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  1. Put Option Basics

    Put option allow investors to hedge an investment they own or speculate in an investment they don't own. Find out more about ...
  2. Call Option Basics

    Call options offer investors a way to leverage their capital for greater investment returns. Find out more about these financial ...
  3. Water Cooler Finance: More Spilled Oil, Fewer Jobs

    The financial news held few surprises this week, but amidst the ho-hum offerings, there were some interesting bits of news ...
  4. Intangible Assets Provide Real Value To Stocks

    Intangible assets don't appear on balance sheets, but they're crucial to judging a company's value.
  5. Will Your Home Remodel Pay Off?

    Some renovations will mean a bigger sale price on your home, while others will just cost you.
  6. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  7. History Of Coinage In The U.S.

    From the barter system to commemorative coins, we look at the history of U.S. money.
  8. How You Can Benefit From A Weak Euro

    Things can change quickly in the foreign exchange market, so consumers might want to act quickly to take advantage of the ...
  9. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  10. The Lost Depression

    Many people don't know that a severe depression hit a decade before the Great Depression, and it didn't make it into most ...
  11. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  12. Get A Short-Term Advantage In The Money Market

    This investment vehicle is often the perfect stop-gap measure for growing your money.
  13. Floating-Rate Mutual Funds: Rewards And Risks

    In an economy with low interest rates, investors need to get creative in order to reap high returns.
  14. Warrants: A High-Return Investment Tool

    Discover the advantages of this largely unexploited investment vehicle.
  15. Find Hidden Stock Gems That Analysts Ignore

    Just because it doesn't get a lot of coverage, doesn't mean a company isn't a great find.
  16. Luck Is The Key To Success For Most Top Mutual Funds

    Without luck virtually all actively managed funds would lag indexes: study.
  17. Manage Risk With Trailing Stops And Protective Put Options

    Using the right strategy can lower the risk of failure and protect your profits.
  18. Wall Street History: Madoff Funnels, Buffett Gives And Ma Bell Marries

    This week in finance we have a big donation from Buffett and a big scam from Madoff.
  19. Trading Strategies And Market Dangers That Hurt Investors

    When investing, beware of the dangers involved in these strategies and roadblocks.
  20. Calculating The Equity Risk Premium

    See the model in action with real data and evaluate whether its assumptions are valid.
  21. Blowing Their Own Horn: Will The World Cup Lure Investment Capital To South Africa?

    As the world watches the action in S. Africa, we check out winning investments that provide exposure to this area.
  22. What Caused The Flash Crash?

    Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong on May 6, but it seems likely that the crash was caused by multiple ...
  23. The REIT Way

    Ever considered investing in real estate? Read about the REIT and see if it's the investment for you.
  24. Deleveraging: What It Means To Corporate America

    Getting rid of debt is usually a good thing, but companies can also use it to become more profitable.
  25. Stocks Soros Is Holding

    George Soros once made $1 billion in a day. Find out what he's buying now.
  26. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  27. Be Risk Diverse, Not Risk Averse

    You have to take on some risk, but finding the right level is key to your portfolio's success - and your sanity.
  28. A Glimpse Into Warren Buffett's Portfolio

    Learn what the Oracle of Omaha is investing in these days, and why he's still succeeding in a tough market.
  29. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

    Bernie Madoff reminded us about the Ponzi scheme. What other old scams are due for a comeback?
  30. Investing In Precious Metals

    Buying precious metals can act as a hedge against economic turmoil.
  31. Disbanding The Euro - A Worst-Case Scenario

    What would the fallout be if the world's second-largest currency disappears?
  32. Water Cooler Finance: The iPhone Launch, Buffett's Lunch And BP's Lashing

    This week in financial news saw more uncertainty in the markets on bad news from retail, GM and BP.
  33. Stochastics: An Accurate Buy And Sell Indicator

    Find out how stochastics are used to create buy and sell signals for traders.
  34. Understanding The Federal Reserve Balance Sheet

    We are all connected to the Fed's balance sheet, and the currency notes that we hold are its liabilities.
  35. Activist Hedge Funds: Follow The Trail To Profit

    Learn to profit by following the lead of some of Wall Street's most ruthless investors.
  36. Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than Buy and Hold?

