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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  4. Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Carries High Risk

    Asset-backed commercial paper has characteristics that make it much more risky than traditional commercial paper.
  5. 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.
  6. Dividend Payout Ratio

    Discover how this ratio can help you determine how well a company's earnings support its dividend payments.
  7. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  8. 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.
  9. The Advantages Of Bonds

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

    One way to enhance your retirement income is to invest in dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.
  11. 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.
  12. Understanding Capital And Financial Accounts In The Balance Of Payments

    The current, capital and financial accounts compose a nation's balance of payments.
  13. Take On Risk With A Margin of Safety

    More common risk theories can lead to missed opportunities. Find out how margin of safety can propel your portfolio.
  14. Corporate Bonds: An Introduction To Credit Risk

    Corporate bonds offer higher yields, but it's important to evaluate the extra risk involved before you buy.
  15. Ultrashort Bond Funds: More Risk Than Reward?

    These funds' risk may overshadow their returns. Find out all you need to know before you get involved.
  16. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  17. What is the difference between arbitrage and speculation?

    Arbitrage and speculation are very different strategies. Arbitrage involves the simultaneous buying and selling of an asset in order to profit from small differences in price. Often, arbitrageurs buy stock on one market (for example, a financial market in the United States like the NYSE) while simultaneously selling the same stock on a different market (such as the London Stock Exchange).
  18. Countries With The Best And Worst Investor Protection

    Discover which countries do the most to protect the little guy from scheming executives and shady back-room deals.
  19. 4 Misconceptions About The Eurozone Crisis

    The eurozone crisis is complicated and rapidly changing. One such misconception is that Greece is the cause of the problem.
  20. What Is The Intrinsic Value Of A Stock?

    Intrinsic value reduces the subjective perception of a stock's value by analyzing its fundamentals.
  21. Find The Right Fit With Probability Distributions

    Discover a few of the most popular probability distributions and how to calculate them.
  22. Ex-Dividend Date

    Not too sure what an ex-dividend date is? Find out here and learn how and when you can take advantage of a stock's dividend.
  23. 3 Companies That Raised Dividends In 2012

    One way for investors to grow their wealth is by investing in strong dividend payers with a history of increasing payouts.
  24. Canada's Commodity Currency: Oil And The Loonie

    When the price of oil goes up, don't worry about how much gas is going to cost - get even by making a play on the Canadian dollar.
  25. Are Private Student Loans The Next Lending Crisis?

    The CFPB is keeping an eye on the student loan market because it believes it uses the same lending policies as mortgage lenders did during the subprime lending crisis.
  26. Billionaires Who Don't Mix Business With The Bible

    Business leaders such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates didn't build their businesses on religious beliefs.
  27. How To Create A Modern Fixed-Income Portfolio

    Exposure to different asset classes is required to generate income, reduce risk and beat inflation. Find out how bonds can help.
  28. Green Bonds: Fixed Returns To Fix The Planet

    Fixed-income investors are no longer left out of the green investing revolution.
  29. Protect Assets, Create Income, Retire Happy

    Find out what you can do to ensure a comfortable transition to your post-work years.
  30. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  31. The Stock Market Loves The Olympics

    Over the last 26 Summer Olympics, the average rate of return of the DJIA during the games was an impressive 4%.
  32. How To Reduce Taxes On ETF Gains

    Boost your returns by learning the tax tricks and loopholes for your exchange-traded funds.
  33. A Primer For Investing In Agriculture

    In this article, we'll look at the agriculture sector and the different ways investors can approach it.
  34. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  35. Short Selling

    Learn more about this trading strategy where the investor profits from the decline of a stock price.
  36. 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Money In Your Wallet

    Here are some fun and interesting facts about the money that you use on a day-to-day basis.
  37. 5 Places To Keep Your Money When You Don’t Trust the Banks

    Here's a list of places people can safely keep their money when they don't trust the banks to manage it for them.
  38. Developing Revenue: How To Succeed In A Recession

