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  1. Get To Know These Crucial US Options Market Regulations

    How are options regulated in the U.S and which organizations are involved in options market regulations?
  2. What's The Impact On Equities If The Rates Hike?

    The Fed is on course for raising interest rates. True, that leaves the question of when (most likely June or September, but ...
  3. How Are Interest Rates Affecting Annaly Cap Mgmt?

    Annaly Capital Management reported a net loss of $658 million thanks to the mortgage REIT's strategy of hedging its exposure ...
  4. When Will The Fed Raise Interest Rates?

    We discuss how the actions of U.S. central bank leaders (i.e. “The Fed”) will affect interest rates in the near future.
  5. Why Do We Like A Mature U.S. Tech Industry?

    The U.S. tech industry, particularly blue-chip, mature companies, has room to run in this expensive bull market.
  6. Will Clean Energy Fuels Create A Better Network?

    Ever since the most recent U.S. energy boom began, many people have looked for ways to take advantage of cheap natural gas ...
  7. What Is The Real Picture Of Linn Energy?

    Numbers don't always tell the full story. Take, for example, the long-term chart for LINN Energy which was expected to be ...
  8. Give Yourself More Options With Real Estate Options

    Real estate options have many benefits, including a smaller initial capital requirement.
  9. The Most Important Technical Indicators For Binary Options

    Trading binary options is not for the novice, but if you're ready to delve in, get to know the best technical indicators.
  10. What Would Happen If Interest Rates Rise?

    This time around, while U.S. long-term yields have rebounded from their January lows, rates have generally been lower than ...
  11. Strategies To Position Your Bond Portfolio

    Fixed income investors may not be able to see them all right now, but important trends are stirring on the investment horizon.
  12. The Impact Of A Stronger Dollar In The Markets

    The economy continues to improve, but also demonstrated that some areas of the stock market are more vulnerable to an increase ...
  13. This Is A Small Country With Huge Potential to Grow

    Trinidad and Tobago's increased revenue and economic success have been primarily generated by its energy sector, but it still ...
  14. How to Use Commodity Futures to Hedge

    Both producers and consumers of commodities can use futures to hedge. We explain, using a few examples, how to achieve commodity ...
  15. Trading Forex With Binary Options

    Binary options are an alternative way, with a major advantage, for traders to play the forex market.
  16. Will the Natural Gas ETF KOLD Stay Hot?

    Proshares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas ETF isn't an investment for the faint of heart.
  17. Be Aggressive with this Leveraged Natural Gas ETF

    This leveraged ETF offers big short-term potential, but do the risks outweigh the potential rewards?
  18. A Ban On SWIFT Could Hit Russia Where It Hurts Most

    A SWIFT ban on Russia could have a crippling effect on its debt-servicing ability and overall economy, and just might force ...
  19. Higher Oil Prices On the Horizon? Maybe Not.

    Despite a decision by some oil companies to reduce the overall supply of oil, a sustained ascent in oil prices might not ...
  20. The Fancy Way To Diversify Your Portfolio: Precious Metal Options

    A guide with strategies on how to invest or trade in precious metals by using options.
  21. When And How To Take Profits On Options

    Here are the different criteria to ensure maximum profit taking while trading options.
  22. OptionsXpress Vs. OptionsHouse: Which One To Pick?

    OptionsXpress and OptionsBroker -- each offers a price mix and set of services suitable for certain investors based on their ...
  23. How To Trade Jobless Claims with Binary Options

    Binary options on events typically have economic data such as nonfarm payrolls or jobless claims as the underlying. We explain.
  24. The Future Is Now: All About Futures ETFs

    A new security class - futures ETFs - is gaining popularity. We tell you how futures ETFs work and offer tips.
  25. How To Arbitrage Precious Metals

    Here are the fine points, trading tips, suitable securities, and examples for precious metal arbitrage trading.
  26. How To Protect A Short Position With Options

    Short selling can be a risky endeavor, but the inherent risk of a short position can be mitigated significantly through the ...
  27. Want To Start Trading Oil? Understand The Basics First

    The overall economics of oil extraction is that there is money in it - both for extraction companies and their investors.
  28. Companies Affected Most by Low Oil Prices

    Low oil prices have affected many companies. Some consumers and producers who rely on oil as a key input benefit, while others ...
  29. Canadian Dollar Continues To Drop, But Why?

    The Canadian dollar-US dollar exchange rate is positively related to oil prices partly due to crude oil's big share of Canada's ...
  30. Sensitivity Analysis For Black-Scholes Pricing Model

    Trading options requires complex calculations, based on multiple parameters. Which factors impact option prices the most?
  31. Examples To Understand The Binomial Option Pricing Model

    Binomial option pricing model, based on risk neutral valuation, offers a unique alternative to Black-Scholes. Here are detailed ...
  32. How To Make Money WIth Real Estate Options

    Buying real estate options is one way to invest in real estate at a lower entry cost.
  33. Why Is China Stockpiling Millions of Barrels of Oil?

