Options And Futures Articles

  1. 5 Best Bets For Buying Gold

    Gold is a desirable alternative for those looking to diversify risk. Discover your options.
  2. Ultra ETFs: The Ultimate Addition To Your Portfolio?

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ETFs.
  3. An Introduction To The Options Industry Council

    The Options Industry Council is an educational organization for options traders. We introduce you to the Council and the online tools available.
  4. How Gold Performed In 2011

    It was a wild ride for gold in 2011; we look at what caused gold's price movements, and where it's headed next.
  5. 6 Ways To Keep Your October Gains

    October was for the record books, but what should you do to hold on to your investment gains?
  6. Accumulative Swing Index And The McClellan Oscillator

    These indicators serve as confirmation for those of us who need to double check our findings on a regular basis.
  7. 4 Steps To Picking A Stock

    Narrow down the universe of stocks to find the ones that best suit your needs.
  8. Alternative Assets For Average Investors

    These investments can add a new level of diversification to your portfolio.
  9. Considerations For Long-Term Care Coverage

    Medical and financial health determine whether long-term care insurance will pay off.
  10. Determining Market Direction With VIX

    The CBOE's volatility index is a helpful market indicator. Learn how it can gauge the mood of the stock market.
  11. Diversifying A Concentrated Stock Position

    Having stocks in one area exposes an investor to risk. We tell you four ways to minimize it.
  12. 3 Ways To Increase Your Investment Performance

    Savvy investors deploy each of their dollars to work in more than one way. Find out how to multitask your money.
  13. 5 Commodities To Watch

    These may be some of the best bets in commodities for the near future. Corn, cattle, oil, sugar and gold are in demand because of numerous factors.
  14. Find Investment Quality In The Income Statement

    Use these key attributes to uncover top-level investments.
  15. The 4 Ways To Buy And Sell Securities

    Know the four main avenues of buying and selling investment instruments.
  16. Divergence: The Trade Most Profitable

    Comparing price swings helps traders gain insight into price momentum.
  17. 9 Misconceptions About Managed Futures

    Managed futures are not all they're worked up to be. Learn why they are not a good option for investors.
  18. Getting Into The Gold Market

    Add some sparkle to your portfolio by getting in on this classic commodity.
  19. Beginner's Guide To Auto Insurance

    Find the perfect policy that suits both your coverage and budgetary needs.
  20. The 5 Best Performing Gold ETFs

    Gold ETFs are at bargain prices. Here are the five best performers to add to your portfolio.
  21. The Consumer Price Index: A Friend To Investors

    As a measure of inflation, this index can help you make key financial decisions.
  22. 5 Ways To Get A Fair Price For Your Gold

    The price of gold continues to go higher and higher. When is the right time to sell, and how do you know if you're getting a good deal?
  23. The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  24. Top 5 Reasons To Keep Leveraged ETFs To The Pros

    Leveraged ETFs can result in large gains, but also huge losses. Is it worth your time and money to look into them?
  25. The "True" Cost Of Stock Options

    Perhaps the real cost of employee stock options is already accounted for in the expense of buyback programs.
  26. The Importance Of Time Value In Options Trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  27. How To Establish A Credit History

    Can't get a credit card without a credit history, and can't get a history without a card? Break the Catch-22.
  28. Currency ETFs Simplify Forex Trades

    Reduce your stock portfolio's risk by trading with foreign currencies.
  29. Top 6 Uses For Bonds

    We break down the stodgy stereotype to see what these investments can do for you.
  30. Getting Started In Forex Options

    Stocks are not the only securities underlying options. Learn how to use FOREX options for profit and hedging.
  31. Should You Follow Soros Out Of Gold?

    George Soros sold his gold, but that may have nothing to do with whether you should follow him.
  32. The Importance Of Trading Psychology And Discipline

    Find out how investing success can be more about your mindset and less about the markets.
  33. Market Speculators: More Help Than Harm

    Speculators often get a bad rap, but it's important to remember that they only observe trends, not manipulate them.
  34. How Much Disaster Can Gold Hedge?

    Gold holds up well in the face of fear, but offers little in times of true collapse.
  35. Translating Ticker Talk

    Stock tickers can say a lot about a company in just a few letters. Find out how to read them.
  36. Is Your Mutual Fund Safe?

    You might be carrying more risk than you think if your fund invests in derivatives.
  37. Of Gold, Greeks And Governance

    The past decade has taught us a lot about how gold and governments are interdependent.
  38. 5 Common Mistakes Young Investors Make

    Starting to invest can be a scary process. Luckily, steering clear of common errors is half the battle.
  39. Profit On Any Price Change With Long Straddles

    In this strategy, traders cash in when the underlying security rises - and when it falls.
  40. Guard Your Portfolio With Defensive Stocks

    Find out how these securities can protect you from a market bust.
  41. The 3 Biggest Risks Faced By International Investors

    Investing internationally is a great way to diversify your portfolio, but you need to know the risks.
  42. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  43. Who Holds The Largest Gold Reserves?

    The biggest holders of gold account for 30,500 of the world's estimated 160,000 tonnes.
  44. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  45. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  46. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  47. Paying For College In An Economic Downturn

    There are many ways to fund a child's education including loans, scholarships, grants and protecting your investments.
  48. Currency Positions You Can Take Now

    The foreign currency market is the largest financial market in the world, and investors in this market have many options.
  49. Is All That Glitters Gold?

    Gold has doubled in price over the last two years, and many say gold is the new currency but will it continue to outperform?
  50. Introduction To Counterparty Risk

    Unlike a funded loan, the exposure from a credit derivative is complicated. Find out everything you need to know about counterparty risk.
  51. Commodity Prices And Currency Movements

    Find out which currencies are most affected by fluctuations in gold and oil prices, and improve your trading.
  52. What Can Traders Learn From Investors?

