Options And Futures Articles

  1. 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.
  2. SEC Seeks To (Ad)Dress Naked Shorts

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

    Find out what you have to look forward to after filing for Chapter 7 or 13.
  4. 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?
  5. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  6. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  7. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

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

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

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

    As a renter, there are still factors that can influence your heating and air conditioning bill.
  11. 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?
  12. Spreading The Word About Portfolio Margin

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

    Gym memberships can be expensive but these six tips will help you get the best deal.
  14. 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.
  15. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks.
  16. 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.
  17. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  18. 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?
  19. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

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

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

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  22. 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.
  23. An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  24. 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.
  25. Protect Yourself From Market Loss

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  26. 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.
  27. Understanding Option Pricing

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

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

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

    Flexible and cost efficient, options are more popular than ever. Find out why.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

    With options, the direction of a stock's next major move becomes less important than its magnitude.
  35. 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.
  36. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  37. 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.
  38. Profit From Earnings Surprises With Straddles And Strangles

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

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

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

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

    Leveraging your money can have many perks, but it's not always the smartest financial plan.
  43. Moral Hazards: A Bump In The Contract Road

    Learn how this phenomenon can cause a party in an agreement to behave differently than expected.
  44. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  48. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  49. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  50. Synthetic Options Provide Real Advantages

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  51. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  52. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  53. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  54. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  55. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  56. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  57. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  58. Socially Responsible Investing Vs. Sin Stocks

    Can your principles make you richer or poorer? Find out if it pays pick your portfolio based on ethics.
  59. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  60. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  61. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  62. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  63. 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.
  64. How To Break Up With Your Bank

    Whether you're moving or have just found a better no-fee plan, find out how to switch banks with ease.
  65. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  66. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  67. Prices Plunging? Buy A Put!

    You can make money on a falling stock. Find out how going long on a put can lead to profits.
  68. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  69. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  70. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  71. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  72. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  73. Investment Suitability 101

    This a fundamental concept from both a legal and practical perspective.
  74. How To Use Gann Indicators

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  75. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  76. 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.
  77. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for home buyers.
  78. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  79. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

    Older parents are becoming the norm, but when it comes to finances, this choice has special considerations.
  80. The Kingpin Of Wall Street: J.P. Morgan

    From robber baron to the hero of the Panic of 1907, this man helped shape Wall Street as we know it.
  81. 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.
  82. Tales From The Trenches: Perfectly Negative Profitability

    Use correlations to profit when two specific instruments move in opposite directions.
  83. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  84. Oil As An Asset: Hotelling's Theory On Price

    Not sure where oil prices are headed? This theory provides some insight.
  85. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  86. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  87. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  88. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  89. Sell Growth Stocks The IBD Way

    Savvy investing is all about learning some smart rules and sticking to them. We give you the rundown.
  90. Is That Airline Ready For Lift-Off?

    Break through the clouds to see if these stocks will rocket higher, or crash and burn.
  91. The Power Of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  92. Giants Of Finance: John Maynard Keynes

    This rock star of economics advocated government intervention at a time of free-market thinking.
  93. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  94. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  95. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  96. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  97. Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating A Lower APR

    Reducing the rate charged on your credit card balance is the first step to getting out of debt.
  98. Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    This strategy is not as complex as some investment gurus would like you to believe.
  99. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  100. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
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