    Can China’s recent attempts to build a big oil inventory (at current low oil prices) have a positive impact on its economy? ...
  34. Is it Time to Buy Russian Rubles?

    Does the Russian Ruble now present an opportunity? Or is there more pain to come?
  35. How To Build Valuation Models Like Black-Scholes (BS)?

    Want to build a model like Black-Scholes? Here are the tips and guidelines for developing a framework with the example of ...
  36. Falling Oil Prices Could Bankrupt These Countries

    The price of crude oil has fallen sharply as of late, trading around $45 per barrel down from a high of over $100 just six ...
  37. The Anatomy of Options

    Find out how you can use the "Greeks" to guide your options trading strategy and help balance your portfolio.
  38. Oil Prices' Impact On Oil Transport Sector

    Short-term changes in oil prices and in the volume of oil produced have a marginal impact on the oil transportation industry ...
  39. A Detailed Look Into China's Options Market

    As the Chinese options market gradually takes shape, we provide an overview, including details of the initial phase and building ...
  40. Rise and Shine With This Pre-Market Checklist

    Your pre-market routine sets the stage for the rest of the trading day. Use this comprehensive checklist to get up to speed, ...
  41. Avoid These 10 Mistakes When Trading in Cheap Options

    Cheap options can be very risky. Reduce your risk by avoiding these 10 common mistakes in trading in cheap options.
  42. Options -- Accessing Stakes In Apple At Less Cost

    Finding Apple stock costly to trade? Here are multiple ways to trade it through low-cost Apple options.
  43. Risk Management Techniques For Shorting Call Options

    Shorting covered calls is a popular options trade strategy. Here are the methods to mitigate the risk/loss and enhance profits ...
  44. Will 2015 Finally Be The Year For Rising Rates?

    Interest rates continued declining in 2014, but as we enter 2015 many investors are asking the same question: Will 2015 be ...
  45. The Strange New World Of The Bitcoin Exchange Futures Market

    We explain the basics of the Bitcoin exchange and futures market.
  46. Trading Using Binary Options

    Discover the securities and underlying assets you can trade using binary options in the US.
  47. These Are The Top Brokerage Firms For Options Trading

    Trading options? Here is the list of the best brokerage firms for options trading, with features, functionality, and brokerage ...
  48. Apple As An Example Of How a Protective Collar Works

    We define a protective collar, using Apple (AAPL) as an example. A protective collar is a combination of a covered call plus ...
  49. A Quick Guide for Futures Quotes

    Here is a quick guide to futures quotes.
  50. Apple As An Example Of How to Use a Bull Call Spread to Trade

    Here's how you can use a bull call spread to trade stocks.
  51. The Smartest Strategies For Trading Natural Gas Options

    There are multiple strategies for trading natural gas options, once you have the right data. Here we discuss the basics.
  52. Trade Weekly & Up Your Reward Potential

    Weekly patterns sidestep the HFT maelstrom by aligning trade entries and exits with the edges of longer-term trends.
  53. Options give a less risky slice of Alibaba's pie.

    US investors can use options as a way to benefit from the profitability of Chinese-owned Alibaba while minimizing the downside ...
  54. Futures Quotes Explained The "Easy" Way

    If there’s a security whose price fluctuates, there can theoretically be a futures marketplace for it.
  55. Writing Covered Calls On ETFs

    The strategy of writing covered calls on ETFs can limit your losses and hedge risk, but they cap your upside potential.
  56. Stock Futures vs Stock Options

    A full analysis of when is it better to trade stock futures vs when is it better to trade options on a particular stock. ...
  57. The Potential Of Low-Priced Options

    The benefits of trading low-priced options, and learning how to pinpoint them, can be a very profitable strategy for an options ...
  58. How Long Will Lower Energy Prices Last?

    Gasoline prices have been dropping lately after holding fairly steady for a year or so, following world oil prices.
  59. Stock Safety: Top 3 Ways to Limit Your Losses

    First time stock investors may ask, is there any way to buy insurance on stocks to prevent losses?
  60. Applying Binary Options To Equity Markets

    A binary option payout depends on the outcome of a “yes” or “no” proposition, related to the difference between underlying ...
  61. Can You Buy Stock Insurace? 3 Strategies to Limit Stock Losses

    Investors can use derivative securities to effectively buy insurance on their individual holdings or on their portfolio as ...
  62. Pick The Right Options To Trade In Six Steps

    Use the six-step PROVES method to pick an option to trade.
  63. Index Options: A How-To Guide

    Index options, financial derivatives that derive their value from a stock index, can provide stability and peace of mind ...
  64. Gold Put Options Hedge Against Volatility

    People are often encouraged to own gold as a hedge against inflation or to diversify their investments. One way to mitigate ...
  65. How The Price Of Stock Futures Is Calculated

    Any derivative that exists can be securitized into a future, though of course most investors deal with the stock variety. ...
  66. The Real Estate of Oil

    When it comes to real estate, it is location, location, location - and a location with oil or gas underneath may be the most ...
  67. Getting In On The Texas Oil And Gas Land Boom

    It's no secret that landowners are enjoying rising prices of their oil- and gas-producing plots, but is there any way for ...
  68. Futures, Derivatives and Liquidity: More or Less Risky?

