Three great ways to make, and lose, money with derivatives

Buying an option is tricky enough on its own, but there are a lot of other ways to play the derivatives market. Here are three lesser-known investment opportunities for traders ... and how they can blow up in your face if you're not careful. Selling an Option Retail investment strategies usually talk about buying options, … Continue reading Three great ways to make, and lose, money with derivatives

Options vs. futures: how to tell them apart

Derivatives occupy a niche section of the market. Instead of having value directly, such as a stock's price based on the value of a company, futures and options derive their value from speculation about an underlying asset. Telling these products apart can sometimes be tricky because they share structural similarities. Yet futures and options stand … Continue reading Options vs. futures: how to tell them apart

Five ways to keep your portfolio safe(r) from volatility

A shaky market can be the investor's worst nightmare. While professionals have the flexibility to monitor and adjust their investments day-to-day, the average investor keeps a much more hands-off attitude toward her portfolio. That's smart since tinkering with your investments is generally a good way to lose money. In a turbulent market, though, that conventional … Continue reading Five ways to keep your portfolio safe(r) from volatility

Expert Interview Series: Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading on Using Technology to Make Smarter Trading Decisions

Carley Garner is an experienced commodity broker with DeCarley Trading in Las Vegas where she has authored several futures and options trading books and is a frequent contributor to Jim Cramer's Mad Money on CNBC. We recently checked in with Carley to get her trading insight. Here's what she shared: Can you talk about your … Continue reading Expert Interview Series: Carley Garner of DeCarley Trading on Using Technology to Make Smarter Trading Decisions

Five Ways Options Trading Is Different than Day Trading

Options and day trading are two exciting areas of the marketplace. With frequently changing positions and a high degree of flexibility, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which is the right choice for your portfolio. Here are a few of the major differences to help investors make the right call. First, though, neither of … Continue reading Five Ways Options Trading Is Different than Day Trading

Expert Interview Series: Kim Klaiman of steadyoptions.com on Mastering Options Trading

Kim Klaiman is a full-time Options Trader and founder of steadyoptions.com, an options education and advisory service. We recently checked in with Kim to get his insight on options trading. here's what he shared: What's your background in options trading? How did you become interested in it? I started actively investing in stocks and bonds … Continue reading Expert Interview Series: Kim Klaiman of steadyoptions.com on Mastering Options Trading

5 Ways Investing in Options Is Different than Investing in Stocks

Have you tried your hand at investing in the stock market? If you have had a measure of success doing so, you might be thinking of trying your hand as an options trader. Before diving right in, though, there are some things you should know about the differences and similarities between investing in stocks and … Continue reading 5 Ways Investing in Options Is Different than Investing in Stocks