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  1. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

    Even if the market is in a decline your portfolio doesn't have to be.
  2. Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Don't let company lawsuits hit you unprepared. Learn how to uncover how they might affect you.
  3. Mutual Fund Tax Changes?

    What do the proposed tax changes to mutual funds mean for you?
  4. 3 Ways Immigration Helps And Hurts The Economy

    Immigration can be a touchy subject, but here's the economic point of view.
  5. What does it mean when futures prices are in contango?

    a. The basis is positive.b. Future prices are higher than cash prices.c. The market is in backwardation.d. Supply disruptions ...
  6. Buy When There's Blood In The Streets

    Contrarian investors find value in the worst market conditions. Find out how they do it.
  7. Common Clues Of Financial Statement Manipulation

    Search for the "bloody" fingerprints in accounting crimes.
  8. 7 Expenses That Are Keeping You In Debt

    The average American family is nearly $11,000 in debt. Here are seven expenses that might be keeping you in the red.
  9. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  10. Planning For Job Loss

    Preparing for unemployment can be the best investment you make.
  11. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  12. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  13. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  14. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  15. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  16. What happens to a stop order after a stock splits?

    A stop order, commonly referred to as a stop-loss order, is an order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches ...
  17. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  18. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  19. Leveraged ETFs: Too Risky For Their Own Good?

    With regulatory oversight under fire, the smart money might place an inverse bet on the future of these products.
  20. Should Interest Rates Go Up?

    An increase in interest rates could prove that that the Fed really believes the U.S. economy is starting to grow.
  21. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  22. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  23. 6 Reasons Nations Don't Go Green

    For countries, the economic costs outweigh the benefits of going green.
  24. 4 Ways To Weather An Economic Storm

    Keeping a cool head and sticking to a plan during an economic slump is vital to financial stability.
  25. Losing The Amaranth Gamble

    Investors in this fund didn't see it coming. Would you?
  26. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  27. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  28. 5 ETF Classes To Know

    Exchange-traded funds have become very popular. Here's a simple breakdown of five classes you should know.
  29. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  30. Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market

    Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, and engage in aggressive strategies to make this happen.
  31. Do speculators have a destabilizing effect on the financial system?

    A speculator is anyone who trades derivatives, commodities, bonds, equities or currencies with higher-than-average risk in ...
  32. Is The Recession Over?

    Has the jump in the stock market since March reached a peak or is this the beginning of a long climb?
  33. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  34. Real Estate Bargains: Location Is Everything

    For the U.S. median house price, you can live in a mansion or a closet, it all depends on location.
  35. Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  36. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  37. Top 10 Green Industries

    Put a little green in your wallet by investing in these growing areas.
  38. 5 Reasons To Avoid Index Funds

    Indexes are a hands-off way for investors to access the markets, but in some cases, nothing beats active investing.
  39. What is an unregistered mutual fund?

    An unregistered mutual fund is a general name given to investment companies that are not formally registered with the Securities ...
  40. Don't Let Brokerage Fees Undermine Your Returns

    Smart investors don't give away more money than necessary in commissions and fees. Find out how to save.
  41. What is a permanent portfolio?

    A permanent portfolio is a portfolio construction theory devised by free-market investment analyst Harry Browne in the 198 ...
  42. 3 New Threats For Would-Be Homeowners

    While depressed real estate prices have created bargains for buyers, these lower prices come at a cost.
  43. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  44. Bear Market Mauls Target-Date Funds

    This "set it and forget it" approach to investing is appealing, but it's not the best protection against a bear market.
  45. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint ...
  46. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  47. The Bad Market's Silver Lining: Lower Mutual Fund Fees

    Although the past 18 months have been devastating to the stock market, there is some upside to this down market.
  48. Price Shading In The Forex Markets

    This practice puts brokers ahead of their clients, but it doesn't have to be a negative for traders.
  49. Why Low Oil Prices Are Bad For The Economy

    You may be paying less at the pump, but how are lower oil prices affecting other parts of the economy?
  50. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  51. What is a growth recession?

    A growth recession is an instance in which an economy grows at such a slow pace that it creates net unemployment, meaning ...
  52. Outside-The-Box Ways To Make Money

    These non-traditional methods can help you make some extra cash.
  53. What is high-frequency trading?

    High frequency trading is an automated trading platform used by large investment banks, hedge funds and institutional investors ...
  54. Faith-Based Investing: An Inspired Choice

    For those who follow a particular faith, this is just one more form of socially responsible investing.
  55. Is it possible to short sell real estate?

    The traditional idea of a short sale is selling something you don't have so that you can buy it back at a lower price. The ...
  56. Is It Worth Going Green?

    Going green might make you feel good about your purchases, but it probably won't help your finances.
  57. Top Colleges For Your Tuition Buck

    College is a major financial investment. Make sure you are getting the best value.
  58. On This Day in Finance: July 29 - Bonus Army Invades Washington, D.C.

