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  1. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  2. Using Pivot Points For Predictions

    Learn one of the most common methods of finding support and resistance levels.
  3. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  4. Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  5. How to Spot Secular Bull Markets vs. Secular Bear Markets

    A guide to identifying secular bull and bear markets.
  6. Bull vs. Bear Markets: How to Be Prepared for Both

    Bull and Bear Markets are a reality that every investor must be prepared for. Here are a few tips.
  7. How to Trade In a Flat Market

    Reduce position size by 50% to 75% in a flat market.
  8. Is Wall Street Living in Denial?

    Will remaining calm and staying long present significant risks to your investment health?
  9. The Semiconductor Sector is On the Verge of a Breakout

    The semiconductor sector may be on the verge of a major breakout that provides market leadership in 2016.
  10. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, wealthier trader.
  11. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  12. Terrorism's Effects on Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets, but just how much? Find out how to take cover.
  13. Scared By ETF Risks? Try Hegding With ETF Options

    With more ETFs to trade, the risks associated with these investments have grown. To mitigate these risks, ETF options are ...
  14. 3 Steps for Retirement Saving and Investing Habits

    We take a look at the choices we make today that our future selves would prefer not to be making, often faced by investors ...
  15. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Day Traders

    Discover these five must-watch films and documentaries for day traders reviewed with the takeaway lessons that inspire, motivate ...
  16. Profit From Currency Spikes With This Memory-Of-Price Strategy Variation

    Use this single-entry strategy to capitalize on currency spikes by anticipating reversals.
  17. These New ETFs Have Seen Huge Inflows

    Should you consider these five new, popular ETFs?
  18. Top 4 Apps for Option Traders

    Discover some of the most popular apps that options traders use so they can stay on top of market opportunities and manage ...
  19. Finding Momentum Plays in Flat Markets

    Momentum traders should reduce frequency and size in flat markets, while seeking out story stocks that continue to trend ...
  20. The Elements of a Perfect Momentum Trade

    Five technical elements build profits in high-risk momentum trading strategies.
  21. In Focus: Water Scarcity

    After a discussion, sponsored by CDP, we share the importance of water disclosure as it relates to businesses operating amid ...
  22. These 4 Funds Haven’t Lost Money in a Decade

    If you’re looking for relative resiliency to challenging economic conditions while picking up a little yield, consider these ...
  23. Starbucks' 6 Key Financial Ratios

    Discover the key financial ratios that are important when analyzing the financial health, profitability and efficiency of ...
  24. Behind the Hair: How To Build an Empire, Trump-Style

    Who is the man behind the hair? The crucial steps that Donald J. Trump took to build his real estate and celebrity empire. ...
  25. Why Rational Ignorance About Your Investments Might Really Be OK

    It's impossible to know everything about the markets. Find out how ignorance affects your investments.
  26. Ultra ETFs Are Not Your Father's ETFs

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ...
  27. The Traits All Baller Traders Have In Common

    When it comes to traders, these are the traits that separate the wheat from the chaff.
  28. Bad Luck With Trades? 5 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong

    If you're in a trading rut, ask yourself these five questions to help turn the corner.
  29. Why Contrarian Investing Is Not Very Smart

    Like most allegedly sure-fire methods in the investment industry, this one has its flaws too.
  30. Playing It Safe With Trades? Or Holding Yourself Back?

    Fear of breaking out of a comfort zone can prevent an investor from reaching his or her full potential.
  31. Margin Investing Gets A Bad Rap, But For The Thrill-Seeker, It's Worth It

    Investing on margin can be profitable but it's a risky play that needs care.
  32. 4 Unusual Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

    Working the system to get the highest legal Social Security benefits just got harder. Two long-time benefits strategies expired ...
  33. How to Protect Client Assets in a Bear Market

    Here are some strategies for how to protect client assets in a bear market.
  34. The 3 Sectors To Trade During Flat Markets

    The utility, defense and footwear sectors tend to outperform in flat markets, offering traders an alternative to more popular ...
  35. Is the CAPE Ratio Predicting an Era of Low Returns?

