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  1. An Introduction To Pairs Trading With ETFs

    This strategy can help investors reduce portfolio volatility and make money in uncertain markets.
  2. A Primer On Investing In The Tech Industry

    The tech sector can provide fantastic returns for investors with a little know-how in the field.
  3. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  4. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  5. Long-Term Investing: Hot Or Not?

    Forget the latest craze - you're more likely to succeed with a buy-and-hold strategy.
  6. How To Evaluate A Micro-Cap Company

    Learn how to think big by investing in smaller stocks.
  7. Rule Of 72

    Learn more about this quick approximation that can determine roughly the number of years it'll take your money to double.
  8. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  9. Herding Tendencies Among Analysts

    Just like private investors, analysts are sometimes guilty of following the herd and failing to think independently.
  10. What About Canada's Housing Bubble?

    Canadians may want to take a closer look at their housing market, lest it experience the same problems as the United States'.
  11. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For October 2012

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  12. 6 Decisions That Cost Companies Millions

    Here are some of the worst business decisions of all time, made across a broad range of sectors and industries.
  13. Manage My Own Investments? Are You Kidding?

    Investors need not rely on professional advisors, but going it alone isn't easy.
  14. How Will Your Investment Make Money?

    Discover the basic types of investment income and which asset classes pay them.
  15. Actively-Managed ETFs: Risks And Benefits For Investors

    Find out how these second-generation ETFs are changing the marketplace.
  16. Intrinsic Value

    Learn more about this way of valuing a company or an asset based on an underlying perception of its true value.
  17. Beginner's Guide To Trading Fixed Income

    Beginner's Guide To Trading Fixed Income
  18. Commodities Outlook For The Remainder Of 2012

    In examining the possibilities for commodities in the second half of 2012, the situation is anything but transparent.
  19. Diversify Your Strategies, Not Your Assets

    Asset classes are intentionally self-limiting, and their use is incapable of creating true portfolio diversification.
  20. Ways You Can Short Europe

    Solutions addressing the woes of the eurozone are varied. Here are some ways you can weather the storm.
  21. Why Are People Hoarding Coins?

    Meet the new class of investor: the coin hoarder.
  22. Should You Pawn Your Valuables?

    Pawnshops provide easy access to short-term loans, but they aren't the only option.
  23. Did ETFs Cause The Flash Crash?

    On May 6, 2010, the DJIA plunged 998.5 points in twenty minutes. Find out more about what happened that day.
  24. Build Stable Wealth With Infrastructure

    Investors who want to build long-term, stable and inflation-resistant wealth should look no further than infrastructure assets.
  25. Could Third World Debt Relief Pay Off?

    Debt is as much a political tool as an economic one. Discover if wholesale debt forgiveness is the answer for developing countries.
  26. Swaps

    Learn about this type of exchange which allows companies and individuals to capitalize on their comparative advantages.
  27. I recently got married and now we (together) have two houses (hers and mine). I have only lived in mine for 13 months and was wondering if there was an exemption to capital gains tax if we could not reasonably afford the two properties?

    According to Jared R. Callister, a former attorney-advisor to the United States Tax Court and current tax attorney for the California firm Fishman Larsen Goldring and Zeitler, because you've owned your home for more than one year, any gains will be treated as a long-term capital gain, and are subject to a preferred rate of just 15%.
  28. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  29. Beginner's Guide To E*Trade Pro

    The robust trading platform is developed for active traders with multiple levels of analysis tools and efficient trading interfaces.
  30. To Invest Or To Reduce Debt, That's The Question

    Find out how you can make use of that excess cash and improve your financial situation.
  31. The 3 Most Timeless Investment Principles

    Benjamin Graham pioneered cutting edge concepts that propelled other top investors to fame.
  32. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  33. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  34. Some Thoughts On The Shadow Market

    The "shadow market" is a broad-based moniker with both positive and negative connotations.
  35. Stashing Your Cash: Mattress Or Market?

