Active Trading Articles

  1. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  2. Taking Advantage Of Volatility Spikes With Credit Spreads

    Alert options traders can follow this strategy to improve their chances of success.
  3. The Disability Insurance Policy: Now In English

    Learn to translate this complicated policy so you can rest assured you're covered.
  4. The Myth About Market Bubbles

    Bubbles have made and ruined fortunes. Though they can be difficult to predict, understanding how they work gives you a visible advantage.
  5. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  6. Options Trading: How Implied Volatility Affects Calendar Spread

    Even if the risk curves for a calendar spread look enticing, a trader needs to assess implied volatility for the options on the underlying security.
  7. Advantages of TRIX - Triple Exponential Average

    This powerful tool not only filtrates market noise but also tends to be a leading rather than lagging indicator.
  8. The History Of Options Contracts

    Options and futures didn't originate with Wall Street power brokers. In fact, it all started with rice.
  9. Catching A Falling Knife: Picking Intraday Turning Points

    Trying to pick the absolute top and bottom points can lead to excessive losses. This strategy allows you to hedge your risk.
  10. Goldman Sachs: By The Numbers

    While Goldman's guilt or innocence is not yet clear, these key numbers help tell part of the story.
  11. How Brokers Can Avoid A Market-Maker's Tricks

    Ensure that you and your clients are getting the best deal by avoiding these three pitfalls.
  12. Selecting The Payout On Your Annuity

    Make sure you understand your options for withdrawing your funds from this complex instrument.
  13. Make The Currency Cross Your Boss

    Tap into a world of possibilities by going beyond the simple pro- or anti-dollar trade.
  14. Are You Ready To Trade Futures?

    If you want to trade futures in the hopes that you'll become rich, you'll have to answer some questions first.
  15. How To Retain Your Sanity In A Volatile Market

    Are you prepared for the next terrifying moment? Turn off the TV, take the dog for a walk--and settle on a stock allocation you can stick with.
  16. Using Pivot Points In Forex Trading

    Learn to combine this powerful tool with traditional technical tools for greater returns.
  17. Master Futures Trading With Trend-Following Indicators

    The futures market is a lot less scary when these indicators are used to establish current trends.
  18. The 5-Minute Forex "Momo" Trade

    Learn this simple momentum strategy and its profit protecting exit rules.
  19. 6 Investment Styles: Which Fits You?

    How you invest is just as important as what you buy. Find out which style is right for you, and how to follow it.
  20. Combined Forces Power Forex Snap Strategy

    Stochastic and MACD oscillators can help isolate greater opportunities in range-bound markets.
  21. Top 4 Strategies For Managing A Bond Portfolio

    Find out how these strategies work and how you can put them to work for you.
  22. Using Feedback To Improve Your Trading

    Positive and negative trading experiences can affect the way you trade. Find out how.
  23. 5 Reasons Young Investors Should Trade Options

    Options get a bad rap. Find out why these financial instruments are ideal for young investors.
  24. Using Options Tools To Trade Foreign-Exchange Spot

    Find out how delta, gamma, risk reversals and volatility can all help predict movements in the cash market.
  25. Can You "Learn" The Stock Market?

    All of the knowledge in the world won't ensure the perfect trade every time - but is it possible to improve your odds in the market?
  26. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  27. The National Futures Association As Market Watchdog

    As the overseer of the commodities and futures industry, the NFA helps to protect investors from fraudulent futures activities.
  28. Seasonal Trends In The Forex Market

    Uncover the predictable behaviors of some currencies throughout the calendar year.
  29. Forex: Keep An Eye On Momentum

    Using the simple MACD histogram could change how forex traders analyze currency pairs for good.
  30. Is The Stock Market Overvalued?

    Stocks are soaring despite high unemployment, foreclosures and relatively low consumer spending. Can it last?
  31. Discovering the Absolute-Breadth Index and the Ulcer Index

    It's time to acquaint yourself with these lesser-known yet effective technical indicators.
  32. Is Your Investing Style Hot, Or Not?

    Don't let your portfolio construction fall out of fashion.
  33. Customize Your Trading With Flex Options

    These unique instruments take options trading to a whole new level.
  34. Scandals That Bring The CEOs Out

    Sometimes a CEO has to make a public statement to sort out a scandal. Find out whether it returns the company to profitability.
  35. Understanding The 2010 Options Symbology

    There is a wealth of information in the expanded option symbols, but they should make things easier for traders.
  36. Bond Spreads: A Leading Indicator For Forex

    Here we examine some telling patterns in the relation between countries' interest rates and their currency pairs.
  37. How To Profit From Investment "Losers"

    Diversification and rebalancing are keys to long-term returns.
  38. Simple Vs. Exponential Moving Averages

    These technical indicators help investors to visualize trends by smoothing out price movements.
  39. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  40. Stock Options: What's Price Got To Do With It?