    With small businesses throughout the world struggling in this economic climate, developing new and diversifying existing revenue streams is becoming increasingly important.
  39. Beta: Know The Risk

    Beta says something about price risk, but how much does it say about fundamental risk factors? Find out here.
  40. Tactical Tips For Bond Investors

    Profit from long-term market trends by buying bonds when other investors shy away.
  41. The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in these bonds may offer a tax-free income stream but they are not without risks.
  42. Understanding The Time Value Of Money

    Find out why time really is money by learning to calculate present and future value.
  43. Satisfy Your Investment Objectives With Income Funds

    Discover the various categories of income funds and the types of investors for whom they are appropriate.
  44. Savings Bonds For Income And Safety

    Bonds offer undeniable benefits to investors, including safety and tax advantages.
  45. 3 Ways To Invest In A Volatile Environment

    Here are three different ways to use the low volatility index to invest in a volatile market.
  46. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up the shortfall.
  47. 5 Ways You're Paying Too Much To Invest

    You can't control what the markets will do in the future, but you do have some control over how much you pay to invest.
  48. What Dividends Say About Stock Health

    Dividend payments may reveal information about the future prospects of a company.
  49. 5 Best Markets For Real Estate Investments

    The crash in the housing market has made purchasing property in these communities affordable and desirable.
  50. Standard And Poor's 500 Index

    Learn about this index of index of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry grouping, among other factors.
  51. Sharpe Ratio

    Learn about this ratio developed by Nobel laureate William F. Sharpe to measure risk-adjusted performance.
  52. 3 Things Investors Can Learn From Traders

    By incorporating some of the best practices of top traders, investors can greatly improve portfolio returns.
  53. 5 Ways To Take Advantage Of Europe's Situation

    With the euro underperforming, now is a great time to travel, buy a home or go to school in Europe.
  54. 5 ETFs For A Tanking Economy

    If the economy has you worried, here are five low volatility ETFs that can keep your money on safer ground.
  55. What is finance?

    "Finance" is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process of acquiring needed funds. Because individuals, businesses and government entities all need funding to operate, the field is often separated into three sub-categories: personal finance, corporate finance and public finance.
  56. The Challenges Of Investing In A Modern World

    In this article we'll look at some of the unique challenges modern investors face.
  57. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For August 2012

    You need to know these major forex events for August.
  58. How To Avoid Risk In Your Practice

    Understanding the risks and the potential for losses in your practice keeps you one step ahead.
  59. Institutional Investors And Fundamentals: What's The Link?

    Big-money sponsorship might make a company look good, but it's not always a reliable gauge of stock quality.
  60. Great Expectations: Forecasting Sales Growth

    Predicting sales growth can be something of a black art, unless you ask the right questions.
  61. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

    Find out why these enticing options can spell trouble for your bottom line.
  62. The United States Vs. Canada - Differences In Investing

    While there are certainly some differences, American and Canadian investors have more in common than not.
  63. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

    Discover how investors can use this valuation method to determine the intrinsic value of a stock.
  64. Mutual Funds Vs ETFs

    Learn more on how these collective investment schemes are similiar in design but differ in a few key areas that affect an investor's returns.
  65. Why Companies Change Exchanges

    Companies don't elect to leave an exchange so much as they're asked. Find out why.
  66. 5 Hot ETFs You Don't Know About

    There are more than 1,000 ETFs currently offered to investors. Here are five that have seen impressive growth as of late.
  67. The Biggest Financial Hurdles Young People Face

    If you want to manage your finances responsibly, you’ll need to overcome four big challenges.
  68. Community Investing 101

    Discover a type of socially responsible investing that helps to contribute to noble causes close to home.
  69. The Simple And Safe Investment You Might Be Missing Out On

    If you aren't buying savings bonds, you're missing out on a safe, simple and relatively high-yielding investment.
  70. Hedge Fund Failures Illuminate Leverage Pitfalls

    Learn what mistakes cause hedge funds to collapse and how to avoid similar problems.
  71. How does a company switch from one stock exchange to another?

