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  1. Get Personal With Your Portfolio

    Use personal experiences and milestones to help determine your stock picks and investments.
  2. Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  3. Volatility

    Learn more about this statistical measure and how it affects the dispersion of returns.
  4. 3 Ways You Can Evaluate Country Risk

    Diversifying your portfolio includes looking beyond your borders. Here are a few ways to analyze risk when investing abroad. ...
  5. The Alphabet Soup Of Credit Derivative Indexes

    Find out how these instruments work and how they are used in the market.
  6. Strong Bond ETFs In A Bond-Eroding Economy

    The ETF boom has given the average retail investor the ability to add some alternative bond types to a portfolio.
  7. The ROI Of Space Exploration

    NASA's return on investment can't be measured by only by what it gets back in capital. We'll look at what effect NASA spending ...
  8. When Your Bond Comes Calling

    Callable bonds can leave investors with a pile of cash in a low-interest market. Find out what you can do about it.
  9. Chinese Companies Are Leaving U.S. Markets

    Chinese companies are pulling out of U.S. exchanges and that may be a good thing.
  10. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

    Helium is a non-renewable resource in an industry dominated by an unusual infrastructure.
  11. What are austerity measures?

    Austerity measures are attempts to significantly curtail government spending in an effort to control public-sector debt, ...
  12. A Tax Primer For Homeowners

    Go beyond interest and find out how mortgage points affect your taxable income.
  13. Don't Ignore These Emerging Markets

    BRIC nations aren't the only emerging markets worth investing in. Poland, Indonesia and Peru are also on the rise.
  14. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  15. Basics Of Federal Bond Issues

    Treasuries are considered the safest investments, but they should still be analyzed when issued.
  16. Credit Default Swaps: An Introduction

    This derivative can help manage portfolio risk, but it isn't a simple vehicle.
  17. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  18. Are Bonds Still Useful?

    Bonds may be overpriced in the short-term, but there's no denying their utility as a hedge against more volatile securities.
  19. Using Closed-End Funds To Build Your Core At A Discount

    Closed-end funds offer portfolios a chance to buy assets at discounts to intrinsic values. This is most apparent in the blue-chip ...
  20. Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Carries High Risk

    Asset-backed commercial paper has characteristics that make it much more risky than traditional commercial paper.
  21. Dividend Payout Ratio

    Discover how this ratio can help you determine how well a company's earnings support its dividend payments.
  22. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  23. 5 Investing Risk Factors And How To Avoid Them

    Each investment product has specific risks that come with it, while some risks are inherent in every investment.
  24. The Advantages Of Bonds

    Bonds contribute an element of stability to almost any portfolio and offer a safe and conservative investment.
  25. How To Live Off Your Dividends

    One way to enhance your retirement income is to invest in dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.
  26. Understanding Capital And Financial Accounts In The Balance Of Payments

    The current, capital and financial accounts compose a nation's balance of payments.
  27. Ultrashort Bond Funds: More Risk Than Reward?

    These funds' risk may overshadow their returns. Find out all you need to know before you get involved.
  28. Corporate Bonds: An Introduction To Credit Risk

    Corporate bonds offer higher yields, but it's important to evaluate the extra risk involved before you buy.
  29. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  30. 4 Misconceptions About The Eurozone Crisis

    The eurozone crisis is complicated and rapidly changing. One such misconception is that Greece is the cause of the problem.
  31. Countries With The Best And Worst Investor Protection

    Discover which countries do the most to protect the little guy from scheming executives and shady back-room deals.
  32. Find The Right Fit With Probability Distributions

    Discover a few of the most popular probability distributions and how to calculate them.
  33. What Is The Intrinsic Value Of A Stock?

    Intrinsic value reduces the subjective perception of a stock's value by analyzing its fundamentals.
  34. Relative Strength Index (RSI)

    Learn more about this technical momentum indicator that determines whether an asset is overbought or oversold.
  35. 3 Companies That Raised Dividends In 2012

    One way for investors to grow their wealth is by investing in strong dividend payers with a history of increasing payouts.
  36. Canada's Commodity Currency: Oil And The Loonie

    When the price of oil goes up, don't worry about how much gas is going to cost - get even by making a play on the Canadian ...
  37. Are Private Student Loans The Next Lending Crisis?

