Investing Basics

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  1. How does Beta reflect systematic risk?

    Beta can help investors understand if a stock price will fluctuate at a similar rate to the market – if it moves with the ...
  2. How does implied volatility impact the pricing of options?

    As implied volatility increases, call and put option prices go up. When implied volatility decreases, option prices go down.
  3. What is the difference between speculation and gambling?

    Although gambling and speculation both refer to uncertain outcomes, speculation includes taking into account a calculated ...
  4. How does a stop order and a stop limit order differ?

    Traders use stop orders and stop limit orders as stop losses and regular investors should understand how each type works.
  5. How to Calculate a Company's Forward P/E in Excel?

    Find out more about the forward price to earnings ratio and how to calculate the forward price to earnings ratios of companies ...
  6. How Liquid Are Money Market Accounts?

    Learn the characteristics that distinguish money market accounts from checking, savings account and money market funds as ...
  7. What is the formula for calculating CAPM in Excel?

    Find out more about the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) and the formula for calculating it in Microsoft Excel.
  8. Is the Wall Street Journal a Conservative Publisher?

    Looks at the conservative orientation of the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch through News Corp.
  9. A Forward Contract Differs From a Call Option

    Forward contracts and call options are different financial instruments that allow two parties to purchase or sell assets.
  10. How Rupert Murdoch Became a Media Tycoon

    Rupert Murdoch turned a small family newspaper company into two separate multibillion-dollar media conglomerates.
  11. The Average Profit Margin for a Utility Company

    The standard supply and demand forces are limited among energy producers, and this is directly linked with the average profit ...
  12. What Is the Best Financial Analysis Software?

    Discover what features make for good financial analysis software, some popular options and why analysts need to pick the ...
  13. Dividend Yield

    A financial ratio that shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price.
  14. Why the Energy Stock Selloff May Be Overdone

    A trio of 2018 milestones show that iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) is now an indispensable investment ...
  15. How risky are futures?

    Futures as an investment asset are not inherently riskier than other investment assets, such as equities or currencies.
  16. Is there a positive correlation between risk and return?

    A lower risk investment has lower potential for profit. A higher risk investment has a higher potential for profit but also ...
  17. What's the Difference Between a Stop and a Limit Order?

    A limit order sets the maximum or minimum at which you're willing to buy or sell. A stop order will be executed only when ...
  18. Initial Public Offering - IPO

    An initial public offering is when a private company or corporation raises investment capital by offering its stock to the ...
  19. Finding out the Ex-Dividend Date for a Stock's Dividend

    Learn about the various information sources from which investors can obtain information about upcoming ex-dividend dates ...
  20. EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

    EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and is a popular indicator of a company's ...
  21. The Difference Between Bid-Ask Spread and Bid-Ask Bounce

    Understand the difference between the bid-ask spread that determines the buy or sell price for a stock and a bid-ask bounce, ...
  22. The Safest and the Riskiest Assets

    When investing some assets are considered safe, while others are considered risky, this includes savings accounts, T-bills, ...
  23. Are dividends the best way to make money for retirement?

    Using dividends for retirement income can provide a hedge against a variety of risks, but investors need to be aware of the ...
  24. Expectations Index

    The Expectations Index is one of two datasets that comprise the Consumer Confidence Index®.
  25. The Main Types of Chips Produced by Semiconductor Companies

    Chips in the semiconductor industry are categorized in two ways, by functionality and by type of integrated circuit (IC).
  26. Does Working Capital Include Prepaid Expenses?

    Discover how prepaid expenses can be classified as short-term assets included in the calculations for determining working ...
  27. Unpaid Dividend

    An unpaid dividend is a dividend that is owed to stockholders of record but has not yet been paid out.
  28. If an investor is short a dividend-paying stock on record date are they entitled to the dividend?

    Learn what short sellers must do when they are short a dividend-paying stock on record date.
  29. Is It Possible For ETF Fees to Be Too Low?

    As ETFs race to find the lowest expense ratios, investors should be mindful of other fees.
  30. What's Behind the Spike in VIX ETFs?

    When Wall Street's fear meter rises, some ETFs are prepared to scoop up gains.
  31. What is the history of the S&P 500?

    The S&P 500 was introduced by Standard & Poor's in 1957 as a market index to track the value of 500 large corporations ...
  32. What's the difference between "flip-in" and "flip-over" poison pills?

    A poison pill is a defense tactic used by corporations to thwart hostile takeovers by making it more difficult for the takeover ...
  33. What's the best way to play backwardation in the futures market?

    Backwardation is most likely to occur from short-term factors leading to fears of scarcity: extreme weather, wars and political ...
  34. What is a utility stock?

    Investing in difficult economic conditions requires knowledge of different stock classes. Utility stocks are one vehicle ...
  35. How do I use the rule of 72 to calculate continuous compounding?

    The rule of 72 is a mathematical shortcut used to predict when a population, investment or other category will double in ...
  36. Blockchain, Explained

    A simple breakdown of blockchain technology, what it is, how it works, and where it’s headed.
  37. Why Invest in Companies that Focus on Inclusion and Diversity?

    Read on our take about the investment case for inclusion and diversity.
  38. How to Sail Through a Market Correction

    Planning and understanding can help bring investors peace of mind when facing a market correction.
  39. The 5 Most Shorted NYSE Stocks

    Understand what a short sale is and why people would want to initiate a short strategy. Learn about the top five most shorted ...
  40. Year-End Tax Planning for Your Investments

    Year-end tax planning is crucial to take advantage of strategies that will maximize after-tax returns on your investments.
  41. The Top 5 Disney Individual Shareholders (DIS)

    Since 1923, the top individual shareholders of The Walt Disney Company have changed hands many times. In 2018 there are five ...
  42. Santa Claus Rally

    A Santa Claus rally describes sustained increases in the stock market that begin on December 26th and extend through January ...
  43. How to Create an Investment Plan and Why It's Important

    Unlike a financial plan that takes everything financial into account, an investment plan focuses only on your investments. ...
  44. Top Marijuana Stocks to Watch

    Pot stocks are blazing hot, but before you open your wallet to get a piece of the action, here are a few things that could ...
  45. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)

    Discounted cash flow (DCF) is a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of an investment opportunity.
  46. An Introduction to the Roth 401(k)

    The money you earn today is taxed today, making tax-free retirement withdrawals a reality.
  47. Hedge Funds: Not for the Ordinary Investor

    Hedge funds are more complex and risky than traditional funds, and they historically have generated lower returns, but they ...
  48. How to Use Your Roth IRA as an Emergency Fund

    Ever feel like you don’t have enough money to save for emergencies and retirement? An often-overlooked feature of the Roth ...
  49. Short Selling

    Short selling is the sale of a security that is not owned by the seller or that the seller has borrowed in the hope that ...
  50. Top 4 Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)

    Learn more about the largest institutional shareholders invested in Berkshire Hathaway.
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