TK All-Star’s Blog posts

AMEDS: oil pairs trading and cash-secured put selling on value stocks

TK All-Star posted on 02/20/09 at 09:26 AM

Nicole Wachs talks to this Leaderboard hero about his winning approach. AMEDS, another TradeKing Leaderboard hero, filled me in on three successful trading strategies he’s been using lately. Here... more

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Is CAT a Diamond in the Rough?

TK All-Star posted on 02/18/09 at 10:49 AM

Doc Maher X-rays five quarters of fundamental data to learn more. We checked out Caterpillar (CAT)’s performance over 5 years in my series on fundamental analysis – meanwhile, this construction g... more


Is mark-to-market accounting right for you?

TK All-Star posted on 02/17/09 at 09:59 AM

Jim Crimmins explains how the most popular tax accounting method doesn’t fit all One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a trader is whether to elect the mark-to-market (MTM) accounting... more

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Protective puts vs. stops: which is better?

TK All-Star posted on 02/13/09 at 01:22 PM

Doc Maher weighs these two hedging strategies. Stugots caught my eye recently with a protective put on AAPL. It’s an interesting trade because this play is “synthetic” for another options play, ... more


Japanese Candles: Hammers

TK All-Star posted on 02/12/09 at 10:16 AM

Steve Nison talks you through this classic pattern. Welcome back to my mini-series on Japanese candlestick charting. So far we’ve discussed the advantages candlesticks offer traders, especially i... more

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Japanese Candles: Real Bodies, Shadows and Doji

TK All-Star posted on 02/10/09 at 02:15 PM

Steve Nison explains the components of candlestick charting. Welcome back to my mini-series on candlestick charting for higher-probability trading. In my last post I talked a bit about the advan... more

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Are you a trader? The IRS may not agree.

TK All-Star posted on 02/09/09 at 09:54 AM

Jim Crimmins explores the murky waters of trader tax status Just because you call yourself a securities trader doesn’t make you one in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, Uncle Sa... more

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Maximizing Yields with CDs: Laddering

TK All-Star posted on 02/05/09 at 06:26 PM

Angelo Benedetto explains how to “ladder” CDs for a bigger bang on your uninvested cash. In my last post, we discussed using CDs to maximize your cash yields, even if your main goal right now is c... more

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Maximizing Yields with CDs

TK All-Star posted on 02/05/09 at 05:12 PM

Angelo Benedetto gives tips on making use of uninvested cash. Here’s a scenario I run into often these days: after big drops in your 401(k) or college savings account, you decide to take some mone... more

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Hitting a snag with Ford LEAPS

TK All-Star posted on 02/05/09 at 03:06 PM

Doc Maher rolls with an unexpected development: Ford’s delisting. Whoa! I’ve been blogging lately about a hypothetical Ford LEAPS trade which just took a surprising turn. (Catch up on the initia... more

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Uracowman eyes the “shorting opportunity of the decade”

TK All-Star posted on 02/04/09 at 11:32 AM

Nicole Wachs talks to this Leaderboard hero about his strategy. We had huge readership on my last trade analysis of Super Swing Trader’s strategy, so why not do another? I talked with uracowman, ... more

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Options TV on CNBC and ONN

TK All-Star posted on 01/29/09 at 10:07 AM

Nicole Wachs kicks back to watch the tube.     If you haven’t heard, there is a brand new show on CNBC for us option people – “Options Action.” It’s a fast paced show with a panel of options ... more

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Super Swing Trader: “Never fight the Dow”

TK All-Star posted on 01/28/09 at 05:06 PM

Nicole Wachs reveals this Leaderboard hero’s secrets to success. I haven’t cranked out a real-trade analysis in a while – and despite the crappy markets, there are more winning trades out there t... more

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The trade that got away: Ford LEAPS

TK All-Star posted on 01/26/09 at 11:45 AM

Doc Maher eats his heart out (a little) over a missed opportunity.     Right before Thanksgiving I was eyeing a contrarian-bull trade in Ford (F) calls, which I blogged about in Time to Buy Ford ... more

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Steve Nison Introduces Candlesticks

TK All-Star posted on 01/21/09 at 03:02 PM

Steve digs into the basics of candles in a new multi-part series.   After my TradeKing webinar High Probability Trading with Candlesticks (check out the archived version) I wanted to recap a... more

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Steve Nison joins TradeKing’s All-Stars

TK All-Star posted on 01/20/09 at 08:57 PM

Fire up your candlestick strategy with Steve Nison.   We’ve signed on another MVP as a TK All-Stars guest commentator: founder Steve Nison. Glad to have you on-board, S... more

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Expiration: It’s that Time Again

TK All-Star posted on 01/14/09 at 08:59 AM

A large percentage of TradeKing client option positions expire this week.   If you are trading options in your TradeKing account, chances are you have a position in January 2009 options. Many... more

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Angelo Benedetto joins TK All-Stars crew

TK All-Star posted on 01/09/09 at 05:14 PM

Bringing expertise in bonds and fixed income to the TK All-Stars team.     We’re signing fresh All-Star talent right, left and center over here. I’m happy to announce TradeKing’s own Director ... more

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Resolved: Smarter on Taxes when Trading

TK All-Star posted on 01/08/09 at 04:25 PM

TK All-Star guest Jim Crimmins offers a few tax tips to get you ready for 2009.   It’s New Year’s resolution time – and pretty soon it’ll be tax time. In fact, April is the month many traders an... more

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Jim Crimmins joins TK All-Stars Team

TK All-Star posted on 01/08/09 at 02:48 PM

A new year starts with fresh TK All-Stars talent.   We’re bringing on even more expertise to the TK All-Star Commentator bench. I’m proud to announce Jim Crimmins of Traders Accounting as our ... more

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