Active Trading Articles

  1. Surviving Bear Country

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

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  3. 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." ...
  4. 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.
  5. Mutual Fund Ratings: Are They Deceiving?

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

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  7. 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. ...
  8. Understanding Option Pricing

    Take advantage of stock movements by getting to know these derivatives.
  9. Riding The Market Bubble: Don't Try This At Home

    Riding the bubble takes timing, a clear understanding of the market and, most of all, a lot of luck.
  10. Overcoming Financial Phobia

    If your investment strategy is avoidance, the consequences can be scary.
  11. The Foundation Of Structured Settlements

    This annuitized payment setup should be arranged through impartial attorneys and tax agents.
  12. The Fall Of The Market In The Fall Of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  13. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

    If a dip in the economy has you worried about retirement, you still have options.
  14. The 4 Advantages of Options

    Flexible and cost efficient, options are more popular than ever. Find out why.
  15. How And When To Switch Your 529 Plan

    Just as with any investment, you should review your plan to make sure it's meeting your needs.
  16. Parents And Spinoffs: When To Buy And When To Sell

    Spinoffs can create great investing opportunities, but there's a time to stick around and a time to jump ship.
  17. Segregated Funds: Investment Protection For Canadian Citizens

    These funds contain the best of all worlds, providing opportunities for market growth with a no-loss guarantee.
  18. Peer-To-Peer Lending Breaks Down Financial Borders

    Banks are no longer the only option for a loan - the P2P lending system operates without them.
  19. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

    With options, the direction of a stock's next major move becomes less important than its magnitude.
  20. Pyramid Your Way To Profits

    This strategy involves scaling into profitable investments as they continue to rise.
  21. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  22. Iceland's Near Collapse: What Can We Learn?

    This thriving country was brought to its knees by the rapid growth - and subsequent decline - of its banking industry.
  23. Profit From Earnings Surprises With Straddles And Strangles

    These option strategies allow traders to play on earnings announcements without taking a side.
  24. Municipalities Free Up Cash With Chapter 9

    Find out what happens to municipalities when they need money, but have no other option than bankruptcy.
  25. Reduce Tuition With A Work-Incentive Program

    Find out how to gain valuable work experience and cut the cost of your education.
  26. The Uptick Rule: Does It Keep Bear Markets Ticking?

    This rule prevents traders from driving stocks down, but its effect on market volatility is debatable.
  27. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

    Leveraging your money can have many perks, but it's not always the smartest financial plan.
  28. Moral Hazards: A Bump In The Contract Road

    Learn how this phenomenon can cause a party in an agreement to behave differently than expected.
  29. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  30. Profiting From Stock Declines: Bear Put Spread Vs. Long Put

    If you're bearish, you should compare the risk/reward characteristics of these two strategies.
  31. For Top-Notch Insurance Coverage, Compare Quotes

    Find out how to use and compare policy options to get the best coverage at the best price.
  32. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  33. An Introduction To Canadian Income Trusts

    Yields in excess of 10% aren't rare, but these unique investments need to be chosen very carefully.
  34. Anticipate Trends To Find Profits

    Monitoring your trades in real-time can help you anticipate their outcomes.
  35. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  36. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  37. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  38. The Advantage Of Intermarket Analysis

    Analyzing a variety of markets around the world can provide powerful insight into trading opportunities.
  39. Terrorism's Effects On Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets. Find out how to take cover.
  40. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  41. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  42. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  43. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  44. The Kingpin Of Wall Street: J.P. Morgan

    From robber baron to the hero of the Panic of 1907, this man helped shape Wall Street as we know it.
  45. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  46. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  47. How Will The Subprime Mess Impact You?

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  48. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  49. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  50. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. Dialing In On The Credit Crisis

    Would a similar crisis have occurred if iPhone investors were offered the same loan options as homeowners?
  54. Brains Don't Always Bring The Bucks

    Common mistakes can prevent even the smartest investors from beating the market.
  55. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  56. Greenshoe Options: An IPO's Best Friend

    Find out how companies can save or boost their public offering price with these options.
  57. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  58. The Rectangle Formation

    Find out how this technical pattern can be useful in your trading arsenal.
  59. Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?

    From lenders to buyers to hedge funds, it appears everyone has blood on their hands.
  60. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  61. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  62. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  63. 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.
  64. Mad Money ... Mad Market?

    Jim Cramer's spirited recommendations are a case study in irrational market behavior.
  65. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  66. 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.
  67. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  68. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  69. Surf's Up With Filtered Waves

    With an appropriate filter, you can ride the waters to rising profits.
  70. Survival Tips For A Stormy Market

    Learn which stocks to watch and which to avoid when the Dow starts to sink.
  71. 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. ...
  72. Reining In CEO Rewards

    Could bloated CEO compensation be to blame for the widening gap between the rich and the ultra-rich?
  73. Taking The Bite Out Of A Bear Market

    Find out which financial instruments will protect you from bear market volatility.
  74. The Short And Distort: Stock Manipulation In A Bear Market

    High-quality stock reports needn't be confused with stock manipulators' dramatic claims.
  75. The Crash Of 1929 - Could It Happen Again?

    Learn about the series of events that triggered the Great Depression.
  76. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

    Footnotes to the financial statements contain very important information, but reading them takes skill.
  77. Peer Comparison Uncovers Undervalued Stocks

    Learn how to put one of the top equity analysis tools to work for you.
  78. 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.
  79. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  80. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  81. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  82. Trader's Corner: Finding The Magic Mix Of Fundamentals And Technicals

    For a record-holding stock trader, CANSLIM is the formula that identifies this magic mix.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. Trading's 6 Biggest Losers

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  86. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  87. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  88. Due Diligence In 10 Easy Steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these tips to avoid getting burned.
  89. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  90. 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.
  91. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    Making money in a pressure-cooker environment is all about minimizing risk on hot picks.
  92. The Basics Of Game Theory

    Break down and examine the potential consequences of economic/financial scenarios.
  93. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  94. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  95. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  96. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  97. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  98. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  99. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  100. Car Title Loans: Good Option For Fast Cash?

    These loans provide fast cash, but they could leave you deeper in debt - and without a car.
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