investors Need A Good WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality.
  3. 5 Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

    Imagine having millions or billions of dollars, but living like you do right now.
  4. Hatch A New Financial Plan

    With spring just around the corner, now is a great time for a financial makeover.
  5. Investing In Emerging Market Debt

    This asset class has left much of its unstable past behind. Find out how to invest in it.
  6. How To Profit From Investment "Losers"

    Diversification and rebalancing are keys to long-term returns.
  7. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  8. 6 Weird Futures You Can Trade

    From trading based on weather to the next Hollywood blockbuster, these new derivatives show the investing world's innovation.
  9. Wall Street History: A Random Walk, Nixon's Taxes and The Marlboro Man

    From Nixon's tax bill to Marlboro Friday, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  10. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  11. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  12. Corporate Futures: Big Names, Big Risk

    We don't often think of Disney and derivatives, but it is one of many companies that use derivatives to hedge risks.
  13. Water Cooler Finance: Zombies File Taxes, Dead Bills Rise Again

    It seems that Halloween has come early to the world of finance. We take a look at what's making news this week.
  14. Look At Me! I Beat The S&P!

    How investment advisors use the wrong benchmarks to make poor performance look good.
  15. Twin Deficits: Twice The Fun For The U.S

    The U.S. has been running both fiscal and current account deficits for years, but what does it all add up to?
  16. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  17. Is There A Right Way To Invest In Gold?

    Purists like physical bullion, but most investors prefer ETFs.
  18. Why Country Funds Are So Risky

    High returns come at a price, but country funds may still be a good bet.
  19. Why U.S. Investors Should Care About "PIGS"

    The finances of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain have been in the spotlight lately. Find out how this affects the U.S.
  20. Jobs That Are Growing - Despite The Recession

    If your career was derailed recently, you're not alone - but these jobs are on the rise.
  21. Tankan Survey Provides Clues To Japanese Economy

    This quarterly survey is crucial for assessing Japan's economic health.
  22. The Economics Of Natural Disasters

    Even natural disasters that take place thousands of miles away can shake up your portfolio here at home.
  23. Make Money On The Movies

    If you think you know which films will tank and which will soar, this new way to trade could be for you.
  24. Sinful Investing: Is It For You?

    Sin stocks may seen outright undesirable to some, but these "naughty" industries bring stable returns - even in hard times.
  25. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  26. EU Economics? It's All Greek To Me!

    How will the fallout from Greece's sovereign debt crisis impact investors on Wall Street and Main Street? Find out here.
  27. Water Cooler Finance: Bailouts, Buffett-Rock And Prison Brawls

    This week was marked by extremes and touched by more than a little drama - and we're not just talking about Warren Buffett's appearance in GEICO's latest TV commercial.
  28. Mutual Fund Tune-Up Delivers High-Powered Performance

    Rebalancing your portfolio will protect you from risk and ensure that your investments are performing at their best.
  29. Recession: What Does It Mean To Investors?

    Understanding the business cycle and your own investment style can help you cope with an economic decline.
  30. How are bonds rated?

    Moody's, Standard and Poor's, Fitch Rating and Dominion Bond Rating Service are some of the internationally well-known bond rating agencies. These organizations operate to provide investors with quantitative and qualitative descriptions of the available fixed income securities.
  31. The Future Of Mutual Funds

    Decreases in mutual fund classes and the growing use of ETFs means the future of mutual funds will be anything but smooth.
  32. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  33. Rent-To-Own Real Estate Full Of Pitfalls

    Before you consider this type of arrangement, you should be aware of how it works, who benefits and the many things that can go wrong.
  34. New Forex Rules Cap Losses - And Profits

    The CFTC is considering reducing the maximum amount of leverage in the forex market to 10:1. Find out what this change would mean for traders.
  35. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  36. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  37. Why Laws Won't Prevent Financial Bubbles And Crashes

    We look at past government financial legislation, and see why it just doesn't work.
  38. A Disaster-Protection Plan For Your Portfolio

    If you can't predict the future, you'll need to plan ahead to protect your assets from the impact of major world events.
  39. Agency Bonds: Limited Risk And Higher Return

    Discover these safe alternatives to Treasury bonds.
  40. Play Video Games; Become A Millionaire

    New ways to benefit from this industry have emerged over the last few years. The best part is, they're very profitable.
  41. 5 Spring Clean-Up Tips For Your Finances

    When you're done cleaning out the garage, consider putting some shine on your financial affairs.
  42. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  43. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  44. 6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  45. Millionaires Who Gave It All Away

    These rich philanthropists turned their backs on luxury to find far richer experiences than their money could buy.
  46. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  47. A Quick And Dirty Look At Sports Gambling

    Americans love to gamble on sports, but most of the money wagered doesn't come with a receipt - or the backing of the U.S. government.
  48. Investments To Die For

    It is possible to benefit financially from death - without being a character in a murder mystery.
  49. Bull Market Requires A Healthy Consumer

    High debt, bad policy bode ill for stocks.
  50. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial events of the past occurred during this week.
  51. Should You Invest In A Green Home?