    Discover tips from a long-term strategy that can help you make better short-term trades.
  53. 9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Accounts

    When it comes to keeping your money safe, don't rely on the FDIC - there's much more you can do.
  54. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  55. A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  56. New Regulations For Gold Trading Set

    Margins have been raised and new regulations are in place for gold trading. How is this going to affect investors?
  57. What Investment Is Best For You?

    ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and advisory firms are just some of the choices to consider.
  58. Using Options Instead Of Equity

    Learn how to multiply returns and diversify risk by buying options instead of stock.
  59. 3 Dangers Of Checking Your Stock Portfolio Everyday

    Find out how being overly attentive to your stocks can lead to lower gains and higher fees.
  60. Leveraged ETFs: Are They Right For You?

    This specialty vehicle offers dramatic results, but can also magnify risk.
  61. A New Approach To Equity Compensation

    The new financial accounting standard known as FAS 123R could take a bite out of your portfolio. Find out why here.
  62. Uncovering The ETF Wrap

    Tax benefits, low expense ratios and flexibility - discover the advantages of this managed money product.
  63. Using Decision Trees In Finance

    These decision-making tools play an integral role in corporate finance and economic forecasting.
  64. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  65. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  66. The VIX: Using The "Uncertainty Index" For Profit And Hedging

    Learn the best ways to profit and hedge using the Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index.
  67. Massive Hedge Fund Failures

    Flying high one day but not the next - see the stories behind some spectacular meltdowns.
  68. The Benefits Of An Investment Club

    Don't want to be a passive investor? Discover how investment clubs allow you to take control of your portfolio.
  69. Shield Your Portfolio From Inflation For Real Returns

    Inflation-protected securities are part of the equation, but they're not a perfect solution.
  70. Trade Forex With A Directional Strategy

    Opening long or short positions to cash in on a trend is one of the simplest ways to trade forex.
  71. 5 Inflation-Beating Bond Picks

    Look beyond traditional bonds when planning long-term. The alternatives can be extremely rewarding.
  72. An Introduction To Corporate Bond ETFs

    Learn about the pros and cons of these specialized ETFs, and get in on the opportunities they can provide.
  73. Profit From Unwanted Life Policies With Life Settlement

    With a life settlement you could cash in on your policy money now.
  74. Get Active In Your Bond Portfolio

    Find out why being a couch potato with your bonds actually could be mashing your results.
  75. How Gold Affects Currencies

    There is a strong correlation between gold's value and the strength of currencies trading on foreign exchanges.
  76. The Gas Price Rollercoaster

    Gas prices in the United States continue to fluctuate, but they are slowly dropping.
  77. 6 Steps To Successfully Switching Financial Careers

    Save time and money by following these tips to a smooth career transition.
  78. Intro To The Cattle Crush

    The cattle crush makes it possible to utilize hedging opportunities as a risk management technique.
  79. Understanding Financial Liquidity

    Understanding how this measure works in the market can help keep your finances afloat.
  80. Creating Highly Effective Hedges With Index LEAPS

    Index LEAPS can be a highly effective way to hedge a retirement portfolio consisting of index or mutual funds, without the effort of short-term options trading.
  81. 6 Reasons Gold Could Go Higher

    Gold seems to be everywhere, but will it really deliver the way analysts are predicting?
  82. The Forex Greeks And Strategies

    We look at the different kinds of Greeks and how they can improve your forex trading.
  83. Why You Should Not Invest In Gold In 2011

    Though gold has seen impressive growth in the last five years, this may not be the best time to jump in.
  84. Is Silver The New Gold?

    With silver on the move, gold could quickly become yesterday's news.
  85. The Basics Of Covered Calls

    Learn how this simple options contract can work for you, even when your stock isn't.
  86. Owners Can Be Deal Killers In M&A

    A merger and acquisition advisor is often the best choice when selling a company.
  87. Do Small Investors Move The Market?

    As trading technology improves access, individual investors may have more of a say in the direction of the market.
  88. 5 Unusual IRA Investments Options

    These investment vehicles are less common, but could provide great returns while diversifying your retirement holdings.
  89. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  90. The Best And Worst Ways To Raise Cash Quickly

    When the need for emergency cash arises, it is crucial to watch costs carefully.
  91. 5 Signs Gold Has Peaked

    Although many investors are still bullish on gold, there are indications that the run up is approaching its end.
  92. An Introduction To Real Estate Futures

    These futures are intended for institutional use, but retail investors looking to speculate on prices can benefit as well.
  93. ETF Liquidity: Why It Matters

    Lower levels of liquidity in exchange-traded funds make it harder to trade them profitably.
  94. The Pros And Cons Of Trading Forex In An Overseas Account

    The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 could impact whether overseas accounts benefit FX investors.
  95. Take A Tour Of The Futures Trading Pit

    Discover why controlled chaos can mean an exciting investment experience for you.
  96. Should You Buy Gold To Hedge Against U.S. Debt?

    Given America's debt situation and the current economic climate, piling into gold might seem like a no-brainer. But it isn't quite that simple.
  97. Should You Trade Forex Or Stocks?

    Deciding which markets to trade can be complicated, and many factors need to be considered in order to make the best choice.
  98. The Death Of The Trading Floor

    Electronic trading has almost completely replaced face-to-face human trading.
  99. An Alternative Covered Call Options Trading Strategy

    This different approach to the covered-call write offers less risk and greater potential profit.
  100. What We Learned From The Last Oil Shock

    The last oil shock in the 1970s carries some valuable lessons for consumers facing a repeat today.
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