    On July 29, 1932, government troops and tanks forcibly remove World War I veterans from makeshift camps in Washington D.C. ...
  59. What was the most miserable day for financial markets according to the Misery Index?

    The most miserable month ever according to the Misery Index was June of 1980. The all-time high for the Misery Index was ...
  60. "Great" 8? 8 Failures Say Otherwise

    The G8 has a history of big promises and no action, and it doesn't look like much has changed in 2009.
  61. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Not everyone can make money in this field. Find out what you need before you buy in.
  62. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  63. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  64. Contemplating Collectible Investments

    Profit margins are slim, but that needn't deter those with a passion for eras past.
  65. When did mutual funds come to the U.S.A.?

    On March 21,1924, the Massachusetts Investors Trust was incorporated, marking the birth of the American mutual fund industry. ...
  66. Does The U.S. Need Stimulus 2.0?

    The U.S. might just need to better handle and plan stimulus 1.0, before taking a next step.
  67. Does the balance sheet always balance?

    Yes, a balance sheet should always balance. The name "balance sheet" is based on the fact that assets will equal liabilities ...
  68. The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run. ...
  69. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  70. On This Day In Finance: July 23 - Ford Delivers First Model A

    The first car produced by the Ford Motor company was the original Model A that came out in 1903.
  71. Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  72. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  73. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  74. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  75. On This Day In Finance: July 20 - Congress Approves The Bretton Woods Agreement

    United States Congress officially approves the Bretton Woods Agreement, thus including the U.S. in the Bretton Woods System. ...
  76. Money-Saving Tips For Sports Fans

    If you do a little sleuthing and stay flexible on which teams to follow, you can still enjoy all the excitement of live sporting ...
  77. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical ...
  78. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  79. You CAN Retire In A Recession

    Just because you receive your gold watch during a recession, doesn't mean you can't retire on time.
  80. Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China

    FDI in China surpassed $100 billion in 2010, certain key factors drive foreign direct investment.
  81. 10 Careers With Great Job Prospects

    The unemployment rate may be high, but that doesn't mean you need to sit on the sidelines. Find out which fields have the ...
  82. How To Master Online Auctions For Fast Cash

    Online selling is just as easy as in-person selling and can yield five to 10 times the profit.
  83. Goldman Sachs: Unusual Earnings For An Unusual Company

    Goldman Sachs alumni have an unprecedented history of seamlessly moving from private to public service. Here's a short list ...
  84. Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  85. Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Though patent trolls can help patients achieve cheaper medication in the short-term, everyone pays for it in the long term. ...
  86. 5 Things Every Real Estate Pro Knows

    Find out how to stop chasing the market and start leading it.
  87. "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke: Flying High Or Headed For A Tailspin?

    Bernanke's first four-year term will come to an end in early 2010. Will it be his last?
  88. The conduit theory...

    A. leads to the SEC's preference to allow exchanges to self-regulate.B. suggests that expenditure is the key to governing ...
  89. The Real Cost Of Drinking Coffee

    How much is your morning jolt hurting your wallet? More than half of Americans drink coffee every day, and the costs add ...
  90. Real Estate Vs. Stocks: Which One's Right For You?

    There are ups and downs for both real estate and stock investments, so before diving in, know the differences between the ...
  91. On This Day In Finance: July 10 - Adolphus Busch Is Born

    On this day in 1839, German-born American brewer Adolphus Busch was born
  92. On This Day In Finance: July 9 - New York Airways Launches First Helicopter Service

    New York Airway launches the first passenger helicopter air service in New York City.
  93. Top 4 Things That Determine A Home's Value

    Your house depreciates over time, while the land beneath it is likely to do the opposite.
  94. What is moral hazard?

    An idea that a party that is protected in some way from risk will act differently than if they didn't have that protection. ...
  95. On This Day In Finance: July 8 - John D. Rockefeller Is Born

    On this day in history, American industrialist John D. Rockefeller was born.
  96. Silver Thursday: How Two Wealthy Traders Cornered The Market

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
  97. What is the difference between investing and speculating?

    The main difference between speculating and investing is the amount of of risk undertaken in the trade. Typically, high-risk ...
  98. The Great Inflation Of The 1970s

    Political moves meant prevent unemployment served to do the opposite, creating one of the worst fiscal disasters of the century. ...
  99. Which statement(s) is/are FALSE about market risk?

    I. It is mitigated by writing calls.II. It includes the risk the investor will lose invested principal.III. It is the same ...
  100. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

    Hyperinflation can make a $1,000 bill look like chump change.
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  1. What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

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    Learn more about some of the factors that influence the valuation of bonds on the open market, and why bond prices and yields ...
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