bigdog’s Blog posts

Introducing Risk Assist®

bigdog posted on 01/28/15 at 09:42 AM

We’ve just enriched TradeKing Advisors with an exciting new service, Risk Assist®. This optional feature aims to protect client principal investments during steep declines in the market by re... more

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Wealthy Women Are Way Better Investors Than Everyone Knows

bigdog posted on 01/26/15 at 04:37 PM

I’ve always wondered at the oft-cited stat that women investors are more cautious, taking on less risk than they should to achieve their long-term goals. It didn’t jive with my own experience... more

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Play the Odds Smarter in Your 2015 Trading

bigdog posted on 01/22/15 at 03:29 PM

How are those financial New Year’s resolutions shaping up so far? Recently I blogged a few reads I found useful on making money resolutions actually stick. Here’s another suggestion I learned... more

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Where Physical Fitness & Smarter Investing Intersect

bigdog posted on 01/20/15 at 03:21 PM

Show of hands, folks:  who’s resolved either to lose weight or trade smarter in 2015? Turns out, mixing metaphors of physical fitness and investing is a pretty popular trope. If you’re seeking ... more

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Carolina Lost In The Playoffs But Won In Customer Service

bigdog posted on 01/16/15 at 10:47 AM

Happy playoff season, football fans! With AFC and NFC championships this weekend, I know more than a few TradeKings are keeping one eye glued to the TV set at all times. (And here’s where I li... more

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Oil’s Slippery Slide – And How to Trade It

bigdog posted on 01/15/15 at 09:13 AM

Does it feel to you like traders just can’t stop talking about the recent slide in oil prices? It is pretty startling how sustained the trend has been and how oil prices still, apparently, ha... more


How to Make - and Keep! - Your 2015 Financial Resolutions

bigdog posted on 01/13/15 at 01:44 PM

Let me be perhaps the last person to wish you a Happy New Year! When, by the way, may we officially stop issuing that greeting, …maybe on the 15th, …or maybe for investors it should be right... more

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at TradeKing

bigdog posted on 12/31/14 at 12:43 PM

To my mind, the best part of the holidays is that generous, overflowing feeling they provide. Everyone is bursting with good feeling, and that overflow is expressed through a glorious excess of gif... more

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Happy Holidays, TradeKings and Queens!

bigdog posted on 12/30/14 at 03:16 PM

Just a short-and-sweet blog post today, friends, to wish you all season’s greetings and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. As always, we’re so glad you chose us as your online bro... more

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How Much Do You Believe in the American Dream?

bigdog posted on 12/26/14 at 01:44 PM

This is intriguing, if troubling news: The New York Times released the results of a poll indicating that Americans’ belief in the American dream is fraying, even as economic conditions steadi... more

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Yes, Virginia, the Santa Claus Rally is Real

bigdog posted on 12/24/14 at 12:11 PM

This just in: evidence that the Santa Claus rally might actually exist! USA Today columnist Matt Krantz reports on some upcoming academic research indicating that investors who invest $10,000... more

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What Financial Advice Would You Give Your Past (or Future) Self?

bigdog posted on 12/23/14 at 09:17 AM

Here’s an interesting article I stumbled on recently: Hey Millennials! 8 Important Financial Tips from Your Future Self by Huffington Post contributor Jerry Patterson. It involved surveying a... more

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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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