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  1. What Are SPDR ETFs?

    Spiders are exchange-traded funds based on an index and can be a great vehicle both for making money and hedging against ...
  2. The Gasoline Business Is All About Location

    Gasoline prices can vary tremendously based on where you are in the world. Here are some of the reasons why it varies so ...
  3. The Gold Showdown: ETFs Vs. Futures

    ETFs and gold futures are two ways to diversify into the metals asset class, but there are advantages and disadvantages to ...
  4. Modernize Your Portfolio With ETF Futures

    Gain access to premier, highly liquid ETFs with lower capital requirements.
  5. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  6. Contango Vs. Normal Backwardation

    Learn about the futures curve and what its shape means for hedgers and speculators.
  7. A Strategy For Optimal Stock And Bond Allocation

    We tell you how this strategy avoids downturns, improves performance and invests in the best asset classes.
  8. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  9. A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded. ...
  10. Grow Your Finances In The Grain Markets

    Hedging with futures can protect those who buy and sell commodities from adverse price movements.
  11. Price Volatility Vs. Leverage

    Learn how to effectively gauge the risk of the markets you trade.
  12. Trading The Odds With Arbitrage

    Profiting from arbitrage is not only for market makers - retail traders can find opportunity in risk arbitrage.
  13. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  14. An Introduction To Swaps

    Learn how these derivatives work and how companies can benefit from them.
  15. A Newbie's Guide To Reading An Options Chain

    Learning to understand the language of options chains will help you become a more informed trader.
  16. A Primer On Palladium

    This rare metal is being used in the industry more and more. See how you can get exposure.
  17. Rolling LEAP Options

    The rewards of using LEAP call options can be a lower cost of capital, higher leverage and no risk of margin calls.
  18. New Program Pays Dividends In Gold And Silver

    GBI is allowing participating shareholders to receive dividend payments in gold or silver instead of cash.
  19. Don't Forget Your Protective Collar

    Guard your finances in uncertain times with a protective collar strategy, which provides short-term downside protection. ...
  20. The 3 Best Commodities To Invest In

    According to a survey published by Barclays Capital, these commodities should do well in 2012.
  21. An Introduction To J-Charting

    Learn about a technical tool that's based on the view that markets are energetic systems.
  22. A Primer On Coal

    With the right knowledge, investors can better understand coal and gain exposure with the investment vehicles available. ...
  23. 7 Hedge Fund Manager Startup Tips

    Starting a hedge fund is the new American dream. Find out how you can pull it off.
  24. A Holistic Approach To Trading Gold

    Combine technicals and fundamentals to tune out noise and confirm trends in this commodity.
  25. Series 63, Series 65 Or Series 66?

    When joining the world of investment professionals, you must take the right exams.
  26. Getting Acquainted With Options Trading

    Learn more about stock options, including some basic terminology and the source of profits.
  27. Naked Call Writing: A Risky Options Strategy

    Learn about this aggressive trading strategy to generate income as part of a diversified portfolio.
  28. Permanent Life Policies: Whole Vs. Universal

    If you're looking for life-long security, choosing between these two is the key.
  29. Getting To Know The "Greeks"

    Understanding price influences on options positions requires learning about delta, theta, vega and gamma.
  30. ETFs Provide Easy Access To Energy Commodities

    Hedge against rising energy prices and diversify your portfolio with these funds.
  31. How Commodities Predict Market Movement

    Commodities are not always ruled by supply and demand - their price movements can be based on market sentiment.
  32. Insuring A Credit Card Against Job Loss

    Involuntary unemployment credit card insurance may help if you're laid off, but it may just help your credit card company. ...
  33. Forex: Wading Into The Currency Market

    We go over the ground rules and available resources needed for this undertaking.
  34. Protect Your Foreign Investments From Currency Risk

    Hedging against currency risk can add a level of safety to your offshore investments.
  35. Callable Bonds: Leading A Double Life

    Find out more about these dangerous and exciting cousins to regular bonds.
  36. 5 Things To Do When The Market Won't Go Down

    Even when the market looks like it can still go higher, sometimes it's best to leave while you're still up.
  37. Commodities: The Portfolio Hedge

    These diverse asset classes can provide downside protection and upside potential. Find out how to use them.
  38. Using Interest Rate Parity To Trade Forex

    Learn the basics of forward exchange rates and hedging strategies to understand interest rate parity.
  39. How To Teach Your Child About Investing

    Find simple and easy instructions on how to introduce your kids to the stock market.
  40. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  41. Combining Forex Spot And Futures Transactions

    The spot, futures and option currency markets can be traded together for maximum downside protection and profit.
  42. Which Retirement Plan Is Best?

