Options And Futures Articles

  1. Keeping An Eye On The Activities Of Insiders And Institutions

    These transactions reveal much about a stock. We go over what to consider and where to find it.
  2. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  3. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  4. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  5. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  6. Unearth Profits In Oil Exploration And Production

    Drill down into financial statements to tap into the right companies and let returns flow.
  7. Strike Gold With Junior Mining

    Learn what to watch out for to ensure your "sure thing" isn't another Bre-X.
  8. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  9. 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.
  10. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  11. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  12. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  13. Greenshoe Options: An IPO's Best Friend

    Find out how companies can save or boost their public offering price with these options.
  14. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  15. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  16. 10 Tips For Choosing An Online Broker

    This important investment decision happens before you pick your first stock. Find out how to get it right.
  17. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  18. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  19. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  20. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  21. 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.
  22. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  23. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  24. Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    This strategy is not as complex as some investment gurus would like you to believe.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  28. Trading's 6 Biggest Losers

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  29. 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.
  30. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  31. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  32. 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. ...
  33. 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.
  34. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  35. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  36. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  37. 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.
  38. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  39. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  40. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  41. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  42. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

    Older parents are becoming the norm, but when it comes to finances, this choice has special considerations.
  43. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  44. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  45. 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. ...
  46. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  47. 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 ...
  48. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  49. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  50. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  51. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  52. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  53. 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.
  54. Eight Items That Impact Daily Trades

    Find out which factors can help you squeeze more profit out of each position.
  55. Synthetic Options Provide Real Advantages

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  56. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  57. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  58. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  59. Investment Suitability 101

    This a fundamental concept from both a legal and practical perspective.
  60. Is That Airline Ready For Lift-Off?

    Break through the clouds to see if these stocks will rocket higher, or crash and burn.
  61. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  62. 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.
  63. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  64. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  65. 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.
  66. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  67. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  68. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  69. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  70. 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.
  71. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  72. Trading Calendar Spreads In Grain Markets

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  73. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  74. Investing Seasonally In The Corn Market

    Each month can bring new growth opportunities, if you know where the right investment seeds are.
  75. How To Use Gann Indicators

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  76. Oil As An Asset: Hotelling's Theory On Price

    Not sure where oil prices are headed? This theory provides some insight.
  77. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  78. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  79. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  80. 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.
  81. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  82. 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.
  83. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  84. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  85. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  86. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  87. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  88. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  89. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  90. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  91. 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?
  92. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  93. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  94. Should Parents Pay For College?

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  95. The Power Of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  96. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  97. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  98. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  99. 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".
  100. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
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