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  1. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  2. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  3. Understanding BRIC Investments

    Brazil, Russia, India and China are becoming more popular for investing, but there is still plenty of risk among BRIC countries. ...
  4. Why is debt issued in both temporary and permanent forms?

    Debt is separated into two categories: 1) Temporary or short-term 2) Permanent or long-term. Temporary or short-term debt ...
  5. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  6. Stock Analysts: Should You Listen?

    If you want to find out which analysts are worth following, you shouldn't take their word for it.
  7. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  8. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  9. 5 Investing Statements That Make You Sound Stupid

    Sound like a pro by avoiding these five common rookie statements.
  10. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  11. 10 Tips For The Successful Long-Term Investor

    These guiding principles will help you avoid common folly during the decision-making process.
  12. Public Pensions, Managers Falsify Investment Returns

    Fraud gives inflated view of many assets performances.
  13. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge ...
  14. What are the advantages and disadvantages of mutual funds?

    Mutual funds are currently the most popular investment vehicle and provide several advantages to investors, including the ...
  15. International Aid To Haiti: The Large And Small

    We look at the aid that's been promised to Haiti and see which nations are most generous on a per-capita basis.
  16. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  17. Asset Allocation In A Bond Portfolio

    An investor's fixed-income portfolio can easily beat the average bond fund. Learn how and why!
  18. Sell Your Rental Property For A Profit

    Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
  19. What To Expect In 2010

    The economy has stabilized, but what's ahead for us in the new year?
  20. What is the difference between an options contract and a futures contract?

    Both futures and options trading are considered advanced forms of market trading, and require additional training or the ...
  21. Structured Notes: Buyer Beware!

    At first glance, this product looks like the answer to investors' prayers. In reality, it's just too good to be true.
  22. 2010: The Year To Change Your Money Manager?

    After the beating the market took in 2008 and the recovery in 2009, now is the time to do a portfolio check-up.
  23. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  24. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  25. What is the difference between a Ponzi and a pyramid scheme?

    Pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes share many similar characteristics in which unsuspecting individuals are fooled by unscrupulous ...
  26. Schaff Trend: A Faster And More Accurate Indicator

    The Schaff Trend Cycle Indicator is forward-looking and generates signals much faster than old indicators like the MACD. ...
  27. The Best 401(k) Moves Right Now

    Whether you've been out or in the market lately, the health of your 401(k) is vital.
  28. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear. ...
  29. The 2010 Real Estate Outlook

    The real estate market is still struggling, but that doesn't leave everyone out in the cold.
  30. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  31. Surprising Earnings Results

    Consensus estimates can send stocks spiraling - but are they representing reality?
  32. 8 Signs Your Neighborhood Is On The Upswing

    If you were hard-hit by the real estate crash, you may be wondering when things will get better for you. We show you how ...
  33. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  34. Mutual Funds Are Awesome - Except When They're Not

    This investment is very popular, but that doesn't mean it comes without risk.
  35. Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification. ...
  36. What is a "wash sale"?

    The Wash-Sale rule was established to disallow a loss deduction of a security sold, if within 30 days of the date of the ...
  37. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business. ...
  38. Where do I look for fees that I am charged on investments? What are those fees called?

    The fees and expenses charged for investments vary. The fees usually depend on the type of investment and the investment ...
  39. Freebies From Your Health Insurance Company

    Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking or just take overall better care of yourself you may have a surprising ...
  40. When diversifying a bond portfolio, you should make sure to take into account all ...

    a. Maturity dates b. Price c. Geographic location d. Credit quality Answer: BCredit quality, time to maturity, and location ...
  41. Warren Buffett's Frugal, So Why Aren't You?

    The Oracle of Omaha has a net worth in the billions, but his lifestyle is not as rich as you may think.
  42. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  43. Carbon Trading: Action Or Distraction?

    These credits claim to allow buyers to reduce their carbon footprints. Find out how.
  44. The Future Of Green Technology Investing

    Other endeavors may be experiencing a credit crunch, but investing in energy conservation, sustainable energy and resource ...
  45. Making Sense Of Market Anomalies

    Stocks sometimes thwart the efficient market theory by showing some very unusual patterns.
  46. Will A Systematic Withdrawal Plan Work For You?

    Check out the particulars of an SWP to see if it's the right choice for your retirement.
  47. Long-Term Investing With Equity Index CDs

    Equity Index CDs are perfect for investors who don't mind hanging in for the long term.
  48. 2009's Biggest Financial Scandals

    At the heart of every financial scandal is a loss of trust. Find out which major scandals deflated the public's trust in ...
  49. Your Dividend Payout: Can You Count On It?

    We go over several telling factors that can help you answer this question and avoid losses.
  50. Keep It Simple - Trade With The Trend

    Often, the simple solution is the best one. Find out how easy it can be to trade with the trend.
  51. Trade Simple, Trade Smart

    Simplicity can be a trader's best friend. Here is a simple day trading strategy which takes advantage of a stock's dynamics. ...
  52. Investors Misfire With Target-Date Funds

    Using all-in-one funds as one of many can lead to a skewed asset allocation.
  53. 2009's Top-Performing Hedge Funds

    We take a look at these investment vehicles that usually make news for blowing up rather than performance.
  54. Should The U.S. Switch To A Flat Tax?

    Some countries have begun charging a flat tax rate instead of the gradual tax system of the Western world.
  55. Common Bond-Buying Mistakes

    Avoid these errors made daily in bond portfolios everywhere.
  56. 10 Great Investment Books For The Holidays

    Looking for the perfect gift? Here's a list of informative reads you'll want to share with others this season.
  57. How quickly should my financial advisor sell a stock that I have asked him or her ...

