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  1. Zillow's MLS Direct Initiative Is Gaining Steam

    March 25, 2015
    When online real estate database operator Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z) announced in January it would let its agreement with ...
  2. Take Advantage of Cheap Oil, Invest in these ETFs

    March 25, 2015
    With crude oil prices at record lows, investors should consider oil ETFs over oil company stocks as ETFs more closely mirror ...
  3. Examples Of Exchange-Traded Derivatives

    March 25, 2015
    We look at some of the most common exchange-traded derivatives.
  4. Advantages Of Trading Futures Over Stocks

    March 25, 2015
    We look at the top eight advantages of trading futures over stocks.
  5. What's Next For Alibaba?

    March 25, 2015
    Alibaba excited Wall Street its September IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Seven months later, the e-commerce giant is ...
  6. Trading Volatility? Don’t Trade Stocks, Trade Options

    March 25, 2015
    During times of volatility, traders can benefit greatly from trading options rather than stocks. We explain why.
  7. Emerging Startup Cities Of 2015

    March 25, 2015
    While Silicon Valley and New York have been the birthplace of several well-known startups, other U.S. cities are making names ...
  8. Could Cliffs Natural's Latest Move Save the Stock?

    March 25, 2015
    Commodities stocks have been punished in recent years, and one of the hardest-hit companies has been iron-ore specialist ...
  9. How to Diversify with Muni Bond ETFs

    March 25, 2015
    Thinking of diversifying with bonds? Consider these muni bond ETFs.
  10. These ETFs are Breaking Out of Chart Patterns Now

    March 25, 2015
    Three buys and one sell; here are four ETFs breaking out of chart patterns right now.
  11. Read This Before You Sell Gilead Sciences

    March 25, 2015
    Earlier this week, Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) reported that nine people who were taking a specific heart disease drug ...
  12. Can Biogen Change How We View Alzheimer's Disease?

    March 25, 2015
    As the global population gets increasingly older, Alzheimer's disease is going to get increasingly prevalent. As a result, ...
  13. What Merging Miles Means for American Airlines

    March 25, 2015
    Airlines have been highly successful lately, with favorable conditions having lifted American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) ...
  14. Look At The Whole Picture To Manage Whipsaws

    March 25, 2015
    Look at past action to organize a whipsaw’s volatile characteristics, identifying harmonic levels that may offer low risk ...
  15. 1 Opportunity and 1 Risk for United Continental

    March 25, 2015
    United Continental (NYSE: UAL) is one of the biggest airlines in the world, but bigger hasn't always been better. The integration ...
  16. Should Junk Bond ETFs Be a Part of Your Portfolio?

    March 25, 2015
    Should junk bonds be a part of your portfolio? Here's what you need to know.
  17. Profit From the Range in These Stocks and ETFs

    March 25, 2015
    These four stocks just bounced off range support, offering profit potential to the upside.
  18. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best Biotech Stocks

    March 25, 2015
    A quick look at a 10 biotech companies that are poised to deliver for shareholders in 2015.
  19. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best REITs

    March 25, 2015
    If you want to get on the REIT money train, then you better hurry up. However, the REITs covered here have potential beyond ...
  20. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    March 25, 2015
    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  21. Why Robo-Advisors are a 'Win-Win' for FAs, Clients

    March 25, 2015
    The rise of robo-advisors was seen as added competition for traditional financial advisers. Instead, they could spell a 'win-win' ...
  22. The Tiny Edge That Makes Costco Dominant

    March 25, 2015
    Retail is an ultra-competitive industry, with major players seeking to squeeze out profits from razor-thin margins and high ...
  23. What is Tim Cook's managerial style?

    March 25, 2015
    Find out why Tim Cook's managerial style could be broadly defined as democratic. Cook appears to have developed a uniquely ...
  24. What are examples of popular companies in the financial services ...

    March 25, 2015
    Learn about some of the most popular and widely traded companies in the financial services sector and what types of businesses ...
  25. Strategies To Trade Volatility Effectively With VIX

    March 24, 2015
    VIX offers a bird’s eye view of real-time greed and fear, while providing a snapshot of the market’s expectations for volatility ...
  26. Facebook Money Transfer: Transforming E-Commerce

    March 24, 2015
    Facebook's payment service holds huge prospects for Facebook’s business. Here’s how it works, and how it will impact e-commerce ...
  27. How Safe Is Venmo And Why Is It Free?

