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Try TradeKing Advisors For Yourself - On Us

bigdog posted on 11/25/14 at 01:43 PM

We’re living in exciting times for independent investors. Nearly ten years ago, we launched TradeKing to give independent investors a remarkable value in online brokerage. We wanted to correc... more

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Sports Metaphors & Trading

bigdog posted on 11/19/14 at 03:26 PM

What is it about sports metaphors for investing and trading? Recently, I stumbled on this article, 4 Things The Great One Can Teach You About Investing, culling investing lessons fro... more

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Bulls Outnumber Bears 2-to-1 in Latest TradeKing Client Survey

bigdog posted on 11/17/14 at 02:39 PM

I’m always keen to review the results of our client survey, which has just rolled around again. Check out full results here, or take a spin through the highlights below: Bulls outnumber bear... more

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Happy (Belated) Halloween!

bigdog posted on 11/13/14 at 09:43 AM

Before you hit bottom on this year’s stash of Halloween candy, I wanted to share these amazing costumes from TradeKing’s office Halloween contest. Each of our winners claimed a $25 Amazon gift card... more

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The Giant Faucet of QE Money Has Shut. Now What?

bigdog posted on 11/07/14 at 10:46 AM

It’s official: the Fed has announced the end of its bond-buying in the program known as “quantitative easing” or QE. Has there ever been a dry economic concept more hotly disputed? The New York... more

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Fear of Financial Judgment Is a Much Bigger Deal Than Anyone Realized

bigdog posted on 11/05/14 at 09:55 AM

Has fear of others’ judgment ever held you back from seeking investment advice? If so, you’re completely not alone. According to a September survey of 2,000+ U.S. adults commissioned by Trade... more

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Now for the Obligatory Markets-as-Rollercoaster Photo

bigdog posted on 10/29/14 at 03:53 PM

It feels like, every October, the market’s gyrations justify another blog post headed with a roller-coaster image. Question is: are these riders delighted or terrified? Upside-down or back righ... more


We the Economy - Short Films About Money

bigdog posted on 10/27/14 at 01:31 PM

Econ-nerds, finally there’s a mini film festival just for us! We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss debuted last week online, a collection of short movies answering key ques... more

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The Lies Traders & Investors Tell Themselves

bigdog posted on 10/22/14 at 10:33 AM

These volatile market conditions can bring out all the buried bad feelings we may have about money - fears that may distort our assessment of the actual situation, drive poor decision-making,... more

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Navigating Volatile Markets

bigdog posted on 10/20/14 at 01:33 PM

With so much volatility in the markets lately, you might well be asking yourself: how should I hedge my positions against downside risk? Speculators may even wonder how they might capitalize ... more

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Unemployment is Finally Below 6%. Now What?

bigdog posted on 10/15/14 at 09:55 AM

The latest stats are in, and U.S. unemployment has officially dropped below 6%. Should traders be shouting “hurrah” - or not rushing to quick judgment? It seems like every news account of this ... more

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#NoSadTraders - Marketwatch vs. the NYSE

bigdog posted on 10/13/14 at 03:39 PM

Have you been following Marketwatch’s recent decision to ban all photos of NYSE floor traders on their website? Their argument: the reactions of NYSE floor traders might make for great theate... more

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Knowing When to Say No

bigdog posted on 10/10/14 at 11:42 AM

Did anyone else read the recent Fast Company article, The Many, Many Things You Should Say No to at Work by David Zax? I found it fascinating for several reasons, including how its arguments ... more


Trading Alibaba (BABA) And Its Options

bigdog posted on 10/06/14 at 02:02 PM

If you’re among the Alibaba-watchers (BABA) out there, I wanted to point your attention to our own Brian Overby and his excellent post Trading Alibaba (BABA) Options: What You Need to Know. Q... more

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Where Real Investing & Fantasy Football Converge

bigdog posted on 10/02/14 at 09:28 AM

It’s football time again - hurrah! Many would say that football replaced baseball as “America’s sport” some time ago. For me, college ball is where I focus most of my personal attention. I lo... more

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Should Bulls Be Bothered By Bears?

bigdog posted on 09/29/14 at 03:42 PM

I’ve been seeing much ado in the financial media lately about bearish signs, from the recent Russell 2000 sell-off of small-cap stocks, to the so-called “death cross.” This dramatically named... more


The Surprising Virtues of Slow Reading

bigdog posted on 09/25/14 at 09:21 AM

If you follow my blog at all, you know I’m a pretty active reader on pretty much every platform. I’m thumbing madly on my smartphone, downloading magazines and stocking up my Kindle app on my i... more


Impact Investing - The Next Wave of Capitalism?

bigdog posted on 09/22/14 at 02:31 PM

This fascinating article in the Harvard Business Review, What Good is Impact Investing? by Justin Fox, really got me thinking. Michael Drexler and Abigail Noble of the World Economic Forum have... more

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Back-to-School for Traders & Investors!

bigdog posted on 09/18/14 at 03:59 PM

It’s been years since I went back-to-school myself, yet every autumn I get into back-to-school mode. The air’s a bit crisper, the daylight doesn’t last quite as long, and everybody’s back fro... more

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More Americans Own Cats Than Stock

bigdog posted on 09/16/14 at 03:31 PM

Am I the only one shocked by this CNN article by Matt Egan, More US families own cats than stock? According to new stats from the Federal Reserve, only 13.8% of American families hold position... more