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  1. 4 Signs Your Financial Advisor Is Ripping You Off

    Pay attention to the habits of your financial adviser to avoid him ripping you off by commingling, churning, scamming or ...
  2. OPEC vs the U.S.: Who Controls Oil Prices?

    In the last 100 years, pricing power for oil has swung between the United States and OPEC. What does the future hold?
  3. The Right Way To Set Up Your Trading Screens

    Well-organized trading screens sum up intraday market action, breaking it into digestible bites that can speed up complex ...
  4. What is Incremental Cost?

    Incremental cost is the added cost of manufacturing one more unit.
  5. What is Horizontal Analysis?

    Horizontal analysis compares a company’s balance sheet or income statement over two or more accounting periods.
  6. How Does Gamification Increase Productivity?

    Gamification is the process of using game mechanics to engage customers or employees.
  7. What To Do When News Headlines Jump Out At You

    Given the recent economic forecasting after years of relative calmness and steadily rising returns, markets have been jumpier ...
  8. No Solace in Small Caps

    In the U.S., second-quarter earnings season has generally been better than expected. However, it has failed to inspire investors.
  9. Use Monthly Charts, Get Better Investment Results

    Investors can increase profits with monthly charts that gauge the progress of open positions.
  10. Top 4 European Bonds ETFs

    Learn about the top exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest primarily in treasury and corporate bonds issued by European ...
  11. Long on Oil? Hedge Falling Oil Prices with Options

    With no end to the oil slump in sight, here are some risk management strategies using options to protect your oil positions.
  12. Top 3 Japanese Yen (JPY) ETFs

    Find out about currency exchange-traded funds, and learn about some of the best available ETFs that are focused on the Japanese ...
  13. Is The EU Holding Germany Back?

    As Germany agrees to initiate bailout talks with Greece once again, could all of the EU's economic turmoil result in Germany ...
  14. Top 5 Smart Beta FAQs

    In the first half of 2015 we’ve seen many of our smart beta predictions fulfilled. So, here are a handful of common questions ...
  15. Top 3 Euro (EUR) ETFs

    Get information on currency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and specific information about some of the most popular currency ...
  16. Is Norway's Statoil a Safe Oil Bet?

    For those who want to place a bet on oil, Norwegian state-backed company Statoil may be a good bet. But investors should ...
  17. Top 3 British Pound (GBP) ETFs

    Learn more information about currency exchange-traded funds, and about currency ETFs that are focused specifically on the ...
  18. UCO Vs. UWTI: Two Different Leveraged Oil ETFs

    Find out more about the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil ETF and VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN, and the mechanics ...
  19. UGAZ Vs. GASL: Two Different Leveraged Gas ETFs

    Find out more about the VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN and the Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3X ETF and ...
  20. Make Room for Exelixis in Your Portfolio

    Discover information and analysis on the biopharmaceutical company, Exelixis, and learn what makes it a good stock to consider ...
  21. Top 3 Leveraged Natural Gas ETFs/ETNs

    Find out about the top leveraged ETFs that track natural gas, such as the VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas and ProShares ...
  22. Backtesting Value-at-Risk (VaR): The Basics

    Learn how to test your VaR model for accuracy.
  23. Looking To Invest In Home Improvements?

    Some home improvement projects could cost you more to complete than they’ll pay out in equity. So, here we show you the worst ...
  24. Top 3 Natural Gas ETFs

    Explore the variety of options that are available through exchange-traded funds for investors looking to obtain exposure ...
  25. Real Estate Investing in a High-Interest-Rate Environment

    Learn how private real estate investing and public real estate investing (or investing in REITs) is affected by a high-interest ...
  26. Top 3 Emerging Markets ETFs

    Discover some of the most popular and best performing exchange traded funds that investors utilize to obtain easy exposure ...
  27. Top 3 Private Equity ETFs

    Discover some of the best-performing private equity exchange-traded funds and how these ETFs can help investors diversify ...
  28. 3 ETFs to Protect Your Retirement From Inflation

    Learn more about three of the best inflation-protected exchange traded funds for investors who are retired or who are approaching ...
  29. Top 3 Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) ETFs

    Discover some of the best opportunities for investors seeking exposure to mortgage-backed securities through utilizing exchange-traded ...
  30. Avoid The Perfection Trap In Trading

    Avoid the perfection trap and make peace with the market’s high levels of systematic noise.
  31. How MetLife Became a Global Insurance Giant

    MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States. Here's how it has managed to stay on top.
  32. How Funds, ETFs Can Be Riskier than You Thought

    Here's why it's important to pay attention to the underlying holdings in ETFs and mutual funds and how they impact overall ...
  33. What China Devaluing its Currency Means to You

    The Chinese government is showing its craftiness in managing its money supply, but will it make a difference? And what does ...
  34. China's Connection to the Recent Gold Crash

