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  1. Alternative Investments In Your IRA

    If you stray off the beaten path when investing your IRA assets, you'll find new potential pitfalls and rewards.
  2. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  3. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  4. Dividends Still Look Good After All These Years

    Find out how this "first love" still holds its bloom as it ages.
  5. Canary Capital Partners: Anatomy Of A Scandal

    Learn how a hedge fund scammed its way to profits and caught investors off-guard.
  6. Basel II Accord To Guard Against Financial Shocks

    Problems with the original accord became evident during the subprime crisis in 2007.
  7. Are You Buying Annuities Or Mutual Funds?

    Investing a client's money in variable annuties is becoming a target for criticism.
  8. Stimulate Your Skills With Simulated Trading

    Think you can beat the Street? We'll show you how to test your abilities without losing your shirt.
  9. Index-Linked Certificates Of Deposit: Upside Potential, Low Risk

    Index-linked CDs generate returns similar to indexes, without the potential for loss.
  10. Why A Falling Stock Is Not Always A Bargain

    Learn how to successfully trade pullbacks and to avoid being crushed by "falling safes."
  11. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac And The Credit Crisis Of 2008

    Is the U.S. Congress' failure to rein in these mortgage giants to blame for the financial fallout?
  12. Are long-term U.S. government bonds risk-free?

    For any debt obligation to be considered completely risk-free, investors must have full faith that the principal and interest ...
  13. How are the interest charges calculated on my margin account?

    One way that investors borrow funds from brokerages is through margin accounts; it is these interest charges that allow them ...
  14. How does an investor make money on bonds?

    Bonds are part of the family of investments known as fixed-income securities. These securities are debt obligations, meaning ...
  15. How do you calculate the percentage gain or loss on an investment?

    Calculating the percentage change of your investment is quite easy. All it takes is a little bookkeeping and either a simple ...
  16. What do the phrases "sell to open", "buy to close", "buy to open", and "sell to close" ...

    The confusing terminology mentioned in the question deals with entering and exiting option orders. In review, there are two ...
  17. Is it possible to short sell a bond?

    Because bonds, like any other security, experience market fluctuations, it is possible to short sell a bond. Short selling ...
  18. Is technical analysis used only to analyze stocks?

    The simple answer to this question is definitely not. This form of analysis can be applied in more situations than you may ...
  19. Does the party loaning shares in a short sale transaction benefit in any way other ...

    To answer this question, we first need to clarify who is doing the lending in a short sale transaction. Many individual investors ...
  20. What are the risks of investing in a bond?

    The most well-known risk in the bond market is interest rate risk - the risk that bond prices will fall as interest rates ...
  21. How do I measure option liquidity?

    An option is a financial instrument that gives the holder the right to purchase shares in a company at a certain set price ...
  22. Who are the key players in the bond market?

    The bond market can essentially be broken down into three main groups: issuers, underwriters and purchasers. The issuers ...
  23. Where can I get bond market quotes?

    Getting bond quotes and general information about a bond issue is considerably more difficult than researching a stock or ...
  24. Can a bond have a negative yield?

    The return a bond provides to an investor is measured by its yield, which is quoted as a percentage. Current yield is a commonly ...
  25. Why is it that when investors realize returns on a mutual fund, its price tends to ...

    Mutual funds have been in existence since 1924, when the first open-ended mutual fund was created. Since then, the market ...
  26. How do businesses decide whether to do FDI via green field investments or acquisitions?

    When businesses decide to expand their operations to another country, one of the more important dilemmas they can face is ...
  27. What do the bracketed numbers following a technical indicator mean?

    In technical analysis, it is common to see a series of numbers following a given technical indicator, usually in brackets. ...
  28. How can a futures trader exit a position prior to expiration?

    A futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell a commodity at a pre-determined price and quantity at a future date in ...
  29. How do I find mutual funds that track indexes?

    The two best sources for finding index funds are Fidelity Investments and Vanguard.Of the 57 index funds in investment research ...
  30. How do I calculate my gains and/or losses when I sell a stock?

    To begin, you need to know your cost basis, or the price you paid for the stock. If you did not record this information, ...
  31. What is the "random walk theory" and what does it mean for investors?

