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  1. Uncover The Next Real Estate Hot Spot

    Real estate land speculation is a way to get in on a hot investment before a boom hits.
  2. Is Your Broker Ripping You Off?

    We show you how to resolve a problem without getting the lawyers involved.
  3. Will Credit Ratings Agencies Ever Be Trusted Again?

    Criteria used to rate companies is suspect - and even moreso during drastic times.
  4. Why Financial Advisors Disagree

    Financial advisors sometimes offer conflicting opinions that can be confusing for many investors.
  5. 4 Ways To Pinch Pennies In A Tough Recession

    The recession has hit everyone hard, but here are some tips to keep your wallet a little bit fuller.
  6. 4 Biggest Investor Errors

    It's always good practice to keep Warren Buffett's mantra in mind: "Rule No.1 is: Don't Lose Money. Rule No.2 is: Don't Forget ...
  7. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  8. How do I use the Nova/Ursa ratio?

    The Nova/Ursa ratio is a contrary indicator designed to gauge market sentiment among retail investors. The ratio gets its ...
  9. How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

    Share ownership in a private company is usually quite difficult to value due to the absence of a public market for the shares. ...
  10. Do "Widow And Orphan" Stocks Still Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a safe stock providing high dividend income? It may be time to redefine the terms "widows" and "orphans." ...
  11. Too Good To Be True: The Fall Of IndyMac

    Everything seemed to be going right for the bank giant, but it fell just as quickly as it had once risen.
  12. Data Mining For Investors

    Being an informed investor is extremely important, but where and how do you get the data for your research?
  13. Financial Crisis Report Card: One Year Later

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the generation's scariest financial crisis, it's worth taking stock of where we ...
  14. Fund Transactional Activity

    Portfolio turnover is one of the simplest measures of mutual fund quality quality. Find out how to measure it.
  15. Bringing Your Portfolio Back To Even

    Investors should avoid their old investing strategies if they ever want to even out their losses.
  16. Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  17. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  18. An Introduction To Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  19. If America Was A Person

    So much has changed in such a short period of time the question is what, or who, exactly, is America today?
  20. Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

    It is possible to avoid unethical investments and still profit from mutual funds. Find out how!
  21. That's A (Mutual Fund) Wrap!

    These advisory programs offer professional supervision and other handy tools for building a diversified portfolio.
  22. Current Account Deficits: Government Investment Or Irresponsibility?

    Deficit can be a sign of trouble for some countries, and of health for others. Find out what it means when more funds are ...
  23. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make ...
  24. What was the first mutual fund?

    Although it is uncertain, many trace the creation of the first mutual fund back to Dutch merchant Adriaan Van Ketwich. In ...
  25. Forecast The FX Market With The COT Report

    Three empirical findings on futures data can help currency traders determine buy and sell points.
  26. Permanent Portfolio Locks In Long-Term Profits

    Harry Browne believes his "permanent portfolio" theory is the ideal long-term investing strategy.
  27. Where did the term "tenbagger" originate?

    On February 15, 1989, Peter Lynch's investing book, "One Up On Wall Street", made its debut. At the core of the book was ...
  28. Rules For Post-Recession Investing

    Market volatility causes investors to lose confidence, yet history shows that market exposure is the path to returns.
  29. Infamous Insider Traders

    Check out these bizarre insider trading cases that helped define the SEC's laws against it.
  30. Pick The Winners At The Mutual Fund Track!

    For both mutual funds and racehorses, there's no surefire way to pick a winner.
  31. 5 Secular Trends Investors Must Know

    Investors can count on secular trends to be just as important today as in the future. Check out some industries for the long-term. ...
  32. What Is A Registered Investment Advisor?

    Hoping for a career in the financial services industry? Working for an RIA may fit the bill.
  33. Your Mutual Fund: It's Riskier Than You Think

    Fund managers often take on more risk than they should, putting business ahead of fund holders' interests.
  34. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  35. The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

    Take advantage of foreign currency markets without stepping out of your house.
  36. Playing Investment Defense

    Learn how to protect yourself from the potential risks that can impact a company's share price - and your investments.
  37. Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Pressure to be the best can sometimes push corporations to cheat. Learn how they do it and how to spot it.
  38. Understanding The Mutual Fund Style Box

    Evaluate your investments with this simple tool.
  39. Activist Investors: A Good Or Bad Thing?

