TK All-Star’s Blog posts

Should I Buy Stock X?

TK All-Star posted on 08/31/09 at 09:09 AM

It’s the classic conundrum: if you want to get started investing, your first thought is usually, “Okay, which stock should I buy?” But smart investing requires a little more homework than this. Whe... more

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Fred Ruffy of WhatsTrading Joins TK All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 08/27/09 at 10:52 AM

Nicole Wachs announces even more All-Stars bench strength We’re super-excited to introduce Frederic Ruffy as the latest member of the TradeKing All-Stars crew. Fred is the Senior Options Strate... more

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Don’t Forget About Gold

TK All-Star posted on 08/26/09 at 09:30 AM

Pinnacle Digest’s Alex Smith explains why he’s still a goldbug.    First, let’s recap recent economic and market activity: Stocks rebounded, erasing just about all of last week's losses and risi... more


What’s up with oil vs. natural gas?

TK All-Star posted on 08/24/09 at 02:08 PM

Nicole Wachs explores why oil is up and natural gas tanking. Here’s today’s burning question: why are oil prices and related stocks climbing while natural gas drops like a rock? As CNBC reported ... more

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Dan Passarelli / Markettaker Joins TK All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 08/24/09 at 11:08 AM

Nicole Wachs welcomes a Greeks specialist to the All-Star team Got another All-Star to welcome to the TradeKing team today, folks: Greeks specialist and all-around options market watcher Dan Pass... more

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More pointers for options newbies

TK All-Star posted on 08/20/09 at 11:05 AM

Mark Wolfinger helps start another options rookie off right. I’m on a roll in this blog lately, helping would-be options traders get started on the right foot. My recent posts How do options real... more

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Yes, Manuf. IS on a Comeback

TK All-Star posted on 08/18/09 at 11:33 AM

Pinnacle Digest’s Alex Smith responds to a reader’s critique.   My post Have we turned the corner? prompted TK client Persia to write a detailed (and heated) critique of my belief that global man... more


The Dangers of Wall St.'s Garbage

TK All-Star posted on 08/17/09 at 09:17 AM

Jeff Clark questions a market comeback fueled by speculative junk. When garbage floats to the surface, it's time to get out of the water. That was the warning from a manager at the Caribbean re... more

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How wide should your Iron Condor be?

TK All-Star posted on 08/12/09 at 09:39 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs. Welcome back to my series on iron condors. We’ve covered lots of ground already. In part 1, Credit Spreads on the Russell 2000 index (RUT), we expl... more

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High-freq trading: adapt or die

TK All-Star posted on 08/11/09 at 08:52 AM

Jeff Clark shares his secret weapon in battling high-frequency trading: patience.    Darwin's theory of evolution applies equally as well to traders on Wall Street as it does to beasts in the jung... more


Managing Iron Condors Successfully

TK All-Star posted on 08/10/09 at 08:52 AM

Doc Maher responds to Condortrader’s comments in this series.   I got two great comments on my post Iron Condors on RUT: Part 3. I already responded to Stugots on iron butterflies; today I’d like ... more


Iron Butterfly: More than a Metal Band

TK All-Star posted on 08/06/09 at 08:55 AM

Doc Maher checks out Stugots’ iron b-fly on Google. I got two great comments on my post Iron Condors on RUT: Part 3 – in fact, they were both so worthy of a response I thought I’d address each se... more


Jump-starting a rookie’s education

TK All-Star posted on 08/03/09 at 10:45 AM

Mark Wolfinger offers pointers to help a new trader start off right. Recently I came across a forum comment from TK client Deiouss that struck me as a classic: a young would-be investor with a fe... more

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Are “flash” traders stealing your $?

TK All-Star posted on 07/31/09 at 09:45 AM

Jeff Clark explains why high-frequent trading (HFT) computers aren’t your father's program trading. Years ago, computerized trading helped eliminate inefficiencies in the market. For example, when... more


Have we turned the corner?

TK All-Star posted on 07/29/09 at 11:34 AM

Pinnacle Digest’s Alex Smith especially likes those manufacturing numbers.  Your first answer to my question may be no; however, convincing news continues to surface that suggests a complete turn... more


How do options really work?

TK All-Star posted on 07/28/09 at 10:28 AM

Mark Wolfinger corrects a newbie’s view of options.  Every once in a while I come across a question that makes me want to rush to correct a misconception – and options are, unfortunately, very pr... more

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Killer Financial Blogs

TK All-Star posted on 07/23/09 at 12:41 PM

Nicole Wachs shares her favorites.   Lately I’ve been trading links to great financial blogs with friends, colleagues and TradeKing clients and I realized: what better way to expand my bookmark co... more


The Big Bang of Earnings

TK All-Star posted on 07/21/09 at 01:18 PM

Mark Wolfinger discusses earnings dates. It’s earnings season, and plenty of traders are plotting how they’ll ride the next market trend based on announcements. Recently I came across a good questi... more

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Five Plays for Any Market Condition

TK All-Star posted on 07/20/09 at 04:39 PM

Nicole Wachs adds tricks to your options trading toolkit.   As I cruise around the Trader Network and financial media, it seems like you can find any opinion about the current market’s direction t... more

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Countdown to Armageddon

TK All-Star posted on 07/17/09 at 10:08 AM

Jeff Clark eyes a bearish Head and Shoulders pattern in the S&P 500. Two weeks ago, I first spied the bearish head and shoulders top pattern shaping up in the S&P 500. This was when the p... more