    March 24, 2015
    Venmo is a digital wallet that allows users to send money with ease. Millions use the service, but is it actually safe?
  28. The Importance of Excel in Business

    March 24, 2015
    Microsoft Excel is an indispensable tool for any business.
  29. So Much for Freeport-McMoRan's Generous Dividend

    March 24, 2015
    Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) investors this week became the latest victims of the commodity price crash after the company ...
  30. 1 Biotech Stock I Wish Would Go On Sale

    March 24, 2015
    Everyone likes a great deal, and there's no biotech stock I'd love to see go on sale more than Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG). Celgene's ...
  31. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    March 24, 2015
    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  32. Is It Time to Give Up on SandRidge Energy?

    March 24, 2015
    When oil was over $90 a barrel, there was a lot to like about SandRidge Energy (NYSE: SD). The company had a prime position ...
  33. What is Tim Cook's career and educational background?

    March 24, 2015
    Discover where Tim Cook studied and worked before joining Apple and what roles he played in the company before taking over ...
  34. Social Media: High Risk, High Potential Returns

    March 24, 2015
    Carefully selecting social media ETFs can provide you with the opportunity to diversify your portfolio and enjoy financial ...
  35. How Investment Risk Is Quantified

    March 24, 2015
    FInancial advisors and wealth management firms use a variety of tools based in Modern portfolio theory to quantify investment ...
  36. New Approaches To The Old Cup And Handle

    March 24, 2015
    Many cup and handle traders adhere strictly to O'Neil’s rules for construction, but there are many variations that produce ...
  37. Plug Power: 3 Keys to a True Turnaround

    March 24, 2015
    Shares of fuel-cell company Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) have fallen sharply from their best levels last year, as hopes for ...
  38. Is It Time to Consider Selling Biogen?

    March 24, 2015
    Is it hot in here, or is it just Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB)? Fresh off an official name change to "just" Biogen (from Biogen ...
  39. 3 Reasons to Consider Buying Cisco Stock

    March 24, 2015
    With shares of networking giant Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) up 30% over the past year, it may seem the opportunity to invest ...
  40. Schwab Courts Advisors with New Robo-Advisor

    March 24, 2015
    On the heels of launching a robo-advisor service for individual investors, Schwab is set to debut one designed for independent ...
  41. How to Evaluate a Robo-advisor

    March 24, 2015
    With the addition of robo-advisors, investors have a variety of new choices when it comes to how they find help in managing ...
  42. Which ETF is the Best Bet: VTI or IWV?

    March 24, 2015
    A look at two quality ETFs that offer diversification, low expense ratios, and exposure to the total market.
  43. Could Gilead's Dividend Have Additional Upside?

    March 23, 2015
    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) could offer a blueprint for a successful biotech company for its peers to emulate. The past ...
  44. Energy Transfer Sends More Gas Stations to Sunoco

    March 23, 2015
    Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) is sending a second helping of its retail gasoline business to affiliate Sunoco L.P. ...
  45. How Lockheed Martin Could Fly Even Higher

    March 23, 2015
    The defense industry has been a scary place to invest in recent years, as threats of military budget cuts have constantly ...
  46. Sarepta Therapeutics' 3 Biggest Risks

    March 23, 2015
    There are arguably few diagnoses as frightening for children and their parents as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. Based ...
  47. Is Seadrill Going From Bad to Worse?

    March 23, 2015
    The news out of Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL) seems to be going from bad to worse. Earlier this year the company cut $1.1 billion ...
  48. What It Was Like To Deliver A Presentation To Steve Jobs

    March 23, 2015
    The Quora community is at it again. One user recently asked: What was it like to deliver a presentation to Steve Jobs? Jobs, ...
  49. Read This Before You Sell Costco Stock

    March 23, 2015
    Costco (NASDAQ: COST) stock continues to handily outperform the S&amp;P 500, serving up investors a 35% gain in the past ...
  50. What has Larry Page's involvement in Google been?

