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  1. The History Of Information Machines

    Discover how technology changed the way we exchange information when trading.
  2. How Will The Subprime Mess Impact You?

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  3. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  4. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  5. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  6. Socially Responsible Investing Vs. Sin Stocks

    Can your principles make you richer or poorer? Find out if it pays pick your portfolio based on ethics.
  7. What is the incentive to buy a stock without dividends?

    While dividends are the only direct income (money paid out), the total return of holding, a stock is the dividend plus the ...
  8. What is a wrap account and what are the advantages of using one?

    Wrap accounts, in which brokerage account costs are "wrapped" into a single or fixed fee, are great if you don't have time ...
  9. What is mutual fund timing, and why is it so bad?

    Timing is the practice whereby traders try to profit from the short-term differences between daily closing prices. This is ...
  10. What are unrealized gains and losses?

    An unrealized loss occurs when a stock decreases after an investor buys it, but he or she has yet to sell it. If a large ...
  11. Is a company allowed to reduce its dividends?

    Yes. Companies have no restrictions - not from their exchange (NYSE, Nasdaq, AMEX, etc.), the SEC or the NASD - that require ...
  12. Which option is better on a mutual fund: a growth option or a dividend reinvestment ...

    When selecting a mutual fund, an investor has to make an almost endless number of choices. Among the more confusing decisions ...
  13. How do stock splits affect short sellers?

    The simple answer to this question is that stock splits do not affect short sellers in a material way. There are some changes ...
  14. If one of your stocks splits, doesn't that make it a better investment? If one of ...

    Unfortunately, no. To understand why this is the case, let's review the mechanics of a stock split.Basically, companies choose ...
  15. What is the difference between a company's book value per share and its intrinsic ...

    Book value and intrinsic value are two ways to measure the value of a company.In simple terms, book value is based on the ...
  16. I want to invest in equities, but I don't have much money. Is there a minimum number ...

    The short answer is "no" - you can buy a single share of any publicly traded company if you want to. Thus, if you have a ...
  17. Would a slow stochastic be effective in day trading?

    Given the hundreds of indicators that are available to traders, finding the appropriate technical tools to use in day trading ...
  18. Is tracking error a significant measure for determining ex-post risk?

    Before we answer your question, let's first define tracking error and ex-post risk. Tracking error refers to the amount by ...
  19. Why would a stock that pays a large, consistent dividend have less price volatility ...

    To understand the differences in volatility commonly seen in the stock market, we first need to take a clear look at exactly ...
  20. What is property, plant and equipment, and what does it mean?

    Property, plant and equipment (PP&E) is a term that describes an account on the balance sheet. The PP&E account is ...
  21. Why do futures' prices converge upon spot prices during the delivery month?

    It's a fairly safe bet that as the delivery month of a futures contract approaches, the future's price will generally inch ...
  22. How does a person gain from an investment?

    There are two main ways in which a person gains from an investment. The first is by capital gains, the difference between ...
  23. How can I use market breadth to my advantage?

    Market breadth is a study that compares the number of companies on a given exchange that have created new 52-week highs to ...
  24. Are mutual fund performance numbers reported net of fees (operating expenses and ...

    The answer depends on how you define "operating expenses."Let's look at a cinematic metaphor to clear up this apparent ambiguity. ...
  25. How do I calculate the percentage gain or loss for my portfolio when all of the stocks ...

    Finding the total percentage gain or loss on a portfolio requires a few simple calculations. First, you should understand ...
  26. What are green investments?

    Green investments are traditional investment vehicles (such as stocks, exchange-traded funds and mutual funds) in which the ...
  27. What is a Bermuda swaption?

