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  1. What are all of the securities markets in the U.S.A?

    There are three major U.S. financial securities markets which are: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): NYSE is a stock exchange ...
  2. Buy Treasuries Directly From The Fed

    If you want government securities, go straight to the source. We'll show you how.
  3. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
  4. The Rise Of The Hedged Mutual Fund

    Discover these growing funds, which were previously unavailable to the average investor.
  5. Dangers Of A Double Dip Recession

    Though a double-dip recession is possible, if all bricks fall into place, it's not likely.
  6. 5 Things To Avoid In A Bull Market

    Submission for August 28
  7. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  8. What is a V-shaped recovery and how is it different from other recoveries?

    A V-shaped recovery depicts an economic situation where a severe downturn in the markets is met with an equally strong upturn ...
  9. What does "gather in the stops" mean?

    "Gather in the stops" is a trading strategy used by investors to trigger stop orders already in place so that the price of ...
  10. 5 Signs Of A Pending Bull Market

    Being able to accurately spot the beginning of a bull market can be one of the most lucrative skills around.
  11. All of the following are regulated by the Investment Companies Act of 1940 EXCEPT

    a) closed-end funds.b) private investment funds.c) mutual funds.d) unit investment trusts. Answer: B.Also called hedge funds, ...
  12. Hedge Funds Tutorial

    Hedge funds can be an integral part of a well-diversified portfolio - if you know how to choose them.
  13. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  14. The ABCs Of Mutual Fund Classes

    Do you understand how the various types of shares differ? We give you the pros and cons of each.
  15. Using LEAPS In A Covered Call Write

    Discover how strategy can help reduce your downside risk.
  16. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

    Even if the market is in a decline your portfolio doesn't have to be.
  17. Mutual Fund Tax Changes?

    What do the proposed tax changes to mutual funds mean for you?
  18. Litigation: Are Your Investments At Risk?

    Don't let company lawsuits hit you unprepared. Learn how to uncover how they might affect you.
  19. 3 Ways Immigration Helps And Hurts The Economy

    Immigration can be a touchy subject, but here's the economic point of view.
  20. What does it mean when futures prices are in contango?

    a. The basis is positive.b. Future prices are higher than cash prices.c. The market is in backwardation.d. Supply disruptions ...
  21. Buy When There's Blood In The Streets

    Contrarian investors find value in the worst market conditions. Find out how they do it.
  22. Common Clues Of Financial Statement Manipulation

    Search for the "bloody" fingerprints in accounting crimes.
  23. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  24. 7 Expenses That Are Keeping You In Debt

    The average American family is nearly $11,000 in debt. Here are seven expenses that might be keeping you in the red.
  25. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  26. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  27. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  28. Planning For Job Loss

    Preparing for unemployment can be the best investment you make.
  29. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  30. What happens to a stop order after a stock splits?

    A stop order, commonly referred to as a stop-loss order, is an order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches ...
  31. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  32. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  33. Leveraged ETFs: Too Risky For Their Own Good?

    With regulatory oversight under fire, the smart money might place an inverse bet on the future of these products.
  34. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  35. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  36. Should Interest Rates Go Up?

    An increase in interest rates could prove that that the Fed really believes the U.S. economy is starting to grow.
  37. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  38. 4 Ways To Weather An Economic Storm

    Keeping a cool head and sticking to a plan during an economic slump is vital to financial stability.
  39. 6 Reasons Nations Don't Go Green

    For countries, the economic costs outweigh the benefits of going green.
  40. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  41. Losing The Amaranth Gamble

    Investors in this fund didn't see it coming. Would you?
  42. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  43. 5 ETF Classes To Know

    Exchange-traded funds have become very popular. Here's a simple breakdown of five classes you should know.
  44. Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market

    Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, and engage in aggressive strategies to make this happen.
  45. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  46. Do speculators have a destabilizing effect on the financial system?

    A speculator is anyone who trades derivatives, commodities, bonds, equities or currencies with higher-than-average risk in ...
  47. Real Estate Bargains: Location Is Everything

    For the U.S. median house price, you can live in a mansion or a closet, it all depends on location.
  48. What Is An Emerging Market Economy?

    Emerging markets provide new investment opportunities, but there are risks - both to residents and foreign investors.
  49. Is The Recession Over?

    Has the jump in the stock market since March reached a peak or is this the beginning of a long climb?
  50. Top 10 Green Industries

    Put a little green in your wallet by investing in these growing areas.
  51. Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  52. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  53. 5 Reasons To Avoid Index Funds

    Indexes are a hands-off way for investors to access the markets, but in some cases, nothing beats active investing.
  54. What is a permanent portfolio?

    A permanent portfolio is a portfolio construction theory devised by free-market investment analyst Harry Browne in the 198 ...
  55. What is an unregistered mutual fund?

