Active Trading Articles

  1. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  2. Using Technical Indicators To Develop Trading Strategies

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find the indicators and strategies that will work best for your position.
  3. Trading Divergences In Forex

    We compare the results of two forex trades based on MACD histogram divergences.
  4. The Unseen Taxes That You Pay Every Day

    Taxes are embedded in the price of everything we buy to an extent that most people don't even realize.
  5. Reverse Engineering Return On Equity

    Return on equity is a widely used ratio, but return on net operating assets (RNOA) takes things one step farther.
  6. 8 Fund Types To Use In A Recession

    When the economy blows up, these funds offer some protection from major losses.
  7. Out-Of-The-Money Put Time Spreads

    Learn about this low-risk, bearish options strategy used to speculate on major market declines.
  8. Discovering Keltner Channels and the Chaikin Oscillator

    It's time to acquaint yourself with some lesser-known yet effective technical indicators.
  9. Water Cooler Finance: Conflicting Job Reports And A Facebook IPO

    With forecasted employment growth, robust tech and automakers, and some serious social media stock action, it's an exciting start for 2011.
  10. Are CDs Good Protection For The Bear Market?

    Certificates of deposit promise stable income in any market, but do they deliver?
  11. Efficient Market Hypothesis: Is The Stock Market Efficient?

    Deciding whether it's possible to attain above-average returns requires an understanding of EMH.
  12. The Advantages Of SPAN Margin

    Find out how it provides futures and commodity option strategists with more bang for their margin buck!
  13. Traders: Which Markets Should You Trade?

    Being aware of other markets and other trading methods can help traders fine tune methods, save costs and add profits.
  14. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and increase your chances of finding successful investments.
  15. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  16. January Effect Revives Battered Stocks

    Make sure you buy in low to ride this phenomenon for all it's worth.
  17. The Top 5 Real Estate Stories Of 2010

    Real estate had a bumpy ride in 2010 with foreclosures and a dipping market.
  18. Introduction To E-Micro Forex Futures

    At one-10th the size of regular FX contracts, the E-micros offer traders the opportunity to trade the forex in a regulated marketplace with reduced risks.
  19. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

    Instead of rationalizing, learn to talk yourself out of buying things you can't afford.
  20. Twitter: The Newest Stock Market Indicator

    Investors and traders are always looking for the next best method for predicting the future price movements of the financial markets. The latest relies on social media.
  21. The Benefits And Value Of Stock Options

    The pros and cons of corporate stock options have been debated since the incentive was created. Learn more about stock option basics and the cost of stock options.
  22. How To Trade Currency And Commodity Correlations

    Relationships between currencies and commodities exist throughout the financial markets. Find out how to trade these trends.
  23. Adaptive Price Zone Technical Indicator Explained

    In a choppy market, following charts can be extremely difficult - the APZ technical indicator may become your best friend.
  24. Wall Street History: Orange Country Crumbles And Dow Drops

    This week, Orange County nearly goes bankrupt and an important agricultural invention goes unpatented.
  25. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  26. 6 Steps To A Rule-Based Forex Trading System

    Learn to add structure to your trading methods with these six important steps.
  27. How To Owe Nothing On Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  28. A User's Guide To Warrants

    These investment vehicles are relatively uncommon in the United States, but they do still appear in U.S. markets.
  29. An Introduction To The Relative Strength Index

    Learn the difference between relative strength and the relative strength index, a frequently used technical analysis oscillator.
  30. S&P 500 Options On Futures: Profiting From Time-Value Decay

    Writing bull put credit spreads are not only limited in risk, but can profit from a wider range of market directions.
  31. Introduction To Trading: Scalpers

    This type of trader makes many trades per day to "scalp" a small profit from each trade. Find out how it works.
  32. Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits.
  33. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among other applications.
  34. Measure Momentum Change With ROC

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  35. Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be used with equity as well as commodity and futures options.
  36. 4 Types Of Indicators FX Traders Must Know

    By learning a variety of indicators, you can determine the right time and the right strategy to trade any given currency pair.
  37. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

    Microfinancing allows people in poverty to safely take on reasonable small business loans in an ethical manner.
  38. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

    Learn how put options can act as insurance for volatile stocks in your portfolio.
  39. Using Elliott Wave To Trade Forex Markets

    Learn how to set up a trading plan using this method, to profit as a forex trader.
  40. Your Portfolio: Time To Cash In?

    The rise and fall of the stock market makes many investors unsure of when to sell their shares. Learn the key factors to consider before liquidating your portfolio.
  41. What Your Trading Charts Aren't Telling You

    You may be missing some key statistics when following charts in the market.
  42. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  43. 5 Stocks That Are Haunting Investors

    These stocks have lost a major percentage of their value this year, scaring away investors in the process.
  44. Trading The Soft Commodity Markets

    Learn the contract specifications for a few of the most heavily traded commodities.
  45. How Much Trading Capital Do Forex Traders Need?

    Even a small pip profit can mean substantial percentage returns over time.
  46. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  47. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  48. 5 Could-Be Bubbles Waiting To Burst

    Investors should approach these markets with caution, as prices and expectations seem to be ahead of reality.
  49. Hotshots Needed For Commodity Trading Advisor Positions

    If you can multi-task and you enjoy a good challenge, this lucrative career could be a perfect fit.
  50. Introduction To Weather Derivatives

    Learn about a financial instrument that makes temperature a tradable commodity.
  51. How To Tell If A Company's In Trouble

    Observing a company's behavior can prove beneficial for the mindful investor. Know the signs before you make a reactionary move.
  52. Brokers: Do You Want To Sell Stocks Or Insurance?

