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  1. Seven Market Anomalies Investors Should Know

    Though they're unpredictable and heavily contested, market anomalies can often work in an investor's favor.
  2. Predicting Investment Losses

    How much you stand to lose on an investment and how long those losses will last can be gauged ahead of time.
  3. Quant Strategies - Are They For You?

    Using the power of modern computers and the input of many financial experts, these models automatically execute trades for ...
  4. Should You Invest In Stocks Or Commodities In 2014?

    It's the dawn of a new year and investors are facing an array of fresh challenges. One of the intriguing investment parlor ...
  5. The Christmas Saints Of Wall Street

    Learn how some of world's richest people spread holiday cheer year-round.
  6. What To Know Before Buying A Foreclosure

    While foreclosures can be terrific investments, buying a foreclosure can also be a very risky expenditure, one into which ...
  7. What Is The Impact Of Research On Stock Prices?

    The answer to this question is directly related to the importance of information in the marketplace.
  8. What To Expect From The Real Estate Market In 2014

    2014 holds some good news for the housing market, with gains in average home prices allowing more and more home owners to ...
  9. Decoding DuPont Analysis

    Get a deeper understanding of ROE with these three-step and five-step calculations.
  10. Philly Fed Survey: Valuable To Investors?

    For many investors, the Philly Fed's monthly manufacturing survey provides important clues about the direction of the economy. ...
  11. Assess Shareholder Wealth With EPS

    Find out if management is doing its job of creating profit for investors.
  12. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
  13. What To Expect From REITs In 2014

    While REITs will face a number of challenges in 2014, one particular issue will be the focus of investors: rising interest ...
  14. Trailing-Stop/Stop-Loss Combo Leads To Winning Trades

    Combine trailing stops with stop-loss orders to reduce risk and protect portfolio value.
  15. How To Pay Your Forex Broker

    Three types of commissions are used in this market. Learn how to get the best deal.
  16. Investing in Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs): Know the Risks

    Leveraged buyouts allow investors to make large acquisitions without committing a lot of capital. But LBOs carry big risks ...
  17. Dividend Ratios: Payout And Retention

    The dividend payout ratio and retention ratio measure how much profit a company gives back to shareholders as dividends. ...
  18. How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings

    For some investors, the possibility of stumbling upon a small biotech with a potential blockbuster drug, or a junior miner ...
  19. Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print

    Find out what could be hidden in this often-overlooked part of the financial statements.
  20. Bond Yields: Current Yield And YTM

    A bond's current yield, also called "bond yield," is the interest it pays annually divided by the bond's price. A stock's ...
  21. You Can't Follow Everything: Managing Stock Research

    Don't suffer from paralysis by analysis; find out how to do an effective and manageable job of stock watching.
  22. By George: Investing The Soros Way

    Soros turned an original seed funding of $12 million into $20 billion by the first decade of the 21st century. Can regular ...
  23. Financial Markets: Random, Cyclical Or Both?

    Are the markets random or cyclical? It depends on who you ask. Here, we go over both sides of the argument.
  24. Enhance Your Portfolio With Active Equity

    This strategy provides the potential for larger returns while using less capital.
  25. Cash Flow Statement: Analyzing Cash Flow From Financing Activities

    The financing activity in the cash flow statement measures the flow of cash between a firm and its owners and creditors.
  26. A Primer On Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDOs)

    A collateralized debt obligation, or CDO, is a structured financial product backed by a pool of loans. When a retail or commercial ...
  27. Comparing The P/E, EPS And Earnings Yield

    P/E may be the established standard for valuation purposes, but the earnings yield is especially useful for comparing potential ...
  28. An Inside Look At ETF Construction

    If you're an investor who likes to understand how and why your investment products work, this article is for you!
  29. Mutual Funds: Does Size Really Matter?

    The growth of mutual funds isn't always cause for celebration. Read on to find out why.
  30. Earn More Profit With Less Trading

    Avoiding overtrading can save your money and your sanity. Find out how to slow your turnover and build your profits.
  31. Are Hedged Mutual Funds For You?

