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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

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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


How Scary is September for Traders, Anyhow?

bigdog posted on 09/10/14 at 04:22 PM

Historically speaking, September is a tough month for traders. A senior analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices has crunched the numbers attempting to prove it. Since 1928 the S&P 500 has aver... more

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A Word About Online Security

bigdog posted on 09/08/14 at 01:53 PM

Have you been following the news about security breaches at JPMorgan Chase and Target? Both incidents were certainly troubling. We thought now might be a good time to address what we’re doing a... more

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Are You Prone to These Top Investing Mistakes?

bigdog posted on 09/03/14 at 01:41 PM

Sharpen your pencils and grab those Trapper-Keepers - it’s back-to-school time again! (Sidebar: do kids actually have Trapper-Keepers, or some modern equivalent, anymore? Is there enough pape... more

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Eye-Openin’ Financial Reads

bigdog posted on 08/28/14 at 12:03 PM

The “dog days” of August are a great time to catch up on reading. Here’s my selection of financial reads that may open your eyes up to some new ways of seeing the markets:  Stock prices can go ... more

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The Secret to Amazing Service? It’s The Power of One.

bigdog posted on 08/26/14 at 12:25 PM

My colleague Nicole Wachs shared this great post with me by Wade Burgess, LinkedIn’s VP of Sales: Why a Handwritten Note and a Personal Touch Works Better Than a Loyalty Program. Burgess desc... more

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Are you “Shockingly Terrible” at Investing?

bigdog posted on 08/21/14 at 09:45 AM

The next time you’re freaking out at the market’s gyrations and your sell finger starts to get really itchy, remember: that momentary urge can relieve your panic and might “protect” you in the ... more

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Hidden in Plain Sight - Reading Between the Lines of Company News

bigdog posted on 08/19/14 at 01:22 PM

Ever slogged your way through a company’s 10-K report and wondered, “Why do they need to write this in such needlessly complex language?” Turns out, your suspicions may be correct - bad finan... more

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Stock Market Lingo & The Language of Money

bigdog posted on 08/14/14 at 04:33 PM

Did you see this New Yorker article about the language of money? It’s a fascinating exploration of some of the buzzwords tossed around during the latest financial crisis - and how many of tho... more

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August is the Time to De-clutter Your Finances

bigdog posted on 08/12/14 at 10:22 AM

We’re back in the dog days of August, folks. How will you spend this traditionally slow summer month? August is actually a great time to tackle tasks that never quite fall off the priority list... more

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