Options And Futures Articles

  1. Bloated Budget? How To Trim The Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
  2. Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  3. Exploring European Options

    The ability to exercise only on the expiration date is what sets these options apart.
  4. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  5. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

    This strategy allows you to stop chasing losses when you're feeling bearish.
  6. Build Your Small Business During Downswings

    Here we offer some cost-saving measures to strengthen your business even when the market is weak.
  7. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  8. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  9. Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  10. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  11. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  12. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  13. Using Options To Pay Off Debt

    We tell you about four option strategies that could provide a way to pay off your debt.
  14. Simplify Your Portfolio

    Faced with an overabundance of choices, many investors forget to stick to the basics.
  15. Hedging With ETFs: A Cost-Effective Alternative

    The benefits of ETFs for hedging are clear and investors of all sizes are taking notice.
  16. Minis Provide Low-Cost Entry To Futures Market

    These contracts provide access to commodities without a huge capital commitment.
  17. Pin Down Stock Price With Real Options

    How can you assign a value to what a company may do with its business in the future? We explain how it works.
  18. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

    Using options instead of stop-loss orders adds finesse and control in limiting losses.
  19. Implied Volatility: Buy Low And Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  20. Why The Price Of Crude Oil Is Dropping

    There are many reasons why the price of crude oil is falling, and Sandy is only one of them.
  21. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  22. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  23. Precious Metals Funds: A Golden Opportunity?

    Used intelligently, precious metals can help an investor obtain decent returns in a terrible market.
  24. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  25. A Forex Trader's View Of The Aussie/Gold Relationship

    We look at why this relationship exists and how you can use it to produce solid gold returns.
  26. Introduction To Incentive Stock Options

    Here are some basic highlights of how ISOs work and the ways they can be used.
  27. Strategies To Reduce Pain At The Pump

    Here's a look at why gas prices are so high and how that can be changed in the U.S.
  28. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    They've contributed to some major market scandals, but these instruments aren't all bad.
  29. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  30. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  31. $1 Salaried CEOs Making Millions

    Some CEOs who are paid $1 annually are actually among the highest-paid when all forms of compensation are taken into account.
  32. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  33. Covered Call Strategies For A Falling Market

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  34. Could Alchemy Threaten The Gold Market?

    Some of the dreams of medieval alchemists may finally be coming true, but what does that mean for the market?
  35. 8 Reasons To Own Gold

    This precious metal's rich history stems from its ability to maintain value over the long term.
  36. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  37. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  38. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  39. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  40. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  41. ETFs Vs. Index Funds: Quantifying The Differences

    If you are trying to choose between these two index-tracking investments, compare the costs.
  42. Losing To Win

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

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  44. 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.
  45. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

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

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  47. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  48. 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.
  49. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  50. 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.
  51. A Primer For Investing In Agriculture

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

    Find out what grain investors need to know to analyze USDA reports.
  53. 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.
  54. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

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

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

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

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

    Forex scams are more common than you think. We tell you how to spot them.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

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

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

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

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

    These vehicles have gotten a bad rap in the press. Find out whether they deserve it.
  66. Cut Down Option Risk With Covered Calls

    A good place to start with options is writing these contracts against shares you already own.
  67. 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.
  68. Unusual Assets Owned By Hedge Funds

    Although many hedge funds hold stock in big companies, some hold some extremely unusual investments.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. Modernize Your Portfolio With ETF Futures

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

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

    Learn about the futures curve and what its shape means for hedgers and speculators.
  75. 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.
  76. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  77. 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.
  78. Grow Your Finances In The Grain Markets

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

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

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

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

    Learn how these derivatives work and how companies can benefit from them.
  83. A Primer On Palladium

    This rare metal is being used in the industry more and more. See how you can get exposure.
  84. 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.
  85. New Program Pays Dividends In Gold And Silver

    GBI is allowing participating shareholders to receive dividend payments in gold or silver instead of cash.
  86. 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.
  87. Don't Forget Your Protective Collar

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

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

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

    With the right knowledge, investors can better understand coal and gain exposure with the investment vehicles available.
  91. 7 Hedge Fund Manager Startup Tips

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

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

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

    Learn more about stock options, including some basic terminology and the source of profits.
  95. Naked Call Writing: A Risky Options Strategy

    Learn about this aggressive trading strategy to generate income as part of a diversified portfolio.
  96. Permanent Life Policies: Whole Vs. Universal

    If you're looking for life-long security, choosing between these two is the key.
  97. Getting To Know The "Greeks"

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

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

    Commodities are not always ruled by supply and demand - their price movements can be based on market sentiment.
  100. 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.
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