Options And Futures Articles

  1. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
  2. Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  3. When Your Bond Comes Calling

    Callable bonds can leave investors with a pile of cash in a low-interest market. Find out what you can do about it.
  4. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

    Helium is a non-renewable resource in an industry dominated by an unusual infrastructure.
  5. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  6. How PFG Pulled Off 2 Decades Of Fraud

    Peregrine Financial Group's Russell Wasendorf Sr.'s admission of a nearly 20-year-old fraud echoes the Madoff affair.
  7. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  8. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  9. Canada's Commodity Currency: Oil And The Loonie

    When the price of oil goes up, don't worry about how much gas is going to cost - get even by making a play on the Canadian dollar.
  10. A Primer For Investing In Agriculture

    In this article, we'll look at the agriculture sector and the different ways investors can approach it.
  11. Harvesting Crop Production Reports

    Find out what grain investors need to know to analyze USDA reports.
  12. True Value Of An Olympic Medal

    Olympic medals may not be as valuable as one might think. They are made mostly out of silver, making them much less valuable than if they were solid gold.
  13. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

    Find out why these enticing options can spell trouble for your bottom line.
  14. Hedge Fund Failures Illuminate Leverage Pitfalls

    Learn what mistakes cause hedge funds to collapse and how to avoid similar problems.
  15. Getting Started In Foreign Exchange Futures

    Learn how these futures are used for hedging and speculating, and how they are different from traditional futures.
  16. Natural Resource Investing

    ETFs and futures are just some of the various investment options available to natural resource investors.
  17. Spotting A Forex Scam

    Forex scams are more common than you think. We tell you how to spot them.
  18. 5 Grocery Items Affected By The Rising Price Of Corn

    These items have a direct relation to the production of corn, and may have rising prices this summer.
  19. How Investors Can Negate The Euro Crisis

    The eurozone crisis shows no sign of abating. Here are a few tips you can use to weather the financial storm.
  20. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  21. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  22. Retracement Or Reversal: Know The Difference

    Learn to distinguish between a temporary price change and a long-term trend.
  23. Why Leveraged Investments Sink

    This powerful tool can have you swimming in money or drowning in underwater equity.
  24. Are Derivatives Safe For Retail Investors?

    These vehicles have gotten a bad rap in the press. Find out whether they deserve it.
  25. Not All Retirement Accounts Should Be Tax-Deferred

    It may be better to leave your assets exposed to the tax man when you're saving to retire.
  26. Cut Down Option Risk With Covered Calls

    A good place to start with options is writing these contracts against shares you already own.
  27. Unusual Assets Owned By Hedge Funds

    Although many hedge funds hold stock in big companies, some hold some extremely unusual investments.
  28. What Are SPDR ETFs?

    Spiders are exchange-traded funds based on an index and can be a great vehicle both for making money and hedging against other risks.
  29. The Gasoline Business Is All About Location

    Gasoline prices can vary tremendously based on where you are in the world. Here are some of the reasons why it varies so much.
  30. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to both instruments.
  31. Modernize Your Portfolio With ETF Futures

    Gain access to premier, highly liquid ETFs with lower capital requirements.
  32. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  33. Contango Vs. Normal Backwardation

    Learn about the futures curve and what its shape means for hedgers and speculators.
  34. A Strategy For Optimal Stock And Bond Allocation

    We tell you how this strategy avoids downturns, improves performance and invests in the best asset classes.
  35. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  36. A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded.
  37. Grow Your Finances In The Grain Markets

    Hedging with futures can protect those who buy and sell commodities from adverse price movements.
  38. Price Volatility Vs. Leverage

    Learn how to effectively gauge the risk of the markets you trade.
  39. Trading The Odds With Arbitrage

    Profiting from arbitrage is not only for market makers - retail traders can find opportunity in risk arbitrage.
  40. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  41. An Introduction To Swaps

    Learn how these derivatives work and how companies can benefit from them.
  42. A Newbie's Guide To Reading An Options Chain

    Learning to understand the language of options chains will help you become a more informed trader.
  43. A Primer On Palladium

    This rare metal is being used in the industry more and more. See how you can get exposure.
  44. The Role Of Speculators In The Commodity Market

    Contrary to popular belief, speculators are important for the market. Find out exactly what they do.
  45. Rolling LEAP Options

    The rewards of using LEAP call options can be a lower cost of capital, higher leverage and no risk of margin calls.
  46. New Program Pays Dividends In Gold And Silver

    GBI is allowing participating shareholders to receive dividend payments in gold or silver instead of cash.
  47. Don't Forget Your Protective Collar

    Guard your finances in uncertain times with a protective collar strategy, which provides short-term downside protection.
  48. The 3 Best Commodities To Invest In

    According to a survey published by Barclays Capital, these commodities should do well in 2012.
  49. An Introduction To J-Charting

    Learn about a technical tool that's based on the view that markets are energetic systems.
  50. A Primer On Coal

    With the right knowledge, investors can better understand coal and gain exposure with the investment vehicles available.
  51. 7 Hedge Fund Manager Startup Tips

    Starting a hedge fund is the new American dream. Find out how you can pull it off.
  52. A Holistic Approach To Trading Gold

    Combine technicals and fundamentals to tune out noise and confirm trends in this commodity.
  53. Series 63, Series 65 Or Series 66?

