Investing Basics

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  1. Crystallization

    Crystallization is the act of selling and buying stocks almost instantaneously in order to increase or decrease book value.
  2. Look Overseas For Fixed Income Investment Options

    After years of underperforming U.S. alternatives, international equities are shining brighter.
  3. Offshore Banking Isn’t Illegal. Hiding It Is

    If you want to put your money into an offshore account, go ahead. But be aware that it won’t be exempt from taxes.
  4. Using Monte Carlo Simulations in Financial Plans

    A Monte Carlo forecast can be a great tool that helps financial planners guide clients.
  5. Why the Tech Sector Glass is Half Full

    Sentiment toward technology stocks is oscillating between optimism and skepticism. We dig into tech sector opportunities—and ...
  6. Top 4 Leveraged S&P 500 ETFs as of September 2017

    Investors with high risk tolerance aiming to capitalize on a volatile space may like these funds.
  7. 3 Steps to Avoid Investing Mistakes

    Making good investment decisions involves changing these counterproductive habits.
  8. To Hedge (or Not to Hedge) Currency Moves

    To hedge, or not to hedge, currency moves: that is the question. Terry provides our answer.
  9. Use Relative Strength to Your Portfolio's Advantage

    Comparing one investment's performance can help you make a better-informed investment decision.
  10. Understand the Risks of Bond Market Investing

    Selecting bonds that match your investment goals is easier said than done.
  11. Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval - EDGAR

    The electronic filing system created by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the purpose of increasing efficiency and ...
  12. John Bogle: 'The more you trade, the less you make'

    Vanguard founder John Bogle explains why most ETFs don't always make sense.
  13. Is '100 Minus Your Age' Outdated?

    A longstanding rule of thumb says that your stock allocation should equal "100 minus your age." Now, some experts suggest ...
  14. Can a Financial Advisor Make you Happier?

    Elliot Weissbluth, CEO and Founder of HighTower Advisors, shares why financial advisors have a pretty big impact on your ...
  15. Blockchain

    A blockchain is a public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Developed for Bitcoin, its uses are spreading to all ...
  16. Oppenheimer's Ari Wald on the Tech Sector

    Head of Technical Analysis at Oppenheimer & Co. Ari Wald shares his favorite chart.
  17. What Determines Your Cost Basis?

    The cost basis is the initial price paid in an exchange for a product or service.
  18. Durability Seen in Emerging Markets ETF Rally

    Some market observers see more upside for emerging markets, but there are risks to consider.
  19. What Level of Return on Equity is Common for Bank?

    Discover what the average return on equity (ROE) ratio is for companies in the banking industry, and understand the significance ...
  20. Should You Invest Your Entire Portfolio In Stocks?

    It is true that stocks outperform bonds and cash in the long run, but that statistic doesn't tell the whole story.
  21. Blue Chip

    A blue chip is a nationally recognized, well-established, and financially sound company.
  22. When It Comes to Investing, Risk Is Always On

    To give you a better sense of what risk looks like, here are some risks we're seeing right now.
  23. Is an All-Stock Portfolio Worth the Risk?

    Determining the level of risk that should be in your portfolio is highly personal and complex.
  24. Last Trading Day

    The last trading day is the final day that a futures contract may trade or be closed out before delivery of the underlying ...
  25. Buffett Vs. Soros: Investment Strategies

    Warren Buffett and George Soros employ markedly different investing strategies. Of course, both men have achieved great success. ...
  26. Investing in Cryptocurrency: The Risks

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks when investing in a cryptocurrency like bitcoin?
  27. What Is Your Investment Strategy?

    Without a well executed plan, investments may not grow to reach financial goals.
  28. Due Diligence

    Due diligence is defined as the care a reasonable person should take before entering into an agreement or a transaction with ...
  29. How Young Investors Can Benefit from a Down Market

    A market correction provides potential upside for young investors.
  30. Why Discount Brokerages Aren't Always a Bargain

    Discount brokerage firms and robo-advisors claim to be cheaper, but that isn't always the case.
  31. What is the Difference Between Liquidity and Liquid Assets?

    Understand the relationship between a bank's liquid assets and its liquidity, and how the financial crisis demonstrated the ...
  32. What does a 'Chief Economist' do?

    Vanguard's Chief Economist Joe Davis discusses his role helping portfolio managers and clients.
  33. Investor Risk Tolerance: Ability and Willingness

    Risk tolerance includes both the investor's ability and willingness to take on risk.
  34. Why Investing Should Be Like Summer

    Don't complicate investing by listening to the media, rely on your investment strategy.
  35. Run

    A run is a series of price movements that occur in the same direction for a particular security, sector or index and is considered ...
  36. Make Your Bond Portfolio Socially Conscious

    Can a bond investment strategy deliver on financial returns and social good? Karen explores in her inaugural blog post.
  37. Bubble Theory

    A school of thought that believes that financial bubbles (assets rapidly rising far above their true values) exist and are ...
  38. How To Decide If A Company's Stock Is Worth Buying

    NYU Stern Professor of Finance Aswath Damodaran shares his strategy for evaluating a company's stock.
  39. Where to Invest Money You'll Need Within Five Years

    There are better places to invest money you'll need in five years than the stock market.
  40. How to Diversify Concentrated Stock Positions

    Reducing concentrated stock positions can help investors mitigate risk and achieve long-term goals.
  41. Trying to Pick Winners is Not Enough

    Find out why a disciplined process for analyzing available instruments is an elemental step in portfolio construction.
  42. 3 Roles Bonds Can Play in a Portfolio

    Matt reminds investors not to get distracted and neglect the objective of their fixed income investments.
  43. Bag Holder

    An informal investment term used to describe an investor who holds a position in a stock which decreases in value until it ...
  44. Is the World of Indexed Investing Too Big?

    Has indexed investing taken too much of the market from active investing?
  45. Top 3 ETFs That Track the Dow for 2017

    Tracking blue chip stocks of the DJIA is simple with these 3 exchange-traded funds.
  46. Why Buy This Expensive Bitcoin Trust Instead of Actual Bitcoin?

    The world of Bitcoin investing is new and can be intimidating. Fortunately, there is a trust to simplify things.
  47. Women in Finance

    Investopedia speaks with some of the leading women in finance, covering their careers, influences and lessons learned along ...
  48. Mrs. Watanabe

    The archetypical Japanese housewife, who seeks the best use of her family’s savings. Though historically risk-averse, Mrs. ...
  49. Weak Longs

    Refers to a type of investor who holds a long position but is quick to exit that position at the first sign of weakness. ...
  50. Chart of the Week: Fear Not the Short-Term Volatility

    Richard explains why we believe the potential near-term market volatility could be a buying opportunity.
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