52-Week Highs and Lows — Hype or Helpful?

Most financial newspapers and websites will print a list of stocks that crack their 52-week high or low. But does this metric have any meaning or usefulness?

How to Identify a Trend

There are many different ways to look at trends when analyzing a stock. We walk you through the three most basic price trends and show you how to identify them and what they may mean.

Trading the Durable Goods and Building Permits Numbers

Traders looking for buying opportunities often look to economic announcements for potential plays. Understanding the Durable Goods and Building Permits numbers is a great place for new traders to start.

Does a CPI Drop Lead to Deflation?

We help you understand the difference between CPI and Core CPI when determining the likelihood of deflation. We also discuss the potential impact of deflation on investors.

Contango Isn’t a Dance from Argentina

If you are an investor looking for some diversification within the commodities market or are just trying to capitalize on a recent rise in oil prices, you have probably heard of contango. This is a term from the futures market and it describes an issue commodity ETF traders should understand.

The Dark Side of Currency ETFs

Whenever an investment sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is the cautionary tale we tell with the introduction of a batch of currency ETFs. We help you identify the difference between legitimate currency ETFs and those ETFs that only exist to generate fees.

Understanding IRAs and Rolling Over Your 401(k)

We help you understand the relative advantages of opening an individual retirement account, or IRA. We’ll also help you understand how to roll over a traditional employee-sponsored 401(k) account into an IRA account.

Why Consumer Confidence Reports Matter

It’s important for investors to understand consumer confidence reports and how they may or may not affect certain stocks. Retail stocks in particular can be impacted by rising or falling consumer confidence.

Mutual Fund Redemptions Help You Determine a Market Bottom

Mutual fund redemptions can help you determine if we’re close to support and may have found a market bottom. We help you understand redemptions and show you how to find redemption data.

Understanding the Weekly Unemployment Claims Number

Typically the monthly unemployment claims carry more weight, but the weekly unemployment claims can provide you with tremendous ongoing information on a much more regular basis.