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  1. Steps To Becoming A Quant Trader

    These days, being highly proficient in mathematics or statistics is the bare minimum requirement for being a quant. You'll ...
  2. 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?
  3. Applying Binary Options To Equity Markets

    A binary option payout depends on the outcome of a “yes” or “no” proposition, related to the difference between underlying ...
  4. Can You Buy Stock Insurace? 3 Strategies to Limit Stock Losses

    Investors can use derivative securities to effectively buy insurance on their individual holdings or on their portfolio as ...
  5. ETF Options Hedge Risk of ETF Trades

    With more ETFs to trade, the risks associated with these investments have grown. To mitigate these risks, ETF options are ...
  6. Pick The Right Options To Trade In Six Steps

    Use the six-step PROVES method to pick an option to trade.
  7. Quants: What They Do and How They've Evolved

    It sounds exciting to be a quantitative trader, but what do they do? Here's a sneak peak into the world of a "quant."
  8. Index Options: A How-To Guide

    Index options, financial derivatives that derive their value from a stock index, can provide stability and peace of mind ...
  9. How Trading Algorithms Are Created

    The steps quantitative traders, and traders using algorithms, follow in order to create their algorithms.
  10. How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios ...
  11. An Introduction To Price Action Trading Strategies

    For traders who want a mix of technical analysis with their own control in decisions, price action trading offers the perfect ...
  12. Getting Market Leverage: CFD versus Spread Betting

    Leveraged products offer investors the opportunity to get significant market exposure with a small initial deposit. Contracts ...
  13. Contract for Difference (CFD) Risks

    Contracts for differences are flexible, highly leverageable trading instruments. They offer potentially outsized returns ...
  14. Why Is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Short selling -- selling borrowed stock in hopes the price goes down -- was unregulated until the Great Depression.
  15. (Un)Mapping the Trend

    Much has been said about using trend analysis to gauge the market, but what do we really know about the concept "trend"?
  16. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. The Top Technical Indicators For Commodities Investing

    Traders can use "the usual suspects" (standard indicators for trend trading) when it comes to choosing indicators for investing ...
  19. All About Liquid Commodities

    You might hear 'liquid commodities' and think of an auction, but they're actually a high-volume, fast paced financial product ...
  20. Pick the Right Brokerage Account for Options Trading

    Follow these steps to pick the right options brokerage account depending on your trading needs and style of trading.
  21. The Six Things Investors Should Do Now

    FOX Business Network’s Elizabeth MacDonald weighs on The Six Things Investors Should Do Now. Stocks are swinging up and down, ...
  22. Lognormal and Normal Distribution

    When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal ...
  23. The Beginning Of A Bear Market?

    Monday, Friday and Thursday marked the worst three-day streak for U.S. stocks since 2011.
  24. Day Trading Strategy Steps

    Five trading strategy steps for building your own day trading strategies, managing risk, finding entry and exit points and ...
  25. Traits of an Elite Trader

    When it comes to traders, these are the traits that separate the wheat from the chaff.
  26. The Top Technical Indicators For Options Trading

    Options traders have to pay attention to more indicators than your average stock trader does, including volatility, direction, ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. The Vital Importance of Choosing The Right Day Trading Software

    Software has made day trading quick and automatic--all the more reason to be as painstaking as possible when choosing the ...
  29. Using Normal Distribution Formula To Optimize Your Portfolio

    Normal or bell curve distribution can be used in portfolio theory to help portfolio managers maximize return and minimize ...
  30. Swing Trading Indicators: For Those Too Impatient For Buy And Hold

    For investors who are too impatient for the buy and hold strategy, swing trading may be your thing--but seriously, be careful.
  31. How To Research Volatile Stocks

    Volatile stocks scare some investors--they're worried about something they need to keep an eye on. Fortunately, great software ...
  32. Penny Stocks, Options and Trading on Margin

    You may not be able to trade penny-stock options, but small-caps and micro-caps could be close enough. Here's a primer on ...
  33. The Normal Distribution Table, Explained

    The normal distribution formula is based on two simple parameters - mean and standard deviation
  34. Playing Penny Stock-Like ETFs

    While there are no penny stock ETFs or mutual funds, a shrewd investor can pick from a number of small-cap and micro-cap ...
  35. How Low-Volatility ETFs Can Enhance Your Success

    Is your equity portfolio suffering from seasickness? Check out these low-volatility ETFs known for their stability.
  36. Google Stock Too Expensive For You? Try Options

    Investing in Google (GOOG) generally requires you to pay the price of the share multiplied by the number of shares bought. ...
  37. Study These Penny Stock Trading Trends

    Any active trader watches trends patterns to devise a strategy. Penny stock traders should do the same; it could help them ...
  38. How To Buy Oil Options

    Crude oil options are widely traded energy derivatives, with a twist. They're options on futures, giving the investor some ...
  39. Investment Options For Bitcoin High-Rollers

    Got big money to bet on bitcoins? Here are some options looking to make a splash in 2014.
  40. Hypothesis Testing in Finance: Concept & Examples

    When you're indecisive about an investment, the best way to keep a cool head might be test various hypotheses using the most ...
  41. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Stock Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points in the stock market.
  42. Is Your Psyche Ready For A Bull Market?

