Options And Futures Articles

  1. How To Use Volume To Improve Your Trading

    Volume is a simple yet powerful way for traders and investors to increase their profits and minimize risks.
  2. Trading Gold And Silver Futures Contracts

    If you are a hedger or a speculator, gold and silver futures contracts offer a world of profit-making opportunities.
  3. Adding Leverage To Your Forex Trading

    The use of margin to trade in the foreign exchange market can magnify profit opportunities.
  4. A Guide To Investing In Oil Markets

    Find out how to take advantage of this market without having to open a futures account.
  5. Top 6 Oil-Producing States

    Check out the U.S. states that produce the most barrels of crude oil each year.
  6. Why Gold Prices Keep Rising

    Gold has returned more than 120% over the last five years. Find out why some analysts think this investment still has room to grow.
  7. The Factors That Will Cause $6-Per-Gallon Gas

    Find out why some analysts believe we could soon be paying six dollars per gallon for gas.
  8. Avoid Foreclosure: How To Handle An Underwater Mortgage

    Foreclosure is the biggest fear of any struggling homeowner. These tips just might save your credit rating.
  9. How To Use Options To Make Earnings Predictions

    Use this simple three-step process to make your own earnings predictions using options data.
  10. Profit From Forex With Currency ETFs

    There's always a bull market somewhere - and now you can find it with currency ETFs.
  11. A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Make sure you assess whether a CEO has a stake in doing a good job for you, the shareholder.
  12. Why Gold Could Go Even Higher

    While no one knows for certain, there are strong arguments in favor of gold's continued rise.
  13. Investing In The Metals Markets

    Learn the many options available for investing in the earth's chemical elements, such as gold, silver and rare-earth metals.
  14. Why Food Is Still Cheap In America

    When food prices rise, they have a huge effect on developing nations, and barely affect the American middle class.
  15. The 6 Most Common Portfolio Protection Strategies

    It's impossible to avoid all risk, but these strategies can help protect you against the worst of it.
  16. How To Use FX Options In Forex Trading

    Currency options are another versatile tool for forex traders. Find out how to use them.
  17. Make Better Options Trades With The Average Monthly Range

    We'll show you how to use the average monthly trading range to score better returns.
  18. How To Construct A High-Risk Portfolio

    Over time, intelligent and disciplined risk-seeking behavior can produce substantially above-average returns.
  19. Fueling Futures In The Energy Market

    The energy market influences every aspect of our lives, and these four options are its driving force.
  20. 5 Life Insurance Questions You Should Ask

    Confused about $1 million dollar insurance advertising claims? Decide whether they'll pay off for you.
  21. Gold Or Oil: Which Is The Hotter Investment?

    Investing in gold and oil is now easy and cheap for investors, but not without risk.
  22. Are My Investments Insured Against Loss?

    Money invested in a brokerage account has some protection, but that doesn't mean you can't lose it.
  23. Adding Alpha Without Adding Risk

    Learn how to generate higher returns in your portfolio while keeping the same risk profile.
  24. How To Trade Forex On News Releases

    When economic data comes out, it can have a marked impact on the currency market. Find out how to profit.
  25. The Series 3 Exam: Creating A Career With Commodities

    The Series 3 exam is the quickest way to diversify sales and add futures to your investing options.
  26. Using Open Interest To Find Bull/Bear Signals

    Volume should inform your use of this indicator in confirming trends and reversals.
  27. Intro To Open Interest In The Futures Market

    Applied primarily to the futures market, this indicator confirms trends and reversals.
  28. 3 Key Markets To Follow When Trading FX

    With the increased interconnectivity of the global markets these days, it pays to understand market relationships.
  29. What Drives The Price Of Gold?

