Active Trading Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Save Money - Travel For A Living

    Would you like to live without any housing expenses? It's possible if you are a road warrior.
  10. Retirement Lessons To Teach Your Children

    If your retirement plan hasn't worked out, at least your children can learn from your mistakes.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

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

    On July 24, 1970, the United States Congress established Freddie Mac.
  15. 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.
  16. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  17. 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.
  18. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  19. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  20. 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.
  21. Cut Employee Stock Option Taxes With AMT Credit

    Learn how refundable AMT credits can help you save on taxes, AMT bills and more.
  22. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  23. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. "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?
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Shopping Online: Convenience, Bargains And A Few Scams

    Shopping from the comfort of your couch has major benefits - and some unpleasant side effects.
  31. 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.
  32. Silver Thursday: How Two Wealthy Traders Cornered The Market

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
  33. 4 Tips For Buying Stocks In A Recession

    Bear markets can terrify even seasoned investors. Learn how to invest safely.
  34. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

    Hyperinflation can make a $1,000 bill look like chump change.
  35. Investing In The Recovery With Build America Bonds

    Build America Bonds give state and local municipalities a bigger market to fund projects - and they're a solid investment, too.
  36. 6 Major Credit Card Mistakes

    Avoid these pitfalls to keep your credit score healthy and your debt under control.
  37. On This Day In Finance: July 3 - Dow Jones Publishes Its First Stock Average

    On July, 3, 1884, Dow Jones & Company published its first stock market index.
  38. 10 Tips For Steering Clear Of Credit Scams

    The recession has made many vulnerable to credit-fixing scams. Don't be fooled!
  39. Iron Condors: Wing It To Maximum Profit

    Understanding the right way to execute an iron condor can increase potential returns and limit risk.
  40. 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.
  41. Baseball's Best Ticket Bargains

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

    When the greenback is weak, smart investors will invest in multinational companies to benefit.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Tips For Renting A Vacation House

    Follow these nine steps to get a picture-perfect summer shack at a great price.
  46. 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.
  47. On This Day In Finance: June 29 - Apple iPhone

    The iPhone becomes a reality.
  48. 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.
  49. 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
  50. 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.
  51. On This Day In Finance: June 25 - Microsoft Inc. Is Born

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

    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. Top 10 Green Industries

    Put a little green in your wallet by investing in these growing areas.
  58. Tips For Getting Into Futures Trading

    The futures markets can seem daunting, but these explanations and strategies will help you trade like a pro.
  59. 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.
  60. SEC Seeks To (Ad)Dress Naked Shorts

    Though naked short selling is illegal, it's barely enforced, but that might be changing.
  61. 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.
  62. 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?
  63. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  64. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  65. 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.
  66. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  67. 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?
  68. Distressed Debt An Avenue To Profit In Corporate Bankruptcy

    Use debt securities to attack bankrupt companies and scavenge them for profits.
  69. 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.
  70. What The Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us

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

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

    Learn the tactics you can use to prevent your home from being repossessed.
  73. 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?
  74. Electrifying Apartment Bills: How To Reduce Them

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

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

    Gym memberships can be expensive but these six tips will help you get the best deal.
  77. 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.
  78. 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?
  79. 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.
  80. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  84. 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?
  85. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  86. 10 Tips For The Successful Long-Term Investor

    These guiding principles will help you avoid common folly during the decision-making process.
  87. 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.
  88. Setting Profit Traps With Butterfly Spreads

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

    This strategy has become one of the most useful tools for spotlighting extreme short-term price moves.
  90. Trading The Gold-Silver Ratio

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

    How can you get back into the market to avoid missing market recovery gains? Find out here.
  92. 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.
  93. Revive Your Portfolio

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

    Stay calm, play dead and keep your eyes open for attractive valuations.
  95. An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  96. 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."
  97. 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.
  98. Mutual Fund Ratings: Are They Deceiving?

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

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  100. 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.
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