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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


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


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 about the perniciousness of too much email. Author Noreena Hertz claims high-skilled knowledge-workers - i.e. desk-jockeys like most of yo... more


Are You Ready for the Echo Boom?

bigdog posted on 05/19/14 at 01:42 PM

If you saw my post Why Millennials Invest Like Great-Grandpa, here’s a sunnier counterpoint to that somewhat gloomy trend of millennials getting ultra-conservative with their money. Meet the ‘Echo ... more

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Options Playbook Hits Kindle AND Radio

bigdog posted on 05/14/14 at 01:17 PM

A perennial favorite for many options traders, TradeKing’s Options Playbook has moved onto its next chapter – if you’ll pardon my book pun. Now you can access the Playbook in two new ways. We... more

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Are You Smarter Than 70% of Americans About Money?

bigdog posted on 05/13/14 at 11:16 AM

How smart are you about money? If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re way more financially literate than the average American - no surprise there. Yet it’s amazing how actually ... more

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Are Women Better Investors than Men?

bigdog posted on 05/05/14 at 04:43 PM

I’ve been noticing a lot of buzz lately about women and investing, both in media and industry conversations. Take this USA Today article, Women are mostly better investors than men. The short... more

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The Savings Crisis - Are You Ready?

bigdog posted on 05/01/14 at 02:19 PM

Every once in a while, you read an article that makes you sit up in alarm. I had that reaction to Jonathan Clements’ recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, If You’re Not Saving, You’re Losi... more


How Do You Tackle Sideways Markets?

bigdog posted on 04/29/14 at 10:43 AM

Market-watchers everywhere are buzzing about this “sideways” market, scratching their heads as to how they’ll find and ride the next big trend. If you’re wondering about this yourself, now mi... more

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