    When joining the world of investment professionals, you must take the right exams.
  54. Getting Acquainted With Options Trading

    Learn more about stock options, including some basic terminology and the source of profits.
  55. Permanent Life Policies: Whole Vs. Universal

    If you're looking for life-long security, choosing between these two is the key.
  56. Naked Call Writing: A Risky Options Strategy

    Learn about this aggressive trading strategy to generate income as part of a diversified portfolio.
  57. Getting To Know The "Greeks"

    Understanding price influences on options positions requires learning about delta, theta, vega and gamma.
  58. ETFs Provide Easy Access To Energy Commodities

    Hedge against rising energy prices and diversify your portfolio with these funds.
  59. How Commodities Predict Market Movement

    Commodities are not always ruled by supply and demand - their price movements can be based on market sentiment.
  60. Insuring A Credit Card Against Job Loss

    Involuntary unemployment credit card insurance may help if you're laid off, but it may just help your credit card company.
  61. Forex: Wading Into The Currency Market

    We go over the ground rules and available resources needed for this undertaking.
  62. Protect Your Foreign Investments From Currency Risk

    Hedging against currency risk can add a level of safety to your offshore investments.
  63. Callable Bonds: Leading A Double Life

    Find out more about these dangerous and exciting cousins to regular bonds.
  64. 5 Things To Do When The Market Won't Go Down

    Even when the market looks like it can still go higher, sometimes it's best to leave while you're still up.
  65. Commodities: The Portfolio Hedge

    These diverse asset classes can provide downside protection and upside potential. Find out how to use them.
  66. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  67. How To Teach Your Child About Investing

    Find simple and easy instructions on how to introduce your kids to the stock market.
  68. Using Interest Rate Parity To Trade Forex

    Learn the basics of forward exchange rates and hedging strategies to understand interest rate parity.
  69. Which Retirement Plan Is Best?

    We'll show you how to choose between Roth IRAs, Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.
  70. Combining Forex Spot And Futures Transactions

    The spot, futures and option currency markets can be traded together for maximum downside protection and profit.
  71. Options Trading With The Iron Condor

    This options strategy allows your profits to soar in a sideways market.
  72. Cashing In Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  73. Volatility - The Birth Of A New Asset Class

    Learn more about the trading possibilities with the VIX.
  74. Short Sell Your Home To Avoid Foreclosure

    Are you in danger of losing your home? Protect your credit score with a real estate short sale.
  75. How To Invest Like A Hedge Fund

    Hedge funds earn big returns for investors. Find out how they do it and whether you can too.
  76. Bettering Your Portfolio With Alpha And Beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  77. Increase Your Disposable Income

    Here are four quick and easy ways to up your spending money.
  78. Tips For Series 7 Options Questions

    We'll show you how to ace the largest and most difficult section of this exam.
  79. Introducing The VIX Options

    Discover a new financial instrument that provides great opportunities for both hedging and speculation.
  80. The Love Affair With Gold

    Gold did something very different from what was predicted. Find out why holding gold is a fickle relationship.
  81. Are Structured Retail Products Too Good To Be True?

    Spot a rotten investment before you get seduced by its sweet promise of profit.
  82. The Dangers Of Options Backdating

    This form of executive compensation can pose serious risks for investors.
  83. Fee-Based Research: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Providing information on stocks that would otherwise not be available, fee-based research plays an important but complicated role in the market.
  84. Volatility's Impact On Market Returns

    Find out how to adjust your portfolio when the market fluctuates to increase your potential return.
  85. An Alternative Covered Call: Adding A Leg

    Try this approach to covered calls to increase your potential for profit in any market.
  86. The Two Sides Of Dual-Class Shares

    Find out how dual-class shares can affect a company's performance.
  87. A Natural Gas Primer

    Learn why natural gas is playing a larger role in the energy industry.
  88. Trading Around Key Options Indicators

    Learn the key economic indicators to help predict market movement.
  89. Use Real Estate To Put Off Tax Bills

    Find out how you can build wealth and reduce your taxes.
  90. 5 Dumb Things Investors Do With Their Money

    With a long-term perspective, investors can make many wise investment choices and avoid these dumb decisions.
  91. Financial Wisdom From Three Wise Men

    Learn nine simple rules to success from the talented Buffett, Gartman and Pearson.
  92. Gold Is Broken, But Don't Count It Out

    Gold has broken through its 200-day moving average. Find out if you should be worried.
  93. 10 Traits Of A Successful Options Trader

    If you want to take advantage of the versatility of options, you'll need to adopt these smart investing habits.
  94. Why Crude Oil Prices May Not Affect Pump Prices

    When oil rises in price, the price of gas at the pump usually rises as well. Why doesn't it always happen?
  95. Put-Call Parity And Arbitrage Opportunity

    Look at trades that are profitable when the value of corresponding puts and calls diverge.
  96. Facing Co-Op Bankruptcy

    Co-op investors can often be penalized for other people's actions. Read on to learn about the most common types of co-op default.
  97. Have Jewelry Stocks Lost Their Luster?

    Find out what the retail sale of gold and diamonds tells us about the health of the economy.
  98. 5 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio From Volatility

    Sometimes the best defense is the lack of offense. Here are the best boring ways to protect your portfolio in volatile markets.
  99. Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  100. 5 Best Bets For Buying Gold

    Gold is a desirable alternative for those looking to diversify risk. Discover your options.
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