Active Trading Articles

  1. Adjusting A Long Call Into A Butterfly Spread

    There are many key advantages offered to options traders who deal only in the underlying securities.
  2. Tips For Creating Profitable Stock Charts

    Find out how to create well-designed charts that will enhance your market analysis.
  3. Bloodletting And Knights: Medieval Investment Terms

    From bloodletting to ye olde black knights, things on Wall Street are getting downright medieval!
  4. Trading Multiple Time Frames In FX

    This is often the first - and most costly - level of analysis to be overlooked.
  5. Manipulating Facts to Fit a Theory: A Dangerous Trading Practice

    This practice is common with experienced and new traders, and it can lead to huge losses. Find out how to avoid it.
  6. Dividends, Interest Rates And Their Effect On Stock Options

    Learn how analyzing these variables are crucial to knowing when to exercise early.
  7. 5 Ways Debt Can Make You Money

    While debt can be a negative, it can also be a positive thing if used properly. Find out how debt can actually make you richer. ...
  8. Capture Profits Using Bands And Channels

    Donchian channels, Keltner channels and STARC bands are not as well known as Bollinger bands, but they offer comparable opportunities. ...
  9. 5 Things To Do Before Interest Rates Go Up

    It is inevitable that interest rates will go up, but what should investors do to prepare themselves?
  10. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  11. Using "The Greeks" To Understand Options

    These risk-exposure measurements help traders detect how sensitive a specific trade is to price, volatility and time decay. ...
  12. Find Hidden Stock Gems That Analysts Ignore

    Just because it doesn't get a lot of coverage, doesn't mean a company isn't a great find.
  13. Warrants: A High-Return Investment Tool

    Discover the advantages of this largely unexploited investment vehicle.
  14. Manage Risk With Trailing Stops And Protective Put Options

    Using the right strategy can lower the risk of failure and protect your profits.
  15. The REIT Way

    Ever considered investing in real estate? Read about the REIT and see if it's the investment for you.
  16. What Caused The Flash Crash?

    Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong on May 6, but it seems likely that the crash was caused by multiple ...
  17. Deleveraging: What It Means To Corporate America

    Getting rid of debt is usually a good thing, but companies can also use it to become more profitable.
  18. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  19. Spread-To-Pip Potential: Which Pairs Are Worth Day Trading?

    Spreads play a significant factor in profitable forex trading. Learn when it's worth trading and when it isn't.
  20. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

    Bernie Madoff reminded us about the Ponzi scheme. What other old scams are due for a comeback?
  21. Stochastics: An Accurate Buy And Sell Indicator

    Find out how stochastics are used to create buy and sell signals for traders.
  22. Top 10 Rules For Successful Trading

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, these 10 rules should be the backbone of your trading career.
  23. Investing In Artist Futures

    If you think a budding artist has major potential, you may be able to invest in his or her art with these new futures contracts. ...
  24. The Financial Markets: When Fear And Greed Take Over

    If these unpleasant emotions are allowed to influence your decision-making, they may cost you dearly.
  25. Top 5 Hardest-Hit Currencies

    The value of a country's currency is dependent on many factors that will cause it to fluctuate, relative to other world currencies. ...
  26. 5 Equity Derivatives And How They Work

    These derivatives allow investors to transfer risk, but there are many choices and factors that investors must weigh before ...
  27. Profit On Your Home's Price - Even If It's Falling

    These investment vehicles can protect you - and even help you profit - when the real estate market falls.
  28. Is Pressing The Trade Just Pressing Your Luck?

    Scaling up into a trade can be a lucrative strategy, but you need to understand the risks involved.
  29. Capitalize On False Breakouts In The Danger Zone

    Sometimes you have to be a predator to profit. Find out how to cash in on false breakouts.
  30. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  31. Strategies For Withdrawing Retirement Income

    You've accumulated the wealth you need to retire, but how will you distribute it? We'll lay out some options.
  32. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  33. Forex: Identifying Trending And Range-Bound Currencies

    Gain a trading edge by learning how macroeconomic forces play out differently for various pairs in the forex market.
  34. When Is A Bull Market Not A Bull Market?

    During some bull or bear moves in the stock markets, investors will be going with the trend, but day traders may find they ...
  35. Taking Advantage Of Volatility Spikes With Credit Spreads

    Alert options traders can follow this strategy to improve their chances of success.
  36. The Disability Insurance Policy: Now In English

    Learn to translate this complicated policy so you can rest assured you're covered.
  37. The Myth About Market Bubbles

    Bubbles have made and ruined fortunes. Though they can be difficult to predict, understanding how they work gives you a visible ...
  38. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  39. Options Trading: How Implied Volatility Affects Calendar Spread

    Even if the risk curves for a calendar spread look enticing, a trader needs to assess implied volatility for the options ...
  40. Advantages of TRIX - Triple Exponential Average

    This powerful tool not only filtrates market noise but also tends to be a leading rather than lagging indicator.
  41. The History Of Options Contracts

    Options and futures didn't originate with Wall Street power brokers. In fact, it all started with rice.
  42. How Brokers Can Avoid A Market-Maker's Tricks

    Ensure that you and your clients are getting the best deal by avoiding these three pitfalls.
  43. Goldman Sachs: By The Numbers

    While Goldman's guilt or innocence is not yet clear, these key numbers help tell part of the story.
  44. Selecting The Payout On Your Annuity

    Make sure you understand your options for withdrawing your funds from this complex instrument.
  45. Make The Currency Cross Your Boss

    Tap into a world of possibilities by going beyond the simple pro- or anti-dollar trade.
  46. Are You Ready To Trade Futures?

