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  1. What is the utility function and how is it calculated?

    Learn what the utility function is in microeconomic theory and how it is calculated based on a functional form that represents ...
  2. Does index trading increase market vulnerability?

    Learn how the rise in popularity of passive ETFs and mutual funds tracking indexes has increased the correlation among stocks, ...
  3. Invest Here Now: The Hottest Sectors of 2014-15

    These 10 industries have made investors a lot of money over the past year. Is there still room to run?
  4. What Does an Ideal Retirement Portfolio Look Like?

    The "ideal" portfolio can differ from one investor to another depending on many factors, but some themes hold true no matter ...
  5. Investors Beware! Don't Make These Dumb Mistakes

    Sometimes mistakes make for the best lessons. That said, it's still better to learn from someone else's investing mistakes.
  6. Why Mutual Funds are Still Better than ETFs

    Mutual funds might not be as sexy as they used to be, but they offer some advantages over ETFs – especially for certain types ...
  7. China: Why Big Investors are Turning Into Bears

    More hedge fund managers and economists are beginning to transition from bull to bear when it comes to China. Here's why. ...
  8. How are American Depository Receipts (ADRs) priced?

    Understand what American depositary receipts are and how they work, including how the price of ADRs is determined by the ...
  9. How does additional paid in capital affect retained earnings?

    Find out how additional paid-in capital can impact a company's retained earnings, including an explanation of both financial ...
  10. How does a forward contract differ from a call option?

    Find out more about forward contracts, call options, the mechanics of these financial instruments and the difference between ...
  11. What types of capital are not considered share capital?

    Find out what types of capital are not considered share capital, including an explanation of the different types of share ...
  12. What is the difference between passive and active asset management?

    Find out about active asset management, passive asset management, how these strategies are utilized and the differences between ...
  13. ETF Analysis: iShares Silver Trust

    Learn about the iShares Silver Trust, an exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in silver and is affected by risks unique ...
  14. ETF Analysis: PowerShares QQQ Trust

    Learn more about one of the most popular and widely traded exchange-traded funds in the world: Invesco PowerShares QQQ Trust ...
  15. Top 3 ETFS for Investing in Germany

    Discover why Germany is considered an economic powerhouse in the eurozone, and learn about the three ETFs that provide investors ...
  16. Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a ...
  17. Why do companies enter into futures contracts?

    Learn how companies use futures contracts for the purposes of hedging their exposure to price fluctuations as well as for ...
  18. How can EV/EBITDA be used in conjunction with the P/E ratio?

    Learn how traders and analysts use the two equity evaluation metrics, EV/EBITDA and P/E, together to obtain a more complete ...
  19. How does the bond market react to changes in the Federal Funds Rate?

    Discover how the bond market reacts to changes in the federal funds rate. The risk-free rate of return is a major factor ...
  20. How do I use the holding period return yield to evaluate my bond portfolio?

    Find out how to use the holding period return yield formula to evaluate the performance of bonds in your portfolio, and view ...
  21. What is the relationship between current yield and yield to maturity (YTM)?

    Learn about the relationship between a bond's current yield and its yield to maturity, including how the market price of ...
  22. The Number One Reason Why Most Traders Fail

    We show you the simple tools, availble to everyone, to succeed as an active trader: education, experience, charts, vision, ...
  23. Is There Still Opportunity in Japanese Stocks?

    Japanese stocks’ strong performance has prompted market watchers to question whether there’s still a case for adding exposure ...
  24. Is Divestment Destroying The Coal Industry?

    Should you worry about your investments in coal companies due to coal divestment campaigns? Investopedia explores the impact ...
  25. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Pharmaceutical

    Read about one of the best-performing ETFs in the health care sector since 2012: the Market Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF (PPH) ...
  26. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  27. How can a company reduce the unsystematic risk of its own security issues?

    Understand the basic concepts of systematic and unsystematic risk, and learn steps a company can take to reduce its level ...
  28. What is a 'busted' convertible bond?

    Learn about busted convertible bonds; these are hybrid securities with conversion prices significantly higher than the market ...
  29. 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

    iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF offers a highly liquid equity alternative to direct bond exposure.
  30. How To Interpret The Volume Zone Oscillator

    Introduced in 2009, the Volume Zone Oscillator (VZO) is gaining traction with traders and technicians.
  31. ETF Analysis: iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25

    Learn about iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 and its asset allocation and how investing in this fund comes with heightened risks ...
  32. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Germany

    Learn about iShares MSCI Germany, which is a nondiversified exchange traded fund that invests principally in large-cap German ...
  33. Oil Companies Near Bankruptcy

    With the resumed uncertainty in Europe surrounding Greece and the sudden bear market gripping China, the price of oil has ...
  34. ETF Analysis: ProShares Short MidCap400

    Discover the benefits and drawbacks of the ProShares Short MidCap400 ETF, and learn which investors are best suited for the ...
  35. Top 3 ETFs For Investing in China

    Discover the top three China ETFs. Chinese stocks tend to be quite volatile, presenting opportunities for savvy investors, ...
  36. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider

    These four sin stocks are likely to be resilient during a bear market.
  37. Why ETFs Often Edge Out Mutual Funds

    A deep look reveals why — in most instances — ETFs beat out mutual funds.
  38. Are Currency Hedged ETFs a Good Idea?

