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  1. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  2. Introduction To Growth Investing

    There are principles and techniques that are applicable for many different types of investors and growth strategies.
  3. 10 Common Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  4. Understanding The Sharpe Ratio

    This simple ratio will tell you how much that extra return is really worth.
  5. The Power Of Dividend Growth

    Dividends may not seem exciting, but they can certainly be lucrative. Learn more here!
  6. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might ...
  7. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  8. Purchasing A Short-Sale Property

    If you are looking for a good deal and have time to wait, a short-sale house may be for you.
  9. Spotting Companies In Financial Distress

    What are the warning signs that a company is struggling - or worse, sinking - financially? Read on to find out.
  10. 7 Biggest Financial Fears and How to Overcome Them

    Financial fears keep most of us up at night. Money determines our comfort in life, and the financial system is such that ...
  11. 3 Penny Stocks That Are Worth Your Attention

    These penny stocks have been white-hot so far this year. Here's what you need to know about trading them.
  12. Investing Implications Of An Uneven Global Economy

    As last week’s non-farm payroll report illustrated, the recovery – both in and outside the United States – remains a grudging, ...
  13. Currency Hedged Stock ETFs Can Protect A Portfolio

    The U.S. economy has been growing at an annualized pace of roughly 2% since the current expansion began in June of 2009. ...
  14. Will 2014 Be The Tipping Point For Active ETFs?

    The pace of new actively managed ETFs being released to the market has continued to heat up this year. 
  15. Essential Tips For Buying A HUD Home

    Buying a HUD home from the government requires some studying and planning, but the reward can be huge. Here are some essential ...
  16. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  17. The Rise Of The Modern Investment Bank

    Get to know a little bit about the institutions whose actions help to guide free markets.
  18. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    All of the potential highs, lows, and sentiments associated with investing can overshadow the ultimate goal—making money. ...
  19. Using The Force Index For Short- and Medium-Term Trading

    Here are the guidelines for making trading decisions using the force index in both a short and intermediate perspective. ...
  20. Using Enterprise Value To Compare Companies

    Learn how enterprise value can help investors compare companies with different capital structures.
  21. Ostrich Effect And Passive Investing

    Learn how to take a hands-off approach to your portfolio without sticking your head in the sand.
  22. Introduction To Commercial Paper

    Commercial paper is a short-term instrument that can be a viable alternative for retail fixed-income investors looking for ...
  23. Stock School: Student-Managed Investment Plans

    Student-managed investment funds offer future investment professionals a chance to manage real money while earning their ...
  24. Investing In Health Insurance Companies

    Health insurance companies work a little differently than most companies. Here's what you need to know as an investor.
  25. Simple Moving Averages And Volume Rate-of-Change

    We teach you how to confirm buy and sell signals by comparing two very simple indicators.
  26. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  27. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  28. Falling Giant: A Case Study Of AIG

    Find out why the U.S. government approved an enormous bailout package for American Investment Group (AIG).
  29. Pinpoint Winning Trade Entries With Filters And Triggers

    These tools will help you enter at high-probability points and ensure you trade within your set strategy.
  30. Credit Default Swaps: What Happens In A Credit Event?

    The credit crisis of 2008 prompted important changes to the settlement of credit default swaps.
  31. Advantages Of Data-Based Intraday Charts

    We take a look at these chart intervals and how we can use them to our advantage.
  32. Green Investors Get Heard

    Find out how to make your portfolio and the companies in it greener.
  33. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    Six reasons why some advisors recommend dividends and why sometimes this may be unsound advice.
  34. Payroll Deductions Pay Off

    Find out how you can bypass or defer taxes on thousands of dollars each year.
  35. The Uptick Rule Debate

    This rule was deemed ineffective and repealed in 2007, but critics argue it protects the market from bear raids.
  36. Using Compound Indicators To Predict Market Fluctuations

    Learn how to combine average true range, simple moving average and Bollinger band indicators to gauge market volatility. ...
  37. ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  38. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  39. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  40. Beware False Signals From The P/E Ratio

    The P/E ratio is a simple tool for evaluating a company, but no one ratio can tell the whole story.
  41. Losing Money? Don't Blame Your Broker

    Tempting as it is to pass the buck for your losses, the true culprit may be closer to home.
  42. Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and ...
  43. An Introduction To Factor Investing

    Factor investing delivers risk adjusted results that deliver the same or better investment returns as the overall market ...
  44. The 3 Moral Types Managing Your Money

    Your financial fate is influenced very substantially by whether your broker or firm is immoral, amoral or moral.
  45. The Biggest Risks Mining Stocks Face

    In this article, we will look at risks shared by major and junior mining stocks and what they mean to investors.
  46. Achieving Better Returns In Your Portfolio

    We look at three risk factors that best explain the bulk of equity performance.
  47. Save The Earth: Become A Capitalist

    Who says that capitalism and environmentalism have to be mutually exclusive?
  48. Calculating Risk and Reward

    Investing money into the investment markets has a high degree of risk, and if you're going to take the risk, the amount of ...
  49. Reviewing Liabilities On The Balance Sheet

    As an experienced or new analyst, liabilities tell a deep story of how a company finances, plans and accounts for money it ...
  50. Projected Returns: Honing The Craft

    Find out how to forecast long-term returns on the three major asset classes.
  51. Analyzing Investments With Solvency Ratios

    Solvency ratios are extremely useful in helping analyze a firm’s ability to meet its long-term obligations; but like most ...
  52. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  53. Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop

    Home price appreciation is not assured. Can you withstand the volatility in this market?
  54. Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  55. Beware Of Company Stock In Qualified Plans

