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  1. 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.
  2. Are Hedged Mutual Funds For You?

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

    Carl Icahn's investment strategy, explained to regular investors.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. Risk Management Techniques For Active Traders

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

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

    Find out what type of international fund might suit your needs in gaining exposure to foreign markets.
  9. 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 ...
  10. Black Swan Events And Investment

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

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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. ...
  16. 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.
  17. The Common-Size Analysis Of Financial Statements

    Using common-size financial statements helps investors spot trends that a raw financial statement may not uncover.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. The Multiple Strategies Of Hedge Funds

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

    Regardless of your investing horizon, learning to trade the news is an essential skill for astute portfolio management and ...
  22. 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 ...
  23. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  24. A Guide To Core-Satellite Investing

    Find out how this approach reduces risk and costs so you can maximize your portfolio's return.
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. The Market Value Versus Book Value

    Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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.
  30. 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 ...
  31. How Do I Know I Can Trust My Financial Advisor?

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

    Read on to learn some investment strategies when the volatility is high.
  33. 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 ...
  34. Introduction To Momentum Trading

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

    Most investment choices involve a tradeoff between risk and reward. The "Efficient Frontier" is a modern portfolio theory ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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. ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

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

    The Fisher models have the ability to illustrate the expected relationship between interest rates, inflation and exchange ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. Determining Risk And The Risk Pyramid

    Many investors do not understand how to determine the risk level their individual portfolios should bear.
  45. 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 ...
  46. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  47. 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 ...
  48. Debt Monetization: A Nearsighted Government Policy?

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

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

    Learn some tips on how to exit a position to the best of your advantage.
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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.
  53. 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 ...
  54. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. What Are Frontier Markets?

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

    Interest coverage ratios help determine a company's ability to pay down its debt.
  60. 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 ...
  61. Investing In Healthcare Facilities

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

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

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  69. Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  70. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of ...
  71. Tailoring Your Investment Plan

    Start your own investing adventure with the help of some simple guidelines.
  72. Getting Shocked By Utility Stocks

    Utility stocks are traditionally thought of as safe investments, no matter what happens at Wall Street. A recent analysis ...
  73. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  74. Diversification: Protecting Portfolios From Mass Destruction

    This investing strategy retains its charm as a protection against random events in the market.
  75. The Difference Between Emerging And Frontier Markets

    Emerging and frontier markets offer investors global diversification in return for higher risk. These sectors have performed ...
  76. Analyzing An Acquisition Announcement

    These deals can make or break investors' returns. Find out how to tell the difference.
  77. What Are Factor Model ETFs?

    Given that stock picking is not generally effective, trackers that simply follow an index have become very popular. However, ...
  78. Convertible Bonds

    A convertible bond is a bond the investor can exchange for a specific amount of company stock at a later date. It combines ...
  79. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  80. Which Order To Use? Stop-Loss Or Stop-Limit Orders

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit ...
  81. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  82. A Primer On The MACD

    Learn to trade in the direction of short-term momentum.
  83. 6 Asset Allocation Strategies That Work

    Your portfolio's asset mix is a key factor in whether it's profitable. Find out how to get this delicate balance right.
  84. How To Cut Your Mutual Fund Fees By Up To 90%

    Most mutual funds don’t come close to beating the indexes they’re compared against. And yet they carry steep fees for active ...
  85. When To Short A Stock

    Learn how to make money off failing shares.
  86. A Top-Down Approach To Investing

    Use a global view to determine which stocks belong in your portfolio.
  87. How Risk Free Is The Risk-Free Rate Of Return?

    This rate is rarely questioned - unless the economy falls into disarray.
  88. Yield Investing: Dividend, Earnings And FCF

    There are numerous ways to value investments, and many investors prefer a specific valuation method. Yield investing is one ...
  89. Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  90. Cost Basis Basics

    The term "cost basis" refers to the original value of a security you own. When you sell a stock, bond or mutual fund, you ...
  91. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  92. Should You Offer Alternative Investments?

    Find out what problems arise for financial representatives when they start to diversify their client offerings.
  93. Managing Interest Rate Risk

    Learn which tools you need to manage the risk that comes with changing rates.
  94. Evaluating Country Risk For International Investing

    Investing overseas begins with determining the risk of the country's investment climate.
  95. Warren Buffett: How He Does It

    We look at the Sage of Omaha's methodology for evaluating value stocks.
  96. How To Properly Research For The Best Mortgage Rate

    You’ve probably been told to shop around for the best rate, but what exactly does that entail? Find out how to ensure you're ...
  97. Nobel Winners Are Economic Prizes

    Before you try to profit from their theories, you should learn about the creators themselves.
  98. Profiting In Bear And Bull Markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their ...
  99. How To Value An Insurance Company

    In the insurance space, accurate predictions of metrics such as ROE are important, and paying a low P/B can help put the ...
  100. Looking Into Sin Investments

    The stigma that a sin stock receives seems to be more concentrated among individual investors who are certainly entitled ...
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the formula for calculating the current ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the current ratio and what that result can tell you about a potential investment.
  2. Why do share prices fall after a company has a secondary offering?

    The best way to answer this question is to provide a simple illustration of what happens when a company increases the number ...
  3. What are the generally accepted accounting principles for inventory reserves?

    As with most matters related to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accountants assigned with the task of applying ...
  4. 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 ...
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