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  1. Top 10 Mistakes When Trading in Cheap Options

    Cheap options can be very risky. Reduce your risk by avoiding these 10 common mistakes in trading in cheap options.
  2. 5 Rules Of Engagement For Trading In Tough Markets

    Tough markets undermine profitability and lower self-confidence. Fight back with five simple but powerful rules of engagement.
  3. Expert Trader Strategies: The Opening Price Principle (QQQ, GILD)

    The first trade of the day in liquid markets defines a narrow price level that can act as support or resistance for the entire ...
  4. Trading Using Binary Options

    Discover the securities and underlying assets you can trade using binary options in the US.
  5. Top Brokerage Firms for Options Trading

    Trading options? Here is the list of the best brokerage firms for options trading, with features, functionality, and brokerage ...
  6. Trade In The Right Direction Understanding Trend-Range Axis (AAPL, GPRO)

    Markets cycle continuously between directional trends and compressed ranges in all time frames.
  7. Top Technical Indicators For Rookie Traders (USO, SPY)

    Choosing the right indicators can be a daunting task for novice traders. It’s a much easier process when they focus their ...
  8. How to Use a Bull Call Spread to Trade

    Here's how you can use a bull call spread to trade stocks.
  9. Top Strategies Remote Traders Should Follow (YHOO)

    Most traders cannot watch every tick because they have lives away from the markets. These folks can take simple steps to ...
  10. How To Trade Breakouts Using Elliott Wave Theory

    We can apply three easily understood Elliott Wave principles to a popular breakout strategy and watch how they improve market ...
  11. World's Top 10 Trading Companies

    Which are the top trading firms of the world? Here is the list of the ones with highest trading revenue.
  12. Step Back From The Crowd & Trade Weekly Patterns

    Weekly patterns sidestep the HFT maelstrom by aligning trade entries and exits with the edges of longer-term trends.
  13. How To Trade & Profit From Pattern Failures

    The best trade could be in the opposite direction when a classic price pattern doesn’t behave according to perfect rules. ...
  14. How Investopedia's Chart Advisor Can Help Your Trading Strategies

    How to use Investopedia’s Chart Advisor section to build efficient trading strategies.
  15. 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 ...
  16. How Trading Algorithms Are Created

    The steps quantitative traders, and traders using algorithms, follow in order to create their algorithms.
  17. 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."
  18. 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 ...
  19. (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"?
  20. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Some investors find fundamentals boring. For those types, there's technical analysis. It's not difficult, but it requires ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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.
  23. Day Trading Strategy Steps

    Five trading strategy steps for building your own day trading strategies, managing risk, finding entry and exit points and ...
  24. 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, ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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.
  27. Trading Without Noise

    False signals can drown out underlying trends. Find out how to tone them down and tune them out.
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Strategies And Secrets Of High Frequency Trading (HFT) Firms

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

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

    Find out what your broker is doing with your securities when you invest on margin.
  34. Patience Is A Trader's Virtue

    Waiting may be the biggest key to reeling in that trophy investment.
  35. 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. ...
  36. Motivations That Influence Trading Strategies

    Traders and speculators have different classifications based on their differing characteristics or strategies carried.
  37. Tweezers Provide Precision For Trend Traders

    How to use candlestick tweezer patterns for analyzing and trading financial markets.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. How To Break Bad Trading Habits

    It isn't making money on each trade that counts, but developing a long-term plan that works.
  41. 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, ...
  42. Measure Momentum Change With ROC

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

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

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

    Learn how to apply the ACD technique to a longer time horizon.
  46. Essential Strategies For Trading Volume

    Looking to trade using volume? Have a look at these essential tips.
  47. 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. ...
  48. Riding The Momentum Investing Wave

    Buy high and sell higher. Find out if you could surf these risky waters.
  49. Tips For Avoiding Excessive Trading

    Learn to trade smart instead of gambling with your money.
  50. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 3

    Learn about market wave, the second screen in this three-part system.
  51. Triangles: A Short Study In Continuation Patterns

    Learn how to read these formations of horizontal trading patterns.
  52. The Pros And Cons Of Automated Trading Systems

    Automated trading systems minimize emotions, allow for faster order entry, lead to greater consistency and resolve pilot-error ...
  53. Strategies For Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Investopedia explains Fibonacci retracements--based on the elegant "golden" ratio--and how the levels are derived.
  54. Charting Your Way To Better Returns

    Learn about the powerful hybrid techniques that take advantage of both technical and fundamental analysis.
  55. Using Trading Indicators Effectively

    Select multiple indicators, avoid information overload and optimize indicators to effectively use technical analysis tools. ...
  56. 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.
  57. 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 ...
  58. Advanced Channeling Patterns: Wolfe Waves and Gartleys

    Discover how these provide the trader with insight into both the timing and scope of breakouts.
  59. 3 Technical Tools To Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  60. 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 ...
  61. Introduction To Swing Trading

