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  1. What The National Debt Means To You

    The U.S. deficit seems to grow every year. But how does it actually affect you?
  2. 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 ...
  3. Taking Shots At CAPM

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

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

    We look at how the market signals impending economic cycles and sector performance during each stage.
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 3

    Learn about market wave, the second screen in this three-part system.
  9. 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. ...
  10. The Uses And Limits Of Volatility

    Check out how the assumptions of theoretical risk models compare to actual market performance.
  11. Ancient Accounting Systems

    Learn how accounting evolved to keep records of increasingly complex transactions and civilizations.
  12. 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 ...
  13. Top 9 Vacation Destinations For Wall Street Geeks

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

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

    Level up your winnings by investing in this fast-paced, highly skilled industry.
  16. 11 Things You May Not Know About Your IRA

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

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

    Why diversification and alternatives can play an important role in your retirement portfolio.
  19. 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 ...
  20. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  21. Due Diligence On Dividends

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

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

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  24. Strategies For Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Investopedia explains Fibonacci retracements--based on the elegant "golden" ratio--and how the levels are derived.
  25. Invest In Emerging Market Bonds With These ETFs

    With the variety of emerging market bond ETFs now on the books, it's become far easier for investors to diversify. Here's ...
  26. Relative Valuation Of Stocks Can Be A Trap

    This method of valuing a company can make it look like a bargain when it is not.
  27. Short Selling: Making The Ban

    Short selling has been around as long as the stock market, and it hasn't always been looked on favorably.
  28. There Are More Ways To Invest In Land Than You Think

    You don't have to have a huge amount of capital to invest in land. You have many other options, including land-related ETFs ...
  29. How Will Your Investment Make Money?

    Discover the basic types of investment income and which asset classes pay them.
  30. Portfolio Growth Strategies

    There are many ways to grow a portfolio, and the best approach for a given investor will depend upon various factors.
  31. CMO vs CDO: Same Outside, Different Inside

    The concept of collateralizing and structured financing predates the market for collateralized mortgage obligations and collateralized ...
  32. How To Do Qualitative Analysis On Biotech Companies

    These analytical methods will help you size up a biotech company and make a winning investment.
  33. Make No-Load Annuities Your Viable Alternative

    These alternative retirement funds provide diversification with no fees, so what's the catch?
  34. Investing Beyond Your Borders

    Investing abroad poses risks, but can also help you diversify. Discover ways to invest in foreign stocks.
  35. 5 Mistakes Real Estate Investors Should Avoid

    Don't let a slow real estate market drag you down - steer clear of these pitfalls.
  36. China ETFs: Get In As China Matures

    These ETFs offer an easy way for investors to access China's growing economic might and growing consumerism. Just watch the ...
  37. Stop Limit Orders

    A stop limit is an order to sell or buy a stock once it reaches a certain level, but only if the shareholder can obtain a ...
  38. From Booms To Bailouts: The Banking Crisis Of The 1980s

    The economic environment of the late 1970s and early 1980s created the perfect storm for a banking crisis.
  39. Andre Kostolany: Germany's Stock Market Guru

    We can learn a lot from Kostolany and his "steady or shaky hand" investing philosophy.
  40. 6 Bad Stock Buyback Scenarios

    Buying back shares can be a sensible way for companies to use extra cash. But in many cases, it's just a ploy to boost earnings. ...
  41. The Pareto Principle (80-20 Rule)

    The 80-20 rule states that 80 percent of the results are attributable to 20 percent of the causes. It is a guide that allows ...
  42. What's a Quarter?

    A quarter, often abbreviated “Q,” is a consecutive three-month period that a company uses to report its earnings and dividends. ...
  43. Should You Open A Foreign Savings Account?

    Would opening a savings account in a foreign bank make sense for you? The pros and cons, how to establish one – and alternatives ...
  44. EDGAR: Investors' One-Stop-Shop For Company Filings

    You can learn a lot about any listed company through this system - if you know how to use it.
  45. How To Calculate Your Investment Return

    How much are your investments actually returning? Find out why the method of calculation matters.
  46. Will Bitcoin And Walmart Force Western Union To Change Its Business Model?

    Western Union is recognized across the globe for providing a fast, efficient way to move money. Just walk into a Western ...
  47. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us ...
  48. The Problem With Financial Journalism

    One of the most serious problems facing the general investing public is that that they fail to learn enough about investments ...
  49. Warning Signs Of A Company In Trouble

    Don't let your clients go down with ship! Learn how to escape sinking with these tips.
  50. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  51. Take On Risk With A Margin of Safety

    More common risk theories can lead to missed opportunities. Find out how margin of safety can propel your portfolio.
  52. 401(k) Plans: Roth or Regular?

    How to decide which type of 401(k) retirement savings plan makes the most sense for you. Or should you hedge your bets and ...
  53. Strategies For Your Roth 401(k)

    A Roth 401(k) can add much to your retirement funds, especially if you start saving early and end up doing well financially. ...
  54. Introduction To Remittances

    Remittances are an important factor in the global economy, and help drive growth both at home and abroad.
  55. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    Learn about common mistakes of flipping houses before trying one on your own.
  56. Iraq Is Ripe For Adventurous Investors

    Don't laugh--many consider Iraq as an up and coming investment destination,.
  57. Understanding The Basics of A Stop-Limit Order

    There are many techniques used by investors and traders to restrict losses or lock in gains. The stop-limit order is one ...
  58. Smart Ways To Manage Your 401(k)

    Now that 401(k)s have put managing retirement money into employees' hands, you can't just contribute and forget it. How to ...
  59. How the Acid Test Helps You

    The acid test measures a company’s short-term liquidity.
  60. 5 Investments You Can't Hold In An IRA/Qualified Plan

    The list of prohibited investment vehicles is short, but it's important to know what is off limits.
  61. Is Your Portfolio Beating Its Benchmark?

