Options

Fig Leaf Strategy

The fig leaf strategy is also known as a leveraged covered call. Here’s how it works: buying a Long-term Equity AnticiPation Securities (LEAPS) call gives you the right to buy the stock at strike A. Selling the call at strike B obligates you to sell stock at that strike price if you’re assigned. This strategy […]

Trading

Leveraged and Inverse ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have gotten increasingly popular since they were introduced in 1993. Their value is based on a portfolio of investments, often referred to as a basket. In general, the basket consists of different stocks, but may also contain hard commodities, derivatives or other investments. ETFs trade throughout the day just like a stock […]

Saving

Meal Prep Ideas to Help You Save Cash and Time

If you’ve been on Pinterest or Instagram lately, you’ve likely seen the beautiful #MealPrep photos—those organized, bento-style food boxes prepared ahead of time and arranged neatly for the week. Here are some tips you can use to begin meal prepping. And bonus—you could start to save a ton on take-out. Take Baby Steps Meal prepping […]

Bonds

Buying Municipal Bonds

The Strategy Municipal bonds, also known as munis, are issued by states, cities, counties and other government entities below the federal level in order to raise money for public improvements like highways, bridges, schools, hospitals, sewer systems, water treatment plants and other such projects. From a simplistic view, municipal bonds as a whole are investments […]

Budget

4 Tips to Get Fit on a Budget

There’s a strong connection between your money and your health—the more physically fit you are the more financially fit you can be. But working out these days can get pretty expensive. Between gym fees, gear, and trainers, it’s costing us an arm and a leg before we set an arm or leg in the gym. […]

Options

Short Put Spread

A short put or short vertical spread obligates you to buy the stock at strike price B if the option is assigned but gives you the right to sell stock at strike price A. A short put spread is an alternative to the short put . In addition to selling a put with strike B, […]

Budget

Eat Organic on a Budget – 5 Tips to Help You Start

Eating organic is often considered healthier, but if you have hesitated, thinking that it’s too expensive, think again. With a little bit of planning and strategy, you could get the best fuel for your body without breaking the bank. Here are five ways you can eat organic on any budget. Go Big Time Shop the […]

Bonds

An Introduction to Bond Investments

Types of bonds There are many different types of bonds available; here’s a brief overview of the more commonly traded ones in the U.S. market. These include debt securities issued by the U.S. Treasury, municipal bonds, corporate bonds and other government bonds.   U.S. Treasury debt securities The U.S. Treasury issues debt securities (bonds) in […]

Finance Basics

Are You a Sprinter or a Marathon Runner When it Comes to Money?

When it comes to managing personal finances, we’ve all met those who treat money like a sprint, and those who treat it like a marathon. The sprint mentality is especially trending in the blogosphere with articles like “How to Pay Off Your Loan in X Amount of Time” or “How to Save for Your Vacation […]

Stocks

Long Common Stock

When you own common stock, you hope that the firm will be profitable and you’ll share in the benefit of those profits. If you own a dividend-paying stock, you want to receive excellent dividends and you’d like to see a decent increase in stock price. Some investors feel the higher the dividend, the less they […]