Wade Hansen
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Editor, SlingShot Trader

S. Wade Hansen has been involved in investor education for his entire career. Most recently, he co-founded Learning Markets and PFX Global to help individual investors learn to take control of their investment portfolios.

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Recent Articles

Options Broker Review: optionsXpress

Jun. 20, 2009, 1:18 am EDT – Learn the pros and cons of the online options brokerage optionsXpress. More 

Pre-Market vs. After-Hours Stock Trading

Jun. 11, 2009, 11:05 am EDT – Few investors realize you can actually trade before the market opens and keep on trading after it has closed. In fact, those who do take advantage of pre-market and after-hours trading find it to be a less-crowded and more enjoyable trading experience. However, the rules are a little different. Here's how (and why) you want to play the game. More 

How to Predict the Market Opening

Jun. 10, 2009, 3:03 am EDT – Have you ever wondered how analysts and reporters determine if the market is going to open higher or lower than it closed yesterday? Stock traders typically look at two sources. Find out what they are here. More 

The Short Squeeze Phenomenon

May. 21, 2009, 8:15 am EDT – Short squeezes cause swift, violent moves up in stocks, and they are very expensive for the people caught on the wrong side of the trade -- the short sellers. But they could lead to a quick profit for an investor with a canny eye who can spot one on the way. More 

Where Should You Set Your Stop Loss?

May. 6, 2009, 7:08 am EDT – Many investors struggle with the task of determining where to set their stop loss levels. Set it too far away and you'll lose too much money if the stock moves in the wrong direction. On the other hand, if you set them too close, you'll lose money by being taken out of the trade too early. Let's take a look at three methods you can use to determine where to set your stop losses. More 

Dividends in a Bear Market

Nov. 21, 2008, 8:27 am EDT – Although valuing a stock based on its dividend may have fallen out of style for a while, let's take a look at some of the benefits of investing in stocks with high dividend yields versus investing in high growth stocks. Plus, get details on five dividend paying stocks to buy now. More 

Option Styles: American vs. European

Nov. 11, 2008, 6:18 am EDT – Learn the differences between these two styles of options and how they affect risk premiums. More 

Use LEAPS to Avoid Value Traps

Nov. 8, 2008, 2:13 am EDT – Is it the right time to buy that value stock? Maybe. Maybe not. Find out how to use LEAPS to ride out near-term volatility while you wait for a longer-term trend to emerge. More