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  1. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  2. Investment Choices For Wealthy People

    Here is an overview of some investment vehicles that are available to wealthy investors.
  3. Commodities Of The Future

    Our rising global population is putting all sorts of pressures on the planet's natural resources.
  4. Reinvesting Capital Gains In Leveraged Portfolios

    Don't get forced into action. Learn how to plan properly to avoid making rash decisions.
  5. Is Your Portfolio Beating Its Benchmark?

    Compare portfolio manager performance using the information ratio.
  6. Simplify Your Portfolio

    Faced with an overabundance of choices, many investors forget to stick to the basics.
  7. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  8. Icahn Has Another Go At Greenbrier (ARII, GBX, TRN, IEP, UNP)

    Icahn's bid for Greenbrier looks opportunistic.
  9. Rebalancing Your Portfolio For The Fiscal Cliff

    Here's a look into what you should focus on given that conditions are ripe for a possible "fiscal cliff."
  10. Introduction To Dividends

    Investing in dividend-paying stocks can be an effective method of building long-term wealth.
  11. 6 Tips For Increasing Your Net Worth

    Here are the six best things you can do to increase your net worth.
  12. Measure Your Portfolio's Performance

    Learn three ratios that will help you evaluate your investment returns.
  13. Bouncing Back From A Portfolio Hit

    If your portfolio has been knocked out, we'll show you how to come back fighting.
  14. Active Investment Management Misses The Mark

    Active investment management offers little advantage in the secondary capital markets.
  15. Carl Icahn's Investing Strategy

    Buying up failing investments and turning them around helped to create the "Icahn lift" phenomenon.
  16. Dollar Cost Averaging

    Discover how this investing technique can lessen the risk of investing a large amount of money in a single investment.
  17. Okun's Law: Economic Growth And Unemployment

    Learn about Okun's Law, why it is important and how it stood the test of time since first being published.
  18. Capital Budgeting

    Learn the process through which businesses determine whether projects are worth pursuing.
  19. Hedging With ETFs: A Cost-Effective Alternative

    The benefits of ETFs for hedging are clear and investors of all sizes are taking notice.
  20. Should Investors Listen To Analyst Recommendations?

    Analysts cannot predict future events with absolute certainty any better than you can.
  21. Going Green With Exchange Traded Funds

    As investors become more environmentally conscious, the exchange traded fund market is following.
  22. Profit From Mortgage Debt With MBS

    Mortgage-backed securities can offer monthly income, a fixed interest rate and even government backing.
  23. Finding Solid Buy-And-Hold Stocks

    Find out how to look at the big picture - even when the market's short-term outlook is less than rosy.
  24. Portfolio Management Pays Off In A Tough Market

    A clear rebalancing strategy is a critical component of portfolio management, particularly in tough economic times.
  25. Efficient Market Hypothesis

    An investment theory that states it is impossible to "beat the market".
  26. The 5 Most Economically-Free Countries In The World

    Here are the top five from the Heritage Foundation's influential 2012 ranking of the most economically-free countries.
  27. Uncovering Hidden Broker Fees

    Even discount brokers can hit you with some fees that seem unnecessary; here are some to watch out for.
  28. Stock Exchanges Around The World

    We tell you about five of the most popular stock exchanges from around the globe.
  29. Are Distressed Homes Worth Buying?

    Here's a look at whether it is a good idea to buy a rundown home to repair for profit.
  30. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For December 2012

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  31. 4 Strategies For Managing A Portfolio Of Mutual Funds

    Discover some common strategies to devise a plan and maintain your holdings to reflect it.
  32. 5 Things To Know About Asset Allocation

    Overwhelmed by investment options? Learn how to create an asset allocation strategy that works for you.
  33. One Portfolio For Asset Allocation

    If you treat all of your investments as a single portfolio, you will be better able to maximize returns.
  34. Active Management: Is It Working For You?

    There are guidelines to be followed when comparing an actively-managed investment strategy with a benchmark.
  35. Who Does The Current Tax Code Benefit?

    Are the non-workers benefiting from the current tax code in any way or is it the wealthy who are still getting the big breaks?
  36. How do you flip a home?

    Flipping (also called wholesale real estate investing) is a type of real estate investment strategy in which an investor purchases a property with the intention of selling it quickly and for a profit. Profits are typically derived from price appreciation resulting from favorable real estate markets and/or renovations and capital improvements.
  37. Who Benefits From ETFs In 529 Plans?

