Traders have special considerations around tax time, including Form 8949 and Section 1256 contracts. Here are some instructions for tackling the extra filing.
Learning how to invest in silver can be a great defensive strategy for portfolios, especially when equity markets are trending lower or interest rates are low.
What is a black swan event? Learn about black swan events and how you can attempt to protect yourself and your portfolio from adverse shocks.
Stock splits have increased as the U.S. market extended its bull run, but the actual benefits for investors are questionable.
Short selling aims to provide protection or profit during a stock market downturn, but it can be risky. Plus, it requires a margin account. Learn the mechanics of shorting a stock.
To follow or bet against the crowd? Learn how the put/call (P/C) ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.
Trading in an IRA may be a way for some people to try to manage risk and potentially increase their income stream in retirement while having some tax-deferred benefits.
Want to learn about commodities trading or how to invest in commodities? This overview will provide a brief introduction, including a commodity definition and a few pointers for investors.
Understanding the nature of volatility regimes and recognizing when it’s shifting could help unlock potential trading opportunities.
If you hang on to losing trades hoping for a big move, it could be your ego playing games. It’s hard to dodge, but a few steps could help minimize the effects.
Understanding trading psychology can help you learn from your failures and successes to keep your cool, especially after a hot season of winning trades.
The Employment Situation (also known as the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment) offers insight into many facets of the economy.
Whether you use the official name—the Employment Situation—or call it the jobs report, nonfarm payrolls, or unemployment, this report offers insight into many facets of the economy. Here’s a primer.
Trading in your retirement account has several potential advantages and disadvantages to consider as you develop your strategy.
Investing results may depend to some extent on luck, but research and science play a larger role in portfolio strategy.
Learn how high-frequency trading affects today's markets, including creating liquidity for retail investors.
Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.
Learn how experienced investors comfortable with the risk of margin trading can view a margin account as a “reserve fund.”
Are you effectively investing your money? Millennials are among the smartest investors, but not all of them follow this important process.
When it comes to investing for retirement, it’s best to avoid your emotions. Learn how to avoid emotional investing.
Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade
consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.
There are many approaches to achieving success as a trader. Find one that fits your personality.
Confirmation bias can cause investors to take large risks. Learn how to tame confirmation bias and stay centered in your investing approach.
Technical analysis and drawing trendlines can keep you informed about the trends unfolding in your investments and may even support your decision making.
Support and resistance are two of the most important concepts in technical analysis. How can investors potentially gain an edge by applying them?
Is twice the cash twice the fun? Not if you take utility into account. Get some perspective on how much benefit you’ll get from the next dollar.
For most people, retirement means more time doing the things you enjoy. If trading is one of them, retirement could mean more opportunities to potentially generate income.
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