Active Trading Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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. ...
  3. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

    Get a hold of yourself! Take losses in stride and learn to invest dispassionately.
  4. Immunization Inoculates Against Interest Rate Risk

    Big-money investors can hedge against bond portfolio losses caused by rate fluctuations.
  5. The Crash Of 1929 - Could It Happen Again?

    Learn about the series of events that triggered the Great Depression.
  6. Blending Technical And Fundamental Analysis

    Find out how you can combine the best of both strategies to better understand the markets.
  7. Who Is To Blame For The Subprime Crisis?

    From lenders to buyers to hedge funds, it appears everyone has blood on their hands.
  8. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  9. 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.
  10. Mortgage Asset-Liability Management Made Easy

    Should you refinance your mortgage to purchase other assets? Learn how to weigh your risk.
  11. Principal-Protected Investments: Risks, Fees And Regulations

    Discover if these instruments hit the right note for you.
  12. Market Reversals And How To Spot Them

    The sushi-roll indicator may help lower the risk of trying to pick market tops and bottoms.
  13. Multivariate Models: The Monte Carlo Analysis

    This decision-making tool integrates the idea that every decision has an impact on overall risk.
  14. Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  15. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  16. 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.
  17. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  18. 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.
  19. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  20. 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?
  21. Need Retirement Income? Sell Your House!

    Discover 10 tips for making a quick sale and a healthy profit.
  22. 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.
  23. The Advantage Of Intermarket Analysis

    Analyzing a variety of markets around the world can provide powerful insight into trading opportunities.
  24. Brains Don't Always Bring The Bucks

    Common mistakes can prevent even the smartest investors from beating the market.
  25. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  26. Continuation Patterns - Part 2

    Take a closer look at triangles, which appear in ascending, descending and symmetrical forms.
  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. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  29. Changing The Face Of Bankruptcy

    A 2005 law attempts to unmask fraudulent debtors and still save those who are struggling. Will it affect you?
  30. 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?
  31. 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?
  32. 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.
  33. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  34. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  35. Common Risks That Can Ruin Your Retirement

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  36. 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.
  37. Different Needs, Different Loans

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

    When federal student loan resources are exhausted, parents and students face tough decisions on how to pay.
  39. 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.
  40. 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".
  41. How To Use Gann Indicators

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

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

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  44. Operating Leverage Captures Relationships

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

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  46. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  47. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  48. 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.
  49. 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?
  50. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  51. Pencil In Profits In Any Market With A Calendar Spread

    This options spread strategy provides many advantages over plain old puts and calls.
  52. Henry Ford: Industry Mogul And Industrial Innovator

    This man made his dream of bringing the automobile to the masses a reality.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Einstein's Stock Tips: Gravity and Growth

    Can applying the theory of relativity help you pick a stock? Find out more here.
  56. 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.
  57. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  58. Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

    Find out how to protect your assets so you can live out your dreams in style.
  59. Stock Option Expiration Cycles

    Understanding expiration cycles is just one more way to help you increase your success rate when trading options.
  60. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  61. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  62. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  63. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  64. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

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

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

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

    Participate in options trading trading that is simpler, less expensive and easier to manage.
  70. 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 ...
  71. Why Public Companies Go Private

    Privatization can give management more time to make money for investors, but at what cost?
  72. 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.
  73. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  74. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  75. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  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. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  78. The Anatomy Of Trading Breakouts

    We'll walk you through this trading strategy from start to finish.
  79. Analyzing Auto Stocks

    Find out what to consider before taking a ride with stocks from this industry.
  80. 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.
  81. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

    Knowing what the market is thinking is the best way to determine what it will do next.
  82. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

    Timber's low correlation to other asset classes can enhance your portfolio's growth.
  83. 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.
  84. Four Big Investor Errors

    These simple lessons can cut your losses.
  85. Delving Into Insider Investments

    Keeping tabs on company executives can provide clues about where a stock is headed.
  86. ADX: The Trend Strength Indicator

    Follow this tool to reduced risk and increase profit potential.
  87. MACD And Stochastic: A Double-Cross Strategy

    Two indicators are usually better than one. Find out how this pairing can enhance your trading.
  88. This ARM Has Teeth

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  89. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  90. Tales From The Trenches: Volume Confirmed Broadening Pattern

    Find out how to make sense of this tricky - but profitable - formation.
  91. From Beads To Binary: The History Of Computing

    Investing today couldn't happen without the inventions of yesterday. Learn more here.
  92. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  93. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

    Did this accounting convention contribute to the credit crisis of 2008? Find out here.
  94. 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 ...
  95. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

    The FDIC insures depositors against loss, but what happens if it runs out of money?
  96. Iron Condors Fly On Fragile Wings

    Do the rewards outweigh the risks for this trading strategy? Read on to find out.
  97. 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.
  98. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

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

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  100. Solving Mixed Options Problems On The Series 7

    Learn to ace the questions that involve both options contracts and stock positions.
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