1. What Is A Mortgage?

    A mortgage is a loan used to purchase a home, where the property serves as the borrower's collateral.
  2. Washing Trades In A Canadian Registered Account

    For Canadian RRSP accounts, washing same-day trades and using money market funds to bridge the gap over a multi-day trading period saves investors the exchange fee and will help their bottom line while rebalancing securities. Read on to find out how to wash your trade.
  3. Perpetual Bonds: An Overview

    A perpetual bond makes interest payments to the investor forever. This type of bond holds a certain appeal to both the issuer and buyer.
  4. Conglomerates: Cash Cows Or Corporate Chaos?

    Huge companies may not be as infallible as previously assumed. Find out why bigger isn't always better.
  5. Introduction To STRIPS

    STRIPS provide an alternative form of bond for fixed-income investors who need definite cash flows at specific times. Read the article to find out how.
  6. The Best Training Programs For CFP Exams

    The competition to become a financial planner is hot, and growing hotter. Find out the best way to preparing to land the CFP designation.
  7. How To Calculate The Bid-Ask Spread

    It's very important for every investor to learn how to calculate the bid-ask spread and factor this figure when making investment decisions.
  8. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  9. Financial Risks That Don't Pay Off: The Cost Of Reckless Financial Behavior

    Despite the recessions, citizens continue to take financial risks and spend outside of their means without fully appreciating the potential consequences for both themselves and the wider economy.
  10. 4 Benchmarks To Keep Your Retirement Finances On Track

    In today’s near-zero percent interest rate environment the old ways of investing for retirement no longer apply. Learn the sober reality of the fundamental changes we all need to make to ensure we don’t run out of money during retirement.
  11. What Is Spread Betting?

    The temptation and perils of being over leveraged is a major pitfall of spread betting. However, the low capital outlay necessary, risk management tools available and tax benefits make spread betting a compelling opportunity for speculators.
  12. Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors know to look beyond the nominal or coupon rate of a bond or loan to see whether it really fits their investment objectives.
  13. Pitfalls Of Copycat Investing

    While it may sound good in theory to attempt to mimic the investment style and profile of a successful institution, it is often much harder (if not impossible) to do so in practice.
  14. Will Immunotherapy Disrupt The Oncology Market?

    Immunotherapy could radically change the treatment of cancer, and the revenue opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.
  15. How do I list the beneficiaries of my life insurance policies if I have a trust? ...

    Because most states protect life insurance policies from creditors, most buyer questions come from the confusion created with ownership and beneficiary designations because of tax treatment. This is a rather complicated issue when it comes to life insurance proceeds, because there are two tax issues ...
  16. Introduction To American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)

    Investors should look beyond the confines of the U.S. borders to diversify and maximize returns. ADRs are one way to diversify your portfolio and help you achieve better returns when the U.S. market is in a slump.
  17. The Overlooked Answer To Retirement Woes: Your 401(k)

    Sometimes, landing free money is as easy as asking. Find out how to get the most out of your 401(k) retirement plan.
  18. The Basics Of The Bid-Ask Spread

    The bid-ask spread is essentially a negotiation in progress. To be successful, traders must be willing to take a stand and walk away in the bid-ask process through limit orders.
  19. The Art Of Cutting Your Losses

    Taking corrective action before your losses worsen is always a good strategy. Find out how to keep your capital losses small and let your winners run.
  20. Investing With A Purpose

    Your reasons for investing are bound to change as you go through the ups and downs of life. Setting goals is the first step in determining which investment vehicles are right for you.
  21. Cashing In On Corporate Restructuring

    Companies use M&As and spinoffs to boost profits - learn how you can do the same.
  22. Why Companies Stay Private

    Many private companies prefer to stay private and find alternate sources of capital. Find out what firms have to gain by eschewing the windfall from a flashy IPO.
  23. To Rent Or Buy? There's More To It Than Money

    Your lifestyle, level of commitment and the trade-offs need to be carefully weighed.
  24. The Short Squeeze Method

    The short squeezed strategy can be risky - but also very rewarding - for those who master it.
  25. Investing During Uncertainty

    The inability to forecast future events can turn the markets upside down. Find out how to stay right-side up.
  26. To Rent Or Buy? The Financial Issues

    Thinking of buying a home? We look at the initial and ongoing costs, as well as the so-called benefits.
  27. Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2013

    Here is a look at some of the major changes to FAFSA in 2013 and how they will affect students' financial aid.
  28. Master Your Trading Mindtraps

    Traders are only human; therefore, they are subject to psychological traps when they trade. Read how you can manage your emotions so that you can profit from your trading.
  29. Ways To Gauge The Market Open Direction

