Active Trading Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

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

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

    Learn how to set up a trading plan using this method, to profit as a forex trader.
  8. What Your Trading Charts Aren't Telling You

    You may be missing some key statistics when following charts in the market.
  9. 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.
  10. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  11. 5 Stocks That Are Haunting Investors

    These stocks have lost a major percentage of their value this year, scaring away investors in the process.
  12. How Much Trading Capital Do Forex Traders Need?

    Even a small pip profit can mean substantial percentage returns over time.
  13. Trading The Soft Commodity Markets

    Learn the contract specifications for a few of the most heavily traded commodities.
  14. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  15. 5 Could-Be Bubbles Waiting To Burst

    Investors should approach these markets with caution, as prices and expectations seem to be ahead of reality.
  16. 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.
  17. Introduction To Weather Derivatives

    Learn about a financial instrument that makes temperature a tradable commodity.
  18. 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.
  19. Brokers: Do You Want To Sell Stocks Or Insurance?

    Know the difference between working as a broker or an insurance rep.
  20. 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.
  21. Double Exponential Moving Averages Explained

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

    When conditions arise where systems are likely to perform poorly, traders must exercise discipline and cease trading.
  23. 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.
  24. What To Do When Your Options Trade Goes Awry

    Check out some repair strategies to help boost the profit potential of a losing position.
  25. Getting Through The Rough Patches In Trading

    Learn how to recognize and adapt to tough times in the markets.
  26. 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.
  27. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

    Forget the cliches and uncover how much volatility you can really stand.
  28. Hedge Funds' Higher Returns Come At A Price

    Learn how hedge funds win big gains for investors - and why they sometimes lose.
  29. How To Place Orders With A Forex Broker

    Learn how to set each type of stop and limit when trading currencies.
  30. 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.
  31. Trading The QQQQ With In-The-Money Put Spreads

    Even beginners may use this strategy to trade a bullish outlook.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

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

    With a single diagram, you can see how price, time and volatility affect potential gains.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. Should Your Options Go Naked?

    Compare naked strategies to credit spreads and see if the unlimited risk of going naked is worth it.
  40. 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.
  41. 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).
  42. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

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

    Learn how these two statistics can give you an edge in trading options.
  44. 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.
  45. Weighted Moving Averages: The Basics

    We take a closer look at the linearly weighted moving average and the exponentially smoothed moving average.
  46. 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.
  47. Getting Started In Forex

    Before entering this market, you should define what you need from your broker and from your strategy.
  48. 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?
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. Stop Hunting With The Big Forex Players

    Learn to bank short-term profits by placing stops away from the crowd.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Wall Street History: Microsoft Buys Apple

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

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

    Capture quick profits with the powerful directional biases of these two patterns.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. Forex: The Memory Of Price Strategy

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

    Traders who try to predict the future can actually harm their trading options.
  63. Adjusting A Long Call Into A Butterfly Spread

    There are many key advantages offered to options traders who deal only in the underlying securities.
  64. Tips For Creating Profitable Stock Charts

    Find out how to create well-designed charts that will enhance your market analysis.
  65. Bloodletting And Knights: Medieval Investment Terms

    From bloodletting to ye olde black knights, things on Wall Street are getting downright medieval!
  66. Trading Multiple Time Frames In FX

    This is often the first - and most costly - level of analysis to be overlooked.
  67. Why There Are Always Stocks Worth Owning

    No matter how bad the market gets, the right stocks are a good buy. Find out why.
  68. Manipulating Facts to Fit a Theory: A Dangerous Trading Practice

    This practice is common with experienced and new traders, and it can lead to huge losses. Find out how to avoid it.
  69. Dividends, Interest Rates And Their Effect On Stock Options

    Learn how analyzing these variables are crucial to knowing when to exercise early.
  70. 5 Things To Do Before Interest Rates Go Up

