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  1. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the ...
  2. 5 Famous MLB Players Who Went Broke

    Major League Baseball is one of the biggest and most lucrative industries out there.
  3. What is Happening To Atlantic City's Gambling Industry?

    It is quite ironic that Atlantic City, once a bustling seaside resort, home to Miss America Pageant and the inspiration for ...
  4. Fund Firm Jolts: Pimco's Isn't The First Or Worst

    When you business is built on prudence and trust, a lot can go wrong to cost you tons of clients and assets. Here are a few ...
  5. Alternatives To Pimco's Total Return Fund

    News of Bill Gross’ resignation has roiled the fixed income market. Given the sizable outflows from the Total Return fund, ...
  6. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  7. The Vital Importance of Choosing The Right Day Trading Software

    Software has made day trading quick and automatic--all the more reason to be as painstaking as possible when choosing the ...
  8. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Here's what to watch for when negotiating a contract for a rent-to-own home – and who is a good candidate for this option.
  9. Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy And Hold

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  10. Buffett: High Interest Rates Make Stocks Worthless

    When it comes to deciding where to invest, the stock market is a no-brainer for Warren Buffett.
  11. Is The S&P 500 Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

    Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio.
  12. How To Choose An Affordable Financial Planner

    Choosing a financial planner is a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. In fact, this decision is just as important as ...
  13. Interested In Investing In Africa? Here's How

    In 2000, Africa was labeled “The Hopeless Continent” by The Economist. In 2011, its cover read “Africa Rising.” What has ...
  14. What To Expect From Pimco After Bill Gross

    What should investors and financial advisors make of Pimco and its Total Return fund following the departure of Bill Gross?
  15. Who Should Buy 'Rent To Own'

    The monthly payments sound small, but they add up. Here's how "rent to own" works and who might benefit from it. Or not.
  16. Pimco Investor? Consider This Before Bailing

    If you own a Pimco bond fund, consider this advice before you drop the firm over the departure of Bill Gross.
  17. Finding Rent-To-Own Homes

    Rent to own can be a route to owning your own home. But searching can be costly and complicated, and leases may have pitfalls. ...
  18. The World Bank's All-Important World Development Indicators (WDI)

    The World Development Indicators are the world's economic scorecards: they evaluate where nearly every country stands and ...
  19. Goodwill vs Other Intangible Assets: What's the Difference?

    "Intangible" assets don't possess physical substance. Yet they are quanitfiable, and of great importance to any business. ...
  20. Is It Smarter To Save Money Or Earn More Income?

    When it comes to money, what's your financial focus? My poor dad spent much of his energy working for others and saving as ...
  21. Why do Bitcoins have value?

    Performing with transactional anonymity, Bitcoin has value as a private digital currency, investment tool and social networking ...
  22. Health Care REITs: A Dose Of Durable Dividends

    Healthcare REITs, like other REITs, are good dividend investments. Unlike other REITs, they are more recession proof and ...
  23. Commercial Real Estate Loans

    Obtaining a commercial real estate loan is quite different from borrowing for residential real estate. Here's what to expect ...
  24. What are the best ways to lower my investing fees?

    Lower your investing fees by buying index funds or ETFs, choosing the right mutual fund share class, evaluating breakpoints ...
  25. What Bill Gross, Steve Jobs and Steve Wynn Share

    Few people build a multi-billion dollar business and leave it. But these did just that.
  26. What is the difference between a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan?

    Administered by for-profit, private companies, 401(k) plans are more common than the nonprofit or government-sponsored 4 ...
  27. Is there a minimum I have to contribute to my 401(k) plan?

    Deciding how much to put into a 401(k) account can be tricky. There are guidelines to ensure you are investing what you need ...
  28. What's the difference between a 401(k) and a pension plan?

    Discern the differences between 401(k) plans, in which employees assume the market risk, and pension plans, in which the ...
  29. What are the advantages of paying with Bitcoin?

    Learn how payments made with Bitcoins offer certain advantages over standard currency, including user anonymity, no taxation ...
  30. Is it legal to invest my student loan money?

    Take a risk investing student loans and encounter a legal and moral gray area as well as possible financial challenges along ...
  31. What's the difference between a long and short position in the market?

