Options And Futures Articles

  1. A Fresh Look At The Financial Markets

    Different markets provide unique opportunities and risks for investors. Find out more here.
  2. Introduction to SPOT Options

    Single-payment options trading (SPOT) allows investors to have full control over their investments.
  3. Introduction To Put Writing

    Learn about a strategy that may be appropriate if you have a positive outlook on a stock.
  4. Introduction To Single Stock Futures

    These contracts allow for easier shorting, and provide more leverage and flexibility than stocks.
  5. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment ...
  6. Getting A Handle On The Options Premium

    The price of an option, otherwise known as the premium, has two basic components: the intrinsic value and the time value. ...
  7. Reducing Risk With Options

    If you want to use leverage to your advantage, you must know how many contracts to buy.
  8. The Basics Of Option Price

    Options can be an excellent addition to a portfolio. Find out how to get started.
  9. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  10. How To Avoid Closing Options Below Intrinsic Value

    To get the best return possible on your options trading, it is important to understand how options work and the markets in ...
  11. Breaking Down The Binomial Model To Value An Option

    Find out how to carve your way into this valuation model niche.
  12. Stocks Remain The Best Long-Term Bet

    When looking at a wide set of data, it becomes clear that stocks are still the best way to maximize a portfolio's long-term ...
  13. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  14. An Introduction To Structured Products

    Learn a simple way to bring the benefits of derivatives into your portfolio.
  15. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

    These offer higher returns than regular certificates of deposit, but there's a catch.
  16. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are essentially bearish strategies used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or ...
  17. Oil And Gas Industry Primer

    Before jumping into this hot sector, learn how these companies make their money.
  18. American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  19. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  20. Managing Interest Rate Risk

    Learn which tools you need to manage the risk that comes with changing rates.
  21. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  22. An Overview Of Commodities Trading

    Commodities markets, both historically and in modern times, have had tremendous economic impact on nations and people. Investing ...
  23. The Copper King: An Empire Built On Manipulation

    Find out how Yasuo Hamanaka's actions in the copper market forever changed the rules for commodity traders.
  24. Should You Trust Your Instincts On Gold?

    The trouble with gold is that even as stocks are going up and the gold price is hurting, investors and central banks are ...
  25. Warrants And Call Options

    Warrants and call options are securities that are quite similar in many respects, but they also have some notable differences. ...
  26. An Introduction To CFDs

    The benefits of these securities abound, but high leverage also magnifies potential losses.
  27. Using Index Futures To Predict The Future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Check out the index futures.
  28. Make Your Precious Metal Choice Less ‘Golden’

    The recent rout in gold prices has affected the rest of the precious metals space as well. However, unlike gold, platinum ...
  29. Uncovering Oil And Gas Futures

    Find out how to stay on top of data reports that could cause volatility in oil and gas markets.
  30. Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Get a piece of Warren Buffett's profit by using Form 13F to coattail his picks.
  31. Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  32. Cash: A Call Option With No Expiration Date

    Cash is generally regarded as a drag on investment returns, but sometimes it may be preferable to hold a substantial cash ...
  33. What Is Wrong With Gold?

    Despite its historic and symbolic appeal, this metal is simply a commodity. Here we explore its meaning as an investment. ...
  34. Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and ...
  35. The Best Way To Buy Silver

    Discover whether ETFs or physical bullion is the best way for investors to get exposure to silver.
  36. Exploring Non-Dollar Currencies For Forex Trading

    Learn how investments in foreign currencies can diversify your portfolio.
  37. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  38. The Most Affordable Way to Buy Gold: Physical Gold or ETFs?

    Investing in gold has never been easier than it is today. Check out this article to learn more about gold ETFs and other ...
  39. Bloated Budget? How To Trim The Fat

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

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  41. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  42. Exploring European Options

    The ability to exercise only on the expiration date is what sets these options apart.
  43. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

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

    Here we offer some cost-saving measures to strengthen your business even when the market is weak.
  45. 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.
  46. Derivatives 101

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

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  48. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  49. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  50. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

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

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

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

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

    These contracts provide access to commodities without a huge capital commitment.
  55. 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.
  56. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

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

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  61. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  62. Precious Metals Funds: A Golden Opportunity?

    Used intelligently, precious metals can help an investor obtain decent returns in a terrible market.
  63. 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.
  64. Introduction To Incentive Stock Options

    Here are some basic highlights of how ISOs work and the ways they can be used.
  65. 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.
  66. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

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

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  68. 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.
  69. $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. ...
  70. Short Sales For Market Downturns

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

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  72. 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?
  73. 8 Reasons To Own Gold

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

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  75. 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.
  76. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  77. 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.
  78. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

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

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

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

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  82. 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.
  83. Helium: An Uplifting Commodity

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

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

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  86. 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.
  87. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  88. 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 ...
  89. A Primer For Investing In Agriculture

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

    Find out what grain investors need to know to analyze USDA reports.
  91. 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 ...
  92. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

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

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

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

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

    Forex scams are more common than you think. We tell you how to spot them.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

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

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

    Learn to distinguish between a temporary price change and a long-term trend.
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