    Gold prices are based on the economy and actual uses, but there are many other factors that dictate gold's perceived value.
  30. How To Read The Market's Psychological State

    Discover what on-balance volume, accumulation/distribution and open interest can tell you about the market mood.
  31. An Introduction To Reverse Convertible Notes (RCNs)

    When stocks are stagnant and fixed-income yields are crumbling, RCNs come to the rescue!
  32. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  33. Option Price-Volatility Relationship: Avoiding Negative Surprises

    Learn about the price-volatility dynamic and its dual effect on option positions.
  34. Choosing The Best Disability Insurance

    Social Security benefits can be hard to collect. Find out why you need disability insurance to protect your income, and learn how to choose the right policy for you.
  35. The Secret To Finding Profit In Pairs Trading

    Read about a market-neutral trading strategy using relatively low-risk positions.
  36. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  37. Interpreting Volume For The Futures Market

    Learn how to read the volume reports, look at the relation to liquidity and interpret volume using open interest.
  38. How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

    Learn how to halt options losses when the market moves quickly in an unfavorable direction.
  39. Dragons, Samurai Warriors And Sushi On Wall Street

    From samurai to sushi, there's no denying the East Asian influence on investing terminology.
  40. Should Employees Be Compensated With Stock Options?

    Learn the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this type of payout.
  41. The Controversy Over Option Expensing

    There has been much debate over whether companies should treat employee stocks options as an expense. This article examines both sides of the argument.
  42. Capturing Profits With Position-Delta Neutral Trading

    This trading strategy will show you how to gain from a decline in implied volatility on any movement of the underlying.
  43. Deciphering Deferred Annuity Designations

    Tax deferred annuities can be complex arrangements. Discover some of the situations that arise when an owner or annuitant dies and how to reduce tax liability if you're the beneficiary.
  44. Time To Graduate From Mutual Funds?

    A few years ago, newly arrived investors were warned that they would lose $10,000 before they learned enough to make any money. If possible, that's not pessimistic enough.
  45. Options Trading Strategies: Understanding Position Delta

    Learn more about the position delta hedge ratio and how it can tell you the number of contracts needed to hedge a position in the underlying asset.
  46. An Introduction To Weekly Options

    The weeklys are a powerful tool that can create quick profits or quick losses, depending on how you use them.
  47. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  48. Money Management Matters In Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  49. Introduction To Gemology

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  50. 5 Economic Changes That Fatten Your Grocery Bill

    Global economic conditions are working to bloat our food costs. And for many, even the smallest increase in food prices can spoil the family budget.
  51. Reverse Engineering Return On Equity

    Return on equity is a widely used ratio, but return on net operating assets (RNOA) takes things one step farther.
  52. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

    These investments offer more precise bets on the market, reduced fees and greater diversification to investors.
  53. Out-Of-The-Money Put Time Spreads

    Learn about this low-risk, bearish options strategy used to speculate on major market declines.
  54. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  55. Traders: Which Markets Should You Trade?

    Being aware of other markets and other trading methods can help traders fine tune methods, save costs and add profits.
  56. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and increase your chances of finding successful investments.
  57. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  58. Biggest Investing Blunders Of 2010

    No investor can make all of the right moves, so there are always regrets to learn from in the market.
  59. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

    Instead of rationalizing, learn to talk yourself out of buying things you can't afford.
  60. Introduction To E-Micro Forex Futures

    At one-10th the size of regular FX contracts, the E-micros offer traders the opportunity to trade the forex in a regulated marketplace with reduced risks.
  61. Learn To Corral The Meat Markets

    Find out how to trade these hog-wild commodities.
  62. The Benefits And Value Of Stock Options

    The pros and cons of corporate stock options have been debated since the incentive was created. Learn more about stock option basics and the cost of stock options.
  63. 5 Wild Ride Commodities In 2010

    Amid all of the Wall Street confusion this past year, at least commodities traders had something to celebrate.
  64. Forget Gold, These Investments Are Poised For A Strong 2011

    While gold grabs the headlines, there are other commodity investments that aren't getting quite as much attention.
  65. Adaptive Price Zone Technical Indicator Explained