    With more states adding exchange traded funds to their 529 plans, the benefactors will be investors and their lower student loan bills.
  38. Buy-And-Hold Investing Vs. Market Timing

    If volatility and emotion are removed, passive, long-term investing comes out on top.
  39. 3 Of The Best Traders Alive

    Traders frequently lose large chunks of money, however, there are a handful with enough brains, boldness and capital to take on the odds.
  40. Beta: Gauging Price Fluctuations

    Learn how to properly use this measure that can help you meet your criteria for risk.
  41. Digging Into Book Value

    This calculation will serve up your portion of the shareholder pie.
  42. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

    Using options instead of stop-loss orders adds finesse and control in limiting losses.
  43. Is France The Euro Nation To Worry About?

    France may well be the hill on which the euro crisis rallies or on which it dies.
  44. Plain English: The Fiscal Cliff Explained

    The fiscal cliff is all over the news. Find out what it means and how it could affect you.
  45. Barking Up The Dogs Of The Dow Tree

    One well-known and successful strategy for cashing in on dividends is the Dogs of the Dow. Here's what you need to know about them.
  46. The Stop Loss Order

    A stop loss order can protect an investor's portfolio when it is left unattended. Find out more about this market order and how it can work for you.
  47. Major Indexes Near Pre-Recession Levels: Is History Repeating Itself?

    The markets look to be moving back to where they were before the recession. Does this mean another is on the way?
  48. 6 Ways The Fiscal Cliff Could Affect You

    From taxes to unemployment rates, there are many ways the average American could be affected by the possible fiscal cliff.
  49. Getting To Know Stock Screeners

    Finding good stocks can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But these invaluable tools can help.
  50. What is the difference between positive and normative economics?

    Positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based. Positive economic statements do not have to be correct, but they must be able to be tested and proved or disproved. Normative economic statements are opinion based, so they cannot be proved or disproved.
  51. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  52. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  53. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  54. Precious Metals Funds: A Golden Opportunity?

    Used intelligently, precious metals can help an investor obtain decent returns in a terrible market.
  55. How To Select A Financial Advisor

    Understanding one's own needs and what different advisors do are critical elements in the selection process.
  56. Beginner's Guide To Trading Futures

    An in-depth look into what futures are, and how you can build a solid base to begin trading them.
  57. Junk Bond

    Find out more about these bonds that have a high risk of default.
  58. Quantitative Analysis Of Hedge Funds

    Hedge fund analysis requires more than just the metrics used to analyze mutual funds.
  59. 5 More Ways The U.S. Government Wastes Your Money

    To balance the budget, the first priority should be to eliminate unnecessary spending. Here are five examples of how that's just not happening.
  60. Add Some Real Estate To Your Portfolio

    From REITs to owning your own home, find out how diversify your portfolio with real estate assets.
  61. Cashing In On The Venture Capital Cycle

    Find out how VC firms make the market go round, and round and round.
  62. A Guide To Real Estate Derivatives

    These instruments provide exposure to the real estate market without having to buy and sell property.
  63. Present Your Clients With A Year-End Review

    If you want to build a better rapport with your clients, this is a good place to start.
  64. The Relationship Between Japanese And Chinese Economies

    China counts on Japan for its manufacturing savvy, while Japan needs China's market to help it grow out of an economic funk.
  65. Advantages And Disadvantages Of ETFs

    You've probably heard that ETFs are better than mutual funds, but you need to consider all aspects before investing.
  66. Is it a good idea to buy mutual funds from banks?

    Mutual funds offer consumers a great way to access a professionally-managed group of assets at a relatively low cost, with reasonable annual expenses. Mutual funds can be purchased in any investment account, such as an IRA, which can be opened with many different financial institutions, including banks.
  67. Will Your Home Sale Leave You With Tax Shock?

    Learn how the newest tax laws apply to the proceeds you earn.
  68. Will Germany's Bailout Save Europe?

    Germany has committed even more money to what may prove to be a fruitless cause.
  69. Is There An Investing State Of Mind?

    The right investment philosophy can help traders remain profitable during these troubled economic times.
  70. Introduction To Order Types

    A trade order is an instruction that is sent to a broker to enter or exit a position. Learn about the various types available to investors.
  71. Speculating With Exchange Traded Funds

    More and more investors have been drawn to the often volatile ETFs. Learn how you can use this instrument for big returns.
  72. How To Avoid Going Broke After Retirement

    There are many things to consider when planning your retirement, including budgets, taxes and long-term care.
  73. Why do some companies pay a dividend, while other companies do not?

