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Why Discounted Cash Flow Is the Best Value Gauge for Fast-Growing Companies

In early 2009, investors latched on to Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), boosting shares

Swing Trading Tips to Get You Started

This article provides you with a closer look at swing trading strategies and principles. It’s

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

SWOT Analysis: A Practical Guide to Analyzing Companies

What's the biggest mistake investors make?

Analyzing a company's prospects without paying

Financial Statement Analysis for Beginners

Financial statement analysis is the process of evaluating a company’s financial information in

The Economics of Unemployment

There’s not much that people won’t do to find a job. They’ll leave their homeland, leave their

The 6 People Who Owe Their Fame to the Recession

While most of us were busy clinging to jobs, hoarding

How to Calibrate Your Asset Allocation & Reach Your Financial Goals

According to financial industry studies, more than three-quarters of portfolio performance and

How to Handle the Financial Fallout After the Death of a Spouse

We tend to shove unpleasant possibilities into the back of our minds. But the truth is, you can’

5 Tools for Making a Snap Buy/Sell Decision

As an active trader, I look every morning at the

What is the Real P/E Ratio for the S&P 500?

It seems like a simple question: What is the

Principles of Technical Analysis: The Cup-and-Handle Pattern

The cup-and-handle pattern is aptly named because it resembles a teacup with a

5 Ways to Keep Your Broker Honest

In recent years, there has been a tectonic shift as brokers have

12 Best Job Sites for Baby Boomers

The first step to finding a new job is to look in the right place, and these sites are

A Clever Estate Planning Tool That Keeps You In Control

Though all families are different, there may be one common thread woven through each one: the

The Downside of Diversification

One of the most widely accepted principles of

These Four Giant U.S. States are About to Go Bankrupt

Four states are teetering on the edge of failure. These four states make up over 25% of the

How to Buy Your Very Own Troubled Bank

Investors tend to assume that only the Gordon Gekkos of the world have enough financial

5 Astonishing Billionaire Portfolios

As the saying goes, the first million is the hardest. 

But those who crossed that

3 Billionaire Habits for Non-Billionaires

If you are one of the 937 billionaires identified by Forbes in 2010, no need to read

The 3 Most Deadly Misconceptions About Bonds

Fearing a double-dip recession and another

Reduce Your Federal Estate Tax With These 4 Powerful Estate Planning Tools

To reduce your estate tax bill, you have 4 choices:

1. Leave it to your spouse.

The Truth About Worldwide Gold Supply & Demand

Gold, of all the precious metals, is the most popular among investors and traders. Gold and its

Why Falling Gross Margins Don't Always Spell Trouble

When comparing income statements, many investors focus on gross margins (which is a measure of

The 9 Most Surprising Things Worth More Than Their Weight In Gold

Hold on to that... it's worth its weight in gold.

But is it really? Although it's a

Structural Unemployment Is Here to Stay

Whenever we go out to eat with my father-in-law’s family, we split the bill in half. Over the

The Best Alternative to the Flawed P/E Ratio

Investors have clung to the price-to-earnings (

A Simple Method for Calculating Book Value

Book value can be calculated using information from the balance sheet. Once you have that

How to Play the Buyout Game: 3 Tips For Finding the Best Deals

Wall Street can be so predictable sometimes. 

A company

How to Excel at Timing the Market

Sometimes, it’s not what you buy -- it’s when you buy.

The Top 4 Places CFOs Hide Fudged Numbers

Over my 15 years of meeting with company management teams, one thing became abundantly clear.

The Secret Factor Driving Gold Prices

One of gold's allures is its use as a

Start Swing Trading Today

Hello, my name is Dr. Melvin Pasternak. Over the last several decades I have used technical and

How Swing Traders Harness the Power of Trendlines

In my first trading lesson I defined

Breaking Up With a Bad Investment

You can get emotionally attached to an

The 5 Most Popular Banking Apps for Your Phone

What a difference a few years can make. Before the iPhone's ubiquitous 2007 launch, the hottest

The 8 Best Personal Finance Apps in America

Wouldn't it be great if you could keep track of your

How to Create Your Own Loan Amortization Calculator

Most people think there is some sort of voodoo magic that goes into creating a

50 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Oil

Think you know everything about oil? We’ve compiled facts and startling statistics about this

51 Peter Lynch Quotes to Empower Your Investing

As the manager of Fidelity Investments’ Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990 – which averaged a 29.2

4 Things Everyone Should Know Before Signing a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements hold an uneasy place in our society. Discussing a prenuptial agreement

7 Ways to Be a Super Saver

If you're like most Americans, you feel like you've tightened your belt to its last notch.

