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  1. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell. ...
  2. Enhanced Index Funds: Can They Deliver Low-Risk Returns?

    These funds may look appealing. Find out whether they can really live up to all of their promises.
  3. Mutual Funds: Brand Names Vs. House Brands

    Find out whether an in-house fund will serve you better than a major company's fund offerings.
  4. 5 Ways To Invest In Currencies

    As the economies of some countries sputter and former third-world countries are beginning to emerge, currency investing is ...
  5. 3 Alternative Ways To Assess Your Investment Manager

    Find out whether your funds are being managed according to your goals.
  6. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  7. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  8. Introduction To Money Market Mutual Funds

    Learn about the easiest way to benefit from money market securities.
  9. Proxy Voting Gives Fund Shareholders A Say

    You have the right to take part in important company decisions - even if you cannot attend the meetings.
  10. Lazy Portfolio Strategies For Your RRSP

    Check out this cheap and easy way to secure good returns for the long term.
  11. Portfolio Basics For The Beginner Investor

    By following some broad allocation guidelines, new investors can build the portfolio they want.
  12. A Safer Money Market With Rule 2a-7

    Money markets are traditionally "safe" investments - but Rule 2a-7 just made them a bit safer.
  13. The Upside Of Deflation

    Deflation has continued to pop up throughout economic history - but is that such a bad thing?
  14. Dangerous Advice For Beginner Investors

    Sometimes investment tips can do more harm to your portfolio than good. One size fits all may work for ponchos and raincoats, ...
  15. Watch Out For The Mutual Fund Metamorphosis

    A new name may make a fund look fresh and exciting, but has anything really changed?
  16. Retail Notes: A Simpler Alternative To Bond Funds

    These securities are meant to be held until maturity, removing the burden of complex pricing that sometimes plagues bonds. ...
  17. The 4 Key Elements Of A Well-Managed Portfolio

    If you choose an actively managed portfolio, be sure that your manager isn't neglecting one of these four points.
  18. Gauge Portfolio Performance By Measuring Returns

    Calculate returns frequently and accurately to ensure that you're meeting your investing goals.
  19. Floating-Rate Mutual Funds: Rewards And Risks

    In an economy with low interest rates, investors need to get creative in order to reap high returns.
  20. Activist Hedge Funds: Follow The Trail To Profit

    Learn to profit by following the lead of some of Wall Street's most ruthless investors.
  21. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  22. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  23. Digging Deeper: The Mutual Fund Prospectus

    The legal jargon of this document can be daunting. Find out how to get to the important stuff.
  24. Do Money-Market Funds Pay?

    This investment provides security, but its returns may not be adequate for long-term investors.
  25. Top 5 All-Time Best Mutual Fund Managers

    The best managers produced long-term, market-beating returns and helped investors build big nest eggs. Find out who made ...
  26. Bond Funds Boost Income, Reduce Risk

    These funds can provide stable returns for those who depend on their investment income.
  27. Published Mutual Fund Returns Not Always What They Appear

    Survivorship bias erases substandard performers, distorting overall mutual fund returns.
  28. How's Your Mutual Fund Really Doing?

    Determine how fund managers are doing by sizing them up against their peers.
  29. Mutual Fund Tune-Up Delivers High-Powered Performance

    Rebalancing your portfolio will protect you from risk and ensure that your investments are performing at their best.
  30. Should You Follow Your Fund Manager?

    Learn how to tell if a fund in flux is still a suitable investment.
  31. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  32. Which Mutual Fund Style Index Is For You?

    The Russell Investments and MSCI Barra style classification systems can help you pick the right mutual fund - if you know ...
  33. The Future Of Green Technology Investing

    Other endeavors may be experiencing a credit crunch, but investing in energy conservation, sustainable energy and resource ...
  34. Financial Institutions: Stretched Too Thin?

    Find out how to evaluate a firm's loan portfolio to determine its financial health.
  35. Using Mutual Funds To Profit From Market Dips

    Stop hoping for the indexes to go up and start investing in the reverse.
  36. The Volatility Index: Reading Market Sentiment

    Using the Volatility Index can be essential for investing success.
  37. The Lowdown On No-Load Mutual Funds

    These funds let you cut out the middleman - and the fees.
  38. Why It Pays To Be A Lazy Investor

    Be a couch potato! This passive, but diversified, investing strategy could be for you.
  39. Mutual Fund Style Drift Not Always A Bad Thing

    Style drift has a bad reputation, but it can be a sign that your fund is thriving.
  40. The Lowdown On Index Funds

    If you can't beat the market, why not join it? Read on to go over your options.
  41. Analyzing Mutual Funds For Maximum Return

    Using a few simple metrics will help you pick the right fund for your portfolio.
  42. The Secret To Consistent Returns In Any Market

    Despite the market’s recent volatility, there are some investors who haven’t seen negative returns. Learn their secret.
  43. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  44. That's A (Mutual Fund) Wrap!

    These advisory programs offer professional supervision and other handy tools for building a diversified portfolio.
  45. Permanent Portfolio Locks In Long-Term Profits

    Harry Browne believes his "permanent portfolio" theory is the ideal long-term investing strategy.
  46. What Is A Registered Investment Advisor?

