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  1. What's the difference between net present value and internal rate of return? How ...

    Both of these measurements are primarily used in capital budgeting, the process by which companies determine whether a new ...
  2. What is an economic moat?

    The term economic moat, coined and popularized by Warren Buffett, refers to a business' ability to maintain competitive advantages ...
  3. What's the difference between institutional and non-institutional investors?

    There are a number of differences between institutional investors and non-institutional investors. If you are considering ...
  4. What is the difference between amortization and depreciation?

    Because very few assets last forever, one of the main principles of accrual accounting requires that an asset's cost be proportionally ...
  5. What is the difference between municipal bonds and standard money market funds?

    The primary difference between municipal bonds - also known as "munis" - and money market funds is that municipal bonds are ...
  6. Can a corporation deduct dividend payments to shareholders before taxes are calculated?

    Corporations may not legally deduct the dividend payments before taxes but there is another approach - a corporate structure ...
  7. How are futures used to hedge a position?

    Futures contracts are one of the most common derivatives used to hedge risk. A futures contract is as an arrangement between ...
  8. Why do companies issue 100-year bonds?

    Although it is rare, companies do issue bonds that exceed an average person's life expectancy. For example, multi-billion ...
  9. What happens when a circuit breaker is put into effect?

    A circuit breaker represents a situation where the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and National Association of Securities ...
  10. How is margin interest calculated?

    Before running a calculation you must first find out what rate your broker-dealer is charging to borrow money. The broker ...
  11. How can I prevent commissions and fees from eating up my trading profits?

    First off, understand that there is no universal system regarding trading commissions charged by brokerage firms. Some charge ...
  12. What is foreclosure investing?

    Foreclosure investing involves the purchase of houses that are somewhere in the process of being confiscated by lenders due ...
  13. When is a dividend payment recognized in the shareholders equity portion of the balance ...

    From an accounting point of view, shareholders' equity is decreased by the total dividend amount on the date it is declared ...
  14. The Money Market

    If your investments in the stock market are keeping you from sleeping at night, it's time to learn about the safer alternatives ...
  15. Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

    Learn what it means to do your homework on a company's performance and reporting practices before investing.
  16. Exploring Real Estate Investments

    Discover how owning properties can give you a roof over your head or a check in your pocket.
  17. Mutual Fund Investment Quality: Conclusion

    Check in here for an overview of mutual fund investment quality and how to find it.
  18. Mutual Fund Basics Tutorial

    Learn about the basics - and the pitfalls - of investing in mutual funds.
  19. Investing 101: A Tutorial For Beginner Investors

    Do want to invest, but don't know how to begin? We'll show you the building blocks you need to get started.
  20. Liquidity Measurement Ratios

    Learn about the current ratio, quick ratio, cash ratio and cash conversion cycle.
  21. Simulator How-To Guide

    A stock simulator allows you to use fake money on real stocks. Learn how to buy a stock watch the result.
  22. Market Breadth: A Directory Of Internal Indicators

    Discover the indicators that measure the force of the bulls and bears, telling you what a simple price chart cannot.
  23. Operating Performance Ratios

    Learn about the fixed-asset turnover, sales/revenue per employee, operating cycle and dividend payout ratio.
  24. Top 10 Forex Trading Rules

    Get some guidelines on how to survive - and thrive - in a variety of markets.
  25. Understanding The P/E Ratio

    Learn what the price/earnings ratio really means and how you should use it to value companies.
  26. Basics Of Trading Systems

    A trading system can save time and take the emotion out of trading, but adopting one takes skill and resources - learn more ...
  27. Debt Ratios

    Learn about the debt ratio, debt-equity ratio, capitalization ratio, interest coverage ratio and the cash flow to debt ratio. ...
  28. Options Greeks

    Get to know the essential risk measures and profit/loss guideposts in options strategies.
  29. Elliott Wave In The 21st Century

    Discover new developments that help you apply this difficult theory to trading and how computer power can help reduce the ...
  30. Profitability Indicator Ratios

    Learn about profit margin analysis, effective tax rate, return on assets, return on equity and return on capital employed. ...
  31. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

    This vehicle combines the diversification of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock. Learn more about them here.
  32. Economic Indicators To Know

