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  1. PNC Acquires Another Fixer-Up Bank Chain

    June 21, 2011
    PNC makes a widely-expected move to expand its banking operations into the Southeast.
  2. Global X Food ETF

    May 9, 2011
    A new niche ETF covering the food sector launched this week - this article provides investors with a breakdown.
  3. Top Canadian Dividend Stocks

    May 6, 2011
    Just because a stock pays out a dividend doesn't mean it isn't committed to growth.
  4. Bank Revenues Threatened By New Interchange Fees

    April 26, 2011
    Proposed rules from the Federal Reserve on debit interchange fees received by banks will lead to sharp drops in revenue for ...
  5. It's Time To Invest In Brazil

    April 20, 2011
    Brazil is no sleeping gaint; this resource-rich country has transformed itself into a nation exceptionally worthy of long-term ...
  6. Bank Of The Ozarks Making The Best Of Things

    April 18, 2011
    Bank of the Ozarks has used FDIC-assisted acquisitions to build a platform for growth.
  7. 4 High Yielding Canadian Stocks

    April 7, 2011
    Take a look at some of Canada's highest-yielding dividend stocks.
  8. 6 Banks That Still Need To Roll Up Their TARP

    March 11, 2011
    While bank stocks have generally recovered, a few stragglers remain.
  9. BMO Buying Marshall & Illsley

    December 17, 2010
    BMO makes a deep-value, scratch-and-dent purchase.
  10. Brazillian Stocks To Watch In 2011

    December 8, 2010
    Brazil is no sleeping gaint; this resource-rich country has transformed itself into a nation exceptionally worthy of long-term ...
  11. Shortcuts To The Z-Score

    November 29, 2010
    The Z-Score can successfully determine a company's volatility by using five distinct calculations, and these three are the ...
  12. Is Russia Too Cheap to Ignore?

    November 24, 2010
    Despite the attractive valuation, investing in Russia carries complex risks. Find out if this BRIC nation is an emerging ...
  13. 5 Worst-Performing Stocks In October

    November 2, 2010
    The worst stocks in the S&P 500 in October ran the gamut from technology to finance and were mostly caused by investor ...
  14. Big Ideas From Value Investing Congress

    October 15, 2010
    Established investors speak their minds at the latest VIC. Find out if their ideas are worthy of your dollars.
  15. Saskatchewan Bakken Moves Forward

    September 30, 2010
    Although recent activity at the Saskatchewan Bakken is low profile relative to the U.S., the potential is just as good.
  16. Marcellus Shale Development Continues

    September 27, 2010
    The Marcellus Shale is attracting more capital and new entrants over the last month despite an industry bias towards oil ...
  17. Top Canadian Dividend Stocks

    September 24, 2010
    Just because a stock pays out a dividend doesn't mean it isn't committed to growth.
  18. Enerplus Goes Corporate

    September 23, 2010
    Enerplus Resources Fund is converting from a royalty trust to a corporate structure due to an income tax change in Canada. ...
  19. Emerging Market Consumer ETF

    September 21, 2010
    A new ETF focuses on the growing emerging market consumer - finally!
  20. India's Economic Boom

    August 23, 2010
    As the middle child in the BRIC, India often gets passed over in favor of China or Brazil. However, fortunes may be shifting ...
  21. Canadian Royalty Trusts Offer Relative Safety And High Income

    August 13, 2010
    Generous dividend yields should limit the downside for this group.
  22. Santander's Footprint Pays Off

    August 3, 2010
    Santander's fast-growing Latin business provides a spicy contrast to the sour state of Spain.
  23. Capital Source Continues To Evolve

    July 27, 2010
    My fourth article about Baupost Group holdings. I'll talk about CapitalSource's evolution from commercial lender to bank ...
  24. Fair Value Proposal For Loans

    June 29, 2010
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board has proposed changes to accounting rules that would require banks to value loans ...
  25. One Undervalued Insurance Company

