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  1. Corporate Tax Rates: The Highs and the Lows

    May 19, 2015
    The United States is No. 2 in the world for its high corporate tax rate. There are ways around paying it, and many nations ...
  2. Adjusting Price Charts To Secondary Offerings

    May 6, 2015
    Secondary offerings may require rapid readjustment of trading strategies.
  3. What Makes Goldman Sachs a Good Bet?

    April 13, 2015
    Six years after the subprime meltdown, Goldman Sachs is a robust $87 billion company instead of a historical footnote. Here's ...
  4. Why BBA LIBOR Was Replaced By ICE LIBOR

    March 31, 2015
    We track the reason behind the change in LIBOR's prefix from BBA to ICE.
  5. 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.
  6. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    March 16, 2015
    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  7. How Instagram Makes Money

    March 9, 2015
    Like many big names in social media, Instagram started as a fun idea without a clear path to profit.
  8. Hillary's Many Wall Street Connections

    March 4, 2015
    Hillary Clinton is one of the most high profile potential 2016 presidential candidates, and her Wall Street ties are a source ...
  9. Why These Are 2015's Most-Promising Bank Stocks

    February 27, 2015
    Which bank stocks should offer the best bang for your buck in 2015? Possibly these, so read on.
  10. How Do Financial Regulations Affect Smaller Banks?

    February 12, 2015
    Not to big to fail? We explain how US financial regulations affect smaller banks.
  11. My Top Contrarian Play Offers 40%-a-Year Potential

    January 20, 2015
    As we kicked off the fourth-quarter earnings season this week, one sector got rocked on disappointing results. The market ...
  12. Earn A Potential 20% From The Craft Beer Revolution

    January 19, 2015
    Momentum, the tendency for rising stocks to soar higher and slumping ones to keep dropping, is a market anomaly investing ...
  13. Is Wells Fargo The Ideal Dividend Investment?

    January 15, 2015
    Wells Fargo has been rewarding its shareholders for years via stock appreciation and dividend payments. But are those rewards ...
  14. Top US-Regulated Forex Brokers

    January 15, 2015
    Who are the top regulated forex brokers in the USA to trade currencies? Here is a quick list.
  15. How Apple Could Have Bought Netflix, Tesla And Twitter (And Still ...

    January 9, 2015
  16. World's Top 10 Trading Companies

    January 7, 2015
    Which are the top trading firms of the world? Here is the list of the ones with highest trading revenue.
  17. The One Bank Poised To Thrive Despite New Regulations

    December 10, 2014
  18. The New Global Banking Regulations To Avert Future Crisis

    November 27, 2014
    These are the types of policies that are being developed to minimize the risks posed to the global financial system by banks ...
  19. Bank Stock Could Soar 30% After It Exits the Penalty Box

    November 24, 2014
  20. What Merger And Acquisition Firms Do

    November 13, 2014
    The merger or acquisition process can be intimidating. This is why merger and acquisition firms step in to facilitate the ...
  21. Investing In New York City REITs

    October 31, 2014
    So you want a bite of The Big Apple? These REITs focus on New York City real estate. Here's what you need to know.
  22. How A Bank Stress Test Works

    October 30, 2014
  23. The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions In The U.S.

    October 23, 2014
    M&A is a daily part of the American business world. They're based on the principle that "One plus one equals three," i.e. ...
  24. An Investor's Guide To Bank Stress-Testing

    October 20, 2014
    Just how are bank stress tests performed and what is the logic behind them? And is a stress test useful for evaluating a ...
  25. What You Need To Know About Preferred Stock

    October 16, 2014
    Curious about preferred shares? Here's what you should know about these bond-like instruments.
  26. The Big Credit Card Companies Have Room to Grow

    October 10, 2014
    With so many credit cards in daily use, credit card issuers have grown with their businesses.
  27. What An L.A. NFL Franchise (or Two) Would Look Like - Part II

    October 9, 2014
  28. Is Now the Time To Buy The Big U.S. Banks?