    The economy has a large impact on the market. Learn how to interpret the most important reports.
  33. A Guide To Conference Board Indicators

    Learn to put the CB data sets to trading use. Each chapter takes you through one of the board's benchmark indicators or surveys, ...
  34. Cash Flow Indicator Ratios

    Learn about the operating cash flow to sales ratio, free cash flow to operating cash flow ratio and free cash flow coverage ...
  35. Using Accounting Analysis To Measure Earnings Quality

    Learn the accounting concepts that will help you to dig into to the details to find earnings manipulation.
  36. Advanced Bond Concepts

    Learn the complex concepts and calculations for trading bonds including bond pricing, yield, term structure of interest rates ...
  37. Short Selling Tutorial

    Want to profit on declining stocks? This trading strategy does just that.
  38. Understanding Economic Value Added

    Discover the simplicity of this important valuation metric. We reveal its underlying ideas and examine each of its components. ...
  39. Investment Valuation Ratios

    Learn about per share data, price/book value ratio, price/cash flow ratio, price/earnings ratio, price/sales ratio, dividend ...
  40. Bond Basics Tutorial

    Investing in bonds - What are they, and do they belong in your portfolio?
  41. Scoring Fund Investment Quality

    Learn some background on mutual funds and what factors can be used to assess their investment quality.
  42. Brokers and Online Trading

    How do you find the right broker for your investment needs? Start by reading our broker tutorial.
  43. Market Strength Tutorial

    Here you can learn about some of the indicators that traders and brokers use to determine the direction and strength of the ...
  44. Basics Of Technical Analysis

    Learn how chartists analyze the price movements of the market. We'll introduce you to the most important concepts in this ...
  45. Sources Of Evaluative Fund Data

    Eight key items determine the investment quality of a mutual fund. Learn where to find them.
  46. Financial Concepts

    Diversification? Optimal portfolio theory? Read this tutorial and these and other financial concepts will be made clear. ...
  47. Reading Financial Tables Tutorial

    Learn about six common types of financial tables and figure out how to interpret them.
  48. Moving Averages

    Discover one of the most reliable indicators in technical analysis and learn how to incorporate it into your trading routine. ...
  49. A Fund's Investment Objective

    Learn to evaluate a fund's investment objective, or "style".
  50. Electronic Trading Tutorial

    Learn about the systems that run the market. Topics include market makers, specialists, SuperDOT, ECNs, SOES, Level I, II, ...
  51. 20 Investments You Should Know

    To take advantage of all your investing options, you need to know what your choices are. Here we tell you about the diverse ...
  52. Measuring a Fund's Risk and Return

    Learn the importance of the risk-return relationship in selecting a mutual fund.
  53. Five Minute Investing Tutorial

    A tutorial for people who want to manage their portfolios aggressively without having it consume their lives.
  54. Futures Fundamentals

    For those who are new to futures but want a solid understanding of them, this tutorial explains what futures contracts are, ...
  55. Risk And Diversification

    Safeguarding your portfolio involves a few simple steps.
  56. Fund Size and Performance

    Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to asset size in a mutual fund. Find out why.
  57. Introduction To Fundamental Analysis

    Learn this easy-to-understand technique of analyzing a company's financial statements and reports.
  58. The Greatest Market Crashes

    From a tulip craze to a dotcom bubble, read the cautionary tales of the stock market's greatest disasters.
  59. Dow Theory

    Learn about the foundation upon which technical analysis is based.
  60. Fund Management Issues

    The quality of management is a key component of a fund's success.
  61. The Greatest Investors

    Read about the achievements of those who have mastered the art of investing.
  62. Analyzing Chart Patterns

    Learn how to evaluate a stock with a few easy-to-identify patterns.
  63. Index Investing

    Get to know the most important market indices and the pros and cons of investing in them.
  64. The Basics Of Mergers And Acquisitions

    Learn what corporate restructuring is, why companies do it and why it sometimes doesn't work.
  65. Behavioral Finance

    Learn the science behind irrational decision making and how you can avoid it.
  66. Fund Performance Metrics

    With mutual funds, it is crucial to look at all components of investment quality and not performance alone.
  67. Margin Trading

    Find out what margin is, how margin calls work, the advantages of leverage and why using margin can be risky.
  68. Guide to Stock-Picking Strategies

    There are many ways to make money, knowing how to choose the best stocks is one of them.
  69. Exploring Oscillators and Indicators

    Find out how to use these technical analysis building blocks.
  70. Analytical Commentary On A Fund

    Independent fund investment research is the key to finding investment quality in a mutual fund.
  71. The risk an investor is most likely to encounter when investing in a Standard & Poor’s ...

