bigdog’s Blog posts

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


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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Who’s This Mysterious “Flash Crash” Trader?

bigdog posted on 04/27/15 at 01:29 PM

Is anyone else luridly fascinated by the extradition case of Navindar Singh Sarao? The Feds are seeking to extradite him from his home in England to the U.S. for his alleged role in single-hand... more

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Trading $NFLX, $INTC or $ALTR?

bigdog posted on 04/23/15 at 09:13 AM

If you’ve traded Netflix, Altera or Intel stock or their respective options lately, you’ll want to check out this timely media commentary by TradeKing “Options Guy” Brian Overby. It’s too... more

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TradeKing is Expanding in Charlotte

bigdog posted on 04/21/15 at 10:51 AM

As the TV jingle goes, “we’re moving on up” with our brand-new, gorgeous office space in Charlotte. We moved in just a few weeks ago, and – once all the dust had settled – I couldn’t wait to gi... more

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Which Behavioral Patterns Create Investing Opportunities?

bigdog posted on 04/17/15 at 04:49 PM

You could say there are two kinds of traders: the “sell in May, go away” crowd and those who see “sell in May” as a potentially exploitable market opportunity. If you’re the latter, you’ll find... more


A Little Tax Day Fun: 2015 Edition!

bigdog posted on 04/15/15 at 09:48 AM

For several years now, I’ve shared some fun Tax-Day-themed finds to help you blow off steam on 4/15: the most nail-biting, mind-numbing, dully stressful day of the year. Don’t you deserve a br... more

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April is Financial Literacy Month!

bigdog posted on 04/08/15 at 02:12 PM

I've made no secret of the fact that part of TradeKing’s mission is helping independent investors educate themselves to make smarter trading and investing decisions. And most Americans sorely n... more

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What March Madness Can Teach Traders & Investors

bigdog posted on 04/01/15 at 09:30 AM

Hoops-fans: welcome back to your favorite sports season! North Carolina is huge basketball country, so plenty of TradeKingers, myself included, have been excited to hunker down for the big spr... more

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Company Hold Music

bigdog posted on 03/30/15 at 04:27 PM

At TradeKing, we always try to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, imagining how they experience our brand and services. Getting the client experience exactly right means sweating every deta... more

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Let’s Hear It for Chores!

bigdog posted on 03/25/15 at 10:35 AM

Did you catch this Wall Street Journal article “Why Children Need Chores” by reporter Jennifer Breheny Wallace? It confirms what many adults suspect: even though chores have “fallen victim to t... more

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The 3 Hardest Words to Say Are…?

bigdog posted on 03/23/15 at 11:59 AM

Why is it so tough to admit it when you don’t know something? Investing, business, politics - nearly every endeavor in life is fraught with uncertainty. Yet plenty of otherwise intelligent adul... more

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Apple Watch - Hot or Not?

bigdog posted on 03/17/15 at 09:45 AM

So last Monday Apple hosted a splashy media event to introduce the world to Apple Watch, which goes on sale next month. In addition to keeping track of time, Apple Watch can monitor your vit... more

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