    It is inevitable that interest rates will go up, but what should investors do to prepare themselves?
  71. Capture Profits Using Bands And Channels

    Donchian channels, Keltner channels and STARC bands are not as well known as Bollinger bands, but they offer comparable opportunities.
  72. 5 Ways Debt Can Make You Money

    While debt can be a negative, it can also be a positive thing if used properly. Find out how debt can actually make you richer.
  73. How To Deal With Trading Malfunctions

    A little preparation will make sure you protect your trading space from everyday difficulties.
  74. Interpreting A Strategy Performance Report

    These key performance metrics will help you decide if your trading strategy is a winner.
  75. Using "The Greeks" To Understand Options

    These risk-exposure measurements help traders detect how sensitive a specific trade is to price, volatility and time decay.
  76. Warrants: A High-Return Investment Tool

    Discover the advantages of this largely unexploited investment vehicle.
  77. Find Hidden Stock Gems That Analysts Ignore

    Just because it doesn't get a lot of coverage, doesn't mean a company isn't a great find.
  78. Manage Risk With Trailing Stops And Protective Put Options

    Using the right strategy can lower the risk of failure and protect your profits.
  79. Trading Strategies And Market Dangers That Hurt Investors

    When investing, beware of the dangers involved in these strategies and roadblocks.
  80. Self Employed? 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  81. What Caused The Flash Crash?

    Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong on May 6, but it seems likely that the crash was caused by multiple interlocking failures.
  82. The REIT Way

    Ever considered investing in real estate? Read about the REIT and see if it's the investment for you.
  83. Deleveraging: What It Means To Corporate America

    Getting rid of debt is usually a good thing, but companies can also use it to become more profitable.
  84. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  85. Spread-To-Pip Potential: Which Pairs Are Worth Day Trading?

    Spreads play a significant factor in profitable forex trading. Learn when it's worth trading and when it isn't.
  86. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

    Bernie Madoff reminded us about the Ponzi scheme. What other old scams are due for a comeback?
  87. Stochastics: An Accurate Buy And Sell Indicator

    Find out how stochastics are used to create buy and sell signals for traders.
  88. Top 10 Rules For Successful Trading

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, these 10 rules should be the backbone of your trading career.
  89. Investing In Artist Futures

    If you think a budding artist has major potential, you may be able to invest in his or her art with these new futures contracts.
  90. The Financial Markets: When Fear And Greed Take Over

    If these unpleasant emotions are allowed to influence your decision-making, they may cost you dearly.
  91. 5 Equity Derivatives And How They Work

    These derivatives allow investors to transfer risk, but there are many choices and factors that investors must weigh before buying in.
  92. Profit On Your Home's Price - Even If It's Falling

    These investment vehicles can protect you - and even help you profit - when the real estate market falls.
  93. Top 5 Hardest-Hit Currencies

    The value of a country's currency is dependent on many factors that will cause it to fluctuate, relative to other world currencies.
  94. Is Pressing The Trade Just Pressing Your Luck?

    Scaling up into a trade can be a lucrative strategy, but you need to understand the risks involved.
  95. Capitalize On False Breakouts In The Danger Zone

    Sometimes you have to be a predator to profit. Find out how to cash in on false breakouts.
  96. Top Summer Stocks To Get Into Now

    Summer leisure activities may see a surge in revenue. Let the sun shine on your portfolio.
  97. Getting To Know The Money Market

    If you need liquidity and safety on a sum of money, don't forgo potential interest by keeping the funds as cash.
  98. Strategies For Withdrawing Retirement Income

    You've accumulated the wealth you need to retire, but how will you distribute it? We'll lay out some options.
  99. Principal-Protected Notes: Hedge Funds For Everyday Investors

    PPNs guarantee to return at least 100% of the original investment and have the potential to return much more.
  100. Forex: Identifying Trending And Range-Bound Currencies

    Gain a trading edge by learning how macroeconomic forces play out differently for various pairs in the forex market.
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