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  1. How The Retail Investor Profits From High Frequency Trading

    Stock markets and high-frequency trading seem inseparable. As an individual investor, try and make the best of the mess, ...
  2. What's a Liability?

    A liability is a debt. It is an obligation that arises during the course of business and represents a third-party claim on ...
  3. Certificates Of Deposit

    Safety is a hallmark of the traditional certificate of deposit (CD) sold by a bank or credit union.
  4. Which day is known as China's "Black Tuesday" and why?

    On February 27, 2007, the Chinese stock market suffered a correction, causing choppy markets all over the world. The Shanghai ...
  5. Capital Budgeting

    Learn the process through which businesses determine whether projects are worth pursuing.
  6. 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.
  7. PEG Ratio

    Learn more about how this ratio is used to determine a stock's value based on its earnings growth.
  8. Understanding Compound Interest

    Compound interest is often called one of the most powerful concepts in finance. Find out what it is and how it can work for ...
  9. Top SEC EDGAR Tools For New Investors

    Navigating the plethora of data available to investors can be overwhelming. The SEC has made it a bit easier with its EDGAR ...
  10. The German Economic Miracle

    After World War II, Germany was in ruins. Learn about the country's quick rise to the third strongest economy in the world. ...
  11. IRA Assets And Alternative Investments

    Interested in non-traditional investing? Make sure you follow the rules to avoid prohibited transactions.
  12. Reading The Balance Sheet

    Learn about the components of the statement of financial position and how they relate to each other.
  13. Balance Sheet: Analyzing Owners' Equity

    Analyzing owners’ equity is an important analytics tool, but it should be done in the context of other tools such as analyzing ...
  14. How To Lie With Financial Statistics

    Can you really trust what the financial services industry puts out? We tell about some tricks that hide the truth.
  15. The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want ...
  16. What Is Opportunity Cost And Why Does It Matter?

    Economists suggest that the "opportunity cost" of any decision, the value of the next-best alternative, is crucial to making ...
  17. How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio ...
  18. Goodwill and Intangible Assets: One And The Same?

    "Goodwill" is a broad category for non-physical assets that are impossible to separate from the business itself, whereas ...
  19. 5 Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

    These are the most expensive paintings ever.
  20. 5 Expensive Pieces Of Memorabilia You Can Buy

    These movie and TV props are some of the coolest, and most expensive, you can buy.
  21. Choosing Between Major and Junior Mining Stocks

    In this article, we'll compare the juniors and the majors and look at what each can add to your portfolio.
  22. The Treasury And The Federal Reserve

    Find out how these two agencies create policies to stimulate the economy in tough economic times.
  23. Competitive Advantage Counts

    What's the best indicator of a company's future success? Its ability to succeed when others fail.
  24. Measure Momentum Change With ROC

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  25. Momentum Trading With Discipline

    This type of strategy demands controlled decision-making, requiring a continual refinement of entry and exit techniques. ...
  26. Gauging The Strength Of A Market Move

    Learn how to apply the ACD technique to a longer time horizon.
  27. Confirming Price Movements With Volume Oscillators

    Use this indicator to validate a change in price direction and moving averages.
  28. 4 Steps To Creating A Better Investment Strategy

    Make your trading safer and more streamlined by following these simple guidelines.
  29. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  30. 4 Psychological Traps That Are Killing Your Portfolio

    Sometimes your largest financial hurdle is our head. Learn about the common mind-traps that trip up investors.
  31. Why would a company make drastic cuts to its dividend payments?

    A dividend cut occurs when a dividend paying company either completely stops paying out dividends (a worst-case scenario) ...
  32. I lost my share certificate. Do I still own the stock?

    Regardless of whether a shareholder loses his or her stock certificate, that person still owns the shares. However, in order ...
  33. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  34. What is an echo bubble?

    To understand the term "echo bubble", you have to understand what a bubble is. A financial or economic bubble occurs when ...
  35. What is the formula for calculating the debt-to-equity ratio?