    March 23, 2015
    Learn the timeline of co-founder Larry Page's involvement with his company, Google Inc. and how his participation shifted ...
  51. Why did Larry Page pay himself a salary of only $1 a year at ...

    March 23, 2015
    Learn possible reasons for Google co-founder Larry Page's continued acceptance of an annual salary of only $1 as chief executive ...
  52. 15 Upcoming Earnings Reports To Keep An Eye On

    March 22, 2015
    A relatively quiet week on the earnings front will be highlighted by the most recent quarterly results from BlackBerry Ltd ...
  53. The Future Of Mobile Banking

    March 20, 2015
    Typically slow to react to technological change, retail banks are finally recognizing the benefits it provides to consumers ...
  54. Vanguard Readies Muni Bond ETF

    March 20, 2015
    Vanguard is set to roll out a muni bond ETF, the firm's first.
  55. Who Wants to be a 401(k) Millionaire?

    March 20, 2015
    Want to be a 401(k) millionaire? Here are some tips to get you on the right path.
  56. The Key to McDonald's? 70 Million Customers a Day

    March 20, 2015
    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  57. Are Longevity Annuities in 401(k)s a Good Idea?

    March 20, 2015
    An in depth look at the arrival of longevity annuities in 401(k)s and IRAs.
  58. Should Investors Nix Actively Managed Funds?

    March 20, 2015
    Index fund returns are on a tear but does this mean investors should nix actively managed funds?
  59. Top ETFs Tracking the U.S. Economy

    March 20, 2015
    Bullish about the U.S. Economy? Consider these ETFs.
  60. Industries That Will Disappear Soon

    March 20, 2015
    As new technologies are introduced, new industries and jobs are created. However, which older industries and their profits ...
  61. How to Train Your New Financial Advisor

    March 20, 2015
    Once you've hired a new adviser, an equally important process begins: training them.
  62. ETF Bubble Or No Bubble?

    March 20, 2015
    ETFs might be the recommendation of choice for the unimaginative financial advisor, but that doesn’t mean that the industry ...
  63. Caterpillar Faces These 3 Major Threats

    March 20, 2015
    Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) is well known for its construction machinery and other heavy equipment, and it enjoyed huge success ...
  64. 3 Keys to Success for Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

    March 20, 2015
    Buying small-cap pharmaceutical companies might be for investors the equivalent of placing a bet at a Las Vegas roulette ...
  65. ChartAdvisor for March 20 2015

    March 20, 2015
    A weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  66. What NXP Semiconductors' Big Merger Means for You

    March 20, 2015
    The rise of the Internet of Things has brought money-making opportunities to a host of new players in the technology industry, ...
  67. Is Insider Buying at Enterprise a Bullish Sign?

    March 20, 2015
    This past week, insiders at Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) bought $100 million of the company's common units. ...
  68. 3 Reasons Isis Is Worth Every Penny

    March 20, 2015
    While valuation metrics and earnings reports are the gold standard to understanding value in a vast majority of industries, ...
  69. Can Inovio Help Prevent Cervical Cancer?

    March 20, 2015
    Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INO) is developing immunotherapies designed to harness the body's immune system to fight ...
  70. Is Biogen Worth Owning for the Long Haul?

    March 20, 2015
    Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) is one of the planet's largest biotechnology companies and a key player in this industry that ...
  71. DISH Network's Sling TV Has Competition

    March 20, 2015
    It was cool to be a rebel, but Sling TV now finds itself going from a pioneer to a player in a potentially crowded digital ...
  72. Why Now is the Time for Food and Beverage Stocks

    March 20, 2015
    As volatility rears its ugly head, it's natural to investigate stable sectors such as food and beverages. Here's an appropriately-named ...
  73. Best Places To Go On A Strong Dollar In 2015

    March 19, 2015
    The U.S. dollar is stronger than ever, which means that traveling abroad to certain countries will be easier on the wallet. ...
  74. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Media Stocks

    March 19, 2015
    A list of top-tier and speculative media stocks for 2015.
  75. JPMorgan vs. Goldman Sachs: A Tale of Two Stocks

    March 19, 2015
    The performance of JPMorgan and Goldman has been impressive, but one has a slight edge.
  76. Is the TLT ETF a Good Bet for the Long Run?