4 Ways a Post-Nup Can Save Your Marriage

USA Today reports that while only 3% of those with a spouse or fiancé have actually

11 Simple Ways to Save on Utilities

The idea of watching the needle on your electric meter turn backward instead of forward is a

The Best Performing Stocks of the Last 20 Years

There's more than one way to skin a cat, as illustrated by the three unique ways the three best

How Washington Politicians Could Be Causing a Global Financial Crisis

"You can always trust the Americans to do the right thing, but only after exhausting all

10 Best Investment Books of All Time

Who has time to read 10 books?

You do, if you want to get really serious about

The Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient Cars of 2011

Gas prices are near historic highs, and with a national average between $3.50 and $4.00 per

How to Ace Any Interview

All the savvy preparation in the world will come to nothing if a candidate fails to use common

The 30 Highest Paying Jobs in America

Healthcare is once again on top of the highest-paying-job list, according to data from the

10 of the Most Powerful Women in Finance

What does it take to become ranked as a top woman of finance?

Pretty much the same thing

20 Key Financial Ratios

What the Top Financial Ratios Offer Investors and Analysts

Key financial ratios allow

The Bond King's Favorite Six-Letter Word: STOCKS

Pacific Life Insurance Co., better known to investors as PIMCO, is perhaps the most well-

The 10 Highest Paying Work-from-Home Careers

Here are 10 ideas that you could develop into full-fledged stay-at-home

A Beginner's Guide to High-Income Investments

The 1970s were a very tough time for

3 Lessons From the Biggest Silver Bust in History

Gold's poorer cousin reached 31 year highs this week, with prices reaching north of $37 per

Save Thousands on Your Tax Bill by Lowering Your Property Assessment

Homeowners -- because they are perceived as more well-to-do than renters -- are a tempting

A Beginners Guide to Commodities

Commodities are subject to the most basic law of economics: A shortage of any

4 Penny Stock Myths

Forever immortalized in the film "Boiler Room," penny stocks occupy

Is One Income Ever Better Than Two?

The inclination in most homes is to push both spouses into the workforce to generate as much

How to Save 30% On Your Medical Bills Today

A recent health care industry study showed that 59 million Americans are without health care

Shorting Stocks: How to Find the Perfect Candidate for Profits

Most investors understand the need to keep a portfolio from becoming too risky. As we saw in

Don't Mess With Larry Ellison

Chances are you've never heard of Larry Ellison, but you might be using products made by his

Bonds 101: How to Navigate the Complex World of Bonds

The bond market is a massive part of the global financial system. In

MLPs and Taxes: What Investors Should Know

As the holidays turn to tax season, feelings of joy are replaced

8 Things to Know Before Purchasing Rental Property

Investors are taking a closer look at the rental housing

Predict Your Financial Future With One Simple Formula

If you save $1,000 today, what will it be worth 30 years from now?

Luckily, you can skip

5 Frightening Facts About Identity Theft

It's a risk you face every day. Simply by carrying your

How to Calculate IRR on a Financial Calculator & Excel

Knowing how to calculate internal rate of return (IRR) is important for determining whether an

How to Calculate Present Value in Excel & Financial Calculators

Present value (PV) is the current value of a future cash flow, given a specific rate of return.

How to Use a Financial Calculator to Calculate Future Value

Future value helps you project the value of your investments over a period of time. This is a

4 Major Economic Changes Caused by the Recession

With each passing generation, we find new and better ways of doing things. Yet during times of

The Death of Pensions: 5 Emerging Trends That Will Affect Us All

The biggest mistake investors often make is to focus on a company or an industry while ignoring

How to Calculate Common Size Financial Statements

The practice of common sizing financial statements allows you to compare two companies that are

3 Simple Ways Everyone Can Hedge Against Inflation

Between real estate, groceries, and any other consumer goods, the cost of living has been

Forget What You've Heard: Debt-Laden Companies Can Make Great Investments

Forget what you've heard, debt-laden companies offer great

20 Surprising Facts Most Taxpayers Don't Know

1) In 1913, the federal tax code was 400 pages long. Today, it's grown to about 70,000 pages.

A Primer on Present Value and Its Many Uses

Would you rather have $24,000 today, or $25,000 one year from today?

Which is the better


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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