Understanding Investing

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Who Regulates the Financial Markets?

In the United States, financial markets get general regulatory oversight from two government bodies: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [more…]

What It Means to Become a Pattern Day Trader

Many day traders lose money, and those losses can be magnified by the use of leverage strategies (trading with borrowed money), meaning that they can lose more money than they have in the quest for larger [more…]

Online Information and Tutorials for Day Traders

The financial industry wants people to trade — that’s how they make money — but they want them to be successful, because that keeps the market functioning. [more…]

Day Trading Expenses You Can Deduct from Your Income Tax

Day traders have expenses. They buy computer equipment, subscribe to research services, pay trading commissions, and hire accountants to prepare their taxes. It adds up, and the tax code recognizes that [more…]

Day Trading Expenses You Cannot Deduct from Your Income Taxes

Day traders incur some expenses that can’t be deducted from income taxes. It’s disappointing, but at least if you know what day trading expenses they are upfront, you can plan accordingly. [more…]

What Is Arbitrage?

Day traders work fast, looking to make lots of little profits during a single day. Arbitrage is a trading strategy that looks to make profits from small discrepancies in securities prices. [more…]

4 Steps to Prepare for the Next Bear Market

A bear market (a term to describe a period when the stock market is off 20% or more from its highs) is an inevitable part of investing. On average, a bear market can be expected once every three years. [more…]

Investing during an Economic Recovery: 5 Things to Remember

Although fluctuations in economics markets are extremely difficult to predict, good times always follow the bad. How can you take advantage of personal investing opportunities when economic recovery arrives [more…]

How to Invest Cash Wisely for the Short-Term

Finding a place to stash cash in today’s economic environment is tricky. Whether you're setting money aside in an emergency account, saving for a large purchase in the near future, or investing as part [more…]

Keys to Investing Your Money

Investing your money can help you achieve your short- and long-term financial goals. The key is investing the right way to build wealth and financial independence. Following these simple investing rules [more…]

Find a Financial Advisor in Canada: Web Resources for Canadians

A good financial advisor can talk you through your panic, walk you through the holdings in your portfolio, and reaffirm your investment strategy. In Canada, both Registered Financial Planners and Certified [more…]

76 Tips For Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you feel uneasy about the current economy, recent recession, or stability of your investments, you’re not alone. Many Canadians are looking for ways to invest safely and smartly during these uncertain [more…]

Investing For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Smart investing can help Canadians accomplish important financial goals like buying a home or retiring comfortably. Whether you’re an investing novice or your portfolio already consists of stocks, bonds [more…]

How Are Economic Indicators Relevant to You?

Economic indicators were first published for government leaders who needed a better understanding of the country's current economic condition. Today, those indicators are useful across a wide variety of [more…]

Tracking the Economic Cycle from Expansion to Recession

The economy cycles through periods of growth and contraction. Knowing the following signs of each economic phase makes planning your investment or business strategies easier: [more…]

Leading, Lagging, or Coinciding: The Timeliness of Economic Indicators

Some economic indicators are better predictors than others. Knowing the major categories of indicators can help you identify which indicator is right for the job at hand. Here are the three main types [more…]

Top Five Economic Indicators

Looking for the best economic forecasting tools? Here are a few investor favorites that you can use to improve your investment decisions: [more…]

Teaching Children about Money

As an adult, you need to model good money-management behaviors for children and involve them as much as possible in your decisions about money. Here are some ways you can interact with your children to [more…]

How to Build a Successful Investment Portfolio

Successfully building and managing your financial portfolio (a collection of financial investments chosen by you or a financial advisor) means following these steps in asset allocation’s top-down, systematic [more…]

Finding a Financial Advisor

If you need investment help, shop around and come up with a list of potential financial advisors. Plan on meeting with two or three advisors so you can interview and evaluate them and find the right fit [more…]

Common Asset Allocation Terms

You don’t need to be a professional analyst or experienced stock-picker to have better investment results than most investors. What you do need is an understanding of asset allocation. Here are some basic [more…]

Types of Dividends

Dividends are distributions of company earnings to the shareholders. They can be in the form of cash, stock, or property. Most unrelated investors (not directly involved with the day-to-day operations [more…]

How the JOBS Act Changed the Investment Landscape

Crowdfund investing is possible because of the passage of the JOBS Act. So, what exactly did the JOBS Act legislation change in the U.S. financial regulatory system? And how do these changes stand to benefit [more…]

How to Get Started Investing Online

Do you just want to get started investing online right away? Can't wait to find an online broker, find out about mutual funds, peruse online databases, buy government bonds, and analyze potential stock [more…]

Protecting Your Money and Your Identity Online

When you're buying and selling investments online, it pays to be extra careful to make sure your personal and financial information doesn't get stolen by cyberthieves. At the very minimum, you should protect [more…]

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