bigdog’s Blog posts

Happy July 4th!

bigdog posted on 07/01/15 at 02:55 PM

Greetings, my fellow Americans! Just a friendly reminder that this Friday July 3 is Independence Day observed this year. Both TradeKing and the U.S. markets are closed on Friday. Our service de... more

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What Surprised Retirement Experts When They Retired

bigdog posted on 06/29/15 at 09:05 AM

You can get remarkably savvy about a topic in theory, yet still need to learn a thing or do once it’s time to turn theory into practice. Case-in-point: this excellent article, What Surprised Re... more

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A Snapshot of America’s Finances

bigdog posted on 06/25/15 at 12:24 PM

Show of (virtual) hands: how many of you target a specific number to motivate your trading and investing? I have several buddies aiming to clear a certain “golden” number before they’ll conside... more

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Interest Rate Hike

bigdog posted on 06/24/15 at 11:38 AM

Show of (virtual) hands, folks: what’s your take on all the buzz surrounding the Fed’s impending interest-rate hike(s)? Are you worried at the prospect, or dying for the markets to move onward ... more

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2 Must-Reads on Market Fundamentals

bigdog posted on 06/22/15 at 09:41 AM

Whether you trade on fundamentals or rely more on chart patterns, these two articles are excellent, timely reads about “fundies” indicators pinging the markets right now. A Stock Market “Lead... more

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Happy Father's Day!

bigdog posted on 06/18/15 at 12:12 PM

Greetings, dads and kids-of-dads! Father’s Day falls on this coming Sunday, June 21, so I thought we’d celebrate with a brief look-back on all the ways dads have influenced us here at TradeKing... more

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Why Greece Is In Trouble (Again)

bigdog posted on 06/17/15 at 02:04 PM

If, like many traders, you’re watching Greece’s potential impact on the markets again, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about this time. Doesn’t it seem like the word “Greece” has b... more

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What’s Your All-Time, #1 Stock Pick?

bigdog posted on 06/11/15 at 04:47 PM

You gotta love the audacity of this recent Seeking Alpha series about the #1 stock in the world. It started when SA contributor Mike Nadel kicked off a brisk discussion with two simple question... more

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The Liquidity Time Bomb

bigdog posted on 06/10/15 at 10:02 AM

Have you folks been following economist Nouriel Roubini’s Guardian post about a phenomenon he calls the liquidity time bomb? It’s tough to summarize, but it boils down to an interesting – some ... more

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(Almost) Everything a New Graduate Needs to Succeed in Investing

bigdog posted on 06/05/15 at 10:30 AM

Happy graduation! If you’re still clutching your cap-and-gown and humming “Pomp and Circumstance”, we salute your achievement and welcome you to TradeKing! I’ve long admired millennials for the... more

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What’s on Your Summer Reading List?

bigdog posted on 06/02/15 at 12:11 PM

I’ll admit it: I’m a reading junkie. I can’t stand to travel – or “relax” – without a grippingly good read nearby. And because I’m both a reader and a financial nerd, what qualifies as an aweso... more

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Top 10 Lists to Help Avoid Investing Mistakes

bigdog posted on 05/28/15 at 04:01 PM

In honor of David Letterman’s final show last week – I’m still sentimental! – here’s a trading-themed riff on his top-10-list concept. Starting from #10, then:   10. Top 10 Investing Mist... more

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Happy Memorial Day!

bigdog posted on 05/22/15 at 08:47 AM

My fellow trader-Americans: happy Memorial Day to you! Just a friendly reminder that U.S. markets will be closed on Monday, May 25 – and so will TradeKing. We’re here to serve you by email dur... more

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3 Financial Must-Reads

bigdog posted on 05/21/15 at 12:12 PM

Every once in a while I encounter several must-read financial articles in a row and feel compelled to share. Here are a few I’ve been raving to friends and colleagues about lately. Still puzzl... more

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5 reasons why I LOVE my Apple Watch!

bigdog posted on 05/18/15 at 05:10 PM

As long-time readers of this blog know, I’m a fan of Apple ($AAPL) products without, I think, being mindlessly in love with everything they produce. Yes, I take my iPad on every business trip –... more

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There’s More to Love About Sideways Markets Than You May’ve Realized

bigdog posted on 05/15/15 at 02:00 PM

Does a sideways market ever get you scratching your head? If so, I’d heartily recommend a smart read on this timely subject, Learning to Love a Sideways Market by Barron’s reporter John Kimel... more

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We’d love your vote!

bigdog posted on 05/13/15 at 03:31 PM

We’re long-time fans of Useful Social Media and the role they play in educating corporations toward smarter, more valuable uses for social media in their businesses. So I was both proud and hum... more

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The Standup Desk Revolution Continues

bigdog posted on 05/07/15 at 08:34 AM

Did anyone else see this recent Fast Company article about schools installing standing desks for kids? It makes all the sense in the world that the latest wave in healthy work environments sho... more

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Millennials: Are YOU Saving Towards Retirement?

bigdog posted on 05/05/15 at 04:53 PM

A new Bankrate survey confirms yet again that millennials are reluctant to invest in the stock market. Just 26% of respondents under age 30 said they owned stock in any form – about half the r... more

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Is “Sell in May, Go Away” Old News?

bigdog posted on 04/30/15 at 01:12 PM

We’ve just released the latest installment of the TradeKing client survey, in which we probed an old saying among investors and traders: “Sell in May, go away”. In today’s global, always-on marke... more

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