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  1. Is It Time To Raise Interest Rates?

    The Fed has good reason for staying the course on interest rates.
  2. Using Technical Analysis In The Gold Markets

    The quest for this shiny commodity has made millionaires of paupers and, on the flip side, ruined many an investor.
  3. Commodity Investing 101

    From the orange juice we drink to the gas we use to power our vehicles and heat our homes, commodities play important roles ...
  4. The risk an investor is most likely to face when investing in a discounted U.S. Treasury ...

    a. Call risk b. Reinvestment riskc. Credit riskd. Purchasing power risk Answer: Bbecause call risk would apply more often ...
  5. Financial Statement Manipulation An Ever-Present Problem For Investors

    The SEC has taken steps to eliminate this type of corporate fraud, but it remains a real risk for investors.
  6. Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    On their own, single-day patterns can be unreliable, but that doesn't mean they can't be used effectively.
  7. Do Cheap Imported Goods Cost Americans Jobs?

    Flooding the market with cheap products can mean job losses and even market collapse - but dumping isn't as threatening as ...
  8. 80 Years After Black Tuesday

    It has been 80 years since the stock market experienced a one-day slide of $14 billion. Find out what's changed - and what ...
  9. The 5 Most Feared Figures In Finance

    Gates, Soros, Icahn, Rockefeller and Morgan caused chills on Wall Street.
  10. The Ins And Outs Of Selling Options

    Selling options can seem intimidating but with these tips, you can enter the market with confidence.
  11. Market-Based Asset Allocation Lowers Your Risk

    Not all investors are incredibly brave with their money. Thankfully, there are ways to measure your risk level.
  12. The Most Reliable Indicator You've Never Heard Of

    The McGinley Dynamic Indicator isn't very well known, but it is a great way to discover market trends.
  13. Do stocks that trade with a large daily volume generally have less volatility?

    Stock volatility refers to a drastic decrease or increase in value experienced by a given stock within a given period. There ...
  14. Simple Strategies For Capitalizing On Trends

    Find out how following a trendline bounce or a new swing high or low can help you get into a trend early.
  15. October: The Month Of Market Crashes?

    In the finance world, October is a month to be feared, but is it justified?
  16. Pocket Change Or Prison: The Galleon Hedge Fund Scandal

    This scam has been called the largest hedge fund insider trading case in history and the pay off was only 1%.
  17. Holiday Spending: The Key To Economic Recovery?

    Consumer spending is one statistic that can be used to tell if we're coming out of a recession.
  18. A Baby Buffett Portfolio: His 6 Best Long-Term Picks

    We look at six stocks Warren Buffett stands behind, why he likes them and why they may be a good fit for your portfolio too.
  19. Securities Lending: Cause Of The Next Financial Crisis?

    Securities lending can pose risks to investor's portfolios and the entire financial system.
  20. Simple Ways To Invest In Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Find out how to buy in.
  21. Is Biased Investing Holding You Back?

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  22. Mutual Fund Style Drift Not Always A Bad Thing

    Style drift has a bad reputation, but it can be a sign that your fund is thriving.
  23. What is a long-short mutual fund?

    A Long-Short Fund is a mutual fund that holds investments long and in addition it sells securities it does not own (short). ...
  24. 11 Fears That Rattle Potential Investors

    From Wall Street ghouls to zombie banks, there are a lot of frightening things scaring people away from investing.
  25. The Lowdown On Index Funds

    If you can't beat the market, why not join it? Read on to go over your options.
  26. Market Problems? Blame Investors

    Investors are only human, and their irrational behavior can often move the market.
  27. Top 6 Scariest Neighborhoods For Homebuyers

    If you're looking for a spooky spot this Halloween, these communities boast the most horrifying foreclosure rates in the ...
  28. New Year Likely To Ring In More Poverty

    The U.S. is home to an increasing number of poverty-stricken families - and it'll probably get worse before it gets better.
  29. Forbes' Top Small Companies: Where Are They Now?

