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  1. What are the benefits of global depositary receipts (GDRs) to investors?

    Discover how the issuance and use of global depositary receipts can benefit investors in a variety of ways, including greater ...
  2. What will examining a company's cash flow from operating activities tell an investor?

    Understand what examining a company's cash flow from operating activities tells an investor. Learn why the cash flow statement ...
  3. How can I use Bollinger Bands® to spot options trading opportunities?

    Learn about different strategies using Bollinger Bands, and understand how the Bollinger Band is calculated using standard ...
  4. Debunking 8 Myths About Technical Analysis

    Investopedia exposes a few common myths about technical analysis.
  5. Why have austerity policies failed to stabilize Greece's economy?

    Learn why austerity policies have failed to improve the financial situation in Greece. Austerity seeks to fix a country's ...
  6. Characteristics Of Successful Traders

    Successful traders share psychological characteristics that augment their personal and financial power.
  7. What are the highest-yielding investment grade bonds?

    Learn how Standard & Poor's and Moody's rate bonds. Understand what investment grade bonds offer the best yield.
  8. What kinds of real estate transactions use triple net (NNN) leases?

    Learn how a net-net-net or triple net lease works and why it is popular in commercial real estate transactions. It is also ...
  9. What are financial risk ratios and how are they used to measure risk?

    Explore some of the primary financial risk ratios that investors and analysts commonly use to evaluate a company's overall ...
  10. What types of positions might a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) hold?

    Understand what types of positions a Chartered Financial Analyst can hold. Learn what is available to those who have only ...
  11. How does degree of financial leverage (DFL) affect earnings per share (EPS)?

    Learn about degree of financial leverage, how to calculate a company's DFL and how the DFL affects earnings per share.
  12. How is the expected market return determined when calculating market risk premium?

    Find out how the expected market return rate is determined when calculating market risk premium and how these figures are ...
  13. What forms of debt security are available for the average investor?

    Discover the various different types of debt securities, issued by government entities or corporations, that are available ...
  14. Are Class A mutual funds a better choice for long-term investments or short-term ...

    Understand why A-shares make better long-term investments than short-term investments and how annual expenses of A-shares ...
  15. The CVS Target Deal: A Healthy Union?

    The CVS Health and Target deal should be a win for both. Here's an analysis with a twist.
  16. What are the best free online resources to compare no-load mutual funds?

    Find out about some of the best available free online resources that investors can use to research and compare no-load mutual ...
  17. How do I calculate my portfolio's investment returns and performance?

    Learn the basic principles underlying the data and calculations used to perform personal rates of return on investment portfolios.
  18. What are the differences between preference shares and debentures?

    Learn why preference shares are equity securities and debentures are debt securities. Understand the differences between ...
  19. How can I use risk return tradeoff to determine my risk tolerance and investment ...

    Learn how an investor can use the risk-return tradeoff to determine what assets to include in a portfolio, and understand ...
  20. How Millennials Will Impact The Casino Industry

    Hope for future prosperity in the gambling industry will mean catering to the preferences of a different set of consumers.
  21. Explaining Tenor

    Tenor is the length of time to maturity of a debt, contract or loan.
  22. What's a Reverse Repurchase Agreement?

    A reverse repurchase agreement is the buyer side of a repurchase agreement (also called a repo).
  23. What is a Premium Bond?

    A premium bond is one that trades above its face or nominal amount.
  24. Explaining Net Tangible Assets

    Net tangible assets is a company’s total assets subtracting both intangible assets (such as goodwill and intellectual property) ...
  25. What is Managerial Accounting?

    Managerial accounting is internally-based accounting that helps managers measure the results of their decisions.
  26. Understanding Long-Term Debt

    Long-term debt is any debt or liability that is due in more than one year.
  27. Explaining Growth Rates

    Growth rate refers to the amount a specific variable or measure has grown over a specified time, whether related to one company ...
  28. How Do Accountants Use the Equity Method?

