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Collar Strategies

You can think of a collar as simultaneously running a protective put and a covered call. Some investors think this is a sexy trade because the covered call helps to pay for the protective put. So you've limited the downside on the stock for less than it would cost to buy a put alone, but […]

Stocks

Long Common Stock on Margin

The Strategy This strategy is similar to long common stock , but on steroids. That's because when buying stock on margin you normally put up only half of the money to purchase the stock and borrow the other half from your broker. Although the benefit of trading on margin is a boost to your available […]

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Covered Call Strategies

Some investors will run this strategy after they’ve already seen nice gains on the stock. Often, they will sell out-of-the-money calls, so if the stock price goes up, they’re willing to part with the stock and take the profit. Covered calls can also be used to achieve income on the stock above and beyond any […]

Mutual Funds

Investing in Growth Mutual Funds

Growth mutual funds, as the name implies, invest in growth stocks. A growth stock is typically a younger, burgeoning company with earnings or revenue that's growing faster than the average firm. Instead of paying out dividends to investors, growth firms usually choose to reinvest their earnings to support rapidly expanding operations or develop new products […]

Mutual Funds

Money Market Mutual Funds: An Introduction

Money market mutual funds (usually referred to as money market funds or money funds) invest in short-term, fixed-income securities, otherwise known as money market investments. By definition, money market investments mature in less than one year. Like other mutual funds, money market funds are pooled investments that allow investors to participate in a diversified portfolio […]

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Fundamental Analytics Explained: Balance Sheets

Reading a balance sheet: Assets Balance sheets provide a snapshot of how the company's assets (the value a company takes in) are balanced out against its liabilities (what the company must pay out). When assets equal liabilities plus equity, that's when the statement is said to be in balance. Assets include company resources that are […]

Mutual Funds

Money Market Mutual Funds: How To Invest

There are two basic types of money market funds, taxable and tax-free. Taxable money market funds can be further broken down into different categories, including: General-purpose funds that are available to all investors directly from sponsoring mutual fund companies Stockbroker-affiliated general-purpose funds, also available to all investors, but which are often provided as part of […]

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Fundamental Analytics Explained: Cash Flow Statements

The cash flow statement helps investors answer questions like: Is the company generating enough cash needed to fund growth? Is growth outpacing cash generation, requiring additional financing? Is the company generating enough cash to cover its short-term needs? In times of easy credit, companies may be able to patch over cash flow interruptions with interim […]

Mutual Funds

Money Market Mutual Funds: Risks and Rewards

It’s easy to invest in a money market account. You can open an account and make deposits and withdrawals virtually any time you want. Your money is not tied up for any specific time period. Investment Strengths Check-writing and other privileges Money market funds typically offer such services as check-writing privileges and/or the ability to […]

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Fundamental Analytics Explained: Income Statements

Reading an income statement: Revenues and Costs The income statement gives a more detailed answer to a critical question for any investor: is the company making money? A well-known expression the bottom line comes from income statements. Specifically, it refers to a company's net income. While this is obviously an important figure, it's worth reviewing […]