Active Trading Articles

  1. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Tales From The Trenches: Volume Confirmed Broadening Pattern

    Find out how to make sense of this tricky - but profitable - formation.
  5. Break Out Of Annuity Prison

    Annuities offer security but also lock up your cash. The secondary market could be your key.
  6. 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.
  7. Defeasance Reduces Commercial Real Estate Fees

    Try this alternative to short-term variable-rate financing when using leverage to buy property.
  8. 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.
  9. Taking The Sting Out Of Investment Loss

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

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

    The mystery of options pricing can often be explained by a look at implied volatility (IV).
  12. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  13. Hedge Funds Go Retail

    Find out how average investors are breaking into what was once reserved for the ultra rich.
  14. Investment Services Stump Investors

    What you're getting isn't easy to determine. Find out how to get your money's worth.
  15. Four Big Investor Errors

    These simple lessons can cut your losses.
  16. 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.
  17. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  18. 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.
  19. Handling High-Yield Savings Accounts

    Is this the savings route for you? Read on to find out what these accounts have to offer.
  20. How To Use Gann Indicators

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

    Before you buy into the hype, learn how the industry works and how to spot the winners.
  22. ADX: The Trend Strength Indicator

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

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

    These unexpected bumps can sideline your post-work plans and prevent you from riding out your assets.
  25. 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.
  26. Get A Strong Hold On Profit With Strangles

    Forget straddles. These strangles are both liberating and legal in the investing world.
  27. 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. ...
  28. 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.
  29. Analyzing Auto Stocks

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

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

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

    Learn about this hidden perk and why it's often bad news for investors.
  33. 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.
  34. The Anatomy Of Trading Breakouts

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

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  36. From Beads To Binary: The History Of Computing

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

    The proxy statement can help determine whether a CEO is well compensated - or just overpaid.
  38. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  39. 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.
  40. 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 ...
  41. 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.
  42. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  43. Buy High And Sell Low With Relative Strength

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

    We provide 6 tips for creating a winning business in a losing economy.
  45. 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.
  46. Moving Average Envelopes: Refining A Popular Trading Tool

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

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

    Find out how to avoid getting bitten when your mortgage rate resets.
  49. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  50. Relative Strength Index And Its Failure-Swing Points

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

    Two indicators are usually better than one. Find out how this pairing can enhance your trading.
  52. 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.
  53. Offset Risk Without Investing Abroad

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

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

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  56. 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. ...
  57. Get Into Low-Cost Futures Trading With Synthetics

    If you can't trade commodity futures outright, these vehicles provide a less expensive alternative.
  58. 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.
  59. Taking The Bite Out Of Annuity Losses

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

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

    Discover how put-call ratios and moving averages can be used to analyze investor behavior.
  62. Get Technical With A CMT Certification

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

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

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  65. Who Backs Up The FDIC?

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

    Learn how Bollinger's "squeeze" can help you determine breakout direction.
  67. Gauging Major Turns With Psychology

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

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

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  70. Timber Investments Cut Down Portfolio Risk

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

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

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  73. 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.
  74. Mark-To-Market Mayhem

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

    Futures investors flock to spreads because they hold true to fundamental market factors.
  76. Life Expectancy: It's More Than Just A Number

    Find out how this factor determines your life insurance premiums and affects your payout.
  77. An Introduction To LIBOR

    This influential rate is published daily in Britain, and felt all around the world.
  78. What Makes Investors Tick?

    Every style of investing is different, so where do you fit in?
  79. Financial Regulators: Who They Are And What They Do

    Find out how these government agencies govern the financial markets.
  80. So, You Want To Take Your Broker To Court

    Find out how to file a claim with your broker and what you can expect throughout the process.
  81. An Introduction To Emerging Market Bonds

    The rewards associated with this fixed-income asset are significant, but so are the risks.
  82. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  83. Advanced Fibonacci Applications

    Extensions, clusters, channels and more! Discover new ways to put the "golden ratio" to work.
  84. The Gann Studies

    Learn why this pioneer of technical analysis believed it's possible to predict the future.
  85. Tales From The Trenches: A Simple Bollinger Band® Strategy

    Spot extreme short-term price drops and profit on the rebound.
  86. Tales From The Trenches: Don't Count On Luck

    ChartAdvisor experts illustrate why it's important to stick to your strategy.
  87. Candlesticks And Oscillators For Successful Swing Trades

    Take advantage of short-term price moves by pinpointing reversals.
  88. A Look At Kagi Charts

    This relatively unknown tool could help you find an asset's trend faster.
  89. Multiple Time Frames Can Multiply Returns

    Short-term and intermediate charts complement the underlying trend and refine entries and exits.
  90. A Trader's Guide To Using Fractals

    This reversal pattern can make sense of the seeming randomness of market movements and improve your trading.
  91. Moving Average Bounce

    Find out how this simple trading strategy can be added into your trading arsenal.
  92. Fundamental Analysis For Traders

    Find out how this method can be applied strategically to increase profit.
  93. Gauging Support And Resistance With Price By Volume

    This straightforward histogram can help you analyze the buying and selling interest in a stock.
  94. Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
  95. Find A Trend With The Partial Retrace

    Learn how to spot the pivot point from which a new movement will emerge.
  96. Star Formations Spotlight Luminary Trades

    Morning, evening and doji stars will have you basking in better trading profits.
  97. Advanced Candlestick Patterns

    Go beyond the basics! Learn to identify and trade island reversals, kicker patterns and more.
  98. The Ups And Downs Of Biotechnology

    This volatile sector can provide huges gains, but there's also lots of downside.
  99. Taking The Magic Out Of Fibonacci Numbers

    Uncover the history and logic behind this popular trading tool.
  100. Trend-Spotting With The Accumulation/Distribution Line

    The A/D line highlights buying and selling pressure to confirm existing trends.
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