    Understand long and short positions for stocks and option contracts; combine long and short positions for added leverage ...
  32. What are the risks of investing in Bitcoin?

    Learn how Bitcoin is an unregulated, uninsured and unregistered private digital currency that can be used as a speculative ...
  33. What's the difference between a cash account and a margin account?

    Compare and contrast margin and cash accounts. Margin accounts offer short-term loans, leverage on existing portfolios, and ...
  34. When did the real estate bubble burst?

    Collapsing home prices from subprime mortgage defaults and risky investments on mortgage-backed securities burst the housing ...
  35. What The Daily 1% Price Mean For ETF Investors

    In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the ...
  36. Raise Your Kid To Be The Next Warren Buffett

    If you’re looking for a positive role model for your kid, Warren Buffett should be high on your list.
  37. What are the differences between investing in real estate and stocks?

    Invest in real estate by purchasing physical property or buildings, or invest in stocks by buying a claim to a company and ...
  38. What do real estate investors look for in a property?

    Profit from real estate investments by either flipping homes or becoming a landlord. Learn best practices for a successful ...
  39. When can you trade the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Find out when you can trade shares linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average during NYSE and Nasdaq trading sessions.
  40. What is the maximum I can contribute to my 401(k) plan?

    Investing for retirement might mean making some sacrifices at first, but the resulting peace of mind is well worth the initial ...
  41. Can you buy shares in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Invest in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index through index funds or ETFs.
  42. Who owns Dow Jones & Company?

    Learn how the purchase of Dow Jones & Company by News Corp. included the acquisition of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's ...
  43. What is real estate crowdfunding?

    Invest directly in real estate projects through crowdfunding. Currently only open for accredited investors, the SEC is working ...
  44. What are some of the challenges in real estate development?

    Learn what real estate development is, what developers do, and how real estate development is hindered by both risks and ...
  45. How do you compare the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the Toronto Stock ...

    See how the Dow Jones Industrial Average and TSX Composite move according to factors in their respective countries and from ...
  46. What is the goal of real estate wholesaling?

    Invest in real estate with minimal capital through wholesaling. There is no remodeling or carrying costs. Rather, a quick ...
  47. What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) all-time high?

    Inching ever higher, the Dow Jones recorded new highs in September 2014. Since the index was first calculated in 1896, it ...
  48. Why is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) price weighted?

    Learn how the Dow Jones Industrial Average has told the story of the broad market through its simple, price-weighted calculation ...
  49. How can I make equity investments in real estate?

    Invest in real estate equity through buying and selling real property or through other more liquid investments like real ...
  50. How do you compare Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and Nifty?

    Compare the Dow Jones Industrial Average with the S&P CNX Nifty 50 to see how each represents the broad market in the United ...
  51. A Good time to Check Your Bond Portfolio

    Bond market and currency volatility have been on the rise lately, leaving many investors wondering what they should do in ...
  52. The Irreplaceable Brand Of Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has said that in order to succeed in real estate it's vital to enhance your location. His golf course investments ...
  53. How To Research Volatile Stocks

    Volatile stocks scare some investors--they're worried about something they need to keep an eye on. Fortunately, great software ...
  54. Loving Bonds: Fixed Income Investing Themes 2014

    With the New Year now underway, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into fixed income markets to consider where (and how) ...
  55. Global Value From ETFs In The Land Down Under

    International ETFs have been under fire this summer as shifting currency woes and economic forecasts continue to indicate ...
  56. Infographic: The Unconstrained Approach

    The unconstrained approach: a global style of investing that looks at opportunities across a broad set of asset classes and ...
  57. Investors Still Fear Stock: Good News For Markets?

    Despite this week’s losses, stocks are still having a good year – in fact, they’ve been having a good five years.
  58. Rental Property: Getting Rich Means Taking It Slowly

    I have two second cousins who serve in the military. We don't always talk much, though. The age gap can be a roadblock and ...
  59. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  60. Analyzing Warren Buffett's 2013 Famous Shareholder Letter

    Reading the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's letters has been one of the best sources of investment education for value investors ...
  61. Emerging Market Bond ETFs: Look Under The Hood

    Interested in diversifying your portfolio with some emerging market debt? Have a look at these key ETFs.
  62. The Normal Distribution Table, Explained

    The normal distribution formula is based on two simple parameters - mean and standard deviation
  63. Should You Spend Your Money Or Your Time?

