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  1. Candlestick Charting: What Is It?

    Discover the components and basic patterns of this ancient technical analysis technique.
  2. The Utility Of Trendlines

    Trendlines give an investor a good idea of the direction an investment might move in. Discover how to make them work for ...
  3. Can Regular Investors Beat The Market?

    With the big name competition out there, hard-working people who invest have a tough time beating the market.
  4. How To Outperform The Market

    Active trading is an investing style that aims to beat the market. Find out how it works, and whether it will work for you. ...
  5. 4 Biases That Can Make You A Bad Investor

    Find out how to spot these four biases, and start making more logical investing decisions.
  6. Removing The Barriers To Successful Investing

    Learn how to stop using emotion and bad habits to make your stock picks.
  7. Logic: The Antidote to Emotional Investing

    Playing follow-the-leader in investing can quickly become a dangerous game. Learn how to invest independently and still come ...
  8. How To Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap by using some simple strategies.
  9. Introduction to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that looks to the past to predict the future. ...
  10. The Daily Routine Of A Swing Trader

    From pre-market to after hours, see what you need to do to capture gains quickly.
  11. Pros & Cons Of Day Trading Vs Swing Trading

    Day trading involves making dozens of trades in a single day, based on technical analysis and sophisticated charting systems. ...
  12. The Two-Hour-A-Day Trading Plan

    A lot of stock activity takes place at the beginning and end of the trading day. Find out how you can use this to benefit ...
  13. 4 Key Elements To Create A Successful Trading Plan

    A successful trading plan addresses four key elements of trading: prediction, timing, volatility and risk.
  14. 3 Questions To Find Your Trading Plan

    Ask yourself these three questions to figure out which strategy is best for you.
  15. Catching A Falling Knife: Picking Intraday Turning Points

    Trying to pick the absolute top and bottom points can lead to excessive losses. This strategy allows you to hedge your risk. ...
  16. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  17. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  18. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  19. How To Become A Day Trader

    We look at the training, tools, equipment and strategies needed to succeed as a day trader.
  20. An Introduction To Day Trading

    This article will take an objective look at day trading, who does it and how it is done.
  21. Why Advisors Will Be Key in a Low-Return World

    The human factor in an advisory relationship should be strong enough to override market and portfolio performance, giving ...
  22. China May Be Poised for a Breakout

    The emerging markets continue to rally; China may refuse to get left behind.
  23. Don't Make These Top 10 Mistakes On Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable errors.
  24. Funding a Startup with Retirement Cash: Smart or Dumb?

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" – and retirees who want to stretch their dollars – are looking to invest ...
  25. Countries Friendly to Russian Business

    Russia's largest trading partners include China and the European Union. Learn about the goods and services that Russia exchanges ...
  26. How Momentum Investing is Making a Comeback

    Momentum investing is making a comeback, though recent studies have shown it has been a viable strategy all along.
  27. Some Cautionary Advice for the Novice Day Trader

    The lure of day trading is the stuff of investor dreams: Making lots of money in little time. But it can be very dangerous. ...
  28. Top 5 Books to Learn Technical Analysis

    Here are five of the best books written on technical analysis to help traders and investors understand and apply technical ...
  29. Top 5 Books to Become an Option Trader

    For individuals aspiring to become options traders, here are five of the best books that offer help in understanding and ...
  30. Behind Symantec's 26.5% Rise in 10 Years (SYMC)

    Symantec's relatively volatile stock was driven primarily by financial results and changing outlook over the 10-year period ...
  31. Why You’ll Never Get a Stock Tip Out of Me

    Playing the long game might not be as exciting as following a cocktail party stock tip, but it's likely to make you far more ...
  32. How Commodities Spread Betting Works

    Commodity spread betting is a way to speculate on price movements of various commodities. Here's how it works.
  33. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust: 6-Month Snap Shot (SPY)

    The stock market's need for a breather, anticipation surrounding Fed policy and the Brexit all drove SPY's price movements ...
  34. 2 M&A Deals That Burned Hedge Fund Short Positions (SCTY, TSLA)