    The Bermuda swaption refers to a modified American style of option. A swaption is an option on an interest rate swap in which ...
  28. Financial Concepts

    Diversification? Optimal portfolio theory? Read this tutorial and these and other financial concepts will be made clear. ...
  29. Reading Financial Tables Tutorial

    Learn about six common types of financial tables and figure out how to interpret them.
  30. Moving Averages

    Discover one of the most reliable indicators in technical analysis and learn how to incorporate it into your trading routine. ...
  31. A Fund's Investment Objective

    Learn to evaluate a fund's investment objective, or "style".
  32. Electronic Trading Tutorial

    Learn about the systems that run the market. Topics include market makers, specialists, SuperDOT, ECNs, SOES, Level I, II, ...
  33. 20 Investments You Should Know

    To take advantage of all your investing options, you need to know what your choices are. Here we tell you about the diverse ...
  34. Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

    Learn the importance of the risk-return relationship in selecting a mutual fund.
  35. Five Minute Investing Tutorial

    A tutorial for people who want to manage their portfolios aggressively without having it consume their lives.
  36. Futures Fundamentals

    For those who are new to futures but want a solid understanding of them, this tutorial explains what futures contracts are, ...
  37. Risk And Diversification

    Safeguarding your portfolio involves a few simple steps.
  38. Fund Size and Performance

    Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to asset size in a mutual fund. Find out why.
  39. Introduction To Fundamental Analysis

    Learn this easy-to-understand technique of analyzing a company's financial statements and reports.
  40. The Greatest Market Crashes

    From a tulip craze to a dotcom bubble, read the cautionary tales of the stock market's greatest disasters.
  41. Dow Theory

    Learn about the foundation upon which technical analysis is based.
  42. Fund Management Issues

    The quality of management is a key component of a fund's success.
  43. The Greatest Investors

    Read about the achievements of those who have mastered the art of investing.
  44. Industry Handbook

    In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the various techniques that determine the value and investment quality of companies ...
  45. Analyzing Chart Patterns

    Learn how to evaluate a stock with a few easy-to-identify patterns.
  46. Index Investing

    Get to know the most important market indices and the pros and cons of investing in them.
  47. The Basics Of Mergers And Acquisitions

    Learn what corporate restructuring is, why companies do it and why it sometimes doesn't work.
  48. Behavioral Finance

    Learn the science behind irrational decision making and how you can avoid it.
  49. Fund Performance Metrics

    With mutual funds, it is crucial to look at all components of investment quality and not performance alone.
  50. Margin Trading

    Find out what margin is, how margin calls work, the advantages of leverage and why using margin can be risky.
  51. Guide to Stock-Picking Strategies

    There are many ways to make money, knowing how to choose the best stocks is one of them.
  52. Exploring Oscillators and Indicators

    Find out how to use these technical analysis building blocks.
  53. Analytical Commentary On A Fund

    Independent fund investment research is the key to finding investment quality in a mutual fund.
  54. The Money Market

    If your investments in the stock market are keeping you from sleeping at night, it's time to learn about the safer alternatives ...
  55. Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

    Learn what it means to do your homework on a company's performance and reporting practices before investing.
  56. Exploring Real Estate Investments

    Discover how owning properties can give you a roof over your head or a check in your pocket.
  57. Mutual Fund Investment Quality: Conclusion

    Check in here for an overview of mutual fund investment quality and how to find it.
  58. Mutual Fund Basics Tutorial

    Learn about the basics - and the pitfalls - of investing in mutual funds.
  59. Investing 101: A Tutorial For Beginner Investors

    Do want to invest, but don't know how to begin? We'll show you the building blocks you need to get started.
  60. Liquidity Measurement Ratios

    Learn about the current ratio, quick ratio, cash ratio and cash conversion cycle.
  61. Simulator How-To Guide

    A stock simulator allows you to use fake money on real stocks. Learn how to buy a stock watch the result.
  62. Market Breadth: A Directory Of Internal Indicators

    Discover the indicators that measure the force of the bulls and bears, telling you what a simple price chart cannot.
  63. Operating Performance Ratios

    Learn about the fixed-asset turnover, sales/revenue per employee, operating cycle and dividend payout ratio.
  64. Top 10 Forex Trading Rules

    Get some guidelines on how to survive - and thrive - in a variety of markets.
  65. Understanding The P/E Ratio

    Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies.
  66. Basics Of Trading Systems

    A trading system can save time and take the emotion out of trading, but adopting one takes skill and resources - learn more ...
  67. Debt Ratios

    Learn about the debt ratio, debt-equity ratio, capitalization ratio, interest coverage ratio and the cash flow to debt ratio. ...
  68. Options Greeks

