Active Trading Articles

  1. Taking a Trip to Trader Town: Exploring the Trader's Chatroom

    Traders don't have to be solitary to be successful--discover how to connect with fellow traders and experts.
  2. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

    Traders can benefit from experimenting with envelopes, which help spot trends after they develop.
  3. The Rectangle Formation

    Find out how this technical pattern can be useful in your trading arsenal.
  4. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  5. Keeping An Eye On The Activities Of Insiders And Institutions

    These transactions reveal much about a stock. We go over what to consider and where to find it.
  6. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  7. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  8. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  9. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  10. Can IRA Transactions Trigger The Wash-Sale Rule?

    In 2008, the IRS said: Yes, they can. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
  11. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  12. Dialing In On The Credit Crisis

    Would a similar crisis have occurred if iPhone investors were offered the same loan options as homeowners?
  13. Mad Money ... Mad Market?

    Jim Cramer's spirited recommendations are a case study in irrational market behavior.
  14. Short Selling Risk Can Be Similar To Buying Long

    If more people understood short selling, it would invoke less fear, which could lead to a more balanced market.
  15. The Darvas Box: A Timeless Classic

    This method helped its inventor turn $26,000 into $2 million. Many argue it still works.
  16. 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?
  17. Einstein's Stock Tips: Gravity and Growth

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

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

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  20. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  21. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  22. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  23. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for home buyers.
  24. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  25. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  26. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  27. Get Technical With A CMT Certification

    Develop the skills you need to trade on your own or to become a technical analyst.
  28. Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?

    From lenders to buyers to hedge funds, it appears everyone has blood on their hands.
  29. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  30. Spot Hotshot Penny Stocks

    Don't flip a coin to find your next investment.
  31. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

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

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  33. 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.
  34. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

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

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

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

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  38. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  39. Charting Your Way To Better Returns

    Learn about the powerful hybrid techniques that take advantage of both technical and fundamental analysis.
  40. Four Big Investor Errors

    These simple lessons can cut your losses.
  41. Megatrends For Maximum Profits

    Predicting how the world will evolve can help you build a portfolio that can roll with the punches.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

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

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

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  47. Leading Indicators Of Behavioral Finance

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

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

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

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  51. 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?
  52. 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.
  53. Anticipate Trends To Find Profits

    Monitoring your trades in real-time can help you anticipate their outcomes.
  54. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  55. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

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

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

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

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  59. 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.
  60. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  61. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    Making money in a pressure-cooker environment is all about minimizing risk on hot picks.
  62. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  63. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  64. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  65. 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?
  66. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  67. Tales From The Trenches: Volume Confirmed Broadening Pattern

    Find out how to make sense of this tricky - but profitable - formation.
  68. DMI Points The Way To Profits

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

    With an appropriate filter, you can ride the waters to rising profits.
  70. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  71. Terrorism's Effects On Wall Street

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

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

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  74. 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.
  75. 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".
  76. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  77. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  78. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

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

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

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

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

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

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

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

    Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies.
  88. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

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

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

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

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

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

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  96. 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.
  97. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. The Crash Of 1929 - Could It Happen Again?

    Learn about the series of events that triggered the Great Depression.
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