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  1. Trading Against the Grid and Away from the Herd

    The best trade could be in the opposite direction when a classic price pattern doesn’t behave according to perfect rules. ...
  2. How To Use Technical Indicators To Master Financial Spread Betting

    As a popular tool of investing in the United Kingdom, spread betting encompasses the buying or selling of an underlying asset ...
  3. What are the main differences between a PHI-Ellipse and a Fibonacci Retracement?

    Discover the unique technical indicator known as the PHI-ellipse and learn how it differs as a trading tool from Fibonacci ...
  4. How effective is creating trade entries after spotting a pennant pattern?

    Learn the basics of the pennant pattern and how it is used to create an effective trade strategy, including which factors ...
  5. Why is the Positive Volume Index (PVI) important for traders and analysts?

    Take a closer look at the positive volume index, which is a technical price volume indicator used to identify possible bear ...
  6. What stock factors should you consider when a company makes a CEO change?

    Learn about factors affecting the price of stock following a change in CEO. Explore why a change in CEO may be positive or ...
  7. How Financial Advisors Can Help Gun-Shy Investors

    How can financial advisors help investors who are still gun-shy from the losses their equity holdings suffered during the ...
  8. What due diligence steps should an investor undertake before each investment?

    Learn about the steps to completing vigorous due diligence when selecting an investment, including ownership by management, ...
  9. Why is due diligence important before a company acquisition?

    Learn about due diligence and company officials' fiduciary duty. Explore the ill-fated acquisition of Countrywide Financial ...
  10. What are historic cases of companies failing to do their due diligence?

    Learn about the America Online-Time Warner merger. Explore how America Online's stock was not properly valued due to poor ...
  11. What are the fundamental differences between a pennant pattern and a flag pattern?

    Understand the basics of both the flag and pennant continuation patterns, their similarities and differences, and how each ...
  12. The Right Trading Position For A Good Night's Rest

    The last hour of the trading day is the perfect time to ask these questions about your overnight exposure.
  13. Fibonacci: Using Math To Make Right Market Moves

    Use these two original Fibonacci techniques to pinpoint the patterns in stock movements, and the most reliable entry and ...
  14. Ready For 2015? Eye 2014's Top-Performing ETFs

    These active ETFs performed the best in 2014. How? By shorting oil/Russia, and betting big on semiconductors, U.S. Treasuries, ...
  15. Is The JNK High Yield ETF A Good Bet Right Now?

    High yield can be enticing, but investments that appear enticing on the surface need to be investigated further.
  16. CDs or Bonds: Which Investment is Better For You

    When choosing between CDs and bonds, investors who seek to maximize their returns but also want a large measure of safety ...
  17. Options give a less risky slice of Alibaba's pie.

    US investors can use options as a way to benefit from the profitability of Chinese-owned Alibaba while minimizing the downside ...
  18. Reflecing On Financial And Investing Lessons

    Each year I reflect on the lessons learned about missed opportunities, highlight successful practices, and strive to be a ...
  19. Hot To Build An Investment Portfolio For Retirees?

    Investors managing their money through retirement often have different needs than during their growth and accumulation years.
  20. Making Sense Of The Dow Reaching Record Levels

    When gauging the Dow's shifts in order to assess the U.S. economy and make investment decisions, one must know what the Dow ...
  21. What are the main differences between a Doji and a Spinning Top pattern?

    Identify the differences between doji candles and spinning tops on a candlestick chart, and learn how traders look at each ...
  22. Why is the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) important for traders and analysts?

    Discover why chartists and technical analysts might use an exponential moving average (EMA) instead of a simple moving average ...
  23. What is the difference between gross margin and gross profit?

    Understand the difference in definitions between gross margin and gross profit, and learn what each represents as a metric ...
  24. What is the difference between operating income and revenue?

    Understand the definitions of revenue and operating income, how they are calculated and interpreted, and how operating income ...
  25. What telecommunication stocks pay the highest dividends?

    Learn about the yields offered by five of the highest dividend paying companies within the telecommunications market sector.
  26. How effective are Dojis in telling a change in direction of overall trends?

    Profit from knowing the correct way to trade the doji candlestick. Learn how to spot the best trading opportunities and avoid ...
  27. What are the main differences between a Doji and a hammer pattern?

    Identify the differences between doji candles and hammers on a candlestick chart, and learn how traders look at each for ...
  28. When do companies publish P&L statements?

    Understand what a company's P&L statement represents, and find out when companies traditionally publish these statements.
  29. What are the most common periods used in creating Moving Average (MA) lines?

    Learn the most commonly selected periods used by traders and market analysts in creating moving averages to overlay as technical ...
  30. What is the difference between market capitalization and enterprise value?

    Understand the basics of market capitalization and enterprise value, how they measure company value and how they differ in ...
  31. What is the difference between operating income and EBITDA?

    Read about the major differences between earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and operating ...
  32. Are there publicly traded hedge funds?

    See why a privately arranged hedge fund may decide to take its fund public, and how the investing public at large can gain ...
  33. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Moving Average (MA)?

    Learn about some of the common confirmation tools and techniques that traders and analysts use in conjunction with moving ...
  34. What is the difference between operating income and operating profit?

