Options And Futures Articles

  1. On This Day In Finance: June 24 - Fraud, Fraud And (You Guessed It) More Fraud

    Fraud is nothing new, and (based on the numbers) some people are getting much better at it. That is, until they get caught.
  2. Will Obama Proposal Put Risk Into The Money Market?

    U.S. initiatives to help out the economy are the hot topic these days. Obama's floating NAV proposal has its drawbacks though.
  3. On This Day In Finance: June 23 – SEC Attempt To Regulate Hedge Funds Fails

    A federal appeals court ruled the SEC did not have the authority to impose regulations on hedge funds.
  4. Should You Refinance Your Mortgage When Interest Rates Drop?

    Refinancing is a great way for many homeowners to improve their financial situation - but beware of the downsides.
  5. On This Day In Finance: June 22 - Virgin Atlantic Takes Off

    On June 22, 1984, Virgin Atlantic Airways launches its inaugural flight from London to Newark.
  6. Top 10 Green Industries

    Put a little green in your wallet by investing in these growing areas.
  7. Tips For Getting Into Futures Trading

    The futures markets can seem daunting, but these explanations and strategies will help you trade like a pro.
  8. Rent To Own; Own To Rent

    This method can help first-time buyers afford a home using a rent-to-own strategy, and it can also be good for investors.
  9. SEC Seeks To (Ad)Dress Naked Shorts

    Though naked short selling is illegal, it's barely enforced, but that might be changing.
  10. Life After Bankruptcy

    Find out what you have to look forward to after filing for Chapter 7 or 13.
  11. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  12. Battling Foreclosure: The HOPE NOW Alliance Strategy

    Hope Now was formed to help prevent foreclosures. Are the organization's strengths enough to overpower its weaknesses?
  13. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  14. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  15. Travel Smart By Planning How You'll Pay

    With a little pre-trip planning, you can avoid being stranded without adequate funds.
  16. Saving Your Home From Foreclosure

    Learn the tactics you can use to prevent your home from being repossessed.
  17. Electrifying Apartment Bills: How To Reduce Them

    As a renter, there are still factors that can influence your heating and air conditioning bill.
  18. Take Advantage Of Moves In The Dollar - Get Started With Forex!

    With the threat of currency devaluation due to government borrowing, the volatility in the value of currencies will continue. How can you take advantage of this?
  19. Spreading The Word About Portfolio Margin

    An underused opportunity provided in an SEC rule can enhance returns and lower risk for spread traders.
  20. Get The Best Deals On Gym Memberships

    Gym memberships can be expensive but these six tips will help you get the best deal.
  21. On This Day In Finance: May 27 - The Securities Act of 1933

    Congress enacted the Securities Act of 1933 as part of the response to the 1929 stock market crash. It was the first step to ensuring the rights and safeties of investors in the United States.
  22. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks.
  23. Minimize Risk With The Long Collar

    Think your favorite stock is on the way down? This simple option-trading strategy can help you manage your risks without selling the stock.
  24. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  25. Returning To Work: Is It Right For You And Your Family?

    Returning to the workplace can create some unique stresses. In the end, does the additional income justify the extra expenses?
  26. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  27. Setting Profit Traps With Butterfly Spreads

    The OTM butterfly spread offers traders three unique advantages, and can lead to consistent profits. Find out how.
  28. Trading The Gold-Silver Ratio

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  29. Having A Plan: The Basis Of Success

    It ensures that you have a realistic outlook, and a solid strategy. We show you why and how.
  30. An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  31. Options Hazards That Can Bruise Your Portfolio

    Learn the top three risks and how they can affect you on either side of an options trade.
  32. Protect Yourself From Market Loss

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  33. Automating Your Bill Payments

    Automation can be a painless (and free) way to remove the stress of bill scheduling from your life - if you do it right.
  34. Understanding Option Pricing

