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  1. Hedging Basics: What Is a Hedge?

    This strategy is widely misunderstood, but it's not as complicated as you may think.
  2. The 5 Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

    Statistics show unusual accuracy for the buy and sell signals of certain candlestick patterns.
  3. The Basics of the Bid-Ask Spread

    Successful traders must be aware of the difference between the bid price and the asking price of a security.
  4. How to Use Volume to Improve Your Trading

    Volume is a simple yet powerful way for traders and investors to increase profits and minimize risks.
  5. Which Order to Use? Stop-Loss or Stop-Limit Order

    Stop-loss and stop-limit orders can provide different types of protection for investors seeking to lock in profits or limit ...
  6. A Guide to Trading Binary Options in the U.S.

    What binary options are, how they work and where you can legally trade them in the United States.
  7. Broker or Trader: Which Career is Right For You?

    A day in the life of a broker or Wall Street trader is an exciting and varied one. Find out how to decide between these two ...
  8. A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  9. Day Trading Strategies for Beginners

    Interested in day trading? From picking the right type of stock to setting stop-losses, here's a tutorial on how to trade ...
  10. Basics of Algorithmic Trading: Concepts and Examples

    Algorithmic trading makes use of computers to trade on a set of predetermined instructions to generate profits more efficiently ...
  11. Best Time(s) of Day, Week & Month to Trade Stocks

    Is 9:00am or Noon better to buy stock? Best day? What about best month? Here's how time affects trading decisions based on ...
  12. The Worst Mistakes Beginner Traders Make

    Traders generally buy and sell securities more frequently and hold positions for much shorter periods than investors, which ...
  13. Understanding Investor Behavior

    Discover how some human tendencies can play out in the market, posing the question: are we really rational?
  14. Candle Sheds More Light Than the MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  15. Market Makers Vs. Electronic Communications Networks

    Learn the pros and cons of trading forex through these two types of brokers.
  16. What Investors Can Learn From Insider Trading

    Some insider trading is actually legal - and can be extremely telling for investors.
  17. Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  18. Implied Volatility: Buy Low and Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  19. Trailing-Stop/Stop-Loss Combo Leads to Winning Trades

    Combine trailing stops with stop-loss orders to reduce risk and protect portfolio value.
  20. Put-Call Parity and Arbitrage Opportunity

    These trades are profitable when the value of corresponding puts and calls diverge.
  21. Scalping: Small Quick Profits Can Add Up

    We look at different styles of scalping, and how they can all be very profitable.
  22. 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.
  23. When to Short a Stock

    Learn how to make money off failing shares.
  24. Trading The MACD Divergence

    Currency traders can use this method to avoid stop-order triggers before the real reversal.
  25. An Introduction To Day Trading

    This article will take an objective look at day trading, who does it and how it is done.
  26. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  27. Short Selling Quiz 1

    Test your knowledge with our short selling quiz.
  28. 10 Steps To Building A Winning Trading Plan

    It's impossible to avoid disaster without trading rules - make sure you know how to devise them for yourself.
  29. 4 Common Active Trading Strategies

    Learn four of the most popular active trading strategies and why active trading isn't limited to professional traders anymore. ...
  30. Top 4 Mistakes That Cause Futures Traders To Fail

    Learn to keep your losses to a minimum and consistently produce positive results.
  31. Removing The Barriers To Successful Investing

    Learn how to stop using emotion and bad habits to make your stock picks.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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. ...
  34. 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. ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 4 Key Elements To Create A Successful Trading Plan

    A successful trading plan addresses four key elements of trading: prediction, timing, volatility and risk.
  37. 3 Questions To Find Your Trading Plan

    Ask yourself these three questions to figure out which strategy is best for you.
  38. 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. ...
  39. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

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

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

    We look at the training, tools, equipment and strategies needed to succeed as a day trader.
  42. The Short Squeeze Method

    The short squeezed strategy can be risky - but also very rewarding - for those who master it.
  43. Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index or hedge downside risk ...
  44. Bear Put Spreads: A Roaring Alternative To Short Selling

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

    This strategy can help in market downturns, but it's not for inexperienced traders.
  46. 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. ...
  47. Use Weekly Stochastics to Time the Market Effectively (GOOGL, SPX)

    Weekly Stochastics uncovers patterns of buying and selling pressure that can be predicted and capitalized upon by observant ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. Multiple Time Frames Can Multiply Returns

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

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding - both psychologically and for your wallet.
  51. Why is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down --used to be unregulated.
  52. Rookie Day Trading Tips: Don't Play it by Ear

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  53. You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) makes it important for industry professionals to come up ...
  54. What It Takes To Become An Elite Trader

    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 ...
  55. Turtle Trading: A Market Legend

    In 1983, an expert trader decided to coach 14 novice traders. The results were astounding.
  56. How Did Reed Hastings Get Rich? (NFLX)

    Discover how Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder of Netflix, got so rich.
  57. 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.
  58. Measuring Stock Market Sentiment With Extreme Indicators

    Pay attention to how the exhaustion principle helps technical indicators signal trend reversals when abrupt value changes ...
  59. Does NYSE Margin Debt Indicate a Continuous Rally in the U.S. Stock Market?

