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  1. Using Open Interest To Find Bull/Bear Signals

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

    Applied primarily to the futures market, this indicator confirms trends and reversals.
  3. 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. ...
  4. 3 Key Markets To Follow When Trading FX

    With the increased interconnectivity of the global markets these days, it pays to understand market relationships.
  5. 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.
  6. An Introduction To Reverse Convertible Notes (RCNs)

    When stocks are stagnant and fixed-income yields are crumbling, RCNs come to the rescue!
  7. Option Price-Volatility Relationship: Avoiding Negative Surprises

    Learn about the price-volatility dynamic and its dual effect on option positions.
  8. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  9. 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 ...
  10. The Secret To Finding Profit In Pairs Trading

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

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  12. 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.
  13. How To Manage Bull Put Option Spreads

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

    From samurai to sushi, there's no denying the East Asian influence on investing terminology.
  15. The Controversy Over Option Expensing

    There has been much debate over whether companies should treat employee stocks options as an expense. This article examines ...
  16. Should Employees Be Compensated With Stock Options?

    Learn the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this type of payout.
  17. Deciphering Deferred Annuity Designations

    Tax deferred annuities can be complex arrangements. Discover some of the situations that arise when an owner or annuitant ...
  18. 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.
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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.
  22. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

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

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

    Gemology as an investment alternative may seem glamorous, but it's not for the faint of heart.
  25. 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.
  26. 3 Investments On The Rise In 2011

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

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

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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.
  31. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

    Instead of rationalizing, learn to talk yourself out of buying things you can't afford.
  34. Learn To Corral The Meat Markets

    Find out how to trade these hog-wild commodities.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 5 Wild Ride Commodities In 2010

    Amid all of the Wall Street confusion this past year, at least commodities traders had something to celebrate.
  37. 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.
  38. 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. ...
  39. Introduction To Currency Futures

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

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

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  42. 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.
  43. Gold: The Other Currency

    Throughout history, gold has held its value against paper currencies. Learn how it can help offset market risks.
  44. 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.
  45. 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 ...
  46. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

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

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  48. 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.
  49. Trading The Soft Commodity Markets

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

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  51. 5 Could-Be Bubbles Waiting To Burst

    Investors should approach these markets with caution, as prices and expectations seem to be ahead of reality.
  52. 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. ...
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Introduction To Weather Derivatives

    Learn about a financial instrument that makes temperature a tradable commodity.
  56. 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 ...
  57. Brokers: Do You Want To Sell Stocks Or Insurance?

    Know the difference between working as a broker or an insurance rep.
  58. 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.
  59. What To Do When Your Options Trade Goes Awry

    Check out some repair strategies to help boost the profit potential of a losing position.
  60. Easy Ways To Diversify Your Portfolio

    Diversification is a vital investment tool, and well within the reach of even small investors.
  61. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

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

    Even beginners may use this strategy to trade a bullish outlook.
  63. 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.
  64. Options Risk Graphs: Visualizing Profit Potential

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

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

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

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  68. 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 ...
  69. How Companies Use Derivatives To Hedge Risk

    Derivatives can reduce the risks associated with changes in foreign exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. ...
  70. 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.
  71. 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 ...
  72. Diamonds: The Missing Commodity Derivative

    While they may be "a girl's best friend", diamonds haven't made it to the futures market - yet.
  73. 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 ...
  74. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  75. Option Strategies For A Down Market

    All investors should be aware that the best time to buy stocks is when the market is tanking, according to history.
  76. Adjusting A Long Call Into A Butterfly Spread

    There are many key advantages offered to options traders who deal only in the underlying securities.
  77. Bloodletting And Knights: Medieval Investment Terms

    From bloodletting to ye olde black knights, things on Wall Street are getting downright medieval!
  78. Dividends, Interest Rates And Their Effect On Stock Options

    Learn how analyzing these variables are crucial to knowing when to exercise early.
  79. Capture Profits Using Bands And Channels

    Donchian channels, Keltner channels and STARC bands are not as well known as Bollinger bands, but they offer comparable opportunities. ...
  80. Using "The Greeks" To Understand Options

    These risk-exposure measurements help traders detect how sensitive a specific trade is to price, volatility and time decay. ...
  81. Forex: Gauging Forex Market Sentiment With Open Interest

    Examining open interest on currency futures can help you confirm the strength of a trend in forex market sentiment.
  82. Warrants: A High-Return Investment Tool

    Discover the advantages of this largely unexploited investment vehicle.
  83. Manage Risk With Trailing Stops And Protective Put Options

    Using the right strategy can lower the risk of failure and protect your profits.
  84. Self Employed? 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  85. What Caused The Flash Crash?

    Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong on May 6, but it seems likely that the crash was caused by multiple ...
  86. The REIT Way

    Ever considered investing in real estate? Read about the REIT and see if it's the investment for you.
  87. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  88. American Idol's Career Secret

    Lee DeWyze worked in finance as well as in a paint store.
  89. Investing In Precious Metals

    Buying precious metals can act as a hedge against economic turmoil.
  90. Disbanding The Euro - A Worst-Case Scenario

    What would the fallout be if the world's second-largest currency disappears?
  91. Invest In Hollywood With The Film Futures Market

    It's been 10 years in the making, but you can now bet on which movies will hit it big, or which will flop.
  92. Investing In Artist Futures

    If you think a budding artist has major potential, you may be able to invest in his or her art with these new futures contracts. ...
  93. 5 Equity Derivatives And How They Work

    These derivatives allow investors to transfer risk, but there are many choices and factors that investors must weigh before ...
  94. Profit On Your Home's Price - Even If It's Falling

    These investment vehicles can protect you - and even help you profit - when the real estate market falls.
  95. Is Pressing The Trade Just Pressing Your Luck?

    Scaling up into a trade can be a lucrative strategy, but you need to understand the risks involved.
  96. Capitalize On False Breakouts In The Danger Zone

    Sometimes you have to be a predator to profit. Find out how to cash in on false breakouts.
  97. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  98. Strategies For Withdrawing Retirement Income

    You've accumulated the wealth you need to retire, but how will you distribute it? We'll lay out some options.
  99. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  100. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
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