bigdog’s Blog posts

Which Behavioral Patterns Create Investing Opportunities?

bigdog posted on 04/17/15 at 04:49 PM

You could say there are two kinds of traders: the “sell in May, go away” crowd and those who see “sell in May” as a potentially exploitable market opportunity. If you’re the latter, you’ll find... more

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A Little Tax Day Fun: 2015 Edition!

bigdog posted on 04/15/15 at 09:48 AM

For several years now, I’ve shared some fun Tax-Day-themed finds to help you blow off steam on 4/15: the most nail-biting, mind-numbing, dully stressful day of the year. Don’t you deserve a br... more

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April is Financial Literacy Month!

bigdog posted on 04/08/15 at 02:12 PM

I've made no secret of the fact that part of TradeKing’s mission is helping independent investors educate themselves to make smarter trading and investing decisions. And most Americans sorely n... more

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What March Madness Can Teach Traders & Investors

bigdog posted on 04/01/15 at 09:30 AM

Hoops-fans: welcome back to your favorite sports season! North Carolina is huge basketball country, so plenty of TradeKingers, myself included, have been excited to hunker down for the big spr... more

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Company Hold Music

bigdog posted on 03/30/15 at 04:27 PM

At TradeKing, we always try to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, imagining how they experience our brand and services. Getting the client experience exactly right means sweating every deta... more

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Let’s Hear It for Chores!

bigdog posted on 03/25/15 at 10:35 AM

Did you catch this Wall Street Journal article “Why Children Need Chores” by reporter Jennifer Breheny Wallace? It confirms what many adults suspect: even though chores have “fallen victim to t... more

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The 3 Hardest Words to Say Are…?

bigdog posted on 03/23/15 at 11:59 AM

Why is it so tough to admit it when you don’t know something? Investing, business, politics - nearly every endeavor in life is fraught with uncertainty. Yet plenty of otherwise intelligent adul... more

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Apple Watch - Hot or Not?

bigdog posted on 03/17/15 at 09:45 AM

So last Monday Apple hosted a splashy media event to introduce the world to Apple Watch, which goes on sale next month. In addition to keeping track of time, Apple Watch can monitor your vit... more

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TradeKing Media - Taking Live Collaboration for Traders to the Next Level

bigdog posted on 03/11/15 at 10:13 AM

Big news to announce today, folks: we’ve created a new subsidiary, TradeKing Media. It’ll soon become the primary resource for all our comprehensive educational content and the social collabor... more

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TradeKing Wins 4 Stars from Barrons – Again!

bigdog posted on 03/09/15 at 04:26 PM

Barron’s 2015 online brokerage survey is out – and I’m happy to report TradeKing made yet another strong showing. This year marks our 9th year in a row winning 4 stars in Barron’s exhaustive a... more

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50 Years of Warren Buffett Quotables In His Annual Letters

bigdog posted on 03/05/15 at 01:50 PM

It’s a watershed moment in investing, folks: Warren Buffett has just published his 50th annual investment letter. Prized and parsed by market-watchers everywhere, it’s both fun and instructi... more

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Avoid These Super-Common Investing Mistakes

bigdog posted on 03/02/15 at 04:58 PM

Here are two can’t-miss reads to help you avoid common investing mistakes. The Mistakes That Individual Investors Make by Forbes contributor Jay Ritter calls individual investors out for not ... more


Social Investing

bigdog posted on 02/26/15 at 12:06 PM

Here’s an interesting read for anyone (like me) who’s fascinated by the big-data prospects of mining social media sentiment for trade-able ideas: Can Social Listening Make You Millions in the S... more

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How to Vanquish Irrational Fears in Your Trading Plan

bigdog posted on 02/23/15 at 01:43 PM

I’m on a roll lately, blogging about trader psychology and how to improve your habits, outmaneuver your mental blocks, and trade at your peak performance level. Today’s topic:  irrational fea... more

No Comments Ranks TradeKing LIVE the #1 Broker Innovation of 2015!

bigdog posted on 02/18/15 at 11:54 AM

We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that the 2015 brokerage survey is out, and our newly revamped TradeKing LIVE platform ranks as their #1 broker innovation of the year!... more


Happy Presidents’ Day!

bigdog posted on 02/13/15 at 01:23 PM

Greetings, my fellow Americans! A friendly reminder that Monday, February 16th, is Washington’s Birthday (observed) AKA Presidents’ Day and a market holiday. TradeKing’s offices will be close... more

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Common Investing and Trading Mistakes (and Myths) – And How to Avoid Them

bigdog posted on 02/12/15 at 09:46 AM

I’m on a trader self-improvement kick these days. Recently I’ve posted on trader psychology, playing the trading odds smarter in 2015, and sticking to your financial New Year’s resolutions. T... more

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Americans Are Really Stressed Out About Money

bigdog posted on 02/09/15 at 04:30 PM

Surprise, surprise: Money is America’s #1 stressor, according to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association. A whopping 90% of survey respondents reported suffering either the sa... more

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Iconic “House of Morgan” Turning Into a Bowling Alley?

bigdog posted on 02/05/15 at 09:13 AM

I stumbled upon this Quartz article and thought it’d make a great share for Throwback Thursday: The most important building in American financial history may become a bowling alley by Matt Phillips... more

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Are Your Trading Problems All in Your Head?

bigdog posted on 02/02/15 at 12:39 PM

I’m noticing a theme of changing habits in my posts so far in 2015. I kicked off the year with How to Make – and Keep! – Your 2015 Financial Resolutions, followed by another post on physical ... more

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