    We've all heard that time is money. It can mean various things to various people. Over time, if you save and invest, you ...
  64. Three Reasons To Consider EM Asia

    While the economic and monetary environment remains supportive of equity markets, not all stocks have been benefiting lately.
  65. 3 (More) Mistakes To Avoid With Your ETF Portfolio

    I previously wrote an article about the 5 mistakes to avoid with your ETF portfolio, ranging from not falling in love with ...
  66. 10 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Save Money

    Addressing the issue of saving money is the most fundamental, yet neglected aspect of personal finance in the U.S. today.
  67. Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

    HSBC’s PMI for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector is expanding, ...
  68. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  69. How Low-Volatility ETFs Can Enhance Your Success

    Is your equity portfolio suffering from seasickness? Check out these low-volatility ETFs known for their stability.
  70. Human Capital, An Important Asset For Portfolio Diversification

    An investor’s total wealth consists of two parts – financial capital and human capital. The latter should not be overlooked ...
  71. Your Investments Should Be Bigger Than A Benchmark

    Chances are, you don’t invest for the sheer satisfaction of outperforming a market average. You’ve got bigger fish to fry, ...
  72. The Better Inflation Hedge: Gold or Treasuries?

    Owning gold may not be the best option for hedging against inflation. What else, then? Try treasuries or gold ETFs.
  73. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  74. Net Operating Income

    Net operating income (NOI) reflects income after operating expenses are deducted, but before income taxes and interest are ...
  75. Investing In Luxury Real Estate

    You might not have the money for a luxury home of your dreams, but that doesnt mean there aren't still plenty of ways to ...
  76. What Drives Summer Blockbuster Movie Profits?

    Moviegoers spent about $1 billion each of the months of May, June, July and August 2014. What is it that makes a summer blockbuster ...
  77. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  78. Investment Options For Bitcoin High-Rollers

    Got big money to bet on bitcoins? Here are some options looking to make a splash in 2014.
  79. Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal

    Within hours of its IPO, Alibaba's market cap surpassed Walmart's. So why is it that so many people still don't know what ...
  80. What is Risk Management?

    Risk management is the process of assessing, managing and also mitigating losses. For investors, risk management is where ...
  81. Investing In China

    Investment opportunity is huge in China. However, investors should consider the pitfalls, understand the risks and rewards, ...
  82. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  83. Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand ...
  84. The Federal Reserve’s Policy For ETF Investors

    The market climbs a "Wall of Worry," yet the only apprehension that sends stock investors for the exit doors relates to the ...
  85. Forex Exotic Currency Trading: Risks & Rewards

    Exotic currencies are off the beaten path and are not for novices, but experienced forex investors might find the high risk-reward ...
  86. R-Squared

    Learn more about this statistical measurement used to represent movement between a security and its benchmark.
  87. Using The Current Ratio

    Find out more on how this liquidity ratio is used to measure a company's ability to pay short-term obligations.
  88. GAAP

    Learn more about the generally accepted accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their ...
  89. Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising

    Investment companies and brokers want to sell. Unfortunately, this can result in promotional material that is not entirely ...
  90. The Government And Risk: A Love-Hate Relationship

    Though the U.S. government can help its citizens by subsidizing risky loans, the costs always come back to the taxpayers. ...
  91. Global View: Investing In Emerging Markets

    In recent months, investors have been looking overseas for opportunities in emerging markets (EMs).
  92. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  93. Follow Buffet's Discipline & Beat The Market

    Warren Buffett was once asked what is more important to become a successful investor: intelligence or discipline? His answer ...
  94. Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  95. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  96. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  97. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  98. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  99. Guide To 401(k) And IRA Rollovers

    Follow the steps detailed below when you need to roll over your 401(k) or IRA account to be sure you preserve tax benefits ...
  100. Which Canadian Oil Stocks Are The Best?

    Canada is a prime option when investing in oil companies and oil-related assets. Here are four long-term picks worth your ...
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