    Accurately predicting the stock market’s opening moves can be a useful tool. If your projection is accurate, you have opportunity to profit. Of course, the first step is to correctly gauge the market direction. You also need to select an investment and successfully gauge the resulting impact the market’s ...
  30. Calculating The Present And Future Value Of Annuities

    At some point in your life, you may have had to make a series of fixed payments over a period of time - such as rent or car payments - or have received a series of payments over a period of time, such as bond coupons. These are called annuities. The payment frequencies, or number of payments, and the ...
  31. A Lousy Investment That May Be A Good Source Of Income

    In the past few years reverse mortgages have been heavily marketed as the way to become debt, and worry, free. For some seniors a reverse mortgage makes sense, for other though this dream product can quickly become a nightmare.
  32. Beware Of The Mutual Fund Performance Trap

    Want to own a mutual fund that will double its reported return in the next six months? Chances are, you already do. Every equity mutual fund on the planet is about to report a big jump in its five-year performance. That’s not a prediction; it’s a mathematical certainty—unless the ...
  33. An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing in commodities can quickly degenerate into gambling or speculation when a trader makes uninformed decisions. However, by using commodity futures or hedging, investors and business ...
  34. The Wonders Of Convertible Bonds

    Ever wondered what exactly a convertible bond does? Read the features of a convertible bond and learn how important the conversion factor is to you as an investor.
  35. 10 Steps To Help Erase Errors On Your Credit Report

    According to a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, one in four consumers identified errors on their reports that might affect their credit rating in 2013.
  36. How And Why Do Companies Pay Dividends?

    If a company decides to pay dividends, it will choose one of three approaches: residual, stability or hybrid policies. Which a company chooses can determine how profitable its dividend payments will be for investors - and how stable the income. Before we begin describing the various policies that companies ...
  37. Fine Art Can Be A Fine Investment

    The art market is fickle, and there are no guarantees of profitability, but with a little legwork and forethought you can fill your home with images that may prove worthy investments down the line. Consider these tips for choosing fine art and identifying the Michelangelo from the macaroni.
  38. Top 4 Financial Jobs You Can Do From Home

    You don't have to go to an office to make a great salary in the financial sector. Here are the top four highest paying financial jobs you can do from home.
  39. Equity Valuation: The Comparables Approach

    The main purpose of equity valuation is to estimate a value for a firm or security. There are three primary equity valuation models: the discounted cash flow (DCF), cost and comparable approaches. The comparable model is a relative valuation approach and is explained in more detail below.
  40. Think Like Warren Buffett

    They don't call him "The Oracle" for nothing. Learn how Buffett comes up with his winning picks.
  41. The Claritas Investment Certificate: A New Foundation-Level Program From The CFA ...

    The Claritas Investment Certificate is likely to find growing acceptance as the new foundation-level education and ethics standard for the financial service sector internationally.
  42. How To Profit From Inflation

    Inflation - defined as a sustained increase in the price of goods and services - seems to be inevitable. While rising prices are bad news for consumers, as it takes an ever-increasing amount of money to purchase the same basket of goods and services year after year, inflation can be quite profitable ...
  43. The Road To Creating An IPO

    Through an Initial Public Offering, or IPO, a company raises capital by issuing shares of stock, or equity in a public market. Generally, this refers to when a company issues stock for the first time. But as we will see below, there are ways a company can go public more than once.
  44. Key Steps To Building A Great Financial Planning Practice

    Following the status quo will kill your financial practice. Find out the tips you need to follow to keep you a step or two ahead of the competition.
  45. The Opening Cross: How Nasdaq Stock Prices Are Set

    The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations, commonly referred to as Nasdaq, is a computerized marketplace where stocks are traded from 9:30am to 4pm Eastern Standard Time. While trading stops at 4pm, the business world does not.
  46. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money it lends out from the money it takes in as a deposit. The net interest margin (NIM), which most banks report quarterly, represents this spread, which is simply the difference ...
  47. The Effects Of Currency Fluctuations On The Economy

    Currency fluctuations are a natural outcome of the floating exchange rate system that is the norm for most major economies. The exchange rate of one currency versus the other is influenced by numerous fundamental and technical factors. As these factors are generally in a state of perpetual flux, currency ...
  48. Why High-Income Earners Are Not Safe From The Threat Of Bankruptcy

    Few people have much sympathy for the woes of those earning six figure or more each year. But, given that high-income earners drive economic expansion, the risks and problems facing high earners must be addressed if the U.S. is to sustain a long-term recovery.
  49. Old Stock Certificates: Lost Treasure Or Wallpaper?

    What if you've discovered some old shares in bearer form? Follow our tips and find out what they're worth.
  50. 4 Of Today’s Finance Undergraduates Share Their Experiences And Advice

    In this article, we'll take a look at what four real-life finance students are studying this fall, what jobs and internships they've held, what challenges they've encountered, and what they consider to be their dream jobs.
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  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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