    A publicly traded company can, in fact, switch to a stock exchange that it believes will be favorable to its financing efforts. However, the company must first meet the new exchange's financial and regulatory requirements. For example, the New York Stock Exchange requires newly listed companies to have 1.1 million publicly held shares, which must be held by a minimum of 2,200 shareholders.
  72. 3 Broke Countries In 2012

    We go over the nations that are in the grip of financial crisis.
  73. Introduction To Multi-Discipline Accounts

    You get multiple managers, affordable diversification, customization and consolidated reporting all under one roof.
  74. Overcoming Compounding's Dark Side

    Understanding how money is made and lost over time can help you improve your returns.
  75. 5 ETF Classes To Avoid

    Before you wade into ETF investing, take a closer look at these sectors.
  76. 6 Things You Didn't Know You Can Recycle For Money

    You can make extra cash by recycling these odd items.
  77. Getting Started In Foreign Exchange Futures

    Learn how these futures are used for hedging and speculating, and how they are different from traditional futures.
  78. Should Google Pay A Dividend?

    By offering a modest dividend, Google would likely drive up its stock price.
  79. ETFs Or Mutual Funds For Your IRA?

    Most actively managed mutual funds fail to beat the market over a long period of time, so it's probably best to go with ETFs for your IRA.
  80. PEG Ratio

    Learn more about how this ratio is used to determine a stock's value based on its earnings growth.
  81. How To Avoid Common Investing Problems

    Learn to overcome eight hurdles that can keep you from realizing the best returns.
  82. Payroll Deductions Pay Off

    Find out how you can bypass or defer taxes on thousands of dollars each year.
  83. Natural Resource Investing

    ETFs and futures are just some of the various investment options available to natural resource investors.
  84. 5 Of The Best Work Abroad Programs For Young People

    If you are a young person looking to experience the world, these education and career paths offer you that opportunity.
  85. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: Energy

    There are a number of choices to gain exposure to the energy sector. We go over some of the more prominent options.
  86. Winning The Jackpot: Dream Or Financial Nightmare?

    Don't assume all prizes are free. Many come with enough costs to render them worthless.
  87. Minimize Your Losses With Alternative Strategy Funds

    Discover a strategy that can be used to participate in the market and still protect the downside.
  88. Spotting A Forex Scam

    Forex scams are more common than you think. We tell you how to spot them.
  89. Looking Deeper Into Capital Allocation

    Discover how companies decide how to spend their cash in a variety of market conditions.
  90. How To Pick A Mutual Fund In A Troubled Market

    Here are some tips to help the amateur investor pick the right funds in the current state of the market.
  91. 5 Ways The Greek Crisis Could Affect Your Personal Finances

    Keeping an eye on what is happening in Europe could help prepare you for what the future may hold.
  92. Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

    Discover what CDS are and how they can benefit companies and investors.
  93. Find Equity Opportunities With Currency Moves

    Understanding the relationship between these markets can help you spot profitable stocks.
  94. Top Agricultural Producing Countries

    Discover which countries produce the most agricultural products, which export the most and what is being done to increase production.
  95. What is a derivative?

    A derivative is a contract between two or more parties whose value is based on an agreed-upon underlying financial asset, index or security. Common underlying instruments include: bonds, commodities, currencies, interest rates, market indexes and stocks.Futures contracts, forward contracts, options, swaps and warrants are common derivatives.
  96. How Investors Can Negate The Euro Crisis

    The eurozone crisis shows no sign of abating. Here are a few tips you can use to weather the financial storm.
  97. Most Effective Charitable Organizations

    We look at some of the world's top charities and see how much of their donation money actually goes towards fulfilling their missions.
  98. Beginner's Guide To ScottradeELITE Online Trading

    Learn how to build your investments with Scottrade's advanced online trading platform.
  99. The Many Ways Charities Make Money

    More than half of all charities generate revenue from "other" ventures. Here are some of the most common revenue generating methods for charities.
  100. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: European Equities

    Find out which one offers the easiest, most cost effective options.
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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