    Not all investors are mentally prepared for when a much-awaited bull market finally comes charging in.
  43. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  44. What You Need To Know About COBRA Health Insurance

    We go through everything you need to know about COBRA so that you can decide if it's right for you.
  45. Spotting A Market Bottom

    Recognizing a market bottom can lead to huge opportunities for an investor. We go over how you can spot the bottom so that ...
  46. Can Good News Be A Signal To Sell?

    Sometimes positive announcements can mean bad news for a stock. Find out why.
  47. Technical Top-Down Investing: Analyzing The Market

    The top-down investment strategy depends on economy and market strength. Find out what you should know before jumping in. ...
  48. Which Canadian Oil Stocks Are The Best?

    Canada is a prime option when investing in oil companies and oil-related assets. Here are four long-term picks worth your ...
  49. How To Pick Winning Penny Stocks

    Cheap doesn't always equal good. When choosing penny stocks, investors would be wise to note several key factors that affect ...
  50. No Faith In Bitcoin? Profit From Shorting It

    Most articles assume that bitcoin prices will rise. But what about those who think it's a Ponzi scheme? This article is for ...
  51. Basics Of The Binomial Distribution

    Despite the fancy-sounding name, you already understand the Binomial Distribution, and you can use it to make money. Ready? ...
  52. Buy Side Vs. Sell Side Analysts

    Find out the difference between these two Wall Street jobs.
  53. Strategies And Secrets Of High Frequency Trading (HFT) Firms

    Secrecy, strategy and speed are the words that best define high-frequency trading (HFT) firms.
  54. Fibonacci And The Golden Ratio

    Discover how this amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to the financial markets.
  55. Introduction to Margin Accounts

    Find out what your broker is doing with your securities when you invest on margin.
  56. 6 Dangerous Moves For First-Time Investors

    It's easy for people to invest nowadays, but there are risks. These mistakes could take you out of the market when you've ...
  57. Patience Is A Trader's Virtue

    Waiting may be the biggest key to reeling in that trophy investment.
  58. Tales From The Trenches: Location Is Everything

    When a candle pattern re-occurs near a moving average, it may indicate future support or resistance.
  59. Picking Your First Broker

    If you're a rookie investor, your first big investment decision should be an informed one.
  60. How To Use A Moving Average To Buy Stocks

    The Moving Average indicator is one of the most useful tools to trade and analyze financial markets.
  61. The Elder-Ray Indicator: Seeing Into The Market

    Elder-ray helps determine the strength of competing groups of bulls and bears so you know when to buy and when to short. ...
  62. Take the "Dope" Out of Your Finances

    The activity of the brain chemical dopamine can help make sense of our irrational financial decisions. Here's how to outsmart ...
  63. Motivations That Influence Trading Strategies

    Traders and speculators have different classifications based on their differing characteristics or strategies carried.
  64. Would You Profit As A Day Trader?

    Market timing is surrounded by controversy, but does it work?
  65. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  66. 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.
  67. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  68. 10 Timeless Rules For Investors

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

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  70. The Leap-Year Phenomenon

    Find out if you can build a strategy around the behavior of the market in the presidential cycle.
  71. Preparing Your Finances From Natural Disasters

    Use these easy tips to protect your financial interests from natural disasters.
  72. 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 ...
  73. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  74. 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.
  75. 5 Skills That Traders Need

    There are many routes to becoming a professional trader, but these five skills will help you get there.
  76. 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, ...
  77. 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!
  78. The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  79. 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 ...
  80. Confirming Price Movements With Volume Oscillators

    Use this indicator to validate a change in price direction and moving averages.
  81. Momentum Trading With Discipline

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

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

    Learn how to build a price rate of change indicator and incorporate it in your strategy.
  84. 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.
  85. Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  86. 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 ...
  87. The 10 Commandments Of Investing

    Use these rules to guide you on the road to financial freedom.
  88. 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.
  89. 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 ...
  90. 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.
  91. Essential Strategies For Trading Volume

    Looking to trade using volume? Have a look at these essential tips.
  92. 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. ...
  93. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    All of the potential highs, lows, and sentiments associated with investing can overshadow the ultimate goal—making money. ...
  94. 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.
  95. Industries That Thrive On Recession

    Find out where to turn when looking to invest in a tumultuous market.
  96. Unpredictable Event Or Bad Investment?

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

    Buy high and sell higher. Find out if you could surf these risky waters.
  98. 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.
  99. Simple Moving Averages And Volume Rate-of-Change

    We teach you how to confirm buy and sell signals by comparing two very simple indicators.
  100. Advantages Of Data-Based Intraday Charts

    We take a look at these chart intervals and how we can use them to our advantage.
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