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  1. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  2. Analyzing Warren Buffett's 2013 Famous Shareholder Letter

    Reading the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway's letters has been one of the best sources of investment education for value investors ...
  3. Emerging Market Bond ETFs: Look Under The Hood

    Interested in diversifying your portfolio with some emerging market debt? Have a look at these key ETFs.
  4. Should You Spend Your Money Or Your Time?

    We've all heard that time is money. It can mean various things to various people. Over time, if you save and invest, you ...
  5. Three Reasons To Consider EM Asia

    While the economic and monetary environment remains supportive of equity markets, not all stocks have been benefiting lately.
  6. 10 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Save Money

    Addressing the issue of saving money is the most fundamental, yet neglected aspect of personal finance in the U.S. today.
  7. 3 (More) Mistakes To Avoid With Your ETF Portfolio

    I previously wrote an article about the 5 mistakes to avoid with your ETF portfolio, ranging from not falling in love with ...
  8. Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

    HSBC’s PMI for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector is expanding, ...
  9. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  10. How Low-Volatility ETFs Can Enhance Your Success

    Is your equity portfolio suffering from seasickness? Check out these low-volatility ETFs known for their stability.
  11. Human Capital, An Important Asset For Portfolio Diversification

    An investor’s total wealth consists of two parts – financial capital and human capital. The latter should not be overlooked ...
  12. Your Investments Should Be Bigger Than A Benchmark

    Chances are, you don’t invest for the sheer satisfaction of outperforming a market average. You’ve got bigger fish to fry, ...
  13. The Better Inflation Hedge: Gold or Treasuries?

    Owning gold may not be the best option for hedging against inflation. What else, then? Try treasuries or gold ETFs.
  14. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  15. Net Operating Income

    Net operating income (NOI) reflects income after operating expenses are deducted, but before income taxes and interest are ...
  16. Investing In Luxury Real Estate

    You might not have the money for a luxury home of your dreams, but that doesnt mean there aren't still plenty of ways to ...
  17. What Drives Summer Blockbuster Movie Profits?

    Moviegoers spent about $1 billion each of the months of May, June, July and August 2014. What is it that makes a summer blockbuster ...
  18. Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S Stock ETFs

    The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and ...
  19. Investment Options For Bitcoin High-Rollers

    Got big money to bet on bitcoins? Here are some options looking to make a splash in 2014.
  20. Alibaba's Goal: Supplant eBay, Amazon and Paypal

    Within hours of its IPO, Alibaba's market cap surpassed Walmart's. So why is it that so many people still don't know what ...
  21. What is Risk Management?

    Risk management is the process of assessing, managing and also mitigating losses. For investors, risk management is where ...
  22. Investing In China

    Investment opportunity is huge in China. However, investors should consider the pitfalls, understand the risks and rewards, ...
  23. Can Investors Trust Official Statistics?

    The official statistics in some countries need to be taken with a grain of salt. Find out why you should be skeptical.
  24. Tracking Your Portfolio On Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance can sync with brokerage accounts, merge and track investments to monitor performance and help you understand ...
  25. The Federal Reserve’s Policy For ETF Investors

    The market climbs a "Wall of Worry," yet the only apprehension that sends stock investors for the exit doors relates to the ...
  26. Forex Exotic Currency Trading: Risks & Rewards

    Exotic currencies are off the beaten path and are not for novices, but experienced forex investors might find the high risk-reward ...
  27. Using The Current Ratio

    Find out more on how this liquidity ratio is used to measure a company's ability to pay short-term obligations.
  28. GAAP

    Learn more about the generally accepted accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to compile their ...
  29. R-Squared

    Learn more about this statistical measurement used to represent movement between a security and its benchmark.
  30. The Government And Risk: A Love-Hate Relationship

    Though the U.S. government can help its citizens by subsidizing risky loans, the costs always come back to the taxpayers. ...
  31. Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising

    Investment companies and brokers want to sell. Unfortunately, this can result in promotional material that is not entirely ...
  32. Global View: Investing In Emerging Markets

    In recent months, investors have been looking overseas for opportunities in emerging markets (EMs).
  33. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  34. Follow Buffet's Discipline & Beat The Market

    Warren Buffett was once asked what is more important to become a successful investor: intelligence or discipline? His answer ...
  35. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  36. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  37. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  38. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  39. Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  40. Guide To 401(k) And IRA Rollovers

    Follow the steps detailed below when you need to roll over your 401(k) or IRA account to be sure you preserve tax benefits ...
  41. Which Canadian Oil Stocks Are The Best?

    Canada is a prime option when investing in oil companies and oil-related assets. Here are four long-term picks worth your ...
  42. The Best Books On Warren Buffett

    These six books aren’t as satisfying as owning Berkshire shares has been for the last 45 years, but there is a lot of knowledge ...
  43. How To Pick Winning Penny Stocks

    Cheap doesn't always equal good. When choosing penny stocks, investors would be wise to note several key factors that affect ...
  44. No Faith In Bitcoin? Profit From Shorting It

    Most articles assume that bitcoin prices will rise. But what about those who think it's a Ponzi scheme? This article is for ...
  45. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the current ratio and what that result can tell you about a potential investment.
  46. Industry Handbook

    In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the various techniques that determine the value and investment quality of companies ...
  47. Ethical Investing Tutorial

    Learn everything there is to know about ethical investing.
  48. Beware Of Wall Street's Three Big Lies

    Don't get swindled into buying snake oil from Wall Street. Find out three lies that can lead to losing investments.
  49. War's Influence On Wall Street

    Blitzkrieg? Dawn raids? Sounds like the markets and the battlefield have a few things in common.
  50. Hedge Fund Fees: Exotic Expenses

    Warren Buffett made a bet with Protégé Partners, a fund of funds hedge fund manager, that the S&P500 would beat a group of ...
  51. Become A Certified Financial Divorce Analyst

    Use your financial knowledge to help people preserve their financial integrity after a failed marriage.
  52. Credit Card Arbitrage: Free Money Or Dangerous Gamble?