    In a choppy market, following charts can be extremely difficult - the APZ technical indicator may become your best friend.
  66. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  67. Natural Gas Industry: An Investment Guide

    Investors looking into this industry are faced with a confusing amount of information. We explain the important concepts and terms.
  68. How To Owe Nothing On Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  69. Gold: The Other Currency

    Throughout history, gold has held its value against paper currencies. Learn how it can help offset market risks.
  70. A User's Guide To Warrants

    These investment vehicles are relatively uncommon in the United States, but they do still appear in U.S. markets.
  71. S&P 500 Options On Futures: Profiting From Time-Value Decay

    Writing bull put credit spreads are not only limited in risk, but can profit from a wider range of market directions.
  72. Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be used with equity as well as commodity and futures options.
  73. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

    Learn how put options can act as insurance for volatile stocks in your portfolio.
  74. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  75. A Goldbug's ETF Plays

    There are quite a few ways to play gold using only ETFs, and here are some of the more popular ones.
  76. Trading The Soft Commodity Markets

    Learn the contract specifications for a few of the most heavily traded commodities.
  77. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  78. 5 Could-Be Bubbles Waiting To Burst

    Investors should approach these markets with caution, as prices and expectations seem to be ahead of reality.
  79. 5 Metals That May Be Brighter Than Gold

    Many metals could be better investments than gold because they're more versatile and aren't as tied to investor sentiment.
  80. Hotshots Needed For Commodity Trading Advisor Positions

    If you can multi-task and you enjoy a good challenge, this lucrative career could be a perfect fit.
  81. What To Do About Gold Now

    Gold has made gains of more than 16% since January. These tips will help you ride the gold wave.
  82. Introduction To Weather Derivatives

    Learn about a financial instrument that makes temperature a tradable commodity.
  83. How To Tell If A Company's In Trouble

    Observing a company's behavior can prove beneficial for the mindful investor. Know the signs before you make a reactionary move.
  84. Brokers: Do You Want To Sell Stocks Or Insurance?

    Know the difference between working as a broker or an insurance rep.
  85. How To Sell Put Options To Benefit In Any Market

    As long as the underlying stocks are of companies you are happy to own, put selling can be a lucrative strategy.
  86. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  87. What To Do When Your Options Trade Goes Awry

    Check out some repair strategies to help boost the profit potential of a losing position.
  88. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

    Forget the cliches and uncover how much volatility you can really stand.
  89. Trading The QQQQ With In-The-Money Put Spreads

    Even beginners may use this strategy to trade a bullish outlook.
  90. Wall Street History: WaMu's Collapse, Black Friday And LTCM

    The end of September has historically been one of the worst times in finance. Find out why.
  91. Options Risk Graphs: Visualizing Profit Potential

    With a single diagram, you can see how price, time and volatility affect potential gains.
  92. Should Your Options Go Naked?

    Compare naked strategies to credit spreads and see if the unlimited risk of going naked is worth it.
  93. Options Trading Volume And Open Interest

    Learn how these two statistics can give you an edge in trading options.
  94. Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  95. Green Energy: Why We're Still Not Using It

    The reason we are still dependent on fossil fuels for energy is about as old as the fossils themselves. Read on to find out why.
  96. How Companies Use Derivatives To Hedge Risk

    Derivatives can reduce the risks associated with changes in foreign exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices.
  97. Ratio Writing: A High-Volatility Options Strategy

    Selling a greater number of options than you buy profits from a decline back to average levels of implied volatility.
  98. Water Cooler Finance: Billionaire Pledges and Other Positive Press

    This week in finance, the market was feeling the heat, the auto industry is perking up and billionaires are giving it all away.
  99. Diamonds: The Missing Commodity Derivative

    While they may be "a girl's best friend", diamonds haven't made it to the futures market - yet.
  100. I Can't Believe It's Corn!

    The widespread use of corn spans from food additives to fuel, aspirin and windshield washer fluid. Find out where else it's used and the size of this growing industry.
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