•Risk to Reward Ratios - Can You Handle The Truth?
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I've never been a big fan of Risk-To-Reward ratios. There are a million ways to calculate them for one thing. It is simple to say that you want a 2 to 1, or a 3 to 1, or a 4 to 1 ratio, but where do you start, and where do you get out of the trade? Do you base that on someone's pivot points (another trading aid that has MANY formulas), or some other formula?
The problem I have with Risk TO Reward ratios is that I have seen them cause traders to hold trades too long. I am a firm believer in...
•Index Trading Inside of Your Retirement Account For Better Yields
If you have ever wanted to trade the index (or anything else for that matter) inside of your retirement account, you may have ran into a wall of opposition. That's because your broker may not know much about it, and others think it is illegal - but it is not. Here's how to pull it off.
First off, we are NOT referring to trading stocks in your IRA account (which is normally not a problem unless you are labeled as a day trader and you don't have at least $25,000 inside of your account), but...
•Did You Get Your 401(r) Royalty Check?
I recently got a teaser email that was touting a 401(r) royalty check. First let me share with you some highlights about this investment that for the most part is true, and then I'll tell you what a 401(r) check really is. Here are a few points the email (from our friends at Personal Finance) was touting:
Not many Americans have heard of this secret money strategy.
Unlike IRA or 401(k) plans, 401(r) lets you draw checks at any time, at any age and with no income requirements of any kind. I...
•Avoid Day Trader Label - Trade Binary Options
Recently I've had a few questions from folks who trade stocks about being labeled as day traders. The down side is that if it happens you will have to have at least twenty five thousand dollars in your trading account. That can be the death blow for many would-be investors!
My standard answer to this problem is to learn how to index trade, and/or trade binary options. As an index or binary options trader you can make as many trades as you want with just a couple grand in your account (just a...
•My Top 5 MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships)
Hopefully you have read some of my other articles on the power of Master Limited Partnerships (if not you should as soon as you finish this Top 5 list).
One of the best things about MLPs is that they not only pass through the profits to investors, but they can pass through tax deductions too. This makes a large part of your earnings with them Tax-Free as long as the company has new projects going (which provide plenty of expenses to be written off by the partners).
Here they are my top 5...
•Roth IRA Myth - Bad Advice Is Abundant
I am constantly amazed at how main stream financial "Experts" miss the value of a Roth IRA or 401k.
Here is an example. A quote from CNNmoney.com about a Roth IRA compared to a traditional IRA:
"Mathematically, there's no difference between getting a tax break at the beginning or end. All else being equal, you end up in the same place whether you pay taxes at the outset or in retirement."
Mathematically there is no difference???? This is the kind of garbage advice that has cost taxpayers...
•Your Own Hedge Fund Strategy - The 130/30 Play
The 130/30 strategy cashes in on both long and short stock plays in the market. As we have brought out before, most investors (statistics show 80% of all investors) NEVER short Anything. Those statistics might change with fairly new "Inverse ETFs". However, the 130/30 play is one that hedge fund managers have been doing for years. With a little-known ETF, you can now easily do the same thing yourself.
First, let me explain what many hedge fund managers typically do with a 130/30 Strategy....
•Guaranteed Retirement Contracts For Predictable Income
After the melt down in the stock market, many of the millions of baby boomers who are now retiring (or close to it) are looking for a solid retirement vehicle. How would you like to own Guaranteed Retirement Contracts?
If the market tanks, you get paid. If the market goes nowhere, you get paid. If the market goes up, you get paid even more. Some of these contracts have paid as much as 11% on your money.
What's more, You can start collecting large monthly paychecks right away. If you are at...
•Trading Tip - Average Strategy For More Profits
Many traders like to scale out of their moves, or split their contracts while exiting a trade. That move works well, and in some markets it is the way to go. I focused on splitting and taught that for years while teaching the Emini S&P.
Now that I mainly trade and teach the Mini Dow, I like to average instead of splitting or scaling out. The goal of both strategies is the same in my opinion. When you scale out of a move, you are wanting to get into a position where you have nothing to lose....
•Gold - Inside of Your Retirement Account
When the US dollar weakens, many investors flock toward gold. The gold merchants always stress gloom and doom no matter how good the economy or world looks.
The possible end of the world makes people feel safer with gold. Perhaps they think they can trade it for food in a crisis. If hyper inflation comes, it would be good to have some of your retirement funds in gold. In this article I'd like to give you some of my favorite gold plays. Before we do that, I'd like to give you my gold warning....