    Learn about the connection between the Chinese stock market crash and gold's crash. China is the world's largest source of ...
  35. Risk and Reward In Emerging Market Economies

    An emerging market economy is one that’s progressing into an advanced economy.
  36. Negotiating the Bid

    A bid is an offer investors make to buy a security.
  37. If You Had Invested Right After Chipotle's IPO

    Find out how much money you would have if you had invested $1,000 during Chipotle's IPO, including how a potential split ...
  38. The Legacy of Basel I

    Basel I refers to a set of international banking rules enacted in 1988 by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision.
  39. Millennials: Don't Fall for These 5 Finance Myths

    Hey, Millennials: Financial wisdom gets an adjustment just for you. Since the economic landscape and times have changed, ...
  40. OPEC and Its Limited Control Over Oil Prices

    Popular perception is that OPEC controls oil prices. But input from the futures markets and world events limit its pricing ...
  41. How Does Betterment Work and Make Money?

    Betterment charges incredibly low management fees when compared to traditional investment firms. How and why does it do this ...
  42. 5 Ways Millennials Are Investing for Retirement

    Here are some of the more popular strategies millennials are using to save for retirement.
  43. Is it Time to Invest in Green Bonds?

    Green bonds have been growing in popularity at a rapid rate, but is it too early to invest?
  44. Should You Be Bearish or Bullish on Gold?

    Will gold move higher or lower over the next year?
  45. One Year After: PIMCO Total Return Fund (PTTRX)

    A look at the PIMCO Total Return fund almost a year after Bill Gross' departure.
  46. Chinese Auto Stocks: Hot or Not?

    The Chinese auto market offers a lot of potential, but is it worth placing a bet now?
  47. Norway, the Safest Oil Economy?

    Norway is one of the most stable oil-producing countries in the world. But for how much longer?
  48. Real Estate: How the Bubble Will Pop

    This real estate bubble is much different from the last one. Understanding it is imperative if you plan on making any investments.
  49. What Are the Best Positioned Emerging Markets?

    As the Fed is poised to raise rates for the first time, many investors fear that higher rates could hurt the performance ...
  50. What Is The Crystal Ball Indicator for Traders?

    If you want to be a succesful trader in the market, here we show you the indicators that will help you achieve it long term. ...
  51. What Does Window Dressing Mean?

    Window dressing is the actions taken close to the end of a reporting period by managers to try and make their financial numbers ...
  52. Understanding the Internal Rate of Return Rule

    The internal rate of return rule is a popular method used to compare investments or projects.
  53. Explaining Interest Rate Parity

    Interest rate parity exists when the expected nominal rates are the same for both domestic and foreign assets.
  54. Explaining Double Taxation

    Double taxation refers to income taxes being imposed twice on the same source of earned income.
  55. Understanding Deferred Income Tax

    Deferred income tax is a liability on a balance sheet that reflects income tax that is allocable to the current period, but ...
  56. What Are The Three Key Elements of a Bond ETF?

    We explore the bond ETFs basics, because the only way to appreciate the benefits that this type of investment offers is to ...
  57. Explaining Contract for Differences

    A contract for differences is an agreement to exchange the difference in value of a financial product between the time the ...
  58. What is a Collateralized Loan Obligation?

    A collateralized loan obligation (CLO) is a security consisting of a pool of loans organized by maturity and risk.
  59. Explaining the Capital Market Line

    The capital market line (CML) depicts the level of additional return above the risk-free rate for each change in the level ...
  60. What's a Brokerage Account?

    A brokerage account is a contractual arrangement between an investor and a licensed securities broker or brokerage.
  61. Understanding Arbitrage Pricing Theory

    Investors use the arbitrage pricing theory to identify an asset that’s incorrectly priced.
  62. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Livestock

    Discover the basic information on the three primary exchange traded funds that offer investors exposure to investments in ...
  63. ETF Analysis: Vanguard REIT Index Fund

    Learn about the Vanguard REIT ETF and how it provides an easy and inexpensive way to diversify portfolios into the real estate ...
  64. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  65. ETF Analysis: Direxion Small Cap Bear 3X

    Find out more about the Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X ETF, the characteristics of TZA and the suitability of the Direxion ...
  66. How Advisors Can Minimize Their Own Risks

    Risk management is important in any enterprise. But when it comes to the financial advisory business, the stakes are higher.
  67. If You Had Invested Right After Apple's IPO

    Learn about how much a $1,000 investment in shares of Apple Incorporated would be worth if you invested at its initial public ...
  68. The Top 6 ETFs For Investing in Energy

    Find out which energy sector ETFs may be poised for a big future, including options for investors who want clean energy, ...
  69. 5 Apps Every Financial Advisor Should Have

    Learn about some the best apps available to assist financial advisors to make their work easier and enable them to provide ...
  70. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Spain

    Discover three of the most widely traded exchange traded funds (ETFs) that offer investors exposure to major companies in ...
  71. It’s Never too Early to Think About Retirement

    See why it is never too early to think about retirement, to plan for a healthy financial future and how to start healthy ...
  72. What Puts the Dollars in Priceline's Bottom Line?

