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  1. A Primer On Currency Regimes

    Currency regimes are dynamic and complex, reflecting the ever-changing landscape of their respective nations' monetary and fiscal policies.
  2. A New Plan To Prevent Future Bailouts

    This new and innovative plan by the FDIC could help the government avoid the next bailout.
  3. 10 Twitter Feeds Investors Should Follow

    You may not have time to follow these Twitter feeds all day, but some of the larger, commercial feeds are worth watching.
  4. Invest Without Stress

    Have anxiety? Don't worry. We have your worry-free investing guide right here.
  5. Mutual Funds Vs. ETFs: Small Cap Stocks

    For individual investors, a passive strategy may be best when investing in the small-cap realm of equities.
  6. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For July 2012

    We look at the month ahead to see what major events will affect the forex market.
  7. How To Manage Your Company Stock

    If you have company stock, it can be hard to know what to do with it. Here's what you should know.
  8. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  9. Investing In Oil And Gas UITs

    Unit investment trusts provide direct exposure to the energy sector, fueling better returns.
  10. A Guide To Risk Warnings And Disclaimers

    Learn what the phrase "Past performance may not reflect future performance" really means.
  11. The Hidden Differences Between Index Funds

    These funds don't all match index returns. Find out how to avoid costly surprises.
  12. Open Your Eyes To Closed-End Funds

    Although less popular than their open-ended counterparts, these investment vehicles are worth a second look.
  13. 5 Expensive Pieces Of Memorabilia You Can Buy

    These movie and TV props are some of the coolest, and most expensive, you can buy.
  14. How To Invest In Corporate Bonds

    Understand the basics of corporate bonds to increase your chances of positive returns.
  15. 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

    These are the most expensive paintings ever.
  16. Technology Sector Funds

    Evaluate past performance before investing in these types of gadget funds, as technology investors have been on a wild ride for a few years.
  17. Hedge Fund Due Diligence

    Analyzing a hedge fund will help you determine whether it's a good investment and a good fit.
  18. How To Avoid Investing Too Conservatively

    With the right balance of risk, you can beat the effects of inflation and protect your portfolio.
  19. When To Sell A Mutual Fund

    Unhappy with your mutual fund's returns and thinking of investing elsewhere? Read this article first.
  20. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    REITs are one way you can invest in real estate while enjoying a level of liquidity synonymous with the stock market. Learn more here!
  21. Hedging

    Discover more about this method of reducing risk in your portfolio.
  22. 5 Ways To Invest $5,000

    If you've found yourself with some extra cash, it might be wise to read this before buying that big TV.
  23. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  24. Utility Funds: A Bright Choice In Bear And Bull Markets

    Gas, electric and water companies' non-cyclical nature can power strong gains in any portfolio.
  25. Protecting Your Retirement Assets

    Your golden years are meant to be stress free. Keep them that way by protecting your assets.
  26. Why Late Trading Is Illegal

    Institutional investors got a sweet deal that soured retail investors' mutual fund returns.
  27. Go International With Foreign Index Funds

    As global trade continues to expand and the world's economies grow, spice up your portfolio with these exciting opportunities.
  28. Why Expense Ratios Are Important To Investors

    Expense ratios aren't just numbers in a column. They make a palpable impact on your bottom line. Find out how.
  29. States That Spend A Lot On Fourth Of July Celebrations

    Whether it's fireworks, parades or festivals, Fourth of July celebrations in these states are often big and expensive.
  30. How To Pick A Good Mutual Fund

    Learn how to evaluate mutual funds and find the right one for you.
  31. The Value Line Investment Survey

    If you want to try your hand at picking stocks but don't know where to start, The Value Line Investment Survey can help.
  32. 10 Ways To Save Energy And Money

    The average family spends $1,600/year on utility bills - find out how to put some of that back in your wallet.
  33. 5 Of The Richest Companies In Developing Nations

    As countries grow, more opportunities exist for businesses. Here are some companies that have taken advantage of this growth.
  34. Passing The Baton At Berkshire

    There are two possible candidates to be the next Warren Buffett. Find out who it could be.
  35. The Pros And Cons Of Target-Date Funds