•Binary Options - Popular Strategy For Online Income From Home
Binary options provide a very big advantage of being traded in different financial markets. Willing sellers and buyers of binary options in various markets trade them with a view to making profits. Binary options are connected with high returns and this is what each trader aims for. In traditional options trading profits can be derived from several sources. Traditional options profits are directly connected to the scale of price change and hence cannot be known or prearranged.
•Maximize Your Retirement Income & Lifestyle
Millions of baby-boomers are now reaching retirement age. With the recent meltdown in the markets, many may be wondering what they can do to insure the lifestyle and income they once were planning for. In this article, I give you my favorite retirement income strategies.
First off, if you are still working, you should MAX out any employer-matched plans you may have at work. The closer you are to retirement, the more you should be contributing to these plans. If the markets scare you, then...
•Binary Option Trading Does Not Have To Take All Day
Many people think that when it comes to online trading that you have to be locked in front of your PC all day. If you are day trading stocks or options on stocks, that may well be the case. With Index trading, or binary options trading nothing could be further from the truth.
I like to keep my trading day to about an hour or possibly two. In fact, my most profitable days index trading have been when I only traded for about thirty minutes. If I trade longer, I tend to make mistakes. Besides,...
•What Are Master Limited Partnerships (MLPS)?
This little-known, rising-star asset class has created quite a buzz lately. At least for those in-the-know investors who have heard of them (again, very few investors have). You are ahead of the rush that will surely come toward MLPs by reading this.
In this article we will cover some basics on Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), and the tax planning issues involved.
Unlike corporations, MLPs pay no corporate-level tax. The partnership company passes the majority of their income to...
•Trading Mindset - Don't Try To Play Catch Up
One of the worst things you can do as a trader is to try and get even on a trading day when you are down. I'm not saying you can't do it, you can (get back to even or back to profit for the day), but the mind set you have while attempting a comeback for the day is what will make or break you.
Let's say that you get into an early trade where you lose $200. On your next trade you may start to think "I need to get that $200 back". If that is your thought process, you may likely end up further in...
•Investing For Fast Income Now
Many people hold off on investing in anything because they feel like they need more current income, and they don't want to have to wait years for an investment to pay off.
What is the solution if you are in that category? Income Investing. What exactly is income investing? You may have heard the term and wondered. After all, isn't it the goal of any investor on any investment to turn a profit? Yes, it is. However, an income investor is looking for recurring income right now, and growth in the...
•Retirement Investment - Iraqi Dinar
Maybe you have heard about the new Iraqi currency, and are wondering if it could fit into your retirement plans.
When this opportunity first came about, many scoffed at the idea! But, since then even Mad Money's Jim Crammer has spoken about the possibilities with the currency. You can view video footage of that discussion at:
There is no doubt that the financial future for Iraq could be very impressive. It is worth noting that the...
•Why I Prefer Binary Options To Forex
Forex or currency trading has really become a popular form of online trading. You can get started with a lot less money in your account (as little as $100 with many brokers), and you have the opportunity to earn a ton of profit. At least that is the lure, but for most Forex players, that dream never does materialize. In this article we will explore some of the reasons why.
There are many reasons why I like index trading or binary options over Forex plays, but there are two main...
•Foreign Currency Exchange Trading - Is It For You?
Perhaps you have considered getting into FOREX trading. FOREX stands for Foreign Currency Exchange Market. This is a fascinating way of making money in the market. With FOREX you could discover strategies that will let you turn a few hundred dollars into perhaps thousands. You'll need to learn to focus on trades that are good ones and most profitable.
FOREX can be an amazing tool to learn to use. You could profit big, as there are no limits to the amount of income you can earn. You need to...
•Binary Option Strategies You Should Know
So, you have finally decided to enter into binary trading. Let's touch on a few binary option strategies you should know about.
Without any knowledge of strategies that are often applied and used in this industry, you will have a very slim chance of succeeding. However, if you will work on these strategies then you will have a good chance of ongoing binary option trading success. Below are a few of those strategies that you must learn and use in binary trading.
This is one...
•Are You Still Trying To Time The Market?
Many people look for ways to time their entry back into the market. Even though their timing was lousy on the way out, they are still convinced that they can time their way back in!
Why did so many folks lose retirement funds in their IRA's and 401k's? Because they are still holding fast to the old buy-an-hold strategy.
In watching CNBC this morning I saw an example of the very thing I have been preaching about for years now. Mark Haines and Erin Burnett anchor their show "Squawk on the...