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  1. Does Higher Risk Really Lead To Higher Returns?

    Learn about what is being dubbed the low-volatility anomaly, why it exists and what we can learn from it.
  2. When Financial Crisis Strikes The Bank Of Mom And Dad

    If you really want your kids to learn to be financially responsible adults, it's time to stop giving them money.
  3. Invest Like Madoff - Without The Jail Time

    This Ponzi scammer's professed strategy has been vilified, but it actually works.
  4. Cheap Steps To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Making small adjustments to your habits and lifestyle can have big payoffs.
  5. Fracking Can't Happen Without These Companies

    With all the attention paid to fracking, what is are the good investment opportunities? Are the companies that extract oil ...
  6. How Fracking Affects Natural Gas Prices

    Whatever you think of fracking, it has done one thing: kept the price of natural gas from increasing any more than it has.
  7. Evaluating An Heirloom

    Whether it's jewelry, furniture or a book collection, once you inherit it you need to decide what to do with it. First, find ...
  8. Why Schlumberger Is A Name You Should Know

    Want to make money in the oil and gas industry? Be an ancillary service provider--that's where the real money is.
  9. Using Economic Capital To Determine Risk

    Discover how banks and financial institutions use economic capital to enhance risk management.
  10. A Career In Real Estate Portfolio Management

    Find out why this job more closely resembles the role of a CEO than an asset manager.
  11. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    The credit card transaction business is so profitable, Visa Inc. doesn't even bother lending money. Here's how they make ...
  12. Pitfalls Of Copycat Investing

    While it may sound good in theory to attempt to mimic the investment style and profile of a successful institution, it is ...
  13. Don’t Fight The Fed? Don’t Fight The Treasury Bond ETF Trend

    Think of the U.S. economy as a tricycle. It has three wheels that, if they are all working together, you can get extraordinary ...
  14. Tactical Asset Allocation And Longer-Term ETF Trends

    One of the most common expressions in the investment world is that "one day does not a trend make."
  15. With US Volatility on the Upswing, Take a Look at Asia

    Although the U.S. economic recovery appears to be gaining steam, lofty stock prices and rising geopolitical risks are finally ...
  16. Top Websites For Home Sales

    Online real estate sites can save you time and effort in finding your next home. Our guide will help you choose the best ...
  17. Four-Week Rule Boosts Winning Trades

    Acquaint yourself with an indicator that played a role in the early development of technical analysis.
  18. Why You Should Invest In This Vibrant Asian Nation

    Other than tourism and a recent military coup, what's there for investors to know about Thailand? Plenty.
  19. 4 Leverage Ratios Used In Evaluating Energy Firms

    These four leverage ratios can help investors understand how oil and gas firms are managing their debt.
  20. Investing In Commodities Without the Hassle: Try Commodity ETFs

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in commodities offer a convenient, low cost way to access the commodities markets.
  21. These SRI Funds Focus On Empowering Women

    If you're looking to invest in companies that promote the empowerment of women, here are several fund firms to consider. ...
  22. Where to Seek Equity Income

    During the 25 years prior to 2009, investment income was ridiculously easy to come by.
  23. 5 Things To Ask Before Hiring A Financial Advisor

    Choosing a financial advisor isn't an easy task. Here's a list of the most important things to consider when planning for ...
  24. How To Profit From Recent Market Divergence

    US stocks contemplate the fate of the 5-year bull market as the small cap Russell 2000 diverges from the S&P 500. Market ...
  25. Investor Fatigue Setting In?

    We’re in the midst of earnings season, and thus far the news is largely positive.
  26. Why Coal Deserves Your Attention Right Now

    The coal sector has suffered for years at the hands of cheap natural gas and stiff regulations. But investors shouldn’t count ...
  27. How To Find The Best Real Estate Agent

    Most people don't have the time, expertise or motivation to go it alone and finding a good real estate agent becomes essential ...
  28. Why to Beware of Asset Class “Cross-Dressing”

    The U.S. investment-grade bond market has offered a sub-3% yield for 14 consecutive quarters. No wonder investors have lost ...
  29. Toronto Stock Exchange: Safest Investment In The World?

    Canada, one of the wealthiest countries, is also one of the safest places to invest.
  30. Three Big Picture Shifts Worth Paying Attention to

    In today’s era of increasingly abundant information, separating truly meaningful market signals from the mountains of daily ...
  31. Foreign Direct Investment

    Foreign Direct Investment is a form of cross-border investment.
  32. Why Gold Attracts Conspiracy Theorists

    Few things attract as many conspiracy theories and theorists as gold does.
  33. Investing In Real Estate Versus REITs

    Article on Real Estate Investing Versus REITs.
  34. More Volatility Ahead?

