Active Trading Articles

  1. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

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

    These "rogue traders" are famous for their billion-dollar mistakes.
  3. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Learn to take advantage.
  4. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  5. 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.
  6. 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".
  7. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  8. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 6

    Williams %R can confirm the strength of trends and warn of reversals. Find out how to use it as the second screen in this ...
  9. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  10. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  11. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  12. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  13. Do Adaptive Moving Averages Lead To Better Results?

    These complex indicators can help traders interpret trend changes, but are they too good to be true?
  14. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  15. Tales From The Trenches: Volume Confirmed Broadening Pattern

    Find out how to make sense of this tricky - but profitable - formation.
  16. Prices Plunging? Buy A Put!

    You can make money on a falling stock. Find out how going long on a put can lead to profits.
  17. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  18. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 8

    Making use of the tightest stops in entering and exiting positions is what this three-part system is all about.
  19. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  20. Four Big Investor Errors

    These simple lessons can cut your losses.
  21. Mortgage Asset-Liability Management Made Easy

    Should you refinance your mortgage to purchase other assets? Learn how to weigh your risk.
  22. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  23. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  24. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  25. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  26. The Wall Street Animal Farm: Getting To Know The Lingo

    Finance professionals speak a different language, but the terms they use are more familiar than you think.
  27. Different Needs, Different Loans

    Find out what options are available when it comes to borrowing money.
  28. Should Parents Pay For College?

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  29. Einstein's Stock Tips: Gravity and Growth

    Can applying the theory of relativity help you pick a stock? Find out more here.
  30. How To Use Gann Indicators

    This trendline-like technical analysis tool has been around for decades - but it still works.
  31. Spotlight On The Solar Industry

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  32. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  33. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  34. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  35. The ABCs Of Option Volatility

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  36. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  37. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  38. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  39. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  40. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  41. Market Reversals And How To Spot Them

    The sushi-roll indicator may help lower the risk of trying to pick market tops and bottoms.
  42. Critical Illness Insurance: Get Paid If You Get Sick

    This coverage will allow you to focus your attention on getting well, rather than getting by.
  43. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  44. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  45. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  46. Auction Rate Securities: Bidding On The Long Run

    These investments do better with a long-term horizon. Should you buy them before they're going, going, gone?
  47. Operating Leverage Captures Relationships

    Find out how fixed and variable costs interact to shed new light on old companies.
  48. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  49. Stock Option Expiration Cycles

    Understanding expiration cycles is just one more way to help you increase your success rate when trading options.
  50. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  51. Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

    Find out how to protect your assets so you can live out your dreams in style.
  52. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  53. What You Get When You Pay For Investment Services

    There are three value components in investing. Can you save money by doing some of them yourself?
  54. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  55. How To Break Up With Your Bank

    Whether you're moving or have just found a better no-fee plan, find out how to switch banks with ease.
  56. ADX: The Trend Strength Indicator

    Follow this tool to reduced risk and increase profit potential.
  57. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  58. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  59. Tic-Tac-Toeing Your Way To Better Returns

    Point-and-figure charts eliminate the noise surrounding a stock to help you determine where it's headed.
  60. Analyzing Auto Stocks

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

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  62. A Close-Up On Gross Ups

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  63. 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.
  64. The Anatomy Of Trading Breakouts

    We'll walk you through this trading strategy from start to finish.
  65. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

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

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

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  68. 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.
  69. Bank Failure: Will Your Assets Be Protected?

    The SIPC and FDIC insure against personal financial ruin when banks or brokerages go belly up.
  70. Get Technical With A CMT Certification

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

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

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  73. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  74. 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. ...
  75. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  76. 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.
  77. 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 ...
  78. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

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

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

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  81. From Beads To Binary: The History Of Computing

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

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  83. Starting A Small Business In Tough Economic Times

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  84. 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.
  85. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

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

    This method helped its inventor turn $26,000 into $2 million. Many argue it still works.
  87. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

    The RS strategy seems counterintuitive, but there is evidence to show that it works.
  88. 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.
  89. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

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

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  91. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  92. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  93. 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.
  94. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  95. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  96. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

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

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

    Confirm your buy and sell signals with this oscillator categorized as an overbought/oversold index.
  99. MACD And Stochastic: A Double-Cross Strategy

    Two indicators are usually better than one. Find out how this pairing can enhance your trading.
  100. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

    If this investment product has caused you sleepless nights, it's time to consider alternatives.
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