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TradeKing is acquiring MB Trading

bigdog posted on 08/26/15 at 09:30 AM

Exciting news today! TradeKing and MB Trading have agreed to join forces. Together we’ll deliver even more value to independent investors and traders at every skill level. Both our firms share si... more

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How to Protect Yourself Against Market Turbulence

bigdog posted on 08/20/15 at 09:24 AM

Has recent market volatility got you thinking it’s time to suit up for a possible downturn? Judging from the prevailing buzz around markets of late, it seems like self-protection and hedging ar... more

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The Good, Bad & Ugly of Online Investor Commentary

bigdog posted on 08/18/15 at 01:50 PM

Have you ever found yourself both pleased and irked at something you read? I had that reaction to this Washington Post article by Barry Ritholtz, Hey Investment Cranks: The Internet Never Forg... more

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TradeKing LIVE – Better Than Ever

bigdog posted on 08/13/15 at 12:07 PM

Traders, get ready for an upgrade to your trading experience. We’re rolling out a new version of TradeKing LIVE that gives advanced traders even greater control and visibility into market action... more

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August: Not Such a Dog Month for Investing After All

bigdog posted on 08/11/15 at 10:16 AM

Would it surprise you to learn that August – sleepy, slow-moving, dog-days August – turns out to be a strong month for historical market returns? Marketwatch columnist Mark Hulbert analyzed Dow... more


Your Perfect Personal Finance Reading List

bigdog posted on 08/04/15 at 08:45 AM

You know that pale guy on the beach, huddled under an umbrella, zinc-oxided nose in a nerdy financial book? That’s me, guilty as charged. (Although, to be accurate, I’m more likely to drag my i... more

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What’s the “Right” Level of Risk Tolerance for Investors?

bigdog posted on 07/31/15 at 01:29 PM

Market pundits can’t get enough of talking about millennials’ extreme risk aversion in personal finance and investing. (I’ve blogged about it myself several times before.) So I read this Bloomb... more

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Are You As Smart As an Investment Advisor?

bigdog posted on 07/27/15 at 10:14 AM

Ever wondered how your investment and trading skills stack up to the professionals? MarketWatch columnist J. J. Zhang decided to put himself to the test – literally – by signing himself up fo... more

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3 Extraordinary Facts About China’s Stock Market Crisis

bigdog posted on 07/22/15 at 10:18 AM

With so many headlines about the Greek financial crisis, you might’ve missed the most serious and pressing crisis emerging in the Chinese stock markets. Here are the 3 most eye-opening facts I’... more

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The Twitter ($TWTR) Bloomberg Hoax

bigdog posted on 07/17/15 at 10:33 AM

What do you folks make of the recent Twitter (TWTR) Bloomberg hoax? To recap: last Tuesday Twitter shares briefly rose on a faked Bloomberg report indicating they’d received a takeover offer wo... more

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The Future of Financial Innovation

bigdog posted on 07/13/15 at 03:43 PM

Call me a financial services nerd – really, I’m fine with it! – but I can’t wait to read the World Economic Forum’s latest report, The Future of Financial Services, focusing on the disruptive r... more

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Greece, Puerto Rico & China: How Should Investors React?

bigdog posted on 07/07/15 at 04:48 PM

Markets have been abuzz recently with the imploding Greek debt crisis - and, as I type this update after the “no” vote on the referendum, still nobody knows how the story will ultimately play o... more

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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


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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