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  1. Understanding Proprietary Trading

    A firm engages in proprietary trading when it uses its own money to trade financial instruments in order to profit for itself.
  2. What fees do financial advisors charge?

    Learn how much financial advisors charge clients; discover the various payment plans available to customers seeking financial ...
  3. Can your car insurance company check your driving record?

    Find out why your car insurance company pulls your driving record, how it is used to determine your premium and the importance ...
  4. Emerging Markets: Analyzing The Philippines' GDP

    Although its growth rate was mediocre in the past, the Philippines is slowly yet steadily emerging as a rising tiger.
  5. The 5 Best Alternatives to Bank Saving Accounts

    Find out about some of the most profitable available alternatives to depositing money in a traditional bank passbook savings ...
  6. How to Piece Together a 401(k) Plan

    In the world of 401(k) investment lineups, more is not always better. Here's an overview of things you may want to include ...
  7. These S&P 500 Companies Hold the Most Cash

    Large cash positions allow for many different options and here's why they are beneficial to shareholders.
  8. Advisors: Which Certifications Are Essential?

    The right advisor credentials can make all the difference, but wading through some 100 certifications can be a challenge. ...
  9. 7 Popular Software Programs for Portfolio Managers

    For retail investors and money managers, portfolio management software makes life easier. Here are synopses of seven popular ...
  10. Is it Too Late for MLPs?

    MLPs were in high demand for several years. Where do they stand now?
  11. Smart Beta ETFs: The Pros and Cons

    Smart beta strategies are all the rage. Here's how they work, but consulting with an adivsor is essential to know if they ...
  12. Top 6 Most Successful European Entrepreneurs

    Understand what makes European entrepreneurs successful. Learn about six European entrepreneurs who have found great success ...
  13. Did the Fed Miss its Window to Raise Rates?

    The debate in the media over whether the Federal Reserve will announce liftoff this month or in December continues to rage ...
  14. How to Prepare Your 401(k) for Rising Rates

    If headlines of the Fed raising rates have you worried, here are some ideas to help you think about your retirement-investing ...
  15. 2 Sectors to Explore When Rates Rise

    While the market selloff and declining inflation expectations have lowered the probability of a Fed rate rise, U.S. economic ...
  16. Ideas for Your Bond Portfolio When Rates Rise

    It has been nearly 10 years since the Fed last raised interest rates, and though the central bank didn’t hike rates this ...
  17. Is the Hamptons Real Estate Market Getting Too Hot?

    The Hamptons are home to some of the highest real estate values in the country. Is demand starting to slow?
  18. How to Create a Risk Parity Portfolio

    Learn about how risk parity uses leverage to create equal exposure to risk among different asset classes in portfolio construction.
  19. How often do mutual funds pay capital gains?

    Find out how often mutual funds distribute capital gains income, including the basics of how mutual funds work and why frequent ...
  20. ETF Analysis: iShares US Technology

    Understand how the iShares US Technology exchange-traded fund (ETF) is managed, how it tracks its benchmark and for which ...
  21. 3 Small-Cap Stocks Poised for Large Returns

    These three small-cap stocks have significant upside potential, but their risk/reward ratios vary.
  22. How Dow Chemical (DOW) Makes its Money

    An in depth look at how Dow has made itself vital to so many industries in its 118 year history.
  23. How Booming Debt Will Turn into Dooming Debt

    Debt can fuel markets for a lengthy period of time, but the end result is never good. Here's why.
  24. Are Macy's Store Closings Good or Bad News?

    Macy's is making some wise moves, but will those moves impact its stock price for the better?
  25. How to Know When to Pass on an Investment

    Knowing what to invest in is important, but knowing what not to invest in is equally important. Here's how to decide when ...
  26. Retirement Planning: Don't Forget Social Security

    You may miss out on a more robust retirement income if you invest too conservatively in retirement.
  27. How often do mutual funds report their holdings?

    Learn how mutual funds are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their portfolio holdings on a quarterly ...
  28. The Basics of Income Tax on Mutual Funds

    Learn about the basics of income tax on mutual funds, including what types of income may be subject to the capital gains ...
  29. 5 Characteristics of Strong Mutual Fund Shares

    Discover some of the basic characteristics shared by good mutual funds that investors can use to help them in selecting funds.
  30. Emerging Markets: Analyzing Indonesia's GDP

    We look at the GDP of Indonesia, which bore the brunt of the Asian financial crisis but weathered the 2008 financial crisis ...
  31. How Shackling Offshore Banks Will Impact You

    FATCA regulations have cast a wide net on offshore banking activities, and many innocent account holders might get caught ...
  32. This Might Be the Best Time to Buy Colombian Pesos

    Signs are growing that energy markets are bottoming out, allowing the Colombian Peso to recover its value in a profitable ...
  33. 3 Reasons Market Timing Is Hard for ETF Investors

    Market timing is tough for ETF investors because these popular instruments can move for many reasons unrelated to spreadsheets ...
  34. Play the Bear Market With Top Bear Market Funds

    Worried of an imminent bear market? Play it safe with these top funds designed to benefit from declines in the stock market.
  35. How To Invest In Farming Without Owning a Farm