    Energy neutral homes are becoming real possibilities, but the financial point of view might not be so optimistic.
  52. The European Union's Dead Weight

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  53. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  54. The Perfect Investment For Chocolate-Lovers

    With mounting production problems, it might be time for investors to enjoy some hot cocoa ... investments.
  55. The Basics Of Trading A Stock

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  56. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  57. What advantages do exchange-traded funds have over mutual funds?

    Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are growing ever more popular, as they were created to combine the best characteristics of both stocks and mutual funds into a combined investment vehicle. Four of the common advantages of ETFs over mutual funds include the following: Tax-Friendly Investing - unlike mutual funds, ETFs are very tax-efficient.
  58. How Savings Are Saving The Economy

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  59. One World, One Currency: Could It Work?

    This idea has been debated for decades, but could it really work? Which countries would benefit? What are the downfalls? How would supply and printing factor in?
  60. 7 Currency Blunders You Could Cash In On

    The government has made its share of mistakes when it comes to printing money, and the results are collector's items.
  61. Should You Follow Your Fund Manager?

    Learn how to tell if a fund in flux is still a suitable investment.
  62. Forex: How To Scalp Fundamentally

    Learn why event-driven scalping in the currency market involves balancing fundamentals with technicals.
  63. Fine Art Funds: A Beautiful Investment

    Have you ever admired a piece of art and wished you had the money to own it? Art funds may be one way to get a stake in this profitable market.
  64. Something Gross In GDP

    GDP is used to gauge the strength of the economy, but what is it actually measuring?
  65. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an indelible print on the market.
  66. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  67. Soaring Mortgage Defaults May Kill The Housing Recovery

    Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery.
  68. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens in the federal government.
  69. Losing Money? Don't Blame Your Broker

    Tempting as it is to pass the buck for your losses, the true culprit may be closer to home.
  70. Can Global Investors Profit From GDP Watching?

    GDP growth is not necessarily a solid indicator of stock market returns in emerging markets. Find out what to watch instead.
  71. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  72. Top 10 Holdings Of 5 Top Money Managers

    Thanks to the SEC you can look at the companies and industries that 5 mega-investors are pouring their billions into.
  73. Is Your Portfolio Overweight?

    As time passes, in order to remain profitable, investors need to put certain parts of their portfolio on a diet.
  74. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  75. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management.
  76. Warren Buffett: Oracle No More?

    Though he's an investing icon, critics are pointing to several past events that signal Buffett's reign may be ending.
  77. 2000-2009: The Lost Decade

    A look back at a volatile decade for investors and what it can teach us going forward.
  78. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  79. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  80. The real rate of return is the amount of interest earned over and above the?

    The real rate of return is the amount of interest earned over and above the: a. discount rate. b. tax rate. c. inflation rate. d. risk-free rate of return. The correct answer is "c", since the real rate of return measures the investor's rate of return in excess of the inflation rate.
  81. Water Cooler News: Financial News This Week

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  82. Rules That Warren Buffett Lives By

    You may think the recent financial meltdown changed things, but don't be fooled: those unfussy sayings from the Oracle of Omaha still rule.
  83. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  84. Why Dividends Matter

    Seven words that are music to investors' ears? "The dividend check is in the mail."
  85. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  86. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  87. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of the blame.
  88. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  89. Investing Quotes You Can Bank On

    These catchy quips can really help your investing.
  90. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  91. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively.
  92. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  93. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  94. Buffett's Biggest Mistakes

    This investment guru is still human, and his biggest investing blunders prove it. Find out where he went wrong, and what you can learn from his mistakes.
  95. Is Cloud Computing An Investable Trend?

    Wall Street loves the next hot trend of cloud computing, but is it for real?
  96. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  97. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal Reserve.
  98. Berkshire's Stock Splits: Good Buy Or Goodbye?

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway recently split its stock. Is this a sign to buy?
  99. The BEST definition of a benchmark portfolio is:

    The BEST definition of a benchmark portfolio is: a) A preset list of securities to be used to compare the performance of an actual portfolio b) A model portfolio with the same asset allocation percentages of the actual portfolio c) The portfolio that the IA must attempt to outperform with an actual portfolio d) An index such as the Standard & Poor's 500 The correct answer is "a." While all of the choices could be considered definitions of a benchmark portfolio, the best definition is the specific list of securities that will be compared with the performance of the actual portfolio.
  100. European Crisis: Take It In Stride

    EU problems are part of a bull market wall of worry.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a BRIC nation?

    BRIC is an acronym for the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The economies of these four nations are collectively called "the BRICs," "the BRIC countries," "the BRIC economies" or the "Big Four." The countries currently represent about 25% of the world's land mass and 40% of its population.
  2. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by the Obama administration in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis of 2008. The act's numerous provisions, spelled out over thousands of pages, are scheduled to be implemented over a period of several years and are intended to decrease various risks in the U.S.
  3. I want to invest my emergency fund to earn interest. What is a relatively safe and liquid investment I can easily withdraw from if disaster struck?

    When considering where to put your emergency money, a key consideration is making sure you'll be able to access the money quickly, easily and without penalty, when you need it. Financial professionals don't recommend investing your emergency fund in the stock market because stocks are volatile.
  4. What is a triple tax-free municipal bond?

    At its core, a triple tax-free municipal bond is just like any corporate bond: it is a debt instrument, a loan given to a government authority or municipality in order to help it meet certain financial objectives or complete projects in the community.
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