    Credit card arbitrage is a way to make some money, but it's a major gamble with devastating risks.
  53. Finding Spin In The Financial Services Industry

    The financial services industry may stop short of lying outright, but that doesn't mean that everything they say about their ...
  54. To Invest Or To Reduce Debt, That's The Question

    Find out how you can make use of that excess cash and improve your financial situation.
  55. How To Decode A Company's Earnings Reports

    Read between the lines to decipher a company's true financial condition.
  56. How To Become A Corporate Board Member

    We look at how corporate boards are constructed, and how investors can get involved.
  57. Basics Of The Binomial Distribution

    Despite the fancy-sounding name, you already understand the Binomial Distribution, and you can use it to make money. Ready? ...
  58. Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  59. The U.S. National Spending And Debt

    Just like any average American household, government overspending can carry on for extended periods by rolling over debt ...
  60. Successful Ways That Governments Reduce Federal Debt

    Governments have many options when trying to reduce debt, and throughout history some of them have actually worked.
  61. Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    It may be more beneficial for you to pay tax now than deferring it to an IRA. We show you how and why.
  62. An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line. ...
  63. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  64. Using Historical Volatility To Gauge Future Risk

    Use these calculations to uncover the risk involved in your investments.
  65. Strategies And Secrets Of High Frequency Trading (HFT) Firms

    Secrecy, strategy and speed are the words that best define high-frequency trading (HFT) firms.
  66. 7 Steps To A Successful Investment Journey

    Before you start investing, educate yourself on financial ideas and develop a strategy that agrees with your personality. ...
  67. Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job

    In a recession, financial industry personnel are often hit hard. Find out how to avoid getting the ax.
  68. Examining Credit Crunches Around The World

    Market tops and bottoms have proliferated the financial markets throughout history. Learn how countries dealt with these ...
  69. The Illusion Of Diversification: The Myth Of The 30 Stock Portfolio

    Find out what it takes to really diversify your portfolio.
  70. How To Play The OTC Pink Stocks

    The OTC Pink offers a variety of investment candidates including many good companies waiting to be discovered. Recently, ...
  71. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  72. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority ...
  73. Introduction To Asian Financial Markets

    We look at the history of Asia's financial development and how investors can get involved in these growing markets.
  74. The Easy Way To Measure Bitcoin's Fair Market Value: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

    How do you determine the fair market value of a currency that has appreciated faster than the shares of even the hottest ...
  75. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number ...
  76. Investing For Safety and Income Tutorial

    Read on for some investment strategies that will allow you to protect your money, generate current income and grow the principal. ...
  77. How To Calculate A Z-Score

    Investors need to know how to detect signs of looming bankruptcy. The Z-score can help.
  78. Fibonacci And The Golden Ratio

    Discover how this amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to the financial markets.
  79. 5 Reasons For Corporate Thanksgiving

    In the corporate world, several entities have major reasons to be grateful.
  80. How To Analyze Restaurant Stocks

    Don't put your money on the table before getting a taste for analyzing this sector.
  81. 5 Statements Commonly Made By Amateur Investors

    Here are five inaccurate investing statements and some tips on how to think more like a professional.
  82. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
  83. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset ...
  84. Opportunity Cost

    Every action has a cost, even the ones you don't pursue. Find out how this is calculated.
  85. Current Assets

    Current assets are all of the assets a company uses to fund its daily operations. These are the assets the company could ...
  86. Liquidity Vs. Solvency

    Learn about the differences between these two words and how each one is used in the stock market.
  87. What You Need To Know About Financial Analysts

    Thinking about relying on analyst recommendations for your next trade? We'll show you what to watch out for.
  88. Liquid & Illiquid Assets

    The easier it is to convert the asset, the more liquid the asset is considered.
  89. Protecting Your Retirement Assets

    Your golden years are meant to be stress free. Keep them that way by protecting your assets.
  90. The Ethics Of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  91. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up ...
  92. Solutions For Concentrated Positions

    Investopedia explains various tactics for divesting your overexposure to any one stock.
  93. How Influential Economists Changed Our History

    Find out how these five groundbreaking thinkers laid our financial foundations.
  94. Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement

    Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You can have more money, simplify your life, and reduce home-maintenance ...
  95. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  96. Introduction To The Portfolio Dedicated Strategy

    Dedicated Investment Portfolio strategies have been used by institutional investors like pension funds and insurance companies ...
  97. Hostile Takeover

    A hostile takeovers is an unfriendly acquisition attempt by a company or raider that is strongly resisted by the management ...
  98. Growth Investing

    Growth investing is a strategy where an investor seeks out companies demonstrating signs of high earnings that are well above ...
  99. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  100. 6 Dangerous Moves For First-Time Investors

    It's easy for people to invest nowadays, but there are risks. These mistakes could take you out of the market when you've ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the current ratio and what that result can tell you about a potential investment.
  2. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number ...
  3. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset ...
  4. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
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