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  1. Understanding Pro-Forma Earnings

    These figures can either shed light on a company's performance or skew it. Find out why.
  2. Is it possible to beat the market?

    "Beating the market" means trying to earn an investment return greater than that of the S&P 500 index, one of the most ...
  3. 7 Tools For Rebuilding Retirement Savings

    If your nest egg has taken a hit, these conservative investments could help get you back on track.
  4. How Often Should You Contact Clients?

    Figuring out how often an investment advisor should contact clients is not easy.
  5. What is a dividend?

    When a company makes a profit and decides not to reinvest the profit in the business, it can pay out a portion to each of ...
  6. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  7. Besides a savings account, where is the safest place to keep my money?

    Savings accounts are safe because investors' deposits are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) ...
  8. Levels Of Security For Investments

    The simple analogy of different kinds of bicycle locks can teach us a lot about investments.
  9. Analyzing Operating Margins

    Find out how to put this important component of equity analysis to work for you.
  10. DCF Valuation: The Stock Market Sanity Check

    Calculate whether the market is paying too much for a particular stock.
  11. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  12. Beginner's Guide To Charles Schwab Online Brokerage

    Learn how to navigate Charles Schwab Online Brokerage and access its many trading tools.
  13. Opening Your First Brokerage Account

    Learn what steps you should take before you open your first brokerage account.
  14. Law Of Diminishing Marginal Utility

    Learn about this law of economics related to consumption.
  15. Capital Asset Pricing Model - CAPM

    CAPM is a model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return.
  16. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  17. 3 Of The Most Lucrative Land Deals In History

    Some modern real estate purchases may seem overly expensive, but they are nowhere close to the priciest land deals in history. ...
  18. 3 Industry-Impacting Innovations On The Horizon

    Here are some industry-impacting innovations that could potentially belong in the famed Carousel of Progress.
  19. The Credit Crisis And The Carry Trade

    When boom times turned to bust, these trades proved devastating for traders and the broader markets.
  20. How does TARP affect the economy?

    TARP - or the Troubled Asset Relief Program - is a government program created in response to the subprime mortgage crisis ...
  21. Covered Call Strategies For A Falling Market

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  22. Countries That Thrive On A Weak European Union

    The current eurozone crisis is having a heavy impact on the global economy and certain nations may leave the EU as a result.
  23. 4 Ways To Use ETFs In Your Portfolio

    To take full advantage of these vehicles, you need to know how they can fulfill certain strategies.
  24. How Debt Limits A Country's Options

    While debt is fundamentally necessary to the operation of a national government, it can also be limiting and dangerous.
  25. A Beginner's Guide To Mining Stocks

    Here's a look at mining stocks and what they can bring to your portfolio.
  26. The Importance Of Other Comprehensive Income

    Understanding and analyzing OCI greatly improves financial analysis, especially for financial companies.
  27. 8 Reasons To Own Gold

    This precious metal's rich history stems from its ability to maintain value over the long term.
  28. A Primer On Investing In The Tech Industry

    The tech sector can provide fantastic returns for investors with a little know-how in the field.
  29. Cheap Stocks Or Value Traps?

    The value of stocks that trade at less than cash per share can be deceiving.
  30. An Introduction To Pairs Trading With ETFs

    This strategy can help investors reduce portfolio volatility and make money in uncertain markets.
  31. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  32. How To Evaluate A Micro-Cap Company

    Learn how to think big by investing in smaller stocks.
  33. Long-Term Investing: Hot Or Not?

    Forget the latest craze - you're more likely to succeed with a buy-and-hold strategy.
  34. Trading Failed Breaks

    Learn how to capitalize on the predictable behavior of others during breakouts and breakdowns.
  35. Rule Of 72

    Learn more about this quick approximation that can determine roughly the number of years it'll take your money to double. ...
  36. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  37. The Advantages Of Investing In Aggressive Companies

    Often the most attractive companies are also a little fierce - learn how to spot healthy corporate aggression.
  38. 3 Great Business Battles

    Here are some U.S. companies that have historically competed with one another for market supremacy.
  39. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For October 2012

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  40. 6 Decisions That Cost Companies Millions

    Here are some of the worst business decisions of all time, made across a broad range of sectors and industries.
  41. What About Canada's Housing Bubble?

    Canadians may want to take a closer look at their housing market, lest it experience the same problems as the United States'.
  42. Use The Momentum Strategy To Your Advantage

    Learn how to use a number of different indicators to know when to make your trading moves.
  43. Manage My Own Investments? Are You Kidding?

    Investors need not rely on professional advisors, but going it alone isn't easy.
  44. Intrinsic Value

    Learn more about this way of valuing a company or an asset based on an underlying perception of its true value.
  45. Beginner's Guide To Trading Fixed Income

    Beginner's Guide To Trading Fixed Income
  46. Actively-Managed ETFs: Risks And Benefits For Investors

    Find out how these second-generation ETFs are changing the marketplace.
  47. Guide To Excel For Finance

    Formulas, functions and features you need to know when using Excel for financial analysis.
  48. Ways You Can Short Europe

    Solutions addressing the woes of the eurozone are varied. Here are some ways you can weather the storm.
  49. Commodities Outlook For The Remainder Of 2012

    In examining the possibilities for commodities in the second half of 2012, the situation is anything but transparent.
  50. Diversify Your Strategies, Not Your Assets

    Asset classes are intentionally self-limiting, and their use is incapable of creating true portfolio diversification.
  51. Did ETFs Cause The Flash Crash?

    On May 6, 2010, the DJIA plunged 998.5 points in twenty minutes. Find out more about what happened that day.
  52. Build Stable Wealth With Infrastructure

    Investors who want to build long-term, stable and inflation-resistant wealth should look no further than infrastructure assets. ...
  53. Why Are People Hoarding Coins?