    Real estate investors can flip a property or use it for cash flow. Find out which will work in your neck of the woods.
  37. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  38. Top 10 Rules For Successful Trading

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, these 10 rules should be the backbone of your trading career.
  39. 5 Amusing Stocks That Aren't Having Any Fun

    Many stocks couldn't hack the recent recession and financial crisis, and had to use bankruptcy protection to restructure. ...
  40. Top Cities For Real Estate Flipping

    These three cities have seen home prices increase every month for almost a year now, but still offer potential bargains in ...
  41. Investment Policy Pitfalls

    An investment policy statement can be a powerful tool - as long as you avoid these common mistakes.
  42. Taking (Apart) Buffett At His Words

    Warren Buffett's testimony in front of Congress last week was certainly not voluntary, but it was illuminating for a lot ...
  43. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett Speaks Up, AIG Deal Collapses

    This week the Buffett saga continues, your kids' drinking glasses aren't safe and oil keeps flowing.
  44. Deflation: A Two-Sided Coin

    Deflation fears are sweeping the U.S. , but the effects of this economic phenomenon are not all bad.
  45. 8 Ways To Make Money With Real Estate

    With today's buyer's market, you may be thinking of diving into the real estate market. Here are some unexpected ways you ...
  46. The Financial Markets: When Fear And Greed Take Over

    If these unpleasant emotions are allowed to influence your decision-making, they may cost you dearly.
  47. Investing In Artist Futures

    If you think a budding artist has major potential, you may be able to invest in his or her art with these new futures contracts. ...
  48. Goldman: Guilty Of Finance, Innocent On Fraud

    While Goldman is no angel, the focus on CDO and derivatives transactions is misguided at best.
  49. 5 Equity Derivatives And How They Work

    These derivatives allow investors to transfer risk, but there are many choices and factors that investors must weigh before ...
  50. Profit On Your Home's Price - Even If It's Falling

    These investment vehicles can protect you - and even help you profit - when the real estate market falls.
  51. Top 5 Hardest-Hit Currencies

    The value of a country's currency is dependent on many factors that will cause it to fluctuate, relative to other world currencies. ...
  52. 5 Steps Of A Bubble

    Bubbles are deceptive and unpredictable, but by studying their history we can prepare to our best ability.
  53. Stocks That Buffett Is Unloading

    Find out which stocks this reluctant seller has dumped most recently and why.
  54. Top Summer Stocks To Get Into Now

    Summer leisure activities may see a surge in revenue. Let the sun shine on your portfolio.
  55. Capitalize On False Breakouts In The Danger Zone

    Sometimes you have to be a predator to profit. Find out how to cash in on false breakouts.
  56. The Latest, Greatest Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions

    Find out which companies have come together lately and why.
  57. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  58. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  59. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  60. How To Convert Value At Risk To Different Time Periods

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  61. What Bonds Are Saying About The Next Stock Plunge

    The relationship between bonds and stocks can reveal a lot about the future direction of the stock market.
  62. The Myth About Market Bubbles

    Bubbles have made and ruined fortunes. Though they can be difficult to predict, understanding how they work gives you a visible ...
  63. If a client has a very low risk tolerance, all of the following might be suitable ...

    If a client has a very low risk tolerance, all of the following might be suitable investments EXCEPT: a. Growth stock fundsb. ...
  64. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett Buzz, Toxic CDOs And Facebook Privacy

    This week, the stories around Goldman Sachs and eurozone woes continued to unfold.
  65. Your Million-Dollar Gift To Wall Street

    Ignore this article if you enjoy giving your money to millionaires.
  66. Buffett Scandals: Then And Now

    Controversy is nothing new for one of the most celebrated investors in America.
  67. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  68. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  69. Cross-Border Shopping Tips

    Find out how to capitalize on exchange rates, in order to save money while shopping in North America.
  70. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  71. Wall Street History: The NYSE Is Born, Bubbles Form

