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  1. Interpreting Overnight Action In The Index Futures

    Overnight action in index futures sets the tone for the U.S. market day. Traders can use 24-hour index futures charts to ...
  2. Stock Options To Trade On Intraday Momentum Index

    The intraday momentum index, or the IMI, can offer a reliable way to profit on options, but only for the right stocks.
  3. Know When To Buy & Hold It, Know When To Fold It

    A passive buy-and-hold strategy using ETFs is one of the most efficient ways of building a portfolio.
  4. Pros & Cons Of A Passive Buy And Hold Strategy

    Forget market timing: we look at the pros and cons of the tried, tested, and true strategy of buying and holding stocks for ...
  5. Strategies For Playing The Confirmation Trade

    Trends often escalate when the confirmation process is completed after a breakout or breakdown.
  6. Three Types Of Profit Protection Stops

    Three types of profit protection stops lock in profits at different stages in the progression of a successful trade.
  7. Spectator Vs. Speculator: Two Market Approaches

    Spectators and speculators rely on different mechanisms to identify and profit from market opportunities.
  8. Trading With Stage Analysis

    Stage analysis offers market participants a powerful tool to identify current market conditions and make rapid adjustments ...
  9. Intro to NYSE Binary Return Derivatives

    The New York Stock Exchange is entering into binary options trading. Here’s a quick introduction to how NYSE Binary Return ...
  10. Should You Short These Debt-Laden Stocks?

    These stocks have high debt-to-equity ratios making them prime candidates to short.
  11. Prospering In The Next Bear Market: Here's How

    Prepare to survive, and even prosper, in the impending bear market, by considering and putting into action the following ...
  12. How The New NYSE Binary Options Work

    The New York Stock Exchange has launched its own version of binary options called Binary Return Derivatives Options or ByRDs. ...
  13. Why Volatility Is Your Friend

    Instead of looking at falling share prices as something negative, investors should view it as an opportunity to acquire ownership ...
  14. Netflix's Billion-Dollar Content Licensing Budget

    Understand how Netflix selects the TV shows and movies it streams to its subscribers, and learn how it finances those licensing ...
  15. 4 Ways You Can Invest In Gold Without Holding It

    Owning gold can be a store of value and a hedge against unexpected inflation. Holding physical gold, however, can be cumbersome ...
  16. Knowing When To Hold And When To Sell

    When deciding whether to sell or hold on to a stock, use the "partial sell" strategy as a way to minimize risks and ensure ...
  17. Using Bullish Candlestick Patterns To Buy Stocks

    These five popular candlestick chart patterns signal a bullish reversal in downtrend.
  18. How To Profit From Oil Volatility With The Following Strategies

    The recent volatility in oil prices presents an excellent opportunity for traders to make a profit if they are able to predict ...
  19. How To Short Amazon Stock

    With the stock reaching all-time highs and the company gambling on several new business lines, many investors may feel it's ...
  20. Profitable Long-Term Consolidation Patterns

    Long-term consolidation patterns set up high reward opportunities for patient market players.
  21. Debunking 8 Myths About Technical Analysis

    Investopedia exposes a few common myths about technical analysis.
  22. Characteristics Of Successful Traders

    Successful traders share psychological characteristics that augment their personal and financial power.
  23. These Red Flags Could Signal A Change In Trend

    Early warning signals allow traders to take action before a change in trend traps the prevailing crowd.
  24. Twitter and Stock Trading: A Real Strategy?

    Is it really a profitable strategy to look at the number of tweets about a stock as an indicator to help you decide to buy/sell ...
  25. Structured Notes: What You Need to Know

    Structured notes are complex, high risk and might not be suitable for individual investors. Here's why.
  26. The FV ETF: Playing Momentum with Less Risk

    This ETF is one way to play momentum investing, but even with its steady gains, there are no guarantees.
  27. How Are Stock Options Taxed & Reported?

    That depends on the type of stock option you have. A rundown of the tax treatment for statutory and nonstatutory, or non-qualified, ...
  28. Strategies For Forex Algorithmic Trading

    Algorithmic trading strategies, such as auto hedging, statistical analysis, algorithmic execution, direct market access and ...
  29. Financial Analysis: Solvency Vs. Liquidity Ratios

    Solvency and liquidity are equally important for a company's financial health. A number of financial ratios are used to measure ...
  30. Gain The Needed Insights To Spot Stock Pick Scams

    Uneducated traders are often ensnared by "hot stock pick" scams, but educated traders use key insights to make well-timed ...
  31. When and How Can Spread Betting Be Profitable

    Providing tax-free income in some countries, spread betting can be highly profitable. Investopedia provides important points ...
  32. Trading Forex Options: Process And Strategy

    What are the processes to trade forex options on most liquid currency pairs, and what are some strategies for success?
  33. Options Strategies That Profit From Rite Aid's Volatility

    Learn why options strategies such as the long straddle and the long strangle enable investors to make big money with Rite ...
  34. How U.S. Election News Affects The Dow

    We explain the relationship between US politics, election news, and the performance of the Dow.
  35. How Are Futures & Options Taxed?