    When a large stakeholder is dissatisfied with a company's management, it may take matters into its own hands.
  40. Recession 2009: By The Numbers

    During a recession there are a lot of numbers thrown around. Find out what those economic statistics really mean.
  41. What is the difference between systemic risk and systematic risk?

    Systemic risk is generally used in reference to an event that can trigger a collapse in a certain industry or economy, whereas ...
  42. 11 Mistakes Inexperienced Landlords Make

    Avoid these pitfalls if you considering purchasing a rental property.
  43. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, a wealthier trader.
  44. Which is TRUE about Treasury bond futures?

    a. They tend to follow trends set by municipal bond futures. b. They are traded in points and 32nds of par.c. For every basis ...
  45. Too Many Mutual Funds?

    Is there a magic number you should be aiming for? Find out here.
  46. The Market's Primed For A Pullback

    Comparing stock and bond prices, it's clear that the market is ready for a major pullback.
  47. A Brief History Of The Mutual Fund

    This popular investment vehicle has seen its share of ups and downs, successes and scandals. Read all about it!
  48. The Bear On Bonds

    Bond investing is a stable and low-risk way to diversify a portfolio. However, knowing which types of bonds are right for ...
  49. Build Your Portfolio With Infrastructure Investments

    Mutual funds devoted to keeping roads, structures and communities safe can make you money.
  50. Investing Basics: Flight To Quality

    At times of market stress, investors flee from risky assets to investments the safest ones available.
  51. How do I employ a cash-and-carry trade?

    The cash-and-carry trade is an arbitrage strategy of purchasing one security while simultaneously selling a similar security. ...
  52. Beware The Index Hugger

    These funds put the squeeze on your money. Don't pay for service you're not getting.
  53. What are all of the securities markets in the U.S.A?

    There are three major U.S. financial securities markets which are: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): NYSE is a stock exchange ...
  54. 5 Things To Avoid In A Bull Market

    Submission for August 28
  55. Buy Treasuries Directly From The Fed

    If you want government securities, go straight to the source. We'll show you how.
  56. Dangers Of A Double Dip Recession

    Though a double-dip recession is possible, if all bricks fall into place, it's not likely.
  57. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
  58. The Rise Of The Hedged Mutual Fund

    Discover these growing funds, which were previously unavailable to the average investor.
  59. What does "gather in the stops" mean?

    "Gather in the stops" is a trading strategy used by investors to trigger stop orders already in place so that the price of ...
  60. What is a V-shaped recovery and how is it different from other recoveries?

    A V-shaped recovery depicts an economic situation where a severe downturn in the markets is met with an equally strong upturn ...
  61. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  62. All of the following are regulated by the Investment Companies Act of 1940 EXCEPT

    a) closed-end funds.b) private investment funds.c) mutual funds.d) unit investment trusts. Answer: B.Also called hedge funds, ...
  63. Hedge Funds Tutorial

    Hedge funds can be an integral part of a well-diversified portfolio - if you know how to choose them.
  64. 5 Signs Of A Pending Bull Market

    Being able to accurately spot the beginning of a bull market can be one of the most lucrative skills around.
  65. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  66. The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Classes

    Do you understand how the various types of shares differ? We give you the pros and cons of each.
  67. Using LEAPS In A Covered Call Write

    Discover how strategy can help reduce your downside risk.
  68. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

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

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

    What do the proposed tax changes to mutual funds mean for you?
  71. 3 Ways Immigration Helps And Hurts The Economy

    Immigration can be a touchy subject, but here's the economic point of view.
  72. 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 ...
  73. Buy When There's Blood In The Streets

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

    Search for the "bloody" fingerprints in accounting crimes.
  75. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  76. 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.
  77. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  78. Planning For Job Loss

    Preparing for unemployment can be the best investment you make.
  79. 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.
  80. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  81. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  82. 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 ...
  83. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  84. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  88. 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.
  89. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  90. 6 Reasons Nations Don't Go Green

    For countries, the economic costs outweigh the benefits of going green.
  91. 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.
  92. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  93. Losing The Amaranth Gamble

    Investors in this fund didn't see it coming. Would you?
  94. 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.
  95. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  96. 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 ...
  97. 5 ETF Classes To Know

    Exchange-traded funds have become very popular. Here's a simple breakdown of five classes you should know.
  98. Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market

    Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, and engage in aggressive strategies to make this happen.
  99. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  100. 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?
  101. 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.
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