    These accounts will take charge of your retirement savings, but should you let them?
  36. Index Mutual Funds Vs. Index ETFs

    When considering an index mutual fund versus the ETF variety, investors should consult an experienced professional.
  37. Beginner's Guide To ETFs And Currency Risk

    ETFs that invest overseas can offer a relatively low-cost vehicle, but there is a risk that should be understood.
  38. 3 Reasons Why Women Will Lead The Economic Recovery

    Here are some reasons why women are poised to be the demographic to turn around the economy.
  39. Beginner's Guide To MultiCharts Trading Platform

    Learn how to take advantage of MultiCharts charting, backtesting and automated trading software.
  40. Are Derivatives Safe For Retail Investors?

    These vehicles have gotten a bad rap in the press. Find out whether they deserve it.
  41. Bid-Ask Spread

    Find out more about this frequently referenced, but often misunderstood, term used to describe the price at which a stock is bought or sold at.
  42. Hedge Against Exchange Rate Risk With Currency ETFs

    Currency moves are unpredictable and can have an adverse effect on portfolio returns. Find out how to protect yourself.
  43. Shifting Focus To Sector Allocation

    Investing in sectors may trump international investments for providing diversification.
  44. An Introduction To Sovereign Wealth Funds

    Countries use sovereign wealth funds to stabilize their economies, but these investments can lack transparency.
  45. Morningstar: A Premier Mutual Fund Source

    Looking for current mutual fund information? We'll look at one of the places to start your search.
  46. JP Morgan: The Other Side Of The Hedge

    A hedge is supposed to decrease overall risk, but when it's instead used to increase profits, the risk can be multiplied.
  47. Not All Retirement Accounts Should Be Tax-Deferred

    It may be better to leave your assets exposed to the tax man when you're saving to retire.
  48. Why You Should Be Wary Of Target-Date Funds

    These funds are hard to understand and might not be a wise choice by themselves. We tell you why.
  49. Investing In China's Slowdown

    As with any economic slowdown, one's misfortune may well be someone else's opportunity. Find out how.
  50. The 3 Moral Types Managing Your Money

    Your financial fate is influenced very substantially by whether your broker or firm is immoral, amoral or moral.
  51. Why Are We Still Talking About Greece?

    The Greek and Spanish crises continue to spiral beyond control. Find out what could lie ahead for the eurozone.
  52. Unusual Assets Owned By Hedge Funds

    Although many hedge funds hold stock in big companies, some hold some extremely unusual investments.
  53. 4 Traits Of A Great Index Fund

    If you're planning to fill your portfolio with index funds, here's what you should look for in a high-quality fund.
  54. Will A New Fund Manager Cost You?

    Learn how a change in leadership could mean more taxes for you.
  55. Amortization

    Amortization and depreciation are two ways to prorate the cost of an asset's life. Learn more about the former and how it it's calculated.
  56. Depreciation

    Amortization and depreciation are two ways to prorate the cost of an asset's life. Learn more about the latter and how it it's calculated.
  57. What Are SPDR ETFs?

    Spiders are exchange-traded funds based on an index and can be a great vehicle both for making money and hedging against other risks.
  58. ETFs For Your 401(k)?

    Investor ownership of ETFs has grown a lot over the last decade. Discover how they can fit into your retirement plan.
  59. The Risks Of Real Estate Sector Funds

    Discover the risks and rewards of investing in real estate funds, as well as some of the best and worst performers.
  60. Team Players Vs. All-Stars For Mutual Fund Management

    Mutual funds vary in terms of their management structures and one size generally does not fit all investors.
  61. What The U.S. Needs To Do To Avoid Austerity Measures

    Here's a look at some of the methods the federal government is using to help economic recovery in the U.S.
  62. Banking On Blue Chip Stocks

    Discover what makes blue chip stocks such attractive investments.
  63. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to both instruments.
  64. The Gasoline Business Is All About Location

    Gasoline prices can vary tremendously based on where you are in the world. Here are some of the reasons why it varies so much.
  65. Investing In Emerging Markets

    Discover if passive or active investments are the way to be involved in emerging markets.
  66. Why Money Market Funds Break The Buck

    These funds are noted for their safety in a rough market. Read on to find out why.
  67. Ways To Invest In Developing Countries

    Here is a review of potential investments in the BRIC nations and other developing countries around the world.
  68. The Pitfalls Of Diversification

    Diversifying may reduce risk, but what does that mean to your overall ROI? Find out here.
  69. Hybrids: Financial Friends Or Foes?

