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  1. Gold Is Broken, But Don't Count It Out

    Gold has broken through its 200-day moving average. Find out if you should be worried.
  2. 10 Traits Of A Successful Options Trader

    If you want to take advantage of the versatility of options, you'll need to adopt these smart investing habits.
  3. Using Volume Rate Of Change To Confirm Trends

    Wise traders rely on indicators that show a trend in volume, because without supportive volume, a price movement has no conviction. ...
  4. Continuation Patterns: In-Depth Look At Triangles

    We take a closer look at ascending and descending triangles to help traders predict the ultimate breakout direction.
  5. Continuation Patterns: Introduction To Triangles

    The three types of triangle continuation patterns look different, yet provide similar information. Find out how.
  6. Put-Call Parity And Arbitrage Opportunity

    Look at trades that are profitable when the value of corresponding puts and calls diverge.
  7. "Do The Right Thing" For Trade Breakouts

    Often in life, the right action is the hardest to take. Discover how to get on the right side of a trend.
  8. Is The Santa Claus Rally For Real?

    Will Santa Claus bring the gift that investors are looking for this year? What are the chances of a Santa Claus rally?
  9. Facing Co-Op Bankruptcy

    Co-op investors can often be penalized for other people's actions. Read on to learn about the most common types of co-op ...
  10. Profiting From Carry Trade Candidates

    Capitalize on the yield of the interest rate differential by using flags and pennants.
  11. 5 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio From Volatility

    Sometimes the best defense is the lack of offense. Here are the best boring ways to protect your portfolio in volatile markets. ...
  12. Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  13. Leverage Your Returns With A Convertible Hedge

    Find out how you can maintain your income stream by using this type of bond strategy.
  14. Discovering The Force Index

    Learn how to measure the power of bulls behind rallies and bears behind declines.
  15. Continuation Patterns: Rectangles and Pennants

    Flags and pennants indicate direction of activity of the prevailing trend. Learn how.
  16. Are Vision And Dental Plans Worth It?

    Weigh your options before you decide to change or stick with your current insurance coverage. Think about these before you ...
  17. Technical Analysis Works In Forex Markets

    Technical analysis is a hotly debated topic. Discover evidence showing that it works in forex markets.
  18. Ultra ETFs: The Ultimate Addition To Your Portfolio?

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ...
  19. ETFs For The Buy And Hold Investor

    ETFs are an investment product of choice. Learn how the buy-and-hold investor can profit from them.
  20. Continuation Patterns: An Introduction

    Those random movements in the charts actually form patterns. Learn the basics of what these patterns are.
  21. An Introduction To The Options Industry Council

    The Options Industry Council is an educational organization for options traders. We introduce you to the Council and the ...
  22. How Economic Reality Influences The Market

    The market is confusing enough. But when you consider how economic reality can influence market prices, it's downright baffling. ...
  23. 4 Ways To Predict Market Performance

    There is academic evidence supporting different market views. Learn how and why the market can be predicted.
  24. 6 Ways To Keep Your October Gains

    October was for the record books, but what should you do to hold on to your investment gains?
  25. Peter Lynch On Playing The Market

    Everyone can appreciate great advice from a professional. Read on to benefit from the vast experience of Peter Lynch.
  26. Accumulative Swing Index And The McClellan Oscillator

    These indicators serve as confirmation for those of us who need to double check our findings on a regular basis.
  27. 4 Steps To Picking A Stock

    Narrow down the universe of stocks to find the ones that best suit your needs.
  28. Alternative Assets For Average Investors

    These investments can add a new level of diversification to your portfolio.
  29. Considerations For Long-Term Care Coverage

    Medical and financial health determine whether long-term care insurance will pay off.
  30. Diversifying A Concentrated Stock Position

    Having stocks in one area exposes an investor to risk. We tell you four ways to minimize it.
  31. Determining Market Direction With VIX

    The CBOE's volatility index is a helpful market indicator. Learn how it can gauge the mood of the stock market.
  32. 3 Ways To Increase Your Investment Performance