    Get to know the essential risk measures and profit/loss guideposts in options strategies.
  69. Elliott Wave In The 21st Century

    Discover new developments that help you apply this difficult theory to trading and how computer power can help reduce the ...
  70. Profitability Indicator Ratios

    Learn about profit margin analysis, effective tax rate, return on assets, return on equity and return on capital employed. ...
  71. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

    This vehicle combines the diversification of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock. Learn more about them here.
  72. Economic Indicators To Know

    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  73. A Guide To Conference Board Indicators

    Learn to put the CB data sets to trading use. Each chapter takes you through one of the board's benchmark indicators or surveys, ...
  74. Cash Flow Indicator Ratios

    Learn about the operating cash flow to sales ratio, free cash flow to operating cash flow ratio and free cash flow coverage ...
  75. Using Accounting Analysis To Measure Earnings Quality

    Learn the accounting concepts that will help you to dig into to the details to find earnings manipulation.
  76. Advanced Bond Concepts

    Learn the complex concepts and calculations for trading bonds including bond pricing, yield, term structure of interest rates ...
  77. Short Selling Tutorial

    Want to profit on declining stocks? This trading strategy does just that.
  78. Understanding Economic Value Added

    Discover the simplicity of this important valuation metric. We reveal its underlying ideas and examine each of its components. ...
  79. Investment Valuation Ratios

    Learn about per share data, price/book value ratio, price/cash flow ratio, price/earnings ratio, price/sales ratio, dividend ...
  80. Bond Basics Tutorial

    Investing in bonds - What are they, and do they belong in your portfolio?
  81. Scoring Fund Investment Quality

    Learn some background on mutual funds and what factors can be used to assess their investment quality.
  82. Brokers and Online Trading

    How do you find the right broker for your investment needs? Start by reading our broker tutorial.
  83. Market Strength Tutorial

    Here you can learn about some of the indicators that traders and brokers use to determine the direction and strength of the ...
  84. Basics Of Technical Analysis

    Learn how chartists analyze the price movements of the market. We'll introduce you to the most important concepts in this ...
  85. Sources Of Evaluative Fund Data

    Eight key items determine the investment quality of a mutual fund. Learn where to find them.
  86. The risk an investor is most likely to encounter when investing in a Standard & Poor’s ...

    A. Regulatory risk.B. Market risk.C. Liquidity risk.D. Business risk. Correct answer: BBusiness risk is minimized with a ...
  87. Stock Market Risk: Wagging The Tails

    The bell curve is an excellent way to evaluate stock market risk over the long term.
  88. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  89. What Makes Investors Tick?

    Every style of investing is different, so where do you fit in?
  90. An Introduction To Emerging Market Bonds

    The rewards associated with this fixed-income asset are significant, but so are the risks.
  91. The Midas Touch For Gold Investors

    Find some golden opportunities by investing in gold commodities or futures contracts.
  92. Candlesticks And Oscillators For Successful Swing Trades

    Take advantage of short-term price moves by pinpointing reversals.
  93. Support And Resistance Reversals

    Discover how these influential levels can switch roles.
  94. What is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to buy a bond?

    Bonds usually can be purchased from a bond broker through full service or discount brokerage channels, similar to the way ...
  95. What does it mean to book the basis?

    A book-the-basis contract is the same as a hedge-to-arrive contract (HTAC). Both have been used widely since the earlier ...
  96. The Ups And Downs Of Biotechnology

    This volatile sector can provide huges gains, but there's also lots of downside.
  97. Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
  98. Forex Tutorial: The Forex Market

    In this online tutorial, beginners and experts alike can learn the ins and outs of the retail forex market.
  99. Fibonacci And The Golden Ratio

    Discover how this amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to the financial markets.
  100. What is the difference between asset-based lending and asset financing?

    In the most common usage, the terms "asset-based lending" and "asset financing" refer to the same thing. Asset-based lending ...
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
  2. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset ...
  3. How do I take qualitative factors into consideration when using fundamental analysis?

    Fundamental analysis is the method of analyzing companies based on factors that affect their intrinsic value. There are two ...
  4. Why is the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) misleading when assessing long-term growth rates?

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. Below is an overview ...
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