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  1. A Look Into Foreign Direct Investment Trends

    Foreign direct investments play an increasingly important role in countries as an indicator for a healthy economy in terms of economic growth and long-term capital movement.
  2. Investopedia Forex Outlook For March 2013

    Overall, Q4 GDP stats did little to stabilize the teetering global economy. Despite the stumble, financial markets remain mostly bullish on the future.
  3. Portfolio Growth Strategies

    There are many ways to grow a portfolio, and the best approach for a given investor will depend upon various factors.
  4. Choosing Between Major and Junior Mining Stocks

    In this article, we'll compare the juniors and the majors and look at what each can add to your portfolio.
  5. 5 ETFs Flaws You Shouldn't Overlook

    Despite their popularity, exchange traded funds have some drawbacks that investors should know about.
  6. How To Use Price-To-Sales Ratios To Value Stocks

    Take a look at how this effective ratio can be influenced by certain critical factors.
  7. Investing In IPO ETFs

    Learn the history, rules and risks of investing in IPO exchange-traded funds.
  8. Great Company Or Growing Industry?

    Look at the big picture when choosing a company - what you see may really be a stage in its industry's growth.
  9. Thomas Rowe Price: Always Right

    This great investor mastered a new type of investing with every new market he faced.
  10. 4 Steps To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    This is a step-by-step approach to determining, achieving and maintaining optimal asset allocation.
  11. Analyst Forecasts Spell Disaster For Some Stocks

    The type of stock that analysts cover can heavily influence their predictions.
  12. Build A Dividend Portfolio That Grows With You

    Balance risk and return to produce adequate income despite inflation.
  13. Using The Price-To-Book Ratio To Evaluate Companies

    The P/B ratio can be an easy way to determine a company's value, but it isn't magic!
  14. Introduction To Growth Investing

    There are principles and techniques that are applicable for many different types of investors and growth strategies.
  15. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

    This strategy allows you to stop chasing losses when you're feeling bearish.
  16. How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you.
  17. Everything Investors Need To Know About Earnings

    We go over the concepts behind the excitement over the most important figure in the stock market.
  18. All The Cliffs You Need To Know About

    In addition to the oft-cited fiscal cliff, there are economic, tax, political, geopolitical and earnings pitfalls to avoid.
  19. Which Mutual Fund Market Cap Suits You?

    Different funds invest in companies with different market caps. Find out which is right for you.
  20. Build A Model Portfolio With Style Investing

    This sophisticated approach will add flair to your returns.
  21. Differences Between Stockbrokers, Investment Advisors And Financial Planners

    Find out how these three financial positions differ and in which areas they can help you with your finances.
  22. Guide To ETF Providers

    The exact number of ETFs on the market at any one time ebbs and flows, these twelve ETF providers offer hundreds of popular ETFs.
  23. 12b-1: Understanding Mutual Fund Fees

    Many mutual funds charge investors a 12b-1 fee to pay for marketing and promotion expenses.
  24. The Emerging Trend For High Risk Investments

    There appears to be little doubt that investors are adopting higher-risk strategies in the quest for sizable financial reward.
  25. 3 Misconceptions About Purchasing ETFs

    The many advantages of ETF investing include safety, tax and cost efficiency, and portfolio diversification.
  26. Emerging Market ETFs For Your Retirement Accounts

    Emerging market ETFs are typically seen as riskier investments, but some of them may be able to strengthen your retirement accounts.
  27. The Most Affordable Precious Metals ETFs

    Precious metals ETFs invest in both physical commodities and futures contracts for precious metals.
  28. Liquidity Vs. Solvency

    Learn about the differences between these two words and how each one is used in the stock market.
  29. Charles Schwab Announces Commission-Free ETF Trading

    Here's what the Schwab ETF OneSource will mean to the average investor's portfolio and the potential decrease in costs for purchasing ETFs.
  30. What is a triple tax-free municipal bond?

    At its core, a triple tax-free municipal bond is just like any corporate bond: it is a debt instrument, a loan given to a government authority or municipality in order to help it meet certain financial objectives or complete projects in the community.
  31. 5 Common Misconceptions About ETFs

    The rise in these funds' popularity has contributed to misinformation about what they are and how they work. Learn more here.
  32. Small Caps Boast Big Advantages

    Find out why little companies have the greatest potential for growth.
  33. Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically, rather than emotionally.
  34. How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

    If these numbers have you in the dark, these easy calculations should help light the way.
  35. How To Make A Winning Long-Term Stock Pick

    Discover the key elements of a good long-term investment and how to find them.
  36. The Basics Of Financing A Business

    From debt financing to equity financing, there are numerous ways to fund a business startup. But which is the best?
  37. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 4

    How can a trader use the Elder-Ray oscillator as the second screen of this system? Find out here.
  38. Countries With The Fastest And Slowest GDP Growth

    Discover which countries have shown the most growth since 1980, and which have shown the more ignominious fizzle and pop.
  39. How are capital gains and dividends taxed differently?