    Find out how to use this fundamental financial ratio to help assess a company's performance.
  36. Stock Basics Tutorial

    If you're new to the stock market and want the basics, this is the tutorial for you!
  37. Millennials: Bonds Aren’t Just For Old People

    I have a growing number of nieces and nephews entering their 20s, who believe that when it comes to investing they should ...
  38. What Are The Odds Of Scoring A Winning Trade?

    Just because you're on a winning streak doesn't mean you're a skilled trader. Find out why.
  39. 6 Millionaire Traits That You Can Adopt

    Millionaires think differently. Not just about money, about everything.
  40. The Value of Profitability Ratios

    How is a company being run? Is it generating profits? The answer to these questions lies in analyzing the profitability ratios ...
  41. How to Use Trailing Stops

    A trailing stop is an order to buy or sell a security if it moves in an unfavorable direction.
  42. Countries With The Highest Fracking Potential

    Is fracking a "necessary evil," as some believe? Here are some countries with huge fracking potential--and what they stand ...
  43. How long can you short sell for?

    When an investor or trader enters a short position, he or she does so with the intention of profiting from falling prices. ...
  44. How do I calculate the adjusted closing price for a stock?

    When trading is done for the day on a recognized exchange, all stocks are priced at close. The price that is quoted at the ...
  45. Which is better a cash dividend or a stock dividend?

    The purpose of dividends is to return wealth back to the shareholders of a company. There are two main types of dividends: ...
  46. How do I find historical prices for stocks?

    Whether for research purposes, bookkeeping or even general interest in historical performance, this is a question that many ...
  47. 5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  48. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  49. A Checklist For Successful Medical Technology Investment

    Find an investment that will give your portfolio a shot in the arm.
  50. Municipal Bond Tips For The Series 7 Exam

    Learn to distinguish between general obligation and revenue bonds to ace this test.
  51. FYI On ROI: A Guide To Calculating Return On Investment

    Return on investment is a simple equation that can give you an edge when fine-tuning your portfolio - here's how to use it. ...
  52. How To Profit From The "Night and Day" Aroon Oscillator

    “Aroon” is a Sanskrit word loosely translated as the transition from night to day, appropriate for a measure that attempts ...
  53. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  54. The 10 Commandments Of Investing

    Use these rules to guide you on the road to financial freedom.
  55. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  56. Some Good News Is Bad News For Investors

    Some companies excel at announcing news that is bad for shareholders, but spinning it as good news.
  57. Digging Into The Dividend Discount Model

    The DDM is one of the most foundational of financial theories, but it's only as good as its assumptions.
  58. Pages From The Bad CEO Playbook

    Excess compensation, golden parachutes, tunneling and IPO spinning make these bad executives even worse.
  59. What happens during the spending/gifting phase of an investor's life cycle?

    The final phase(s) in an investor's life cycle is the spending/gifting phase, during which wealth accumulated over many years ...
  60. Market Cap

    Learn more about how market cap represents the "price tag" of a company.
  61. Introduction To Growth Investing

    There are principles and techniques that are applicable for many different types of investors and growth strategies.
  62. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  63. 10 Common Financial Terms Every Newbie Needs To Know

    In order to get a better understanding of what you read in markets news, we’ll briefly explore the terms you commonly encounter.
  64. The Power Of Dividend Growth

    Dividends may not seem exciting, but they can certainly be lucrative. Learn more here!
  65. Understanding The Sharpe Ratio

    This simple ratio will tell you how much that extra return is really worth.
  66. Purchasing A Short-Sale Property

    If you are looking for a good deal and have time to wait, a short-sale house may be for you.
  67. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might ...
  68. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  69. Spotting Companies In Financial Distress

    What are the warning signs that a company is struggling - or worse, sinking - financially? Read on to find out.
  70. 7 Biggest Financial Fears and How to Overcome Them

    Financial fears keep most of us up at night. Money determines our comfort in life, and the financial system is such that ...
  71. Investing Implications Of An Uneven Global Economy

    As last week’s non-farm payroll report illustrated, the recovery – both in and outside the United States – remains a grudging, ...
  72. 3 Penny Stocks That Are Worth Your Attention

    These penny stocks have been white-hot so far this year. Here's what you need to know about trading them.
  73. Currency Hedged Stock ETFs Can Protect A Portfolio

    The U.S. economy has been growing at an annualized pace of roughly 2% since the current expansion began in June of 2009. ...
  74. Will 2014 Be The Tipping Point For Active ETFs?