    This week in financial history saw the birth of the NYSE an attempt to destroy Microsoft, and much more.
  72. Impact Investing: The Ethical Choice

    This new wave in ethical investing is taking a new approach. Find out how it differs from its predecessors.
  73. Lessons Learned: Comparing The Japanese And U.S. Bubbles

    Find out what the Japanese and U.S. bubbles can tell us about recovering from financial chaos.
  74. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  75. Water Cooler Finance: Greece Attacks And Google Hacks

    Greece remains in the headlines as it takes aim at its banks, Google's dirty little secret is revealed and the record industry ...
  76. Advantages of TRIX - Triple Exponential Average

    This powerful tool not only filtrates market noise but also tends to be a leading rather than lagging indicator.
  77. The Evolution Of Goldman Sachs

    The fraud allegations against them have tarnished the reputation of the firm. But how exactly did they get to this point? ...
  78. Do Money-Market Funds Pay?

    This investment provides security, but its returns may not be adequate for long-term investors.
  79. Invest In What You Know

    Have you ever known certain products would be successful months before they became a hit? Find out how to profit from your ...
  80. Catching A Falling Knife: Picking Intraday Turning Points

    Trying to pick the absolute top and bottom points can lead to excessive losses. This strategy allows you to hedge your risk. ...
  81. Wall Street History: Railroads And Rockefeller

    This week in financial history marks the beginning of antitrust legislation and a huge leap for labor unions.
  82. Greece: By The Numbers

    Greece continues to dominate news headlines, but its economic situation can be tough to understand.
  83. Down The Rabbit Hole: Deciphering CDOs

    Warren Buffett claims that understanding these instruments would mean reading 750,000 pages of text. Read on to learn the ...
  84. What The Falling Euro Means For You

    The chaos in the eurozone could have huge effects on North America.
  85. Goldman Sachs: By The Numbers

    While Goldman's guilt or innocence is not yet clear, these key numbers help tell part of the story.
  86. Water Cooler Finance: Greece Is Burning And Buffett's Under Fire

    This past week saw the SEC continue its Goldman Sachs investigation and set its sights on Buffett, and there are signs that ...
  87. Make The Currency Cross Your Boss

    Tap into a world of possibilities by going beyond the simple pro- or anti-dollar trade.
  88. Greece: The Worst-Case Scenario

    What could happen if the Greek debt crisis gets even worse?
  89. When To Sell Stocks

    Buying at the right price determines profit, but selling at the right price locks it in.
  90. Real Estate Boom Phrases That Went Bust

    These glib statements were all the rage during the real estate boom, but few real estate experts would dare to utter them ...
  91. Corzine: Goldman Targeted Because Of Success

    Democratic stalwart tells Wall Street crowd to accept financial reform.
  92. How To Retain Your Sanity In A Volatile Market

    Are you prepared for the next terrifying moment? Turn off the TV, take the dog for a walk--and settle on a stock allocation ...
  93. Are You Ready To Trade Futures?

    If you want to trade futures in the hopes that you'll become rich, you'll have to answer some questions first.
  94. 7 Steps To Start Investing Safely

    Do you want to start investing, but don’t want to take on too much risk? Find out how to start investing safely.
  95. Forex: World's Biggest Market A Relative Newcomer

    Unlike the stock markets, the forex market is a truly new market. We’ll take a brief look at its origins and how it works ...
  96. Why Things Are Getting A Little Loonie

    The Canadian dollar has reached parity with the U.S. dollar. Find out how this affects you.
  97. Wall Street History: Al Capone Vs. The IRS

    This week marks the end for one of the most notorious American gangsters, the birthday of Warren Buffett's mentor and much ...
  98. The Cheapest Canadian Cities To Buy A House

    Canada's housing market didn't suffer like its struggling neighbors to the south, but there are still great deals to be had. ...
  99. Operational Risk: A Must-Know For Investors

    This type of risk is often overlooked, but it can mean the downfall of a company - and its investors.
  100. Are There More Cockroaches In Goldman's Kitchen?

    If you have you ever seen a cockroach in the kitchen, you know there are more. The same concept applies to bad financial ...
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