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Principles of Technical Analysis: The Predictive Power of the RSI Trendline

Trendlines are one of the most common and helpful tools in a trader's kit. They are used to show

How To Protect Your Assets When Your Bank Fails

Think times are tough today?

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president during

7 ETFs for Profiting From Commodities

Every day, we buy, store and consume commodities. When we go to the gas station or grocery store

Two Letters Mark Fertile Hunting Ground for High-Yield Dividends

If you're like the majority of investors, I'll bet you have a negative view of

Principles of Technical Analysis: The Complex Head-and-Shoulders Pattern

The head-and-shoulders pattern is usually a highly reliable technical formation indicating a

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Financial Facts of Life

If you're a parent, here's a question that has probably crossed your mind: How do I teach my

4 Ways You Can Spot a Healthy Company

Instead of relying on full-service

The LBO Value Equation

Some investors have found their niche scouring the

10 Must-Know Emerging Markets ETFs

The growth of the exchange-traded products business has been absolutely staggering, and as of

Principles of Technical Analysis: The Trend Is Your Friend

One of the most important skills in trading is to trade with -- and not against -- the trend. So

Sector Rotation: Find the Best Stocks to Buy Now

Most investors have heard the popular adage to sell

How To Turn $30,000 Into $300 Million

In 1957, Bill and Dr. Carol Angle were like any other husband and wife. They wondered about

Inside the Numbers: Stocks That Went Up When the Market Went Down

With the major averages dropping like stones and investors seeing a sea of red on their computer

5 of History's Most Spectacular Corporate Meltdowns

From mobsters to fraud to ridiculous levels of

Principles of Technical Analysis: Double Top Formations Explained

As you may already know, the double top is a major

Watch Out for These 10 ETFs With High Political Risk

One of the most interesting elements in the evolution of the

Principles of Technical Analysis: The Volatility Index

Volatility is defined as how quickly prices move. Traders can use

Harness the Power of Connection: Join an Investment Club

Are you looking to put some excitement back into your portfolio? Or, like many of us, are you

50 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Gold

1. The word "gold" comes from the

Options: When to Sell, Not Buy

Selling options is an aspect of trading that investors should become familiar with. Sometimes,

How Money Manipulation on the Other Side of the World Could Affect American Portfolios

We saw the effect of foreign policy on both the U.S. dollar and the New York

How to Use Protective Puts to Limit Losses

Most of us are constantly trying to minimize risk. We put on sunscreen to minimize the risk of

Get Paid While You Wait For Solid Investments To Rebound

If you are sitting with a loss on a fundamentally sound

How to Avoid Taxes on Dividends From Abroad

My friend Chris was irate. "My

With This Ratio, Cash Flows Are King

If you're like most investors, you probably use the

How to De-Code the New Options Symbology

If the last time you bought or sold American options was in 2009, the new symbology might come

Understanding Option Expiration Dates and Cycles

When buying or selling options, it’s important to know the

The Profit Secrets of Insider Trading

In today's modern world, investors are armed with an abundance of tools designed to assist them

"Mad Men" Stocks for the 21st Century

In the early 1970s, the concept of "light beer" hadn't yet caught on with most beer drinkers,

Why You Shouldn't Play It Safe In Your IRA

Increasing numbers of people are setting up self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs

Master Limited Partnerships: A High-Yield Favorite for Growing Dividends

Back in 1986, the U.S. government passed a landmark tax reform act that has had a profound

What Investors Can Learn From Legendary Investor Sir John Templeton

Sir John Templeton (November 29, 1912 - July 8, 2008) was a legendary investor and a pioneer of

Don't Be Misled By the P/E Ratio

You might know the name Bill Miller. Aside from

7 Homeowners Insurance Discounts Your Agent Won't Tell You About

With the average annual premium for homeowner's insurance costing between $300 and $1,000

The Apple Tree Loophole: An Easy Way to Make Money in Stocks

No, it's not a get-rich-quick scheme nor is it a confusing trick. 

