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Eye-Openin’ Financial Reads

bigdog posted on 08/28/14 at 12:03 PM

The “dog days” of August are a great time to catch up on reading. Here’s my selection of financial reads that may open your eyes up to some new ways of seeing the markets:  Stock prices can go ... more

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The Secret to Amazing Service? It’s The Power of One.

bigdog posted on 08/26/14 at 12:25 PM

My colleague Nicole Wachs shared this great post with me by Wade Burgess, LinkedIn’s VP of Sales: Why a Handwritten Note and a Personal Touch Works Better Than a Loyalty Program. Burgess desc... more

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Are you “Shockingly Terrible” at Investing?

bigdog posted on 08/21/14 at 09:45 AM

The next time you’re freaking out at the market’s gyrations and your sell finger starts to get really itchy, remember: that momentary urge can relieve your panic and might “protect” you in the ... more

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Hidden in Plain Sight - Reading Between the Lines of Company News

bigdog posted on 08/19/14 at 01:22 PM

Ever slogged your way through a company’s 10-K report and wondered, “Why do they need to write this in such needlessly complex language?” Turns out, your suspicions may be correct - bad finan... more

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Stock Market Lingo & The Language of Money

bigdog posted on 08/14/14 at 04:33 PM

Did you see this New Yorker article about the language of money? It’s a fascinating exploration of some of the buzzwords tossed around during the latest financial crisis - and how many of tho... more

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August is the Time to De-clutter Your Finances

bigdog posted on 08/12/14 at 10:22 AM

We’re back in the dog days of August, folks. How will you spend this traditionally slow summer month? August is actually a great time to tackle tasks that never quite fall off the priority list... more

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TradeKing & Charlotte Junior Achievement

bigdog posted on 08/07/14 at 12:34 PM

Here’s a fun summer activity we’re doing at TradeKing Charlotte: we’re volunteering with our local Junior Achievement’s JA Summer Biz Camp at JA BizTown. This is an extremely cool concept I w... more

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China Gears Up to Launch Options Trading

bigdog posted on 08/04/14 at 12:49 PM

Exciting progress is afoot in Chinese financial markets. According to Markets Media, the country is accelerating towards its launch of equity index options on the China Financial Futures Exchan... more

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Raising Financially Smart Kids

bigdog posted on 07/31/14 at 11:50 AM

Summertime always reminds me of childhood. Mine was chock-full of great vacations and long days spent with family and pals, but I also recall summer as a time of hard work. As a little kid in W... more

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Facebook’s Happiness Index and Stock Market Behavior

bigdog posted on 07/29/14 at 04:55 PM

Remember the Facebook Gross National Happiness Index that came to light to such outcry not too long ago? Unsurprisingly, researchers have pounced on the indicator to study influential factors o... more

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Is Technical Analysis Fundamentally Flawed?

bigdog posted on 07/23/14 at 09:46 AM

Devout chartists and fundies fans alike should read this Forbes op-ed by contributor Martin Fridson. In it, Fridson lays down the gauntlet, arguing that technical analysis has a major, perhap... more


The Timelessness of Fear & Greed

bigdog posted on 07/18/14 at 02:11 PM

Summertime is always a great time to catch up on reading, and The Motley Fool’s Morgan Housel just added another title to my reading list, The Great Depression: A Diary by Benjamin Roth. It’s d... more

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How to Talk About Money (and Other Taboo Numbers)

bigdog posted on 07/16/14 at 10:57 AM

How comfortable are you talking about money? I bet this crowd has no trouble giving numbers when it comes to specific trades. (Funnily, I’ve noticed that traders love nothing so much as detaili... more

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How Many “Market Truths” Are Just Myths?

bigdog posted on 07/11/14 at 04:19 PM

I read two great articles this week that I wanted to share, and was really excited to see frequent Trader Network contributor, SimpleTrades, quote one of the very same articles in this Forum ... more

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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