Active Trading Articles

  1. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  2. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  3. Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool.
  4. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  5. The Leap-Year Phenomenon

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  6. The Basic Language Of Candlestick Charting

    If you want to use candlestick charting to get a sense of where a stock is headed, you need to learn how to read this unique charting language.
  7. Preparing Your Finances From Natural Disasters

    Use these easy tips to protect your financial interests from natural disasters.
  8. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

    Find out what most investors are doing wrong, and how you can do it right.
  9. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  10. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  11. Spotting Breakouts As Easy As ACD

    Wondering what it means to be a "logical trader"? Take a look at this system devised by Mark Fisher.
  12. 5 Skills That Traders Need

    There are many routes to becoming a professional trader, but these five skills will help you get there.
  13. How The Retail Investor Profits From High Frequency Trading

    Stock markets and high-frequency trading seem inseparable. As an individual investor, try and make the best of the mess, starting now.
  14. Trader vs Investment Banker: Which Job Is Best For You?

    Thinking of a career as an investment banker or a trader? Then you'd better know the difference!
  15. The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  16. The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want it to do it profitably.
  17. Momentum Trading With Discipline

    This type of strategy demands controlled decision-making, requiring a continual refinement of entry and exit techniques.
  18. Gauging The Strength Of A Market Move

    Learn how to apply the ACD technique to a longer time horizon.
  19. Measure Momentum Change With ROC

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  20. Confirming Price Movements With Volume Oscillators

    Use this indicator to validate a change in price direction and moving averages.
  21. 4 Psychological Traps That Are Killing Your Portfolio

    Sometimes your largest financial hurdle is our head. Learn about the common mind-traps that trip up investors.
  22. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  23. How To Profit From The "Night and Day" Aroon Oscillator

    “Aroon” is a Sanskrit word loosely translated as the transition from night to day, appropriate for a measure that attempts to determine when a trend is about to develop into something of substance.
  24. The 10 Commandments Of Investing

    Use these rules to guide you on the road to financial freedom.
  25. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  26. Want to Day Trade? Try Binary Options Or Spread Betting

    Interested in Day Trading? These two derivative products are growing in popularity due to their profit potential and small trading capital required.
  27. 3 Penny Stocks That Are Worth Your Attention

    These penny stocks have been white-hot so far this year. Here's what you need to know about trading them.
  28. Essential Strategies For Trading Volume

    Looking to trade using volume? Have a look at these essential tips.
  29. Using The Force Index For Short- and Medium-Term Trading

    Here are the guidelines for making trading decisions using the force index in both a short and intermediate perspective.
  30. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    All of the potential highs, lows, and sentiments associated with investing can overshadow the ultimate goal—making money. The “quantitative” approach to investing seeks to pay attention to the numbers instead of the intangibles.
  31. Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Win

    Fear of breaking out of a comfort zone can prevent an investor from reaching his or her full potential.
  32. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

    When investments head south, your 20/20 hindsight can show you who's at fault.
  33. Riding The Momentum Investing Wave

    Buy high and sell higher. Find out if you could surf these risky waters.
  34. Investors Intelligence Sentiment Index

    This indicator can give a overall sense of bull and bear forces - learn what it is and how it's constructed.
  35. Simple Moving Averages And Volume Rate-of-Change

    We teach you how to confirm buy and sell signals by comparing two very simple indicators.
  36. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  37. Advantages Of Data-Based Intraday Charts

    We take a look at these chart intervals and how we can use them to our advantage.
  38. Pinpoint Winning Trade Entries With Filters And Triggers

    These tools will help you enter at high-probability points and ensure you trade within your set strategy.
  39. Spot Hotshot Penny Stocks

    Don't flip a coin to find your next investment.
  40. Using Compound Indicators To Predict Market Fluctuations

    Learn how to combine average true range, simple moving average and Bollinger band indicators to gauge market volatility.
  41. 5 Rules For Picking Great Day Trade Entries

    The following five rules will help traders find high profit potential, low risk, intra-day trades.
  42. Understanding Investor Behavior

    Discover how some strange human tendencies can play out in the market, posing the question: are we really rational?
  43. Tips For Avoiding Excessive Trading

    Learn to trade smart instead of gambling with your money.
  44. 5 Mental Mistakes That Affect Stock Analysts

    They know more about stocks than the average person, but analysts are still affected by biases. Find out what they are.
  45. The Danger Of A 401(k) Flameout

    It looks like the 401(k) has failed, but what are the repercussions, and how can you protect yourself?
  46. Tales From The Trenches: Hindsight Is 20/20

    Follow along with one of ChartAdvisor's failed trades and learn from our mistakes.
  47. Western Line Vs. Candlestick Charting

    These methods both have their merits, but they may be strongest when combined.
  48. Top 6 U.S. Government Financial Bailouts

    U.S. bailouts date all the way back to 1792. Learn how the biggest ones affected the economy.
  49. 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 and misery by avoiding them.
  50. Trailing-Stop Techniques

    The important decision to exit a position must be based on more than emotion if you want to be a disciplined trader.
  51. The Pioneers Of Technical Analysis

    Every time an investor talks about getting in low or picking entry and exit points, they are paying homage to these men.
  52. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 3

    Learn about market wave, the second screen in this three-part system.
  53. How To Invest In Penny Stocks

    Do you find the lure of finding a diamond in the rough too much to ignore? Then consider penny stocks. Just be aware of the risks.
  54. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  55. Invest In Yourself With A College Education

    Spending a few thousand dollars on school could help you earn millions more.
  56. Dividend Yield For The Downturn