    An unregistered mutual fund is a general name given to investment companies that are not formally registered with the Securities ...
  56. Don't Let Brokerage Fees Undermine Your Returns

    Smart investors don't give away more money than necessary in commissions and fees. Find out how to save.
  57. 3 New Threats For Would-Be Homeowners

    While depressed real estate prices have created bargains for buyers, these lower prices come at a cost.
  58. Bear Market Mauls Target-Date Funds

    This "set it and forget it" approach to investing is appealing, but it's not the best protection against a bear market.
  59. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  60. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint ...
  61. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  62. The Bad Market's Silver Lining: Lower Mutual Fund Fees

    Although the past 18 months have been devastating to the stock market, there is some upside to this down market.
  63. Price Shading In The Forex Markets

    This practice puts brokers ahead of their clients, but it doesn't have to be a negative for traders.
  64. Why Low Oil Prices Are Bad For The Economy

    You may be paying less at the pump, but how are lower oil prices affecting other parts of the economy?
  65. What is a growth recession?

    A growth recession is an instance in which an economy grows at such a slow pace that it creates net unemployment, meaning ...
  66. Outside-The-Box Ways To Make Money

    These non-traditional methods can help you make some extra cash.
  67. The Unsung Pioneers Of Finance

    We all know names like Rockefeller, but there are other influential pioneers of finance in America's history.
  68. What is high-frequency trading?

    High frequency trading is an automated trading platform used by large investment banks, hedge funds and institutional investors ...
  69. Faith-Based Investing: An Inspired Choice

    For those who follow a particular faith, this is just one more form of socially responsible investing.
  70. What was the most miserable day for financial markets according to the Misery Index?

    The most miserable month ever according to the Misery Index was June of 1980. The all-time high for the Misery Index was ...
  71. Top Colleges For Your Tuition Buck

    College is a major financial investment. Make sure you are getting the best value.
  72. Is it possible to short sell real estate?

    The traditional idea of a short sale is selling something you don't have so that you can buy it back at a lower price. The ...
  73. On This Day in Finance: July 29 - Bonus Army Invades Washington, D.C.

    On July 29, 1932, government troops and tanks forcibly remove World War I veterans from makeshift camps in Washington D.C.
  74. Is It Worth Going Green?

    Going green might make you feel good about your purchases, but it probably won't help your finances.
  75. "Great" 8? 8 Failures Say Otherwise

    The G8 has a history of big promises and no action, and it doesn't look like much has changed in 2009.
  76. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Not everyone can make money in this field. Find out what you need before you buy in.
  77. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  78. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  79. Contemplating Collectible Investments

    Profit margins are slim, but that needn't deter those with a passion for eras past.
  80. When did mutual funds come to the U.S.A.?

    On March 21,1924, the Massachusetts Investors Trust was incorporated, marking the birth of the American mutual fund industry. ...
  81. Does the balance sheet always balance?

    Yes, a balance sheet should always balance. The name "balance sheet" is based on the fact that assets will equal liabilities ...
  82. Does The U.S. Need Stimulus 2.0?

    The U.S. might just need to better handle and plan stimulus 1.0, before taking a next step.
  83. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  84. Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  85. The Best CEOs Listen To The Street

    Studies show that transparency and listening to the market are a winning combination for CEOs and the companies they run. ...
  86. On This Day In Finance: July 23 - Ford Delivers First Model A

    The first car produced by the Ford Motor company was the original Model A that came out in 1903.
  87. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  88. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  89. On This Day In Finance: July 20 - Congress Approves The Bretton Woods Agreement

    United States Congress officially approves the Bretton Woods Agreement, thus including the U.S. in the Bretton Woods System.
  90. Money-Saving Tips For Sports Fans

    If you do a little sleuthing and stay flexible on which teams to follow, you can still enjoy all the excitement of live sporting ...
  91. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical ...
  92. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  93. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  94. You CAN Retire In A Recession

    Just because you receive your gold watch during a recession, doesn't mean you can't retire on time.
  95. How To Master Online Auctions For Fast Cash

    Online selling is just as easy as in-person selling and can yield five to 10 times the profit.
  96. 10 Careers With Great Job Prospects

    The unemployment rate may be high, but that doesn't mean you need to sit on the sidelines. Find out which fields have the ...
  97. Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China

    FDI in China surpassed $100 billion in 2010, certain key factors drive foreign direct investment.
  98. Goldman Sachs: Unusual Earnings For An Unusual Company

    Goldman Sachs alumni have an unprecedented history of seamlessly moving from private to public service. Here's a short list ...
  99. Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  100. Pharma Patent Trolls: Cheap Drugs At A Steep Price

    Though patent trolls can help patients achieve cheaper medication in the short-term, everyone pays for it in the long term.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a roll-up merger and why does it occur?

    Find out what a roll-up merger is and how it is executed. See why roll-ups might bring added efficiency and competition into ...
  2. How do I use the PEG (price to earnings growth) ratio to determine whether a stock is overvalued?

    Using the PEG, or price/earnings to growth, ratio provides a better picture of a stock's valuation versus simply relying ...
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