    The equity method is an accounting technique used by firms to assess the profits earned by their investments in other companies. ...
  29. What The Fed Needs To Consider Before A Rate Hike

    Everyone, from colleagues to clients, has some interpretation of when and if the Fed should raise short-term rates and start ...
  30. These Red Flags Could Signal A Change In Trend

    Early warning signals allow traders to take action before a change in trend traps the prevailing crowd.
  31. The Most Crucial Financial Ratios For Penny Stocks

    Given adequate financial disclosure, investors can use some of the same financial ratios for valuing blue chip stocks to ...
  32. Four Buy and Hold Stocks for Millennials

    Wealth creation is the byproduct of holding excellent businesses that grow substantially over the long-run.
  33. Can Microsoft Apps Compete With Android & Apple?

    Microsoft's answer to the smartphone crazy is the Windows Phone. The obvious problem with Windows Phones in an ever-connected ...
  34. Twitter and Stock Trading: A Real Strategy?

    Is it really a profitable strategy to look at the number of tweets about a stock as an indicator to help you decide to buy/sell ...
  35. The Most Expensive Brokerage Accounts For Traders

    A peek into the brokers whose brokerage charges are higher than average in the stock market world.
  36. Top ETFs, Mutual Funds for Investing in Water

    The nation's water supply is declining as demand is increasing. This presents an investment opportunity, just mind your liquidity.
  37. Structured Notes: What You Need to Know

    Structured notes are complex, high risk and might not be suitable for individual investors. Here's why.
  38. Financial Advisors Are Showing the Love for ETFs

    ETFs surpass mutual funds in popularity among financial advisors for the first time.
  39. Risks to Consider When Investing in Water

    Investing in water should be a lock. But water is volatile and could see as many risks as potential rewards.
  40. What are the drawbacks of a small investor buying blue-chip stocks?

    Understand what a blue-chip stock is and learn about the drawbacks a small investor might face when investing in blue-chip ...
  41. How do prepaid expenses affect liquidity ratio calculations?

    Understand how prepaid expenses affect a company's liquidity ratio calculations. Learn about the most common types of liquidity ...
  42. The Story Behind Tesla's Success

    Tesla’s cars have been a hit not only car buyers, but also catapulted the company into the spotlight as one of the few successful ...
  43. How does a block chain prevent double-spending of Bitcoins?

    Find out how double-spending is prevented in the Bitcoin server and how transactions are posted and verified on the Bitcoin ...
  44. Are Robo-Advisors a Better Alternative to Professionally Managed Funds?

    Robo-advisors are the wave of the future. They are programs that provide multi-level management of an investment portfolio ...
  45. What is the average annual dividend yield of companies in the automotive sector?

    Learn about the average trailing annual dividend yield for companies in the automotive sector and what the dividend yield ...
  46. What is the average price-to-book ratio in the aerospace sector?

    Find out more about the average price-to-book ratio of the aerospace sector and the importance of comparing P/B ratios between ...
  47. What is the difference between market risk premium and equity risk premium?

    Read about the differences between equity-risk premium and market-risk premium, two similar concepts that refer to risk-adjusted ...
  48. What price-to-earnings ratio is average in the aerospace sector?

    Find out what the average price-to-earnings ratio is for companies in the aerospace sector and the importance of comparing ...
  49. Why should value investors consider the insurance sector?

    Discover why value investors should consider the insurance sector. Value investors look for extremes in valuation and sentiment ...
  50. What is the average return on equity for a company in the aerospace sector?

    Learn about the average return on equity of companies in the aerospace sector and what ROE indicates about a company.
  51. Top Reasons Stock Indices Could Be Biased

    Do the owners of the large stock indices (McGraw Hill Financial, CME Group, and News Corp) have incentive to pick stocks ...
  52. The Risks of Investing in Art and Collectibles

    Investing in art and collectibles has the potential to lead to a big payday, but it's often a difficult road.
  53. The Advantages of Investing in Art & Collectibles

    Investing in collectibles can be profitable and fun, and can offer tax benefits for some.
  54. 11 Big Stocks Hated by Analysts

    These 11 stocks get the lowest rating from Wall Street, but some are worse than others.
  55. What securities does the primary market deal with?