    Savvy investors deploy each of their dollars to work in more than one way. Find out how to multitask your money.
  33. How To Profit From Interventions In The Forex Market

    The forex market can be extremely profitable. Learn how to spot an intervention and trade when it's occurring.
  34. Find Investment Quality In The Income Statement

    Use these key attributes to uncover top-level investments.
  35. The 4 Ways To Buy And Sell Securities

    Know the four main avenues of buying and selling investment instruments.
  36. Divergence: The Trade Most Profitable

    Comparing price swings helps traders gain insight into price momentum.
  37. The Dangers Of Deleveraging

    Paying down debt should get governments out of the hole, however it's not very good for economies.
  38. 4 Factors That Shape Market Trends

    Trends allow traders and investors to capture profits. Find out what's behind them.
  39. Getting Into The Gold Market

    Add some sparkle to your portfolio by getting in on this classic commodity.
  40. Beginner's Guide To Auto Insurance

    Find the perfect policy that suits both your coverage and budgetary needs.
  41. The Psychology Of Support And Resistance Zones

    Emotion drives the market more than you might realize. Find out how psychology affects support and resistance zones.
  42. Adjusting Day Trading Strategies For Different Market Conditions

    Being a successful trader means knowing when to play the market and how. Find out what strategies will have you on top.
  43. Understanding Forex Rollover Credits And Debits

    Forex trades are subject to receiving interest or being debited interest if positions are held overnight.
  44. Interpreting Support And Resistance Zones

    Use of support and resistance zones can be a key to successful trades. Learn how they work and how to use them.
  45. The 5 Best Performing Gold ETFs

    Gold ETFs are at bargain prices. Here are the five best performers to add to your portfolio.
  46. The Consumer Price Index: A Friend To Investors

    As a measure of inflation, this index can help you make key financial decisions.
  47. The Rise Of The Rogue Trader

    We look at what makes a trader "rogue," why they do what they do, and how they get caught.
  48. An Introduction To Behavioral Finance

    Curious about how emotions and biases affect the market? Find some useful insight here.
  49. The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  50. The Utility Of Trendlines

    Trendlines give an investor a good idea of the direction an investment might move in. Discover how to make them work for ...
  51. Top 5 Reasons To Keep Leveraged ETFs To The Pros

    Leveraged ETFs can result in large gains, but also huge losses. Is it worth your time and money to look into them?
  52. The "True" Cost Of Stock Options

    Perhaps the real cost of employee stock options is already accounted for in the expense of buyback programs.
  53. The 7 Pitfalls Of Moving Averages

    While moving averages can be a valuable tool, they are not without risk. Discover the pitalls and how to avoid them.
  54. Evaluating A Company's Management

    Financial statements don't tell you everything about a company's health. Investigate the management behind the numbers!
  55. Retail FX Spreads: Do They Even Matter?

    Learn how retail forex spreads affect your ability to trade currencies.
  56. How To Establish A Credit History

    Can't get a credit card without a credit history, and can't get a history without a card? Break the Catch-22.
  57. The Importance Of Time Value In Options Trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  58. Currency ETFs Simplify Forex Trades

    Reduce your stock portfolio's risk by trading with foreign currencies.
  59. Top 6 Uses For Bonds

    We break down the stodgy stereotype to see what these investments can do for you.
  60. 4 Biases That Can Make You A Bad Investor

    Find out how to spot these four biases, and start making more logical investing decisions.
  61. Getting Started In Forex Options

    Stocks are not the only securities underlying options. Learn how to use FOREX options for profit and hedging.
  62. Why Leveraged ETFs Don't Always Boost Returns

    These ETFs don't always provide the returns you expect. Find out why this happens, and what you can do about it.
  63. Market Speculators: More Help Than Harm

    Speculators often get a bad rap, but it's important to remember that they only observe trends, not manipulate them.
  64. The Importance Of Trading Psychology And Discipline

    Find out how investing success can be more about your mindset and less about the markets.
  65. Translating Ticker Talk

    Stock tickers can say a lot about a company in just a few letters. Find out how to read them.
  66. Is Your Mutual Fund Safe?

