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Finance and Trading Terms Explained: What Is Contango?

Josh Wolonick
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:08 EST

Even professional traders and investors can't always speak the language of colleagues working in a different segment of the financial world. With that in mind, we're launching a new weekly column looking at one esoteric or potentially misunderstood finance or trading term every week. We're kicking off with the weirdly wonderful word "contango," a term most often used by commodities .....

In Uncertain Markets, Put Your Money at Risk

Jeff Saut
Tue Mar 25, 2014 03:09 EST

After 43 years in this business, I have seen a number of cycles and developed a long-term perspective, much like Richard Russell wrote about in "Rich Man, Poor Man." I like this story: In the investment world wealthy investors have one major advantage over the little guy, the stock market amateur and the neophyte speculator. The advantage wealthy investors possess is .....

How to Transition Into Retirement Using ETFs

David Fabian
Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:46 EST

One of the often debated topics that advisors quarrel over is the right strategy to transition your portfolio from an accumulation and growth phase to an income and retirement phase. The "perfect mix" is likely a combination of your risk tolerance, income needs, and investment experience. No matter how you ultimately handle your asset allocation transition, I think most would .....

Investing 101: What Are Municipal Bonds?

Mon Mar 03, 2014 03:57 EST

You've probably heard the commercials touting how municipal bonds supposedly "never lose a dime of principal," and how the money you earn from them is exempt from federal, state, and local income tax. Sound too good to be true? In the days of yore, municipal bonds were considered one of the "safest" investments because of the low risk of default. But in .....

Apple and Hewlett-Packard Case Studies: How To Deal With Stock Price Congestion Zones

See It Market
Fri Feb 21, 2014 03:57 EST

Very early in the study of technical analysis, many become versed with chart patterns that signal a breakout or breakdown. There are the favorite cup and handle, flags, and three Buddhas, among others. However, what happens after the breakout is successful? The answer lies with your temperament and time frame. Some investors can sit patiently over time, but for many .....