    August 25, 2014
    The stocks of the four major U.S. banks are at critical inflection points. Here's what to be aware of.
  29. Are These The Buyback Kings Of 2015?

    July 17, 2014
    You have to be impressed with the recent 30% six-month rally for chipmaker Intel (Nasdaq:INTC). For a company that was already ...
  30. 15 Companies That Are Killing It With Equal Rights

    July 2, 2014
    The Supreme Court's decision on Monday, in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, exempted some companies from offering contraceptive ...
  31. These Sectors Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

    May 28, 2014
    You've adjusted your debt portfolio to prepare for rising interest rates; now what about your equity holdings? Here are some ...
  32. Earnings Paper Cuts Impeding J.P. Morgan's Value

    April 16, 2014
    J.P. Morgan is also among the leading credit card companies in the country, it is the largest Visa issuer in the country ...
  33. Big Bank Technical Outlook

    March 19, 2014
    Outlook for the major US banks: Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup.
  34. Four Large Caps Now In Downtrends

    January 27, 2014
    The S&P 500 may not have confirmed a reversal yet, but these four large caps have
  35. #PreMarket Primer: Friday, November 15: Markets Higher Due To ...

    November 15, 2013
    Markets across the world improved after Janet Yellen was approved as the new Federal Reserve Chairwoman on Thursday. Yellen’s ...
  36. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    October 22, 2013
    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  37. Jamie Dimon Steers JPMorgan Through Rough Waters

    October 22, 2013
    JPMorgan Settles a $13 billion legal battle that address the myriad of issues surrounding Wall Street’s largest bank, investors ...
  38. The Commodities “Super-Cycle” Is Still Well At Hand

    September 30, 2013
    After a decade of torrid growth, the natural resources sector has taken a bit of a break during the last year. This has given ...
  39. Did India Just Hurt Gold’s Chances Even Further?

    September 23, 2013
    With tapering talk and better economic conditions facing the global economy, investor sentiment for gold is fading. That ...
  40. Global Giant HSBC Still An Attractive Story

    August 7, 2013
    HSBC continues to post quality numbers in a low rate environment.
  41. Societe Generale Continues To Clean Up Its Act

    August 7, 2013
    Once left for dead, SocGen is very much alive and doing better than analyts expected
  42. Morgan Stanley's Buying Its Stock--Should You?

    July 19, 2013
    Morgan Stanley delivered second-quarter earnings July 18 that beat analyst estimates. As part of its announcement it indicated ...
  43. Bank Of America Brings The Growth

    July 17, 2013
    Effective expensive reduction and lower credit costs continue to drive the story at Bank of America.
  44. Absent Higher Rates, Comerica Has Probably Gone Far Enough

    July 16, 2013
    Comerica's sluggish growth isn't unusual, but the value argument seems harder to make today.
  45. Citigroup Continues The Theme Of Decent Big Bank Earnings

    July 15, 2013
    Citi continues to fix its legacy problems, but core growth remains weak.
  46. JPMorgan Seeing Strong Credit, But Iffy Growth Momentum

    July 12, 2013
    JPMorgan continues to hit its marks on credit, though loan growth and NIM were both weak.
  47. It Keeps Getting Worse For The Gold Miners

    July 9, 2013
    With gold’s recent price drop and lowered future price targets, the miners are in a world of hurt. Cash costs for the sector ...
  48. Femsa Is A Delicate Balance Between Growth Opportunities And ...

