Active Trading Articles

  1. The Dead Cat Bounce: A Bear In Bull's Clothing?

    Make sure you know the difference between a change in market outlook and short-term recovery.
  2. Look Smart: Financial Calculations You Can Do In Your Head

    Ditch your financial calculator and use these handy tips for estimating complex financial calculations on the fly.
  3. When You Can't Pay Uncle Sam

    If you can't pay your taxes, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Discover your options here.
  4. An Introduction To Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  5. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make ...
  6. Forecast The FX Market With The COT Report

    Three empirical findings on futures data can help currency traders determine buy and sell points.
  7. Rules For Post-Recession Investing

    Market volatility causes investors to lose confidence, yet history shows that market exposure is the path to returns.
  8. What Is A Registered Investment Advisor?

    Hoping for a career in the financial services industry? Working for an RIA may fit the bill.
  9. The New World Of Emerging Market Currencies

    Take advantage of foreign currency markets without stepping out of your house.
  10. Activist Investors: A Good Or Bad Thing?

    When a large stakeholder is dissatisfied with a company's management, it may take matters into its own hands.
  11. Investing Basics: Flight To Quality

    At times of market stress, investors flee from risky assets to investments the safest ones available.
  12. Reduce Your Risk With ICAPM

    Avoid unnecesary risks involved in CAPM calculations by also incorporating ICAPM into the mix.
  13. 5 Signs Of A Pending Bull Market

    Being able to accurately spot the beginning of a bull market can be one of the most lucrative skills around.
  14. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  15. Traders: Profit From Other Investors' Fear

    Learn to pounce on the opportunity that arises when other traders run and hide.
  16. Using LEAPS In A Covered Call Write

    Discover how strategy can help reduce your downside risk.
  17. Bear Funds: A Bullish Stance On Bad Times

    Even if the market is in a decline your portfolio doesn't have to be.
  18. Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

    Before you blame your advisor for your losses, be sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
  19. Maximize Profits With Volatility Stops

    Find out which type of volatility stop fits your trading objectives.
  20. When Your Employer Cuts Your 401(k) Match

    In hard times, companies may stop matching your 401(k) contribution, but there are ways to offset the hit.
  21. Flash Trading: Wall Street's Latest Scam?

    The flash trading debate is more about Wall Street rivalry and less about protecting individual traders.
  22. Variable Prepaid Forward Contract: Scam Or Safety Net?

    Top executives can benefit from this kind of contract, but is it at the expense of the shareholders?
  23. 20 Ways To Save On Medical Bills

    Handy tips to cut the cost of hospital bills, co-pays, prescription drugs and more.
  24. Buy When There's Blood In The Streets

    Contrarian investors find value in the worst market conditions. Find out how they do it.
  25. Financial Forecasting: The Bayesian Method

    This method can help refine probability estimates using an intuitive process.
  26. The Leverage Cliff: Watch Your Step

    Understanding your risk tolerance level can save you a lot of grief and financial instability in the future.
  27. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  28. 20 Lazy Ways To Save Money

    Saving money is always good, but especially in a recession. These tips are easy ways to keep your wallet full.
  29. Hedge Funds: Higher Returns Or Just High Fees?

    Discover the advantages and pitfalls of hedge funds and the questions to ask when choosing one.
  30. Extreme Investing: World's Riskiest Investments

    These investments may pose a greater risk, but for brave investors, they're worth the stress.
  31. Leveraged ETFs: Too Risky For Their Own Good?

    With regulatory oversight under fire, the smart money might place an inverse bet on the future of these products.
  32. How To Choose A Healthcare Plan

    HMOs? PPOs? CDHPs? We'll clear up the confusion so you can find the right coverage.
  33. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  34. Optimal Position Size Reduces Risk

    Finding the right position size can minimize loss for a trader. Find out how.
  35. Know The Rules For Roth 401(k) Rollovers

    Rolling a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA is usually the optimal thing to do.
  36. 5 Ways To Make Your Resume Stand Out

    Standing out from the crowd is a must, especially when high unemployment rates make competition fierce.
  37. Corporate Kleptocracy At RJR Nabisco

    The excess of the '80s brought about reckless spending and indulgent management. This is a story of both.
  38. Compensation Myths: Burger Flipper Vs. Investment Banker

    Though these two jobs are perceived as being opposites, the compensation can be quite comparable.
  39. Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  40. Don't Let Brokerage Fees Undermine Your Returns

    Smart investors don't give away more money than necessary in commissions and fees. Find out how to save.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Is Buy & Hold Investing Dead?

    In an economy rocked by the latest recession, is buy and hold investing still the best strategy?
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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?
  46. Save Money - Travel For A Living

    Would you like to live without any housing expenses? It's possible if you are a road warrior.
  47. 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.
  48. Retirement Lessons To Teach Your Children

    If your retirement plan hasn't worked out, at least your children can learn from your mistakes.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  52. 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.
  53. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  54. 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.
  55. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

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

    Learn how refundable AMT credits can help you save on taxes, AMT bills and more.
  57. 5 Earnings Season Investing Tips

    These essential tips will get you through the earnings season.
  58. 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.
  59. Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped this famous investor earn his fortune.
  60. 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 ...
  61. 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.
  62. 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 ...
  63. 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 ...
  64. Shopping Online: Convenience, Bargains And A Few Scams

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

    Find out how the largest speculative attempt to corner the market went awry.
  66. 5 Tales Of Out-Of-Control Inflation

    Hyperinflation can make a $1,000 bill look like chump change.
  67. 4 Tips For Buying Stocks In A Recession

    Bear markets can terrify even seasoned investors. Learn how to invest safely.
  68. 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.
  69. Iron Condors: Wing It To Maximum Profit

    Understanding the right way to execute an iron condor can increase potential returns and limit risk.
  70. 10 Tips For Steering Clear Of Credit Scams

    The recession has made many vulnerable to credit-fixing scams. Don't be fooled!
  71. How U.S. Firms Benefit When The Dollar Falls

    When the greenback is weak, smart investors will invest in multinational companies to benefit.
  72. 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.
  73. Tips For Renting A Vacation House

    Follow these nine steps to get a picture-perfect summer shack at a great price.
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. Spotting Trend Reversals With MACD

    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  77. 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.
  78. Top 10 Green Industries

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

    The futures markets can seem daunting, but these explanations and strategies will help you trade like a pro.
  80. 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. ...
  81. 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.
  82. 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?
  83. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

    Find out how to determine whether this option will help or hurt your financial situation.
  84. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  85. 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 ...
  86. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    An underused opportunity provided in an SEC rule can enhance returns and lower risk for spread traders.
  93. 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.
  94. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks. ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

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

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  98. Setting Profit Traps With Butterfly Spreads

    The OTM butterfly spread offers traders three unique advantages, and can lead to consistent profits. Find out how.
  99. Trading The Gold-Silver Ratio

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  100. 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.
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