    A. Regulatory risk.B. Market risk.C. Liquidity risk.D. Business risk. Correct answer: BBusiness risk is minimized with a ...
  72. Stock Market Risk: Wagging The Tails

    The bell curve is an excellent way to evaluate stock market risk over the long term.
  73. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  74. What Makes Investors Tick?

    Every style of investing is different, so where do you fit in?
  75. The Midas Touch For Gold Investors

    Find some golden opportunities by investing in gold commodities or futures contracts.
  76. An Introduction To Emerging Market Bonds

    The rewards associated with this fixed-income asset are significant, but so are the risks.
  77. Introduction To The Parabolic SAR

    Take a closer look at this indicator, which during a trending period, is a very useful and accurate tool.
  78. Tales From The Trenches: Don't Count On Luck

    ChartAdvisor experts illustrate why it's important to stick to your strategy.
  79. A Glance At An Equilibrium Chart

    The easy-to-use Ichimoku chart can tell you quite a bit in just one glance.
  80. Heikin-Ashi: A Better Candlestick

    Enhance trend isolation and prediction of future prices with this technique.
  81. Fundamental Analysis For Traders

    Find out how this method can be applied strategically to increase profit.
  82. The Gann Studies

    Learn why this pioneer of technical analysis believed it's possible to predict the future.
  83. Neural Networks: Forecasting Profits

    Take a look at the algorithmic approach to technical trading - you may never go back!
  84. A Look At Kagi Charts

    This relatively unknown tool could help you find an asset's trend faster.
  85. Timing Trades With The Commodity Channel Index

    We introduce how to use this oscillator, which identifies cyclical trends, for determining buy and sell points.
  86. Taking The Magic Out Of Fibonacci Numbers

    Uncover the history and logic behind this popular trading tool.
  87. Tales From The Trenches: A Simple Bollinger Band® Strategy

    Spot extreme short-term price drops and profit on the rebound.
  88. Moving Average Bounce

    Find out how this simple trading strategy can be added into your trading arsenal.
  89. Lessons From A Trader's Diary

    Discover what this trader learned from his mistakes and how to uncover your own.
  90. Star Formations Spotlight Luminary Trades

    Morning, evening and doji stars will have you basking in better trading profits.
  91. A Trader's Guide To Using Fractals

    This reversal pattern can make sense of the seeming randomness of market movements and improve your trading.
  92. Candlesticks And Oscillators For Successful Swing Trades

    Take advantage of short-term price moves by pinpointing reversals.
  93. Support And Resistance Reversals

    Discover how these influential levels can switch roles.
  94. What is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to buy a bond?

    Bonds usually can be purchased from a bond broker through full service or discount brokerage channels, similar to the way ...
  95. What does it mean to book the basis?

    A book-the-basis contract is the same as a hedge-to-arrive contract (HTAC). Both have been used widely since the earlier ...
  96. Forex Tutorial: The Forex Market

    In this online tutorial, beginners and experts alike can learn the ins and outs of the retail forex market.
  97. The Ups And Downs Of Biotechnology

    This volatile sector can provide huges gains, but there's also lots of downside.
  98. Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
  99. What is the difference between asset-based lending and asset financing?

    In the most common usage, the terms "asset-based lending" and "asset financing" refer to the same thing. Asset-based lending ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How long can I hold my HH/H Bonds and still earn interest?

    Take advantage of your bond investment and learn how long you can hold on to your Series H/HH Bonds and still earn interest ...
  2. What are the main components of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet?

    Find out which items are listed as assets and liabilities on the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve, and how to read the ...
  3. What's more important, cash flow or profits?

    Learn about the different effects that cash flow and profit have on a business so you can decide which aspect to focus on.
  4. Which leverage ratios are most useful for analyzing manufacturing companies?

    See which leverage ratios investors and creditors are likely to use when analyzing the debt burdens for manufacturing companies.
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