    Find out what kinds of securities are traded on the primary market, including who can participate in trading and the basics ...
  56. Top Reasons to Invest in Google

    There's three main reasons Google stands to succeed for years to come.
  57. Why should investors consider the fully diluted share amount?

    Learn about the importance of considering the fully diluted shares, how it could affect a stock's share price and how dilution ...
  58. Which contra accounts are the best for indicating profitability in a company?

    Learn about the three contra accounts that affect profitability: the contra asset account, the contra liability account and ...
  59. What is meant by off-the-run treasuries?

    Understand what is meant by off-the-run Treasuries, along with the key differences in yield that commonly occur between on- ...
  60. Why is investing in oil and gas in emerging markets riskier than investing in developed ...

    Discover some of the potential problems associated with oil and gas investments in emerging market countries that tend to ...
  61. Why is it beneficial to use Net Operating Profit After Tax to compare companies within ...

    Understand why it's beneficial to use net operating profit after tax (NOPAT) to compare companies within the same industry ...
  62. What is the cost of a share purchase?

    Find out how the total price of a share purchase is dictated by the current stock price and the fees the brokerage company ...
  63. What other sectors are most similar to insurance?

    Discover the other subsectors of the overall financial services sector that are most similar for investors in the insurance ...
  64. What is the difference between Book Value Of Equity Per Share (BVPS) and book value ...

    Understand the differences and similarities between book value of equity per share, book value over equity and the price ...
  65. What is the average return on total revenue for the insurance sector?

    Learn about the three main segments of the insurance industry, and find out what the average return on revenues is for the ...
  66. Three Reasons Inflation Isn’t What You Think

    Though U.S. inflation has been firming recently— the core consumer price index rose in April for a 3rd month in a row—prices ...
  67. How Gloomy Headlines Support Eurozone Stocks

    It's hard to miss the many headlines on Europe lately with news ranging from Greece’s debt saga to the details of ongoing ...
  68. One Step Closer To Normal

    The global interest rate environment is changing. Last week, bond yields in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia and ...
  69. How can I find out the ex-dividend date for a stock's dividend?

    Learn about the various information sources from which investors can obtain information about upcoming ex-dividend dates ...
  70. How can bond yield influence the stock market?

    Learn how bond yields influence the stock market. The relationship between bond yields and stocks changes depending on the ...
  71. How do I calculate a modified duration using Matlab?

    Learn how to calculate a modified duration in Matlab with various inputs including bond yield or price, settlement date and ...
  72. What types of companies hire a chartered financial analyst (CFA)?

    Find out which types of firms typically employ chartered financial analysts, what positions CFAs frequently hold and which ...
  73. Will the price of a premium bond be higher or lower than its par value?

    Find out why the selling price of a premium bond is always higher than its par value, including how changing interest rates ...
  74. How do I calculate the rule of 72 using Matlab?

    Learn how to calculate years it takes for an investment to double or halve based on the rate of return or inflation using ...
  75. How do traders combine a short put with other positions to hedge?

    Learn how sold puts can be utilized in different types of hedging strategies, and understand some of the more common option ...
  76. What's the difference between basic shares and fully diluted shares?

    Find out more about basic outstanding shares, fully diluted shares, the difference between the calculation of shares and ...
  77. Make a Downstream Bet with Oil Refiners

    Now is a good time to bet on the oil refinery sector. Here's why.
  78. How Are Collectibles Taxed?