    Pulling your money out of the market may help you sleep at night, but is it a smart move?
  36. Arbitrage

    Learn more about this trade that profits from price differences between financal instruments and markets.
  37. Money Market

    Learn more about this segment of the financial market and how it can cater to your short-term investment needs.
  38. Why The Same Goods Have Different Prices Around The World

    Some items like electronics and automobiles have vastly different prices in different countries. Here's a look at why.
  39. The Currency Market Information Edge

    Unique features of the forex market may allow larger players to get a jump on smaller ones.
  40. Understanding Social Impact Bonds

    Social impact bonds are powerful investment vehicles for the solving of social issues in a sustainable fashion.
  41. 4 Risks Of Investing In Startups And IPOs

    Limit your investment in any startup, IPO or other high-risk vehicle to what you can afford to lose.
  42. The Eurozone Crisis And AAA Ratings

    The eurozone's healthier economies' exposure to weaker economies is threatening their coveted AAA ratings.
  43. Understanding The Risk In The BRICs

    The BRICs offer much in the way of portfolio and economic growth, however, there are some pretty big risks for individual investors.
  44. What Does QE3 Mean For The Market?

    What does the Fed's recent announcement mean for the U.S. economy? Read on to learn more.
  45. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  46. Making Sense Of The EUR/CHF Relationship

    The strong correlation between EUR and CHF currency pairs is undeniable. Find out what it means for forex traders.
  47. Creating A Dividend Portfolio For Young Investors

    Young investors should build their portfolios around dividend growth and put the magic of compounding to work.
  48. Psychological Coping Strategies For Handling Losses

    There are a variety of psychological strategies for coping with financial losses and investing mistakes.
  49. Buffett Vs. Soros: Investment Strategies

    Warren Buffett and George Soros employ markedly different investing strategies, yet both men have achieved great success.
  50. How can I invest in a foreign exchange market?

    The foreign exchange market, also called the currency market or forex (FX), is the world's largest financial market, accounting for more than $4 trillion average traded value each day. Comprised of banks, commercial companies, central banks, investment firms, hedge funds and retail investors, the foreign exchange market allows participants to buy, sell, exchange and speculate on currencies.
  51. Stock School: Student-Managed Investment Plans

    Student-managed investment funds offer future investment professionals a chance to manage real money while earning their degrees.
  52. What is the difference between investing and trading?

    Investing and trading are two very different methods of attempting to profit in the financial markets. The goal of investing is to gradually build wealth over an extended period of time through the buying and holding of a portfolio of stocks, baskets of stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other investment instruments.
  53. What is the difference between weighted average shares outstanding and basic weighted average shares?

    Outstanding shares refers to stock that is currently held by investors, including shares held by the public, and restricted shares that are owned by company officers and insiders. The number of outstanding shares can change in response to such events as the company issuing new shares, repurchasing existing shares and employee options being converted into shares.
  54. IMF Or ETF: Which Is Right For You?

    Here's what the professionals think about these similar, but critically different, investment vehicles.
  55. The Rise Of Africa

    Africa has all the natural resources a continent could hope for and is just starting to understand its full potential.
  56. How To Invest On A Shoestring Budget

    Money is tight when you're young, but don't let that stop you from pursuing future riches.
  57. Portfolio Management For The Under-30 Crowd

    Young investors have some advantages over their older counterparts. Read on to learn how to build a portfolio that will grow with you.
  58. The Seasons Of An Investor's Life

    From a tentative spring to a comfortable winter, learn how to weather the phases of your investing journey.
  59. Developing Nations With The Most Debt

    These emerging markets have the most debt of any others. How does this affect the world economy?
  60. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  61. Speculation

    It may sometimes be difficult to distinguish between speculation and investment - learn more about how the speculation differs from investment in terms of risk taken and gains achieved.
  62. Treasury Bills

    Learn more about this government debt obligation and how it can fit into your portfolio.
  63. Does Active Value Investing Pay Off?

