Active Trading Articles

  1. Make Sharp Trades Using Andrew's Pitchfork

    This technical indicator is underused in the currency markets, but it can help you isolate profitable opportunities.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

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

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

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

    This measure has a bad rap, but it's still a valuable tool when used appropriately.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Candlestick Charting: Perfecting The Art

    Take a look at continuation patterns and how they can confirm or deny trends.
  11. 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.
  12. Prepaid "Credit" Cards: Convenience At A Cost

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

    Low interest rates and deflation are leading to some disturbing banking and market trends.
  14. Top-Down Analysis: Finding The Right Stocks And Sectors

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in.
  15. 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.
  16. Candlesticks Light The Way To Logical Trading

    Crowd psychology is the reason this technique works. Find out how to make it work for you.
  17. A Brief History Of The Hedge Fund

    Find out how this U.S.-born investment innovation became a $1-trillion industry that's both praised and vilified by the media.
  18. Peak Oil: Problems And Possibilities

    Learn a little more about the "non" part of this nonrenewable resource.
  19. The Costs And Rewards Of Parenthood

    Children can cost quite a hefty chunk of change - but it's worth it.
  20. These Financial Products Are Too Complex For The Average Joe

    Structured financial products are so elaborate that investors are unable to assess costs and risk.
  21. How The Straddle Rule Creates Tax Opportunities For Options Traders

    This rule allows traders to substantially reduce their risk, and possibly benefit on their tax returns as well.
  22. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  23. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future.
  24. Increase Your Profits With Soft Or Mental Stops

    A soft stop provides a trader with added flexibility, allowing him to react to ongoing changes in the market.
  25. The Volatility Index: Reading Market Sentiment

    Using the Volatility Index can be essential for investing success.
  26. Finding Market Movement With The ADX

    Take a closer look at this indicator, which refines your insight into the strength of a prevailing trend.
  27. Let Your Intuition Guide Your Investments

    Don't ignore that gut feeling - it might just be leading you in the right direction.
  28. 3 Big Money Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

    Avoid these three money mistakes and improve your financial situation.
  29. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  30. When Insiders Buy, Should Investors Join Them?

    Insider tracking can inform your investment strategy, but it requires research and a level head. Find out what to look for.
  31. Digging Deeper Into Bull And Bear Markets

    Discover why it's important to know the characteristics of the two types of market conditions.
  32. Peak-and-Trough Analysis

    Prices never move in straight lines, so it's time to learn about this powerful trend-following technique.
  33. Demo Accounts A Good (But Imperfect) Indicator Of Investing Skills

    Scoring huge profits in a demo account doesn't mean you can expect this performance in real trading.
  34. Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

    Understanding the concept of equivalent positions will help you trade more efficiently and save money on trade fees.
  35. 6 Tips For Protecting Your Home's Value

    New taxes, property values, appraisals, community changes and nearby abandoned foreclosures can all lower your home's value. Take proactive steps to protect it.
  36. Investing Lessons From Across The Pond

    There's a lot to learn from Anthony Bolton, who is known as Europe's Peter Lynch.
  37. Using Technical Analysis In The Gold Markets

    The quest for this shiny commodity has made millionaires of paupers and, on the flip side, ruined many an investor.
  38. Andre Kostolany: Germany's Stock Market Guru

    We can learn a lot from Kostolany and his "steady or shaky hand" investing philosophy.
  39. 5 Holiday-Inspired Investment Ideas

    Here are some ideas that could add profit to your own stocking this holiday season.
  40. The Only 3 Money Lessons Your Kids Need

    These three principles apply to all financial decisions, making your money talk with your kids simple and effective.
  41. U.S. Healthcare Plan: Don't Get Sick

    It's open enrollment time for employer-sponsored healthcare programs, and the most cost effective strategy is "don't get sick."
  42. Profiting From A Consumerless Recovery

    Recovering from an economic slump isn't the easiest thing to do, but here are a few potential methods of rebuilding.
  43. Find Turning Points With Single-Day Patterns

    On their own, single-day patterns can be unreliable, but that doesn't mean they can't be used effectively.
  44. 3 Technical Tools To Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  45. 5 Careers That Thrive On The Holiday Season

    While you are spending, these careers are making big bucks.
  46. The Ins And Outs Of Selling Options

    Selling options can seem intimidating but with these tips, you can enter the market with confidence.
  47. Market-Based Asset Allocation Lowers Your Risk

    Not all investors are incredibly brave with their money. Thankfully, there are ways to measure your risk level.
  48. Real Estate Rebound Has Weak Foundation

    Are we on the road to recovery or just pausing before the next stage of decline.
  49. Simple Strategies For Capitalizing On Trends

    Find out how following a trendline bounce or a new swing high or low can help you get into a trend early.
  50. The Most Reliable Indicator You've Never Heard Of

    The McGinley Dynamic Indicator isn't very well known, but it is a great way to discover market trends.
  51. Backdating: Insight Into A Scandal

    Any time money is involved, a scandal is sure to follow. Find out how a university study blew the cover off this one.
  52. Why Wages Stick When The Economy Shifts

    Even economists can't agree on the impact (or even existence) of wage stickiness. So, how does it affect you?
  53. 8 Small Towns With High Employment Rates

    For higher employment rates, small towns are usually the right place to look.
  54. Simple Ways To Invest In Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Find out how to buy in.
  55. Insurance 101 For Renters

    If it's time for you to leave the nest, find out how to protect your new home from disaster.
  56. Is Biased Investing Holding You Back?

