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Raising Financially Smart Kids

bigdog posted on 07/31/14 at 11:50 AM

Summertime always reminds me of childhood. Mine was chock-full of great vacations and long days spent with family and pals, but I also recall summer as a time of hard work. As a little kid in W... more

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Facebook’s Happiness Index and Stock Market Behavior

bigdog posted on 07/29/14 at 04:55 PM

Remember the Facebook Gross National Happiness Index that came to light to such outcry not too long ago? Unsurprisingly, researchers have pounced on the indicator to study influential factors o... more

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Is Technical Analysis Fundamentally Flawed?

bigdog posted on 07/23/14 at 09:46 AM

Devout chartists and fundies fans alike should read this Forbes op-ed by contributor Martin Fridson. In it, Fridson lays down the gauntlet, arguing that technical analysis has a major, perhap... more

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The Timelessness of Fear & Greed

bigdog posted on 07/18/14 at 02:11 PM

Summertime is always a great time to catch up on reading, and The Motley Fool’s Morgan Housel just added another title to my reading list, The Great Depression: A Diary by Benjamin Roth. It’s d... more

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How to Talk About Money (and Other Taboo Numbers)

bigdog posted on 07/16/14 at 10:57 AM

How comfortable are you talking about money? I bet this crowd has no trouble giving numbers when it comes to specific trades. (Funnily, I’ve noticed that traders love nothing so much as detaili... more

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How Many “Market Truths” Are Just Myths?

bigdog posted on 07/11/14 at 04:19 PM

I read two great articles this week that I wanted to share, and was really excited to see frequent Trader Network contributor, SimpleTrades, quote one of the very same articles in this Forum ... more

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Keep on Kicking Cancer, John!

bigdog posted on 07/07/14 at 03:53 PM

Yet another win for John Hagen: he’s featured in this month’s issue of Endurance Magazine, which promotes cancer awareness, research and support. He and his family - including his sister Isabel... more

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Are You Using These Investing Apps?

bigdog posted on 07/02/14 at 05:25 PM

My new mid-year resolution is to try to harness my smartphone-fiddling for good, not evil. To that end I loaded up my phone and iPad recently with apps I hope will tempt me into more producti... more

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Take FINRA’s Financial Literacy Quiz

bigdog posted on 07/01/14 at 12:28 PM

We’ve got your next coffee-break covered people: why not spend five minutes taking FINRA’s National Financial Literacy quiz? It’s just five questions on concepts key to investing. According to ... more

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World Cup Fever - Have You Caught It?

bigdog posted on 06/26/14 at 03:45 PM

Have you caught World Cup fever yet this summer? With the Americans making surprising inroads, it seems like catching games is an increasingly high priority among my friends and colleagues. F... more

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Tackle Your Biggest Fear

bigdog posted on 06/24/14 at 01:54 PM

Despite the ominous title, I found this a refreshingly clear read: 9 Financial Risks Everyone Should Understand by Marketwatch’s Chuck Jaffe. He begins with a scenario that many market mavens a... more

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Don’t Worry, Be Healthy

bigdog posted on 06/19/14 at 09:51 AM

It’s official: worrying about the stock market’s fluctuations harms your health, according to a new study authored by two finance professors at the University of California, San Diego. Studyi... more

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Happy Father’s Day!

bigdog posted on 06/16/14 at 03:10 PM

Now’s a perfect time to fire up an old blog series that I still love: lessons in life, work and investing according to my Dad, Donato Montanaro Sr. (check out parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). You’ll fi... more

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How Millenials Could Upend Wall Street

bigdog posted on 06/12/14 at 10:01 AM

Here’s another report making waves in the finance world: the Brookings Institute just issued a report on how millennial attitudes are likely to impact finance, investing, Wall Street and Corp... more

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Is the Dollar Doomed?

bigdog posted on 06/10/14 at 04:49 PM

I can’t wait to dig into The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System by James Rickards, a New York Times bestseller generating vocal debate around the financi... more

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How Do You Feel About “I Don’t Know?”

bigdog posted on 06/04/14 at 06:05 PM

The authors of Freakanomics have just released a new book and revived a long-standing debate in the business world: why are the words “I don’t know” so hard to say – or to hear? I’d expand thei... more

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The Month of “May-be” for Investors

bigdog posted on 06/03/14 at 01:14 PM

The TradeKing quarterly survey results are in, and it’s official: uncertainty abounds among independent investors. This quarter’s highlights:  Investors are 50/50 as to whether the S&P 5... more

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Happy “Graduation” Day, TradeKingers!

bigdog posted on 05/29/14 at 05:34 PM

Hats off to the latest crop of TradeKingers to pass FINRA examinations and earn the following licenses:  Jami Liebl, Bethany Morey and Matthew Dusseault each earned their Series 7 license, the ... more

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Happy Memorial Day!

bigdog posted on 05/22/14 at 04:48 PM

Greetings, my fellow Americans! Here’s wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day. As a friendly reminder: on Monday 5/26, the U.S. markets will be closed, as will TradeKing. We’ll be back ope... more

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Are You Enslaved to Email?

bigdog posted on 05/21/14 at 12:28 PM

Recently I was struck by a short article on CNBC.com about the perniciousness of too much email. Author Noreena Hertz claims high-skilled knowledge-workers - i.e. desk-jockeys like most of yo... more

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