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  1. What Investors Should Know About Interest Rates

    Understanding interest rates helps you answer the fundamental question of where to put your money.
  2. Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  3. Using Public SEC Filings To Analyze Companies

    Reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission provide investors with an edge in determining the investment value of ...
  4. How You Make Money In Real Estate

    If you're interested in the real estate game, make sure you know what factors will affect whether you make money or not. ...
  5. 3 States On The Edge Of The Financial Cliff

    These three states are in bad financial shape. Barring a further bailout, it is difficult to say how they will make out.
  6. Top 6 Brazilian Billionaires

    Brazil is set to be an economic superpower in the near future, and these are some of the country's richest citizens.
  7. Money Management Matters In Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  8. Taking Advantage Of Central Bank Interventions

    These interventions provide great opportunities for investors and traders to seize entries into longer-term trends.
  9. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  10. Top 5 Investment Trends For 2011

    These five industries show great growth potential, as investors become riskier in their investments.
  11. 5 Signs That Social Media Is The Next Bubble

    With such lofty valuations and expectations, social media may be the next bubble waiting to burst.
  12. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  13. Warren Buffett's Paycheck

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  14. Book Value: How Reliable Is It For Investors?

    In theory, a low P/B ratio means you have a cushion against poor performance. In practice, it is much less certain.
  15. Time Value Of Money: Determining Your Future Worth

    Determining monthly contributions to college funds, retirement plans or savings is easy with this calculation.
  16. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  17. 5 Investments That Are Better Than Oil

    These investment classes are historically more stable and easier to invest in than oil and other commodities.
  18. Using Base Metals As An Economic Indicator

    Base metals may not glitter like gold, but they can still guide an investor to a conclusion about overall economic health. ...
  19. Trading Divergences In Forex

    We compare the results of two forex trades based on MACD histogram divergences.
  20. The Pros And Cons Of A Strong Loonie

    The fundamentals are still in place, but some analysts predict more movement against currencies other than the USD.
  21. Using Technical Indicators To Develop Trading Strategies

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find the indicators and strategies ...
  22. Rare Earth Metals: Shrinking Supplies Amid High Demand

    Learn why investors hold high interest in these valuable elements and why the world's dependency on these metals is growing ...
  23. Reverse Engineering Return On Equity

    Return on equity is a widely used ratio, but return on net operating assets (RNOA) takes things one step farther.
  24. 5 Signs Of A Market-Beating Stock

    Beating the market is not automatic, but focusing on companies with strong margins, good management and double-digit ROIC ...
  25. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  26. Convertible Bonds: Pros And Cons For Companies And Investors

    Find out why businesses choose this type of financing and what effect this has on investors.
  27. The SEC: A Brief History Of Regulation

    The SEC has continued to make the market a safer place and to learn from and adapt to new scandals and crises.
  28. 5 Big Mistakes Banks Made In 2010

    2010 was another tough year for banks. Find out the biggest mistakes these financial giants made in the past year.
  29. Strategies For Determining The Market's True Worth

    Learn the strengths and weaknesses of passive and active management when trying to uncover the overall market's worth.
  30. Off-Balance-Sheet Entities: An Introduction

    The theory and practice of these entities varies greatly. Investors need to learn what they're getting into.
  31. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  32. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

    These investments offer more precise bets on the market, reduced fees and greater diversification to investors.
  33. Is Your Portfolio Light On Stocks? It May Be Time For A Switch

    Low risk investments only offer low rewards. Investors may find it advantageous to put at least some money back into the ...
  34. Forex Investing: How To Capture Commodity Fluctuations

    For individual or retail investors looking to gain exposure to hot commodity trends, the foreign exchange markets provide ...
  35. Warren Buffett's 2010 Portfolio

    Find out what the Oracle of Omaha bought over the past year, and how those investments are doing so far.
  36. Discovering Keltner Channels and the Chaikin Oscillator

    It's time to acquaint yourself with some lesser-known yet effective technical indicators.
  37. Are CDs Good Protection For The Bear Market?

    Certificates of deposit promise stable income in any market, but do they deliver?
  38. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  39. How To Profit From Debt Securities In Failing Companies

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the market's weakest companies by investing in distressed debt.
  40. Your Best Investment For 2011

    You may be somebody who wants to invest but you're afraid to try. Here's an investment that has a 100% success rate.
  41. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  42. Traders: Which Markets Should You Trade?

    Being aware of other markets and other trading methods can help traders fine tune methods, save costs and add profits.
  43. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and ...
  44. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  45. What Countries Get For Their High Taxes

    Are there advantages to having the highest taxes in the world? Let's take a look at what the citizens in these countries ...
  46. Investments That Would Have Made You Rich In 2010

    These companies and investments made huge gains in 2010 - did you get in while the getting was good?
  47. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  48. 5 Big Chinese Companies And Their U.S. Counterparts

    Here's a look at five Chinese companies, what they do and how they compare to the American companies they are modeled after.
  49. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  50. January: Time To Read Your Mutual Fund's Annual Report

    Don't let this valuable piece of mail end up in your trash can. Here are five things you need to know.
  51. 5 Risky Mortgage Types To Avoid

    There are plenty of ways to end up with a bad mortgage. The risks of these five should make every homebuyer think twice before ...
  52. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  53. Investopedia's Top 5 Terms Of 2010

    Find out what our readers wanted to know most about this year – and why.
  54. Top Homeowner Tax Write-Offs For 2010

    The subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 has not diminished the tax advantages of home ownership in America.
  55. Introduction To E-Micro Forex Futures