    The U.S. tax code gives similar treatment to dividends and capital gains, although this will change slightly in 2013. Currently, ordinary dividends and short-term capital gains those on assets held less than a year are subject to one's income tax rate.
  40. ETF Or ETN? What's The Difference?

    ETFs are exponentially larger in collective volume than ETNs, but ETFs receive more attention from retail investors.
  41. Unlevered Beta

    Learn about how this number provides a measure of how much systematic risk a firm's equity has compared to the market.
  42. Calculating The Means

    Learn more about the different ways you can calculate your portfolio's average return.
  43. How Tax Treatments Of ETFs Work

    Here is a look at how ETFs are taxed and the effects that the tax treatment of ETFs will have on investors when they purchase them.
  44. Most Affordable Commodity ETFs

    Here are the most affordable commodity ETFs based on expense ratios.
  45. Venturing Into Early-Stage Growth Stocks

    Picking these potential winners is all about sizing up risk. We show you how.
  46. Should You Invest Your Entire Portfolio In Stocks?

    It is true that stocks outperform bonds and cash in the long run, but that statistic doesn't tell the whole story.
  47. Is Growth Always A Good Thing?

    Getting big quickly looks good, but companies can get into trouble when they do it too fast. Find out how to spot this trouble.
  48. Steady Growth Stocks Win The Race

    Take a page from the fable of the tortoise and the hare by investing in these constant growth stocks.
  49. The Power Of Dividend Growth

    Dividends may not seem exciting, but they can certainly be lucrative. Learn more here!
  50. The Uses And Limits Of Volatility

    Check out how the assumptions of theoretical risk models compare to actual market performance.
  51. R-Squared

    Learn more about this statistical measurement used to represent movement between a security and its benchmark.
  52. Tips For CFPs Looking To Building A Portfolio For Clients

    Here is some useful advice for CFPs when it comes to building portfolios for clients.
  53. The Ethics Of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  54. Investopedia Forex Outlook For February 2013

    The global economy is on relatively solid footing, after U.S. markets rose thanks to a debt deal and Japan introduced new stimulus in January.
  55. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  56. Here We Go Again: The Debt Ceiling

    The debt ceiling debate could, once again, negatively impact the nation's credit rating.
  57. Most Affordable Currency ETFs

    The exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry has grown into a trillion dollar business. We will take a look at the more popular currency ETFs on the market.
  58. Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  59. The Best Investments For 2013: Where To Commit Your Money

    All things considered, the fiscal portents for 2013 appear to be far brighter than they were just six months ago.
  60. 5 Tips For Diversifying Your Portfolio

    A diversified portfolio will protect you in a tough market. Get some solid tips here!
  61. 5 Popular Portfolio Types

    Learning how to build these portfolios will increase your investing confidence and give you financial control.
  62. 3 Essential Rules For New Investors

    Find out how beginner investors can invest sensibly, suitably and simply.
  63. The Go-To Currency In 50 Years

    Discover why the euro will likely become heir to the currency throne.
  64. 7 Easy To Understand ETFs To Replace A Savings Account

    If you have a savings account or certificate of deposit (CD), you’re probably not making much more than 1% each year from interest.
  65. 5 Misconceptions About ETFs In Retirement Accounts

    The simplicity of ETFs and their low fees make them perfect for retirement accounts.
  66. Best ETFs For An Early Retirement

    Based on today's markets, which ETFs could you buy in 2013 that'll provide the best opportunity for an early retirement?
  67. Test Your Money Personality

    Find out which of the five profiles fits your style, and how this will affect your future.
  68. How Tax Treatment Of ETFs Can Benefit Purchasers

    ETFs often post fewer and lower capital gains distributions than traditional mutual funds, because there is usually a much lower rate of portfolio turnover in ETFs.
  69. How To Be A Conservative Investor

    It may not be the most exciting path to take in the investing world, but conservative investing is an extremely safe bet.
  70. How To Save To Start An Investment Portfolio

