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Stock Analysis and Research

Considering Your Options

To attract and keep top employees, more companies are offering them employee stock options. If you receive employee stock options as part of your compensation package, careful planning can help you make the most of them. What Is an Employee Stock Option? Employee stock options give you the... more

Investment in Mutual Funds

Why you should hate Mutual Funds?

For decades, mutual funds were the favored investment vehicle for the majority of the investing public. The primary reasons for their attractiveness are the simplicity in executing the investment ("all I do is place one call to my broker and I own all these stocks") and the perceived diversity... more

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Using ETFs to Diversify Your Portfolio

If a flexible investment that offers a simple way to gain exposure to the market in a diversified, cost-effective way sounds appealing ? then perhaps you should consider Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). A relatively new investment vehicle, ETFs represent a portfolio of stocks that are designed to... more

Asset Allocation

Should You Invest in the Stock Market or in Real Estate?

By Paula Pant Investing is part of any healthy financial plan. But if you're new to the game, it can be overwhelming and intimidating. Where do you start? What do you even invest in? Should you try the stock market? Are you ready to invest in real estate? There are pros and cons to both options... more

International Investing

Is China a Currency Play?

Since the beginning of this decade, China's booming economy, fueled by large inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and rapid export growth, has emerged as a significant force in the global economy. In 2003, China surpassed the United States as the world's largest recipient of FDI,... more

Bond Investments and Risk

The Cost of Waiting for Higher Rates

Not many investors can get excited about investing in bonds with interest rates near their 50-year lows. But rates have risen recently, so many investors are struggling with the question of whether to invest now or hold out for the possibility of capturing even higher yields down the road. While no... more

Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing: Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Socially responsible investing (SRI) has been around in some form for more than 200 years, but it has become more prominent in the investing scene in the last 40. It's a way for individuals, corporations and institutions to merge their investing with their values. It empowers investors to 'vote'... more

Investment Strategy

When Investing, Use Time to Your Advantage

Sports pundits often predict the big winners at the start of a season, only to see their forecasts fade away as their chosen teams lose. Similarly, market timers often try to predict big wins in the investment markets, only to be disappointed by the reality of unexpected turns in performance. While... more

Alternative Investments

So, you want to invest in an oil deal?

Why Me? Are you looking to join J.R. Ewing down at the Petroleum Club? Or, maybe you?re simply looking for an outsized return to make up for past hiccups. With oil hovering around $60 per barrel, more drilling prospects will be looking for funding. If you?re known about town as an investor,... more

Hedge Funds For Investors

Hedge Funds for Individual Investors

Hedge Funds have been getting a lot of press lately. The mutual fund scandals have forced the SEC to come up with new ways to oversee this growing industry. Regardless of whether tighter supervision is good or bad, in most cases, hedge funds are still reserved for the ultra wealthy. What many... more

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