I

Burglarized! 4 Homeowners Insurance Tips I Wish I Had Known

You know those people who keep every store receipt and instruction manual nicely tucked away in

The 9 Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home

The goal: You want to get top dollar for your home or investment property when you sell. You're

Bad Credit? Use a Secured Credit Card to Rebuild

We cringe when credit repair "experts" tell people that they can boost their credit

5 Secrets to Surviving the Mortgage Process

Lately I have become more familiar with the mortgage industry than I

90,000 Reasons Why You've Got The Wrong Mortgage

Our parents, and even grandparents, never saw rates like these. A 15-year home

9 Overlooked Car Insurance Discounts That Can Save You Hundreds
9 Overlooked Car Insurance Discounts That Can Save You Hundreds

Lowering your auto insurance payments can be easier than you think.

For drivers shopping

Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate with These Magic Words

In today’s world, it feels like everyone struggles with credit card debt. Because of market

5 Devastating Mistakes That Turn 0% Credit Cards into Nightmares

A credit card with a 0% introductory interest rate can be used to your advantage – or it can be

The #1 Biggest Mistake Made By Renters

Are you a renter? Are your kids renters? In most cases, people leasing apartments or homes ask

10 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of Credit Card Debt

If you’ve run up your credit cards, it can feel as if you’ll never pay them off. Balancing

7 Steps to Faster Home Insurance Claim Payments

There are few places in America that aren't subject to some type of natural disaster. Whether it

Using the Z-Score to Predict the Next Enron

At the end of 1999, Enron -- soon to be the poster-child for corporate fraud and

Protect Yourself From Today's Most Destructive Scams

Sometimes it seems like life is one never-ending battle against scam artists trying to part you

The Man Warren Buffett Dubbed a "Superinvestor"

Inside a cramped office on East 42nd Street in New York City in 1954, three men sifted through

Where to Find Recession-Proof Stocks in Today's Market

Did you ever buy a bottle of milk that tasted funny when you got it home? If you went back to

5 Billionaire Investors You've Never Heard of Before

You've doubtless heard of the Oracle of Omaha and every investor's patron saint,

The 7 Most Widespread Financial Rip-Offs

Not every scam is like the complicated set-up in The Sting.

Con jobs can nickel

Suffocated By Red Tape -- 12 Ridiculous Regulations Too Bizarre To Believe

Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the

SWOT Analysis: A Practical Guide to Analyzing Companies

What's the biggest mistake investors make?

Analyzing a company's prospects without

What To Do When You've Missed the White Whale

Back in 2003, the head of my company boasted that his new

10 Tricks for the Shrewd Traveler

Many of us are compelled to travel, even when we really don't want to. Whether it's to visit

Swing Trading Support & Resistance Secrets

In our last trading lesson I acquainted you with trends and trendlines (if you missed it, click

Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stocks

There's certainly no shortage of investing ideas out there. It's your job to pick the best ideas

Expose Yourself to Overseas Markets: Choosing Between ETFs and ADRs

These days, investors want exposure to international markets.

Luckily, the options to get

5 Financial Products That Are Absolutely Worthless

Marketing jargon seems to permeate every aspect of our lives. In fact, getting pressured into

Quantitative Easing: 9 Reasons It's Bad for the U.S. Economy

Buckle up and hold on -- a new round of quantitative easing is here and things could start

MACD, Options, Short Squeezes -- Strategies for Advanced Investors

In the last piece in this series, we discussed what you need to know to get started analyzing

7 Red Flags That Say It's Time to Sell

Few investors have an unlimited supply of

Anatomy of a Bubble: Position Yourself to Profit Before the Next One Pops

The Semper Augustus was a beautiful flower.

It had midnight-blue petals with a pure white

How to Use Candlesticks for Successful Swing Trading

In my previous trading lessons, I stated that the better you are at

Average Annual Return: Why Your Advisor Is Quoting the Wrong Number

Many investors count on compounding to help them achieve financial independence. Yet many people

Mortgages

It's a shame that more people don't invest in income-producing real estate, because it's one of the most powerful ways middle-class folks can generate wealth.  There is one major...
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