Index funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Actively managed funds versus passive management. What do all these terms mean? Here’s a breakdown for investors.
Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?
SPX and S&P 500 futures don’t always move up and down together. Which one should you look at if you want to know what the market might be doing?
Know how stock indices are calculated. Some are cap-weighted, some are price weighted.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?
Learn about the VIX and other volatility indexes and how some investors use them to assess potential risk.
Can you calculate fear? Certain market measures help traders determine when the market seems “fearful.” Learn to do this for yourself to better evaluate risk.
While no single indicator can provide a full, guaranteed snapshot of an economy, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) covers a lot of ground.
The S&P 500 is in a short-term trading range, but remains in a long-term bullish trend. Here’s how some investors are trading the range.
Is the stock market overvalued or undervalued? Let’s take a look at the S&P 500’s valuation and the sectors that might offer investors value.
Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.
Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.
In recent years, passively managed index funds have attracted big money flows. What are the advantages and risks of investing in index funds?
There’s a way to generate “income” from dead investments, even if they aren’t optionable—how to hedge mutual funds with options.
Ask yourself if your investing goals and personality traits favor active or passive strategies—or combining the best of both in a smart beta approach.
The rising costs and spotty track record of actively managed funds leads some investors straight to indexing. Others are looking for their stock market savior.
The Dow has long been viewed as a proxy for the U.S. market and economy, but investors should be mindful of its limitations.
Inflation-proofing a portfolio is about allowing growth investments to take advantage of an economy that tips toward inflation while buffering income-generating portions from inflation’s bite.
Climate-conscientious stock-picking that's evolved past volatile solar and wind.
The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.
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