    Futures and derivatives get a bad rap after the 2008 financial crisis, but these instruments are meant to mitigate market ...
  69. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  70. How Long Will Equity Income ETFs Remain Strong?

    With nearly every index giving back their 2014 gains, have interest-rate-sensitive stocks sidestepped the volatility or have ...
  71. Understanding Benchmark Oils: Brent Blend, WTI and Dubai

    Most crude oil prices worldwide are pegged to the influential Brent, WTI or Dubai/Oman benchmarks.
  72. The Difference Between Oil Services And Refiners

    Oil service companies and refiners both play an important role in the oil industry, but they tend to profit more in opposite ...
  73. All About Liquid Commodities

    You might hear 'liquid commodities' and think of an auction, but they're actually a high-volume, fast paced financial product ...
  74. The Economics of Oil Extraction

    The overall economics of oil extraction is that there is money in it - both for extraction companies and their investors.
  75. Changing Gas Sources Present Rare Opportunity

    Historically, gas supplies have flowed from the resource-rich Gulf Coast to the populous, but gas-starved, Northeast.
  76. One Reason Rates Are Likely To Remain Low For Long

    While I believe that the Federal Reserve (Fed) is likely to begin raising rates sooner than the market expects, rates are ...
  77. Pick the Right Brokerage Account for Options Trading

    Follow these steps to pick the right options brokerage account depending on your trading needs and style of trading.
  78. Everyone Wants To Dance With Shale Gas

    Those who cover commodities at Wall Street Daily have written about the revolution of cheap U.S. shale gas – and how far-reaching ...
  79. Ebola's Economic Impacts on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

    A summary analysis of projections of how the Ebola outbreak will affect the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
  80. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  81. The World's Top Oil Producers

    Increasingly, a nation's clout is measured by oil. Here are the nations that vy for the top spot in world oil production.
  82. Not All Oil Economies Are Created Equal

    One would think that any nation with oil would have a populace rolling in money, but that's not the case. So how does oil ...
  83. Banquo’s Grain And U.S. Interest Rates

    In "Macbeth" Banquo asks the three witches, "If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow, and which ...
  84. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  85. Google Stock Too Expensive For You? Try Options

    Investing in Google (GOOG) generally requires you to pay the price of the share multiplied by the number of shares bought. ...
  86. The Better Inflation Hedge: Gold or Treasuries?

    Owning gold may not be the best option for hedging against inflation. What else, then? Try treasuries or gold ETFs.
  87. Do Countries With The Most Oil Reserves Actually Produce The Most Oil?

    Oil, aka Black Gold, is so precious that wars have erupted over it. So why is it that not all oil-rich nations are money-rich ...
  88. How To Buy Oil Options

    Crude oil options are widely traded energy derivatives, with a twist. They're options on futures, giving the investor some ...
  89. The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want ...
  90. Want to Day Trade? Try Binary Options Or Spread Betting

    Interested in Day Trading? These two derivative products are growing in popularity due to their profit potential and small ...
  91. Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Here are four strategies for trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the oldest and most widely-followed ...
  92. Curious About Stock Index Futures? Read This First

    You've mastered investing in individual stocks...now what? If you like a challenge, consider stock index futures. Just be ...
  93. Selling Premium As Small Caps Play Catch Up

    In our recent article we pointed out a divergence between the small cap Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. However, the divergence ...
  94. Why You Should Pay Attention To Africa Right Now

    With vast natural resources and a huge, young population, Africa's lion economies could be the next big thing. But how to ...
  95. This Asian Nation's Stocks Are Up Over 20% YTD

    The Indonesian economy is in a bit of a rut, but new, business-friendly leadership could make its stocks a good bet.
  96. A Crisis vs. THE Crisis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

    Two of the most notable crises in the past 6-8 months, Ukraine and Syria, both seemed to cause rallies in the gold market. ...
  97. The Role Of Speculators In The Commodity Market

    Contrary to popular belief, speculators are important for the market. Find out exactly what they do.
  98. Gold Scams To Watch Out For

    Buying and selling gold can be extremely lucrative, but there are also many risks associated with gold. Here are some useful ...
  99. How Much Disaster Can Gold Hedge?

    Gold holds up well in the face of fear, but offers little in times of true collapse.
  100. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
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