    March 19, 2015
    Is the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) a good bet for the long run?
  77. African Equities vs. Bonds: Risks and Rewards

    March 19, 2015
    A look at the risks and rewards of exposure to African equities vs. bonds.
  78. Can Intel Diversify Beyond PCs?

    March 19, 2015
    Chip giant Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) derived just over 62% of its net revenue from the sale of processors and related chipsets ...
  79. 4 Hottest IPOs in 2015

    March 19, 2015
    Where is smart money headed this year? These are the most anticipated IPOs of 2015.
  80. New York Community Bancorp: Small Bank, Big Profit

    March 19, 2015
    The banking industry has gone through substantial consolidation over the years, with huge megabanks dominating the financial ...
  81. Gilead Sciences' Drugs: Worth $136 Billion?

    March 19, 2015
    Doctors and patients are cheering new advances in treating hepatitis C, a common disease that affects millions of people ...
  82. 3 Quotes From Stratasys Management Worth Pondering

    March 19, 2015
    It's been a rough year for 3D printing company Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), with shares down 30% year to date and nearly 5 ...
  83. 3 Big Challenges Facing Clean Energy Fuels

    March 19, 2015
    The discovery of huge reserves of natural gas in U.S. shale areas has led to a renaissance in the energy industry, with ...
  84. A Growing Label Drives Vertex's Transformation

    March 19, 2015
    In 2011, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VRTX) was biotech's shining star. The company's Invicek, a revolutionary new hepatitis ...
  85. Exploring NVIDIA's Transformation

    March 19, 2015
    At NVIDA's(NASDAQ: NVDA) analyst day, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang discussed the company's transformation from a component vendor ...
  86. 3 Key Areas of Business Growth for Under Armour

    March 19, 2015
    Under Armour (NYSE: UA) stock continues to take the athletic apparel industry by storm. And in the last five years, the ...
  87. With Schwab's New Robo-Advisor, What's Next?

    March 19, 2015
    What does the entrance of Schwab Intelligent Portfolios into the robo-advisor space mean to online financial advice?
  88. Is GDX the Best Way to Play Gold?

    March 19, 2015
    An analysis of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF.
  89. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    March 19, 2015
    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  90. Watch Out Below For Falling Lumber Prices

    March 19, 2015
    A drop in the spot price of lumber shows that the bears have pushed the price below two significant levels of support.
  91. SodaStream Wants to Be More Stream Than Soda

    March 18, 2015
    SodaStream (NASDAQ: SODA) announced late last year that it would be taking a major shift in its marketing strategy, repositioning ...
  92. Is This Why MannKind Investors Are Bullish?

    March 18, 2015
    Although MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) stumbled along the way toward the launch of its inhaled-insulin drug, Afrezza, many believe ...
  93. What is Meerkat and How Does It Work?

    March 18, 2015
    Meerkat is a mobile app that connects to users' Twitter networks to broadcast a live stream.
  94. Fed Statement: A Play-By-Play Recap Of Janet Yellen And 'Patient' ...

    March 18, 2015
    Markets are watching Wednesday afternoon's Federal Reserve statement and ensuing Janet Yellen-led press conference very ...
  95. What companies are positioned to grow from the popularity of ...

    March 18, 2015
    Discover reasons for the growing popularity of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and some of the types of companies benefiting ...
  96. The Basics Of Trading Chip Stocks

    March 18, 2015
    Semiconductor companies offer an endless variety of trading and investment opportunities.
  97. How Citigroup Ensured That It's Too Big to Fail

    March 18, 2015
    As a business, Citi has everything going for it. Scale, operational breadth...and the ear of key policymakers.
  98. Tips for Securing Your Client's Data

    March 18, 2015
    Completely protecting your clients from every kind of cyberattack is impossible, but here are some tips to greatly reduce ...
  99. 4 Big Stock Gainers: Hold or Sell?

    March 18, 2015
    These four stocks saw big moves higher on March 17. Is it time to take profits or hold out for more. Here's what the charts ...
  100. Bulk Shipping Companies Struggle As Markets Soften

    March 18, 2015
    The "soft" dry bulk shipping market that confronts shipping companies is a result of lower demand from China, and an excessive ...
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