    Financial advisors and planners have fiduciary responsibilities to their investors. They owe their investors a high degree ...
  58. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  59. The U.S. Dollar And The Yen: An Interesting Partnership

    In order to make the USD/JPY relationship more understandable, we must look at the yen in terms of treasury bonds.
  60. 5 "New" Rules For Safe Investing

    The recession changed the rules of the game. Learn the five new rules for keeping your money safe.
  61. Time For A Money Manager Check-Up

    Just because the portfolio isn't plummeting to the bottom anymore doesn't mean money managers are doing a good job. You need ...
  62. If I buy a stock at $45 and I put a stop limit in to sell at $40, will I be guaranteed ...

    Not necessarily. This is, unfortunately, one of the problems with orders. If a stop order is established, it means that the ...
  63. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2009

    Given the information they had at the time, these were the worst financial decisions of the year.
  64. Getting An Investment Bank Job During A Recession

    Even in a recession, investment banks are seeking new talent. Learn what will set you apart from the crowd!
  65. Find The Perfect Job With A Career Club

    Career clubs can help you get back on your feet, whether you lost a job or just need a change.
  66. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  67. Don't Be Fooled By SPINdex Funds

    Active managers now spin their products as index funds and ETFs.
  68. Why are traders on the floor of the exchange?

    Before the advent of electronic trading platforms, the floor of the stock exchange was the location for market transactions ...
  69. Santa's Naughty List 2009

    These Wall Streeters and a Canadian firm are definitely on the naughty list this year.
  70. All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  71. Interest Rates And Your Bond Investments

    By understanding the factors that influence interest rates, you can learn to anticipate their movement and profit from it. ...
  72. Mergers & Acquisitions: An Avenue For Profitable Trades

    When major corporate transactions have a big impact on the currency markets, you can benefit.
  73. 5 Ways To Spot The Next Stock Bubble - And Avoid It

    Playing a market bubble could pay off, but it carries a lot of risk. Avoiding it could be the way to stay profitable.
  74. Benefit From A Winning Investment Club

    Joining an investment club isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, but it can help you learn the ropes or sharpen your investing skills. ...
  75. 10 Great Finance Books Of 2009

    Surprisingly, not all of these books are about the recession. But they are all worth the read.
  76. Global Bailout: Did The U.K. Do Enough?

    The stimulus packages through the recession varied from country to country. Only time will tell who weathered the storm best. ...
  77. 5 "New" Rules For Safe Investing

    Did the credit crisis leave a new landscape for investors? Maybe, but it's not as unfamiliar as you may have imagined.
  78. How do I know when to "rebalance" my investments?

    In order to have a disciplined approach using "rebalancing style" investing, you must first setup a defined model that specifies ...
  79. Did You Miss The Gold Rush?

    Even if you missed out on gold, there are other shiny ways to play precious metals.
  80. Kairi Relative Index: The Forgotten Oscillator

    Though an older indicator, Kairi can still be a valuable tool for experienced investors.
  81. No Longer Nomads: The History Of Real Estate

    From caves to condos, we look at how homo sapiens hunted for a home.
  82. Staying Home Vs. Daycare: A Financial Conundrum

    Most moms and dads make this tough decision based on emotion, but there are quite a few financial consequences to each choice, ...
  83. 10 Important Year-End Tax Tips

    These tips will reduce your anxiety and can lower your 2009 tax bill.
  84. Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Find out how to evaluate a firm's loan portfolio to determine its financial health.
  85. How Risky Is Your Portfolio?

    Find out how you could be subject to larger losses than you think.
  86. Direct Access Trading Systems

    DATs can dramatically speed up order execution - find out how this system gives novice traders an edge.
  87. Bailout Acronyms 101

    The subprime meltdown gave rise to a mouthful of financial acronyms. Learn how to sort through this alphabet soup.
  88. Get Tough On Management Puff

    Company managers are often skilled at fooling investors. Be critical and don't believe the hype.
  89. Failed Takeovers During The Recession

    Takeover attempts were popular in late 2008 to 2009, but some deals just didn't make it.
  90. Why is Game Theory useful in business?

    Game theory was once hailed as a revolutionary interdisciplinary phenomenon bringing together psychology, mathematics, philosophy ...
  91. Understanding Japanese Keiretsu

    The structure of major companies in Japan is steeped in tradition and relationships.
  92. Using Mutual Funds To Profit From Market Dips

    Stop hoping for the indexes to go up and start investing in the reverse.
  93. Find Profits By Hedging Iron Condors

    Hedging iron condors with put calendars can help control losses, and can even make an investor more profitable.
  94. ETFs: Losing At Leverage

    Leveraged ETFs have been mass marketed, but there are far safer ways to invest.
  95. The New Generation Of Charitable Gifts

    Stuck for a gift idea? These gifts give to more than your recipient.
  96. What is the difference between LIBID and LIBOR?

    Both LIBID and LIBOR are rates primarily used by banks in the London interbank market. The London interbank market is a wholesale ...
  97. How are oil reserves accounted for on an oil company's balance sheet?

    Oil reserves are estimated quantities of crude oil that have a high degree of certainty, usually 90%, of existence and exploitability. ...
  98. Things To Know About The Home Modification Plan

    This program allows FHA borrowers to reduce monthly mortgage payments through negotiation with lenders.
  99. Dubai May Be Least Of World's Debt Problems

    Sovereign borrowers, including the U.S., face reckoning.
  100. Profiting In A Post-Recession Economy

    When the dust from a recession settles, there are often many opportunities for portfolio growth - both locally and internationally. ...
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    Learn how a double bottom pattern forms on a price chart and why many traders consider double bottoms to be a sign of reversal ...
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    Identify double tops and double bottoms, and learn what each could mean for the security's current price trend. Discover ...
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