    June 5, 2013
    Femsa's stock got a little too popular, but the long-term prospects are very good.
  49. Scotiabank's Balanced Model Continues To Deliver

    May 28, 2013
    Scotiabank looks undervalued on the prospects for balanced long-term global growth potential.
  50. Investors Seem To Be Overrating Bank Of America

    April 17, 2013
    In any case, I think U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo offer more upside from today's levels than Bank of America.
  51. Citigroup Looking More Like A Normal Big Bank These Days

    April 15, 2013
    With its first full quarter with new CEO Michael Corbat in charge now in the books, Citigroup (NYSE:C) continues to make ...
  52. 10 Highly-Anticipated Tech IPOs for 2013

    February 12, 2013
    Investment bankers are a fickle lot. When the market takes a tumble, they tell their soon-to-go-public banking clients to ...
  53. Layoffs And The Stock Market

    January 23, 2013
    Layoffs may indicate a company's failings, but they can also lead to an increase in the company's stock price.
  54. Has Citigroup Cleared The Decks, Or Found New Problems?

    January 21, 2013
    Citi's surprising provision raises new questions.
  55. Can Wells Fargo Stay Ahead Of The Curve?

    January 15, 2013
    Wells Fargo posts a decent quarter, but spread compression is still a threat.
  56. Is it Time to Dump Bank Stocks?

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  57. Can People's United Get Ahead Of The Curve?

    January 14, 2013
    Conservative capital management comes at the cost of growth.
  58. Short Sellers Are Loading up on Bank Stocks, Should You Follow ...

    January 14, 2013
    Since the second half of 2012, bank stocks have really found their footing. Shares of Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America ...
  59. 5 Below-Book Stocks with Major Insider Buying

    December 3, 2012
    Ever since he took the reins of Citigroup (NYSE: C) in mid-October, Chairman Michael O'Neill has been making the rounds with ...
  60. Recent Scandals Show Wall Street Still Needs A Lot Of Watching

    November 28, 2012
    Recent news shows that misdeeds at Wall Street and public companies continue.
  61. Feds Sue Big Banks Over Mortgage Fraud

    November 6, 2012
    While the housing sector continues to grind forward, federal investigators have been busy uncovering the reasons for the ...
  62. Where Can U.S. Bancorp Go From Here?

    October 18, 2012
    U.S. Bancorp is back to normal, but so is valuation.
  63. JPMorgan Still Cheap, But Never Easy

    October 16, 2012
    JPMorgan continues to deliver solid results in a difficult environment. With a solid dividend, prospects for share buybacks ...
  64. Building a Better Gold Standard

    September 14, 2012
    While there has been a growing amount of talk coming from Republican circles about returning to the gold standard, there's ...
  65. Enthusiasm For Bank Of America Seems A Little Strange

    July 19, 2012
    Bank of America still has a long way to go to match its peers.
  66. Citigroup Stays On Track

    July 16, 2012
    Citi is slowly executing on its recovery plan and there is a lot of earnings potential in this business.
  67. Where Does A Bruised JP Morgan Go From Here?

    July 16, 2012
    JP Morgan has taken a body-blow, but the bank's franchise value remains strong.
  68. JPMorgan Puts Its Interests Ahead Of Clients

    July 4, 2012
    Brokers at the bank sold underperforming JPMorgan mutual funds to customers despite better choices being available.
  69. The Muni Market Continues To Prove Pundits Wrong

    June 30, 2012
    Despite the dire predictions, the municipal bond sector continues to see great returns and investor inflows. Bonds in the ...
  70. With SL Green Realty, Focus Is Clearly Not An Issue

    June 28, 2012
    SL Green is keenly focused, but not especialy cheap.
  71. Preferred Stock ETFs With Huge Dividends

    June 27, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  72. 3 Ways To Play Chile's Biggest Conglomerate

    June 26, 2012
    Chile's Luksic family's estimated net worth is $18 billion. There are ways for investors to benefit from their business savvy.
  73. A Better Way To Dividends?

    June 22, 2012
    More than three years removed from the darkest days of the global financial crisis, major bank stocks still face an array ...
  74. Is Shinhan A Good Option For Investors Looking For Banking Performance?

