Active Trading Articles

  1. Market Cycles: The Key To Maximum Returns

    You need to understand the various phases of the market cycle to avoid bubbles and make the best investments.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Costless Collars: Because Asset Allocation Is Not Enough

    Collars are extremely flexible, and can be much more beneficial to your portfolio than asset allocation.
  5. 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?
  6. Financial Capitalism Opens Doors To Personal Fortune

    The Industrial Revolution introduced a new age of investing and financial self sufficiency.
  7. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  8. When Wall Street Loses, CEOs Still Win

    Despite the record losses that occurred in the financial sector, many executives still received huge bonuses.
  9. Jesse Livermore: Lessons From A Legendary Trader

    Jesse Livermore's investing philosophy wasn't foolproof, but he's still recognized as one of the greatest traders in history.
  10. Retirement Savings Tips For 25- To 34-Year-Olds

    Keep saving when mortgages, marriages and debt demand your attention.
  11. 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?
  12. The Dead Cat Bounce: A Bear In Bull's Clothing?

    Make sure you know the difference between a change in market outlook and short-term recovery.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. An Introduction To Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  16. 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.
  17. Rules For Post-Recession Investing

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

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

    Hoping for a career in the financial services industry? Working for an RIA may fit the bill.
  20. The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

    Take advantage of foreign currency markets without stepping out of your house.
  21. Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

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

    During a recession there are a lot of numbers thrown around. Find out what those economic statistics really mean.
  23. Activist Investors: A Good Or Bad Thing?

    When a large stakeholder is dissatisfied with a company's management, it may take matters into its own hands.
  24. 8 Tips For Stretching Your Dining-Out Dollars

    Find out how to slash your restaurant expenses, without going hungry.
  25. The End Of Consumer Arbitration

    In light of recent court cases, arbitration may be on its way out.
  26. Matching Investing Risk Tolerance To Personality

    Understanding risk tolerance is crucial to the advisor/client relationship and any good investment policy statement.
  27. Backdating Scandal Returns To The Forefront

    A new study from the University of Houston has uncovered a plethora of new companies that participated in options backdating.
  28. The Market's Primed For A Pullback

    Comparing stock and bond prices, it's clear that the market is ready for a major pullback.
  29. Investing Basics: Flight To Quality

    At times of market stress, investors flee from risky assets to investments the safest ones available.
  30. New Healthcare Plan Taxing To All

    The idea that only the rich will be taxed for healthcare is as suspect as the idea that healthcare quality won't change.
  31. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  32. 5 Things To Avoid In A Bull Market

    Submission for August 28
  33. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
  34. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  35. 5 Signs Of A Pending Bull Market

    Being able to accurately spot the beginning of a bull market can be one of the most lucrative skills around.
  36. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  37. Traders: Profit From Other Investors' Fear

    Learn to pounce on the opportunity that arises when other traders run and hide.
  38. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  39. Using LEAPS In A Covered Call Write

    Discover how strategy can help reduce your downside risk.
  40. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

    Even if the market is in a decline your portfolio doesn't have to be.
  41. Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

    Before you blame your advisor for your losses, be sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
  42. Maximize Profits With Volatility Stops

    Find out which type of volatility stop fits your trading objectives.
  43. Medical Forms May Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health

    Be sure you know what you're signing, when it comes to medical forms.
  44. When Your Employer Cuts Your 401(k) Match

    In hard times, companies may stop matching your 401(k) contribution, but there are ways to offset the hit.
  45. Flash Trading: Wall Street's Latest Scam?

    The flash trading debate is more about Wall Street rivalry and less about protecting individual traders.
  46. Variable Prepaid Forward Contract: Scam Or Safety Net?

    Top executives can benefit from this kind of contract, but is it at the expense of the shareholders?
  47. Buy When There's Blood In The Streets

    Contrarian investors find value in the worst market conditions. Find out how they do it.
  48. 20 Ways To Save On Medical Bills

    Handy tips to cut the cost of hospital bills, co-pays, prescription drugs and more.
  49. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  50. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  51. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  52. Bigger Hurdles Ahead For Entrepreneurs

    The mini credit crunch in small business lending is going to hit a lot of businesses that depend on short-term credit.
  53. 20 Lazy Ways To Save Money

    Saving money is always good, but especially in a recession. These tips are easy ways to keep your wallet full.
  54. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  55. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  56. Leveraged ETFs: Too Risky For Their Own Good?