    Forget the planet for a minute - what really matters is whether these vehicles fit your budget.
  70. Mutual Funds That Reduce Your Taxes

    It may be best to opt for ETFs over mutual funds, which allow wiser investors to reduce their tax obligations.
  71. Trading With Alpha

    Find out more about this abnormal rate of return and how it affects both you and money managers.
  72. How To Analyze ETFs With Bloomberg

    Tips on how to screen, evaluate, compare, and trade ETFs using Bloomberg.
  73. Separately Managed Accounts: A Mutual Fund Alternative

    It takes a hefty minimum investment to get in in on an SMA, but these offer some distinct advantages.
  74. Should You Buy Stock Or An ETF?

    Not all investors are the same. By the same token, not all investment types are suited for each individual investor.
  75. Modernize Your Portfolio With ETF Futures

    Gain access to premier, highly liquid ETFs with lower capital requirements.
  76. Liquidation Blues: When Mutual Funds Close

    Underperforming funds often close their doors, leaving investors down and out.
  77. An Introduction To Shareholder Activism

    The secret to being an activist shareholder is to ask the right questions.
  78. How To Fire-Proof A Portfolio

    Losing a job shouldn't mean losing all of your financial flexibility.
  79. A Strategy For Optimal Stock And Bond Allocation

    We tell you how this strategy avoids downturns, improves performance and invests in the best asset classes.
  80. Investopedia's Forex Outlook For June 2012

    Learn the major economic events that forex traders need to know for June.
  81. Real Estate Speculation In College Towns

    Is this an investing option you should consider? Find out here.
  82. The Most Expensive Bottles Of Alcohol

    Here's a rundown of the most expensive bottles of wine, scotch and beer.
  83. Market Cap

    Learn more about how market cap represents the "price tag" of a company.
  84. Understanding Analyst Ratings

    Discover whether analyst recommendations are really worth listening to.
  85. The Good And Bad Of National Lotteries

    Here's a look at some of the positives and negatives of national lotteries.
  86. Financial Companies Need A New Model

    It may be time for the U.S. to adopt a model for financial companies that better deters risky financial behavior.
  87. 7 Steps To A Hot Commercial Real Estate Deal

    For savvy real estate investors, times of lower prices reveal investment opportunity.
  88. Corporate Currency Risks Explained

    Transaction, translation and economic risks can affect a company's balance sheet.
  89. A Career In Real Estate Portfolio Management

    Find out why this job more closely resembles the role of a CEO than an asset manager.
  90. What Does It Really Mean To "Just Get By"?

    Here's how you stack up financially and working-wise to the rest of the world.
  91. All Weather Investing With ETFs

    All Weather investment strategies can shield investors during the worst bear markets.
  92. What Are SRI Funds?

    You don't have to check your values at the door when investing in the market. Find out why.
  93. Standard Deviation

    Learn about how standard deviation is applied to the annual rate of return of an investment to measure the its volatility.
  94. Operating Cash Flow

    Find out how OCF can be used to value a company based on their ability to generate cash from operation.
  95. Tips For Getting A Permanent Visa

    Many countries can help you establish a path towards residency. Before you move, read this article first.
  96. Canada: A New Frontier For Real Estate Investors

    This property market is easy to access and provides profitable opportunities.
  97. How To Include ETFs In A Client's 401(k)

    Learn how ETFs can solve an advisor's litigation and fee disclosure fears.
  98. Is Your Investment Manager Skilled Or Lucky?

    Being familiar with composite presentations will help you better assess the quality of an investment manager's performance.
  99. 4 TARP Recipients That Made A Profit

    New estimates show that the TARP program may show a profit of $23.6 billion over the life of the bailout program.
  100. The 5 Best And Worst IPOs

    The market for equities has gone through numerous crises, but when an IPO hits the market, it can create lots of excitement for investors and can generate billions of dollars for the company.
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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