    Dividends are corporate earnings that companies pass on to their shareholders. There are a number of reasons why a corporation might choose to pass some of its earnings on as dividends. There are also a number of reasons why it might prefer to reinvest all of its earnings back into the company.
  74. Start Your Own Financial Planning Firm

    Read on to find business tips to make your dream a reality.
  75. The Art Of Speculation

    Speculators believe that the market overreacts to a host of variables. These variables present an opportunity for capital growth.
  76. Don't Sacrifice Saving Just For The Economy

    Consumers should think twice before they sacrifice their saving habits for a faster-growing economy.
  77. Trade On Support For The Best Exit Strategy

    Find your sound exit strategy based on support and resistance levels, while understanding the psychology behind them.
  78. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For November 2012

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  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 life.
  80. How To Cash In Your Heirlooms

    Learn how to make the most money from your family treasures without getting ripped off.
  81. Corporations Kicked From The Dow Jones

    The Dow measures the economic condition of the United States. Here are some corporations that have fallen out of favor.
  82. Options Pricing

    Options are valued in a variety of different ways. Learn about how options are priced with this tutorial.
  83. How Taxpayers Can Do A Legal Wash Sale

    The wash sale rule can result in the disallowance of a much-needed deduction. Here you can learn what constitutes a wash sale and how to avoid it.
  84. Choosing Between Dollar-Cost And Value Averaging

    These are two investing practices that seek to counter our natural inclination toward market timing by canceling out some of the risk.
  85. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    They've contributed to some major market scandals, but these instruments aren't all bad.
  86. Guaranteed Retirement Income In Any Market

    By laddering annuities, you can be sure you'll have income no matter what the market does.
  87. Is it possible to beat the market?

    "Beating the market" means trying to earn an investment return greater than that of the S&P 500 index, one of the most popular benchmarks of U.S. stock market performance. Investment fees are one major barrier to beating the market. If you take the popular advice to invest in an S&P 500 index fund, your investment will perform identically to the S&P 500 and investment fees will be subtracted from those returns, preventing you from beating the market.
  88. 7 Tools For Rebuilding Retirement Savings

    If your nest egg has taken a hit, these conservative investments could help get you back on track.
  89. Beware Of Company Stock In Qualified Plans

    While this strategy does have a few advantages, it can also pose some substantial risks to employees.
  90. How Often Should You Contact Clients?

    Figuring out how often an investment advisor should contact clients is not easy.
  91. Choose Your Own Asset Allocation Adventure

    There are many strategies to help balance your portfolio. Here are a few to get you started.
  92. Levels Of Security For Investments

    The simple analogy of different kinds of bicycle locks can teach us a lot about investments.
  93. What is a dividend?

    When a company makes a profit and decides not to reinvest the profit in the business, it can pay out a portion to each of its shareholders. This is called a dividend. When a company decides to pay out a dividend, it will announce it to the shareholders on a date called the declaration date.
  94. Besides a savings account, where is the safest place to keep my money?

    Savings accounts are safe because investors' deposits are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for bank accounts or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for credit union accounts. Deposit insurance covers $250,000 per depositor, per institution, per account ownership category, so most people don't have to worry about losing their deposits if their bank or credit union becomes insolvent.Certificates of deposit (CDs) issued by banks and credit unions also carry deposit insurance.
  95. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  96. DCF Valuation: The Stock Market Sanity Check

    Calculate whether the market is paying too much for a particular stock.
  97. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  98. Opening Your First Brokerage Account

    Learn what steps you should take before you open your first brokerage account.
  99. Capital Asset Pricing Model - CAPM

    CAPM is a model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return.
  100. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a BRIC nation?

    BRIC is an acronym for the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The economies of these four nations are collectively called "the BRICs," "the BRIC countries," "the BRIC economies" or the "Big Four." The countries currently represent about 25% of the world's land mass and 40% of its population.
  2. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by the Obama administration in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis of 2008. The act's numerous provisions, spelled out over thousands of pages, are scheduled to be implemented over a period of several years and are intended to decrease various risks in the U.S.
  3. I want to invest my emergency fund to earn interest. What is a relatively safe and liquid investment I can easily withdraw from if disaster struck?

    When considering where to put your emergency money, a key consideration is making sure you'll be able to access the money quickly, easily and without penalty, when you need it. Financial professionals don't recommend investing your emergency fund in the stock market because stocks are volatile.
  4. What is a triple tax-free municipal bond?

    At its core, a triple tax-free municipal bond is just like any corporate bond: it is a debt instrument, a loan given to a government authority or municipality in order to help it meet certain financial objectives or complete projects in the community.
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