    Investors have a number of ways to get exposure to the agriculture and farming sector besides actually having to buy a farm.
  36. How To Set Fibonacci Retracement Levels

    Build Fibonacci retracement and extension grids to identify hidden support and resistance levels that may come into play ...
  37. The World Of High Frequency Algorithmic Trading

    What’s behind the scenes of HFT? Here's a detailed look at the breakneck world of algorithmic and high-frequency trading
  38. The Mysterious Life of Trading Legend W.D. Gann

    Who was trading legend W.D. Gann? Even today, no one really knows whether his feats were real or mythical.
  39. 5 Ways Successful Investors Choose ETFs

    Sometimes when confronted with too many choices while investing, it’s easier to just do nothing, or pick the first thing ...
  40. Designer Clothes: Why You Need Special Insurance

    You spend a lot of money on couture creations. Shouldn't they be protected from damage?
  41. 2 Undervalued REITs To Add to Your Portfolio

    These two real estate bargains may offer potentially high total returns.
  42. How Conscious Consumers Are Changing Business

    Thanks to the growth of conscious consumerism, corporations must evolve or lose ground to new, ethos-based entrepreneurial ...
  43. Top 3 Taiwan ETFs

    Examine detailed analysis of three exchange-traded funds that track the Taiwan equity market, and learn about the characteristics ...
  44. How can I find tax-exempt mutual funds?

    Learn about finding tax-free mutual funds at major investment firms, including how tax-free funds work and what you should ...
  45. The 7 Biggest Chinese Mining Companies

    Read about the seven largest Chinese mining companies as measured by revenues, and learn more about the types of mineral ...
  46. Warren Buffett: The Road To Riches

    Find out how he went from selling soft drinks to buying up companies and making billions of dollars.
  47. The 3 Best Alternatives to Quicken Software

    Explore the many alternative personal financial management programs that are currently available and offer an alternative ...
  48. Top 2 Norway ETFs

    Learn about the top two exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that track the Norway equity market, and explore analyses of their ...
  49. Why Real Estate is a Good Fit for Older Investors

    Real estate investing can be a good fit for older investors. Here are three reasons why.
  50. The 6 Biggest Life Insurance Companies in Canada

    Read about the biggest life insurance companies in Canada, and learn about their business operations and the types of products ...
  51. 3 Mutual Funds That Hold Netflix Stock

    Discover three mutual funds that allocate the largest percentage of their assets to Netflix, and learn these funds' investment ...
  52. How do mutual funds split?

    Learn when mutual funds split their shares and why this practice is primarily a marketing tactic aimed at encouraging investors ...
  53. Is Your Portfolio Being Managed By a Robot?

    Robo-advisors are likely going to become a permanent fixture in the money management industry. Here's where they're at.
  54. 3 Ways to Diversify a $1+ Million Portfolio

    Here are three ways to diversify a high-net-worth portfolio, which could help stave off the impacts of volatility.
  55. Socially Responsible Lending Goes Mainstream

    The solid rates of return that socially responsible lending has posted has caught the attention of institutional investors. ...
  56. How to Separate Emotions from Investing Decisions

    With stock market volatility, financial advisors are finding they're doing more hand-holding to help clients navigate turmoil.
  57. Is Private Equity the Right Move Now?

    With equities extremely volatile, does it make sense to move to private equity?
  58. How Bill Ackman Plans to Fix Mondelez (MDLZ)

    Bill Ackman has a plan for Mondelez International. What does it mean for investors?
  59. 3 Penny Stockbrokers You Can Trust

    Find information regarding some of the highest-rated, most trustworthy and most popular stock brokers utilized by penny stock ...
  60. Don't Ignore Maintenance Fees When Buying Real Estate

    Buying an apartment or condo costs more then the price of the unit. There are also unavoidable monthly maintenance fees that ...
  61. Tax-Efficient Strategies For International Clients

    In a globalized world, international clients seek to diversify holdings by accessing U.S. markets. Creative strategies will ...
  62. The Best Strategies to Maximize Your 401(k)

    Use these tips to watch your retirement nest egg grow from quarter to quarter.
  63. Why Did Berkshire Go For eVolution Networks?

    Warren Buffett makes an unusual but possibly lucrative addition to the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio
  64. The 7 Biggest Canadian Natural Gas Companies

    Read about the seven biggest Canadian natural gas companies as measured by production volume and learn a little more about ...
  65. Top 4 Consumer Defensive Mutual Funds

    Discover which mutual funds in the consumer defensive market are top-rated funds, and learn why investors may be drawn to ...
  66. The 5 Biggest Chinese Oil Companies

    Read about the top five Chinese oil companies as measured by crude oil production volume, and learn a little more about their ...
  67. Top 4 Diversified Emerging Market Mutual Funds

    Explore analysis of the top diversified emerging market mutual funds, and learn about their modern portfolio theory statistics, ...
  68. Do Bear Market Funds Make Sense for Investors?