    How did these companies fare after topping the Forbes list of America's best small cap companies?
  30. What are Schedule K-1 documents used for?

    The Schedule K-1 is a tax document issued for an investment in partnership interests. The purpose of the Schedule K-1 is ...
  31. 3 Factors That Drive The U.S. Dollar

    We look at three important factors that affect U.S. dollar value, and how to determine when it's the right time to buy currency.
  32. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and ...
  33. Analyzing Mutual Funds For Maximum Return

    Using a few simple metrics will help you pick the right fund for your portfolio.
  34. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must ...
  35. Preparing For A Career As A Portfolio Manager

    Find out what it takes to win a spot in one of the most coveted financial careers.
  36. The Spookiest Days On Wall Street

    These days are what traders' nightmares are made of.
  37. For Maximum Market Returns, Get Creative With Hedges

    Proper hedges help to contain your losses while still allowing profits to grow.
  38. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  39. Pivot Strategies: A Handy Tool For Forex Traders

    Make more educated trading decisions by identifying major turning points.
  40. Out of which international body did the World Trade Organization emerge?

    On January 1, 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into being. The WTO was an outgrowth of the General Agreement ...
  41. Which two companies underwent the biggest corporate merger of the 1990s?

    While the 1980s on Wall Street were typified by Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs) and hostile takeovers, the 1990s were the decade ...
  42. The Secret To Consistent Returns In Any Market

    Despite the market’s recent volatility, there are some investors who haven’t seen negative returns. Learn their secret.
  43. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  44. Financial Funds Provide Diversity ... And Risk

    Sector funds can provide maximum exposure to financial industry stocks, but this benefit is a double-edged sword.
  45. Avoid Premature Exercise On Employee Stock Options

    With early exercise, you forfeit some profit back to your employer, and incur income tax to boot.
  46. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  47. Conference Calls: Press 1 For Investment Insight

    These calls can be an investor's most direct line to information about a company's operations.
  48. 5 Ways Winter Can Help Your Portfolio

    Use the winter downtime to improve your investing knowledge and technique.
  49. What was the South Seas bubble?

    The British East India Company introduced England to the joys of corporate finance. The company enjoyed a government-backed ...
  50. Bond Raters On The Rocks

    Raters have, in the past, been a reliable source. Are those days over?
  51. The Multiple Lives Of A Stock Trader

    Any trading career will have its ups and downs. Find out how to maximize the good times.
  52. Fee-Based Brokerage: Will They Work For You?

    Learn the pros and cons of this type of investing and whether it will work for you.
  53. Investing In A Weakening Dollar Environment

    Where should you be placing your money, when the value keeps dropping?
  54. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  55. State-Run Economies: From Public To Private

    Find out how former Iron Curtain countries used private enterprise to join the world financial markets.
  56. Are You A Disciplined Investor?

    Don't let "financial porn" steer you away from a sensible, long-term approach to investing.
  57. Are College Students Passing Recession 101?

    The recession is a wakeup call for students in post-secondary schools.
  58. Does Slow-And-Steady Win The Investing Race?

    Sometimes the best investing method is a mix of active and passive investing.
  59. Speed Read SEC Filings For Hot Stock Picks

    SEC forms can be a real headache. Find out how to make your research more efficient - and more effective.
  60. After The Recession: A U.S. Bank Body Count

    When the dust settled, only a few banks were left standing - barely.
  61. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  62. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  63. When holding an option through expiration date, are you automatically paid any profits, ...

    Holding an option through the expiration date without selling does not automatically guarantee you profits, but it might ...
  64. How much of a company's stock can a mutual fund own?