    A thorough understanding of risk is essential in options trading. So is knowing the factors that affect option price.
  41. Is There A Right Way To Invest In Gold?

    Purists like physical bullion, but most investors prefer ETFs.
  42. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  43. How Does Your Margin Grow?

    Risk-management tool SPAN margin boosts profitability prospects by helping to determine when to exit a trade.
  44. New Forex Rules Cap Losses - And Profits

    The CFTC is considering reducing the maximum amount of leverage in the forex market to 10:1. Find out what this change would mean for traders.
  45. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  46. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  47. Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  48. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  49. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  50. Bull Market Requires A Healthy Consumer

    High debt, bad policy bode ill for stocks.
  51. An Introduction To Ichimoku Charts In Forex Trading

    Discover how this high-flying application can be used in forex trading.
  52. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  53. Mr. President And Mr. Market

    Whether you're Canadian, French or Mongolian, if you invest, you probably need to keep an eye on American politics.
  54. The Basics Of Trading A Stock

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  55. The Dangerous Lure Of Cheap Out-Of-The-Money Options

    Betting on an expected move is fine, but one must understand the risks involved in a position - and consider the alternatives.
  56. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  57. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  58. 3 Reasons Not To Trade Range Breakouts

    Trading range breakouts is unprofitable for most novice traders; here are some alternatives that can be used.
  59. Forex: How To Scalp Fundamentally

    Learn why event-driven scalping in the currency market involves balancing fundamentals with technicals.
  60. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  61. Going Long On Calls

    Learn how to buy calls and then sell or exercise them to earn a profit.
  62. Forex: Money Management Matters

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management.
  63. Options and Futures: You Already Trade Them

    These instruments seem complicated to beginners, but many people already make similar trades on a daily basis.
  64. Did Derivatives Cause The Recession?

    We may never come to a consensus on what caused the financial collapse, but derivatives definitely share a large part of the blame.
  65. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  66. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively.
  67. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  68. Finding The Right Trading Coach

    If you're looking to master the art of trading, you may think you need an expert trader. What you may really need is an expert teacher.
  69. January Barometer: Did It Work?

    Find out whether this superstitious belief is worth following or little more than water cooler chatter.
  70. Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  71. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  72. Cashing In On A Commodities Boom

    They're hard to predict, but commodities cycles provide valuable information for traders.
  73. How To Profit From An Inefficient Market

    Yes, it is possible to consistently beat the stock market.
  74. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  75. Hedging With Puts And Calls

    This trading strategy can reduce your risk - but only if you use it effectively.
  76. Weekend Analysis: A Path To Forex Profits

    A weekend analysis can strengthen your forex trading through preparation and planning.
  77. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  78. Variety A Bitter Spice For Investors

    Faced with too many choices? Find out how to cut the confusion and create a palatable portfolio.
  79. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  80. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
  81. The International Money Market

    Banks, corporations, traders and speculators all use the IMM to borrow, lend, trade, profit, finance, speculate and hedge risks.
  82. Getting The Real Earnings

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  83. Range Trade Forex With Non-U.S. Dollar Pairs

    If you are following a range-trading strategy, you're better off with pairs that do not include the U.S. dollar. Find out why.
  84. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  85. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  86. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  87. Schaff Trend: A Faster And More Accurate Indicator

    The Schaff Trend Cycle Indicator is forward-looking and generates signals much faster than old indicators like the MACD.
  88. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear.
  89. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  90. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  91. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business.
  92. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  93. Inside Day Bollinger Band® Turn Trade

    We'll show you which candles shed light on successful trend trades.
  94. Options On Futures: A World Of Potential Profit

    There's one simple hurdle in the transition from stock to futures options: learning about product specifications.
  95. Keep It Simple - Trade With The Trend

    Often, the simple solution is the best one. Find out how easy it can be to trade with the trend.
  96. Trade Simple, Trade Smart

    Simplicity can be a trader's best friend. Here is a simple day trading strategy which takes advantage of a stock's dynamics.
  97. Common Bond-Buying Mistakes

    Avoid these errors made daily in bond portfolios everywhere.
  98. The U.S. Dollar And The Yen: An Interesting Partnership

    In order to make the USD/JPY relationship more understandable, we must look at the yen in terms of treasury bonds.
  99. Fight Back Against Inflation

    Inflation is often a consequence of economic recovery. Here's how you can protect your financial portfolio.
  100. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2009

    Given the information they had at the time, these were the worst financial decisions of the year.
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