    Compare portfolio manager performance using the information ratio.
  62. A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  63. Rebalance Your Portfolio To Stay On Track

    Like a tune-up for a car, this re-alignment should minimize trouble down the road.
  64. The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance

    Understanding gender differences and how they are changing is fundamental to understanding the investing world.
  65. Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Here are four strategies for trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the oldest and most widely-followed ...
  66. The Getty Oil Takeover Fiasco

    It was the largest takeover in history and one of the most dramatic. Learn all about the fate of Getty Oil.
  67. Charting Your Way To Better Returns

    Learn about the powerful hybrid techniques that take advantage of both technical and fundamental analysis.
  68. What Is A Pyramid Scheme?

    The FTC announced it had opened an official investigation of Herbalife, which has been accused of running a pyramid scheme. ...
  69. Dissecting The Bear Stearns Hedge Fund Collapse

    Learn how a deadly mix of greed and leverage cost investors millions.
  70. How Globalization Affects Developed Countries

    The increase in communications technology has companies competing in a global market.
  71. The Changing Role Of Equity Research

    Research creates a division of labor that makes the market more efficient. Learn how its role has changed.
  72. The Best Of The Best Wealth Management Firms

    Looking for a fee-only wealth management firm? Here's a handy ranking to get you started on your search for a top financial ...
  73. Finding Value In A Sideways Market

    When the market is non-directional, your profit potential need not go sideways too.
  74. Using Trading Indicators Effectively

    Select multiple indicators, avoid information overload and optimize indicators to effectively use technical analysis tools. ...
  75. WaterSense: Saving Water And Money

    With a few simple updates, you could be saving on your annual water expenses.
  76. Passing The Buck: The Hidden Costs Of Annuities

    These may look like good retirement vehicles, but beware of the fees buried in the fine print.
  77. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  78. 10 Tips For Achieving Financial Security

    Follow this sound advice and plan for a comfortable future.
  79. 4 Signs You're Addicted To Investing

    Compulsive trading will ratchet up your transaction costs, stress level and time spent away from the important things in ...
  80. Liquidity And Toxicity: Will TARP Fix The Financial System?

    TARP is the government's attempt to forestall a deep, extended recession. Will it work?
  81. Modern Portfolio Theory vs. Behavioral Finance

    Modern portfolio theory and behavioral finance represent differing schools of thought that attempt to explain investor behavior. ...
  82. The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  83. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, ...
  84. The Working Capital Position

    Learn how to correctly analyze a company's liquidity and beat the average investor.
  85. Why And When Do Countries Default?

    Countries can, and periodically do, default on their debt. This happens when the government is either unable or unwilling ...
  86. Making Money In Residential Real Estate

    Even in a down market, local real estate properties have inefficiencies that investors can exploit.
  87. A Look At Corporate Profit Margins

    Take a deeper look at a company's profitability with the help of profit margin ratios.
  88. Recognize And Avoid "Work At Home" Scams

    From pyramid schemes to envelope stuffing, there are a lot of scams masquerading as legitimate part-time work.
  89. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  90. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  91. Breaking Down The Geometric Mean

    Understanding portfolio performance, whether for a self-managed, discretionary portfolio or a non-discretionary portfolio, ...
  92. Challenges Faced When Analyzing Green Chip Stocks

    The fact that a green chip is not yet a blue chip should not alarm investors, but they need to be aware of the differences ...
  93. 5 Businesses That Started During A Recession

    These companies found success despite being started during economic downturns.
  94. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  95. The Alphabet Soup Of Stocks

    Are the countless stock categories leaving you puzzled? Here we help you sort through the confusion.
  96. Takeaways From Buffett’s Preferred Stock Deal

    Warren Buffett announced his involvement in Burger King Worldwide’s (BKW) proposed takeover of Tim Hortons (THI).
  97. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  98. Profit Margins And ‘Fairly Valued’ U.S. Stock ETFs

    Money managers probably have an 'Uh Oh Indicator' when certain clients ask why any amount of cash rests in money market accounts. ...
  99. The Federal Reserve System Affects You More Than You Might Think

    How does the Federal Reserve System affect ordinary citizens? In more ways than you might realize.
  100. Emerging Market ETFs Are Taking Back The World

    More often than not, if you tell me that an asset is roughly 20% above its long-term trendline, I will tell you that the ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How long are credit ratings valid?

    Learn how credit ratings are issued and how long they are valid. Investors look to credit ratings to determine risk associated ...
  2. Does a good credit rating guarantee repayment?

    Learn how credit ratings help investors determine the creditworthiness of an issuer and the risk associated with making an ...
  3. Is the Social Security trust fund solvent?

    Learn why the Social Security trust fund does not actually hold any money and how its solvency relies on the U.S. government's ...
  4. What are the differences between a systematic investment plan (SIP) and a recurring deposit?

    Differentiate between a recurring deposit and a systematic investment plan, or SIP, within an investment account, and learn ...
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