    There is no written rule that stipulates how much of a company a mutual fund can own. Instead, there are two major factors ...
  65. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  66. Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  67. Bankruptcy Filing Changes That Could Affect You

    When the economy is down, more people file for bankruptcy. Make sure you know about the changes that have been made to this ...
  68. Economic Moats: A Successful Company's Best Defense

    Find out why some companies thrive while others flounder.
  69. Elliott Wave Theory

    Acquaint yourself with the principle built on the discovery that stock markets did not behave in a chaotic manner.
  70. Free Market Maven: Milton Friedman

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  71. What is "leverage" as it is used in closed-end funds?

    A distinguishing feature of closed-end funds is their ability to use borrowing as a method to leverage their assets. An ideal ...
  72. Market Cycles: The Key To Maximum Returns

    You need to understand the various phases of the market cycle to avoid bubbles and make the best investments.
  73. Accounting Basics

    What is accounting? Learn the basics of this essential way of recording and summarizing financial information.
  74. Costless Collars: Because Asset Allocation Is Not Enough

    Collars are extremely flexible, and can be much more beneficial to your portfolio than asset allocation.
  75. Variable Annuities: The Do-It-Yourself Pension Plan

    Variable annuities can cost more than mutual funds, but that might be worth the protection they can add to your retirement. ...
  76. How do I find out how much money a mutual fund manager has in his or her fund?

    It's natural for investors in a mutual fund to want to know how much the fund's management has invested in it. After all, ...
  77. Stable Value Funds: Risk Less And Earn More

    Stable value funds can provide higher yields and lower risk.
  78. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  79. Don't Go Broke Buying Bankrupt Stocks

    Don't be tricked by bankrupt companies' low stock prices; they're low for a reason.
  80. Company Survival: Cash Conversion Cycle Is Key

    Find out how to use this figure to analyze a firm's financial condition.
  81. Is Your Broker Acting In Your Best Interest?

    Learn the clues you'll need to determine whether you've chosen a reputable professional.
  82. Is Your Broker Ripping You Off?

    We show you how to resolve a problem without getting the lawyers involved.
  83. Uncover The Next Real Estate Hot Spot

    Real estate land speculation is a way to get in on a hot investment before a boom hits.
  84. 4 Ways To Pinch Pennies In A Tough Recession

    The recession has hit everyone hard, but here are some tips to keep your wallet a little bit fuller.
  85. Will Credit Ratings Agencies Ever Be Trusted Again?

    Criteria used to rate companies is suspect - and even moreso during drastic times.
  86. Why Financial Advisors Disagree

    Financial advisors sometimes offer conflicting opinions that can be confusing for many investors.
  87. How do I use the Nova/Ursa ratio?

    The Nova/Ursa ratio is a contrary indicator designed to gauge market sentiment among retail investors. The ratio gets its ...
  88. 4 Biggest Investor Errors

    It's always good practice to keep Warren Buffett's mantra in mind: "Rule No.1 is: Don't Lose Money. Rule No.2 is: Don't Forget ...
  89. How do I value the shares that I own in a private company?

    Share ownership in a private company is usually quite difficult to value due to the absence of a public market for the shares. ...
  90. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  91. Too Good To Be True: The Fall Of IndyMac

    Everything seemed to be going right for the bank giant, but it fell just as quickly as it had once risen.
  92. Data Mining For Investors

    Being an informed investor is extremely important, but where and how do you get the data for your research?
  93. Do "Widow And Orphan" Stocks Still Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a safe stock providing high dividend income? It may be time to redefine the terms "widows" and "orphans." ...
  94. Financial Crisis Report Card: One Year Later

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the generation's scariest financial crisis, it's worth taking stock of where we ...
  95. Bringing Your Portfolio Back To Even

    Investors should avoid their old investing strategies if they ever want to even out their losses.
  96. Fund Transactional Activity

    Portfolio turnover is one of the simplest measures of mutual fund quality quality. Find out how to measure it.
  97. Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  98. An Introduction To Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  99. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  100. Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

    It is possible to avoid unethical investments and still profit from mutual funds. Find out how!
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