    At one-10th the size of regular FX contracts, the E-micros offer traders the opportunity to trade the forex in a regulated ...
  56. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell. ...
  57. 5 Sunny Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2011

    These cities were hit hard by speculative fever, but given their favorable locations they are poised to rebound.
  58. Understanding The Basel III International Regulations

    The Basel III regulations mark a drastic reform in international banking. But how do they impact the future's investment ...
  59. 4 Types Of Indicators FX Traders Must Know

    By learning a variety of indicators, you can determine the right time and the right strategy to trade any given currency ...
  60. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  61. The Top New Investment: Doing Nothing

    Volatility has scared a lot of people out of the financial markets, but is doing nothing with your money really the best ...
  62. SEC Filings: Forms You Need to Know

    The forms companies are required to file provide a clear view of their histories and progress.
  63. 5 Unusual Assets That Might Outperform The Market

    Investors don't have to stick to stocks and bonds to beat the market.
  64. Forex Market Basics

    The foreign exchange market is a market where participants buy, sell, and exchange trillions of dollars worth of currencies ...
  65. Understanding Bollinger Bands®

    In the 1980s, John Bollinger developed the technique of using a moving average with two trading bands above and below it. ...
  66. Elliott Wave Theory Basics

    Elliott believed that the movement of the stock market could be accurately predicted by charting patterns. Learn the basics ...
  67. Understanding Risk And Time Horizon

    The interaction between your risks and your time horizon influences every investment decision you make, whether you know ...
  68. 5 Basic Things To Know About Bonds

    Learn these basic terms to breakdown this seemingly complex investment area.
  69. 3 Ways To Tell If Your Stock Has Bottomed

    No one can call stock bottoms with absolute certainty, but there are some common trends that appear when stocks are about ...
  70. The Lottery: Is It Ever Worth Playing?

    You have better odds of being bitten by a poisonous snake, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play.
  71. Using Candles To Understand Market Behavior

    The conventional interpretation of candle charts focuses on the many different candle formations, but Dan Gramza shows how ...
  72. How Riots Influence An Economy

    Economic austerity measures have produced some riots in the hardest-hit countries, but do these protestors’ bold tactics ...
  73. 5 Wild Ride Commodities In 2010

    Amid all of the Wall Street confusion this past year, at least commodities traders had something to celebrate.
  74. The Benefits And Value Of Stock Options

    The pros and cons of corporate stock options have been debated since the incentive was created. Learn more about stock option ...
  75. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  76. Forget Gold, These Investments Are Poised For A Strong 2011

    While gold grabs the headlines, there are other commodity investments that aren't getting quite as much attention.
  77. 5 Failed Currencies And Why They Crashed

    We look at currencies that were once widely used but are now defunct.
  78. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends.
  79. Can You Hit A Perfect Credit Score?

    Everyone wants a great credit score, but few know exactly how to achieve perfection. Find out how your credit score is kept ...
  80. Internal Rate Of Return: An Inside Look

    Use this method to choose which project or investment is right for you.
  81. Stocks Vs. Bonds

    Find out the aspects of each of these popular investment vehicles and how they can work for you.
  82. Understanding Mortgage-Backed Securities

    Find out the meaning of this popular asset-backed security and its benefits for banks and investors.
  83. Understanding Free Cash Flow

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  84. Cooking The Books

    To spot the signs of earnings manipulation, you need to know the different ways companies can inflate their figures.
  85. Pay Taxes Like A Billionaire

    The richest people know the ropes when it comes to paying as little in taxes as possible. Find out how you can do the same.
  86. The World's Most Powerful Bankers

    These CEOs usually keep a low profile, but they are partially in control of unbelievable assets and hundreds of thousands ...
  87. 5 Failed Currencies And Why They Crashed

    In light of speculation that the euro is in trouble, we look at currencies that were once widely used but are now defunct.
  88. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  89. 5 Steps Of A Bubble

    Learn about the five typical steps of a bubble: displacement, boom, euphoria, profit taking and panic.
  90. 401(k) Fees You Need To Know

    Many workers are largely unaware of the various fees that their plans charge them, or what the fees are for.
  91. 5 Must Read Finance Books

    We'll look at 5 financial books that are perennial favorites and what has made them so popular.
  92. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  93. Taxation Rules For Bond Investors

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
  94. The Story Behind The Irish Meltdown

    Once a lesson in national renewal, Ireland is learning that success can be fleeting. Learn the story behind Ireland's crumbling ...
  95. History Of The U.S. Federal Trade Commission

    Since the early 1900s, the Federal Trade Commission has been working to protect U.S. citizens from corporations.
  96. What is a cross hedge?

    Cross hedging is when you hedge a position by investing in two positively correlated securities or securities that have similar ...
  97. 6 Steps To A Rule-Based Forex Trading System

    Learn to add structure to your trading methods with these six important steps.
  98. Santa's Financial Naughty List For 2010

    Santa is going to be shoveling a lot of coal for the financial world this year.
  99. Recession-Busting Sports Ticket Deals

    The recession has meant a drop in attendance for many franchises, which has resulted in teams creating unusual promotions ...
  100. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets ...
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How many times has Warren Buffett been married?

    Warren Buffett has been married twice in his life, but the circumstances surrounding the marriages were anything but conventional.
  2. What investments have been the poorest historical performers?

    Learn about low performance investments and how they are used by investors. Find out which investments lose funds and how ...
  3. What is Warren Buffett's investment history with the Washington Post?

    Learn why one of the richest men in America passed up the opportunity to take over one of the nation's most celebrated and ...
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    Learn how to contact Warren Buffett and what kinds of contact is most likely to receive a response from him or from his company, ...
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