Active Trading Articles

  1. Iron Condors: Wing It To Maximum Profit

    Understanding the right way to execute an iron condor can increase potential returns and limit risk.
  2. On This Day In Finance: July 2 - Asian Financial Crisis

    in 1997, the Asian financial crisis gains traction as the Thai baht begins to float.
  3. Baseball's Best Ticket Bargains

    Don't just watch baseball for cheap - watch the best teams for the best price.
  4. How U.S. Firms Benefit When The Dollar Falls

    When the greenback is weak, smart investors will invest in multinational companies to benefit.
  5. On This Day In Finance: June 30 - The End Of The Reconstruction Finance Corporation

    On this day in 1957, the RFC officially closed its doors.
  6. 3 Money-Saving Cruise Ship Tips

    Many cruise costs are fixed, but it's the little extras that will put a big dent in your pocketbook.
  7. Tips For Renting A Vacation House

    Follow these nine steps to get a picture-perfect summer shack at a great price.
  8. On This Day In Finance: June 29 - Apple iPhone

    The iPhone becomes a reality.
  9. Hate Dealing With Money? Invest Without Stress

    There are a lot of options for investors who hate the hassle of investing. We go over some that will help your financial future.
  10. Biggest Political Missteps Of The Recovery

    The U.S. is trying to stabilize the economy, but when politics and economics collide, the result is not always favorable.
  11. On This Day In Finance: June 26 - Federal Credit Union Act Signed

    On June 26, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law The Federal Credit Union Act
  12. Myth Of The Week: Millionaires Don't Have To Worry About Money

    Michael Jackson carried an air of aristocracy even among the most elite celebrities, but although he lived like a king, he died in debt.
  13. On This Day In Finance: June 25 - Microsoft Inc. Is Born

    Microsoft reorganizes into a privately-held corporation, renaming itself Microsoft Inc.
  14. Spotting Trend Reversals With MACD

    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Top 10 Green Industries

    Put a little green in your wallet by investing in these growing areas.
  20. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  21. Tips For Getting Into Futures Trading

    The futures markets can seem daunting, but these explanations and strategies will help you trade like a pro.
  22. 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.
  23. Employee Benefits: How To Know What To Choose

    Starting a new job is stressful but you don't need to sweat about setting up a benefits package.
  24. SEC Seeks To (Ad)Dress Naked Shorts

    Though naked short selling is illegal, it's barely enforced, but that might be changing.
  25. 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?
  26. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  27. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  28. Your Personality Is Your Investment Strategy

    It's hard to keep your emotions in check while you play the stock market, but it will help you make better decisions in the long run.
  29. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  30. On This Day In Finance: June 8 - New Deal Again

    Troubled economic times, loss of trust in financial institutions, high unemployment, and the need to stimulate the economy, sound familiar?
  31. Distressed Debt An Avenue To Profit In Corporate Bankruptcy

    Use debt securities to attack bankrupt companies and scavenge them for profits.
  32. How To Feel Satisfied With Your Economic Situation

    By making these small changes in your life, you can feel better about your financial situation no matter what the economy does.
  33. What The Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us

    The unemployment rate is climbing, but what does it mean?
  34. Travel Smart By Planning How You'll Pay

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

    Learn the tactics you can use to prevent your home from being repossessed.
  36. 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?
  37. Electrifying Apartment Bills: How To Reduce Them

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

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

    Gym memberships can be expensive but these six tips will help you get the best deal.
  40. 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.
  41. Will the New Credit Card Rules Impact Your Pile of Debt?

    With the Senate passing tougher credit card rules, the House likely to follow, and President Obama expected to sign it into law by the end of the month, the pile of credit card debt sitting on your balance sheet might not seem so bad and could possibly be getting better.
  42. A Stock Rebound Isn't A Magic Pill

    From the president to market pundits, everyone is trying to convince investors that all signs are green and it’s time to buy. Is it?
  43. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks.
  44. The Art Of Selling A Losing Position

    Knowing whether to sell or to hold is tough. And no rule fits all. Find out what to consider.
  45. 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.
  46. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  47. 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?
  48. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  49. 10 Tips For The Successful Long-Term Investor

    These guiding principles will help you avoid common folly during the decision-making process.
  50. Spotting A Market Bottom

    Recognizing a market bottom can lead to huge opportunities for an investor. We go over how you can spot the bottom so that you can reap the rewards.
  51. Setting Profit Traps With Butterfly Spreads

    The OTM butterfly spread offers traders three unique advantages, and can lead to consistent profits. Find out how.
  52. The Basics Of Bollinger Bands®

    This strategy has become one of the most useful tools for spotlighting extreme short-term price moves.
  53. Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  54. Trading The Gold-Silver Ratio

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  55. Riding The Bear Into A Bull Market

    How can you get back into the market to avoid missing market recovery gains? Find out here.
  56. 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.
  57. Revive Your Portfolio

    Increase your annual returns by rebalancing your investments now.
  58. Surviving Bear Country

    Stay calm, play dead and keep your eyes open for attractive valuations.
  59. Don't Dump On The Dogs

    Just because a stock is in a slump doesn't mean it's time to sell. Some value managers make a living by investing in "dogs."
  60. An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  61. Mutual Fund Ratings: Are They Deceiving?

    Rating systems are a helpful - but not perfect - tool to help you find a winning fund.
  62. 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.
  63. Protect Yourself From Market Loss

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  64. 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.
  65. Understanding Option Pricing

    Take advantage of stock movements by getting to know these derivatives.
  66. Riding The Market Bubble: Don't Try This At Home

    Riding the bubble takes timing, a clear understanding of the market and, most of all, a lot of luck.
  67. Overcoming Financial Phobia

    If your investment strategy is avoidance, the consequences can be scary.
  68. The Foundation Of Structured Settlements

    This annuitized payment setup should be arranged through impartial attorneys and tax agents.
  69. The Fall Of The Market In The Fall Of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  70. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

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

    Flexible and cost efficient, options are more popular than ever. Find out why.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

    With options, the direction of a stock's next major move becomes less important than its magnitude.
  77. Pyramid Your Way To Profits

    This strategy involves scaling into profitable investments as they continue to rise.
  78. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  79. 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.
  80. Profit From Earnings Surprises With Straddles And Strangles

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

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

    Find out how to gain valuable work experience and cut the cost of your education.
  83. The Uptick Rule: Does It Keep Bear Markets Ticking?

    This rule prevents traders from driving stocks down, but its effect on market volatility is debatable.
  84. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

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

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

    Learn how this phenomenon can cause a party in an agreement to behave differently than expected.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  90. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  91. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  92. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  93. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  94. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  95. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  96. 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.
  97. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 8

    Making use of the tightest stops in entering and exiting positions is what this three-part system is all about.
  98. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  99. The Basics Of Game Theory

    Break down and examine the potential consequences of economic/financial scenarios.
  100. Operating Leverage Captures Relationships

    Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies.
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