Investing 101

Fund Share Classes – From A to Z

When looking to either initially build out a portfolio or add to an existing one, investors need to spend a significant amount of time researching different fund families and often multiple funds within a family with varying objectives. However, the “fun” does not end there. After an individual has selected the applicable fund that meets his or her needs and has the best prospects for appreciation, a decision must be
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How To Make The Best Use of Stockal’s Chrome Plugin

We had a great time building the Stockal Chrome Plugin for Yahoo Finance, Google Finance and MarketWatch. It's sorta like taking a plain landscape or a bland dish and a dash of razzmatazz to it.  A lot of people are still uninvested or under-invested and some of you might think that the boom time is over with the last year having gone relatively well for the markets. But, in fact,
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Bond Vs. Equity Returns

Bond and equity returns consist of capital gains and cash distributions. Bond returns consist mainly of periodic interest payments. Equity returns consist mainly of capital gains when you sell, although some companies pay cash dividends as well. The total return of your portfolio depends on your mix of stocks, bonds and other assets, as well as overall economic conditions. Bond Returns Bond returns depend on several factors, such as interest
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What Are GDP, CPI and PPI & Why Do They Matter?

One of the things that can be daunting for those new to the investing and trading world is the plethora of acronyms and abbreviations that those with more experience throw around. They are often to do with analyzing an individual stock or its performance, but some refer to economic data that, taken together, help you to form an opinion on and, more importantly an outlook for, the broader economy. GDP,
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What is CFD trading?

Contracts for Difference (CFD) give traders all the benefits of owning a particular stock, index, or commodity position – without having to physically own the underlying instrument itself. It’s a simple and inexpensive trading option, to trade the change in price of multiple commodity and equity markets, with leverage and immediate execution. A customer enters into a contract for a CFD at the quoted price and the difference between that
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All you need to know about Hedge Funds

Hedge funds are alternative investment vehicles that explicitly pursue absolute returns on their underlying investments. The term "hedge fund" has come to incorporate any absolute return fund investing within the financial markets (stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, derivatives, etc) and/or applying non-traditional portfolio management techniques including, but not restricted to, short selling, leveraging, arbitrage, swaps, etc. Initially devised in the US in 1949, hedge funds really took off in the late
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What is Basis Trading

An arbitrage trading strategy that aims to profit from perceived mispricing of similar securities. Basis trading relates to a trading strategy in which a trader believes that two similar securities are mispriced relative to each other, and the trader will take opposing long and short positions in the two securities in order to profit from the convergence of their values. The strategy is known as basis trading, because it typically
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What are Aggressive Growth Funds

A mutual fund which aims for the highest capital gains and is not risk-averse in its selection of investments. Aggressive growth funds are most suitable for investors willing to accept a high risk-return trade-off, since many of the companies which demonstrate high growth potential can also show a lot of share price volatility. Aggressive growth funds tend to have a very large positive correlation with the stock market, and so
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Countertrend Trading

A type of swing-trading strategy that assumes a current trading trend will reverse and attempts to profit from that reversal. Countertrend trading is a medium-term strategy in which positions are held between several days and several weeks. Countertrend trading can be used as part of a diversification and risk-reduction strategy. To limit losses in the event that a trend does not reverse, traders should consider using strategies such as stops
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Attribution Analysis

Attribution analysis is performance-evaluation tool used to analyze the ability of portfolio and fund managers. Attribution analysis uncovers the impact of the manager's investment decisions with regard to overall investment policy, asset allocation, security selection and activity. In this type of analysis, a fund or portfolio's returns are compared to a benchmark to determine whether a manager is skilled or just lucky. Fund and portfolio management costs money, so attribution