Options And Futures Articles

  1. Profiting In A Post-Recession Economy

    When the dust from a recession settles, there are often many opportunities for portfolio growth - both locally and internationally.
  2. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  3. Easy Ways To Cut Rental Costs

    If rent payments are crippling your finances, then read on to learn how to save your money.
  4. The Truth About Naked Short Selling

    The media demonizes naked short selling, but in most cases it occurs in a collapse, rather than causing it.
  5. The Federal Reserve: Too Powerful?

    The Federal Reserve needs its power in order to make the tough decisions that politicians can't.
  6. Make Sharp Trades Using Andrew's Pitchfork

    This technical indicator is underused in the currency markets, but it can help you isolate profitable opportunities.
  7. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  8. Scrimp On Holiday Shopping - Without Looking Like A Scrooge

    Americans will spend nearly $1,000 on the holidays this year, but you don't have to be one of them.
  9. Spice Up Your Portfolio With International Bonds

    Going global can add flavor and diversity to an otherwise bland basket of bonds.
  10. 5 Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

    These gifts won't break the bank, and they could make the recipient just a little richer too.
  11. Commodities That Move The Markets

    Find out how the everyday items you use can affect your investments.
  12. EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  13. 9 Unusual Uses For Gold

    With gold hitting record highs we show you some unusual ways to add some shine to your portfolio.
  14. Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities: When To Take The "LEAP"?

    Options are always speculative, but LEAPS provide a longer time frame, which may make them more profitable.
  15. Prepaid "Credit" Cards: Convenience At A Cost

    These cards offer convenience and security, but are they worth it?
  16. A Brief History Of The Hedge Fund

    Find out how this U.S.-born investment innovation became a $1-trillion industry that's both praised and vilified by the media.
  17. Peak Oil: Problems And Possibilities

    Learn a little more about the "non" part of this nonrenewable resource.
  18. The Costs And Rewards Of Parenthood

    Children can cost quite a hefty chunk of change - but it's worth it.
  19. These Financial Products Are Too Complex For The Average Joe

    Structured financial products are so elaborate that investors are unable to assess costs and risk.
  20. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  21. How The Straddle Rule Creates Tax Opportunities For Options Traders

    This rule allows traders to substantially reduce their risk, and possibly benefit on their tax returns as well.
  22. Increase Your Profits With Soft Or Mental Stops

    A soft stop provides a trader with added flexibility, allowing him to react to ongoing changes in the market.
  23. Is Gold A Safe Investment?

    Gold is widely thought to be a safe investment - but is it right for everyone?
  24. The Volatility Index: Reading Market Sentiment

    Using the Volatility Index can be essential for investing success.
  25. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  26. When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    Insider tracking can inform your investment strategy, but it requires research and a level head. Find out what to look for.
  27. 6 Tips For Protecting Your Home's Value

    New taxes, property values, appraisals, community changes and nearby abandoned foreclosures can all lower your home's value. Take proactive steps to protect it.
  28. Demo Accounts A Good (But Imperfect) Indicator Of Investing Skills

    Scoring huge profits in a demo account doesn't mean you can expect this performance in real trading.
  29. Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

    Understanding the concept of equivalent positions will help you trade more efficiently and save money on trade fees.
  30. Using Technical Analysis In The Gold Markets

    The quest for this shiny commodity has made millionaires of paupers and, on the flip side, ruined many an investor.
  31. The Only 3 Money Lessons Your Kids Need

    These three principles apply to all financial decisions, making your money talk with your kids simple and effective.
  32. Profiting From A Consumerless Recovery

    Recovering from an economic slump isn't the easiest thing to do, but here are a few potential methods of rebuilding.
  33. 5 Holiday-Inspired Investment Ideas

    Here are some ideas that could add profit to your own stocking this holiday season.
  34. Sorting Out Cult Stocks

    Is that crazy product going to be the next big thing? Learn how to evaluate these companies here.
  35. Market-Based Asset Allocation Lowers Your Risk

    Not all investors are incredibly brave with their money. Thankfully, there are ways to measure your risk level.
  36. The Ins And Outs Of Selling Options

    Selling options can seem intimidating but with these tips, you can enter the market with confidence.
  37. 5 Careers That Thrive On The Holiday Season

    While you are spending, these careers are making big bucks.
  38. Real Estate Rebound Has Weak Foundation

    Are we on the road to recovery or just pausing before the next stage of decline.
  39. Backdating: Insight Into A Scandal

    Any time money is involved, a scandal is sure to follow. Find out how a university study blew the cover off this one.
  40. 8 Small Towns With High Employment Rates

    For higher employment rates, small towns are usually the right place to look.
  41. Why Wages Stick When The Economy Shifts

    Even economists can't agree on the impact (or even existence) of wage stickiness. So, how does it affect you?
  42. Insurance 101 For Renters

    If it's time for you to leave the nest, find out how to protect your new home from disaster.
  43. Mutual Fund Style Drift Not Always A Bad Thing

    Style drift has a bad reputation, but it can be a sign that your fund is thriving.
  44. The Lowdown On Index Funds

    If you can't beat the market, why not join it? Read on to go over your options.
  45. 11 Fears That Rattle Potential Investors

    From Wall Street ghouls to zombie banks, there are a lot of frightening things scaring people away from investing.
  46. Market Problems? Blame Investors

