Category Archives: Investments

How to Invest in Futures

Most investors are familiar with asset classes like stocks or bonds; some might even have experience with trading options or currencies. But one area where many investors are lacking in knowledge and exposure in their portfolios is futures. Even experienced investors may not have much exposure to the futures market. With large initial balances, sometimes … Read More

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Stocks that Go Higher When the Market Heads Lower

The stock market has been anything but predictable over the past week, with large drops and gains in a single trading day. Volatility is rising and investors are scrambling for solid ground. Safe haven assets are usually one of the first things investors flock to, along with dividend-paying stocks. But while most stocks tend to be … Read More

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Easy Portfolio Designs You Can Implement No Matter Your Investments

If you’re looking for advice on portfolio strategies, you don’t have to look far. There are recommendations for virtually every type of asset available, which makes it sound like your portfolio needs to look like something only a hedge fund manager could run. While portfolio design can get complicated, it doesn’t have to be. There … Read More

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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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