    We present a basic introduction to the US tax processes of futures and options.
  36. Should You Wade Into The Dark Pools Of Liquidity?

    Dark pools of liquidity allow big investors to trade away from the public eye. They limit market impact but may leave small ...
  37. Try Southwest Airlines Options To Avoid Risks

    Learn how to take a position in Southwest Airlines' stock using option strategies that have limited or defined risk.
  38. Is The Yuan The New Greenback?

    China is increasingly top of mind for investors. While bulls see an opportunity in a massive equity rally, bears are focused ...
  39. Gauging Entry And Exit Signals With Range Bars

    Wide range price bars often generate important signals that traders can use for timely entry or exit.
  40. How New Traders Can Downplay Costs

    Concentrate on learning to play the game well in your first year as a trader, avoiding high information costs.
  41. Why There's No Such Thing As A Stock 'Free Ride'

    If you're not familiar with freeriding and you're trading stocks, you should be. Although it sometimes happens unintentionally, ...
  42. Buy and Hold: Comfortable, But Mind the Risks

    Don't let the comfort of buying and holding blind you into hurting your portfolio.
  43. Is a Stock's Trade Volume Important?

    Stock volume is easy to calculate but understanding its importance is a little more involved. Take the time because it's ...
  44. Why Zynga's Stock Should Be On Your Radar

    Take a closer look at game developer, Zynga, and the reasons why the company's stock may be attractive to investors at the ...
  45. Diversify Your Asia Holdings with These 4 Stocks

    If you're looking for diversification in Asia, consider these four stocks.
  46. One Thing To Consider After An Uptrend

    A breakdown at support could eventually yield a profitable trading opportunity in the opposite direction.
  47. Best Ways To Find Profitable Intraday Trades

    This checklist can uncover patterns and setups that generate profitable short-term trading opportunities.
  48. The Basics Of Forex Algorithmic Trading

    Much of the growth in algorithmic trading in Forex markets over the past years has been due to algorithms automating certain ...
  49. How Elite Traders Learn From Their Mistakes

    What distinguishes a good trader from a mediocre one is his or her ability to learn from mistakes and use the experience ...
  50. Top U.S-Regulated Option Brokers

    Options trading requires amassing significant capital and then facing high volatility. To protect yourself, ensure you trade ...
  51. 6 Brokers That Will Pay You To Trade With Them

    We review six leading online brokers that are offering cash bonuses for opening a new account.
  52. Tax Treatment For Call & Put Options

    A brief intro to the complex US tax rules governing call and put options with examples of some common scenarios.
  53. Average Rate Of Return For Day Traders

    A look into the question of day trader earnings and factors that play a role in trading success.
  54. Top U.S-Regulated Penny Stock Brokers

    Want to explore the high-risk, high-return world of penny stocks? Ensure you go only with reputable and regulated stock brokers. ...
  55. How To Buy Options On the Dow Jones

    We show why buying options on the Dow Jones is a good alternative to trading the exchange-traded fund.
  56. How To Invest In The Swiss Franc

    The Swiss franc is one of the safe havens of the investing world. Learn how invest through ETFs, forex, futures, and binary ...
  57. 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. ...
  58. How To Seek Out Winning Trades

    Hunt for new winners with carefully-drawn scanning filters and third party services.
  59. The 6 Most Profitable Grocery Stores

    These are the six largest grocery store chains operating in the United States.
  60. How To Trade In The Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange may soon become the third-largest exchange in the world.
  61. Want To Trade Stocks In College? 5 Tips To Start

    Investing while in college can be challenging. Here are 5 tips to help student investors make the most of their college years.
  62. 6 Stocks for Millennials (or Anyone)

    Savvy Millennial investors looking for long-term winners should take a look at these stocks.
  63. When To Follow The Crowd And When To Lose It

    Our profits ultimately depend on the misfortune of other market players.
  64. The Shiny Object Syndrome that Kills Trader Productivity

    People get distracted and, in their excitement, they end up trying to learn everything rather than focusing on the subject ...
  65. What A Rate Hike May Mean For Stocks

    By the end of the year, investors will likely be contending with the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade. ...
  66. Will These High-Flying Stocks Stay Hot in 2015?

