Trading

The Importance of Portfolio Rebalancing

Over time, you might start to see your portfolio asset-allocation veer off track because of market ups and downs. Market variation could cause the performance of an individual stock to improve, while other stocks either remain consistent or actually start to decline in performance during a certain period of time. To give an example of […]

Trading

25 Simple Ways to Save for Investing

According to research, less than ten percent of Americans feel they’re successful in achieving their New Year’s resolutions. If you started this year with the hope of building your investments, don’t despair. While it may seem like every dollar you earn is already spoken for, you’ll be surprised at how many ways you could find […]

Trading

Long Inverse ETF Strategies

The concept behind inverse exchange-traded funds or ETFs seems quite simple. When the underlying target index goes down, the value of the ETF is designed to go up. The target index may be broad-based, like the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, or it could be a basket chosen to follow a specific area of the […]

Trading

Basics of ETFs

Like a mutual fund, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) pools the money of many investors and purchases a group of securities. Like index mutual funds, most ETFs are passively managed. Instead of having a portfolio manager who uses his or her judgment to select specific stocks, bonds, or other securities to buy and sell, both index […]

Trading

Market Outlook: A Trader’s Guide

Different ways to develop an opinion on the market In the world of Wall Street, there is no shortage of colorful language used to describe one’s outlook on the markets. When using the key terms to describe your market sentiment (bullish, bearish, neutral or volatile), Ally Invest is speaking from the perspective of the U.S. […]

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 […]

Trading

What is Your Investing Persona?

When it comes to investing, we each our own motivations, and roadblocks. Despite our differences, we can often find parallels in the way we each go about our investing life. There is a wide spectrum of different types of investors. Knowing where your behaviors and perspectives compare to others in a similar situation can be […]

Trading

Tax Implications of Trading

Manage your trading taxes more efficiently If you dread unraveling the tax implications of your trading activities each year, it's time to take hold of these issues. With a few basics under your belt, you can partner with your tax preparer to manage your trading taxes more proactively, resulting in less aggravation and, hopefully, a […]

Trading

What are Investment Objectives and why do I have to choose one?

Industry regulations require brokerage firms to know their clients. Part of this process involves gathering information about your trading experience, your financial background (including net worth and annual income), and your investment objectives. An investment objective is your overall outlook on trading for your account. Ally needs an accurate picture of your goals because we […]

Trading

What are unsettled funds and why am I being warned or restricted from using them?

Under Regulation T of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 all transactions in a cash account must be paid for in full and are also subject to settlement rules. If you purchase a security with settled funds in your cash account you may sell that security at any time without restriction. If you purchase […]