    The Priceline Group is more successful than it may appear and is on track to enjoy tremendous profits down the road.
  73. Worried About Bond Market Liquidity? Try ETFs

    If you're looking for liquidity in the bond market, then turn to bond ETFs. Here is an analysis of 11 to consider.
  74. Advisors Fees: What Are You Paying For?

    Fees or commissions? Which is best? Either way, what matters most is that the investor is aware of each charge and how if ...
  75. Should You Be a Bull or a Bear Right Now?

    Ask a bull: If the economy is truly improving, where's all the consumer spending?
  76. ETF Analysis: iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology

    Learn about the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, which offers one of the most diversified ways of investing ...
  77. ETF Analysis: iShares Russell 2000 Index

    Find out more about the iShares Russell 2000 exchange-traded fund, or ETF, the characteristics of this ETF and its suitability ...
  78. Top Stocks to Get into Iron Ore Mining

    Learn about the two best stocks to get into iron ore mining. Iron ore is a cyclical industry so the balance sheet is an important ...
  79. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Platinum

    Discover some of the most popular exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, that investors utilize to obtain exposure to the platinum ...
  80. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Stock Market

    Learn how the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF provides an extremely diversified exposure to the entire universe of US securities ...
  81. What's Next After Apple’s (AAPL) Big Drop?

    What does the future hold for Apple following the recent drop of its stock?
  82. 5 Tips to Increase the Performance Of Your Portfolio

    Discover helpful steps an investor can easily take to improve the performance of his investment portfolio by maximizing gains ...
  83. Volcker Rule: How It Will Affect You

    Learn how the Volcker Rule has a limited impact on individual investors but restricts the types of activities in which banks ...
  84. China Owns US Debt, but How Much?

    See how much U.S. debt is actually owned by the Chinese, what it means to the economy, and why China is willing to lend so ...
  85. Top 5 Software Programs Used by Financial Advisors

    Obtain information about the top five financial planning software programs that are most commonly used by professional financial ...
  86. The 5 Biggest Financial Advisory Firms in the US

    Read about the five largest financial advisory services firms in the United States, including big names such as Vanguard ...
  87. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in the US Economy

    Find out more about exchange-traded funds that track the U.S. economy, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, Vanguard S&P 5 ...
  88. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Aluminum

    Discover information about how investors can use ETFs to obtain exposure to the aluminum market, including information on ...
  89. The Top 5 ETFs For Investing in Japan

    Look at a list of some of the best Japan ETFs in today's market, and how investors can use hedged or leveraged ETFs to mitigate ...
  90. The Top 4 ETFs For Investing in US Government Bonds

    Discover the top four ETFs that invest in U.S. government bonds with maturities ranging from zero to 25 years, including ...
  91. How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets?

    Bond markets today are presenting investors with multiple challenges, since unconstrained bond funds are an alternative solution ...
  92. The Biggest Items Obama Is Still Missing From His Mandate

    Learn how the biggest items missing from Obama's mandate include various forms of tax reform and closing the Guantanamo Bay ...
  93. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  94. These are the S&P's 5 Most-Shorted Stocks

    Shorts are betting heavily against these five stocks, but a closer look shows a different outlook on some of them.
  95. J.C. Penney: Identity Crisis or Buy Opportunity?

    With so many recent leadership changes, J.C. Penney might be suffering from an identity crisis. Here's why and what you need ...
  96. The Top 3 ETFs For Investing in South Korea

    Learn more about the small yet growing number of South Korea ETFs, which track the often forgotten Asian Tiger responsible ...
  97. Inflation Protected Securities: How They Work

    Learn how the U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) work, which considerations investors should keep in mind ...
  98. How Russian Sanctions Impact Western Companies

    Last month the EU agreed to extend sanctions first imposed on Russia last year for the hostile involvement in Ukraine and ...
  99. The Hi-Tech Future of Mortgage Applications

    Three sites that are simplifying your path to home ownership.
  100. Best Real Estate Apps for House Hunters

    Your dream home might be only a swipe away.
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  1. How are non-qualified variable annuities taxed?

    Reduce your tax bill by knowing the tax advantages and disadvantages to owning or inheriting a non-qualified variable annuity ...
  2. Do penny stocks pay dividends?

    Discover whether any penny stocks offer dividends, and learn methods investors can use to identify different dividend-paying ...
  3. Can you buy penny stocks in an IRA?

    Discover more about penny stocks, how they can be bought utilizing an individual retirement account and the risks penny stock ...
  4. What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Excel?

    The concept of CAGR is relatively straightforward and requires only three primary inputs: an investments beginning value, ...
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