TK All-Star’s Blog posts

Where is gold headed next?

TK All-Star posted on 05/29/09 at 12:24 PM

Aaron Hoddinott weighs near-term prospects for gold. Gold has been a very frustrating commodity for many investors this year. The precious metal has yet to settle, but for a brief moment, above $... more

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For summer fun, visit Deductionland!

TK All-Star posted on 05/26/09 at 12:21 PM

Jim Crimmins dissects tax savings on T&E (travel and entertainment) Welcome to Deductionland, America’s tax-smart theme park! Thrill to the Accelerated Depreciation roller coaster! Splash d... more

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How to set your ROI targets

TK All-Star posted on 05/22/09 at 12:49 PM

Mark Wolfinger explains the difference between “reasonable” and “greedy”. Lots of discussion lately on TK about what your target ROIs for trading should be. I thought I’d jump into the fray and r... more

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Pinnacle Digest joins TK All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 05/21/09 at 12:13 PM

Join me in welcoming to the TradeKing All-Stars crew! is a leading online financial magazine and social network for investors in North America. (For all you ... more

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Option rookie? Here are some pointers.

TK All-Star posted on 05/19/09 at 02:04 PM

Mark Wolfinger tackles an option beginner’s questions. I came across some great options newbie questions from Darkenedforest in the forums. This makes for a great opportunity to cover some option... more

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Stock goes up…option does zip?

TK All-Star posted on 05/18/09 at 09:35 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains what’s happening “under the hood” in this scenario. I came across an interesting question from Carter in the TradeKing forums and thought I’d tackle it as my first All-Star... more

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Mark Wolfinger joins TK All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 05/14/09 at 09:19 AM

Get ready for another wave of fresh talent joining TradeKing All-Stars. Today I’m happy to introduce Mark Wolfinger, a former options market-maker and current options educator, to the All-Stars cre... more

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Cap Gains Tweaks Spell Trouble for Traders

TK All-Star posted on 05/13/09 at 03:47 PM

Forex traders most likely to feel the pain, says Jim Crimmins In the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime (we hope) economic crisis, where the number of zeros behind the various bailout and stimulus pac... more


The uptick rule: part 2

TK All-Star posted on 05/12/09 at 10:08 AM

Nicole Wachs votes “yes” on reinstating the uptick rule for short sellers. This is my sixth and final post in a series on short selling and the uptick rule. We’ve talked about why short selling is... more


Cash flow fundamental analysis, part 1

TK All-Star posted on 05/07/09 at 04:27 PM

Dr. Smoller digs into present and future values.  How do you determine the “real” value of a stock? So many factors impact a stock’s price: market psychology, buying and selling pressures in trad... more


Dr. Margaret Smoller joins TradeKing All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 05/05/09 at 07:14 PM

TradeKing gets down to fundamentals – analysis, that is.  Can you confidently parse a company’s income or balance sheet? What’s P/E or beta? In today’s tough markets, digging through a company’s ... more

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TradeKing / OIC on the road!

TK All-Star posted on 05/05/09 at 10:06 AM

Nicole Wachs and the OIC hit D.C. and NJ with great educational sessions. I’ll be traveling with the Options Industry Council quite a bit in May, so I wanted to be sure to get the word out about ... more


Give your strangle a directional spin

TK All-Star posted on 04/30/09 at 10:40 AM

Doc Maher discusses how choosing your strikes can put a bullish or bearish spin on your strangle.  I love it when All-Stars can get specific on a real-world trade by one of TradeKing’s clients. I... more


Trade the post-earnings snooze with calendars

TK All-Star posted on 04/28/09 at 09:42 AM

Hello, traders. It’s been a while since my last All-Star post, but I’ve teamed up with TradeKing blog editor Jude Stewart to help me get my thoughts down on paper (or Word doc) a little faster. So ... more

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Trading secrets from DanB and kc51

TK All-Star posted on 04/27/09 at 11:33 AM

Nicole Wachs explores two more Leaderboard heroes’ winning strategies.  Not too long ago I talked with kc51 and DanB, who’ve both dominated the TradeKing Leaderboard in recent weeks. Here are a f... more


Wedding Bells Can Ring In Tax Savings

TK All-Star posted on 04/23/09 at 01:53 PM

Jim Crimmins explains a few tricks to joint tax filing. Ah, spring! The season of renewal, spontaneity, romance – and of course, tax planning. If your thoughts of love are likely to lead to the... more

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The uptick rule: part 1

TK All-Star posted on 04/22/09 at 04:34 PM

Nicole Wachs steers the short selling conversation to this hot topic. Lots of chatter lately on the Trader Network and in financial media about re-instating the “uptick rule” when selling short. ... more


Don’t get killed by a strangle

TK All-Star posted on 04/17/09 at 12:48 PM

Doc Maher explains why this options strategy is so tough to nail.  Recently I saw TK client Metaprog describe a “killer mistake” on a strangle on Alcoa (AA). Metaprog, you’re not alone: many optio... more


Smart ideas from Leaderboard heroes

TK All-Star posted on 04/15/09 at 10:52 AM

Nicole Wachs gets the goods from trace9, phillipdupont and Dr. Kenneth Noisewater. There are so many new rock stars on the TradeKing Leaderboard lately; I thought it’d be fun to do a lightning-ro... more


Who needs liquidity?

TK All-Star posted on 04/14/09 at 09:16 AM

Nicole Wachs explores why liquidity is important and what happens when it dries up. In my last post Is short selling bad for the market? I explained one of the positives short sellers bring to th... more