    Considering currency-hedged ETFs? Here's a look at eight and what you need to know right now.
  39. Where Does Yahoo (YHOO) Go From Here?

    Yahoo operates in a competitive environment, but if it makes the right deals there's no reason why it can't thrive.
  40. The Financial Singularity Will Destroy Your Return

    Given the current and future growth of financial technology, many believe algorithms will soon define what drives market ...
  41. What is the difference between issued share capital and subscribed share capital?

    Find out about the difference between subscribed share capital and issued share capital, including an explanation of the ...
  42. How can I use the holding period return yield to determine whether or not I should ...

    Find out how to use the holding period return yield formula to determine whether it is a good time to sell your bond based ...
  43. Should investors focus more on the current yield or face value of a bond?

    Find out when investors should focus on a bond's current yield versus its face value, including an example of how current ...
  44. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily Energy Bull 3X

    Learn more about one of Direxion Fund's high-risk, high-reward energy plays: the Direxion Shares Funds Trust 3X exchange-traded ...
  45. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily 20 Year Treasury

    Read about one potent, yet volatile, way to bet on rising interest rates -- the Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear ...
  46. What You Learn at University Investment Clubs

    University investment clubs are where Wall Street and the classroom intersect.
  47. Uncovering Evidence Of Sector Rotation

    Stalk ETF performance lists over several weeks to uncover hidden institutional buying and selling strategies.
  48. ETF Analysis: iShares S&P 500

    Find out more about the iShares Core S&P 500 Exchange Traded Fund, the characteristics of this ETF and the suitability of ...
  49. ETF Analysis: Market Vectors Russia

    Learn about Market Vectors Russia ETF, its top holdings, as well as cyclical and political risks associated with investing ...
  50. Apple’s Key Weaknesses

    While it seems that Apple is at the top of its game, several weaknesses have emerged that the company needs to address if ...
  51. How are double exponential moving averages applied in technical analysis?

    Learn more about double exponential moving averages (DEMAS), and find out how traders commonly use DEMAs in technical analysis ...
  52. What bond indexes follow the supply and demand for junk bonds?

    Learn about indexes that track junk bonds, why junk bonds pay more interest than other types of bonds, and how these bond ...
  53. What percentage of a diversified portfolio should large cap stocks comprise?

    Learn more about achieving optimal diversification of an investment portfolio, and specifically about the percentage of large-cap ...
  54. How can I find net margin by looking a company's financial statements?

    Learn how to calculate a company's net margin using financial statements by dividing the company's net revenues by its net ...
  55. Is Apple's (AAPL) Selloff Justifiable or Panic?

    Apple has minted millionaires over the past decade, but there is one current risk that might soon bring this to an end at ...
  56. 7 Companies That Pose a Threat to Apple

    Samsung, Dell, Google and many others are chewing away at markets that Apple helped define.
  57. Strategies Activist Shareholders Follow

    Activist shareholders, also called activist investors, are large-scale investors who use their investment power to influence ...
  58. How is the marginal cost of production used to find an optimum production level?

    Understand more about production cost calculations, and specifically how the marginal cost of production is used to determine ...
  59. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets

    Learn more about the most liquid and highly traded emerging market ETF in the world -- the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ...
  60. How do I calculate the expected return of my portfolio in Excel?

    Find out how to calculate the total expected annual return of your portfolio in Microsoft Excel using the value and return ...
  61. How are American Depository Receipts (ADRs) exchanged?

    Learn specifics about American depositary receipts, including how they are exchanged and some of their advantages and disadvantages.
  62. Explaining Gamma

    Gamma is a measurement of how fast the delta of an option’s price changes after a 1-point movement in the underlying security. ...
  63. What are Floating-Rate Notes?

    A floating-rate note is a debt instrument with an interest rate that “floats,” or varies. They are also called floaters.
  64. How Does an Operating Lease Work?

    Operating lease is a term used mostly in accounting to denote a lease that gives the lessee rights to use and operate an ...
  65. Calculating Valuation

    Valuation is the process of determining what an asset is worth.
  66. Value or Growth Stocks: Which is Best?

    The answer to the age-old growth versus value debate depends on a number of factors. Here's what to consider.
  67. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  68. Will Consumer Spending Save 2015?

    Consumer spending is considered an important number (and it is), but a savvy investor will always look at "why" rather than ...
  69. Where Will the Shanghai Composite Be in a Year?

