bigdog’s Blog posts

NYSE ByRDs Take Flight on April 21!

bigdog posted on 04/19/16 at 03:59 PM

We’re excited to announce our participation in a brand-new options product, to be launched by the NYSE on Thursday, April 21. Binary Return Derivatives, or ByRDsSM, offer a streamlined approach... more

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5 Reasons The Retirement Crisis Is Getting Worse for Average Americans

bigdog posted on 04/11/16 at 09:37 AM

How many of you have read this alarming TIME Magazine article? It analyzes the findings of the latest annual survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, which has tracked U.S. workers’ ... more

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Ally Acquires TradeKing Group

bigdog posted on 04/05/16 at 12:30 PM

I couldn’t be more excited to share this news: today we’re announcing our agreement to be acquired by Ally Financial. (Read the full press release here.)  In this blog post, I want to explai... more


TradeKing Wins Options Insider Broker Madness!

bigdog posted on 04/04/16 at 04:39 PM

Options traders! Basketball fans! We’re happy to announce TradeKing won the 2016 Options Insider Broker Madness. This fun contest pitted all the major options-focused brokers against each other... more


How to Talk With Your Spouse About Money & Investing

bigdog posted on 03/31/16 at 05:03 PM

This recent Marketwatch article got me wondering: how do you folks handle the delicate business of talking about money and investing with your better half? I’m a lucky man for many reasons, p... more

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Can Millennials Save The U.S. Economy?

bigdog posted on 03/29/16 at 08:18 AM

Can Millennials Save the U.S. Economy? That’s the title of a recent, thought-provoking article by Marketwatch contributor Maria LaMagna. She points out some big-picture facts that many pundits... more

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Happy Easter, traders!

bigdog posted on 03/24/16 at 03:19 PM

What’s everyone planning to do this weekend? Soaking up an extra dose of Vitamin D? Spending a little more time with friends and family? Kicking off or finishing up “spring break”? Let us know... more

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The One Awesome, Automatic Boost You Could Be Giving Your Investments

bigdog posted on 03/24/16 at 09:27 AM

Show of (virtual) hands, folks: how many of you are taking advantage of recurring transfers into your TradeKing account? Whether your goal is to boost long-term retirement savings, increase ava... more

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Celebrating a Four-Star Milestone -- We’re 10 for 10!

bigdog posted on 03/22/16 at 09:46 AM

Having kicked off our 10th year in business this year, we’ve been in a milestone frame of mind, taking stock of where we’ve been, how far we’ve come together and setting our sights on even br... more

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March Madness, Investing & Trading Have More In Common Than You Realize

bigdog posted on 03/17/16 at 02:23 PM

Basketball fans: our favorite season is upon us! TradeKingers in both our North Carolina and Florida offices are truly and happily suffering from March Madness in a big way. The UNC Tar Heels a... more

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Financial Literacy Starts With Mom & Dad

bigdog posted on 03/11/16 at 10:05 AM

How did you first learn how to manage money? Like most Americans, I didn’t have many finance lessons formally in school, but I absorbed plenty of those skills informally at home. Even though th... more

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The 5-Year Countdown to Retirement

bigdog posted on 03/09/16 at 03:31 PM

Every once in a while, you stumble upon an article that you want to share with everyone you know. The 5 Year Retirement Countdown by MarketWatch columnist Andrea Coombes fell in that category f... more

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Debunking the Millennial Investing Myth

bigdog posted on 02/29/16 at 09:35 AM

Why do millennials get such a bad rep in the financial media? I suppose it’s a classic media trend: older generations always look askance at the evolving values and priorities of rising generat... more

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Is This Market Suffering From “Dread Risk”?

bigdog posted on 02/25/16 at 08:59 AM

Here’s an interesting new term to add to your psychology-of-investors vocabulary: “dread risk”. This CNBC article reports how one Deutsche Bank economist explains the current market’s skittish... more


Do Fat Profit Margins Signal Capitalism’s End?

bigdog posted on 02/23/16 at 08:53 AM

“One of the most heated debates among investors is the question of whether corporate profit margins can maintain their elevated level, or whether they will inevitably revert to mean.” So begin... more

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TradeKing Named “Ultimate Value Broker” by!

bigdog posted on 02/18/16 at 10:26 AM

It’s official: has just released its 2016 Online Broker Review, and TradeKing has once again made a stellar showing. We won a four-star ranking for the second consecutive year... more

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Market Volatility & Your Retirement

bigdog posted on 02/16/16 at 10:06 AM

I’ve blogged a lot lately about the extended market volatility we’ve experienced recently, in an effort to equip investors and traders with actionable strategies to fight back. (See my recent p... more

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Happy Presidents’ Day!

bigdog posted on 02/12/16 at 05:36 PM

Hello, TradeKingers! A friendly reminder that next Monday, February 15, is a market holiday. U.S. stock markets will be closed, as will TradeKing, in observance of the holiday. However, feel f... more

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Keeping Your Cool During Market Volatility

bigdog posted on 01/27/16 at 08:35 AM

TradeKingers, we know it’s been rough out there lately. But to modify an old saying: when the going gets tough, tough investors get smart. What exactly does that mean, though? In the midst of a... more

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How to Cope With Stock Market Gyrations

bigdog posted on 01/20/16 at 02:33 PM

Time for the obligatory roller-coaster shot…how is this market’s wild ride treating you? Some folks revel in volatility, and others would just rather get off the ride, thank you very much. Wher... more

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