Trading

The Ups and Downs of Market Volatility — and How to Keep It from Ruling Your Investment Strategy

It’s nearly impossible to hop on Twitter or turn on the nightly news without hearing about the stock market. One day the S&P 500 is up, the next day the Dow Jones is down. One financial expert predicts this bull market — the longest on record — will continue for the foreseeable future. Another encourages […]

Trading

The Market Is Dipping. How Do You Keep from Freaking Out?

What goes up must come down. Or so the saying goes. Just like the sun sets each day, a tossed ball falls to the ground, and historically, a rising stock market eventually dips down. Though markets have been on the rise for more than a decade, they’re now stumbling. And those losses can cause some […]

Options

How to Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes in Option Trading

When trading options, it’s possible to profit if stocks go up, down, or sideways. You can use option strategies to cut losses, protect gains, and control large chunks of stock with a relatively small cash outlay. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch. You can also lose more than the entire amount you invested in a […]

Stocks

Mom Knows Best. Why This One-Size-Fits-Every-Kid Gift Should Be on Your Shopping List.

It’s easy to get stuck in short-term mode. Especially when you’re juggling family life and accruing new expenses like your tween’s cell phone plan or your parent’s home health visits. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a financial fairy godmother (or godfather) to grant you just a few more hours in a day to focus […]

Trading

Is Margin Trading Right for You? 6 Things to Know Before You Trade

In your search for the right investment strategy, you might’ve come across margin trading at some point. But is it something you should be taking advantage of? Margin trading, which is also referred to as buying investments on margin, has to do with how you trade, not what you trade, and it can offer DIY […]

Trading

Zombies, Vampires… and Stocks? How to Banish Your Investing Fears

It’s thrilling to face what frightens us. That’s why we watch horror movies, tell ghost stories, and decorate our houses with skulls and spiderwebs every October. But when it comes to our finances, most of us would rather feel safe and secure. According to a recent Ally Invest survey: Sixty-five percent of adults say they […]

Mutual Funds

What Mutual Funds and Pizza Have in Common

When you hear “mutual fund,” your eyes might glaze over, and your mind may start thinking about what pizza toppings you should order for dinner. Some say that you can’t go wrong with cheese, but you find it a little lacking. You’re more of the Hawaiian, or better yet, veggie or  meat supreme type. Mmm… […]

Trading

Invest for Success: Building a Portfolio From Scratch

Each day, you step into your closet full of clothes to get dressed. Whether your style is classic, boho chic, athleisure, or Gorpcore (a.k.a. the new Normcore), you select pieces that fit that particular trend. The fashion runway may feel miles away from Wall Street. But as it turns out, you can think of investing […]

Options

Option Trading Terminology & Definitions

The technical jargon associated with option trading can often make it seem intimidating. That’s why we decided to create this option trading terminology cheat sheet to help you keep track of it all. Here are some of the more common terms you’ll hear in a room full of option traders. A | B | C | D |  E  | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R […]

Options

Yay or Nay: Is Option Trading Right for You?

Option trading is a viable option for any investor with the time and interest to learn the basics and understand the guidelines. Getting smart about what options can bring to your portfolio can go a long way toward helping you reach your full investment potential. Although investors of all stripes trade options, it’s not something […]

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