Options And Futures Articles

  1. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  2. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  3. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  4. 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.
  5. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  6. Does It Still Pay To Invest In Gold?

    This asset's appeal dates back thousands of years. Find out whether it can live up to the hype.
  7. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  8. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  9. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  10. Car Title Loans: Good Option For Fast Cash?

    These loans provide fast cash, but they could leave you deeper in debt - and without a car.
  11. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  12. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  13. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  14. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  15. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  16. Greenshoe Options: An IPO's Best Friend

    Find out how companies can save or boost their public offering price with these options.
  17. Can IRA Transactions Trigger The Wash-Sale Rule?

    In 2008, the IRS said: Yes, they can. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
  18. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  19. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  20. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  21. 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.
  22. Stock Option Expiration Cycles

    Understanding expiration cycles is just one more way to help you increase your success rate when trading options.
  23. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  24. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  25. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  26. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  27. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  28. 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.
  29. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  30. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  31. Market Bottom: Are We There Yet?

    No one rings a bell when the bear market's over, but that doesn't mean there's no way to predict a bottom.
  32. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  33. Straddle Strategy A Simple Approach To Market Neutral

    Being both short and long has advantages. Find out how to straddle a position to your advantage.
  34. Reining In CEO Rewards

    Could bloated CEO compensation be to blame for the widening gap between the rich and the ultra-rich?
  35. An Introduction To Canadian Income Trusts

    Yields in excess of 10% aren't rare, but these unique investments need to be chosen very carefully.
  36. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  37. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  38. Trader's Corner: Finding The Magic Mix Of Fundamentals And Technicals

    For a record-holding stock trader, CANSLIM is the formula that identifies this magic mix.
  39. Terrorism's Effects On Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets. Find out how to take cover.
  40. Unearth Profits In Oil Exploration And Production

    Drill down into financial statements to tap into the right companies and let returns flow.
  41. The Gatekeepers: Consultants Hold The Key

    Institutional investment consultants help match up asset managers with large institutions.
  42. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  43. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  44. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  45. Must-Know Rules For Converting A 401(k) To A Roth

    In 2008, the IRS spelled out the details for converting employer-plan funds directly to Roth IRAs.
  46. 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.
  47. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  48. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  49. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  50. What You Get When You Pay For Investment Services

    There are three value components in investing. Can you save money by doing some of them yourself?
  51. Trading Calendar Spreads In Grain Markets

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  52. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  53. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  54. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  55. Critical Illness Insurance: Get Paid If You Get Sick

    This coverage will allow you to focus your attention on getting well, rather than getting by.
  56. 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.
  57. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  58. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

    Footnotes to the financial statements contain very important information, but reading them takes skill.
  59. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  60. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  61. DMI Points The Way To Profits

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

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

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

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  65. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  66. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  67. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  68. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  69. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  70. 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".
  71. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

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

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

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

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  75. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

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

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

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

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

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

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  81. 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.
  82. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  87. Investment Suitability 101

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

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

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  90. Life Expectancy: It's More Than Just A Number

    Find out how this factor determines your life insurance premiums and affects your payout.
  91. An Introduction To LIBOR

    This influential rate is published daily in Britain, and felt all around the world.
  92. So, You Want To Take Your Broker To Court

    Find out how to file a claim with your broker and what you can expect throughout the process.
  93. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  94. Financial Regulators: Who They Are And What They Do

    Find out how these government agencies govern the financial markets.
  95. An Introduction To Emerging Market Bonds

    The rewards associated with this fixed-income asset are significant, but so are the risks.
  96. The Midas Touch For Gold Investors

    Find some golden opportunities by investing in gold commodities or futures contracts.
  97. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  98. Fix Broken Trades With The Repair Strategy

    You can recover from your losses if you know how to use this handy trader's tool.
  99. Candlesticks And Oscillators For Successful Swing Trades

    Take advantage of short-term price moves by pinpointing reversals.
  100. Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
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