    Investors are only human, and their irrational behavior can often move the market.
  47. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  48. Top 6 Scariest Neighborhoods For Homebuyers

    If you're looking for a spooky spot this Halloween, these communities boast the most horrifying foreclosure rates in the country
  49. Debit Spreads: A Portfolio Loss Protection Plan

    There are ways to control risks, reduce losses and increase the likelihood of success in your portfolio. Find out how spreads can help.
  50. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  51. 10 Jobs With High Pay, Low Education Requirements

    Not all careers require extensive education. These are some jobs that, with the proper training, can launch your professional life.
  52. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must be observed.
  53. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  54. The Spookiest Days On Wall Street

    These days are what traders' nightmares are made of.
  55. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  56. For Maximum Market Returns, Get Creative With Hedges

    Proper hedges help to contain your losses while still allowing profits to grow.
  57. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
  58. Governance Pays

    Learn about how the way a company keeps its management in check can affect the bottom line.
  59. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  60. Cutting Personal Care Costs: It's A Beautiful Thing

    You may feel there's no question that your complex beauty regimen is paying off ... but at what cost?
  61. Top Holiday Budget Busters

    We all know the holidays are pricey, but how much are Americans really spending and on what?
  62. Avoid Premature Exercise On Employee Stock Options

    With early exercise, you forfeit some profit back to your employer, and incur income tax to boot.
  63. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  64. 50 Years Of Consumer Spending

    Financially, decade has it MUCH worse than our parents and grandparents did, right? You may be surprised.
  65. 9 Weird Companies That Hit The Big Time

    From shipwreck explorers to bowling lanes, just about any company can be publicly traded.
  66. 5 Ways Winter Can Help Your Portfolio

    Use the winter downtime to improve your investing knowledge and technique.
  67. Breaking Down The U.S. Budget Deficit

    Find out why this particular piece of national financing gets so much attention from the media and investors.
  68. Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer.
  69. Lending Clubs: Better Than Banks?

    If you need to borrow money and your credit is making it tough, this new option may be just what you're looking for.
  70. Does Slow-And-Steady Win The Investing Race?

    Sometimes the best investing method is a mix of active and passive investing.
  71. Financial Fraud: Don't Let It Happen To You

    When the economy is struggling, scammers come out of the woodwork to prey on the desperate. Don't be another casualty!
  72. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  73. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  74. 4 Reasons To Hold Onto An Option

    There are times when an investor shouldn't exercise an option. Find out when to hold and when to fold.
  75. Beyond Money: How 10 Top-Paying Companies Stack Up

    We look at how these top-paying companies stack up in terms of benefits, work environment and incentive plans.
  76. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  77. Are You And Your Bank All A-Twitter?

    As Twitter's popularity grows, even the banks are getting on board.
  78. Bankruptcy Filing Changes That Could Affect You

    When the economy is down, more people file for bankruptcy. Make sure you know about the changes that have been made to this process.
  79. 4 Retirement Reality Checks

    If you hope to enjoy a comfortable retirement, it's time to get real. Here are four cold, hard truths every soon-to-be retiree must face.
  80. Live Longer, Retire Younger: Can You Do It?

    Use this vehicle to make sure your payout lasts as long as you do.
  81. Free Market Maven: Milton Friedman

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  82. Damage Control For A Busted Budget

    Budgets break down all the time. Here are some ways to get it back on track.
  83. Can You Count On Your Pension?

    We look at how to determine the health of your company's pension plan, and what to do if things are looking grim.
  84. Costless Collars: Because Asset Allocation Is Not Enough

    Collars are extremely flexible, and can be much more beneficial to your portfolio than asset allocation.
  85. Variable Annuities: The Do-It-Yourself Pension Plan

    Variable annuities can cost more than mutual funds, but that might be worth the protection they can add to your retirement.
  86. Financial Capitalism Opens Doors To Personal Fortune

    The Industrial Revolution introduced a new age of investing and financial self sufficiency.
  87. When Wall Street Loses, CEOs Still Win

    Despite the record losses that occurred in the financial sector, many executives still received huge bonuses.
  88. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  89. Soda Tax: Penalizing The Pudgy

    Soda contributes to obesity, tooth decay and bone loss. Will taxing it help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system?
  90. Retirement Savings Tips For 25- To 34-Year-Olds

    Keep saving when mortgages, marriages and debt demand your attention.
  91. Expensing Employee Stock Options: Is There A Better Way?

    In 2009, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain introduced a bill to stop the excessive deductions for ESOs. But is there another solution?
  92. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  93. When You Can't Pay Uncle Sam

    If you can't pay your taxes, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Discover your options here.
  94. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make yours better.
  95. Rules For Post-Recession Investing

    Market volatility causes investors to lose confidence, yet history shows that market exposure is the path to returns.
  96. Forecast The FX Market With The COT Report

    Three empirical findings on futures data can help currency traders determine buy and sell points.
  97. What Is A Registered Investment Advisor?

    Hoping for a career in the financial services industry? Working for an RIA may fit the bill.
  98. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  99. Recession 2009: By The Numbers

    During a recession there are a lot of numbers thrown around. Find out what those economic statistics really mean.
  100. 8 Tips For Stretching Your Dining-Out Dollars

    Find out how to slash your restaurant expenses, without going hungry.
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