    Bear market funds have their place. But are they right for individual investors?
  69. 3 Stocks to Play a Falling Unemployment Rate

    Three stocks to consider as the unemployment rate falls.
  70. ETF Gross vs. Net Expense Ratios: How They Differ

    If you're going to invest in ETFs, you should know the intricacies of expense ratios.
  71. Top 4 Inverse Commodities ETFs

    Learn about inverse commodity exchange traded funds that investors may want to consider to take a short position in certain ...
  72. How Much Money Do You Need to Live in London?

    Find out what it takes to live in London, including the average costs of living for students, professionals and unemployed ...
  73. How To Keep Millennials Motivated in the Workplace

    Millennials, ages 18 to 34, will soon make up most of the global workforce. What are the best ways to maximize their potential ...
  74. Avoid These Overvalued Blue Chips with Poor Financials

    When you are looking for bargains in the stock market, limit your buying to stocks with a verified strong fiancial condition.
  75. George Soros Biography

    George Soros is an American hedge fund manager and philanthropist. Born in Hungary in 1930 to Jewish parents, he survived ...
  76. 5 Prerequisites For Buying a House

    Don't find the perfect house only to discover that you don't meet mortgage qualifications. Know the prerequisites for buying ...
  77. A How-To Guide to Being a Venture Capitalist

    So, you want to be a venture capitalist? Here's what it takes (besides capital).
  78. The Evolution of How GE Makes its Money

    GE is a 123-year-old blue chip mainstay. While annual revenue numbers are typically constant, their configuration is changing ...
  79. 3 Ways to Avoid High ETF Fees

    Interested in trading ETFs? Here are three ways to avoid unnecessary fees.
  80. 10 Restaurants that Could Deliver Big Gains

    These 10 restaurants delivered big earnings gains in the second quarter. But what's their investing outlook going forward? ...
  81. 3 Odd Investments Worth Considering

    Designer handbags, comic books and web domains: should these odd items be on your investing radar?
  82. Getting a College Student to Love ... Investing?

    College students have a big advantage over many other investors: time. Here's how to get them interested in investing.
  83. Top 3 Bank Loan ETFs

    Explore analyses of the top three exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that track the senior bank loan market, and learn about ...
  84. Top 4 Ultrashort Bond Mutual Funds

    Explore analysis of some of the top mutual funds tracking the ultrashort duration bond market, and learn about their characteristics ...
  85. Top 4 Municipal Bond ETFs

    Explore analyses of four popular ETFs that track the municipal bond market, and learn how these ETFs are beneficial to investors ...
  86. What Does Off-Balance Sheet Mean?

    Assets or debts that a company excludes from its balance sheet are off-balance sheet items.
  87. Explaining Noncurrent Liabilities

    Noncurrent liabilities are financial obligations a company owes a year or more into the future.
  88. What is a Leading Indicator?

    A leading indicator is a measurable economic factor that tends to change right before the economy starts to change.
  89. Understanding the Inverted Yield Curve

    An inverted yield curve occurs during the rare times when short-term interest rates are higher than long-term interest rates.
  90. Calculating Net Cash

    A company’s net cash is its total cash remaining after it subtracts all liabilities.
  91. Retirement Tips: Choose the Best Annuity Provider

    It pays to get the best advice if you are thinking of putting your money into one of these complicated investments.
  92. Top 4 Inverse Bonds ETFs

    Explore analysis of popular inverse bond ETFs that track the U.S. Treasury market, and learn how to use the ETFs as a tactical ...
  93. Top 4 International Treasury Bond ETFs

    Learn about the top four international treasury bond funds that hold sovereign foreign bonds, which can be denominated in ...
  94. Are mutual funds considered cash equivalents?

    Find out why only money market mutual funds are considered cash equivalents, and learn a breakdown of the different types ...
  95. Are mutual funds considered equity securities?

    Find out why mutual funds, like stocks, are equity securities, including the similarities and differences between investing ...
  96. Can dividends be paid out monthly?

    Find out if stocks can pay dividends monthly, and learn about the types of companies most likely to do so and how monthly ...
  97. Emerging Markets: Analyzing South Korea's GDP

    South Korea's transition from a war-devastated poor country to an affluent developed nation presents a phenomenal growth ...
  98. How Retirees Should Think About Market Corrections

    Stock market corrections can be scary for retirees living off their investment income. Panic isn't an option. Retirees can ...
  99. Can mutual funds invest in private equity?

    Learn about the mutual funds that invest in private equity by buying shares of investment holdings firms that specialize ...
  100. Are dividends considered an asset?

    Find out why dividends are considered an asset for investors but a liability for the company that issued the stock, and learn ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Can mutual funds invest in hedge funds?

    Learn about mutual fund portfolio management techniques and mutual funds' ability to invest in hedge funds, as well as new ...
  2. Why is Panama considered a tax haven?

    Learn about the offshore tax haven of Panama, and discover the legal and tax structures that make Panama a premier Caribbean ...
  3. What are the biggest disadvantages of annuities?

    Identify several disadvantages of investing in annuities, a product salespeople pitch zealously but that many advisors caution ...
  4. What are the risks of annuities in a recession?

    Distinguish between the most common types of annuities, and understand which types of annuities pose the most risk during ...
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