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Kalen Smith

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Kalen Smith has written for a variety of financial and business sites. He is a weekly contributor for Young Entrepreneur and has worked as a guest blogger on behalf of Consumer Media Network. He holds an MBA in finance from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Why Cash King Business Individuals

Reasons Why Cash Is King for Businesses & Individuals

"Cash is king" is an age-old saying often used to explain the failure of both businesses and consumer households. Without the proper amount of cash on hand, both of these entities can run into...
Poison Pills Fight Hostile Takeovers

How Companies Use Shareholder Rights Plans (Poison Pills) to Fight Hostile Takeovers

Companies will go to great lengths to maintain control of their firms and will discourage a hostile takeover at any cost. One effective strategy that companies employ is called the poison pill. This tactic...
Business Relationship Building Skills

Business Relationship Building Skills – Benefits & Tips for Success

In business and in life, you have to work closely with others to build your way to success. The old axiom, "It's not what you know, it's who you know" is only partly true. It's...
Quantitative Easing Explained

What Is Quantitative Easing Explained – Definition, Risks & Effects on the Economy

When an economy is in danger of slipping into a recession or depression, governments can employ a strategy known as quantitative easing (QE). Quantitative easing is a monetary policy instituted by central banks in an...
Golden Parachute Clause Definition Examples

Golden Parachute Clause Definition – Examples of Payments

"Golden parachutes" get a lot of  press, and they always sound like elite packages for high-level executives. Very few people get them, and very few people know how they work. Companies usually reserve them for...
Short Selling Us Treasury Bonds

How to Short Bonds – Is Short Selling U.S. Treasury Bonds a Good Idea?

Bonds are often considered to be fairly safe investments, but their trading prices can endure as much fluctuation and volatility as stocks. As a result, it has become increasingly popular to take advantage of...
Strangle Option Strategy Definition

Strangle Option Strategy – Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

Financial derivatives, such as stock options, are complex trading tools that allow investors to create many trading strategies that they would otherwise not be able to execute using primary securities (i.e. stocks and bonds). The...
Interest Rate Swaps Explained

Interest Rate Swaps Explained – Definition & Example

An interest rate swap is a financial derivative that companies use to exchange interest rate payments with each other. Swaps are useful when one company wants to receive a payment with a variable interest rate, while...
Food Prices Rising Affect Prepare

How Rising Food Prices Will Affect You & 6 Ways to Prepare

The rising price of gas isn't the only necessity that's been gouging our wallets recently. The price of food is now the highest it has been since 1974, and the world is starting to face...
General Motors Bankruptcy Timeline Future

General Motors GM Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Timeline & Future Lessons

General Motors grew from a small company in 1908 into a corporate giant within a couple of decades. For years, people believed that GM was too big to ever go away. Investors had a...
Insider Trading Definitions

What Is Insider Trading and How to Avoid It – Definition, Laws & Cases

When you hear the term "insider trading," you probably immediately think of someone like Martha Stewart. But you don't have to be famous or wealthy to be guilty of it. In fact, it's possible to engage...
Crude Oil Futures Trading Prices

Crude Oil Futures Trading 101 – What Are They and Should You Invest in...

With the price of oil skyrocketing (the price recently increased by 14% in a single week), you may be wondering if now is the right time to invest in this commodity. There are plenty of...