Active Trading Articles

  1. The Rectangle Formation

    Find out how this technical pattern can be useful in your trading arsenal.
  2. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    Making money in a pressure-cooker environment is all about minimizing risk on hot picks.
  3. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  4. Taking The Bite Out Of A Bear Market

    Find out which financial instruments will protect you from bear market volatility.
  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. An Investor's Checklist To Financial Footnotes

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

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  8. 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.
  9. Mad Money ... Mad Market?

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

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  11. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  12. What Is Option Moneyness?

    Get the basics under your cap before you get into the game.
  13. 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.
  14. The Advantage Of Intermarket Analysis

    Analyzing a variety of markets around the world can provide powerful insight into trading opportunities.
  15. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  16. Trading OEX Options: The Risk Of Early Exercise

    Exercising early can benefit options traders, but only when trading American-style options.
  17. Peer Comparison Uncovers Undervalued Stocks

    Learn how to put one of the top equity analysis tools to work for you.
  18. Surf's Up With Filtered Waves

    With an appropriate filter, you can ride the waters to rising profits.
  19. Handicap The Market, Rack Up Gains

    Investing on Wall Street and gambling on The Strip are not as different as they may seem.
  20. 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. ...
  21. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  22. Enjoy Life Now And Still Save For Later

    Find out how to balance living well today and retiring well tomorrow.
  23. Survival Tips For A Stormy Market

    Learn which stocks to watch and which to avoid when the Dow starts to sink.
  24. Brains Don't Always Bring The Bucks

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

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  26. 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.
  27. Collecting Option Premium In The Grain Market

    Believe it or not, there are some great income-generating strategies that are lower in risk.
  28. Dialing In On The Credit Crisis

    Would a similar crisis have occurred if iPhone investors were offered the same loan options as homeowners?
  29. Enter Profitable Territory With Average True Range

    Find entry or exit signals or develop a complete system based on this versatile tool.
  30. 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.
  31. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

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

    Learn how to short this reversal pattern with a favorable risk/reward ratio.
  33. 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.
  34. Has Your Fund Manager Been Through A Bear Market?

    How to find a portfolio that will survive when the bulls stop charging.
  35. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  36. Reining In CEO Rewards

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

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

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

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

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  44. Trading's 6 Biggest Losers

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  45. Does It Still Pay To Invest In Gold?

    This asset's appeal dates back thousands of years. Find out whether it can live up to the hype.
  46. 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.
  47. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  48. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  49. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  50. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  51. 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.
  52. From Beads To Binary: The History Of Computing

    Investing today couldn't happen without the inventions of yesterday. Learn more here.
  53. Executive Compensation: How Much Is Too Much?

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  54. 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.
  55. Must-Know Rules For Converting A 401(k) To A Roth

    In 2008, the IRS spelled out the details for converting employer-plan funds directly to Roth IRAs.
  56. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

    With a little know-how, you can keep risk from topling your portfolio of domestic equities.
  57. The Darvas Box: A Timeless Classic

    This method helped its inventor turn $26,000 into $2 million. Many argue it still works.
  58. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  59. 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. ...
  60. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  61. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  62. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

    Traders can benefit from experimenting with envelopes, which help spot trends after they develop.
  63. Synthetic Options Provide Real Advantages

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  64. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  65. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  66. MACD And Stochastic: A Double-Cross Strategy

    Two indicators are usually better than one. Find out how this pairing can enhance your trading.
  67. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  68. Trader's Corner - An Interview With A Success

    You too can use the strategies of one man who turned $11,000 into more than $18 million in 18 months.
  69. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  70. Lady Godiva Accounting Principles

    Find out how and why these rules can help companies "come clean" in post-Enron Wall Street.
  71. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  72. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  73. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  74. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  75. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  76. The Anatomy Of Trading Breakouts

    We'll walk you through this trading strategy from start to finish.
  77. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  78. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  79. Profiting From The Bollinger Squeeze

    Learn how Bollinger's "squeeze" can help you determine breakout direction.
  80. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  81. Straddle Strategy A Simple Approach To Market Neutral

    Being both short and long has advantages. Find out how to straddle a position to your advantage.
  82. 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 ...
  83. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  84. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
  85. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  86. 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.
  87. Get Technical With A CMT Certification

    Develop the skills you need to trade on your own or to become a technical analyst.
  88. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

    Older parents are becoming the norm, but when it comes to finances, this choice has special considerations.
  89. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  90. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
  91. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  92. Leading Indicators Of Behavioral Finance

    Discover how put-call ratios and moving averages can be used to analyze investor behavior.
  93. Relative Strength Index And Its Failure-Swing Points

    Confirm your buy and sell signals with this oscillator categorized as an overbought/oversold index.
  94. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  95. Trading Calendar Spreads In Grain Markets

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  96. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  97. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  98. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  99. 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".
  100. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
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