    Long the purview of institutional investors and ultra-wealthy individuals, financial services firms are making alternative ...
  32. Turnaround Titan: How Carl Icahn Does It

    Carl Icahn's investment strategy, explained to regular investors.
  33. How To Find A New Financial Advisor Who's Right For You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves your sphere, because he or she has retired, passed away or been ...
  34. Using The Mirror Trading Strategy For Stocks

    Mirror investing offers transparency and the ability to benefit from someone else’s investment expertise, but it could well ...
  35. Risk Management Techniques For Active Traders

    Use stop-loss and take-profit points to your advantage with these strategies.
  36. The Intelligent Investor: Benjamin Graham

    Learn about the man who mentored Warren Buffett, who eventually became the investing "Oracle of Omaha".
  37. Broadening Your Portfolio's Borders

    Find out what type of international fund might suit your needs in gaining exposure to foreign markets.
  38. Cash Flow Statement: Analyzing Cash Flow From Investing Activities

    Reviewing investment activity is one of the most important exercises an individual can do to see how efficiently a company's ...
  39. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  40. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  41. Investing in Foreign Stocks: ADRs and GDRs

    Depositary Receipts are easy ways to invest in foreign stocks, regardless of what part of the world you live in.
  42. The Optimal Use Of Financial Leverage In A Corporate Capital Structure

    The amount of debt and equity that makes up a company's capital structure has many risk and return implications.
  43. Achieving Optimal Asset Allocation

    Minimizing risk while maximizing return is any investor's prime goal. The right mix of securities is the key to achieving ...
  44. Can Investors Trust The P/E Ratio?

    The P/E ratio is one of the most popular stock market ratios, but it has some serious flaws that investors should know about. ...
  45. Buying A House Sight Unseen: Good Deal Or Bad Mistake?

    There are significant risks that need to be acknowledged before buying a home without viewing it in person.
  46. The Common-Size Analysis Of Financial Statements

    Using common-size financial statements helps investors spot trends that a raw financial statement may not uncover.
  47. Calculating Beta: Portfolio Math For The Average Investor

    Beta is a useful tool for calculating risk, but the formulas provided online aren't specific to you. Learn how to make your ...
  48. Six Critical Rules For Successful Retirement Investing

    Specific retirement investing "rule of thumb" tips are helpful, but there are broader guidelines to follow if you want to ...
  49. The Multiple Strategies Of Hedge Funds

    Hedge fund investors or potential investors need to understand how much risk hedge funds take in making money.
  50. How To Trade The News

    Regardless of your investing horizon, learning to trade the news is an essential skill for astute portfolio management and ...
  51. How Much Exposure to Technology Stocks Should You Have?

    How Much of a Technology-Stocks Exposure Should You Have in your portfolio? Every investor is totally different, in many ...
  52. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  53. The Evolution Of Money Management

    We look at the development of the money management profession and how it impacts professional money managers today.
  54. A Guide To Core-Satellite Investing

    Find out how this approach reduces risk and costs so you can maximize your portfolio's return.
  55. Using Time Horizons In Investing

    Time-horizon investing is all about planning. You need to think about your goals and select investments based on the amount ...
  56. Basics Of The Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

    What was once associated with shouting traders and wild hand gestures has now become more closely associated with statisticians ...
  57. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any ...
  58. Discounting With The Discount Rate

    The discount rate is the interest rate you need to earn on a given amount of money today to end up with a given amount of ...
  59. Evaluate Stock Price With Reverse-Engineering DCF

    This is a more accurate method to use when trying to find a target price for a stock.
  60. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term ...
  61. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

    Savvy investors know to ask an advisor questions on these five essential subjects:
  62. Investment Strategies For Volatile Markets

    Read on to learn some investment strategies when the volatility is high.
  63. Analyzing Blue-Chip Stocks

    To find a good value on a blue-chip stocks, look for companies with strong fundamentals, appropriate levels of debt and competitive ...
  64. Introduction To Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers major profit potential thanks to the powerful way in which momentum can drive a stock.
  65. Explaining The Efficient Frontier

