The 6 Advantages of ETFs

ETFs, or Exchange Traded Funds, have increased in popularity over the last few years, and for a number of reasons. Today, Price Headley of, is going to give us the low-down on everything we need to know about this increasingly utilized financial product.

We hope you'll enjoy today's guest blog post and perhaps consider adding ETFs or ETF options to your portfolio in the near future. As always, we're interested in hearing what you have to say about this post or your experiences trading ETFS in our comments section.


In recent years the popularity of ETF Options has exploded.  At we have focused on ETFs for quite some time now.

The issue with ETFs and ETF Options has always been liquidity, but things have changed in that regard.  Due to the advantageous architecture of ETFs, more investors are hedging their portfolios with ETF options.  To understand the reason these vehicles are changing the options environment, let's take a look at the underlying securities and their benefits.

1. ETFs Trade Like a Stock - Unlike mutual funds or hedge funds which can only be entered or exited at the market close each trading day, ETFs can be bought and sold intraday.  They can even be day-traded just like stocks.  This advantage allows investors to make speculative bets on the direction of an index while still having the ability to exit the trade at any time of the day.  ETFs also allow short selling, as well as often being optionable. Continue reading "The 6 Advantages of ETFs"

Size Your Positions Like the Pros Do

Position size, or the number of shares you purchase, is a subject often overlooked by many traders. How many of us have an actual method that we use and stick to, or are we arbitrarily using the same number or percentage with each trade? Today, Chuck LeBeau, who is soon to be inducted into the “Traders' Hall of Fame," an INO TV author, and exit strategy specialist has stopped by to introduce a positioning method that can be introduced into any portfolio.

Read his strategy for determining position size below and leave a comment to let Chuck, and other Trader's Blog readers, know what you think. Also, check out Chuck's newest endeavor at


Deciding how many shares to buy on each trade is easy – once you know how!

How many shares should you buy when you enter a new position? Most investors are creatures of habit and buy the same number of shares each time, usually some nice round number or dollar amount. Others are a bit more sophisticated and invest a certain percentage of their portfolio value. If your portfolio is $100,000 and you add a new position you might invest $10,000 or 10% of your account size or maybe you just buy your usual position of 100 shares. If any of these procedures sounds familiar to you, you need to learn more about how to correctly determine the correct number of shares to buy. The pros refer to the correct procedure as “position sizing”. Continue reading "Size Your Positions Like the Pros Do"