    High-dividend stocks make excellent bear market investments, but the payouts aren't a sure thing.
  57. Strategies For Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Investopedia explains Fibonacci retracements--based on the elegant "golden" ratio--and how the levels are derived.
  58. 3 Ways Price Momentum Can Burn Your Portfolio

    Momentum traders are always trying to ride the herd. In these three situations, however, they may end up getting trampled.
  59. Andre Kostolany: Germany's Stock Market Guru

    We can learn a lot from Kostolany and his "steady or shaky hand" investing philosophy.
  60. Understanding Lender-Required Flood Insurance

    Having to buy flood insurance shouldn't be a surprise. Find out what you need to know when purchasing or refinancing a house.
  61. Take On Risk With A Margin of Safety

    More common risk theories can lead to missed opportunities. Find out how margin of safety can propel your portfolio.
  62. Understanding The Basics of A Stop-Limit Order

    There are many techniques used by investors and traders to restrict losses or lock in gains. The stop-limit order is one such technique.
  63. Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Here are four strategies for trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the oldest and most widely-followed equity indices in the world.
  64. Charting Your Way To Better Returns

    Learn about the powerful hybrid techniques that take advantage of both technical and fundamental analysis.
  65. 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 out on top.
  66. Using Trading Indicators Effectively

    Select multiple indicators, avoid information overload and optimize indicators to effectively use technical analysis tools.
  67. 4 Signs You're Addicted To Investing

    Compulsive trading will ratchet up your transaction costs, stress level and time spent away from the important things in life.
  68. Asset Allocation: The First Step Toward Profit

    Understanding the different asset classes is an essential part of portfolio diversification.
  69. Modern Portfolio Theory vs. Behavioral Finance

    Modern portfolio theory and behavioral finance represent differing schools of thought that attempt to explain investor behavior. Perhaps the easiest way to think about their arguments and positions is to think of modern portfolio theory as how the financial markets would work in the ideal world, and behavioral finance as how financial markets work in the real world.
  70. The Cost And Consequences Of Bad Investment Advice

    Is your advisor working for you, or for him/herself? Find how to tell the difference.
  71. Be Aware Of The Hindenburg

    This indicator can protect your profits from going into a tailspin.
  72. 3 Psychological Quirks That Affect Your Trading

    There are human tendencies that can block the road toward achieving our financial goals. Here's how to get around them.
  73. The Art Of Cutting Your Losses

    Taking corrective action before your losses worsen is always a good strategy. Find out how to keep your capital losses small and let your winners run.
  74. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  75. Advanced Channeling Patterns: Wolfe Waves and Gartleys

    Discover how these provide the trader with insight into both the timing and scope of breakouts.
  76. Goals For Novice Traders

    You're starting out in the investing world as a trader, so now what? We give you a few tips on how set your goals.
  77. 3 Technical Tools To Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  78. Matching Investing Risk Tolerance To Personality

    Understanding risk tolerance is crucial to the advisor/client relationship and any good investment policy statement.
  79. Getting On The Right Side Of The P/E Ratio Trend

    Buying at the right time is crucial, but how do we know when that is?
  80. Curious About Stock Index Futures? Read This First

    You've mastered investing in individual stocks...now what? If you like a challenge, consider stock index futures. Just be careful.
  81. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  82. What The Dow Means And Why We Calculate It The Way We Do

    Investors worldwide refer to the Dow every single day, but do you know why we use that formula?
  83. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  84. Introduction To Swing Trading

    This style, between day trading and trend trading, may be a good one for beginners to try.
  85. Active or Passive? How to Blend Aspects of Both

    Investment fund strategies can broadly be divided into either active management or passive management.
  86. Use The Percentage Price Oscillator: The "Elegant Indicator" For Picking Stocks

    Technical analysis is basically an attempt to disprove the credo that "Past performance is not indicative of future results." The percentage price oscillator, which measures momentum, is among the more sophisticated of such tools.
  87. Herding Tendencies Among Analysts

    Just like private investors, analysts are sometimes guilty of following the herd and failing to think independently.
  88. Finding The Trend With Aroon

    Don't be confused about whether a long-term trend will continue, stall or reverse.
  89. Trading Volatile Stocks with Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential, which leads to two common questions. How do I find volatile stocks? And how do I use technical indicators to trade them? Find out here.
  90. Selling Premium As Small Caps Play Catch Up

    In our recent article we pointed out a divergence between the small cap Russell 2000 and the S&P 500. However, the divergence has narrowed.
  91. The NASDAQ Pre-Market: What You Need To Know

    Curious about pre-market or extended-hours trading? Here's a quick guide so you'll know what to expect.
  92. The Rise And Fall Of The Shadow Banking System

    We look at the evolution, failure and fallout from the shadow banking system.
  93. Understanding Leveraged Buyouts

    LBOs are often presented as predatory by the media, but it really depends on which side of the deal you're on.
  94. Megatrends For Maximum Profits

    Predicting how the world will evolve can help you build a portfolio that can roll with the punches.
  95. MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  96. Darvas Box Traps Elusive Returns

    Follow a modern trade to see how this old strategy still captures profits today.
  97. Understanding Financial Spread Betting

    Investopedia explains the logic behing financial spread betting.
  98. 3 Key Signs Of A Market Top

    Learn the best ways to foresee market corrections and how to profit from them.
  99. Warren Buffett's Bear Market Maneuvers

    This esteemed investor rarely changes his long-term investing strategy, no matter what the market does.
  100. Where's The Market Headed Now?

    Whether up, down or sideways, learn about some of the factors that drive stock market moves.
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