    With regulatory oversight under fire, the smart money might place an inverse bet on the future of these products.
  57. How To Choose A Healthcare Plan

    HMOs? PPOs? CDHPs? We'll clear up the confusion so you can find the right coverage.
  58. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  59. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  60. Know The Rules For Roth 401(k) Rollovers

    Rolling a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA is usually the optimal thing to do.
  61. 5 Ways To Make Your Resume Stand Out

    Standing out from the crowd is a must, especially when high unemployment rates make competition fierce.
  62. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  63. Compensation Myths: Burger Flipper Vs. Investment Banker

    Though these two jobs are perceived as being opposites, the compensation can be quite comparable.
  64. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  65. Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  66. Don't Let Brokerage Fees Undermine Your Returns

    Smart investors don't give away more money than necessary in commissions and fees. Find out how to save.
  67. 10 (Costly) Tickets To Fast Cash

    Circumstances arise when you need cash fast. Unfortunately, each option has its own risks and sometimes, a very high cost.
  68. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  69. Bear Market Mauls Target-Date Funds

    This "set it and forget it" approach to investing is appealing, but it's not the best protection against a bear market.
  70. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  71. Intermarket Analysis: Pinpointing Reversals And Confirming Trends

    Learn how to confirm your analysis based on intermarket trends by watching global markets and particular stocks to pinpoint reversals.
  72. The Bad Market's Silver Lining: Lower Mutual Fund Fees

    Although the past 18 months have been devastating to the stock market, there is some upside to this down market.
  73. Price Shading In The Forex Markets

    This practice puts brokers ahead of their clients, but it doesn't have to be a negative for traders.
  74. Save Money - Travel For A Living

    Would you like to live without any housing expenses? It's possible if you are a road warrior.
  75. Why Low Oil Prices Are Bad For The Economy

    You may be paying less at the pump, but how are lower oil prices affecting other parts of the economy?
  76. Retirement Lessons To Teach Your Children

    If your retirement plan hasn't worked out, at least your children can learn from your mistakes.
  77. Benefits Abound For Active Traders Who Incorporate

    Trading through a separate business structure allows active traders access to all of the tax mitigation and asset protection strategies available.
  78. 5 Health Insurance Considerations

    It may not be the most exciting of topics, but there are many ways to save on and increase the efficiency of your health insurance.
  79. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  80. On This Day In Finance: July 24 - Freddie Mac Is Born

    On July 24, 1970, the United States Congress established Freddie Mac.
  81. Benefit Issues When Your Employer Goes Bankrupt

    There are some safeguards in place to ensure that health benefits don't just disappear when a plan is canceled.
  82. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  83. Financial Physics: "Natural" Market Laws

    Physics uses math to define the laws of the universe; here, we look at what laws explain the financial universe.
  84. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  85. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  86. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  87. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  88. Cut Employee Stock Option Taxes With AMT Credit

    Learn how refundable AMT credits can help you save on taxes, AMT bills and more.
  89. Money-Saving Tips For Sports Fans

    If you do a little sleuthing and stay flexible on which teams to follow, you can still enjoy all the excitement of live sporting events.
  90. You CAN Retire In A Recession

    Just because you receive your gold watch during a recession, doesn't mean you can't retire on time.
  91. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  92. 10 Careers With Great Job Prospects

    The unemployment rate may be high, but that doesn't mean you need to sit on the sidelines. Find out which fields have the most potential.
  93. Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  94. "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke: Flying High Or Headed For A Tailspin?

    Bernanke's first four-year term will come to an end in early 2010. Will it be his last?
  95. 4 Wealth-Building Secrets

    Protect what you have while shifting risk is the motto of the rich. Find out how a life insurance policy can help you do the same.
  96. The Real Cost Of Drinking Coffee

    How much is your morning jolt hurting your wallet? More than half of Americans drink coffee every day, and the costs add up.
  97. Shopping Online: Convenience, Bargains And A Few Scams

    Shopping from the comfort of your couch has major benefits - and some unpleasant side effects.
  98. Top 6 U.S. Government Financial Bailouts

    U.S. bailouts date all the way back to 1792. Learn how the biggest ones affected the economy.
  99. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in.
  100. Silver Thursday: How Two Wealthy Traders Cornered The Market

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
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