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  1. Acorns: The Perfect Investing Tool For Millennials

    We look at how the Acorns app works, how it makes money, and why is it innovative.
  2. Do Stock Splits Cause Volatility?

    Since stock splits decrease the stock price, do they also increase volatility because shares are traded in smaller increments? ...
  3. How China's Lenovo Makes Money

    Lenovo has emerged as one of China's most renowned multinational corporations. We examine the strategy and business model ...
  4. Risks Associated With Government Contracts

    Government contracts can be rewarding, but they also come with a variety of risks.
  5. Is Lenovo A True Disruptor Of The Laptop Industry?

    Lenovo has cut costs, taken market share from top competitors and caters to both consumers and institutions, but is it a ...
  6. How To Hedge Put Options Using Binary Options

    Want to hedge your plain vanilla long put option position with binary call options? We show you how.
  7. How To Hedge Stock Positions Using Binary Options

    Here’s a step-by-step method to hedge your long (and short) positions in stocks, using binary options.
  8. Dividend Versus Buyback: Which Is Better?

    Companies reward their shareholders in two main ways--by paying dividends or buying back shares. An increasing number of ...
  9. Bitcoin ETFs: How Do They Work?

    ETFs offer a cost-effective, safe and hassle-free way to invest and trade bitcoins as stocks, without worrying about the ...
  10. Microsoft's Game of Catch-Up With The Dow

    Microsoft (MSFT) underperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the 2002 to 2007 bull market, but it has played catch-up ...
  11. Should You Buy Vanguard’s New Liquid Alts?

    An alternative strategies fund by Vanguard? We examine this new actively managed offering by the world's largest mutual fund ...
  12. Target-Date vs. Index Funds: Is One Better?

    Target-date and index funds are difficult to compare because they differ in both structure and objective, though investors ...
  13. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
  14. Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide ...
  15. Top 3 Ways to Manage Lump-Sum Windfalls

    Have you just had a load of money drop into your lap? If so, several enviable options are available to you. Which one is ...
  16. Before You Invest in a Rental House with a Friend

    Investment property has advantages, but before you purchase a rental house with a pal, it’s smart to know what the challenges ...
  17. Is It Time To Buy Commodities?

    Despite the news, the Athens Stock Exchange is down less than 5 percent year-to-date, while the Shanghai Composite remains ...
  18. Burger King and Tim Hortons Are Better Together

    In August 2014, 3G Capital announced that it was merging Burger King with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to form Restaurant ...
  19. Sacrifices Necessary to Keep Puerto Rico Afloat

    After years of band aids and significant borrowing to meet its obligations, the time has come for meaningful reform in Puerto ...
  20. ETF Analysis: Energy Select Sector SPDR

    Find out more about the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, the top holdings of this exchange-traded fund and the characteristics ...
  21. Advisors: Start Coaching Clients from the Start

    Behavioral coaching is vital to help investors stick to plan during market turbulence. Start coaching early and maintain ...
  22. What to Expect from Russia's Oil-Dependent Economy

    The fate of Russia's economy is for the most part determined by the price of oil. Here's how it's likely to play out.
  23. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  24. How a Higher Minimum Wage Would Impact the Economy

    Doubling pay for hourly workers could have several knock-on effects to the economy. Here's a brief look at a big issue.
  25. Active or Passive ETFs: Which is Better?

    What will be more popular in the near future: active or passive ETFs?
  26. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Singapore

    Learn more about BlackRock Advisor's iShares Singapore MSCI exchange-traded fund, which looks to mirror the holdings and ...
  27. What is the difference between called-up share capital and paid-up share capital?

    Find out about the difference between called-up and paid-up share capital, including an explanation of the four categories ...
  28. How do dividend distributions affect additional paid in capital?

    Find out how the issuance of dividends can affect the additional paid-in capital subaccount of a company's balance sheet; ...
  29. ETF Analysis: PowerShares DB US Dollar

    Discover how an ETF can be used to bet on multiple different currency futures contracts with the PowerShares DB Dollar Index ...
  30. ETF Analysis: Select Sector Financial SPDR

    Find out more about the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund, the characteristics of the exchange traded fund, and the suitability ...
  31. ETF Analysis: Vanguard Total Bond Market

    Learn about the Vanguard Total Bond Market exchange-traded fund, its primary portfolio holdings and risk/reward profile based ...
  32. ETF Analysis: Direxion Small Cap Bull 3X

    Read about a triple-leveraged exchange-traded fund that aims for 300% of the returns of the Russell 2000 Index: the Direxion ...
  33. ETF Analysis: Vanguard MSCI EAFE

    Learn more about Vanguard's index-shifting, low-cost and non-U.S. market exchange-traded fund: the FTSE Developed ex U.S. ...
  34. Why can additional paid in capital never have a negative balance?