    The random walk theory is the occurrence of an event determined by a series of random movements - in other words, events ...
  32. The Chinese Wall Protects Against Conflicts Of Interest

    After the crash of 1929, this barrier helped define ethical limits, but it did little to prevent fraud.
  33. The Impact Of Interest Rates On Real Estate Investment Trusts

    REITs are high-yield investments, but do they have an inverse relationship with interest rates? Find out here.
  34. Trade Takeover Stocks With Merger Arbitrage

    This high-risk strategy attempts to profit from price discrepancies that arise during acquisitions.
  35. Use Breakup Value To Find Undervalued Companies

    Find out a company's worth if it were sold in pieces - it may be more than you think.
  36. Monte Carlo Simulation With GBM

    Learn to predict future events through a series of random trials.
  37. Lead The Charge With Product Development

    If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, this could be the career for you.
  38. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  39. Make Ex-Dividends Work For You

    Find out how to keep your dividends out of the tax man's hands.
  40. The Fuel That Fed The Subprime Meltdown

    Take a look at the factors that caused this market to flare up and burn out.
  41. Profit With Investment Policy Statements

    Defining how investments are managed and monitored can help investors meet their goals.
  42. For Companies, Green Is The New Black

    Sustainability and reducing environmental impact are hot corporate objectives. Find out why.
  43. Buy High, Sell Much Higher

    Value investing may seem fool-proof, but it carries more risk than you might know.
  44. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  45. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  46. When you buy a stock in a company, does it necessarily mean that one of the shareholders ...

    There are two main markets where securities are transacted: primary and secondary. When stocks are first issued and sold ...
  47. What's the difference between a load and no-load mutual fund?

    A mutual fund is simply a large group of people who lump their money together for a management company to invest. And, like ...
  48. If I own a stock in a company, do I get a say in the company's operations?

    You don't get a direct say in a company's day-to-day operations, but, depending on whether you own voting or non-voting stock, ...
  49. What does it mean when people say they "beat the market"? How do they know they have ...

    "Beating the market" is a difficult phrase to analyze. It can be used to refer to two different situations:1. An investor, ...
  50. What's the difference between a stop and a limit order?

    Different types of orders allow you to be more specific about how you'd like your broker to fulfill your trades. When you ...
  51. What is a tranche?

    "Tranche" is actually a French word meaning "slice" or "portion". In the world of investing, it is used to describe a security ...
  52. What are "I Bonds" and how can I buy them?

    The term "I Bond" is industry lingo for inflation-linked savings bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury. You've probably heard ...
  53. If I short sell $5,000 worth of stock and the stock becomes worthless, I have made ...

    The simple answer is that the maximum return of any short sale investment is in fact 100%. However, the concepts underlying ...
  54. What do people mean when they say debt is a relatively cheaper form of finance than ...

    In this case, the "cost" being referred to is the measurable cost of obtaining capital. With debt, this is the interest expense ...
  55. I placed a limit order to buy a stock after the market closed, but the stock's price ...

    The scenario you describe is very common and can be frustrating for any type of investor. Many traders will identify a potentially ...
  56. How do I figure out my cost basis on a stock investment?

    The cost basis of any investment is the original value of an asset adjusted for stock splits, dividends and capital distributions. ...
  57. What is the haircut rate imposed by clearing corporations?

    A haircut rate is a measure that reduces the value of any collateral used in a loan to ensure that when the effects of volatility ...
  58. What parties are involved in the creation of an American depositary receipt?

    An American depositary receipt (ADR) is a legal certificate issued by a recognized U.S. bank that represents a specific number ...
  59. Why are big foreign companies considering delisting their American depositary receipts?

    American depositary receipts (ADRs) were developed to give investors an easier way to invest in foreign companies. An ADR ...
  60. Why do some stock quotes appear in bold print in the newspaper?

    When it comes to keeping track of a stock's movements, many investors still look up the latest data in the local newspaper. ...
  61. How do segregated funds differ from mutual funds?

    Mutual funds are investment vehicles that many investors have embraced as a simple and relatively inexpensive method for ...
  62. Why do all mutual fund tickers have an X at the end?

    It's true that all mutual funds' tickers have an X at the end of their symbol. The reason for this is to distinguish between ...
  63. When my mutual fund declares an income distribution, the fund price falls by a similar ...

    An income distribution from a mutual fund to its shareholders can take two forms: A shareholder can elect to be paid directly, ...
  64. I have a KSOP through my employer that I've invested 100% in company stock. I am ...

    In order to be sure of your options, it's best to check the summary plan description (SPD) for the plan. The options may ...
  65. How much will it cost me to become a casual investor on my own?

    Understanding the costs associated with becoming a casual investor is important if you want to be successful. It is important ...
  66. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  67. Do Focused Funds Provide a Better Outlook?