    How should aspiring investors best allocate funds for investing, and how much money should you have before you begin?
  71. 5 ETFs For Retirees

    These are some of the good choices for ETFs if you are in the late stages of retirement planning.
  72. ETFs On A Budget

    Here's how to apply personal finance skills such as budgeting and saving to purchasing ETFs.
  73. The Economic State Of The World: What We Can Expect In 2013

    As 2013 begins in earnest, this article addresses the state of the global economy and what we can expect from the 12 months ahead.
  74. Invest Like A Pro

    By following the strategies of the pros, even a beginner can learn to invest like an expert.
  75. Using ETFs To Build A Cost-Effective Portfolio

    ETFs are a viable alternative to mutual funds, but before you invest, there are a few things you should know.
  76. China Is Set To Continue Growing

    China's economy has plenty of long-term fight left in it, offering one of the best bets on developing world growth.
  77. 5 Nobel Prize-Winning Economic Theories You Should Know About

    Here are 5 prize-winning economic theories that you’ll want to be familiar with.
  78. Most Promising Emerging Markets For 2013

    These nations have become portfolio necessities as investors seek to generate market-beating returns.
  79. Introduction To Asset-Backed And Mortgage-Backed Securities

    In this article, we will go through the structure, along with some examples of ABS and valuation.
  80. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  81. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  82. Choosing An Advisor: Wall Street Vs. Main Street

    A high-profile brand name alone won't meet your personal investing needs. This article will show you what else to look for.
  83. The Truth Behind The $1 Trillion Coin

    Is a $1 trillion coin really a feasible way to pay off the nation's debt?
  84. Required Rate Of Return

    Learn more about this method used in inequity valuation and corporate finance.
  85. Volume

    Learn about this measure of stock activity and how investors use it to determine trading opportunities.
  86. How To Play Dividends During The Fiscal Cliff

    Shifting to qualified investment vehicles and other viable investment strategies could help invstors defer, avoid or minimize the tax hike.
  87. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For January 2013

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the forex markets.
  88. Helping Parents Advise Underage Investors

    This article looks at options for teenagers to prepare for their financial futures.
  89. Mitigating Downside With The Sortino Ratio

    Differentiate between good and bad volatility with the Sortino Ratio.
  90. Goal-Based Investing: Not What You Think It Is

    Goal-based investing seems like an obvious tactic. But many investors have only a vague idea what their goals are, much less how to achieve them.
  91. Dividend Facts You May Not Know

    Discover the issues that complicate these payouts for investors.
  92. Do Your Investments Have Short-Term Health?

    If a company is strong enough to survive tough times, it is more likely to provide long-term value.
  93. Can Regular Investors Beat The Market?

    With the big name competition out there, hard-working people who invest have a tough time beating the market.
  94. Has High Frequency Trading Ruined The Stock Market For The Rest Of Us?

    HFT is a controversial trading strategy. This article looks at how HFT affects the retail investor.
  95. Behavioral Finance

    Can psychology-based theories explain stock market anomalies?
  96. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  97. Investment Choices For Wealthy People

    Here is an overview of some investment vehicles that are available to wealthy investors.
  98. Commodities Of The Future

    Our rising global population is putting all sorts of pressures on the planet's natural resources.
  99. Reinvesting Capital Gains In Leveraged Portfolios

    Don't get forced into action. Learn how to plan properly to avoid making rash decisions.
  100. Is Your Portfolio Beating Its Benchmark?

    Compare portfolio manager performance using the information ratio.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a BRIC nation?

    BRIC is an acronym for the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The economies of these four nations are collectively called "the BRICs," "the BRIC countries," "the BRIC economies" or the "Big Four." The countries currently represent about 25% of the world's land mass and 40% of its population.
  2. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by the Obama administration in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis of 2008. The act's numerous provisions, spelled out over thousands of pages, are scheduled to be implemented over a period of several years and are intended to decrease various risks in the U.S.
  3. I want to invest my emergency fund to earn interest. What is a relatively safe and liquid investment I can easily withdraw from if disaster struck?

    When considering where to put your emergency money, a key consideration is making sure you'll be able to access the money quickly, easily and without penalty, when you need it. Financial professionals don't recommend investing your emergency fund in the stock market because stocks are volatile.
  4. What is a triple tax-free municipal bond?

    At its core, a triple tax-free municipal bond is just like any corporate bond: it is a debt instrument, a loan given to a government authority or municipality in order to help it meet certain financial objectives or complete projects in the community.
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