    Find out why the additional paid-in capital entry on a company's balance sheet can never be negative and how paid-in capital ...
  35. Is there a difference between financial spread betting and arbitrage?

    Find out more about financial spread betting, arbitrage and the differences between financial spread betting and the arbitrage ...
  36. How do I place an order to buy or sell shares?

    Read a brief overview of how to open a brokerage account, how to buy and sell stock, and the different kinds of trade orders ...
  37. When does the fixed charge coverage ratio suggest that a company should stop borrowing ...

    Discover how the fixed charge coverage ratio is useful to investors and analysts, and when it suggests that a company should ...
  38. Why would a corporation issue convertible bonds?

    Discover how corporations issue convertible bonds to take advantage of much lower interest rates as a result of a conversion ...
  39. Macau: Not Your Father's Gambling Destination

    Macau has given Las Vegas casinos a run for their money, but what's behind the scenes? Here's an overview of Macau's gambling ...
  40. Who Is The Next Greece?

    Several EU countries are on the potential candidate list, but some municipalities in the U.S. look far more like Greece. ...
  41. Make Money Through Risk Arbitrage Trading

    Risk arbitrage provides a valuable trading strategy for M&A or other corporate actions eligible stocks. Investopedia explains ...
  42. How To Hedge Call Options Using Binary Options

    Here is a step-by-step walk through how to hedge a long call position with binary options.
  43. Adjust Market Strategies To Elevated Risk

    Improve returns by adapting trading strategies to changing market conditions.
  44. Pros And Cons Of Paper Trading

    Most market novices should paper trade for a considerable amount of time, despite key drawbacks.
  45. The Daily Routine Of A Hedge Fund Manager

    What does a hedge fund manager's day really look like? Investopedia provides an inside look at the routine.
  46. Understanding Bull Spread Option Strategies

    Bull spread option strategies, such as a bull call spread strategy, are hedging strategies for traders to take a bullish ...
  47. How Petrodollars Affect The U.S. Dollar

    We examine the rise of petrodollars, their influence on the USD as a global reserve currency, and their effects on the U.S. ...
  48. Some Overseas Markets May Prove More Resilient

    Though global markets sold off and have continued to slip in recent days, stocks in Europe and Japan are still faring better ...
  49. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  50. What is the difference between the return on total assets and an interest rate?

    Learn the difference between the return on total assets and an interest rate; the former is a profitability ratio, and the ...
  51. When does the holding period on a stock dividend start?

    Understand the difference between qualified and unqualified stock dividends, and when the holding period for qualified dividends ...
  52. What does a high turnover ratio signify for an investment fund?

    Find out more about the turnover ratio, what the turnover ratio measures and what a high turnover ratio indicates about an ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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, ...
  55. 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?
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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.
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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. ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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, ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. Is Divestment Destroying The Coal Industry?

    Should you worry about your investments in coal companies due to coal divestment campaigns? Investopedia explores the impact ...
  77. 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) ...
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. What is a 'busted' convertible bond?

    Learn about busted convertible bonds; these are hybrid securities with conversion prices significantly higher than the market ...
  81. 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

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

    Introduced in 2009, the Volume Zone Oscillator (VZO) is gaining traction with traders and technicians.
  83. 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 ...
  84. ETF Analysis: iShares MSCI Germany

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

    With the resumed uncertainty in Europe surrounding Greece and the sudden bear market gripping China, the price of oil has ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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, ...
  88. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider

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

    A deep look reveals why — in most instances — ETFs beat out mutual funds.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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 ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. What You Learn at University Investment Clubs

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

    Stalk ETF performance lists over several weeks to uncover hidden institutional buying and selling strategies.
  100. 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 ...
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  1. Are dividends considered passive or ordinary income?

    Find out why dividends are not considered passive income and why some dividends are subject to a reduced tax rate based on ...
  2. Is dividend income taxable?

    Understand the laws and regulations regarding taxation of dividends, and know the rates at which dividend income is usually ...
  3. How do dividends affect net asset value (NAV) in mutual funds?

    Understand how dividends affect the net asset value of mutual fund shares, and how this fits into the calculation of a mutual ...
  4. Are mutual funds considered retirement accounts?

    Learn why mutual funds are not classified as retirement accounts but can nonetheless offer a highly effective way to save ...
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