Options And Futures Articles

  1. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  2. Greenshoe Options: An IPO's Best Friend

    Find out how companies can save or boost their public offering price with these options.
  3. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  4. Trader's Corner: Finding The Magic Mix Of Fundamentals And Technicals

    For a record-holding stock trader, CANSLIM is the formula that identifies this magic mix.
  5. The Chinese Wall Protects Against Conflicts Of Interest

    After the crash of 1929, this barrier helped define ethical limits, but it did little to prevent fraud.
  6. Unearth Profits In Oil Exploration And Production

    Drill down into financial statements to tap into the right companies and let returns flow.
  7. Can IRA Transactions Trigger The Wash-Sale Rule?

    In 2008, the IRS said: Yes, they can. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
  8. Get The Most Out Of An Investor Conference

    Read between the lines to get a sense of where a company is really headed.
  9. Trading's 6 Biggest Losers

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  10. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  11. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  12. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  13. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  14. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  15. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  16. Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating A Lower APR

    Reducing the rate charged on your credit card balance is the first step to getting out of debt.
  17. Sell Growth Stocks The IBD Way

    Savvy investing is all about learning some smart rules and sticking to them. We give you the rundown.
  18. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  19. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  20. Car Title Loans: Good Option For Fast Cash?

    These loans provide fast cash, but they could leave you deeper in debt - and without a car.
  21. Combining Credit For A Happy Financial-Ever-After

    A couple's finances may not always be a match made in heaven. Find out when to say "I Do".
  22. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  23. How Does Crude Oil Affect Gas Prices?

    Find out how this commodity's fluctuating price affects more than just how much you pay at the pump.
  24. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  25. What You Get When You Pay For Investment Services

    There are three value components in investing. Can you save money by doing some of them yourself?
  26. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  27. Investing Seasonally In The Corn Market

    Each month can bring new growth opportunities, if you know where the right investment seeds are.
  28. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  29. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  30. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  31. Oil As An Asset: Hotelling's Theory On Price

    Not sure where oil prices are headed? This theory provides some insight.
  32. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  33. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  34. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  35. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  36. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  37. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  38. The Power Of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  39. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for home buyers.
  40. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  41. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  42. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  43. Should Parents Pay For College?

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  44. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  45. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  46. Prices Plunging? Buy A Put!

    You can make money on a falling stock. Find out how going long on a put can lead to profits.
  47. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  48. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  49. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  50. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  51. How To Break Up With Your Bank

    Whether you're moving or have just found a better no-fee plan, find out how to switch banks with ease.
  52. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  53. How To Use Gann Indicators

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  54. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  55. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  56. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  57. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  58. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  59. Critical Illness Insurance: Get Paid If You Get Sick

    This coverage will allow you to focus your attention on getting well, rather than getting by.
  60. Stock Option Expiration Cycles

    Understanding expiration cycles is just one more way to help you increase your success rate when trading options.
  61. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  62. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  63. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  64. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  65. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  66. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  67. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  68. Retirement Funds To Fund Startups

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" and retirees who want to stretch their dollars are looking to invest here. ...
  69. Eight Items That Impact Daily Trades

    Find out which factors can help you squeeze more profit out of each position.
  70. Socially Responsible Investing Vs. Sin Stocks

    Can your principles make you richer or poorer? Find out if it pays pick your portfolio based on ethics.
  71. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  72. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  73. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  74. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  75. Does It Still Pay To Invest In Gold?

    This asset's appeal dates back thousands of years. Find out whether it can live up to the hype.
  76. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  77. Is That Airline Ready For Lift-Off?

    Break through the clouds to see if these stocks will rocket higher, or crash and burn.
  78. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  79. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  80. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  81. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  82. Lead The Charge With Product Development

    If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, this could be the career for you.
  83. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  84. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  85. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  86. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  87. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  88. REX Agreements Climb As House Prices Decline

    These purchase options let you hedge against a decline in your home's value without having to sell the house.
  89. Investment Suitability 101

    This a fundamental concept from both a legal and practical perspective.
  90. Straddle Strategy A Simple Approach To Market Neutral

    Being both short and long has advantages. Find out how to straddle a position to your advantage.
  91. Market Bottom: Are We There Yet?

    No one rings a bell when the bear market's over, but that doesn't mean there's no way to predict a bottom.
  92. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  93. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  94. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  95. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  96. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  97. Must-Know Rules For Converting A 401(k) To A Roth

    In 2008, the IRS spelled out the details for converting employer-plan funds directly to Roth IRAs.
  98. Synthetic Options Provide Real Advantages

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  99. Trading Calendar Spreads In Grain Markets

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  100. The Rap On Wrap Fees For Retirement Accounts

    If your retirement account is managed under a wrap fee program, you need to consider whether you should pay the fee out of ...
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