    Despite recent market swings, volatility is still low by historic standards, suggesting that markets aren’t taking into account ...
  35. What Is A Short ETF?

    A short ETF will be profitable if the underlying index or asset declines in price, and will incur a loss if the underlying ...
  36. What does a high inventory turnover tell investors about a company?

    Inventory turnover is an important metric for evaluating how efficiently a firm turns its inventory into sales.
  37. What Are The Best Real Estate REIT ETFs?

    In a period of low interest rates, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) offer great income potential.
  38. How Big Are Emerging Markets?

    Satistical studies of GDP in emerging markets have been in the news recently. One calculation indicated that the Chinese ...
  39. What's the difference between an individual retirement account (IRA) and a certificate ...

    Both individual retirement accounts (IRA) and certificates of deposit (CD) are useful savings instruments, but they have ...
  40. Strip Options: A Market Neutral Bearish Strategy

    Strip Options are market neutral trading strategies with profit potential on either side price movement, with a "bearish" ...
  41. Where Landlords Can Get Over 20% Returns

    Despite rising home prices, some markets still offer solid investment returns for residential landlords, if you know what ...
  42. 2 Portfolio Moves after Second Half’s Strong Start

    Economic data showing improving U.S. growth helped the market kick off a strong start to the second half of the year.
  43. Your Core Portfolio: How to choose the right ETFs

    The U.S. ETF landscape continues to grow, investors have a vast selection of products to choose from, but not all ETFs are ...
  44. Strap Options: A Market Neutral Bullish Strategy

    Strap Options are a market neutral trading strategy with profit potential on either side price movement, and with a "bullish" ...
  45. 5 Types Of Bitcoin Early Adopters, Part 2: Merchants

    Once the bitcoin novelty wears off, which types of merchants are most likely to realize the biggest long-term benefits from ...
  46. Why is it sometimes better to use an average inventory figure when calculating the ...

    For a couple of key reasons, average inventory can be a better and more accurate measure when calculating the inventory turnover ...
  47. How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

    An ETF is a good way to get broad exposure without taking on specific risk, but calculating performance may be a bit tricky. ...
  48. Taking Advantage of Pessimism

    Prophecies of economic catastrophe have become almost de rigueur in recent months, reality is that none of these regions ...
  49. Buying bonds at a premium? Note these 4 things

    Would you buy an investment that was guaranteed to go down in price?
  50. How do you calculate working capital?

    The formula for calculating working capital is straightforward, but lends great insight into the shorter-term health of a ...
  51. How do changes in working capital affect a company's cash flow?

    Working capital represents the difference between a firm's current assets and current liabilities.
  52. The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  53. 5 Ways Early Adopting Consumers Can Use Bitcoin

    How might consumers use Bitcoin in the near future?
  54. 7 Investments Beating The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

    Seven contenders for your investment dollars — assets that simultaneously diversify your portfolio as well as increase your ...
  55. Buyback ETFs: U.S. & International Strategies

    Buyback ETFs: Hold Off On The U.S. Version, Evaluate The International Adaptation.
  56. How do you calculate return on equity (ROE)?

    Return on equity (ROE) is a ratio that provides investors insight into how efficiently a company (or more specifically, its ...
  57. What are the main differences between return on equity (ROE) and return on assets ...

    Return on equity (ROE) and return on assets (ROA) are two of the most important measures for evaluating how effectively a ...
  58. What are the main differences between compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and internal ...

    The compound annual growth rate (CAGR), measures the return on an investment over a certain period of time. The internal ...
  59. Are companies with a negative return on equity (ROE) always a bad investment?

    Any metric that uses net income is basically nullified as an input when a company reports negative profits. Return on equity ...
  60. How do I calculate the inventory turnover ratio?

    The inventory turnover ratio is a key measure for evaluating how efficient management is at managing company inventory and ...
  61. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  62. Can High Fund Returns Be Deceiving?

    Don't focus too much on a mutual fund's recent returns. To pick a winner, look at how well it is poised for future success, ...
  63. Supply, Demand And Interest Rates: How They Relate

    A recent report from the Fed reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest ...
  64. Where The Equity Opportunities Are

    Given that U.S. stocks are no longer cheap, most stock market bargains are now found overseas.
  65. Frontier Stocks: 3 Reasons They're A Strategic Asset Class

    Frontier markets have been gaining attention from market watchers and investors alike in recent months.
  66. Want A Career In Asset Management? Read This First

    When it comes to landing that job at an asset manager, not all degrees are created equally. Here's a look at the best schools ...
  67. Four Ways To Spot An Emerging Market

    The term "emerging market" is frustratingly ambiguous. It means a country has at least some market liquidity. But there's ...
  68. Apple? Google? Tesla? Which Will Be The First To Reach A $1 Trillion Market Cap?