    Know the difference between working as a broker or an insurance rep.
  53. Trailing-Stop Techniques

    The important decision to exit a position must be based on more than emotion if you want to be a disciplined trader.
  54. The Rise And Fall Of The Shadow Banking System

    We look at the evolution, failure and fallout from the shadow banking system.
  55. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  56. How To Sell Put Options To Benefit In Any Market

    As long as the underlying stocks are of companies you are happy to own, put selling can be a lucrative strategy.
  57. Double Exponential Moving Averages Explained

    This tweak on moving averages gives traders faster access to the information they need.
  58. When Not To Trade

    When conditions arise where systems are likely to perform poorly, traders must exercise discipline and cease trading.
  59. What To Do When Your Options Trade Goes Awry

    Check out some repair strategies to help boost the profit potential of a losing position.
  60. R&D Spending And Profitability: What's The Link?

    Return on research capital (RORC), can help investors measure how much profit R&D spending actually generates.
  61. Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Few homeowners think of their mortgages as leverage, but careful use of this asset can help them maximize their net worth.
  62. Getting Through The Rough Patches In Trading

    Learn how to recognize and adapt to tough times in the markets.
  63. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  64. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

    Forget the cliches and uncover how much volatility you can really stand.
  65. How To Place Orders With A Forex Broker

    Learn how to set each type of stop and limit when trading currencies.
  66. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress.
  67. The Biggest Financial Market You've Never Heard Of

    Though many traders aren't familiar with it, the forex market is is actually bigger than the NYSE in many ways.
  68. Trading The QQQQ With In-The-Money Put Spreads

    Even beginners may use this strategy to trade a bullish outlook.
  69. The Pioneers Of Technical Analysis

    Every time an investor talks about getting in low or picking entry and exit points, they are paying homage to these men.
  70. The Two-Hour-A-Day Trading Plan

    A lot of stock activity takes place at the beginning and end of the trading day. Find out how you can use this to benefit your investing strategy.
  71. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  72. Options Risk Graphs: Visualizing Profit Potential

    With a single diagram, you can see how price, time and volatility affect potential gains.
  73. Know Your Counterparty When Day Trading

    This can provide insight into how the market is likely to act based on your presence, orders and transactions.
  74. Market News That Seems Promising - But Isn't

    Not all good news is created equal. Find out how some positive stock market news can actually be bad news for investors.
  75. Forex: The Moving Average MACD Combo

    Learn a strategy with clear entry and exit levels that will get you into a trend at the right time.
  76. Should Your Options Go Naked?

    Compare naked strategies to credit spreads and see if the unlimited risk of going naked is worth it.
  77. Do Financial Decisions Get Better With Age?

    Like a fine wine, you no doubt get better as you get older, but your money choices might not.
  78. Investing Tips That Can Leave You Broke

    To avoid taking a few risky wrong turns and ending up bankrupt, be wary of these investing tips (one or more that you've probably seen on late-night television).
  79. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  80. Options Trading Volume And Open Interest

    Learn how these two statistics can give you an edge in trading options.
  81. Can Perpetual Contrarians Profit As Traders?

    Succeeding as a contrarian is all about knowing when to act on your opinion about the next turn in the market.
  82. Weighted Moving Averages: The Basics

    We take a closer look at the linearly weighted moving average and the exponentially smoothed moving average.
  83. Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  84. Premier Stochastic Oscillator Explained

    This oscillator has been used since the 1950s by traders and investors to anticipate areas where the market may change direction.
  85. The 6 Signs Of An Economic Recovery

    For all the talk of whether the economy is recovering or sinking, what should a recovery actually look like?
  86. Ratio Writing: A High-Volatility Options Strategy

    Selling a greater number of options than you buy profits from a decline back to average levels of implied volatility.
  87. Range Bar Charts: A Different View Of The Markets

    While range bars are not a type of technical indicator, traders can employ this useful tool to identify trends and interpret volatility.
  88. Top 6 Most Indebted Countries (And Why)

    Is the U.S. debt as bad as it sounds? Take a look at these European countries, and the U.S. doesn't seem so bad.
  89. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  90. Why Investors Stick With Failing Stocks

    Investors often delude themselves into sticking with bad decisions. Find out why this happens and how you can avoid this trap.
  91. Forex: Should You Be Trading Trend Or Range?

    In FX, it's not the price environment that decides this for you. Learn the differences to see which you prefer.
  92. Wall Street History: Microsoft Buys Apple

    Catch up on your financial history for this week.
  93. Get A Trading Referee And Improve Your Performance

    A trading referee can greatly improve your outlook (and success) in the market.
  94. Forex Consolidation Trading - Trade The Calm, Profit From The Storm

    Capture quick profits with the powerful directional biases of these two patterns.
  95. Connecting Crashes, Corrections And Capitulation

    Even though crashes, corrections and capitulations are bad news for investors holding the stock, there are still ways to profit.
  96. Combining Trend-Following and Countertrend Indicators

    In the long run, one of the best approaches to successful trading might be melding these two seemingly disparate methods together.
  97. Option Strategies For A Down Market

    All investors should be aware that the best time to buy stocks is when the market is tanking, according to history.
  98. Forex: The Memory Of Price Strategy

    Hate getting stopped out right before the price reverses? This forex trading strategy may help.
  99. Profit Without Predicting The Market

    Traders who try to predict the future can actually harm their trading options.
  100. Tips For Creating Profitable Stock Charts

    Find out how to create well-designed charts that will enhance your market analysis.
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