Active Trading Articles

  1. 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?
  2. Should You File For Bankruptcy?

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

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  4. 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 ...
  5. Timeshares: Dream Vacation Or Money Pit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    An underused opportunity provided in an SEC rule can enhance returns and lower risk for spread traders.
  12. 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.
  13. Reverse Mergers: The Pros And Cons

    Reverse mergers can provide excellent opportunities for companies and investors, but there are still some downsides and risks. ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

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

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

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

    This method may seem arcane, but many well-established strategies rely on it.
  19. 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.
  20. Riding The Bear Into A Bull Market

    How can you get back into the market to avoid missing market recovery gains? Find out here.
  21. Revive Your Portfolio

    Increase your annual returns by rebalancing your investments now.
  22. Surviving Bear Country

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

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  24. 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." ...
  25. 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.
  26. Mutual Fund Ratings: Are They Deceiving?

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

    There are several simple strategies you can use to protect yourself from downside risk.
  28. 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. ...
  29. Understanding Option Pricing

    Take advantage of stock movements by getting to know these derivatives.
  30. 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.
  31. Overcoming Financial Phobia

    If your investment strategy is avoidance, the consequences can be scary.
  32. The Fall Of The Market In The Fall Of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  33. The Foundation Of Structured Settlements

    This annuitized payment setup should be arranged through impartial attorneys and tax agents.
  34. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

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

    Flexible and cost efficient, options are more popular than ever. Find out why.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

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

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

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  43. 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.
  44. Profit From Earnings Surprises With Straddles And Strangles

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

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

    Find out how to gain valuable work experience and cut the cost of your education.
  47. 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.
  48. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

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

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

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  54. 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.
  55. Mad Money ... Mad Market?

    Jim Cramer's spirited recommendations are a case study in irrational market behavior.
  56. 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.
  57. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  58. 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.
  59. An Introduction To Canadian Income Trusts

    Yields in excess of 10% aren't rare, but these unique investments need to be chosen very carefully.
  60. Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?

    From lenders to buyers to hedge funds, it appears everyone has blood on their hands.
  61. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  62. Reining In CEO Rewards

    Could bloated CEO compensation be to blame for the widening gap between the rich and the ultra-rich?
  63. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  64. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  65. Anticipate Trends To Find Profits

    Monitoring your trades in real-time can help you anticipate their outcomes.
  66. How Will The Subprime Mess Impact You?

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  67. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  68. 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.
  69. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  70. Tales From The Trenches: The Rising Wedge Breakdown

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  71. 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.
  72. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  73. Taking The Bite Out Of A Bear Market

    Find out which financial instruments will protect you from bear market volatility.
  74. 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.
  75. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  76. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  77. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  78. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  79. Survival Tips For A Stormy Market

    Learn which stocks to watch and which to avoid when the Dow starts to sink.
  80. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    Making money in a pressure-cooker environment is all about minimizing risk on hot picks.
  81. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  82. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  83. 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.
  84. Surf's Up With Filtered Waves

    With an appropriate filter, you can ride the waters to rising profits.
  85. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  86. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  87. Brains Don't Always Bring The Bucks

    Common mistakes can prevent even the smartest investors from beating the market.
  88. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  89. 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.
  90. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  91. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  92. Greenshoe Options: An IPO's Best Friend

    Find out how companies can save or boost their public offering price with these options.
  93. The Basics Of Game Theory

    Break down and examine the potential consequences of economic/financial scenarios.
  94. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  95. Finding Short Candidates With Technical Analysis

    Learn how to distinguish tops and bottoms in the equity market when short selling.
  96. The Crash Of 1929 - Could It Happen Again?

    Learn about the series of events that triggered the Great Depression.
  97. Putting Management Under The Microscope

    We tell you where to find the telltale signs of corporate misdeeds.
  98. The Rectangle Formation

    Find out how this technical pattern can be useful in your trading arsenal.
  99. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

    Footnotes to the financial statements contain very important information, but reading them takes skill.
  100. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
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