    Find out why operating margin and operating income can be treated synonymously with EBIT, but how they all differ from operating ...
  35. What is the difference between operating income and net income?

    Understand the difference between operating income and net income, including the calculations and interpretations of each ...
  36. What is the difference between operating income and gross profit?

    Learn more about the difference between operating income and gross profit, two accounting figures that appear on a company's ...
  37. What is the difference between market capitalization and revenue?

    Understand the definitions of market capitalization and revenue, how each is calculated and how each reflects the value of ...
  38. What are the main disadvantages of using Fibonacci Retracements for trading strategies?

    Learn about the disadvantages inherent to the Fibonacci retracement, an indicator built on the Fibonacci sequence used in ...
  39. Is a REIT a type of ETF?

    Learn the differences between real estate investment trusts, or REITs, and exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, to see how the ...
  40. How do you use the price-to-book ratio to evaluate a company's value?

    Understand how investors and market analysts use the price-to-book ratio to evaluate the worth of a company and why this ...
  41. What is a country ETF?

    Learn about the operational basics of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and the foreign investment opportunities and advantages ...
  42. What types of fees are incurred by purchasing ETFs?

    Understand all the various costs, both explicit and hidden, involved in trading exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, and see how ...
  43. Is net income the same as profit?

    Understand the difference between profit and net income, including why corporate accountants calculate profit at different ...
  44. What are the best metrics to evaluate a telecommunication company?

    Use fundamental analysis and three specific metrics to evaluate telecommunications companies to find the best one for your ...
  45. What is spread hedging?

    Learn about one of the most common risk-management strategies options traders use, called spread hedging, to limit exposure ...
  46. What are the main advantages of using the Exponential Moving Average (EMA)?

    Learn the important potential advantages of using an exponential moving average when trading, instead of a simple moving ...
  47. Are utility stocks bought for income or growth?

    Learn why the shares of government-protected utility companies have proven to be among the most consistent income stocks ...
  48. What is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) formula and how is it calculated?

    Learn the formula for the moving average convergence divergence momentum indicator and find out how to calculate the MACD ...
  49. What other sectors besides utilities are known as defensive?

    See why certain sectors, other than utilities, are considered defensive and therefore more resistant to the downturns of ...
  50. Why is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) important for traders and ...

    Take a look inside one of the most popular and widely trusted technical indicators, the moving average convergence divergence, ...
  51. What is a common strategy traders implement when using the Moving Average Convergence ...

    Learn some common trading strategies that traders employ using the moving average convergence divergence (MACD) technical ...
  52. Money Lessons From Disney's Scrooge McDuck

    Forbes magazine ranked Scrooge McDuck as the richest fictional character in the world in 2013 with a net worth of $65.4 billion. ...
  53. What are the best technical indicators to complement Fibonacci Retracements?

    See what kind of technical indicators and oscillators work best in conjunction with Fibonacci retracements to confirm stock ...
  54. With an ex-dividend, why does the dividend go to the seller rather than the buyer?

    Find out why ex-dividend payments are sent to the seller of a stock rather than the purchaser and how ex-dividends can create ...
  55. What does a hedge fund do?

    Read how hedge funds differ from other investment vehicles and how their investment strategies make them unique and potentially ...
  56. What is the difference between dividends and capital gains?

    Read about some of the differences between dividends and capital gains, the two primary ways of accumulating wealth through ...
  57. How do I use Fibonacci Retracements to create a forex trading strategy?

    Learn how to use Fibonacci retracements as part of an overall forex trading strategy. Fibonacci levels are carefully watched ...
  58. What is a common strategy traders implement when using Fibonacci Retracements?

    Learn some of the most common trading strategies that traders use in relation to the key support and resistance Fibonacci ...
  59. What is the difference between a debenture and a bond?

    Learn how to differentiate between debentures and bonds, two types of debt securities that can be issued by a government ...
  60. Why is the Fibonacci Retracement important for traders and analysts?

    Find out why traders and analysts in financial markets use Fibonacci retracement to help identify support and resistance ...
  61. What are the main disadvantages of using Moving Averages (MA)?

    Learn about some of the inherent limitations and possible misapplications of moving average analysis within technical stock ...
  62. What is the difference between revenue and cost in gross margin?

    Discover the differences between revenue and cost in gross margin, along with an explanation of various measures of profitability.
  63. What is the difference between gross margin and contribution margin?

    Understand the difference between the gross margin and the contribution margin, including how they differ in calculation ...
  64. How do I use Moving Average (MA) to create a forex trading strategy?

    Learn a simple forex trading that uses multiple moving averages and is designed to create low-risk, high-reward trading opportunities.
  65. What are the main advantages of using Moving Averages (MA)?

    See why moving averages have proven to be advantageous for traders and analysts and useful when applied to price charts and ...
  66. What is a common strategy traders implement when using the Moving Average (MA)?

    Learn about a basic moving average strategy predicated on the relationship between a security's price action and its moving ...
  67. What is the difference between gross margin and operating margin?

    Understand the difference between gross margin and operating margin in relation to evaluating a company's overall profitability ...
  68. Why is the Moving Average (MA) important for traders and analysts?

