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How to Weigh Investment Risk against Return

How much risk is appropriate for you, and how do you handle it? Before you try to figure out what risks accompany your investment choices, analyze yourself. Here are some points to keep in mind when weighing [more…]

Investing in Small Cap Stocks for Growth and Return

Small cap (or small capitalization) is a reference to a company’s market size. Small cap stocks are stocks from companies that have market capitalization [more…]

What Are Coupon and Current Bond Yield All About?

When you invest in bonds, there are several different types of yield that bond salespeople will talk about, including coupon yield and current yield. It’s important to understand what kind of yield is [more…]

How to Determine Total Returns from Bonds or Bond Fund Investments

Total return is the entire pot of money you wind up with after an investment period has come and gone. Bonds or bond funds involve your interest and any changes in the value of your original principal. [more…]

How a Corporation’s Credit Rating Relates to Risk and Returns

The largest determinant of the risk and return you take on by investing in bonds is the fiscal strength of the company behind the bond. A company’s credit ratings are the measure of that financial muscle [more…]

Agency Bonds: The Risks and Returns

All agency bonds are considered high quality with very little risk of default. The honest-and-true federal agencies, such as the Small Business Administration [more…]

ETF Investment Strategies to Reduce Risk, Optimize Return

When you invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), you're wise to invest in both large growth and value stocks — separately. That approach gives you the opportunity to rebalance once a year and, by so doing [more…]

The Benefits of Fixed Annuities as Investment Tools

Fixed deferred annuities offer safe, but low, returns and tax deferral. Risk-averse investors buy them when they offer higher interest rates than CDs, when the stock market is declining or appears headed [more…]

The Drawbacks of Fixed Annuities as Investments

Although fixed deferred annuities are a relatively safe investment, there are also reasons why people tend to shy away from them. They include the following: [more…]

How to Calculate the Break-Even Price for Calls and Puts

Before you buy any call or put option in your stock trading adventures, you must calculate the break-even price. Here's the formula to figure out if your trade has potential for a profit: [more…]

Creating Straddles and Strangles in Stock Trading

You can create a straddle when you simultaneously buy a put and a call for the same stock at the same strike price and of the same duration. You build a [more…]

Gold, Silver, and More: Metals as Investing Options

Investors that incorporate metals into their portfolios often are able to generate significant returns. Here are the major metals that may make up a profitable part of your diversified investments: [more…]

Investing in Crude Oil Refineries

Given the importance of crude oil derivative products, you can make a lot of money investing in refineries. To be useful, crude oil must be refined into consumable products, such as gasoline, diesel and [more…]

What Is a Hedge Fund?

In the investment world, “I run a hedge fund” has the same meaning as “I’m a consultant” in the rest of the business world. In general, a hedge fund is a private partnership that operates with little to [more…]

Hedge Fund Fees to Expect with Your Investment

Hedge funds are expensive, for a variety of reasons. If a fund manager figures out a way to get an increased return for a given level of risk, he deserves to be paid for the value he creates. [more…]

How to Figure Your Expected Return from Day Trading

Before you can figure out how to manage your day trading, you need to figure out how much money you can expect to make. This is your expected return, although some traders prefer the word [more…]

What to Do with Your Day Trading Profits

Day traders not only need to determine how much to trade with each order, but they also need a plan for what to do with the profits that accumulate. That’s as much a part of money management as calculating [more…]

How to Invest for the Short Term

When it comes to investing in stocks, short termgenerally means one year or less, although some people extend the period to two years or less. Short-term investing isn’t about making a quick buck on your [more…]

How to Invest for the Intermediate Term

Intermediate term refers to the financial goals you plan to reach in two to five years through your investing. For example, if you want to accumulate funds to put money down for investment in real estate [more…]

How to Invest in Stocks for the Long Term

Stock investing is best suited for making money over a long period of time. Usually, when you measure stocks against other investments in terms of five to [more…]

How to Invest in Stocks for Steady Income

Not all investors want to take on the risk that comes with making a killing through stocks. (Hey . . . no guts, no glory!) Some people just want to invest in the stock market as a means of providing a [more…]

How to Invest Based on Your Personal Style

Your investing style isn’t a blue-jeans-versus-three-piece-suit debate. It refers to your approach to stock investing. Do you want to be conservative or aggressive? Would you rather be the tortoise or [more…]

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