    Discover a tight correlation between NYSE total margin debt and the S&P 500 and why investors should be patient before ...
  60. The Truth About Moving Averages

    Why does volatility matter? Because for the vast majority of investors, buy and hold is a fallacy.
  61. Amazon Cloud: Is AWS Really Outgrowing Its Competitors? (AMZN)

    Learn about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and how the e-commerce giant’s cloud computing segment is growing much faster than ...
  62. James Chanos on Short Selling

    Find out how Jim Chanos became one of Wall Street's most famous short sellers and how he views the practice of betting against ...
  63. 5 Ways to Identify 2016 Dow Laggards

    These five simple methods will sort 2016 Dow components into leader and laggard lists, allowing analysis of broader market ...
  64. The Different Trading Desks of an Investment Bank

    Learn about trading desks at an investment bank. Gain an understanding of how these trading desks are split among market ...
  65. Strategies for Trading Volatility With Options (NFLX)

    These five strategies are used by traders to capitalize on stocks or securities that exhibit high volatility.
  66. Is It Time To Sell Technology Stocks? (LNKD, AAPL)

    Technology stocks have taken a drubbing in recent days. Is it time to sell them?
  67. Four Big Risks of Algorithmic High-Frequency Trading

    Algorithmic HFT has a number of risks, and it also can amplify systemic risk because of its propensity to intensify market ...
  68. The Best Sectors To Sell Short in 2016 (PG, T)

    Three groups of stocks and sectors should underperform in 2016, generating profits from selling high and buying low.
  69. The Risks and Rewards of Day Trading the UWTI (UWTI)

    Learn about the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN, as well as its issuing company VelocityShares, and the potential risks ...
  70. The Perfect Moving Averages For Day Trading (AAPL)

    5-, 8- and 13-bar simple moving averages offer perfect inputs for day traders seeking quick profits on the long and short ...
  71. Why A Falling Stock Is Not Always A Bargain

    Learn how to successfully trade pullbacks and to avoid being crushed by "falling safes."
  72. The Truth Behind Trading Semiconductor (Chip) Stocks (INTC, TXN)

    Semiconductor companies offer an endless variety of trading and investment opportunities.
  73. The Basics Of Bollinger Bands®

    This strategy has become one of the most useful tools for spotlighting extreme short-term price moves.
  74. Is Google Beginning to Lose Its Dominance in Search?

    While Google remains king on the desktop, the migration to mobile threatens its leadership in search.
  75. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Day Traders

    Discover these five must-watch films and documentaries for day traders reviewed with the takeaway lessons that inspire, motivate ...
  76. The Elements of a Perfect Momentum Trade

    Five technical elements build profits in high-risk momentum trading strategies.
  77. Know When To Hold, Know When To Fold A Short Sale

    Consider making a short sale in the following circumstances: Bearish trend is developing rapidly, fundamentals are deteriorating, ...
  78. Traits of a Successful Trader

    When it comes to traders, these are the traits that separate the wheat from the chaff.
  79. Bad Luck With Trades? 5 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong

    If you're in a trading rut, ask yourself these five questions to help turn the corner.
  80. Playing It Safe With Trades? Or Holding Yourself Back?

    Fear of breaking out of a comfort zone can prevent an investor from reaching his or her full potential.
  81. How Do You Trade the Weather?

    You can trade on anything these days, including the weather.
  82. How to Trade Dow Jones Future Contracts

    Learn about the Dow Jones Index futures contracts available and obtain step-by-step instruction on how to trade the stock ...
  83. Trading Guns and Ammo (RGR, SWHC)

    Gun and ammo stocks offer a limited number of ways to play this true blue American sector.
  84. Is High-Frequency Trading A Fancy Term For Cheating?

    High-Frequency Trading is highly controversial - and now even presidential candidates are weighing in.
  85. The Pros & Cons Of Being A Trader On The West Coast (AAPL, GOOG)

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  86. Why MACD Divergence Is an Unreliable Signal

    MACD divergence is a popular method for predicting reversals, but unfortunately it isn't very accurate. Learn the weaknesses ...
  87. China's Top Trading Partners

    A slowdown in China, the largest trading nation in the world, will have significant impacts on major trading partners: the ...
  88. The World Of High Frequency Algorithmic Trading

    What’s behind the scenes of HFT? Here's a detailed look at the breakneck world of algorithmic and high-frequency trading
  89. The Mysterious Life of Trading Legend W.D. Gann

    Who was trading legend W.D. Gann? Even today, no one really knows whether his feats were real or mythical.
  90. The Best Hours To Trade The Swiss Franc

    Diverse reporting schedules keeps Swiss franc forex markets active and liquid between midnight and noon U.S. Eastern Time. ...
  91. Picking The Right Algorithmic Trading Software

    Willing to enter the tech-savvy world of algorithmic trading? Here are some tips to picking the right software.
  92. Learn How To Trade The Market In 5 Steps

    Learn how to trade the markets with skill and authority, starting with these five basic concepts.
  93. Only Take a Trade If It Passes This 5-Step Test

    Not every moment is a good trading opportunity. Put each trade through this five-step test, so you're trading only at the ...
  94. Real Stock Trading for Free Is Now a Reality

    Believe it or not, you can now trade stocks and ETFs for free. Here's a look at providers offering commission-free trading.
  95. Who Actually Trades or Invests In Penny Stocks?

    Although penny stocks are highly speculative, millions of people trade them daily. Here are 10 different types who do.
  96. Using Moving Averages To Trade The Volatility Index (VIX)

    VIX moving averages smooth out the natural choppiness of the indicator, letting traders and market timers access reliable ...
  97. Are You a Trend Trader or a Swing Trader?

    Swing traders and trend traders execute market timing strategies that require different skill sets.
  98. Detrended Price Oscillator Trading Strategies (FSLR, TLT)

    The detrended price oscillator (DPO) offers a simple approach to cycle analysis, removing momentum and long-term trends from ...
  99. A Primer on Price Action Trading

    Bored by the fixed rules of technical and fundamental analysis? Price action trading allows you to customize your own trading ...
  100. If You Had Invested Right After Google's IPO

    Find out more about how much money you would have if you invested $1,000 in Google Incorporated right after its initial public ...
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