    The Shanghai Composite Index is on fire. But where will it be a year from now?
  70. Top 3 ETFs For Investing in Brazil

    Discover information and analysis of some of the most popular and best performing exchange-traded funds that offer investors ...
  71. Today's Top Young Investors

    Given the very different world that we live in as compared to the one the Warren Buffett graduated into, young, hopeful investors ...
  72. Understanding Historical Cost

    Historical cost equals the original purchase price of an asset recorded on a company’s balance sheet.
  73. Explaining Counterparty Risk

    Counterparty risk is the risk that the other party in an agreement will default, or fail to live up to its contractual obligation.
  74. Explaining Capital Reserve

    Capital reserve is an account on a company’s or municipality’s balance sheet that is dedicated to money reserved for long-term ...
  75. Calculating the Capacity Utilization Rate

    Capacity utilization rate is a ratio used to compare a current usage level against a maximum potential level.
  76. Top 4 Ways to Invest in Chinese Bonds

    Investing in Chinese bonds isn't easy, but it is possible. Here's how.
  77. The Importance of Healthcare Risk Management

    Risk management is especially important in healthcare because human lives might be on the line. Here are some strategies ...
  78. Top 7 Ways to Manage Business Risks

    Risk management is a form of insurance in itself for small business owners. Here are seven steps to implement a plan.
  79. Why Companies Need Risk Management

    Implementing risk management strategies can save an entire organization from failure. Is yours up to snuff?
  80. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Energy ETF

    Discover the type of investment strategy the Vanguard Energy ETF follows, and learn why it may be an appropriate addition ...
  81. What are the goals of covered interest arbitrage?

    Learn the three major goals of covered interest arbitrage and increase your comprehension of the foreign exchange trading ...
  82. What are the differences between global depositary receipts (GDRs) and American depositary ...

    Discover some of the similarities and differences between global depositary receipts and American depositary receipts, and ...
  83. Is there a situation in which wash trading is legal?

    Learn about what wash trading is and how it can affect the value of a stock. Explore the difference between wash trading ...
  84. 3 Reasons You're Crazy for Not Investing in Stocks

    It's been more than five years since The Great Recession officially ended. It's time to invest in the stock market again.
  85. Why Best Buy Failed in China

    Best Buy entered China with much fanfare in 2006. The Minnesota-based retailer exited quietly last year. What went wrong? ...
  86. How Grant Cardone Built a $350M Real Estate Empire

    Sales trainer Grant Cardone built his multimillion-dollar real estate empire without raising external capital from anyone ...
  87. Can Fracking Survive at $60 a Barrel?

    Can fracking survive at $60 a barrell?
  88. What asset allocation should I use for my retirement portfolio?

    Learn the basics of planning an asset allocation strategy for retirement using risk constraints and return objectives to ...
  89. What is a negative write-off?

    Understand what a write-off is and what a negative write-off is. Learn about the reasons behind why a company would conduct ...
  90. What are the main factors that affect stocks in the telecommunications sector?

    Read about the factors that drive share prices in the stock market, and learn some of the trends in the telecommunications ...
  91. How Private Equity and Hedge Funds are Taxed

    Private equity and hedge funds offer an appealing tax structure for those who can afford to invest in them. Here's why.
  92. Top Tips on Catering to Millennial Clients

    The economic impact of Millennials is rapidly growing. Here's how to reach them.
  93. ETF Analysis: Health Care Select Sector SPDR

    Learn about the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund including its performance, current holdings, recent performance and the ...
  94. What Can A Conference Call Tell About Trends?

    Messages in a company conference call can be easily misconstrued. But there is a way to cut through the talking points to ...
  95. Public Homebuilding Companies Poised For Gains

    The homebuilding sector is benefiting from the economic recovery and pent-up demand. The top public homebuilders have all ...
  96. Private Equity Management: Fees & Regulation

    Since Dodd-Frank was signed into law in 2010, private equity firms can no longer operate largely unregulated, but the industry ...
  97. Do Fast Food Franchises Mean Fast Returns?

    We look at what it takes to own a fast food franchise: the entry costs, profit potentials, challenges, and sustainability.
  98. What Makes Tesla's Business Model Different?

    Tesla did not invent the first electric car. What it did invent was the first successful business model for bringing compelling ...
  99. Successful Investors Don’t Just Set It & Forget It

    The most highly effective investors consistently take steps to adapt their investment plan in the face of changing markets ...
  100. Citadel And Bernanke, The Perfect Relationship?

    How does Bernanke's relationship with investment firms impact Wall Street and Main Street?
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  1. How are non-qualified variable annuities taxed?

    Reduce your tax bill by knowing the tax advantages and disadvantages to owning or inheriting a non-qualified variable annuity ...
  2. Do penny stocks pay dividends?

    Discover whether any penny stocks offer dividends, and learn methods investors can use to identify different dividend-paying ...
  3. Can you buy penny stocks in an IRA?

    Discover more about penny stocks, how they can be bought utilizing an individual retirement account and the risks penny stock ...
  4. What is the formula for calculating compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in Excel?

    The concept of CAGR is relatively straightforward and requires only three primary inputs: an investments beginning value, ...
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