Active Trading Articles

  1. Technical Vs. Fundamental Investing - Friends Or Foes?

    Making money in the stock market has been likened to gambling by some, but experienced investors who do their homework usually ...
  2. Market Volatility Strategy: Collars

    Find out which protective or bullish collar will result in your optimal risk/return level.
  3. Top Reasons Forex Traders Fail

    This market can be treacherous for unprepared investors. Find out how to avoid the mistakes that keep FX traders from succeeding. ...
  4. Understanding The Consumer Confidence Index

    We look at this closely watched economic indicator to see what it means and how it's calculated.
  5. A Primer On The MACD

    Learn to trade in the direction of short-term momentum.
  6. Loving Your Stocks? Don't Take This Cliché To Heart

    The advice not to fall in love with one's stocks is common, even a cliché. However, the prevalence of this phenomenon is ...
  7. American Vs. European Options

    These two options have many similar characteristics, but it's the differences that are important.
  8. Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  9. An Introduction To Gamma-Delta Neutral Option Spreads

    Find the middle ground between conservative and high-risk option strategies.
  10. Profiting In Bear And Bull Markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their ...
  11. How Leverage Is Used In Forex Trading

    Forex trading by retail investors has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to the proliferation of online trading ...
  12. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  13. What Is Spread Betting?

    The temptation and perils of being over leveraged is a major pitfall of spread betting. However, the low capital outlay necessary, ...
  14. Master Your Trading Mindtraps

    Traders are only human; therefore, they are subject to psychological traps when they trade. Read how you can manage your ...
  15. Leverage: What It Is And How It Works

    Leverage is an investment strategy of using borrowed money to generate outsized investment returns. Before getting into greater ...
  16. The Basics of Forex Leveraging

    A closer look at the controversial topic of leverage in forex trading.
  17. 7 Controversial Investing Theories

    We take a closer look at the theories that attempt to explain and influence the market.
  18. The Downward Spiral Of Trading Addiction

    Trading in the financial markets is stimulating, exciting and engrossing. But one can become addicted, just like with actual ...
  19. A Day In The Life Of A System Trader

    Systems traders divide their time between trading, developing, backtesting, optimizing and forward testing, to create viable ...
  20. Trading GDP Like A Currency Trader

    Investors that understand and utilize the U.S. GDP report have a significant advantage over those that don't.
  21. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  22. Follow The Herd In Trading The Capital Market

    If you have ever heard "the trend is your friend" and believed it, you may be a fan of herd instinct mentality. This is an ...
  23. Arbitrage Squeezes Profit From Market Inefficiency

    This influential strategy capitalizes on the relationship between price and liquidity.
  24. What Type Of Trader Are You?

    There are different ways stock traders attempt to profit from market movements. Which of the strategies do you use?
  25. Behavioral Bias - Cognitive Vs. Emotional Bias In Investing

    We all have biases. The key to better investing is to identify those biases and create rules to minimize their effect.
  26. 4 Behavioral Biases And How To Avoid Them

    Here are four common common behavioral biases for traders and how to minimize their effects on your portoflio.
  27. Trading Is Timing

    Learn how to make gains even if you don't get in at the right time.
  28. Invest Like Buffett: Building A Baby Berkshire

    Get a piece of Warren Buffett's profit by using Form 13F to coattail his picks.
  29. Leading Economic Indicators Predict Market Trends

    Leading indicators help investors to predict and react to where the market is headed.
  30. Trading Forex Trends With MACD And Moving Averages

    Although based on short-term trading, keeping the long-term picture in mind will help investors trade with the trend.
  31. Cash: A Call Option With No Expiration Date

    Cash is generally regarded as a drag on investment returns, but sometimes it may be preferable to hold a substantial cash ...
  32. 10 Golf Tips To Help Investors Tee Off

    There are a lot of similarities between golf and investing. Find out how to keep your game out of the rough.
  33. Becoming A Chartered Market Technician

    The CMT certification involves three tough exams. Find out what you need to do in order to pass.
  34. Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and ...
  35. How To Adjust Your Portfolio In A Bear Or Bull Market

    While investors shouldn’t feel compelled to change their portfolios radically overnight in reaction to the market's daily ...
  36. Exploring Non-Dollar Currencies For Forex Trading

    Learn how investments in foreign currencies can diversify your portfolio.
  37. Guide To Embedded Options In Bonds

    Investors should be aware of embedded options that may be available in certain securities as these options may affect the ...
  38. Women And Investing: It's A Style Thing

    You don't have to be a boy or act like a boy to win. In fact, doing the opposite could be better for your financial health.
  39. Support And Resistance Basics