    When the the CAPE ratio is high, as it is now, it can indicate a bubble economy nearing its peak. Are we headed towards another ...
  36. Why Blue Chip Stocks Are Key to Buy-and Hold Investing

    Several blue chip stocks have proven that buy-and-hold investing still works, even after the huge declines of the Great Recession.
  37. The Top 7 ETFs For Day Trading

    ETFs that offer cost efficiency with high liquidity are ideal for day trading. Here are some of the top ETFs for day trading.
  38. 4 Movies Showing the Real Side of Finance

    Read about the most accurate and realistic movies about the financial industry and the people who have to work every day ...
  39. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  40. How to Keep Your Clients During a Downturn

    Here's how advisors can reduce client churn during a downturn.
  41. How Advisors Can Prepare for a Bear Market

    Like investors, advisors must be ready for an eventual shift in the market. Here are a few scenarios and tips.
  42. Will 2016 Bring a Bear Market?

    Timing the market is very difficult. Here are the current economic conditions that can hint at when a bear market will arrive. ...
  43. How to Identify Mispriced Stocks

    Find out how to identify mispriced stocks. Learn about intrinsic and relative valuation methods based on fundamentals, and ...
  44. How Successful Forex Traders Manage Profits

    How to balance anticipated vs. confirmed trades to manage potential profits and lower risks.
  45. Computing Historical Volatility in Excel

    We examine how annualized historical volatility is computed from daily log returns, variance and standard deviation.
  46. Are Target-Date Funds Safer in a Reeling Market?

    A look at whether or not target-date funds are safer when markets are volatile.
  47. How Do Silicon Valley Traders and Wall Street Traders Compare?

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  48. 3 Technical Indicators to Analyze the UWTI

    Learn about a trio of technical analysis indicators that can help UWTI investors improve their trading strategies and increase ...
  49. How to Avoid Stocks Full of Tourist Investors

    Tourist investors are short-term thinkers who invest in droves. Here are some steps to help you avoid tourist stocks.
  50. Hedging for Beginners: A Guide

    People hedge as insurance against market volatility. Anyone can do it; here's a primer.
  51. Top 3 Inverse Volatility ETFs

    Learn about four inverse volatility ETNs and ETFs, and understand how the CBOE VIX indicator is calculated and used to hedge ...
  52. Is Your Broker Legit? 6 Steps to Take

    The Great Recession may have ended, but broker wrongdoing hasn't. Here's how to make sure you don't get stuck with the next ...
  53. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress. ...
  54. Hedge Funds and the Law

    Learn how hedge funds have gotten in trouble for illegal insider trading. Read about questionable high-frequency trading ...
  55. Don't Be Fooled by the Market's Recent Rally

    The bulls won for a bit in early October, but will bears have the last laugh?
  56. Binary Options For Capital-Protected Investments

    Binary options may sound complex, but they can be used to create capital-protected investments. Here's how.
  57. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Boeing Stock

    Learn about the biggest risks faced by Boeing investors. How should investors think about cyclicality, debt, sales volumes ...
  58. Is the Stock Market Crashing? 5 Signs to Consider

    Learn about some signs of a potential stock market crash including a high level of margin debt, lots of IPOs, M&A activity ...
  59. How to Protect Your Portfolio from a Market Crash

    Although market crashes are usually bad news for your portfolio, there are several ways to minimize losses or even profit ...
  60. Tops Tips for Trading ETFs

    A look at two different trading strategies for ETFs - one for investors and the other for active traders.
  61. How Diversifying Can Help You Manage Market Mayhem

    The recent market volatility, while not unexpected, has certainly been hard for any investor to digest.
  62. Pick 401(k) Assets Like A Pro

    Professionals choose the options available to you in your plan, making your decisions easier.
  63. Why MACD Divergence Is an Unreliable Signal

    MACD divergence is a popular method for predicting reversals, but unfortunately it isn't very accurate. Learn the weaknesses ...
  64. Use Options Data To Predict Stock Market Direction

    Options market trading data can provide important insights about the direction of stocks and the overall market. Here’s how ...
  65. 6 Signs You Are Addicted To Investing

    An addiction to trading can ruin your life and relationships. Not to mention the monetary costs. There are telltale signs ...
  66. Using Short ETFs to Battle a Down Market

    Instead of selling your stocks to get gains, consider a short selling strategy, specifically one that uses short ETFs that ...
  67. The Importance Of Tracking The Whisper Number

    Don't let the name fool you: Whisper numbers are making themselves heard. Here's why you should be paying attention.
  68. Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks ...
  69. Yellow Light Trade Risk Management

    Being in the stock market for so long I tend to look at the world through the eyes of a trader, but how to decide when we ...
  70. The 5 Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

    Statistics show unusual accuracy for the buy and sell signals of certain candlestick patterns like abandoned baby, evening ...
  71. The Best Strategies to Manage Your Stock Options

    We look at strategies to help manage taxes and the exercise of incentive and non-qualified stock options.
  72. Retirement Planning Using Long-Dated Options

    Retirement planning using high-risk options? It is possible, and studies confirm better yields than conventional methods. ...
  73. Coca-Cola Vs. PepsiCo: Which Stock Should You Buy?

