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  1. Trading Double Tops And Double Bottoms

    We look at how Bollinger Bands help accurately project entry and exit points for pattern traders.
  2. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  3. How To Develop A Trading Brain

    The fundamental role of trader psychology tends to be underestimated, with too much emphasis placed on the technical side. ...
  4. Tips For Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically, rather than emotionally.
  5. This Is Your Brain On Stocks

    Find out how the human mind can hurt investors' portfolios.
  6. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 4

    How can a trader use the Elder-Ray oscillator as the second screen of this system? Find out here.
  7. Derivatives 101

    Learn how to use this type of investment as an alternative way to participate in the market.
  8. Risk Tolerance Only Tells Half The Story

    Just because you're willing to accept a risk, doesn't mean you always should.
  9. 5 Popular Portfolio Types

    Learning how to build these portfolios will increase your investing confidence and give you financial control.
  10. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 2

    Market tide is the basis for making trading decisions in this three-part system.
  11. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 1

    Learn to take advantage of both trend-following and oscillator techniques to analyze your trading decisions.
  12. Invest Like A Pro

    By following the strategies of the pros, even a beginner can learn to invest like an expert.
  13. Investors: Rely On Your Gut

    Find out how your personality and natural instincts can direct your investment choices.
  14. Finding Your Investing Comfort Zone

    Choosing the right investments for you is the best way to feel comfortable with your portfolio.
  15. Removing The Barriers To Successful Investing

    Learn how to stop using emotion and bad habits to make your stock picks.
  16. Can Regular Investors Beat The Market?

    With the big name competition out there, hard-working people who invest have a tough time beating the market.
  17. Finding Your Margin Investment Sweet Spot

    Borrowing to increase profits isn't for the faint of heart, but margin trading can mean big returns.
  18. Using Options To Pay Off Debt

    We tell you about four option strategies that could provide a way to pay off your debt.
  19. Reinvesting Capital Gains In Leveraged Portfolios

    Don't get forced into action. Learn how to plan properly to avoid making rash decisions.
  20. Simplify Your Portfolio

    Faced with an overabundance of choices, many investors forget to stick to the basics.
  21. Hedging With ETFs: A Cost-Effective Alternative

    The benefits of ETFs for hedging are clear and investors of all sizes are taking notice.
  22. Minis Provide Low-Cost Entry To Futures Market

    These contracts provide access to commodities without a huge capital commitment.
  23. Pin Down Stock Price With Real Options

    How can you assign a value to what a company may do with its business in the future? We explain how it works.
  24. Forget The Stop, You've Got Options

    Using options instead of stop-loss orders adds finesse and control in limiting losses.
  25. Major Indexes Near Pre-Recession Levels: Is History Repeating Itself?

    The markets look to be moving back to where they were before the recession. Does this mean another is on the way?
  26. Implied Volatility: Buy Low And Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  27. Offset Risk With Options, Futures And Hedge Funds

    Though all portfolios contain some risk, there are ways to lower it. Find out how.
  28. Cutting Edge Options Trades: The Zero-Premium Hedge

    This options trade is essentially free and can have huge profit potential, but it's not without its risks.
  29. The Barnyard Basics Of Derivatives

    This tale of a fictional chicken farm is a great way to learn how derivatives work in the market.
  30. A Forex Trader's View Of The Aussie/Gold Relationship

    We look at why this relationship exists and how you can use it to produce solid gold returns.
  31. Tax Advice For Victims Of Superstorm Sandy

    As the eastern part of the United States cleans and rebuilds, tax-related issues are sure to arise for the millions affected ...
  32. Introduction To Incentive Stock Options

    Here are some basic highlights of how ISOs work and the ways they can be used.
  33. The Best Applications For Online Trading

    This article looks at technology in the financial market and the use of online applications.
  34. Is There An Investing State Of Mind?

    The right investment philosophy can help traders remain profitable during these troubled economic times.
  35. Understanding Order Execution

    Find out the various ways in which a broker can fill an order, which can affect costs.
  36. Trade On Support For The Best Exit Strategy

    Find your sound exit strategy based on support and resistance levels, while understanding the psychology behind them.
  37. Are Derivatives A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    They've contributed to some major market scandals, but these instruments aren't all bad.
  38. Introduction To The Arms Index

    Developed in 1967 by Richard Arms, this volume-based breadth indicator can be applied over various time periods.
  39. Using LEAPS With Collars

    This options strategy will help you lock in profit while keeping your upside potential.
  40. Fundamental Speed: The "Duck-And-Jab" Approach To Forex

    By using economic releases in a timely way, buyers can beat the "big players" without endless chart analysis.
  41. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  42. $1 Salaried CEOs Making Millions

    Some CEOs who are paid $1 annually are actually among the highest-paid when all forms of compensation are taken into account. ...
  43. Covered Call Strategies For A Falling Market

    Find out how to come out on top, even when the market is dropping.
  44. An Introduction To Pairs Trading With ETFs

    This strategy can help investors reduce portfolio volatility and make money in uncertain markets.
  45. Trading Failed Breaks

    Learn how to capitalize on the predictable behavior of others during breakouts and breakdowns.
  46. How To Invest In Commodities

    Find out which futures, options or funds will be your perfect commodity portfolio fit.
  47. Use The Momentum Strategy To Your Advantage

    Learn how to use a number of different indicators to know when to make your trading moves.
  48. Did ETFs Cause The Flash Crash?

    On May 6, 2010, the DJIA plunged 998.5 points in twenty minutes. Find out more about what happened that day.
  49. Is Now The Time To Buy Put Options?

