In a Nutshell


The volatility of a stock refers to the fluctuations in the stock’s price over a period of time. When someone refers to a stock as highly volatile, they generally mean that the price of [...]

Purchasing Power

In the traditional economic context, purchasing power refers to the amount of goods or services that a single unit of currency can buy. That is, how far your dollar can take you. It takes [...]

ETF Fundamentals

An ETF, or Exchange Traded Fund, is a security that tracks an index, commodity, or sector. ETFs are comparable to mutual funds in that both hold a pool of assets. Generally, when you buy [...]


Used in the investment management context, to diversify means to spread your investment over a variety of securities so that the positive gains of some, neutralize the negative performance of others. In order for [...]


The 401k was enacted into the Internal Revenue code in 1978. Its name is derived from the section of the code that created the plan, subsection 401(k). Generally, a 401k is a retirement plan [...]