    Understanding the concept of Support and Resistance in trading can drastically improve your short-term investing strategy. ...
  40. Forex: Demo Before You Dive In

    All trading platforms have benefits and drawbacks - master the fake trade before making a real one.
  41. Bloated Budget? How To Trim The Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
  42. Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  43. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  44. Exploring European Options

    The ability to exercise only on the expiration date is what sets these options apart.
  45. Build Your Small Business During Downswings

    Here we offer some cost-saving measures to strengthen your business even when the market is weak.
  46. Build A Model Portfolio With Style Investing

    This sophisticated approach will add flair to your returns.
  47. Trading Double Tops And Double Bottoms

    We look at how Bollinger Bands help accurately project entry and exit points for pattern traders.
  48. How To Develop A Trading Brain

    The fundamental role of trader psychology tends to be underestimated, with too much emphasis placed on the technical side. ...
  49. Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically, rather than emotionally.
  50. This Is Your Brain On Stocks

    Find out how the human mind can hurt investors' portfolios.
  51. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 4

    How can a trader use the Elder-Ray oscillator as the second screen of this system? Find out here.
  52. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  53. Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  54. 5 Popular Portfolio Types

    Learning how to build these portfolios will increase your investing confidence and give you financial control.
  55. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 2

    Market tide is the basis for making trading decisions in this three-part system.
  56. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 1

    Learn to take advantage of both trend-following and oscillator techniques to analyze your trading decisions.
  57. Invest Like A Pro

    By following the strategies of the pros, even a beginner can learn to invest like an expert.
  58. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  59. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  60. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  61. Using Options To Pay Off Debt

    We tell you about four option strategies that could provide a way to pay off your debt.
  62. Reinvesting Capital Gains In Leveraged Portfolios

    Don't get forced into action. Learn how to plan properly to avoid making rash decisions.
  63. Simplify Your Portfolio

    Faced with an overabundance of choices, many investors forget to stick to the basics.
  64. Hedging With ETFs: A Cost-Effective Alternative

    The benefits of ETFs for hedging are clear and investors of all sizes are taking notice.
  65. Minis Provide Low-Cost Entry To Futures Market

    These contracts provide access to commodities without a huge capital commitment.
  66. Pin Down Stock Price With Real Options

    How can you assign a value to what a company may do with its business in the future? We explain how it works.
  67. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

    Using options instead of stop-loss orders adds finesse and control in limiting losses.
  68. Major Indexes Near Pre-Recession Levels: Is History Repeating Itself?

    The markets look to be moving back to where they were before the recession. Does this mean another is on the way?
  69. Implied Volatility: Buy Low And Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  70. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  71. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  72. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  73. A Forex Trader's View Of The Aussie/Gold Relationship

    We look at why this relationship exists and how you can use it to produce solid gold returns.
  74. Introduction To Incentive Stock Options

    Here are some basic highlights of how ISOs work and the ways they can be used.
  75. The Best Applications For Online Trading

    This article looks at technology in the financial market and the use of online applications.
  76. Is There An Investing State Of Mind?

    The right investment philosophy can help traders remain profitable during these troubled economic times.
  77. Understanding Order Execution

    Find out the various ways in which a broker can fill an order, which can affect costs.
  78. Trade On Support For The Best Exit Strategy

    Find your sound exit strategy based on support and resistance levels, while understanding the psychology behind them.
  79. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    They've contributed to some major market scandals, but these instruments aren't all bad.
  80. Introduction To The Arms Index

    Developed in 1967 by Richard Arms, this volume-based breadth indicator can be applied over various time periods.
  81. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  82. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  83. Covered Call Strategies For A Falling Market

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  84. An Introduction To Pairs Trading With ETFs

    This strategy can help investors reduce portfolio volatility and make money in uncertain markets.
  85. Trading Failed Breaks

    Learn how to capitalize on the predictable behavior of others during breakouts and breakdowns.
  86. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  87. Use The Momentum Strategy To Your Advantage

    Learn how to use a number of different indicators to know when to make your trading moves.
  88. Did ETFs Cause The Flash Crash?

    On May 6, 2010, the DJIA plunged 998.5 points in twenty minutes. Find out more about what happened that day.
  89. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  90. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  91. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  92. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  93. Psychological Coping Strategies For Handling Losses

    There are a variety of psychological strategies for coping with financial losses and investing mistakes.
  94. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  95. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
  96. Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  97. When Your Bond Comes Calling

    Callable bonds can leave investors with a pile of cash in a low-interest market. Find out what you can do about it.
  98. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  99. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  100. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
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