    Take advantage of stock movements by getting to know these derivatives.
  35. The Foundation Of Structured Settlements

    This annuitized payment setup should be arranged through impartial attorneys and tax agents.
  36. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

    If a dip in the economy has you worried about retirement, you still have options.
  37. The 4 Advantages of Options

    Flexible and cost efficient, options are more popular than ever. Find out why.
  38. How And When To Switch Your 529 Plan

    Just as with any investment, you should review your plan to make sure it's meeting your needs.
  39. Parents And Spinoffs: When To Buy And When To Sell

    Spinoffs can create great investing opportunities, but there's a time to stick around and a time to jump ship.
  40. Segregated Funds: Investment Protection For Canadian Citizens

    These funds contain the best of all worlds, providing opportunities for market growth with a no-loss guarantee.
  41. Peer-To-Peer Lending Breaks Down Financial Borders

    Banks are no longer the only option for a loan - the P2P lending system operates without them.
  42. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

    With options, the direction of a stock's next major move becomes less important than its magnitude.
  43. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  44. Iceland's Near Collapse: What Can We Learn?

    This thriving country was brought to its knees by the rapid growth - and subsequent decline - of its banking industry.
  45. Profit From Earnings Surprises With Straddles And Strangles

    These option strategies allow traders to play on earnings announcements without taking a side.
  46. Municipalities Free Up Cash With Chapter 9

    Find out what happens to municipalities when they need money, but have no other option than bankruptcy.
  47. Reduce Tuition With A Work-Incentive Program

    Find out how to gain valuable work experience and cut the cost of your education.
  48. Commodity Funds 101

    These funds make investing in gold, oil or grain an easier prospect.
  49. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

    Leveraging your money can have many perks, but it's not always the smartest financial plan.
  50. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  51. Moral Hazards: A Bump In The Contract Road

    Learn how this phenomenon can cause a party in an agreement to behave differently than expected.
  52. Profiting From Stock Declines: Bear Put Spread Vs. Long Put

    If you're bearish, you should compare the risk/reward characteristics of these two strategies.
  53. For Top-Notch Insurance Coverage, Compare Quotes

    Find out how to use and compare policy options to get the best coverage at the best price.
  54. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  55. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  56. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  57. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  58. Sell Growth Stocks The IBD Way

    Savvy investing is all about learning some smart rules and sticking to them. We give you the rundown.
  59. Lead The Charge With Product Development

    If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of the market, this could be the career for you.
  60. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  61. Eight Items That Impact Daily Trades

    Find out which factors can help you squeeze more profit out of each position.
  62. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  63. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  64. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  65. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  66. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  67. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  68. Combining Credit For A Happy Financial-Ever-After

    A couple's finances may not always be a match made in heaven. Find out when to say "I Do".
  69. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  70. 10 Tips For Choosing An Online Broker

    This important investment decision happens before you pick your first stock. Find out how to get it right.
  71. Keeping An Eye On The Activities Of Insiders And Institutions

    These transactions reveal much about a stock. We go over what to consider and where to find it.
  72. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  73. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  74. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  75. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  76. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  77. Should Parents Pay For College?

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  78. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  79. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  80. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  81. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  82. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  83. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  84. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  85. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded.
  86. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  87. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  88. The Chinese Wall Protects Against Conflicts Of Interest

    After the crash of 1929, this barrier helped define ethical limits, but it did little to prevent fraud.
  89. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  90. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  91. REX Agreements Climb As House Prices Decline

    These purchase options let you hedge against a decline in your home's value without having to sell the house.
  92. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  93. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  94. Retirement Funds To Fund Startups

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" and retirees who want to stretch their dollars are looking to invest here.
  95. The Rap On Wrap Fees For Retirement Accounts

    If your retirement account is managed under a wrap fee program, you need to consider whether you should pay the fee out of your retirement account balance or out-of-pocket.
  96. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  97. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  98. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  99. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  100. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
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