    You might be carrying more risk than you think if your fund invests in derivatives.
  67. Tips For Investors In Volatile Markets

    Find out what to look out for when trading during market instability.
  68. Are You Under Or Overtrading?

    Under and overtrading can lessen an investor's profits. Find out how to fix these issues with a trading plan.
  69. 5 Common Mistakes Young Investors Make

    Starting to invest can be a scary process. Luckily, steering clear of common errors is half the battle.
  70. Profit On Any Price Change With Long Straddles

    In this strategy, traders cash in when the underlying security rises - and when it falls.
  71. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  72. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  73. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  74. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  75. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  76. Finding Success Where Indicators Fail

    Trade what you see: Follow the charts, buy breakouts and honor stops. We'll look at a case study to show you how.
  77. The Viability Of Tracking Insiders

    Insider trading use to be profitable, but can it be today? Learn if investors should be paying attention to insiders.
  78. Paying For College In An Economic Downturn

    There are many ways to fund a child's education including loans, scholarships, grants and protecting your investments.
  79. Measuring And Managing Investment Risk

    Risk is inseparable from return. Learn more about these measures and how to balance them.
  80. Introduction To Counterparty Risk

    Unlike a funded loan, the exposure from a credit derivative is complicated. Find out everything you need to know about counterparty ...
  81. Profit From Market Misunderstandings

    By learning to identify these key trends, investors can make exceptional risk-adjusted returns.
  82. 7 Lessons To Learn From A Market Downturn

    Don't learn these lessons the hard way. Read on to make sure you can weather an unstable market.
  83. What Can Traders Learn From Investors?

    Discover tips from a long-term strategy that can help you make better short-term trades.
  84. 9 Tricks Of The Successful Forex Trader

    These steps will make you a more disciplined, smarter and, ultimately, wealthier trader.
  85. Backtesting: Interpreting The Past

    We offer some tips on this process that can help refine your current trading strategies.
  86. 9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Accounts

    When it comes to keeping your money safe, don't rely on the FDIC - there's much more you can do.
  87. Inverse ETFs Can Lift A Falling Portfolio

    These funds can reduce your exposure to market risk or enhance portfolio performance.
  88. 6 Steps To Thinking Like A Stock-Market High Roller

    We provide six tips for improving your mindset and becoming a more profitable investor.
  89. Forex Trading The U.S. Trade Balance Figures

    Those that are able to capitalize on this rather obscure report will benefit immensely from it.
  90. A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  91. New Regulations For Gold Trading Set

    Margins have been raised and new regulations are in place for gold trading. How is this going to affect investors?
  92. Trading With VWAP And MVWAP

    Volume weighted average price (VWAP) and moving volume weighted average price (MVWAP) are trading tools that can be used ...
  93. Are Computers Bringing Down The Stock Market?

    We take a look at high frequency trading and see if it's one of the reasons for stock market losses.
  94. Is This The Worst Market Decline?

    History proves that the current meltdown is not a first, and those who avoid panic selling now should be rewarded with better ...
  95. What Investment Is Best For You?

    ETFs, mutual funds, hedge funds and advisory firms are just some of the choices to consider.
  96. How To Analyze Mid-Cap Stocks

    Mid-cap stocks often outperform both large-caps and small-caps with very little added risk.
  97. How Safe Are U.S. Bonds?

    U.S. Treasury securities are often described as risk-free investments, but that is just not true.
  98. Using Genetic Algorithms To Forecast Financial Markets

    Genetic algorithms are unique ways to solve complex problems by harnessing the power of nature.
  99. 3 Dangers Of Checking Your Stock Portfolio Everyday

    Find out how being overly attentive to your stocks can lead to lower gains and higher fees.
  100. Using Options Instead Of Equity

    Learn how to multiply returns and diversify risk by buying options instead of stock.
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