    SolarCity Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee merger deals burned two of the most prominent hedge fund short sellers and caused ...
  35. Top 5 Books to Become a Professional Trader

    For people who want to learn how to trade and invest for themselves, there are a wealth of excellent books on trading available ...
  36. Introduction To Swing Charting

    Discover why traders use swing charts, how they construct them and how they use them.
  37. Break Down Modern Market Trends To Grasp Movement

    Convergence points to dynamic conditions that can elicit strong trends while divergence suggests conflict, more typical of ...
  38. Rules and Strategies For Profitable Short Selling

    Short sales work well in bull and bear markets but strict entry and risk management rules are required to overcome the threat ...
  39. The Short and Distort: Stock Manipulation in a Bear Market

    High-quality stock reports needn't be confused with stock manipulators' dramatic claims.
  40. The Uptick Rule: Does It Keep Bear Markets Ticking?

    This rule prevents traders from driving stocks down, but its effect on market volatility is debatable.
  41. Short Selling Risk Can Be Similar To Buying Long

    If more people understood short selling, it would invoke less fear, which could lead to a more balanced market.
  42. Questioning The Virtue Of A Short Sale

    This controversial strategy is blamed for making and breaking markets. Read on to learn more.
  43. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

    This strategy allows you to stop chasing losses when you're feeling bearish.
  44. Short Sales For Market Downturns

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  45. Traps That Lead to Market Underperformance Part I

    There are many psychological traps that lead to defeat in investing. But I've noticed this one more than others over the ...
  46. Why Stock Picking Is a Loser's Game

    If you are trading in and out of individual stocks and you are not illegally insider trading, you are a total loser. Here's ...
  47. How Financial Spread-Betting Companies Make Money

    How to evaluate spread-betting companies and find the right broker.
  48. The Volatility Surface Explained

    Learn about stock options and the "volatility surface," and discover why it is an important concept in stock options pricing ...
  49. Find Your Niche In The Financial Industry

    In this article, we'll give you the tools you need to discover the financial career that fits you the best.
  50. This Bull Market Is Supported by the Index Funds Investment

    The massive growth of index funds has been supporting the bull market and could lead to a steeper correction when it happens.
  51. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  52. Know the Forces At Play Behind the Buy/Sell Cycles

    Weekly Stochastics uncovers patterns of buying and selling pressure that can be predicted and capitalized upon by observant ...
  53. 6 Signs You Are Addicted To Investing

    An addiction to trading can ruin your life and relationships. Not to mention the monetary costs. There are telltale signs ...
  54. 5 Things to "Deliberately" Do to Improve Your Trading

    Most traders are putting in trading hours, but not improving. Here are deliberate steps that can take your trading to the ...
  55. Understanding Investor Behavior

    Discover how some human tendencies can play out in the market, posing the question: are we really rational?
  56. Multiple Time Frames Can Multiply Returns

    Short-term and intermediate charts complement the underlying trend and refine entries and exits.
  57. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  58. What's Behind Lulu Lemon's 450% Rise Since Its IPO?

    The stock price of the athletic apparel retailer has expanded and contracted over the nine years since its IPO, but the company ...
  59. The Fed Sticks to the Script (Yawn…)

    The Federal Reserve missed another opportunity to raise rates last Thursday. So, If we get stagflation, the Fed must learn ...
  60. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  61. Buying Stocks When the Price Goes Down: Big Mistake?

    Averaging down is a trumpeted strategy that has merit, but can amount to throwing money away when used carelessly.
  62. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  63. Stock Safety: Top 3 Ways to Limit Your Losses

    First time stock investors may ask: is there any way to buy insurance on stocks to prevent losses?
  64. Why is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down --used to be unregulated.
  65. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  66. Rookie Day Trading Tips: Don't Play it by Ear

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  67. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    The “quantitative” approach to investing seeks to pay attention to the numbers instead of the intangibles.
  68. 5 Top Ways to Double Your Investment

    From risky maneuvers to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  69. Are You Investing or Gambling?