    This style, between day trading and trend trading, may be a good one for beginners to try.
  62. 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." ...
  63. Finding The Trend With Aroon

    Don't be confused about whether a long-term trend will continue, stall or reverse.
  64. MACD Histogram Helps Determine Trend Changes

    Learn how this momentum indicator is used to determine price action on a stock.
  65. Top Companies Trading On The Toronto Stock Exchange

    Canadian stock markets are home to some of the best companies across sectors such as finance, energy, mining and minerals.
  66. Trade Like A Hedge Fund Master

    Simple techniques can limit losses - but at a cost.
  67. Four-Week Rule Boosts Winning Trades

    Acquaint yourself with an indicator that played a role in the early development of technical analysis.
  68. A Guide To Day Trading On Margin

    Buying on margin is a good option if you don't have the cash to day trade.
  69. The Best Day-Trading Schools

    Here are the top day-trading schools that offer courses and mentoring in the stock, options, futures and forex markets.
  70. Top Stocks High-Frequency Traders (HFTs) Pick

    High-frequency trading (HFT) firms make money by exploiting inefficiencies in the pricing of shares quoted on several exchanges ...
  71. Trading Options on Futures Contracts

    Futures contracts are available for all sorts of financial products, from equity indexes to precious metals. Trading options ...
  72. The Perils Of Program Trading

    The increasing use of program trading makes market glitches inevitable - and sometimes disastrous.
  73. What Maker-Taker Fees Mean To You

    Exchanges and a few high-frequency traders are being scrutinized for a rebate pricing system regulators believe distorts ...
  74. How IEX is Combating Predatory Types Of High-Frequency Traders

    IEX is an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that seeks to combat predatory trading, particularly high-frequency trading. ...
  75. Mini Options: A Useful Tool For Trading High-Priced Securities

    Mini options are option contracts wherein the underlying security is 10 shares of a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF). ...
  76. Principal Trading and Agency Trading

    Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes when you buy or sell a stock? Read on and find out!
  77. Quant Strategies - Are They For You?

    Using the power of modern computers and the input of many financial experts, these models automatically execute trades for ...
  78. Earn More Profit With Less Trading

    Avoiding overtrading can save your money and your sanity. Find out how to slow your turnover and build your profits.
  79. Using The Mirror Trading Strategy For Stocks

    Mirror investing offers transparency and the ability to benefit from someone else’s investment expertise, but it could well ...
  80. Risk Management Techniques For Active Traders

    Use stop-loss and take-profit points to your advantage with these strategies.
  81. Exotic Options: A Getaway From Ordinary Trading

    Exotic options are like regular options, except that they have unique features that make them complex. These unusual investment ...
  82. How To Trade The News

    Regardless of your investing horizon, learning to trade the news is an essential skill for astute portfolio management and ...
  83. Is Your Personality Preventing Profitable Trades?

    Different personality types will trade differently. Where do you fit in?
  84. Basics Of The Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

    What was once associated with shouting traders and wild hand gestures has now become more closely associated with statisticians ...
  85. Introduction To Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers major profit potential thanks to the powerful way in which momentum can drive a stock.
  86. Trading With The Jobless Claims Report

    Introduction to the jobless claims report. This article looks at what jobless claims tell us about the economy's health and ...
  87. Loving Your Stocks? Don't Take This Cliché To Heart

    The advice not to fall in love with one's stocks is common, even a cliché. However, the prevalence of this phenomenon is ...
  88. Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  89. Profiting In Bear And Bull Markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their ...
  90. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  91. Defining Illegal Insider Trading

    The better you understand why insider trading can be criminal, the better you'll understand how the market works.
  92. The Downward Spiral Of Trading Addiction

    Trading in the financial markets is stimulating, exciting and engrossing. But one can become addicted, just like with actual ...
  93. Use Caution Trading Pink Sheet Stocks

    Pink Sheets stocks offer exciting opportunities to increase portfolio returns by large magnitudes in a short time. However, ...
  94. Using Index Futures To Predict The Future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Check out the index futures.
  95. Trading GDP Like A Currency Trader

    Investors that understand and utilize the U.S. GDP report have a significant advantage over those that don't.
  96. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  97. Follow The Herd In Trading The Capital Market

    If you have ever heard "the trend is your friend" and believed it, you may be a fan of herd instinct mentality. This is an ...
  98. Introduction To Guerrilla Trading

    Guerilla trading can takes a lot of expereince, risk capital and mental fortitude; it is not for the novice investor.
  99. Activities You Can Take Advantage Of In The Pre-Market And After-Hours Trading Sessions

    A great deal can happen in between the New York close of the market and the open the following morning. Learn how you can ...
  100. Trading Is Timing

    Learn how to make gains even if you don't get in at the right time.
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