    If you want to trade futures in the hopes that you'll become rich, you'll have to answer some questions first.
  47. Using Pivot Points In Forex Trading

    Learn to combine this powerful tool with traditional technical tools for greater returns.
  48. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  49. The 5-Minute Forex "Momo" Trade

    Learn this simple momentum strategy and its profit protecting exit rules.
  50. 6 Investment Styles: Which Fits You?

    How you invest is just as important as what you buy. Find out which style is right for you, and how to follow it.
  51. Combined Forces Power Forex Snap Strategy

    Stochastic and MACD oscillators can help isolate greater opportunities in range-bound markets.
  52. Top 4 Strategies For Managing A Bond Portfolio

    Find out how these strategies work and how you can put them to work for you.
  53. Using Feedback To Improve Your Trading

    Positive and negative trading experiences can affect the way you trade. Find out how.
  54. Using Options Tools To Trade Foreign-Exchange Spot

    Find out how delta, gamma, risk reversals and volatility can all help predict movements in the cash market.
  55. 5 Reasons Young Investors Should Trade Options

    Options get a bad rap. Find out why these financial instruments are ideal for young investors.
  56. Can You "Learn" The Stock Market?

    All of the knowledge in the world won't ensure the perfect trade every time - but is it possible to improve your odds in ...
  57. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  58. Seasonal Trends In The Forex Market

    Uncover the predictable behaviors of some currencies throughout the calendar year.
  59. The National Futures Association As Market Watchdog

    As the overseer of the commodities and futures industry, the NFA helps to protect investors from fraudulent futures activities. ...
  60. Forex: Keep An Eye On Momentum

    Using the simple MACD histogram could change how forex traders analyze currency pairs for good.
  61. Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

    Stocks are soaring despite high unemployment, foreclosures and relatively low consumer spending. Can it last?
  62. Discovering the Absolute-Breadth Index and the Ulcer Index

    It's time to acquaint yourself with these lesser-known yet effective technical indicators.
  63. Is Your Investing Style Hot, Or Not?

    Don't let your portfolio construction fall out of fashion.
  64. Customize Your Trading With Flex Options

    These unique instruments take options trading to a whole new level.
  65. Understanding The 2010 Options Symbology

    There is a wealth of information in the expanded option symbols, but they should make things easier for traders.
  66. How To Profit From Investment "Losers"

    Diversification and rebalancing are keys to long-term returns.
  67. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  68. Simple Vs. Exponential Moving Averages

    These technical indicators help investors to visualize trends by smoothing out price movements.
  69. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  70. Is There A Right Way To Invest In Gold?

    Purists like physical bullion, but most investors prefer ETFs.
  71. Stock Options: What's Price Got To Do With It?

    A thorough understanding of risk is essential in options trading. So is knowing the factors that affect option price.
  72. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  73. How Does Your Margin Grow?

    Risk-management tool SPAN margin boosts profitability prospects by helping to determine when to exit a trade.
  74. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  75. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  76. An Introduction To Ichimoku Charts In Forex Trading

    Discover how this high-flying application can be used in forex trading.
  77. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  78. The Basics Of Trading A Stock

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  79. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  80. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  81. The Dangerous Lure Of Cheap Out-Of-The-Money Options

    Betting on an expected move is fine, but one must understand the risks involved in a position - and consider the alternatives. ...
  82. 3 Reasons Not To Trade Range Breakouts

    Trading range breakouts is unprofitable for most novice traders; here are some alternatives that can be used.
  83. Forex: How To Scalp Fundamentally

    Learn why event-driven scalping in the currency market involves balancing fundamentals with technicals.
  84. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  85. Going Long On Calls

    Learn how to buy calls and then sell or exercise them to earn a profit.
  86. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management. ...
  87. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of ...
  88. Options and Futures: You Already Trade Them

    These instruments seem complicated to beginners, but many people already make similar trades on a daily basis.
  89. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively. ...
  90. Finding The Right Trading Coach

    If you're looking to master the art of trading, you may think you need an expert trader. What you may really need is an expert ...
  91. Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  92. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  93. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  94. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  95. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  96. Hedging With Puts And Calls

    This trading strategy can reduce your risk - but only if you use it effectively.
  97. Weekend Analysis: A Path To Forex Profits

    A weekend analysis can strengthen your forex trading through preparation and planning.
  98. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  99. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  100. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
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