DEFINITION of 'Investotainment'

Television reporting about the stock market, the economy and other business and financial matters that appears to be news but may have more entertainment value than factual value. As such, it is generally not a good tool to use in making financial decisions. Investotainment seeks to entertain viewers with tactics such as fiery debates between talking heads and alarmist coverage of short-term fluctuations in stock prices.

BREAKING DOWN 'Investotainment'

The word "investotainment" is a play on the word "infotainment," which is a generally pejorative term for television news that is geared more toward increasing viewership ("soft news") than toward delivering important information ("hard news").

RELATED TERMS
  1. News Trader

    A trader or investor who makes trading or investing decisions ...
  2. Material News

    News released by a company that might affect the value of its ...
  3. Bloomberg

    A major global provider of 24-hour financial news and information ...
  4. Baked In The Cake

    Projections, expectations and other news items that are already ...
  5. Informationally Efficient Market

    A theory, which moves beyond the definition of the efficient ...
  6. Reuters

    A global information provider headquartered in London, England, ...
Related Articles
  1. Insights

    Financial Media 4-1-1 For Investors

    Cut through the information clutter and decipher the useful news from the useless.
  2. Managing Wealth

    6 Easy Ways To Keep Current

    Here are six ways in which you can keep up with the news while you are on the go.
  3. Investing

    Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  4. Trading

    Top U.S Forex News Sites

    Breaking news moves forex markets. Here are the top U.S. sites for tracking forex news.
  5. Financial Advisor

    Will YouTube Ever Overtake Television?

    YouTube has started expanding its content to include original series, but that doesn't mean it will become the primary source of video entertainment.
  6. Investing

    Analyzing Show Biz Stocks

    The glitz and glam of Hollywood could help put some more glitz in your pocket.
  7. Investing

    Top 5 Entertainment Stocks of 2016

    Consumers are expected to spend more on entertainment in 2016. These five stocks are well-positioned to benefit.
  8. Financial Advisor

    Invest In Leisure & Entertainment For 2015

    The leisure and entertainment industries are showing strong upward trends as seen in the Powershares Dynamic Leisure & Entertainment ETF.
  9. Investing

    The Top 5 Entertainment Penny Stocks for 2016 (SIRI, ZNGA)

    Learn more about what types of businesses comprise the entertainment industry, and discover five entertainment penny stocks for investors to consider in 2016.
  10. Financial Advisor

    Why Disrupting Television Will Take TimeĀ 

    The growing popularity of YouTube and Netflix has given rise to dire predictions about television's death. But here's why the medium may prove to be resilient.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why do stock prices change following news reports?

    Stock prices move up and down every minute due to fluctuations in supply and demand. If more people want to buy a particular ... Read Answer >>
  2. Who owns Dow Jones & Company?

    Learn how the purchase of Dow Jones & Company by News Corp. included the acquisition of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's ... Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between economic value and market value?

    Learn about the differences between economic value and market value. Discover how they serve different purposes for businesses ... Read Answer >>
  4. How does the performance of the stock market affect individual businesses?

    Learn how stock markets affect individual businesses by influencing consumer spending levels and affecting the way companies ... Read Answer >>
  5. What does it mean if a share's market value is significantly higher than its book ...

    Learn how investors and analysts compare the market value of stock shares to the book value per common share; discover what ... Read Answer >>
  6. Is the banking sector a good choice for value investing?

    Find out why the banking sector is attractive to value investors, who typically look to buy discounted stocks during times ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Federal Direct Loan Program

    A program that provides low-interest loans to postsecondary students and their parents. The William D. Ford Federal Direct ...
  2. Cash Flow

    The net amount of cash and cash-equivalents moving into and out of a business. Positive cash flow indicates that a company's ...
  3. PLUS Loan

    A low-cost student loan offered to parents of students currently enrolled in post-secondary education. With a PLUS Loan, ...
  4. Graduate Record Examination - GRE

    A standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics ...
  5. Graduate Management Admission Test - GMAT

    A standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most ...
  6. Magna Cum Laude

    An academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with ...
Trading Center