    A market correction is sure to occur sometime in the near future. Discover if hedging can protect your portfolio.
  50. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  51. Leveraged Investment Showdown

    Margin loans, futures and ETF options can all mean better returns, but which one should you pick?
  52. How To Talk Like An Investor

    Learn all the lingo you'll need to start investing or to impress your coworkers around the water cooler.
  53. Psychological Coping Strategies For Handling Losses

    There are a variety of psychological strategies for coping with financial losses and investing mistakes.
  54. Your Futures Are In Good Hands With CTAs

    Profit from up, down and sideways markets with commodity trading advisors.
  55. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  56. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
  57. Sugar: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    From sugar beet to sugar cane, this sector is growing despite a lot of sour challenges.
  58. When Your Bond Comes Calling

    Callable bonds can leave investors with a pile of cash in a low-interest market. Find out what you can do about it.
  59. Hedging Basics: What Is A Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  60. Practical And Affordable Hedging Strategies

    Learn how to find and use the most cost-effective ways to transfer risk.
  61. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  62. The Basics Of Money Flow

    Learn how this indicator uses both price and volume to record a more complete picture of price action.
  63. 3 Things Investors Can Learn From Traders

    By incorporating some of the best practices of top traders, investors can greatly improve portfolio returns.
  64. 4 Investment Mistakes That Could Damage Your Wealth

    The open financial market remains extremely fluid and changeable. Beware of these four fundamental errors.
  65. 5 Best Apps For Active Traders

    Investors are increasingly relying on their mobile devices to trade and do research. Here are five apps worth checking out. ...
  66. 5 ETFs For A Tanking Economy

    If the economy has you worried, here are five low volatility ETFs that can keep your money on safer ground.
  67. Harvesting Crop Production Reports

    Find out what grain investors need to know to analyze USDA reports.
  68. How To Recognize Sunk Costs

    Find out about sunk costs and why "getting your money's worth" can cost you more than you think.
  69. Naked Options Expose You To Risk

    Find out why these enticing options can spell trouble for your bottom line.
  70. Hedge Fund Failures Illuminate Leverage Pitfalls

    Learn what mistakes cause hedge funds to collapse and how to avoid similar problems.
  71. Introduction To Multi-Discipline Accounts

    You get multiple managers, affordable diversification, customization and consolidated reporting all under one roof.
  72. How To Avoid Common Investing Problems

    Learn to overcome eight hurdles that can keep you from realizing the best returns.
  73. The Roles Of Traders And Investors In The Marketplace

    Discover how these two groups work together to keep the market functioning properly.
  74. 5 Top Traded Stocks

    Microsoft and GE are two of the biggest names on this list of stocks that have a consistently high trading volume.
  75. Scalping: Small Quick Profits Can Add Up

    We look at different styles of scalping, and how they can all be very profitable.
  76. Money Management Using The Kelly Criterion

    Not sure how to determine your equity allocations? Read about a system that can help.
  77. Saving Money On Individual Health Insurance Policies

    Here are tips on how to find the best individual health insurance policy for you, based on your needs and budget.
  78. Invest Without Stress

    Have anxiety? Don't worry. We have your worry-free investing guide right here.
  79. Using Pivot Points For Predictions

    Learn one of the most common methods of finding support and resistance levels.
  80. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  81. Tweezers Provide Short-Term Precision For Forex Traders

    Precise and short, the tweezer setup is similar to the more popular double top/bottom formations.
  82. Introducing The Bearish Diamond Formation

    Profit-taking opportunities abound using this lesser-known pattern. Find out how.
  83. Utility Funds: A Bright Choice In Bear And Bull Markets

    Gas, electric and water companies' non-cyclical nature can power strong gains in any portfolio.
  84. ETF Options Vs. Index Options

    Choosing either ETF options or index options can make the difference between big profits or a big bust.
  85. Retracement Or Reversal: Know The Difference

    Learn to distinguish between a temporary price change and a long-term trend.
  86. How To Choose Stocks For Day Trading

    Discover some of the contributing factors in determining what stocks are best for day trading.
  87. Why Leveraged Investments Sink

    This powerful tool can have you swimming in money or drowning in underwater equity.
  88. Are Derivatives Safe For Retail Investors?

    These vehicles have gotten a bad rap in the press. Find out whether they deserve it.
  89. Hedge Against Exchange Rate Risk With Currency ETFs

    Currency moves are unpredictable and can have an adverse effect on portfolio returns. Find out how to protect yourself.
  90. Cut Down Option Risk With Covered Calls

    A good place to start with options is writing these contracts against shares you already own.
  91. Not All Retirement Accounts Should Be Tax-Deferred

    It may be better to leave your assets exposed to the tax man when you're saving to retire.
  92. Unusual Assets Owned By Hedge Funds

    Although many hedge funds hold stock in big companies, some hold some extremely unusual investments.
  93. Catching A Lift On The Penny Express

    The popularity of the penny stock market has grown, but are these stocks a safe bet?
  94. Separately Managed Accounts: A Mutual Fund Alternative

    It takes a hefty minimum investment to get in in on an SMA, but these offer some distinct advantages.
  95. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  96. Contango Vs. Normal Backwardation

    Learn about the futures curve and what its shape means for hedgers and speculators.
  97. A Strategy For Optimal Stock And Bond Allocation

    We tell you how this strategy avoids downturns, improves performance and invests in the best asset classes.
  98. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  99. A Silver Primer

    Find out what affects the price of silver, the types of investments that can be made and the methods in which it is traded. ...
  100. Channeling: Charting A Path To Success

    Find out how to build these charts showing buy, sell, stop-loss and take-profit points, and even estimate length of trade. ...
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