    June 24, 2010
    Since 2001, White Mountains has increased its book value per share from $151 to over $400 today.
  26. Brazil Is Still A Buy

    June 8, 2010
    The recent European debt crisis and market swings have opened up an opportunity to invest in one the best long-term growth ...
  27. 2010: Best Bankruptcy Bets In Retail

    January 6, 2010
    2010 might not be much better than 2009 for retail. Here's a look at a few that might test bankruptcy.
  28. 5 Companies With Low Valuations And High Dividends

    November 19, 2009
    You'd be crazy not to take a look at these companies boasting high dividends, low P/E and a healthy P/B ratio.
  29. 4 Promising Stocks From The Cooperman Portfolio

    November 9, 2009
    Leon Cooperman is one of the great value investors according to Forbes. We look at four stocks from his portfolio.
  30. The Global Titans of Tomorrow

    October 30, 2009
    Small caps are great, but emerging-market small caps are even better.
  31. Brazil's Endless Investment Potential

    October 6, 2009
    We look at some ETFs as ways to play the most promising member of BRIC.
  32. Bank Convertibles That Offer Income And Upside

    October 1, 2009
    If there’s more snort left in this bull, these three issues may be the safest way to play it.
  33. Profitable And Easy Ways To Invest In Africa

    September 9, 2009
    Africa may hold the key to long-term portfolio success.
  34. Winning International Small Caps

    August 21, 2009
    Often overlooked by investors, international small caps offer a great way to profit from long term trends and add to a portfolios ...
  35. The Battle Of The Smart Money

    August 18, 2009
    Two smart money guys seem to take opposite opinions on the future direction of the stock market. Who's right? Who cares? ...
  36. Will Commercial Real Estate Be Bailed Out?

    July 27, 2009
    There may be further problems in the commercial real estate sector, perhaps precipitating round two of the bailout of the ...
  37. Put Your Faith In Energy Trusts

    June 16, 2009
    These investments offer great regular payouts and, if oil keeps rising, a chance for outsized capital gains.
  38. 5 Companies Snapping Up Their Own Stock

    June 15, 2009
    These companies are buying back their shares. Should you be buying them as well?
  39. Trust In Oil And Gas Partnerships

    May 15, 2009
    There's more than one way to make money from the oil and gas rebound. We take a look at trusts and partnerships to find promising ...
  40. Is It Time To Short Financials?

    April 23, 2009
    The recent rally in financials raises the question of whether investors should once again be thinking about shorting the ...
  41. Banks Are Lending Money

    February 2, 2009
    Although some anecdotal evidence suggests "banks won't lend", earnings reports from some large regional banks contradict ...
  42. Playing The Dividend Payout Game

    January 26, 2009
    Tumbling markets cause some investors to seek returns through dividends. But is this a prudent profit-making move?
  43. Wachovia-Wells Fargo A Victory For Us All

    October 6, 2008
    Wells Fargo made a rival bid for crumbling Wachovia, one that didn't require a taxpayer funded backstop. Does this deal restore ...
  44. Bearish On The Russian Bear

    August 13, 2008
    Growing political risks are adding to the potential downside for Russia's resource dependent economy and markets.
  45. Regional Banks Trapped In The Florida Quagmire

    July 24, 2008
    Learn why banks like Regions Financial and SunTrust that sought treasure in the depths of the Florida markets now regret ...
  46. On The Indexing Front Lines (PRF, IWB, IWD)

    June 20, 2007
    Does the weighting of an index influence its risk/return profile? We delve into the topic to find out.
  47. Beyond Barclays ETFs (BCS)

    April 3, 2007
    British Bank Barclays is the reigning King of ETFs in the U.S. but it's reach doesn't stop there.
  48. Winners and Losers - January 29th - February 2nd (SIRF,NTRI)

    February 2, 2007
    A look at some of the market's big winners and losers for the week of January 29th.
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