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Traders and Taxes: Special Tax Treatment for Special Situations

If you’re a trader you take calculated and managed risks in an attempt to make money … or at least outperform your chosen benchmark. You might even do it for a living. Well, the IRS has special tax rules—rules that you not only need to be aware of, but that might even benefit you financially depending on your level of trading activity. First, though, ...

March 27, 2017

No Free Lunch with Municipal Bonds, But Here’s a Coupon for You

“There’s no free lunch on Wall Street,” or so the saying goes. Perhaps a more accurate, though less concise version of that saying might be, “there’s no free lunch ..."

March 23, 2017

Housing Sector Preview: A Strong Start to 2017

After many years of a sluggish recovery, the housing market has continued to strengthen and some analysts think 2017 could be the best year since the bottom...

March 21, 2017

Have You Practiced Your Trading This Week?

We've all heard the old saying: practice makes perfect. Just like athletes who hone their skills on a daily basis, traders can, too. However, many traders don't practice ...

March 21, 2017

Earnings Preview: Nike Reports After Market Close

Nike is scheduled to report Q3 earnings on Tuesday after market close.

March 15, 2017

Can Oracle Keep Up Its Cloud Revenue Growth In The Third Quarter?

It’s a generally a quiet time of the year for earnings and a lot of focus is on The Fed’s March meeting, ...

March 14, 2017

The Turtles Followed Trading Rules. What Are Yours?

Richard Dennis's now-famous experiment with teaching a group of traders known as the “turtles” back in the early 1980s demonstrated a number of things. First, that ...

March 9, 2017

No Carrier Pigeons Required: Old Trading Theories Live On

We recently discussed some of the technical indicators that many professional traders harness to determine a stock’s valuation and decide when to buy and sell. ...

March 7, 2017

Trade Like a Turtle and Follow the Trend

We've all heard the saying "the trend is your friend," and for good reason. There’s an entire group of traders and money managers who swear by the so-called ...

February 28, 2017

Q4 Earnings: BBY and the ‘Disciplined Promotional Strategy’

Best Buy (BBY), the big-box electronics and entertainment retailer, is set to release Q4 earnings ahead of the bell Wednesday, on the heels of 15 straight ...

February 28, 2017

Can Trading Be Taught? Ask Richard Dennis and His Turtles

The Chicago trading pits were a scrappy place in the 1980s: a sea of runners, clerks, brokers, and local traders sporting trading jackets of different colors. ...

February 27, 2017

Earnings: After Holiday Sales Warning, TGT Set to Report Tuesday

Target Corp. (TGT), the big-box general merchandise retailer unwraps its Q4 results ahead of the bell Tuesday. TGT already warned Wall Street that its results would ...

February 22, 2017

TSLA Earnings: Cars, SolarCity and Gigafactory—Update after the Bell

Electric-car buffs and industry analysts are likely to be revved up for the quarterly results from Tesla (TSLA), the Silicon Valley-based luxury electric carmaker. TSLA ...

February 21, 2017

The Basics of IPOs: Some Things You Should Know

Record stock markets can bring on initial public offerings (IPOs) and plenty of hype. Like most new things, it can be easy to get caught up in it all and...

February 21, 2017

IPOs Are Buzzy…But Do They Live Up to The Hype?

Our brains are wired to like new things, even when they aren’t necessarily better than the old. In the world of investing, nothing is newer or can generate...

February 17, 2017

M, WMT, HD Earnings: Hemlines, Housewares and Hammers in View

It’s no secret that traditional retailers have had a tough go of it as e-commerce competitors bag a bigger share of the market, and the holiday selling season, the most ...

February 16, 2017

Earnings: How Much has the Farm Crisis Eaten into DE Results?

John Deere & Co. (DE) appears to have relied on what it calls “disciplined cost management” to plow through what has been widely considered the roughest period ...

February 15, 2017

Earnings: The Yin and Yang of Vegas and Macau on MGM’s Q4

When MGM reports Q4 earnings ahead of the market open Thursday, some analysts say it’s in the cards for the casino and resort operator to turn in another strong ...