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable isn't always the best thing for your portfolio.
  57. Mutual Fund Style Drift Not Always A Bad Thing

    Style drift has a bad reputation, but it can be a sign that your fund is thriving.
  58. Market Problems? Blame Investors

    Investors are only human, and their irrational behavior can often move the market.
  59. 11 Fears That Rattle Potential Investors

    From Wall Street ghouls to zombie banks, there are a lot of frightening things scaring people away from investing.
  60. The Lowdown On Index Funds

    If you can't beat the market, why not join it? Read on to go over your options.
  61. Debit Spreads: A Portfolio Loss Protection Plan

    There are ways to control risks, reduce losses and increase the likelihood of success in your portfolio. Find out how spreads can help.
  62. Top 6 Scariest Neighborhoods For Homebuyers

    If you're looking for a spooky spot this Halloween, these communities boast the most horrifying foreclosure rates in the country
  63. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  64. Free Cash Flow Yield: The Best Fundamental Indicator

    Cash in the bank is what every company strives to achieve. Find out how to determine how much a company is generating and keeping.
  65. 3 Factors That Drive The U.S. Dollar

    We look at three important factors that affect U.S. dollar value, and how to determine when it's the right time to buy currency.
  66. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  67. 10 Jobs With High Pay, Low Education Requirements

    Not all careers require extensive education. These are some jobs that, with the proper training, can launch your professional life.
  68. Forbes' Top Small Companies: Where Are They Now?

    How did these companies fare after topping the Forbes list of America's best small cap companies?
  69. The Spookiest Days On Wall Street

    These days are what traders' nightmares are made of.
  70. Improving Your Investing Outlook

    Looking to the past to predict the future is not always effective - for a balanced outlook on investing, all viewpoints must be observed.
  71. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  72. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  73. For Maximum Market Returns, Get Creative With Hedges

    Proper hedges help to contain your losses while still allowing profits to grow.
  74. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
  75. Pivot Strategies: A Handy Tool For Forex Traders

    Make more educated trading decisions by identifying major turning points.
  76. Governance Pays

    Learn about how the way a company keeps its management in check can affect the bottom line.
  77. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  78. Cutting Personal Care Costs: It's A Beautiful Thing

    You may feel there's no question that your complex beauty regimen is paying off ... but at what cost?
  79. 50 Years Of Consumer Spending

    Financially, decade has it MUCH worse than our parents and grandparents did, right? You may be surprised.
  80. Top Holiday Budget Busters

    We all know the holidays are pricey, but how much are Americans really spending and on what?
  81. Avoid Premature Exercise On Employee Stock Options

    With early exercise, you forfeit some profit back to your employer, and incur income tax to boot.
  82. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  83. 5 Ways Winter Can Help Your Portfolio

    Use the winter downtime to improve your investing knowledge and technique.
  84. The Multiple Lives Of A Stock Trader

    Any trading career will have its ups and downs. Find out how to maximize the good times.
  85. 9 Weird Companies That Hit The Big Time

    From shipwreck explorers to bowling lanes, just about any company can be publicly traded.
  86. Breaking Down The U.S. Budget Deficit

    Find out why this particular piece of national financing gets so much attention from the media and investors.
  87. Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer.
  88. Investing In A Weakening Dollar Environment

    Where should you be placing your money, when the value keeps dropping?
  89. Fundamentals And Technicals: Together At Last

    It's a big mistake for a fundamental investor to ignore technical analysis. Find out how to become chart smart.
  90. Leverage's "Double-Edged Sword" Need Not Cut Deep

    Learn to cut out losses quickly, leaving profits room to grow.
  91. Lending Clubs: Better Than Banks?

    If you need to borrow money and your credit is making it tough, this new option may be just what you're looking for.
  92. Financial Fraud: Don't Let It Happen To You

    When the economy is struggling, scammers come out of the woodwork to prey on the desperate. Don't be another casualty!
  93. Does Slow-And-Steady Win The Investing Race?

    Sometimes the best investing method is a mix of active and passive investing.
  94. 4 Reasons To Hold Onto An Option

    There are times when an investor shouldn't exercise an option. Find out when to hold and when to fold.
  95. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  96. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  97. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  98. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  99. Beyond Money: How 10 Top-Paying Companies Stack Up

    We look at how these top-paying companies stack up in terms of benefits, work environment and incentive plans.
  100. Are You And Your Bank All A-Twitter?

    As Twitter's popularity grows, even the banks are getting on board.
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