    These 10 stocks were on fire in 2014. Will they stay hot?
  67. The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate ...
  68. How To Cover Your Bases After Making A Trade

    Follow up your trade entry with these time-tested risk management strategies.
  69. Four Steps To Manage A Downturn In The Market

    A few simple adjustments could end your losing streak as soon as it begins.
  70. Top 10 Stocks Under $10 Dollars In 2015

    Looking for value investment in stocks under $10? Investopedia provides a list of $10 high-potential stocks trading under ...
  71. How To Tackle Intraday Volume

    Measure the flow of intraday volume to estimate the emotional intensity of the crowd.
  72. Analyzing The Market With Trend Mirrors

    Past price action can exert a powerful influence on current rallies and selloffs.
  73. Reading Trends With Moving Average Ribbons

    Moving average ribbons reveal subtle relationships between price, time and trend.
  74. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  75. Should Investors Get Into Oil Now?

    Oil has enjoyed a steady climb after a violent plunge. Where is it going next, and how can investors profit?
  76. What More Volatility Means For Momentum Stocks

    One byproduct of the recent tick higher in bond yields: a meaningful rise in volatility for both stocks and bonds.
  77. The Risks Of Trading Low-Volume Stocks

    Low volume stocks may be susceptible to price manipulation and liquidity problems. Beware of these and other risks before ...
  78. The Rewards Of Trading Stocks With Low Volume

    Trading in stocks which have low volume is risky, but it does offer a lot of high return potential. Investopedia explains ...
  79. How & Why Interest Rates Affect Options

    The Fed is expected to change interest rates soon. We explain how a change in interest rates impacts option valuations.
  80. 10 Steps To Becoming A Day Trader

    Want to be the master of your career by becoming a full-time day trader? Follow these 10 steps to be a successful trader.
  81. How To Value Airline Stocks

    We explain what drives the stocks of airline companies and how best to assess their values.
  82. Micro-Patterns: Looking At The Smaller Picture

    Micro-patterns within trading ranges reveal hidden characteristics of the bull-bear struggle.
  83. What To Do With Stocks That Hit All-Time Highs

    Apply this specialized set of risk management and technical rules when your positions are trading at new highs.
  84. Understanding The Price Vs. Time Equation

    Price and time generate vastly different reward: risk profiles.
  85. Steps to Starting Up an Independent Broker Dealer

    Launching your own broker-dealer is a lot of work, but the potential payoff is great, both personally and financially.
  86. The Top U.S. Regulated Stock Brokers

    To operate in the United States, stock brokers must comply with SEC regulations that protect investors. Here is a look at ...
  87. Distinguish A Stock Price Correction With A Price Trend

    We explain how you can use trend lines to help avoid market corrections.
  88. Coupling Cross-Verification With Trading Tricks

    Cross-verification identifies the convergence of unrelated technical information at a narrow price level.
  89. Trend Tips For Every Type Of Trader

    Profitable trading opportunities unfold with specific time requirements.
  90. Should You Average Down When Trading Stocks?

    Averaging down on a stock can allow you to avoid having to admit you are wrong. On top of this and given enough time, the ...
  91. Top 10 Brokerage Firms For Day Trading

    Day traders have different needs from long-term investors. Investopedia rates the top 10 brokerage firms for day traders.
  92. How To Trade Real Stocks For Free

    Online brokerages have significantly lowered the cost to invest, and some new brokers are challenging the status quo even ...
  93. Should You Sidestep Social Media's Hottest ETF?

    Social media is hot, but it may not be the right time to invest.
  94. Adjusting Price Charts To Secondary Offerings

    Secondary offerings may require rapid readjustment of trading strategies.
  95. Is Liquidity Improved By High Frequency Trading (HFT)?

    Is the market liquidity provided by high frequency trading a reality or an illusion?
  96. Spotting First Rise Patterns And What To Do With Them

    The first rise pattern marks the first 100% retracement of a downtrend within the time frame of interest.
  97. Are These the Top 3 Value Stocks of 2015?

    A look at three value plays for the long-term investor.
  98. The Risks Of Writing Covered Calls

    While writing a covered call option is less risky than writing a naked call option, the strategy is not entirely riskfree.
  99. When And How To Tackle Earnings Reports

    Trading earnings news for consistent profits requires considerable discipline and patience.
  100. 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.
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