Category Archives: Investments

Is a Strong Dollar Good for the U.S.?

One of the most common rhetoric in American politics is the campaign promise to make the U.S. dollar strong. At face value, it sounds like anything that’s strong should be a good thing, but globalization makes the answer tricky. The short answer of whether a strong dollar is good for the U.S. or not is … Read More

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Demystifying Bonds for the Average Investor

Bonds are considered one of the most essential parts of a well-balanced investment portfolio, but most investors are lost as to how bonds actually work. Even experienced investors only hold bonds as part of a mutual fund and don’t actually own bonds directly. Unlike stocks, bonds are valued both by their face value as well … Read More

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3 Investment Rules to Live By

Successful investors know that due diligence and strategic planning are necessary to stay ahead of the curve. Over time, you may find that you’ve developed certain rules that help you invest better and make smarter decisions. If so, you might already know some or all of these three essential rules. If you don’t, you should … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About 10-K Statements

A successful investor understands the value of due diligence. While technical traders follow patterns of momentum and volatility, those with long term winning track records use fundamental analysis. Understanding comparative ratios, earnings growth and other financial details are what helps an investor know the real value of any stock they want to invest in. Information … Read More

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Stock Trading 101: When to Cut Your Losses

There’s no worse feeling than selling a stock after it’s lost money – except when you hold on far past when you should have sold, as the stock drops more and more, making you question every trading decision you make from then on. Warren Buffet famously has just two rules he lives by – Rule … Read More

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How to Evaluate an IPO

An IPO launch can be an exciting opportunity for investors who want to get in on the ground floor of a newly-made public company. Companies decide to go public in order to accumulate a massive influx of cash, which is then used for product development, capital investments and other things that help it grow larger. … Read More

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Should You Use Leverage in Your Portfolio?

There’s only one goal when investing in stocks – to make money. With that goal firmly in mind, investors have developed numerous methods and strategies intended to filter out winning stocks and execute trades in a timely fashion in order to maximize rises and minimizes falls in value. But even the most successful investors don’t … Read More

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What Market Capitalization Means for a Stock Trade

Investors analyze many different aspects of a stock before deciding whether or not it’s a worthwhile investment. Ratios such as price-to-earnings, price-to-sales and debt-to-equity are poured over while financial statements are reviewed from past quarters to determine trends. But one important thing that seems to go unnoticed often is the company’s market capitalization. Market capitalization is … Read More

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Understanding Currency Carry Trades

There are many different types of assets to choose from when investing. The most common are stocks and bonds, but there are other types of assets for the more advanced trader, like commodities and currencies. Investing in stocks, bonds and even commodities is relatively simple. As an investor, you purchase the asset with the expectation … Read More

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Stock Trading 101: Value Investing vs. Growth Investing

Stock trading isn’t done blindly, at least not by those who are successful in the markets. It takes planning – developing a winning strategy that identifies which stocks have the potential to go higher. You’ve most likely seen or heard of the most commonly used strategies already: growth investing and value investing. What you might … Read More

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