    While this strategy does have a few advantages, it can also pose some substantial risks to employees.
  56. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  57. Dissecting Declarations, Ex-Dividends And Record Dates

    Understanding the dates of the dividend payout process can be tricky. We clear up the confusion.
  58. Understanding Investor Behavior

    Discover how some strange human tendencies can play out in the market, posing the question: are we really rational?
  59. How To Start Saving For Retirement

    If you establish these money-saving habits and patiently allow your wealth to build, you will be taking some huge steps forward ...
  60. Western Line Vs. Candlestick Charting

    These methods both have their merits, but they may be strongest when combined.
  61. A Review Of Past Recessions

    Here we look at the biggest economic declines in the U.S. since the Great Depression.
  62. 5 Mental Mistakes That Affect Stock Analysts

    They know more about stocks than the average person, but analysts are still affected by biases. Find out what they are.
  63. Top 6 U.S. Government Financial Bailouts

    U.S. bailouts date all the way back to 1792. Learn how the biggest ones affected the economy.
  64. Eliot Spitzer - Man Of A Thousand Scandals

    Learn about the Wall Street scandals Eliot Spitzer prosecuted before perpetrating his own.
  65. The Danger Of A 401(k) Flameout

    It looks like the 401(k) has failed, but what are the repercussions, and how can you protect yourself?
  66. Tales From The Trenches: Hindsight Is 20/20

    Follow along with one of ChartAdvisor's failed trades and learn from our mistakes.
  67. Portfolio Mismanagement: 7 Common Stock Errors

    Don't lose your shirt over these seven simple - and preventable - investment follies.
  68. Choose Your Own Asset Allocation Adventure

    There are many strategies to help balance your portfolio. Here are a few to get you started.
  69. The Perks Of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

    These plans offer shareholders a way to directly invest in some of the top companies without the commissions.
  70. Beta: Know The Risk

    Beta says something about price risk, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors? Find out here.
  71. Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money ...
  72. Is Growth Always A Good Thing?

    Getting big quickly looks good, but companies can get into trouble when they do it too fast. Find out how to spot this trouble. ...
  73. Generating Income In Retirement Using ETFs

    There are many effective strategies that retirement investors can utilize to fill their income gap. Here are some ideas that ...
  74. Why You Need More International Stocks

    Despite the benefits of global stocks, most investors never stray from their home nations when it comes to portfolio construction. ...
  75. Breaking Down The Balance Sheet

    Knowing what the company's financial statements mean will help you to analyze your investments.
  76. Explaining Amortization In The Balance Sheet

    Amortization is important to account for intangible assets. Read to find out more about amortization.
  77. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  78. Analyst Recommendations: Do Sell Ratings Exist?

    Analyst reports can be an investor's best friend - but without knowing how to read them, you won't be able to fully utilize ...
  79. Taking Shots At CAPM

    Find out why many investors think the capital asset pricing model is full of holes.
  80. The Most Expensive Bottles Of Alcohol

    Here's a rundown of the most expensive bottles of wine, scotch and beer.
  81. Sector Rotation: The Essentials

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  82. As Boomers Slow Down, Will The Economy Follow?

    Many baby boomers are working past 65. Yet as they inevitably retire, effects on workforce participation and consumer spending ...
  83. The Uses And Limits Of Volatility

    Check out how the assumptions of theoretical risk models compare to actual market performance.
  84. Trailing-Stop Techniques

    The important decision to exit a position must be based on more than emotion if you want to be a disciplined trader.
  85. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 3

    Learn about market wave, the second screen in this three-part system.
  86. The Pioneers Of Technical Analysis

    Every time an investor talks about getting in low or picking entry and exit points, they are paying homage to these men. ...
  87. Ancient Accounting Systems

    Learn how accounting evolved to keep records of increasingly complex transactions and civilizations.
  88. Should You Buy Banks' "Toxic" Assets?

    The Public-Private Investment Progam is part of the government's effort to fix the failing financial sector. But is it a ...
  89. Top 9 Vacation Destinations For Wall Street Geeks

    Indulge your inner geek with one of these financial-themed holiday getaways.
  90. Evaluating A Company's Capital Structure

    Learn to use the composition of debt and equity to evaluate balance sheet strength.
  91. Power Up Your Portfolio With Video Game Stocks

    Level up your winnings by investing in this fast-paced, highly skilled industry.
  92. 11 Things You May Not Know About Your IRA

    These little-known features will help you get the most out of your retirement savings.
  93. A Sanity-Saving Retirement Stock Portfolio

    The market rollercoaster has many retirees calling it quits on stocks. Big mistake.
  94. Your Retirement Portfolio: Diversification & Alternatives

    Why diversification and alternatives can play an important role in your retirement portfolio.
  95. How To Invest In Penny Stocks

    Do you find the lure of finding a diamond in the rough too much to ignore? Then consider penny stocks. Just be aware of the ...
  96. Due Diligence On Dividends

    Understanding dividends and how they work will help you become a more informed and successful investor.
  97. Discover Master Limited Partnerships

    These unique investments provide significant tax advantages.
  98. Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  99. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  100. Strategies For Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Investopedia explains Fibonacci retracements--based on the elegant "golden" ratio--and how the levels are derived.
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How does gun control policy affect the stock price of firearm companies?

    In general, companies that manufacture firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories will find it easier to sell their products ...
  2. What are the main risks of after-hours trading?

    Trading outside of traditional stock market hours brings some unique risks that you should be aware of.
  3. What trends and data influence after-hours traders the most?

    Learn about the specific information that after-hours traders review to influence their trading.
  4. When would I have to fill out a Schedule D IRS form?

    In general, taxpayers who have short-term capital gains, short-term capital losses, long-term capital gains or long-term ...
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