    We'll show you how to choose between Roth IRAs, Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.
  43. Options Trading With The Iron Condor

    This options strategy allows your profits to soar in a sideways market.
  44. Cashing In Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  45. Volatility - The Birth Of A New Asset Class

    Learn more about the trading possibilities with the VIX.
  46. Short Sell Your Home To Avoid Foreclosure

    Are you in danger of losing your home? Protect your credit score with a real estate short sale.
  47. How To Invest Like A Hedge Fund

    Hedge funds earn big returns for investors. Find out how they do it and whether you can too.
  48. Bettering Your Portfolio With Alpha And Beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  49. Increase Your Disposable Income

    Here are four quick and easy ways to up your spending money.
  50. Tips For Series 7 Options Questions

    We'll show you how to ace the largest and most difficult section of this exam.
  51. The Love Affair With Gold

    Gold did something very different from what was predicted. Find out why holding gold is a fickle relationship.
  52. Introducing The VIX Options

    Discover a new financial instrument that provides great opportunities for both hedging and speculation.
  53. Are Structured Retail Products Too Good To Be True?

    Spot a rotten investment before you get seduced by its sweet promise of profit.
  54. The Dangers Of Options Backdating

    This form of executive compensation can pose serious risks for investors.
  55. Fee-Based Research: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Providing information on stocks that would otherwise not be available, fee-based research plays an important but complicated ...
  56. Volatility's Impact On Market Returns

    Find out how to adjust your portfolio when the market fluctuates to increase your potential return.
  57. An Alternative Covered Call: Adding A Leg

    Try this approach to covered calls to increase your potential for profit in any market.
  58. The Two Sides Of Dual-Class Shares

    Find out how dual-class shares can affect a company's performance.
  59. A Natural Gas Primer

    Learn why natural gas is playing a larger role in the energy industry.
  60. Trading Around Key Options Indicators

    Learn the key economic indicators to help predict market movement.
  61. 5 Dumb Things Investors Do With Their Money

    With a long-term perspective, investors can make many wise investment choices and avoid these dumb decisions.
  62. Use Real Estate To Put Off Tax Bills

    Find out how you can build wealth and reduce your taxes.
  63. Financial Wisdom From Three Wise Men

    Learn nine simple rules to success from the talented Buffett, Gartman and Pearson.
  64. Gold Is Broken, But Don't Count It Out

    Gold has broken through its 200-day moving average. Find out if you should be worried.
  65. 10 Traits Of A Successful Options Trader

    If you want to take advantage of the versatility of options, you'll need to adopt these smart investing habits.
  66. Why Crude Oil Prices May Not Affect Pump Prices

    When oil rises in price, the price of gas at the pump usually rises as well. Why doesn't it always happen?
  67. Put-Call Parity And Arbitrage Opportunity

    Look at trades that are profitable when the value of corresponding puts and calls diverge.
  68. Facing Co-Op Bankruptcy

    Co-op investors can often be penalized for other people's actions. Read on to learn about the most common types of co-op ...
  69. Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  70. 5 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio From Volatility

    Sometimes the best defense is the lack of offense. Here are the best boring ways to protect your portfolio in volatile markets. ...
  71. 5 Best Bets For Buying Gold

    Gold is a desirable alternative for those looking to diversify risk. Discover your options.
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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.
  75. 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?
  76. 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.
  77. 4 Steps To Picking A Stock

    Narrow down the universe of stocks to find the ones that best suit your needs.
  78. Considerations For Long-Term Care Coverage

    Medical and financial health determine whether long-term care insurance will pay off.
  79. Alternative Assets For Average Investors

    These investments can add a new level of diversification to your portfolio.
  80. Diversifying A Concentrated Stock Position

    Having stocks in one area exposes an investor to risk. We tell you four ways to minimize it.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. 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 ...
  84. Find Investment Quality In The Income Statement

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

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

    Comparing price swings helps traders gain insight into price momentum.
  87. 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.
  88. Getting Into The Gold Market

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

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

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

    As a measure of inflation, this index can help you make key financial decisions.
  92. 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 ...
  93. The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  94. 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?
  95. The "True" Cost Of Stock Options

    Perhaps the real cost of employee stock options is already accounted for in the expense of buyback programs.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. Currency ETFs Simplify Forex Trades

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

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

    Stocks are not the only securities underlying options. Learn how to use FOREX options for profit and hedging.
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