bigdog’s Blog posts

How Do *You* Creatively Recharge?

bigdog posted on 04/23/14 at 03:04 PM

Weekend warriors, you’ll dig this recent study by researchers at San Francisco State University that confirms what you’ve suspected all along: some freeflow creative activity during your off ... more

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One More Speed Bump for Retirement - Basic Human Impulse

bigdog posted on 04/21/14 at 10:28 AM

I’m on a roll lately, gathering smart reads aimed at how to master your impulses to become a more effective trader or investor. (See You’ll Love These Lessons Learned on Investing and our two... more

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Happy Easter!

bigdog posted on 04/17/14 at 01:32 PM

Happy Easter, traders! Just a friendly reminder: the markets and TradeKing’s service team will be closed for Good Friday tomorrow, April 18. You’re welcome to email service over the weekend a... more

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Tax Day Fun: 2014 Edition

bigdog posted on 04/15/14 at 01:00 PM

Tax Day. It’s a mind-numbing, pencil-point-destroying blot on everyone’s calendars – but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject a little fun into the benighted proceedings. For several years running ... more

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Cadillac v. Ford - The Ad Smackdown

bigdog posted on 04/07/14 at 12:57 PM

Okay, this is off-topic from trading and investing, but I couldn’t resist sharing Ford’s recent, smart remake of an off-tone Cadillac advertisement. The Cadillac spot pays lip service to Amer... more

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You’ll Love These Lessons Learned on Investing

bigdog posted on 04/04/14 at 12:28 PM

If you enjoyed my two-part series of lessons learned by TradeKing investors, you’ll love this Telegraph op-ed by Anthony Bolton, a Fidelity fund manager with an impressive 30-year track recor... more


Customer Service That Amazes

bigdog posted on 03/31/14 at 09:19 AM

Good customer service is already a rarity. But how often do you encounter customer service that actually amazes you? I got a taste of amazement recently while visiting New York on business and stay... more

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My Misadventures in Social Media

bigdog posted on 03/27/14 at 04:49 PM

My mom gave me this T-shirt last Christmas, which advertises a funny irony in my life – namely, I’m a pioneering advocate of social media for investors at TradeKing. But, besides using twitter ... more


Barron’s - 4 Stars, 8 Years in a Row!

bigdog posted on 03/18/14 at 12:33 PM

Barron’s 19th annual online broker ranking has just hit newsstands, and I’m happy to report TradeKing made another strong showing against our peers. We ranked four stars for the eighth year... more


TradeKing’s New TV Ads Are Here

bigdog posted on 03/13/14 at 09:27 AM

Drumroll, please: for the first time in our company’s eight-plus year history, TradeKing is debuting TV and radio commercials starting this week!  <object id="flashObj" width="480" height="450"... more


TradeKing is Unstoppable for St. Jude!

bigdog posted on 03/12/14 at 09:34 AM

The TradeKing team shared an incredible moment together recently at the first inaugural St. Jude Evening of Hope, a charity event gathering together the Charlotte financial services community... more


Curdling the Dream of Civet Coffee

bigdog posted on 03/06/14 at 12:06 PM

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a hard-bitten coffee nut. We invest in serious joe for the TradeKing troops, and I’ve blogged repeatedly on my passion – so often, in fact, that one loy... more


Trading & The Great Emotional Roller Coaster

bigdog posted on 03/04/14 at 10:51 AM

Just wanted to share two fascinating reads on how emotions can wreak havoc on your trading plan – and how to buck up and fight back intelligently. First, CNBC’s Clive Cookson reports on a Cambr... more


Which Trading Habits Really Cramp Your Returns?

bigdog posted on 02/28/14 at 01:41 PM

Everybody has bad habits – but some are more pernicious, and expensive, than others. A recent European study takes aim at a burning question in active-trader circles. The paper’s title says i... more


Why Millennials Invest Like Great-Grandpa

bigdog posted on 02/26/14 at 04:33 PM

Lots of chatter on the Interwebs lately about an eye-opening UBS study of millennials and finance. We’ve all heard plenty about how Americans age 21-36 are chronically underemployed, couch-su... more


14 Reasons to Consider Feeding that IRA in 2014

bigdog posted on 02/24/14 at 10:06 AM

Traders! IRA season is, once again, upon us. In my grand tradition of “feed your IRA” blog posts, this year I’m devoting this post to 14 reasons you need to be thinking about contribution to an... more

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Are Your “Gut” Instincts Ruining Your Trading ROI?

bigdog posted on 02/21/14 at 09:36 AM

Everyone needs a strong dash of cold water in the face sometimes – and Bloomberg columnist Barry Ritholtz delivers a fantastic one in his post, Ideology is Killing Your Investment Returns. In... more


Geek Out, Buffett-Watchers!

bigdog posted on 02/19/14 at 11:03 AM

Sage-of-Omaha fans and hard-bitten options nerds, do I have a treat for you. I thoroughly enjoyed Bloomberg columnist Matt Levine’s article, Lehman Brothers Maybe Sold Warren Buffett a Rainbo... more


MyRA & Dodging the Retirement Crisis

bigdog posted on 02/13/14 at 12:11 PM

What do you make of the new “myRA” retirement account President Obama announced during his State of the Union address? I decided to read up on myRA and see where it might fit into investors’ ... more


Traders Show Long-Term Bullishness, According to our Latest Investor Survey

bigdog posted on 02/11/14 at 09:28 AM

2014 may be off to a rocky start in the markets, but most independent investors still anticipate that the market will finish the year higher than it started off. So we learned in our latest q... more