    The CFPB is keeping an eye on the student loan market because it believes it uses the same lending policies as mortgage lenders ...
  38. How To Create A Modern Fixed-Income Portfolio

    Exposure to different asset classes is required to generate income, reduce risk and beat inflation. Find out how bonds can ...
  39. Billionaires Who Don't Mix Business With The Bible

    Business leaders such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates didn't build their businesses on religious beliefs.
  40. Green Bonds: Fixed Returns To Fix The Planet

    Fixed-income investors are no longer left out of the green investing revolution.
  41. Protect Assets, Create Income, Retire Happy

    Find out what you can do to ensure a comfortable transition to your post-work years.
  42. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  43. The Stock Market Loves The Olympics

    Over the last 26 Summer Olympics, the average rate of return of the DJIA during the games was an impressive 4%.
  44. How To Reduce Taxes On ETF Gains

    Boost your returns by learning the tax tricks and loopholes for your exchange-traded funds.
  45. Financial Models You Can Create With Excel

    The relatively modest amount of time it takes to build these models can pay for itself by leading you to better investment ...
  46. A Primer For Investing In Agriculture

    In this article, we'll look at the agriculture sector and the different ways investors can approach it.
  47. Dead Cat Bounce

    Learn more about this macabre representation of a temporary price recovery.
  48. Short Selling

    Learn more about this trading strategy where the investor profits from the decline of a stock price.
  49. 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Money In Your Wallet

    Here are some fun and interesting facts about the money that you use on a day-to-day basis.
  50. 5 Places To Keep Your Money When You Don’t Trust the Banks

    Here's a list of places people can safely keep their money when they don't trust the banks to manage it for them.
  51. Developing Revenue: How To Succeed In A Recession

    With small businesses throughout the world struggling in this economic climate, developing new and diversifying existing ...
  52. Tactical Tips For Bond Investors

    Profit from long-term market trends by buying bonds when other investors shy away.
  53. The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in these bonds may offer a tax-free income stream but they are not without risks.
  54. Understanding The Time Value Of Money

    Find out why time really is money by learning to calculate present and future value.
  55. Savings Bonds For Income And Safety

    Bonds offer undeniable benefits to investors, including safety and tax advantages.
  56. Satisfy Your Investment Objectives With Income Funds

    Discover the various categories of income funds and the types of investors for whom they are appropriate.
  57. 5 Ways You're Paying Too Much To Invest

    You can't control what the markets will do in the future, but you do have some control over how much you pay to invest.
  58. The Basics Of Money Flow

    Learn how this indicator uses both price and volume to record a more complete picture of price action.
  59. 3 Ways To Invest In A Volatile Environment

    Here are three different ways to use the low volatility index to invest in a volatile market.
  60. Standard And Poor's 500 Index

    Learn about this index of index of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry grouping, among other factors.
  61. What Dividends Say About Stock Health

    Dividend payments may reveal information about the future prospects of a company.
  62. 5 Best Markets For Real Estate Investments

    The crash in the housing market has made purchasing property in these communities affordable and desirable.
  63. Sharpe Ratio

    Learn about this ratio developed by Nobel laureate William F. Sharpe to measure risk-adjusted performance.
  64. 3 Things Investors Can Learn From Traders

    By incorporating some of the best practices of top traders, investors can greatly improve portfolio returns.
  65. 5 Ways To Take Advantage Of Europe's Situation

    With the euro underperforming, now is a great time to travel, buy a home or go to school in Europe.
  66. The Challenges Of Investing In A Modern World

    In this article we'll look at some of the unique challenges modern investors face.
  67. What is finance?

