All kinds of terms and metaphors are associated with Wall Street trading, and many may sound charming. But a deeper dive into the language can sometimes help investors better understand what’s going on.
Asset allocation is a basic discipline for diversifying your portfolio, especially if you have a long-term investing strategy. Relative valuations are important.
Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.
Valentine’s Day is potentially a great time to invest in flowers, chocolate, or other perishable indulgences for your loved ones. It may also be a good time to give your stock portfolio a little love.
Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.
Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.
If you’re interested in pursuing a long-term dividend strategy, understanding dividend yield could help you make investment decisions.
With millennials and Gen Z more comfortable with sober drinks, beverage companies are looking to cash in on the so-called sober-curious trend.
Get some Halloween stock treats and bone up on some investing ideas for your Halloween portfolio.
As you progress through your retirement investing journey, consider adjusting your asset allocation as your time horizon, investment goals, and risk tolerance change.
September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.
The price-to-earnings ratio has its critics, yet it remains a metric worth watching for valuing stocks and making investment decisions.
Looking for a little portfolio sparkle this Independence Day? Here are some summer holiday-themed stocks to research and consider.
If a no-deal Brexit should come to pass, there would likely be further market volatility. But an “oasis” factor could help fortify the U.S. economy.
Communication app maker Slack is preparing its first direct listing. Here are some things to know about Slack and about the direct listing process.
Looking for a diversified portfolio that’s also tax efficient? Learn how the one-two punch of tax-free debt securities and tax-loss harvesting can help you pursue your goals.
Got stock options? Set goals and have a plan. Here are three steps to consider for your equity compensation plan.
Does volatility worry you when it comes to the stock you've received as compensation? Learn tips to help manage this valid concern.
If you’re considering investing in marijuana stocks, it’s important to know some of the unique risks associated with the marijuana industry including scams. Read more for information on stock scams and differences between federal and state laws.
What we refer to as a “stock market” is actually an intertwined global ecosystem. Learn the “who, what and why” of the stock market and stock exchanges.
Thinking about investing in beauty stocks? Learn more about this multibillion dollar industry, including recent trends and who some of the major players are.
Is your pet a member of your family? Learn how our love of animals makes for big business.
New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.
What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.
Homebuilders and housing-related companies had a strong 2017 and outperformed the S&P 500. Will the trend continue heading into Q4 earnings reports?
It’s that time of year again, and the question, as always, is how wide will consumers open their wallets? Spending has been strong.
Having global exposure can sound complicated. But you may already be exposed to global economic trends if you're invested in major U.S. stocks.
Technological advances are making seniors more independent
In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.
Learn about collecting whiskey by understanding the basics of auctions, collecting and storage.
Some investors draw parallels between the Nasdaq Composite index now versus that of the late 1990s and early 2000, but there may be more to the story.
After an extended period of growth, the activewear market seems to be taking a time-out.
Thinking of some liquid assets for your portfolio? Booze stocks may fit the bill.
The world’s information, and the infrastructure that supports it, is shifting to cloud-based computing and the companies that provide it.
Halloween spending looks to be on the rise, and that could give investors a hint about the key Christmas shopping season and how it might affect retailers’ bo
Retail stores are closing in alarming numbers, but is the traditional shopping center dead? This revolution in retail will take years to shake out.
Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.
The U.S. presidential election cycle theory of the stock market says that the market moves based on the year of the president's term. Is there any proof?
Discover which segments of technology might deliver higher growth thanks to innovation, new technologies, and an entrepreneurial drive to make life better.
For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?
Investors might rethink risk and consider picking less popular stocks for better long-run historical performance.
Alcohol, tobacco,and gaming stock sectors are called the triumvirate of sin. For investors, it can pay be sinful.
Tea is hot, and that’s good news for consumers and investors looking for a new beverage to tempt their taste buds.
Dig deeper with your research of the industrial economy to uncover the companies that effectively embrace big data and the industrial Internet of things.
Monitor maturing cloud technology as consolidation dominates a sector occupied by tech powerhouses and as providers look for what’s next in security and data.
Scrutinizing financial stocks? Crowdfunding and other alternative funding methods are growing fast, and are even challenging traditional banking.
Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.
Easy monetary policies have left income investors in a lurch. But exchange-traded funds (ETFs), REITs, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and preferred stocks can help fill the gap.
As the U.S. economy improves, consumers are showing a growing taste for higher-end, even investment-grade, whiskey and wine.
Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.
The Motley Fool details four big mistakes that could devastate your finances.
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