    If you plan to sell collectibles, it's imperative that you know the tax implications.
  79. Why Cash Could Be Your Best Bet

    Holding too much cash in your portfolio is usually a bad thing, but these aren't usual times.
  80. Top Tips for Rebalancing 401(k) Assets

    Rebalancing 401(k) assets can seem daunting but shouldn't be ignored. Here's how to go about it.
  81. The FV ETF: Playing Momentum with Less Risk

    This ETF is one way to play momentum investing, but even with its steady gains, there are no guarantees.
  82. Stocks and ETFs for a Teetering Stock Market

    Here's what investors should do when the stock market is teetering.
  83. How is bond yield affected by monetary policy?

    Learn about how bond yields are affected by monetary policy. Monetary policy determines the risk-free rate of return, which ...
  84. How do I calculate the standard error using Matlab?

    Learn how to calculate the standard error for a sample statistical measure, such as the sample mean, using standard Matlab ...
  85. Should you calculate Value at Risk (VaR) for counterparty credit risk?

    Learn how value at risk (VaR) may be used to determine the risk of counterparty default for credit default swaps and other ...
  86. What is a double Bollinger Bands® strategy?

    Learn about a double Bollinger Bands strategy; different market environments require different trading strategies, and most ...
  87. What is the difference between the QQQ ETF and other indexes?

    Find out more about the PowerShares QQQ Trust, the index the QQQ tracks, and the difference between QQQ, the SPY and Nasdaq ...
  88. Does the profit or loss of a company affect its paid in capital?

    Find out why the profits or losses of a business have no effect on its total paid-in capital, including how paid-in capital ...
  89. How do I use the rule of 72 to calculate continuous compounding?

    Find out why the rule of 72 does not accurately reflect the growth caused by continuous compounding, and which number can ...
  90. What is the smallest amount of shares I can buy?

    Understand the steps needed for an investor to open a brokerage account and make a trade. Learn what the smallest amount ...
  91. Why should I pay attention to a dividend's ex-dividend date?

    Understand the importance of the ex-dividend date as the critical date for determining which stockholders qualify to receive ...
  92. How do marketable securities impact a company's financial statements?

    Understand how the various components of the financial statements are impacted by investments in marketable securities owned ...
  93. What is the QQQ ETF?

    Find out more about the PowerShares QQQ Trust, what sectors are included in this exchange-traded fund and the top 10 holdings ...
  94. How can a mutual fund raise or lower its turnover ratio?

    Find out how a fund manager can raise or lower a fund's turnover ratio, including how to interpret this metric and what it ...
  95. What are the differences between delta hedging and beta hedging?

    Learn about hedging strategies, how to delta and beta hedge a security and the difference between delta hedging and beta ...
  96. What are the main benchmarks that track the banking sector?

    Read about the most important benchmarks that can be used to track the banking sector, and why banking benchmarks tend to ...
  97. How might a company's contingent liabilities affect its share price?

    Discover what contingent liabilities are, and how and to what extent such liabilities may have an impact on a company's share ...
  98. What is considered a good turnover ratio for a mutual fund?

    Understand what the concept of turnover ratio represents in relation to a mutual fund, and how an investor can evaluate a ...
  99. How is a goodwill impairment recorded on a company's financial statements?

    Learn about goodwill, how it's created and how it becomes impaired. Understand how goodwill impairment is recorded on a company's ...
  100. Why would an investor want to hold an American Depository Receipt rather than the ...

    Learn about the advantages for investors of using American Depositary Receipts instead of investing directly in the underlying ...
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  1. What happens to the company stock if a subsidiary gets spun off?

    Learn what happens to a company's stock if a subsidiary gets spun off. Spinoffs are typically bullish catalysts for a company ...
  2. Why would a company use a form of long-term debt to capitalize operations versus issuing equity?

    Learn about the different consequences of using long-term debt versus equity to raise capital for business activity, and ...
  3. Where can I find year-to-date (YTD) returns for benchmarks?

    Discover which financial data providers publish year-to-date benchmark performance. Find out which websites provide YTD price ...
  4. What Book Value Of Equity Per Share (BVPS) ratio indicates a buy signal?

    Find out more about book value of equity per share, what BVPS measures and how to determine what level of BVPS indicates ...
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