TK All-Star’s Blog posts

How are spread prices determined?

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

Mark Wolfinger explains. TK client Pro V1X asked a question recently that may weigh on other options traders’ minds: how are spread prices determined? He wrote in a comment to my... more

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Hedge inflation with TIPS

TK All-Star posted on 07/07/09 at 08:51 AM

Angelo Benedetto explains Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.   If you’re one of many investors waiting nervously for inflation to kick in, then maybe you’re shopping for ways to protect your... more


What happens to options in a merger?

TK All-Star posted on 07/02/09 at 08:01 PM

Mark Wolfinger tackles this frequently asked question. TK client alsol asked this question in a recent forum thread: “What happens if one has an option contract on a stock, and then this underlyin... more

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My #1 Oil Indicator Looks Like a Buy

TK All-Star posted on 07/01/09 at 10:10 AM

Jeff Clark spies a diamond-buy in the midst of this selling rubble. We are approaching what I believe may be the best oil-stock buying opportunity of the year. I know that sounds ridiculous. Af... more


Stop-loss orders vs. collars?

TK All-Star posted on 06/30/09 at 09:51 AM

Mark Wolfinger talks through these choices in a down market.  Long-term investors often like to accumulate more shares on market dips, but sometimes a real bear market provides too much opportuni... more


Up your options trading odds

TK All-Star posted on 06/29/09 at 10:54 AM

Mark Wolfinger helps a TK client re-consider his options strategy. Have you ever felt like you’re banging your head against a wall, trying and trying to make good profits on a good-sounding optio... more


Automate with OCO orders

TK All-Star posted on 06/26/09 at 08:15 AM

Nicole Wachs explains how One Cancel Other orders work.   After my recent post on market, limit and stop orders, I got an interesting question from a TK client named Jim. (These basic types of orde... more

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Don’t Sweat Personal Holding Co. Tax

TK All-Star posted on 06/25/09 at 02:24 PM

Jim Crimmins explains why becoming an S-corp may not be best for traders  Generally, I’m bullish on business entities. Trading under a limited or general partnership, limited liability company or... more

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Never chase a rally!

TK All-Star posted on 06/24/09 at 10:58 AM

Jeff Clark reminds you why stock rallies are like buses: miss this one, you can always catch the next one "Act now," warns the mattress salesman on a late-night TV commercial, "before this deal go... more

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Building on Beginners’ Luck

TK All-Star posted on 06/22/09 at 11:27 AM

Nicole Wachs talks to Leaderboard entrants on what’s working now I’m always on the lookout for new Leaderboard entrants, curious to learn how they’ve managed to catapult their performance stats to... more

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Here’s What a Sell Looks Like

TK All-Star posted on 06/19/09 at 02:35 PM

Jeff Clark hunkers down in the sellers’ camp for the near-term. My Saturdays always start off the same way... I wake up a couple hours before the rest of my family, fire up the computer, and spen... more


Watch those market stormclouds

TK All-Star posted on 06/18/09 at 09:37 AM

Pinnacle Digest's Alex Smith is keeping one peeled for trouble in these markets. We’ve been consistently amazed at this market’s resilience. Despite a few days of weakness last week, the markets ... more

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Stocks versus bonds

TK All-Star posted on 06/17/09 at 09:33 AM

Nicole Wachs explains the difference between two forms of corporate financing through public markets. Why would a company choose to issue stock to investors versus bonds? What parts of the deal ma... more

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Market, Stop and Limit Orders

TK All-Star posted on 06/15/09 at 10:31 AM

Nicole Wachs tackles the difference between these order types. What’s the difference between a stop and a limit order? What about a stop-limit, trailing stop or market order? It’s easy to get con... more


Key to Estimated Tax Payments? Pace Yourself!

TK All-Star posted on 06/12/09 at 10:32 AM

Ignore guidelines at your own risk, warns Jim Crimmins If you’re a sports fan, you can’t help but be impressed by how the world’s best athletes pace themselves through each season to preserve as ... more

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Hang on, bears! We may be near a top.

TK All-Star posted on 06/12/09 at 09:26 AM

It's hard to be bearish right now, especially with the market continuing to press higher in the face of multiple negative indicators. Many analysts will point to the persistent bid beneath the mark... more


Why chase pennies on covered call sales?

TK All-Star posted on 06/10/09 at 11:12 AM

Mark Wolfinger offers some constructive criticism.   Recently I noticed two Trade Notes from TK client WeirdUncleJesse, both covered call sales. Not too long ago he sold to open 20 June $15 LDK ca... more


Turning rookie luck into a plan

TK All-Star posted on 06/08/09 at 10:37 AM

Nicole Wachs talks to Lorien, recent Leaderboard entrant, about her strategy Lorien roared onto the TradeKing Leaderboard recently and caught my attention for an All-Star profile. Turns out Lorien... more


Fine-tuning your calendar spreads

TK All-Star posted on 06/05/09 at 10:55 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains why selling options now might not be as juicy as before. TradeKing client KM6 thinks the market’s current rally is unsustainable and wants to trade that sentiment using ca... more

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Jeff Clark / Growth Stock Wire joins All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 06/03/09 at 12:44 PM

Join me in welcoming Jeff Clark to the TradeKing All-Stars team! Veteran trader Jeff Clark is author of Growth Stock Wire, a daily read providing investors with a pre-market briefing on what he be... more

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