    See why the statistical concept of moving averages plays a central role for traders and chartists who rely on technical analysis ...
  69. Why is the Haurlan Index important for traders and analysts?

    Read how traders and analysts use the Haurlan Index to determine overbought and oversold conditions on major market indexes ...
  70. What is the difference between market capitalization and shares outstanding?

    Understand the relationship between shares outstanding and market capitalization and how market cap is interpreted to establish ...
  71. How do I use the Haurlan Index to create a forex trading strategy?

    See how the three components of the Haurlan index can be used by forex traders to assess the strength of buyers and sellers ...
  72. How do I use Exponential Moving Average (EMA) to create a forex trading strategy?

    Use the exponential moving average (EMA) to create a dynamic forex trading strategy. Learn how EMAs can be utilized very ...
  73. How do traders interpret a Doji pattern?

    Learn how to recognize and act on doji patterns and why you should use a time frame close to your trading time horizon when ...
  74. What is a common strategy traders implement when using the Haurlan Index?

    Understand the fundamental dynamics behind the Haurlan Index and read about trading strategies based on its three component ...
  75. How are Moving Average Envelopes calculated?

    Discover how to create a moving average envelope for a security or index and how to determine which time length and band-widths ...
  76. How do you find a company's P&L statement?

    Learn how to find a company's profit and loss statement, along with the other financial statements that companies regularly ...
  77. What are common trading strategies when identifying a Doji pattern?

    Use simple trading strategies to profit with doji candlestick patterns; a doji can signify a trend change or a temporary ...
  78. What is the difference between market capitalization and equity?

    Understand the difference between market capitalization and equity, two primary measurements used to evaluate the worth of ...
  79. How do you read a P&L statement?

    Understand the basics of reading a profit and loss statement, including key concepts such as revenue, net operating income, ...
  80. What's an example of a P&L statement?

    Understand the basic components of a P&L statement, and how these components are presented in compiling this fundamental ...
  81. What is the difference between gross margin and profit margin?

    Understand the difference between gross margin and profit margin, and learn about the profitability ratios used in evaluating ...
  82. Are telecommunication stocks bought for income or growth?

    Dig deeper into the complicated nature of the telecommunication market and see why telecom stocks sometimes act like both ...
  83. What kind of investors buy utility stocks?

    Take a look at why income investors like utilities, why value investors might like utilities and why growth investors tend ...
  84. What ETFs can I buy that track the telecommunication sector?

    Get information about some of the most popular and highly traded ETFs that investors use to track the telecommunications ...
  85. If a telecommunication company wants to build a tower on my land how much should ...

    Get help in understanding how much income it is possible to receive for leasing land to a telecommunications company for ...
  86. Do high interest rates hurt the performance of telecommunication stocks? If so, why?

    Learn why many investors believe that telecommunications stocks tend to be very interest rate sensitive and how rising rates ...
  87. What is the Ease Of Movement Indicator formula and how is it calculated?

    Read about and learn how to calculate the Ease of Movement indicator, created by Richard W. Arms Jr., to help measure the ...
  88. Do high interests rates hurt the performance of telecommunication stocks? If so, ...

    Learn why many investors believe that telecommunications stocks tend to be very interest rate sensitive and how rising rates ...
  89. Are there leveraged ETFs that track the telecommunication sector?

    Use these two leveraged exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, to maximize your profits within the telecommunications sector, whether ...
  90. What is the Polarized Fractal Efficiency (PFE) formula and how is it calculated?

    Take a deeper look at the calculations within the polarized fractal efficiency indicator, an oscillator that measures the ...
  91. What are the main differences between Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) ...

    Understand the exponential moving average, or EMA, and the moving average convergence divergence, or MACD, and their respective ...
  92. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Moving Average Convergence ...

    Learn the best technical indicators to use as part of a trading strategy in conjunction with the moving average convergence ...
  93. What is the most widely used gearing ratio?

    Understand the most commonly used gearing, or leverage, ratio used to evaluate a company's financial condition, the debt ...
  94. Why are Fibonacci Clusters important in a Fibonacci Retracement Strategy?

    Find out how Fibonacci clusters form and how they can be used by traders and analysts to identify support and resistance ...
  95. What is the Exponential Moving Average (EMA) formula and how is the EMA calculated?

    Learn the formula for calculating both simple moving averages and exponential moving averages, indicators that are frequently ...
  96. What are the best technical indicators to complement the Exponential Moving Average ...

    Utilize additional technical indicators to complement and improve a basic trading strategy that relies on exponential moving ...
  97. How do I use Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) for creating a forex trading ...

    Consider some forex trading strategies that can be designed using the exponential moving average (EMA) lines on the moving ...
  98. What is an equity-indexed annuity?

    Understand what an equity-indexed annuity is, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it differs from other annuity investments.
  99. What is the difference between a quarter and a year in finance?

    Examine the difference between a fiscal quarter and a fiscal year. Learn why investors examine both quarterly and annual ...
  100. Why do companies publish P&L statements?

    Understand the basics of the profit and loss statement, including why it is published and how it is used to assess financial ...
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