    Most investment choices involve a tradeoff between risk and reward. The "Efficient Frontier" is a modern portfolio theory ...
  66. The Gross Margin

    A business's "gross margin" is a rough gauge of how profitable its operations are. It measures how much sales revenue the ...
  67. Cash Flow Statement: Reviewing The Cash Flow From Operations

    A company's ability to consistently generate positive cash flows from its daily business operations is highly valued by investors. ...
  68. Why Forward Contracts Are The Foundation Of All Derivatives

    This article expands on the complex structure of derivatives by explaining how an investor can assess interest rate parity ...
  69. A Million Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

    In 2007, an investor with $1 million could earn $60,000 annually on a certificate of deposit. Today, that same CD would earn ...
  70. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  71. The International Fisher Effect: An Introduction

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange ...
  72. How Effective Is The Chinese Wall?

    Because underwriters work on one side of the Chinese wall and analysts work on the other side, information gathered by the ...
  73. What Are Hedge Funds?

    Hedge funds may be similar to mutual funds in some ways, but they differ in other ways like fee structure. Is a hedge fund ...
  74. Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  75. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing ...
  76. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually ...
  77. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  78. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Friend Or Foe?

    With $5.86 trillion in assets as of September 2013, SWFs have a great deal of clout in financial markets. But as the majority ...
  79. Reviewing Assets On The Balance Sheet

    A firm uses its assets to generate sales and bottom-line profits for shareholders. A healthy company will continually grow ...
  80. The U.S. National Spending And Debt

    Just like any average American household, government overspending can carry on for extended periods by rolling over debt ...
  81. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

    We look at whether this financial practice benefits a government in the long term.
  82. The Basics Of Short Selling

    Short sellers enable the markets to function smoothly by providing liquidity, and also serve as a restraining influence on ...
  83. To Sell Or Not To Sell

    Learn some tips on how to exit a position to the best of your advantage.
  84. Introduction to Stock Trader Types

    Being a stock trader can be both profitable and gratifying. To maximize the financial benefits and your own enjoyment, you ...
  85. Introduction To Fundamentally Weighted Index Investing

    If you believe the market smiles on those who focus on value, growth or income, this vehicle may be for you.
  86. How To Analyze The Transportation Industry

    By gaining an awareness of the transportation firms and trends that affect these players, investors can gain an edge by analyzing ...
  87. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  88. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  89. Fund Of Funds - High Society For The Little Guy

    Like a mutual fund, FOFs provide instant diversity by grouping many hedge funds into one product.
  90. A Look At National Debt And Government Bonds

    Learn the functions of the U.S. Treasury, and find out how and why it issues debt.
  91. What Are Frontier Markets?

    Frontier markets refer to equity markets in small nations that are at an earlier stage of economic and political development ...
  92. An Introduction To Coverage Ratios

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  93. Nobody Wins When The Government Shuts Down

    The government is on the verge of its first shutdown in 17 years because some Republican members in the House are insisting ...
  94. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

    Read on to learn about how to value heathcare sector stocks.
  95. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  96. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  97. How To Read The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index

    The Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index has provided a key leading indicator for investors and economists for decades. This ...
  98. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or ...
  99. Pay Attention To Your Fund’s Expense Ratio

    Despite trends indicating an overall decrease in fees across many fund categories, investors should still pay attention to ...
  100. Tortoises Win The Retirement Race

    People are having children later in life, which leaves them with less time to accumulate savings for retirement. For late ...
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Why would a company make drastic cuts to its dividend payments?

    A dividend cut occurs when a dividend paying company either completely stops paying out dividends (a worst-case scenario) ...
  2. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

    Regardless of whether a shareholder loses his or her stock certificate, that person still owns the shares. However, in order ...
  3. What is an echo bubble?

    To understand the term "echo bubble", you have to understand what a bubble is. A financial or economic bubble occurs when ...
  4. What is the formula for calculating the debt-to-equity ratio?

    Find out how to use this fundamental financial ratio to help assess a company's performance.
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