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  1. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  2. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  3. What is earnings management?

    Before diving into what earnings management is, it is important to have a solid understanding of what we mean when we refer ...
  4. Why do some closed-end mutual funds trade above or below their net asset values?

    Intuition tells us that a mutual fund's net asset value (NAV) (the net value of all assets within the mutual fund's portfolio ...
  5. Where can I find historical stock/index quotes?

    There is no shortage of internet sites that provide current stock quotes. Just about any large financial portal will let ...
  6. I will be receiving monies from a QDRO executed pursuant to my divorce. I would like ...

    There are several issues to consider: The early distribution penalty - Assets distributed from a qualified plan in accordance ...
  7. What is a treasury stock?

    Every company has an authorized amount of stock it can issue legally. Of this amount, the total number of shares owned by ...
  8. What is arbitrage?

    Arbitrage is basically buying in one market and simultaneously selling in another, profiting from a temporary difference. ...
  9. What does it mean to use technical divergence in trading?

    In technical analysis, most indicators can give three different types of trading signals: crossing over a major signal line, ...
  10. What is an efficient market and how does it affect individual investors?

    When people talk about market efficiency they are referring to the degree to which the aggregate decisions of all the market's ...
  11. What are the minimum margin requirements for a short sale account?

    In a short sale transaction, the investor borrows shares and sells them on the market in the hope that the share price will ...
  12. What is the difference between convertible and reverse convertible bonds?

    The difference between a regular convertible bond and a reverse convertible bond is the options attached to the bond. While ...
  13. What technical tools can I use to measure momentum?

    One of the main goals of every trader using technical analysis is to measure the strength of an asset's momentum and the ...
  14. What is the difference between a logarithmic price scale and a linear one?

    The interpretation of a stock chart can vary among different traders depending on the type of price scale used when viewing ...
  15. Why do low interest rates cause investors to shy away from the bond market?

    The lower rates that are found on bonds, especially government-backed bonds, are often not seen as enough by investors. This ...
  16. When does one sell a put option, and when does one sell a call option?

    The incorporation of options into all types of investment strategies has quickly grown in popularity among individual investors. ...
  17. What does it mean when a bond has a put option?

    A put option on a bond is a provision that allows the holder of the bond the right to force the issuer to pay back the principal ...
  18. Do all international markets trade between 9:30am and 4pm local time?

    The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq both trade between 9:30am and 4pm Eastern Time. All major stock exchanges trade at ...
  19. If an employee is paid by commission, who is responsible for withholding taxes?

    It depends. An individual who receives commissions can be treated in the same manner as an individual who receives straight ...
  20. How do I avoid paying excess taxes on securities I have sold?

    If you dispose of securities during the tax year, the profit or losses from the transaction are either capital gains or losses. ...
  21. How do you determine a company's percentage of credit sales?

    First, we should establish the fact that, depending on the industry, most companies' sales are sold with terms of payment ...
  22. What is the best method of analysis for forex trading?

    Types Of Analysis Used In ForexForex analysis is used by the retail forex day trader to determine whether to buy or sell ...
  23. Can I match a fund to my religion?

    Specialized mutual funds offer investments tailored for particular religions including Judeo-Christian faiths and Islam. ...
  24. How do I use a "basket" option?

    A basket option is an option with an underlying asset "basket" of securities, currencies or commodities. Basket options are ...
  25. 20 Tools For Building Up Your Portfolio

    The only real difference between you and Warren Buffett is a few well-chosen stocks, and the billion-dollar fortune is the ...
  26. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  27. When Stock Prices Drop, Where's The Money?

    Market perception can create money - and make it disappear into thin air.
  28. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  29. Read This Before You Sell

    There are five tell-tale signs that show when to walk away from an investment.
  30. Digging In To 13D Disclosures

    This document can provide important clues about a company and its stock.
  31. How The Big Boys Buy

    Learn what those in-the-know look for when acquiring a company.
  32. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Don't let unexpected taxes eat away at your inheritance or burden your heirs.
  33. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  34. International Reporting Standards Gain Global Recognition

    Comparing financial numbers from corporations in different countries is possible with the adoption of IFRS.
  35. Which Is Better: Dominance Or Innovation?

    Find out how to assess and evaluate both these values in the market and your portfolio.
  36. The Lost Decade: Lessons From Japan's Real Estate Crisis

    Find out what America can learn from Japan's liquidity trap and credit crunch.
  37. Value Investing + Relative Strength = Higher Returns

    Buying value stocks that are moving higher helps investors steer clear of value traps.
  38. CDIC Protects Canadians From Bank Failure

    Bank failures can happen in Canada, but many deposits are insured. Find out what's covered.
  39. Short Selling Risk Can Be Similar To Buying Long

    If more people understood short selling, it would invoke less fear, which could lead to a more balanced market.
  40. ETN Credit Risk May Outweigh Benefits For Some

    Exchange-traded notes have many benefits, but they may not be suited to risk-averse investors.
  41. 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 ...
  42. Profitability Indicator Ratios

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

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

    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  45. 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, ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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.
  48. Advanced Bond Concepts

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

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

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

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

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

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

    How do you find the right broker for your investment needs? Start by reading our broker tutorial.
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. Sources Of Evaluative Fund Data

    Eight key items determine the investment quality of a mutual fund. Learn where to find them.
  58. Financial Concepts

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

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

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

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

    Learn about the systems that run the market. Topics include market makers, specialists, SuperDOT, ECNs, SOES, Level I, II, ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read about the achievements of those who have mastered the art of investing.
  74. Analyzing Chart Patterns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Independent fund investment research is the key to finding investment quality in a mutual fund.
  83. 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 ...
  84. Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

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

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

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

    Learn about the basics - and the pitfalls - of investing in mutual funds.
  88. 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.
  89. Liquidity Measurement Ratios

    Learn about the current ratio, quick ratio, cash ratio and cash conversion cycle.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. Operating Performance Ratios

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

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

    Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies.
  95. 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 ...
  96. Debt Ratios

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

    Get to know the essential risk measures and profit/loss guideposts in options strategies.
  98. 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 ...
  99. Stock Market Risk: Wagging The Tails

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

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What do real estate attorneys do?

    Understand the role of a real estate attorney to help you decide if you would benefit from the expertise of this type of ...
  2. How are real estate taxes calculated?

    Find out how real estate taxes are calculated; failure to pay these taxes that can be a substantial annual expense can lead ...
  3. Is the Bureau of Labor Statistics accurate?

    Read this brief analysis of the accuracy of Bureau of Labor Statistics, including a summary of the types of reports issued ...
  4. Is the Dow Jones a public company?

    Find out how the Dow Jones Industrial Average tracks the health of the U.S. economy. This fluctuating number indicates the ...
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