    Learn about a recently published paper that explores why active value investors underperform.
  64. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  65. How The Federal Reserve Fights Recession

    Discover the steps that the Federal Reserve has taken to help save the economy.
  66. Equity Investing For The Buy-And-Holder

    The buy-and-hold investment strategy requires investors to disregard their emotional responses to market movements.
  67. Investopedia's September 2012 Forex Outlook

    Here's a look at current and upcoming events that may influence the FX markets.
  68. 5 Misconceptions About A Fiduciary

    Having knowledge of what a fiduciary is will not only impress your friends at a party, but it will also help you understand what you should expect from your broker.
  69. Young Investors: What Are You Waiting For?

    By investing at a younger age, you can harness the power of compounding - not penny-pinching - for profit.
  70. Defining The 3 Types Of Investments

    The first step to being a successful investor is knowing what is and isn't an investment.
  71. Get Personal With Your Portfolio

    Use personal experiences and milestones to help determine your stock picks and investments.
  72. Start Investing With Only $1,000

    Find out what fees and restrictions need to be considered before investing $1,000.
  73. Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  74. Volatility

    Learn more about this statistical measure and how it affects the dispersion of returns.
  75. 3 Ways You Can Evaluate Country Risk

    Diversifying your portfolio includes looking beyond your borders. Here are a few ways to analyze risk when investing abroad.
  76. The ROI Of Space Exploration

    NASA's return on investment can't be measured by only by what it gets back in capital. We'll look at what effect NASA spending has on humanity and scientific progress.
  77. The Alphabet Soup Of Credit Derivative Indexes

    Find out how these instruments work and how they are used in the market.
  78. Strong Bond ETFs In A Bond-Eroding Economy

    The ETF boom has given the average retail investor the ability to add some alternative bond types to a portfolio.
  79. Chinese Companies Are Leaving U.S. Markets

    Chinese companies are pulling out of U.S. exchanges and that may be a good thing.
  80. When Your Bond Comes Calling

    Callable bonds can leave investors with a pile of cash in a low-interest market. Find out what you can do about it.
  81. 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.
  82. Don't Ignore These Emerging Markets

    BRIC nations aren't the only emerging markets worth investing in. Poland, Indonesia and Peru are also on the rise.
  83. A Tax Primer For Homeowners

    Go beyond interest and find out how mortgage points affect your taxable income.
  84. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

    Helium is a non-renewable resource in an industry dominated by an unusual infrastructure.
  85. What are austerity measures?

    Austerity measures are attempts to significantly curtail government spending in an effort to control public-sector debt, particularly when a nation is in jeopardy of defaulting on its bonds. The global economic downturn that began in 2008 left many governments with reduced tax revenues and exposed what some believed were unsustainable spending levels.
  86. Basics Of Federal Bond Issues

    Treasuries are considered the safest investments, but they should still be analyzed when issued.
  87. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  88. Credit Default Swaps: An Introduction

    This derivative can help manage portfolio risk, but it isn't a simple vehicle.
  89. 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.
  90. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  91. Are Bonds Still Useful?

    Bonds may be overpriced in the short-term, but there's no denying their utility as a hedge against more volatile securities.
  92. Using Closed-End Funds To Build Your Core At A Discount

    Closed-end funds offer portfolios a chance to buy assets at discounts to intrinsic values. This is most apparent in the blue-chip stock space.
  93. Dividend Payout Ratio

    Discover how this ratio can help you determine how well a company's earnings support its dividend payments.
  94. Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Carries High Risk

    Asset-backed commercial paper has characteristics that make it much more risky than traditional commercial paper.
  95. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  96. 5 Investing Risk Factors And How To Avoid Them

    Each investment product has specific risks that come with it, while some risks are inherent in every investment.
  97. The Advantages Of Bonds

    Bonds contribute an element of stability to almost any portfolio and offer a safe and conservative investment.
  98. How To Live Off Your Dividends

    One way to enhance your retirement income is to invest in dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.
  99. Why The Economic Recovery Is Slower For Women

    Why are men getting their jobs back quicker than women? Here's a look into why women are not recovering in the job market as fast as men are.
  100. Understanding Capital And Financial Accounts In The Balance Of Payments

    The current, capital and financial accounts compose a nation's balance of payments.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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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