    June 12, 2012
    Shinhan looks like a good mix of growth and value.
  75. Big Cap Bargain Financials

    June 11, 2012
    At the current prices and significant discount from book value, large U.S. financials possess a solid margin of safety.
  76. A Refreshing Choice Of Soft Drink Stocks

    June 3, 2012
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by other parts of ...
  77. XLF, You've Seen Better Days

    May 22, 2012
    In the first quarter, things were finally groovy for major bank stocks and the corresponding ETFs. Bank of America (NYSE: ...
  78. JP Morgan Pain Is Investor Gain

    May 14, 2012
    An opportunity to buy these banks when prices fall from current levels is likely to reward investors with a long-term holding ...
  79. Citigroup CEO Rakes in $14.9 Million

    May 1, 2012
    Citigroup CEO Rakes in $14.9 Million
  80. Clouds Obscure The View On First Horizon

    April 23, 2012
    First Horizon's decisions on capital look a little strange relative to credit quality.
  81. DBS Group – A Balanced Play On Asian Banking

    April 11, 2012
    DBS Group is a well-balanced play on Asian banking growth.
  82. S & P 500 - First Quarter Of 2012 Winners

    April 4, 2012
    The S & P 500 had a solid performance in the first quarter of 2012, with many of the individual components up much more ...
  83. Negative Publicity Isn't Hurting Goldman Sachs

    March 30, 2012
    Financials are one of the top performing sectors of the year and are continuing to do well even in light of the negative ...
  84. Chasing Banks For Yield And Growth

    March 22, 2012
    Banks are starting all over again looking to grow dividend payouts.
  85. National Financial Partners Retrenches For Growth

    March 19, 2012
    NFP took a hit in 2009, but in the past three years its operating cash flow has consistently been between $115 million and ...
  86. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    March 19, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  87. HSBC Still Muddling Through And Still Cheap

    February 29, 2012
    HSBC is underrated, due to its exposure to growing markets in Asia and South America, and a regained double-digit return ...
  88. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    February 13, 2012
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  89. Muni's Are Still Attractive

    February 2, 2012
    Municipal bonds continue to offer value for those investors in higher tax brackets.
  90. PNC Delivers A Surprisingly Average Quarter

    January 20, 2012
    PNC has been a leader among banks, but delivered a more average performance this quarter.
  91. Further Upside Potential For U.S. Bancorp

    January 20, 2012
    U.S. Bancorp has recovered from the credit crisis and could see some organic growth and an increased demand for shares in ...
  92. Wells Fargo Continues To Show Its Quality

    January 19, 2012
    Wells Fargo is emerging as one of the best of the new banking industry, and offers affordable, undervalued stock.
  93. 3 Preferred Stock ETFs with Huge Dividends

    December 20, 2011
    If you prefer huge dividend yields, you might want to consider having a preferred stock ETF in your portfolio.
  94. Is Bank Of America In Danger?

    December 6, 2011
    More bad news for Bank of America has the stock flirting with a dangerous price level.
  95. When Networking Pays

    November 17, 2011
    Here is one stock that has seen its share of ups and downs, but has never stopped innovating and adapting, writes Jim Fink ...
  96. Soft Drink Stocks: A Refreshing Choice

    November 15, 2011
    Soft drink producers can put some fizz in a flat portfolio and sweeten up the bitter taste left behind by other parts of ...
  97. Investing By The Book

    November 15, 2011
    Buying below book value can provide investors with a safe and consistent investment approach.
  98. Financial ETFs That Can Hurt Your Portfolio

    November 7, 2011
    History shows that using financial ETFs as a long-term investing strategy isn't wise.
  99. Investors Blindly Selling Out Of Citigroup

    October 21, 2011
    Citigroup's stock appears to be discounting investors' worse fears over its future.
  100. Banks Battle Higher Capital Standards

    October 18, 2011
    Many U.S. banks are fighting the higher capital requirements under Basel III and argue that these rules will reduce economic ...
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