Options And Futures Articles

  1. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  2. 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.
  3. Bloodletting And Knights: Medieval Investment Terms

    From bloodletting to ye olde black knights, things on Wall Street are getting downright medieval!
  4. Adjusting A Long Call Into A Butterfly Spread

    There are many key advantages offered to options traders who deal only in the underlying securities.
  5. Dividends, Interest Rates And Their Effect On Stock Options

    Learn how analyzing these variables are crucial to knowing when to exercise early.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Warrants: A High-Return Investment Tool

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

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

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  12. 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 interlocking failures.
  13. The REIT Way

    Ever considered investing in real estate? Read about the REIT and see if it's the investment for you.
  14. 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.
  15. American Idol's Career Secret

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

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

    What would the fallout be if the world's second-largest currency disappears?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 buying in.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  28. Taking Advantage Of Volatility Spikes With Credit Spreads

    Alert options traders can follow this strategy to improve their chances of success.
  29. The Disability Insurance Policy: Now In English

    Learn to translate this complicated policy so you can rest assured you're covered.
  30. Options Trading: How Implied Volatility Affects Calendar Spread

    Even if the risk curves for a calendar spread look enticing, a trader needs to assess implied volatility for the options on the underlying security.
  31. The History Of Options Contracts

    Options and futures didn't originate with Wall Street power brokers. In fact, it all started with rice.
  32. Goldman Sachs: By The Numbers

    While Goldman's guilt or innocence is not yet clear, these key numbers help tell part of the story.
  33. Selecting The Payout On Your Annuity

    Make sure you understand your options for withdrawing your funds from this complex instrument.
  34. Are You Ready To Trade Futures?

    If you want to trade futures in the hopes that you'll become rich, you'll have to answer some questions first.
  35. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  36. Top 4 Strategies For Managing A Bond Portfolio

    Find out how these strategies work and how you can put them to work for you.
  37. Using Options Tools To Trade Foreign-Exchange Spot

    Find out how delta, gamma, risk reversals and volatility can all help predict movements in the cash market.
  38. 5 Reasons Young Investors Should Trade Options

    Options get a bad rap. Find out why these financial instruments are ideal for young investors.
  39. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  40. The National Futures Association As Market Watchdog

    As the overseer of the commodities and futures industry, the NFA helps to protect investors from fraudulent futures activities.
  41. Customize Your Trading With Flex Options

    These unique instruments take options trading to a whole new level.
  42. Water Cooler Finance: Auto Hope, Bubbling Oil and Obamanomics

    As usual, the financial world is filled with hope, change and uncertainty.
  43. Understanding The 2010 Options Symbology

    There is a wealth of information in the expanded option symbols, but they should make things easier for traders.
  44. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  45. 6 Weird Futures You Can Trade

    From trading based on weather to the next Hollywood blockbuster, these new derivatives show the investing world's innovation.
  46. Corporate Futures: Big Names, Big Risk

    We don't often think of Disney and derivatives, but it is one of many companies that use derivatives to hedge risks.
  47. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  48. Stock Options: What's Price Got To Do With It?

    A thorough understanding of risk is essential in options trading. So is knowing the factors that affect option price.
  49. Is There A Right Way To Invest In Gold?

    Purists like physical bullion, but most investors prefer ETFs.
  50. Make Money On The Movies

    If you think you know which films will tank and which will soar, this new way to trade could be for you.
  51. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  52. How Does Your Margin Grow?

    Risk-management tool SPAN margin boosts profitability prospects by helping to determine when to exit a trade.
  53. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  54. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  55. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  56. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  57. The Dangerous Lure Of Cheap Out-Of-The-Money Options

    Betting on an expected move is fine, but one must understand the risks involved in a position - and consider the alternatives.
  58. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  59. Going Long On Calls

    Learn how to buy calls and then sell or exercise them to earn a profit.
  60. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management.
  61. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  62. Options and Futures: You Already Trade Them

    These instruments seem complicated to beginners, but many people already make similar trades on a daily basis.
  63. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively.
  64. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  65. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  66. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  67. Hedging With Puts And Calls

    This trading strategy can reduce your risk - but only if you use it effectively.
  68. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  69. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  70. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge risks.
  71. Getting The Real Earnings

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  72. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  73. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  74. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear.
  75. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  76. Modern Portfolio Theory: Why It's Still Hip

    See why investors today still follow this old set of principles that reduce risk and increase returns through diversification.
  77. Options On Futures: A World Of Potential Profit

    There's one simple hurdle in the transition from stock to futures options: learning about product specifications.
  78. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
  79. Common Bond-Buying Mistakes

    Avoid these errors made daily in bond portfolios everywhere.
  80. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  81. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  82. Find The Perfect Job With A Career Club

    Career clubs can help you get back on your feet, whether you lost a job or just need a change.
  83. 7 Ways To Avoid Self-Employed Tax Penalties

    If you follow these methods for calculating estimated tax payments, you could minimize your chances of incurring penalties.
  84. All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  85. Choose To Beat The Bank

    From internet banking to credit unions, it's in your power to cut fees and maximize service.
  86. Inflation: The Inside Story

    Understanding what the Consumer Price Index says about inflation, can be very important for investors.
  87. 5 "New" Rules For Safe Investing

    Did the credit crisis leave a new landscape for investors? Maybe, but it's not as unfamiliar as you may have imagined.
  88. Do Option Sellers Have a Trading Edge?

    Take a look at a study that discovered that three out of every four options expired worthless.
  89. Green Mortgages Save Money And The Environment

    This emerging type of loan is not just for treehuggers. It rewards you for eco-friendly housing, in the form of cold, hard, cash.
  90. Did You Miss The Gold Rush?

    Even if you missed out on gold, there are other shiny ways to play precious metals.
  91. 9 Ways To Save On Winter Bills

    Winter heating bills can leave your finances in the cold. These tips will help warm things up.
  92. Signs That It Might Be Time To Sell

    In the stock market, knowing when to sell is just as important as knowing when to buy.
  93. Direct Access Trading Systems

    DATs can dramatically speed up order execution - find out how this system gives novice traders an edge.
  94. Investments That Would've Made You Rich In 2009

    If you could've seen the future, these would have been your sure-fire investment picks.
  95. Find Profits By Hedging Iron Condors

    Hedging iron condors with put calendars can help control losses, and can even make an investor more profitable.
  96. Using Mutual Funds To Profit From Market Dips

    Stop hoping for the indexes to go up and start investing in the reverse.
  97. Biggest Stories From Black Friday '09

    We recap the significant stories, sales and figures from Black Friday '09.
  98. Things To Know About The Home Modification Plan

    This program allows FHA borrowers to reduce monthly mortgage payments through negotiation with lenders.
  99. Christmas 2009 Vs. 2008: What Can We Expect?

    Outlining last years sales results and economic figures with this years stats and expected sales numbers.
  100. It Pays To Be A Scrooge

    How much would you save if you skipped Christmas entirely? And what could you do with those savings?
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