    Meet the new class of investor: the coin hoarder.
  54. Could Third World Debt Relief Pay Off?

    Debt is as much a political tool as an economic one. Discover if wholesale debt forgiveness is the answer for developing ...
  55. Should You Pawn Your Valuables?

    Pawnshops provide easy access to short-term loans, but they aren't the only option.
  56. Swaps

    Learn about this type of exchange which allows companies and individuals to capitalize on their comparative advantages.
  57. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  58. I recently got married and now we (together) have two houses (hers and mine). I have ...

    According to Jared R. Callister, a former attorney-advisor to the United States Tax Court and current tax attorney for the ...
  59. Beginner's Guide To E*Trade Pro

    The robust trading platform is developed for active traders with multiple levels of analysis tools and efficient trading ...
  60. The 3 Most Timeless Investment Principles

    Benjamin Graham pioneered cutting edge concepts that propelled other top investors to fame.
  61. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  62. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  63. Some Thoughts On The Shadow Market

    The "shadow market" is a broad-based moniker with both positive and negative connotations.
  64. Money Market

    Learn more about this segment of the financial market and how it can cater to your short-term investment needs.
  65. Arbitrage

    Learn more about this trade that profits from price differences between financal instruments and markets.
  66. Stashing Your Cash: Mattress Or Market?

    Pulling your money out of the market may help you sleep at night, but is it a smart move?
  67. Shareholders' Equity

    Learn how to calculate this common formula in finance.
  68. The Currency Market Information Edge

    Unique features of the forex market may allow larger players to get a jump on smaller ones.
  69. Why The Same Goods Have Different Prices Around The World

    Some items like electronics and automobiles have vastly different prices in different countries. Here's a look at why.
  70. 4 Risks Of Investing In Startups And IPOs

    Limit your investment in any startup, IPO or other high-risk vehicle to what you can afford to lose.
  71. The Eurozone Crisis And AAA Ratings

    The eurozone's healthier economies' exposure to weaker economies is threatening their coveted AAA ratings.
  72. Understanding Social Impact Bonds

    Social impact bonds are powerful investment vehicles for the solving of social issues in a sustainable fashion.
  73. What Does QE3 Mean For The Market?

    What does the Fed's recent announcement mean for the U.S. economy? Read on to learn more.
  74. Understanding The Risk In The BRICs

    The BRICs offer much in the way of portfolio and economic growth, however, there are some pretty big risks for individual ...
  75. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  76. Making Sense Of The EUR/CHF Relationship

    The strong correlation between EUR and CHF currency pairs is undeniable. Find out what it means for forex traders.
  77. Psychological Coping Strategies For Handling Losses

    There are a variety of psychological strategies for coping with financial losses and investing mistakes.
  78. Creating A Dividend Portfolio For Young Investors

    Young investors should build their portfolios around dividend growth and put the magic of compounding to work.
  79. Buffett Vs. Soros: Investment Strategies

    Warren Buffett and George Soros employ markedly different investing strategies, yet both men have achieved great success.
  80. How can I invest in a foreign exchange market?

    The foreign exchange market, also called the currency market or forex (FX), is the world's largest financial market, accounting ...
  81. What is the difference between weighted average shares outstanding and basic weighted ...

    Outstanding shares refers to stock that is currently held by investors, including shares held by the public, and restricted ...
  82. IMF Or ETF: Which Is Right For You?

    Here's what the professionals think about these similar, but critically different, investment vehicles.
  83. The Rise Of Africa

    Africa has all the natural resources a continent could hope for and is just starting to understand its full potential.
  84. What is the difference between investing and trading?

    Investing and trading are two very different methods of attempting to profit in the financial markets. The goal of investing ...
  85. How To Invest On A Shoestring Budget

    Money is tight when you're young, but don't let that stop you from pursuing future riches.
  86. Portfolio Management For The Under-30 Crowd

    Young investors have some advantages over their older counterparts. Read on to learn how to build a portfolio that will grow ...
  87. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  88. Developing Nations With The Most Debt

    These emerging markets have the most debt of any others. How does this affect the world economy?
  89. Speculation

    It may sometimes be difficult to distinguish between speculation and investment - learn more about how the speculation differs ...
  90. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  91. Treasury Bills

    Learn more about this government debt obligation and how it can fit into your portfolio.
  92. Does Active Value Investing Pay Off?

    Learn about a recently published paper that explores why active value investors underperform.
  93. How The Federal Reserve Fights Recession

    Discover the steps that the Federal Reserve has taken to help save the economy.
  94. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  95. 5 Misconceptions About A Fiduciary

    Having knowledge of what a fiduciary is will not only impress your friends at a party, but it will also help you understand ...
  96. Investopedia's September 2012 Forex Outlook

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  97. Equity Investing For The Buy-And-Holder

    The buy-and-hold investment strategy requires investors to disregard their emotional responses to market movements.
  98. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
  99. Young Investors: What Are You Waiting For?

    By investing at a younger age, you can harness the power of compounding - not penny-pinching - for profit.
  100. Defining The 3 Types Of Investments

    The first step to being a successful investor is knowing what is and isn't an investment.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What are the primary sources of market risk?

    Learn about market risk and the four primary sources of market risk including equity, interest rate, foreign exchange and ...
  2. How does beta measure a stock's market risk?

    Learn how beta is used to measure risk versus the stock market, and understand how it is calculated and used in the capital ...
  3. How does the risk of investing in the electronics sector compare to the broader market?

    Learn how the electronics sector's risk compares to the broader market; discover real-world examples of how high exposure ...
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