Investopedia

DEFINITION of 'Investopedia'

Investopedia is one of the best-known sources of financial information on the Internet. The website serves as a resource for investors, consumers, financial professionals, and students who seek guidance or information on various topics.

The site publishes articles on investments, insurance, retirement, estate and college planning, consumer debt, and an assortment of other educational material.

BREAKING DOWN 'Investopedia'

Although Investopedia started as a source for financial terms, it has expanded to bring timely stock analysis and financial news to users. New investors can open a free stock or forex simulator account before entering the market with real funds. Most recently, Investopedia launched its Advisor Insights network, which connects users with Investopedia's network of Financial Advisors to answer any and all finance questions. 

The online website was founded in 1999 by two graduates of the University of Alberta in Canada, Cory Janssen and Cory Wagner. The college classmates enlisted the help of a third school mate, Tom Hendrickson, to run the company. The group later sold Investopedia to Forbes Publishing in 2007.

Growth of the Company

When ValueClick bought Investopedia in 2010 for $42 million, the website brought in approximately $10 million in annual revenue and 2.2 million visitors per month. IAC purchased the website in late 2013. As part of IAC, Investopedia joined other well-known Web properties such as About.com, Ask.com and Dictionary.com in the company's lineup. As of 2016, the CEO of Investopedia is David Siegel. He has nearly 20 years of experience running media companies. Under Siegel's leadership, Investopedia has increased its unique visitors to 20 million per month, nearly 10 times as many as in 2010. Investopedia has offices in New York and Edmonton, Alberta.

Stock Simulator

One of the major online products of Investopedia is its Stock Simulator. The program gives users $100,000 in virtual money to purchase stocks, securities and other investments in real-time scenarios. The simulator gives potential traders a taste of what it is like to try to make money on investments before spending actual money on the stock market. The game allows enthusiasts to challenge each other to see who performs better over time. This portion of Investopedia requires registration through an email address or Facebook.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Financial Adviser

    A professional who helps individuals manage their finances by ...
  2. Network Effect

    A phenomenon whereby a good or service becomes more valuable ...
  3. Personal Financial Advisor

    Professionals who help individuals manage their finances by providing ...
  4. Barry Diller

    The long-standing CEO and chairman of media company InterActiveCorp ...
  5. Financial Portal

    A website that provides a variety of financial data and information, ...
  6. Look-Ahead Bias

    Bias created by the use of information or data in a study or ...
Related Articles
  1. Financial Advisor

    About Investopedia's Advisor Insights

    For the many financial advisors who have shown interest in Investopedia's new Advisor Insights platform, here are answers to some common questions.
  2. Financial Advisor

    Advisor Insights: What You Need to Know

    Advisor Insights seeks to connect Investopedia's 20 million users to the many financial advisors who use Investopedia. There are unique benefits for both.
  3. Retirement

    Investopedia's CEO: 'Welcome to Advisor Insights'

    Today Investopedia launches Advisor Insights, a free service to both users and financial advisors that can provide significant value to each.
  4. Financial Advisor

    CEO David Siegel Introduces Advisor Insights

    Investopedia's CEO David Siegel introduces Advisor Insights, a platform connecting over 20 million followers to the expertise of hundreds of financial advisors.
  5. Insights

    What Would You Do With $10,000?

    Investopedia asked, and you answered: What would you do with $10k?
  6. Markets

    The Investopedia Election Center

    Follow all the election news – from results to deep-dive analysis – on the Investopedia Election Center.
  7. Markets

    Investopedia Anxiety Index Launched

    The idea for the index started with a question: what can Investopedia readers tell us about economic and market conditions?
  8. Insights

    Hedge Funders' Favorite Financial Terms

    Investopedia asked finance industry professionals what they considered their favorite financial term.
  9. Insights

    Investopedia CEO David Siegel on Cheddar

    CEO David Siegel spoke with Cheddar on the floor of the NYSE about Investopedia's Anxiety Index.
  10. Insights

    The New Investopedia Homepage

    Investopedia is proud to unveil our new hompage!
RELATED FAQS
  1. I want to start buying stocks. Where do I start?

  2. I am a beginner in buying stocks, where do I begin?

    I am 18 years old trying to start a small investment in stocks. I’m looking at starting with about $200 and gradually ... Read Answer >>
  3. Should I be looking into qualified accounts (IRA) at this stage in my life or should ...

    I will graduate college in 2017 debt free with ~22k in savings, 16k of which is already invested in a well diversified taxable ... Read Answer >>
  4. What is the cheapest, fastest way to research, buy and trade stock?

    Thanks to the internet, there is a huge range of service providers that investors can use to obtain investment research and ... Read Answer >>
  5. Where can you get real estate advice?

    Learn where to find unbiased real estate advice on the Web, and get a brief sampling of the types of issues to take into ... Read Answer >>
  6. How much should we put in a 529 each year to pay for college for two kids?

    If we have two kids, three and one years old, and assume we are on track for retirement, how much should we potentially put ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Dove

    An economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that ...
  2. Cyclical Stock

    An equity security whose price is affected by ups and downs in the overall economy. Cyclical stocks typically relate to companies ...
  3. Front Running

    The unethical practice of a broker trading an equity based on information from the analyst department before his or her clients ...
  4. After-Hours Trading - AHT

    Trading after regular trading hours on the major exchanges. The increasing popularity of electronic communication networks ...
  5. Omnibus Account

    An account between two futures merchants (brokers). It involves the transaction of individual accounts which are combined ...
  6. Weighted Average Life - WAL

    The average number of years for which each dollar of unpaid principal on a loan or mortgage remains outstanding. Once calculated, ...
Trading Center