    What would it take for a company to be the first to grab the coveted $1 trillion market-cap crown?
  69. A Quarter Century of Emerging-Markets Investing

    The investment potential of developing markets had been recognized for a long time, but the actual birth and classification ...
  70. Why is return on investment (ROI) a bad measure for calculating long-term investments?

    Return on investment (ROI) is a useful valuation tool, but it lacks meaning for long-term investments.
  71. What factors go into calculating social return on investment (SROI)?

    Find out how investors and companies are calculating the social return on investment (SROI), which evaluates both the financial ...
  72. How do I calculate the P/E ratio of a company?

    Find out how to calculate this common valuation ratio and what the results can tell you about a company's performance.
  73. Why Aren't More Young People Buying Homes?

    One of the drivers behind our slow housing recovery is an absence of a large portion of the buying audience: young, first-time ...
  74. Is Ukrainian Debt Worth a Look?

    Looking past the obvious risks, does Ukraine deserve the attention of investors? Here's one take.
  75. How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?

    A low P/E ratio doesn't automatically mean a stock is undervalued, just like a high P/E ratio doesn't necessarily mean it ...
  76. How can return on investment (ROI) calculations be manipulated?

    Check out an example of how the return on investment (ROI) for similar investments can vary greatly, depending on how the ...
  77. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  78. 3 Midyear Portfolio Tune Up Tips For ETF Investors

    The midpoint of the year is often a great time to step back and assess your ETF portfolios strengths and weaknesses relative ...
  79. The Income Buyers Guide to REIT ETFs

    Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have come a long way from the drubbing they experienced this time last year.
  80. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure ...
  81. Is there value in comparing companies from different sectors by using the debt-to-equity ...

    Find out why using the debt-to-equity ratio for reviewing companies doesn't always make for an apples-to-apples comparison.
  82. What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)?

    Learn why earnings per share (EPS) is often considered to be one of the most important variables in determining a stock’s ...
  83. How do interest rates affect the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) calculation?

    The interest rate is one of many external factors that can change the inputs in the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) ...
  84. "Value" Investments: Social, Faith & Eco-Investing

    When it's time to invest, why not follow your heart along with your head? These four types of investments seek to do good ...
  85. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with ...
  86. What is considered a high debt-to-equity ratio and what does it say about the company? ...

    Learn how to make sense of the debt-to-equity numbers of a company when looking for good investment opportunities.
  87. What are the best uses for trailing EPS, current EPS and forward EPS?

    The earnings per share (EPS) indicator has three basic types that can alert you to past, present and future health of a company.
  88. How can the current ratio be misinterpreted by investors?

    Statistics can be misleading, and numbers on the balance sheet are no exception. Find out how the current ratio can confuse ...
  89. What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost of capital (WACC)?

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the average after-tax cost of a company’s various capital sources, including ...
  90. What's the difference between weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and internal ...

    Both weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and internal rate of return (IRR) are great measures for assessing value, but ...
  91. What are the main differences between the current ratio and the quick ratio?

    Find out how the quick ratio and the current ratio can offer different views on a company's ability to pay off liabilities.
  92. Why is earnings per share (EPS) also known as “The Bottom Line”?

    "The bottom line" is a cliche is many aspects, but in finance the expression usually refers to a specific financial calculation: ...
  93. Is "100 Minus Your Age" Outdated?

    A longstanding rule of thumb says that your stock allocation should equal "100 minus your age." Now, some experts suggest ...
  94. Fiscal Deficit

    A shortfall that occurs when government spending exceeds government revenues, or taxes.
  95. How to Day Trade Volatility ETFs

    A primer on the ideal time to day trade volatility ETFs, and how to do it.
  96. Should You Double-Down On Dorms?

    Even with the cost of college so dear, enrollment continues to surge. That's good news for operators of student-housing real ...
  97. Avoid ETFs With These Traits

    Deciding which ETFs to avoid can be as important an investment decision as deciding in which ones to invest.
  98. Day-Trading Gold ETFs: Top Tips

    Learn when is the most favorable time to day-trade gold ETFs and how to take advantage.
  99. Cost of Debt

    Cost of debt is the rate, expressed as a percentage, that a company pays on its borrowings.
  100. Why The Best Financial Advisor Might Be You

    Many people enlist expert advice when dealing with their finances. But could going it alone be the best option?
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  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 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
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