bigdog’s Blog posts

Countdown to 2015 for Traders and Investors

bigdog posted on 12/16/14 at 02:26 PM

‘Tis the season for market pundits to weigh in with predictions for the New Year…and this year’s no exception. I always find it refreshing to step back and view the big picture; it’s all too ea... more

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Americans Are Failing Big Time in Financial Literacy

bigdog posted on 12/10/14 at 09:54 AM

Yet another survey has been released in which the majority of Americans flunked in financial literacy. This time it’s part of a larger Retirement Income Literacy Survey conducted for The Amer... more

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Falling Oil Prices - Should Traders Weep or Rejoice?

bigdog posted on 12/08/14 at 04:30 PM

Falling oil prices are - pun intended! - pumping out headlines everywhere these days in financial media. Yet experts clash in their interpretations of what this means big-picture for the mark... more

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Top 5 Things Investors & Traders Can Be Thankful About

bigdog posted on 12/04/14 at 06:01 PM

I was inspired by “8 Things for Investors to be Thankful For” by Marketwatch columnist Chuck Jaffe to put together my own list. In no particular order, then, here’s my top-5 list of stuff eve... more


Join TradeKing in Sending Holiday Mail for Heroes

bigdog posted on 12/03/14 at 08:31 PM

I found so much to be thankful for last Thursday: health, a thriving business, security, a groaning dinner table laden with goodies, and just about everyone I love the most sitting right next... more

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Introducing our New, 100% Responsive Design Website!

bigdog posted on 12/01/14 at 05:03 PM

Fanfare, please: we're so excited to be launching our brand-new website design to clients. We started rolling it out last week and will continue that process until all clients have access by year-e... more

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Try TradeKing Advisors For Yourself - On Us

bigdog posted on 11/25/14 at 01:43 PM

We’re living in exciting times for independent investors. Nearly ten years ago, we launched TradeKing to give independent investors a remarkable value in online brokerage. We wanted to correc... more

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Sports Metaphors & Trading

bigdog posted on 11/19/14 at 03:26 PM

What is it about sports metaphors for investing and trading? Recently, I stumbled on this article, 4 Things The Great One Can Teach You About Investing, culling investing lessons fro... more

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Bulls Outnumber Bears 2-to-1 in Latest TradeKing Client Survey

bigdog posted on 11/17/14 at 02:39 PM

I’m always keen to review the results of our client survey, which has just rolled around again. Check out full results here, or take a spin through the highlights below: Bulls outnumber bear... more

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Happy (Belated) Halloween!

bigdog posted on 11/13/14 at 09:43 AM

Before you hit bottom on this year’s stash of Halloween candy, I wanted to share these amazing costumes from TradeKing’s office Halloween contest. Each of our winners claimed a $25 Amazon gift card... more

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The Giant Faucet of QE Money Has Shut. Now What?

bigdog posted on 11/07/14 at 10:46 AM

It’s official: the Fed has announced the end of its bond-buying in the program known as “quantitative easing” or QE. Has there ever been a dry economic concept more hotly disputed? The New York... more

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Fear of Financial Judgment Is a Much Bigger Deal Than Anyone Realized

bigdog posted on 11/05/14 at 09:55 AM

Has fear of others’ judgment ever held you back from seeking investment advice? If so, you’re completely not alone. According to a September survey of 2,000+ U.S. adults commissioned by Trade... more

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Now for the Obligatory Markets-as-Rollercoaster Photo

bigdog posted on 10/29/14 at 03:53 PM

It feels like, every October, the market’s gyrations justify another blog post headed with a roller-coaster image. Question is: are these riders delighted or terrified? Upside-down or back righ... more


We the Economy - Short Films About Money

bigdog posted on 10/27/14 at 01:31 PM

Econ-nerds, finally there’s a mini film festival just for us! We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss debuted last week online, a collection of short movies answering key ques... more

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The Lies Traders & Investors Tell Themselves

bigdog posted on 10/22/14 at 10:33 AM

These volatile market conditions can bring out all the buried bad feelings we may have about money - fears that may distort our assessment of the actual situation, drive poor decision-making,... more

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Navigating Volatile Markets

bigdog posted on 10/20/14 at 01:33 PM

With so much volatility in the markets lately, you might well be asking yourself: how should I hedge my positions against downside risk? Speculators may even wonder how they might capitalize ... more

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Unemployment is Finally Below 6%. Now What?

bigdog posted on 10/15/14 at 09:55 AM

The latest stats are in, and U.S. unemployment has officially dropped below 6%. Should traders be shouting “hurrah” - or not rushing to quick judgment? It seems like every news account of this ... more

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#NoSadTraders - Marketwatch vs. the NYSE

bigdog posted on 10/13/14 at 03:39 PM

Have you been following Marketwatch’s recent decision to ban all photos of NYSE floor traders on their website? Their argument: the reactions of NYSE floor traders might make for great theate... more

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Knowing When to Say No

bigdog posted on 10/10/14 at 11:42 AM

Did anyone else read the recent Fast Company article, The Many, Many Things You Should Say No to at Work by David Zax? I found it fascinating for several reasons, including how its arguments ... more


Trading Alibaba (BABA) And Its Options

bigdog posted on 10/06/14 at 02:02 PM

If you’re among the Alibaba-watchers (BABA) out there, I wanted to point your attention to our own Brian Overby and his excellent post Trading Alibaba (BABA) Options: What You Need to Know. Q... more

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