    Hoping for a career in the financial services industry? Working for an RIA may fit the bill.
  47. Your Mutual Fund: It's Riskier Than You Think

    Fund managers often take on more risk than they should, putting business ahead of fund holders' interests.
  48. Understanding The Mutual Fund Style Box

    Evaluate your investments with this simple tool.
  49. Too Many Mutual Funds?

    Is there a magic number you should be aiming for? Find out here.
  50. A Brief History Of The Mutual Fund

    This popular investment vehicle has seen its share of ups and downs, successes and scandals. Read all about it!
  51. Build Your Portfolio With Infrastructure Investments

    Mutual funds devoted to keeping roads, structures and communities safe can make you money.
  52. Beware The Index Hugger

    These funds put the squeeze on your money. Don't pay for service you're not getting.
  53. The Rise Of The Hedged Mutual Fund

    Discover these growing funds, which were previously unavailable to the average investor.
  54. The ABCs of Mutual Fund Classes

    Do you understand how the various types of shares differ? We give you the pros and cons of each.
  55. Using LEAPS In A Covered Call Write

    Discover how strategy can help reduce your downside risk.
  56. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

    Even if the market is in a decline your portfolio doesn't have to be.
  57. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  58. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  59. Hedge Funds Hunt For Upside, Regardless Of The Market

    Hedge funds seek positive absolute returns, and engage in aggressive strategies to make this happen.
  60. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical ...
  61. Turnover Ratios Weak Indicator Of Fund Quality

    This indicator is not as important as some investors might think.
  62. Employee Benefits: How To Know What To Choose

    Starting a new job is stressful but you don't need to sweat about setting up a benefits package.
  63. Don't Lose Your Shirt On Mutual Fund Sales

    Mutual funds aren't guaranteed profit-makers, but with the right calculations and timing, you can avoid major losses.
  64. Playing It Safe In Foreign Stock Markets

    Find out some of the lower-risk ways to invest in foreign markets.
  65. Getting To Know Hedge-Like Mutual Funds

    This type of alternative investment mutual fund gives investors the benefits of a hedge fund, without the need for high net ...
  66. Mutual Fund Ratings: Are They Deceiving?

    Rating systems are a helpful - but not perfect - tool to help you find a winning fund.
  67. Investing In A Unit Investment Trust

    UITs offer professional portfolio selection and a definitive investment objective. Are they right for you?
  68. Breaking The Buck: Why Low Risk Is Not Risk-Free

    Money market funds have been assumed to be safe investments, and they are - but only to a point.
  69. Segregated Funds: Investment Protection For Canadian Citizens

    These funds contain the best of all worlds, providing opportunities for market growth with a no-loss guarantee.
  70. Mine For Profits With Natural Resource Sector Funds

    These funds allow everyday investors to get in on the action in this promising sector.
  71. Getting Positive Results With Market-Neutral Funds

    Find out how these mutual funds can add some flavor to your bland portfolio.
  72. The Knowledge-Experience Continuum: Where Do You Fall?

    Theory and practice are worlds apart, but problems arise when people treat them as one and the same.
  73. Benchmark To Show Winning Returns

    You can't win if you don't keep score. Read on to learn how to measure your returns.
  74. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  75. Why Invest In International Equity Mutual Funds?

    Going global may help increase your portfolio return but is the unique risk worth it?
  76. Could Your Company Be A Target For Activist Investors?

    Find out why certain companies are targeted by these investors.
  77. Full-Service Brokerage Or DIY?

    Determine what you are getting for your fees and commissions and how to get your money's worth.
  78. Corporate Takeover Defense: A Shareholder's Perspective

    Find out the strategies corporations use to protect themselves from unwanted acquisitions.
  79. Mitigate Your Equity Risk

    If you think holding a few different stocks is enough, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
  80. Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?

    From lenders to buyers to hedge funds, it appears everyone has blood on their hands.
  81. Canary Capital Partners: Anatomy Of A Scandal

    Learn how a hedge fund scammed its way to profits and caught investors off-guard.
  82. Active Share Measures Active Management

    A 2006 study proves the effectiveness of a new way of sizing up your portfolio manager.
  83. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  84. The Buy-Side Of The M&A Process

    With almost $2 trillion in sales yearly, find out how these mergers and acquisitions take place.
  85. Dividends Still Look Good After All These Years

    Find out how this "first love" still holds its bloom as it ages.
  86. The Pros And Cons Of Institutional Ownership

    These big players can both create and destroy value for shareholders.
  87. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  88. Side-By-Side Management May Favor Hedge Over Mutual Funds

    Having your firm handle both investments can spell disaster for your returns.
  89. Seek Out Past Losses To Uncover Future Gains

    Tax loss carry-forwards can help reduce the tax burden of owning a profitable fund.
  90. The Quest To Build A Unified Managed Account

    Find out why the convenient, customizable UMA should be the next big thing in managed money.
  91. Morningstar's Stewardship Grade Scores Big

    Morningstar's service gives investors an idea how well fund companies are safeguarding their interests.
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