    Learn about the bull case for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Find out which is more attractive for investors, and learn about the ...
  74. Ideas for Your Bond Portfolio When Rates Rise

    It has been nearly 10 years since the Fed last raised interest rates, and though the central bank didn’t hike rates this ...
  75. How to Know When to Pass on an Investment

    Knowing what to invest in is important, but knowing what not to invest in is equally important. Here's how to decide when ...
  76. This Might Be the Best Time to Buy Colombian Pesos

    Signs are growing that energy markets are bottoming out, allowing the Colombian Peso to recover its value in a profitable ...
  77. 3 Reasons Market Timing Is Hard for ETF Investors

    Market timing is tough for ETF investors because these popular instruments can move for many reasons unrelated to spreadsheets ...
  78. How To Set Fibonacci Retracement Levels

    Build Fibonacci retracement and extension grids to identify hidden support and resistance levels that may come into play ...
  79. The World Of High Frequency Algorithmic Trading

    What’s behind the scenes of HFT? Here's a detailed look at the breakneck world of algorithmic and high-frequency trading
  80. The Mysterious Life of Trading Legend W.D. Gann

    Who was trading legend W.D. Gann? Even today, no one really knows whether his feats were real or mythical.
  81. The Best Hours To Trade The Swiss Franc

    Diverse reporting schedules keeps Swiss franc forex markets active and liquid between midnight and noon U.S. Eastern Time. ...
  82. Do Bear Market Funds Make Sense for Investors?

    Bear market funds have their place. But are they right for individual investors?
  83. Avoid These Overvalued Blue Chips with Poor Financials

    When you are looking for bargains in the stock market, limit your buying to stocks with a verified strong fiancial condition.
  84. 3 Reasons to Ignore Market Volatility

    If you can keep your head while those about you are losing theirs, you can make a nice return in roiling markets.
  85. How to Day Trade Sector ETFs Every Day

    Sector ETFs provide a liquid asset that day traders can trade each and every day. Here's how to find which sector ETFs to ...
  86. 7 Very Affordable ETFs: Should You Invest?

    If you prefer low-cost ETFs, here are seven that should be good bets in a bull market.
  87. 5 Dividend Stocks that Should Be on Your Watchlist

    These stocks might not appreciate in a broad market selloff, but they're fundamentally sound and offer generous dividends.
  88. How to Updgrade Your Portfolio in a Down Market

    While it may be tempting to sell when the market turns downward, your long-term results may be better if you leave your money ...
  89. Robo-Advisors Face First Market Downturn Test

    Robo-advisors are experiencing a major market downtown for the first time. So how did they do?
  90. How to Know When it's Time to Sell a Stock

    Knowing when to sell a stock isn't always easy. Keep in mind these tips to help you know when to say when.
  91. Picking The Right Algorithmic Trading Software

    Willing to enter the tech-savvy world of algorithmic trading? Here are some tips to picking the right software.
  92. Learn How To Trade The Market In 5 Steps

    Learn how to trade the markets with skill and authority, starting with these five basic concepts.
  93. Marijuana Penny Stocks: Where Risk Meets Sin

    Marijuana producers and users, working in a market that's still illegal in many states, are a risky but promising bet for ...
  94. Only Take a Trade If It Passes This 5-Step Test

    Not every moment is a good trading opportunity. Put each trade through this five-step test, so you're trading only at the ...
  95. Two Great Currencies To Profit From Oil Volatility

    U.S. dollar crosses with Canadian and Australian dollars offer easy access to crude oil trends due to their tight correlation ...
  96. Redefining the Stop-Loss

    Using Stop-losses for trading doesn’t mean ‘losing money’, but instead think about the money you'll start saving once you ...
  97. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X

    Obtain a thorough review and analysis of the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X fund, a leveraged ETF that tracks the performance ...
  98. Stock Trading for Free: Now a Reality

    Believe it or not, you can now trade stocks and ETFs for free. Here's a look at providers offering commission-free trading.
  99. ETF Analysis: Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3X

    Learn about the Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull. This is a leveraged ETF that tracks the health care sector, which is a leader ...
  100. Use Options to Hedge Against Iron Ore Downslide

    Using iron ore options is a way to take advantage of a current downslide in iron ore prices, whether for producers or traders.
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