Active Trading Articles

  1. The Basics Of Trading A Stock

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 3 Reasons Not To Trade Range Breakouts

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

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

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

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

    Currency trading offers far more flexibility than other markets, but long-term success requires discipline in money management.
  10. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  11. Options and Futures: You Already Trade Them

    These instruments seem complicated to beginners, but many people already make similar trades on a daily basis.
  12. A Beginner's Guide To Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Active Managers' Market-Beating Claims Debunked

    New, more precise mutual fund style analysis shows active management still underperforms over time.
  17. January Barometer: Did It Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  31. 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.
  32. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  33. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  34. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

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

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. Inside Day Bollinger Band® Turn Trade

    We'll show you which candles shed light on successful trend trades.
  42. 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.
  43. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Patience Is A Trader's Virtue

    Waiting may be the biggest key to reeling in that trophy investment.
  47. Common Bond-Buying Mistakes

    Avoid these errors made daily in bond portfolios everywhere.
  48. Fight Back Against Inflation

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

    Given the information they had at the time, these were the worst financial decisions of the year.
  50. 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.
  51. 3 Simple Steps To Building Wealth

    Getting richer is easier if you take it one step at a time.
  52. Find The Perfect Job With A Career Club

    Career clubs can help you get back on your feet, whether you lost a job or just need a change.
  53. 7 Ways To Avoid Self-Employed Tax Penalties

    If you follow these methods for calculating estimated tax payments, you could minimize your chances of incurring penalties.
  54. All About EVA

    Looking for a formula to determine whether a company is creating wealth? Time to learn all about economic value added.
  55. Mergers & Acquisitions: An Avenue For Profitable Trades

    When major corporate transactions have a big impact on the currency markets, you can benefit.
  56. Choose To Beat The Bank

    From internet banking to credit unions, it's in your power to cut fees and maximize service.
  57. Inflation: The Inside Story

    Understanding what the Consumer Price Index says about inflation, can be very important for investors.
  58. Benefit From A Winning Investment Club

    Joining an investment club isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, but it can help you learn the ropes or sharpen your investing skills.
  59. Do Option Sellers Have a Trading Edge?

    Take a look at a study that discovered that three out of every four options expired worthless.
  60. Green Mortgages Save Money And The Environment

    This emerging type of loan is not just for treehuggers. It rewards you for eco-friendly housing, in the form of cold, hard, cash.
  61. 5 "New" Rules For Safe Investing

    Did the credit crisis leave a new landscape for investors? Maybe, but it's not as unfamiliar as you may have imagined.
  62. Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Win

    Fear of breaking out of a comfort zone can prevent an investor from reaching his or her full potential.
  63. Kairi Relative Index: The Forgotten Oscillator

    Though an older indicator, Kairi can still be a valuable tool for experienced investors.
  64. Signs That It Might Be Time To Sell

    In the stock market, knowing when to sell is just as important as knowing when to buy.
  65. 9 Ways To Save On Winter Bills

    Winter heating bills can leave your finances in the cold. These tips will help warm things up.
  66. Direct Access Trading Systems

    DATs can dramatically speed up order execution - find out how this system gives novice traders an edge.
  67. Investments That Would've Made You Rich In 2009

    If you could've seen the future, these would have been your sure-fire investment picks.
  68. Using Mutual Funds To Profit From Market Dips

    Stop hoping for the indexes to go up and start investing in the reverse.
  69. ETFs: Losing At Leverage

    Leveraged ETFs have been mass marketed, but there are far safer ways to invest.
  70. Find Profits By Hedging Iron Condors

    Hedging iron condors with put calendars can help control losses, and can even make an investor more profitable.
  71. Things To Know About The Home Modification Plan

    This program allows FHA borrowers to reduce monthly mortgage payments through negotiation with lenders.
  72. Biggest Stories From Black Friday '09

    We recap the significant stories, sales and figures from Black Friday '09.
  73. Profiting In A Post-Recession Economy

    When the dust from a recession settles, there are often many opportunities for portfolio growth - both locally and internationally.
  74. Christmas 2009 Vs. 2008: What Can We Expect?

    Outlining last years sales results and economic figures with this years stats and expected sales numbers.
  75. It Pays To Be A Scrooge

    How much would you save if you skipped Christmas entirely? And what could you do with those savings?
  76. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  77. Is Your Psyche Ready For A Bull Market?

    Not all investors are mentally prepared for when a much-awaited bull market finally comes charging in.
  78. Momentum Indicates Stock Price Strength

    Momentum can be used with other tools to be an effective buy/sell indicator.
  79. Make Money With The Consumer Cyclical And Staple Indicator

    Knowing the difference between what consumers need and what they want can help you target your stock picks to follow consumer buying trends.
  80. Easy Ways To Cut Rental Costs

    If rent payments are crippling your finances, then read on to learn how to save your money.
  81. Traders: Work Less, Make More Money

    Cut down on homework by screening for stocks that tend to make large intraday moves.
  82. The Basic Language Of Candlestick Charting

    If you want to use candlestick charting to get a sense of where a stock is headed, you need to learn how to read this unique charting language.
  83. 6 Economic Gifts I Want For Christmas

    Here are six things that will lead to everyone getting their wish this year, and for many years to come.
  84. The Truth About Naked Short Selling

    The media demonizes naked short selling, but in most cases it occurs in a collapse, rather than causing it.
  85. Make Sharp Trades Using Andrew's Pitchfork

    This technical indicator is underused in the currency markets, but it can help you isolate profitable opportunities.
  86. The Beanie Baby Guide To Finance

    The craze for these cute toys is long over, but its lessons remain.
  87. The Federal Reserve: Too Powerful?

    The Federal Reserve needs its power in order to make the tough decisions that politicians can't.
  88. Education That Offers The Best Return

    It's true: the more you put in, the more you get out. These careers are the perfect examples.
  89. Scrimp On Holiday Shopping - Without Looking Like A Scrooge

    Americans will spend nearly $1,000 on the holidays this year, but you don't have to be one of them.
  90. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  91. Spice Up Your Portfolio With International Bonds

    Going global can add flavor and diversity to an otherwise bland basket of bonds.
  92. Commodities That Move The Markets

    Find out how the everyday items you use can affect your investments.
  93. EBITDA: Challenging The Calculation

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  94. 5 Holiday Gifts That Keep On Giving

    These gifts won't break the bank, and they could make the recipient just a little richer too.
  95. Candlestick Charting: Perfecting The Art

    Take a look at continuation patterns and how they can confirm or deny trends.
  96. Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities: When To Take The "LEAP"?

    Options are always speculative, but LEAPS provide a longer time frame, which may make them more profitable.
  97. Prepaid "Credit" Cards: Convenience At A Cost

    These cards offer convenience and security, but are they worth it?
  98. A New Financial Crisis On The Horizon

    Low interest rates and deflation are leading to some disturbing banking and market trends.
  99. The Louvre Accord: The Fight Against U.S. Dollar Deflation

    After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined. In an effort to put on the brakes, the G6 convened.
  100. Recession Stats You Need To Know

    We take a look at some of the most quoted recession statistics, and find out how they're calculated and who they affect.
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