    "Finance" is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process ...
  68. 5 ETFs For A Tanking Economy

    If the economy has you worried, here are five low volatility ETFs that can keep your money on safer ground.
  69. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For August 2012

    You need to know these major forex events for August.
  70. How To Avoid Risk In Your Practice

    Understanding the risks and the potential for losses in your practice keeps you one step ahead.
  71. Harvesting Crop Production Reports

    Find out what grain investors need to know to analyze USDA reports.
  72. Impairment Charges: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Impairment charge is a term for writing off worthless goodwill, but you need to know what its potential impact is on EPS. ...
  73. Institutional Investors And Fundamentals: What's The Link?

    Big-money sponsorship might make a company look good, but it's not always a reliable gauge of stock quality.
  74. Why There Are Few Sell Ratings On Wall Street

    We outline reasons that may show why enforcing more sell ratings isn't guaranteed to increase Wall Street's objectivity. ...
  75. The United States Vs. Canada - Differences In Investing

    While there are certainly some differences, American and Canadian investors have more in common than not.
  76. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

    Find out why these enticing options can spell trouble for your bottom line.
  77. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

    Discover how investors can use this valuation method to determine the intrinsic value of a stock.
  78. Mutual Funds Vs ETFs

    Learn more on how these collective investment schemes are similiar in design but differ in a few key areas that affect an ...
  79. Why Companies Change Exchanges

    Companies don't elect to leave an exchange so much as they're asked. Find out why.
  80. 5 Hot ETFs You Don't Know About

    There are more than 1,000 ETFs currently offered to investors. Here are five that have seen impressive growth as of late.
  81. Guide To Measuring Oil And Gas Companies

    Here are some important stats to look for when measuring oil and gas companies.
  82. The Biggest Financial Hurdles Young People Face

    If you want to manage your finances responsibly, you’ll need to overcome four big challenges.
  83. Community Investing 101

    Discover a type of socially responsible investing that helps to contribute to noble causes close to home.
  84. The Simple And Safe Investment You Might Be Missing Out On

    If you aren't buying savings bonds, you're missing out on a safe, simple and relatively high-yielding investment.
  85. 3 Broke Countries In 2012

    We go over the nations that are in the grip of financial crisis.
  86. How does a company switch from one stock exchange to another?

    A publicly traded company can, in fact, switch to a stock exchange that it believes will be favorable to its financing efforts. ...
  87. Hedge Fund Failures Illuminate Leverage Pitfalls

    Learn what mistakes cause hedge funds to collapse and how to avoid similar problems.
  88. Introduction To Multi-Discipline Accounts

    You get multiple managers, affordable diversification, customization and consolidated reporting all under one roof.
  89. Overcoming Compounding's Dark Side

    Understanding how money is made and lost over time can help you improve your returns.
  90. The One-Time Expense Warning

    These income statement red flags may not spell a company's downfall. Learn why here.
  91. 6 Things You Didn't Know You Can Recycle For Money

    You can make extra cash by recycling these odd items.
  92. Getting Started In Foreign Exchange Futures

    Learn how these futures are used for hedging and speculating, and how they are different from traditional futures.
  93. Should Google Pay A Dividend?

    By offering a modest dividend, Google would likely drive up its stock price.
  94. 5 ETF Classes To Avoid

    Before you wade into ETF investing, take a closer look at these sectors.
  95. ETFs Or Mutual Funds For Your IRA?

    Most actively managed mutual funds fail to beat the market over a long period of time, so it's probably best to go with ETFs ...
  96. How To Avoid Common Investing Problems

    Learn to overcome eight hurdles that can keep you from realizing the best returns.
  97. Candlestick Charts

    Learn more about this common visualization of a stock's price movement most often used by technical analysts.
  98. 5 Of The Best Work Abroad Programs For Young People

    If you are a young person looking to experience the world, these education and career paths offer you that opportunity.
  99. Natural Resource Investing

    ETFs and futures are just some of the various investment options available to natural resource investors.
  100. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: Energy

    There are a number of choices to gain exposure to the energy sector. We go over some of the more prominent options.
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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