    Should you diversify or focus? Read on to decide which will work best for you.
  68. Seek Out Past Losses To Uncover Future Gains

    Tax loss carry-forwards can help reduce the tax burden of owning a profitable fund.
  69. Sales Director Career Provides Daily Challenge

    Find out what you need to do to close the deal on this investment management position.
  70. Warren Buffett: The Road To Riches

    Find out how he went from selling soft drinks to buying up companies and making billions of dollars.
  71. Financial History: The Evolution Of Accounting

    Follow accounting from its roots in ancient times to the profession we now depend on.
  72. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  73. Building Green For Your House And Wallet

    The earth-smart money is on these environmentally friendly housing projects.
  74. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  75. ADX: The Trend Strength Indicator

    Follow this tool to reduced risk and increase profit potential.
  76. Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    This strategy is not as complex as some investment gurus would like you to believe.
  77. Stocks Are No.1

    Historically, stocks provide the highest returns - but only under certain conditions.
  78. World's Wackiest Stock Indicators

    Can butter production help you predict the market's next move? Find out here.
  79. Oil As An Asset: Hotelling's Theory On Price

    Not sure where oil prices are headed? This theory provides some insight.
  80. The Knowledge-Experience Continuum: Where Do You Fall?

    Theory and practice are worlds apart, but problems arise when people treat them as one and the same.
  81. Where can I buy government bonds?

    The type of bond determines where you can purchase it, so you need to decide which type of bond you would like to purchase ...
  82. What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying stocks instead of bonds?

    This is a common question among investors. Stocks and bonds differ dramatically in their structures, payouts, returns and ...
  83. If the stock market is so volatile, why would I want to put my money into it?

    In this question, volatility refers to the upward and downward movement of price. The more prices fluctuate, the more volatile ...
  84. How does the government influence the securities market?

    Governments generally say they don't like to take an active role in the securities market (except for regulating it); however, ...
  85. I've heard some "market gurus" claim returns of up to 400% annually. Is this possible?

    To answer your question in a word: No! Although we wish such a phenomenal investment system were real, the claims you speak ...
  86. What are the "Dogs of the Dow"?

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an index of 30 of the most significant, mature and respected companies in the ...
  87. What is the difference between fast and slow stochastics in technical analysis?

    The main difference between fast and slow stochastics is summed up in one word: sensitivity. The fast stochastic is more ...
  88. What is Fibonacci retracement, and where do the ratios that are used come from?

    Fibonacci retracement is a very popular tool among technical traders and is based on the key numbers identified by mathematician ...
  89. I live in the U.S. How can I trade stocks in China and India?

    Foreign markets have always been an object of envy to domestic investors because the indexes in some foreign countries have ...
  90. Can I make money using put options when prices are going up?

    It seems counterintuitive that you would be able to profit from an increase in the price of an underlying asset by using ...
  91. How long does a stock that has done a reverse split keep the letter "D" at the end ...

    A reverse split is a corporate action whereby a company reduces the number of shares outstanding and increases the price ...
  92. Where can I find information about pre- and after-hours trading on the NYSE and the ...

    The stock market, particularly the NYSE and Nasdaq, is traditionally open between 9:30am and 4pm EST. Over time, with the ...
  93. Can an option have a negative strike price?

    The simple answer is that, at least when it comes to exchange traded options, an option can't have a negative strike price ...
  94. How do I buy an over-the-counter stock?

    The process of purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) stocks is different than purchasing stock from companies on the NYSE and ...
  95. Where can I find the number of shares shorted on a specific stock?

    For general shorting information such as the short interest ratio, you can usually go to any website that features a stock ...
  96. What do you call a candlestick with no shadows, and what does it mean?

    A candlestick with no shadow is regarded as a strong signal of conviction by either buyers or sellers depending on whether ...
  97. At what point in the ordering process does a broker charge commission?

    When placing a market order for a security through a broker, there will be a commission accompanying the service. The fee ...
  98. What are the oldest mutual funds, by date of inception?

    Mutual funds were first introduced in the United States by MFS Investment Management in 1924. Although not public until 1928, ...
  99. Does investing in sustainable or "green" companies provide lower returns?

    To determine the kinds of returns that can be expected from investments in sustainable or "green" companies, the distinction ...
  100. Can private corporations issue convertible bonds?

    The first step to answering this question requires defining the term "private corporation". Many times, the term "private ...
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