Active Trading Articles

  1. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

    Traders can benefit from experimenting with envelopes, which help spot trends after they develop.
  2. Einstein's Stock Tips: Gravity and Growth

    Can applying the theory of relativity help you pick a stock? Find out more here.
  3. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  4. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  5. The Rap On Wrap Fees For Retirement Accounts

    If your retirement account is managed under a wrap fee program, you need to consider whether you should pay the fee out of your retirement account balance or out-of-pocket.
  6. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  7. An Introduction To Canadian Income Trusts

    Yields in excess of 10% aren't rare, but these unique investments need to be chosen very carefully.
  8. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  9. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  10. Leading Indicators Of Behavioral Finance

    Discover how put-call ratios and moving averages can be used to analyze investor behavior.
  11. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  12. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  13. The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  14. Auction Rate Securities: Bidding On The Long Run

    These investments do better with a long-term horizon. Should you buy them before they're going, going, gone?
  15. Do Adaptive Moving Averages Lead To Better Results?

    These complex indicators can help traders interpret trend changes, but are they too good to be true?
  16. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  17. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  18. 10 Tips For Choosing An Online Broker

    This important investment decision happens before you pick your first stock. Find out how to get it right.
  19. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  20. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  21. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  22. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    Making money in a pressure-cooker environment is all about minimizing risk on hot picks.
  23. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 5

    Stochastics can be very effective as the second screen in this three-part system. Find out how to use this popular oscillator.
  24. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  25. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  26. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  27. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  28. Critical Illness Insurance: Get Paid If You Get Sick

    This coverage will allow you to focus your attention on getting well, rather than getting by.
  29. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  30. Tales From The Trenches: Volume Confirmed Broadening Pattern

    Find out how to make sense of this tricky - but profitable - formation.
  31. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  32. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  33. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  34. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  35. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  36. Anticipate Trends To Find Profits

    Monitoring your trades in real-time can help you anticipate their outcomes.
  37. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  38. Terrorism's Effects On Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets. Find out how to take cover.
  39. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  40. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  41. Socially Responsible Investing Vs. Sin Stocks

    Can your principles make you richer or poorer? Find out if it pays pick your portfolio based on ethics.
  42. Combining Credit For A Happy Financial-Ever-After

    A couple's finances may not always be a match made in heaven. Find out when to say "I Do".
  43. 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.
  44. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

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

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

    Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies.
  47. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  48. Market Bottom: Are We There Yet?

    No one rings a bell when the bear market's over, but that doesn't mean there's no way to predict a bottom.
  49. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  50. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

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

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

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

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  54. 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.
  55. The Crash Of 1929 - Could It Happen Again?

    Learn about the series of events that triggered the Great Depression.
  56. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  57. Surf's Up With Filtered Waves

    With an appropriate filter, you can ride the waters to rising profits.
  58. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  59. The Chinese Wall Protects Against Conflicts Of Interest

    After the crash of 1929, this barrier helped define ethical limits, but it did little to prevent fraud.
  60. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  61. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  62. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  63. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  64. REX Agreements Climb As House Prices Decline

    These purchase options let you hedge against a decline in your home's value without having to sell the house.
  65. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  66. Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating A Lower APR

    Reducing the rate charged on your credit card balance is the first step to getting out of debt.
  67. How To Break Up With Your Bank

    Whether you're moving or have just found a better no-fee plan, find out how to switch banks with ease.
  68. The Anatomy Of Trading Breakouts

    We'll walk you through this trading strategy from start to finish.
  69. The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

    Check out the returns this newer technical analysis tool would've yielded over the period from 1920 to 2003.
  70. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  71. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  72. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  73. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  74. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  75. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  76. Spotting Breakouts As Easy As ACD

    Wondering what it means to be a "logical trader"? Take a look at this system devised by Mark Fisher.
  77. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 6

    Williams %R can confirm the strength of trends and warn of reversals. Find out how to use it as the second screen in this triple-screen system.
  78. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  79. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  80. The Stop-Loss Order - Make Sure You Use It

    It's a simple but powerful tool to help you implement your stock-investment strategy. Find out how.
  81. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  82. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  83. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  84. Trading Calendar Spreads In Grain Markets

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  85. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

    Older parents are becoming the norm, but when it comes to finances, this choice has special considerations.
  86. Four-Week Rule Boosts Winning Trades

    Acquaint yourself with an indicator that played a role in the early development of technical analysis.
  87. From Beads To Binary: The History Of Computing

    Investing today couldn't happen without the inventions of yesterday. Learn more here.
  88. Mortgage Asset-Liability Management Made Easy

    Should you refinance your mortgage to purchase other assets? Learn how to weigh your risk.
  89. Gauging The Strength Of A Market Move

    Learn how to apply the ACD technique to a longer time horizon.
  90. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  91. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  92. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  93. What You Get When You Pay For Investment Services

    There are three value components in investing. Can you save money by doing some of them yourself?
  94. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  95. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  96. Relative Strength Index And Its Failure-Swing Points

    Confirm your buy and sell signals with this oscillator categorized as an overbought/oversold index.
  97. How To Use Gann Indicators

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  98. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  99. Darvas Box Traps Elusive Returns

    Follow a modern trade to see how this old strategy still captures profits today.
  100. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

    Footnotes to the financial statements contain very important information, but reading them takes skill.
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