    We look at ways in which gambling creeps into trading and what may drive an individual to trade - or gamble - in the first ...
  70. The Prisoner’s Dilemma in Business and the Economy

    The Prisoner’s Dilemma provides a framework for understanding how to strike a balance between cooperation and competition, ...
  71. Quit Your Job To Trade Stocks?

    Ready to quit your day job and become a full-time trader? These tips will help you determine your area of expertise.
  72. Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

    There are a number of very common psychological traps or errors that investors typically make. You can save a lot of money ...
  73. The 10 Worst Mistakes Beginner Traders Make

    Traders generally buy and sell securities more frequently and hold positions for much shorter periods than investors, which ...
  74. A Day in the Life of a Day Trader

    Day trading has many advantages and, while we often hear about these perks, it's important to realize that day trading is ...
  75. Becoming An Elite Trader: The Game Plan

    To be an elite trader, you don't need a finance degree, but you must have a plan, and a serious, systematic approach to the ...
  76. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  77. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  78. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  79. Behind Google's 243% Rise in 10 years (GOOGL)

    Analyze Alphabet's stock price history to determine the primary drivers of appreciation. See how growth and outlook were ...
  80. 5 Restaurant Stocks With High Debt Levels (YUM, QSR)

    Examine the restaurant industry to identify five companies with high debt levels. Assess capital structure with financial ...
  81. 3 Reasons Cash Is a Smart Position in Your Portfolio

    Explore three reasons to hold cash positions in investment portfolios, including the advantages of liquidity in falling markets ...
  82. The 3 Biggest Spread-Betting Companies in the U.K.

    Learn about spread betting and the companies that have cornered the market in offering cutting-edge trading technologies ...
  83. U.S. vs. Eurozone: Comparing Smart Money Moves

    Learn about four of the most successful market calls ever made by U.S. and European traders whose predictions triggered huge ...
  84. 6 Dangerous Moves for First-Time Investors

    First-time investors beware of these potentially disastrous decisions.
  85. Chart of The Week: 4 Reasons You Should Still Invest Abroad

    Though this year has not been a stellar one for many markets don’t be so quick to abandon investing outside the US. Here ...
  86. Implied vs. Historical Volatility: The Main Differences

    Discover the differences between historical and implied volatility, and how the two metrics can determine whether options ...
  87. 4 Cases to Buy If the Stock Market Is at an All-Time High

    Learn about why someone would invest in the stock market, even if it has reached an all-time high. This article will review ...
  88. The Four Most Common Indicators in Trend Trading

    Here are the top indicators and tools trend traders use to establish when trends exist and find entry/exit points.
  89. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools for trading and analyzing financial markets.
  90. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  91. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  92. Measuring Stock Market Sentiment With Extreme Indicators

    Pay attention to how the exhaustion principle helps technical indicators signal trend reversals when abrupt value changes ...
  93. Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Here are some ways to invest in real estate.
  94. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    8 high-risk investment vehicles that can double investors' funds.
  95. 4 Reasons Soros' Philosophy Is Hard to Implement

    Develop the skill to identify investments worthy of a significant portfolio allocation and build the self-discipline to exit ...
  96. How Mutual Funds Chasing Popular Stocks Hurt Alpha

    Learn about the Goldman Sachs research report, which concluded that mutual funds overweight holdings of stocks that are less ...
  97. What Happened to the Bull Market?

    Stocks suffered a horrific sell-off following the surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU. But what happened to the bull market? ...
  98. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  99. Economic Factors That Affect The Forex Market

    Knowing the factors and indicators to watch will help you keep pace in the competitive and fast-moving world of forex.
  100. Drawdown Risks: 4 Tips from Goldman to Prepare (GS)

    Explore the four recommendations made by Goldman Sachs to prepare for the increasing frequency of double-digit drawdowns ...
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