    The pace of new actively managed ETFs being released to the market has continued to heat up this year. 
  75. Essential Tips For Buying A HUD Home

    Buying a HUD home from the government requires some studying and planning, but the reward can be huge. Here are some essential ...
  76. The Rise Of The Modern Investment Bank

    Get to know a little bit about the institutions whose actions help to guide free markets.
  77. Using The Force Index For Short- and Medium-Term Trading

    Here are the guidelines for making trading decisions using the force index in both a short and intermediate perspective. ...
  78. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  79. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    All of the potential highs, lows, and sentiments associated with investing can overshadow the ultimate goal—making money. ...
  80. Ostrich Effect And Passive Investing

    Learn how to take a hands-off approach to your portfolio without sticking your head in the sand.
  81. Introduction To Commercial Paper

    Commercial paper is a short-term instrument that can be a viable alternative for retail fixed-income investors looking for ...
  82. Using Enterprise Value To Compare Companies

    Learn how enterprise value can help investors compare companies with different capital structures.
  83. Stock School: Student-Managed Investment Plans

    Student-managed investment funds offer future investment professionals a chance to manage real money while earning their ...
  84. Investing In Health Insurance Companies

    Health insurance companies work a little differently than most companies. Here's what you need to know as an investor.
  85. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  86. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  87. Simple Moving Averages And Volume Rate-of-Change

    We teach you how to confirm buy and sell signals by comparing two very simple indicators.
  88. Green Investors Get Heard

    Find out how to make your portfolio and the companies in it greener.
  89. Pinpoint Winning Trade Entries With Filters And Triggers

    These tools will help you enter at high-probability points and ensure you trade within your set strategy.
  90. Advantages Of Data-Based Intraday Charts

    We take a look at these chart intervals and how we can use them to our advantage.
  91. Falling Giant: A Case Study Of AIG

    Find out why the U.S. government approved an enormous bailout package for American Investment Group (AIG).
  92. Credit Default Swaps: What Happens In A Credit Event?

    The credit crisis of 2008 prompted important changes to the settlement of credit default swaps.
  93. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    Six reasons why some advisors recommend dividends and why sometimes this may be unsound advice.
  94. Using Compound Indicators To Predict Market Fluctuations

    Learn how to combine average true range, simple moving average and Bollinger band indicators to gauge market volatility. ...
  95. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  96. The Uptick Rule Debate

    This rule was deemed ineffective and repealed in 2007, but critics argue it protects the market from bear raids.
  97. ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  98. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  99. Payroll Deductions Pay Off

    Find out how you can bypass or defer taxes on thousands of dollars each year.
  100. Measuring Company Efficiency

    Three useful indicators for measuring a retail company's efficiency are its inventory turnaround times, its receivables and ...
  101. Losing Money? Don't Blame Your Broker

    Tempting as it is to pass the buck for your losses, the true culprit may be closer to home.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is a good interest coverage ratio?

    Learn the importance of the interest coverage ratio, one of the primary debt ratios analysts use to evaluate a company's ...
  2. What is a bad interest coverage ratio?

    Understand how interest coverage ratio is calculated and what it signifies, and learn what market analysts consider to be ...
  3. What is liquidity risk?

    Learn how to distinguish between the two broad types of financial liquidity risk: funding liquidity risk and market liquidity ...
  4. What is a good gearing ratio?

    Understand the meaning of the gearing ratio, how it is calculated, the definition of high and low gearing, and how they reflect ...
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