Options And Futures Articles

  1. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  2. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  3. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  4. Strike Gold With Junior Mining

    Learn what to watch out for to ensure your "sure thing" isn't another Bre-X.
  5. 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.
  6. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  7. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  8. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

    Footnotes to the financial statements contain very important information, but reading them takes skill.
  9. 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.
  10. The Gatekeepers: Consultants Hold The Key

    Institutional investment consultants help match up asset managers with large institutions.
  11. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  12. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  13. Trading's 6 Biggest Losers

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  14. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  15. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  16. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  17. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  18. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  19. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  20. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  21. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  22. 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.
  23. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  24. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  25. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  26. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  27. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  28. 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.
  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. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

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

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  32. 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.
  33. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  34. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  35. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  36. 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.
  37. Synthetic Options Provide Real Advantages

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  38. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  39. Investment Suitability 101

    This a fundamental concept from both a legal and practical perspective.
  40. Eight Items That Impact Daily Trades

    Find out which factors can help you squeeze more profit out of each position.
  41. 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.
  42. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  43. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  44. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  45. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  46. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

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

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  48. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  49. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  50. 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.
  51. Is That Airline Ready For Lift-Off?

    Break through the clouds to see if these stocks will rocket higher, or crash and burn.
  52. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  53. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  54. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

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

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  56. 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 ...
  57. 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.
  58. 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".
  59. Investing Seasonally In The Corn Market

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

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  61. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  62. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  63. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

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

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

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

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

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  68. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  69. 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?
  70. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  71. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  72. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  73. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  74. Different Needs, Different Loans

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

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  76. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  77. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  78. 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.
  79. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  80. 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.
  81. Oil As An Asset: Hotelling's Theory On Price

    Not sure where oil prices are headed? This theory provides some insight.
  82. 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?
  83. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  84. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  85. 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.
  86. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  87. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  88. The Power Of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  89. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  90. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  91. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  92. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  93. Stock Option Expiration Cycles

    Understanding expiration cycles is just one more way to help you increase your success rate when trading options.
  94. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  95. 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.
  96. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  97. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  98. Life Expectancy: It's More Than Just A Number

    Find out how this factor determines your life insurance premiums and affects your payout.
  99. An Introduction To LIBOR

    This influential rate is published daily in Britain, and felt all around the world.
  100. Financial Regulators: Who They Are And What They Do

    Find out how these government agencies govern the financial markets.
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