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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ...
  4. Introduction To Guerrilla Trading

    Guerilla trading can takes a lot of expereince, risk capital and mental fortitude; it is not for the novice investor.
  5. 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 ...
  6. Trading Is Timing

    Learn how to make gains even if you don't get in at the right time.
  7. Trading The Non-Farm Payroll Report

    Discover how to trade the NFP report without getting knocked out by the irrational volatility it can create.
  8. Currency Trading On The Black Market

    The black market for currencies is increasingly becoming prevalent in nations marked by certain adverse economic factors ...
  9. Trading Double Tops And Double Bottoms

    We look at how Bollinger Bands help accurately project entry and exit points for pattern traders.
  10. How To Develop A Trading Brain

    The fundamental role of trader psychology tends to be underestimated, with too much emphasis placed on the technical side. ...
  11. This Is Your Brain On Stocks

    Find out how the human mind can hurt investors' portfolios.
  12. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 4

    How can a trader use the Elder-Ray oscillator as the second screen of this system? Find out here.
  13. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 2

    Market tide is the basis for making trading decisions in this three-part system.
  14. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 1

    Learn to take advantage of both trend-following and oscillator techniques to analyze your trading decisions.
  15. Has High Frequency Trading Ruined The Stock Market For The Rest Of Us?

    HFT is a controversial trading strategy. This article looks at how HFT affects the retail investor.
  16. 3 Of The Best Traders Alive

    Traders frequently lose large chunks of money, however, there are a handful with enough brains, boldness and capital to take ...
  17. Trading In The Pre- And Post-Market Sessions

    After-hours trading may have benefits for traders, but there are some potential problems.
  18. The Best Applications For Online Trading

    This article looks at technology in the financial market and the use of online applications.
  19. Understanding Order Execution

    Find out the various ways in which a broker can fill an order, which can affect costs.
  20. Trade On Support For The Best Exit Strategy

    Find your sound exit strategy based on support and resistance levels, while understanding the psychology behind them.
  21. Introduction To The Arms Index

    Developed in 1967 by Richard Arms, this volume-based breadth indicator can be applied over various time periods.
  22. Trading Failed Breaks

    Learn how to capitalize on the predictable behavior of others during breakouts and breakdowns.
  23. Use The Momentum Strategy To Your Advantage

    Learn how to use a number of different indicators to know when to make your trading moves.
  24. Losing To Win

    Adopting realistic expectations is essential to staying in the trading game.
  25. 3 Things Investors Can Learn From Traders

    By incorporating some of the best practices of top traders, investors can greatly improve portfolio returns.
  26. 5 Best Apps For Active Traders

    Investors are increasingly relying on their mobile devices to trade and do research. Here are five apps worth checking out. ...
  27. The Roles Of Traders And Investors In The Marketplace

    Discover how these two groups work together to keep the market functioning properly.
  28. 5 Top Traded Stocks

    Microsoft and GE are two of the biggest names on this list of stocks that have a consistently high trading volume.
  29. The Future Of Stock Trading: Neutrino Beams

    If neutrino beam technology realizes its vast potential, it will revolutionize the way trading is conducted in equity markets.
  30. How To Choose Stocks For Day Trading

    Discover some of the contributing factors in determining what stocks are best for day trading.
  31. Make Money Trading Earnings Announcements

    Here are two opinions to help you decide if trading earnings announcements will work for you.
  32. Neural Trading: Biological Keys To Profit

    Learn about neural networks, which is software designed to simulate the human brain in order to make better trading decisions. ...
  33. Trading The Odds With Arbitrage

    Profiting from arbitrage is not only for market makers - retail traders can find opportunity in risk arbitrage.
  34. An Overview Of Short Selling

    Short selling is not as harmful as people think, and actually serves an important function in the market.
  35. Which Direction Is The Market Heading?

    The easy and underused NYSE Bullish Percent Index provides insight into market conditions.
  36. How To Survive The Trading Game

    Gain insight into how a trader/programmer approaches the task of designing a trading system.
  37. High-Tech Fibonacci

    Fibonacci developed this system in the Middle Ages. See how it can provide accuracy without sacrificing readability.
  38. Getting Acquainted With Options Trading

    Learn more about stock options, including some basic terminology and the source of profits.
  39. Psychopaths In The Trading Room

    Learn about a study that compares the behaviors of some stockbrokers to that of certifiable psychopaths.
  40. Playing The Gap

    Learn how you can earn money by analyzing the disruptions in normal price patterns.
  41. Options Trading With The Iron Condor

    This options strategy allows your profits to soar in a sideways market.
  42. Bettering Your Portfolio With Alpha And Beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  43. Speed Resistance Lines

    Learn how to measure the uptrend and downtrend lines on a finance chart.
  44. Volatility's Impact On Market Returns

    Find out how to adjust your portfolio when the market fluctuates to increase your potential return.
  45. The Power Of Social Media: Influencing Trading And The Markets

    Check out the growing power of social media, and how it is being used to predict and influence investment markets.
  46. An Introduction To Consensus Indicators

    Learn how the herd is almost always wrong, or at least late in jumping on the bandwagon.
  47. Identifying Market Trends

    The success or failure of your long- and short-term investing depends on recognizing the direction of the market.
  48. The Two Sides Of Dual-Class Shares

    Find out how dual-class shares can affect a company's performance.
  49. Trading Around Key Options Indicators

    Learn the key economic indicators to help predict market movement.
  50. Backspreads: Good News For Breakout Traders

    This bullish trading strategy offers unlimited potential profit with limited risk.
  51. Discovering The Force Index

    Learn how to measure the power of bulls behind rallies and bears behind declines.
  52. 4 Ways To Predict Market Performance

    There is academic evidence supporting different market views. Learn how and why the market can be predicted.
  53. Accumulative Swing Index And The McClellan Oscillator

    These indicators serve as confirmation for those of us who need to double check our findings on a regular basis.
  54. Determining Market Direction With VIX

    The CBOE's volatility index is a helpful market indicator. Learn how it can gauge the mood of the stock market.
  55. Divergence: The Trade Most Profitable

    Comparing price swings helps traders gain insight into price momentum.
  56. How To Prevent Rogue Trading

    These are the ways rogue trading affects banking, financial regulations and investors.
  57. Adjusting Day Trading Strategies For Different Market Conditions

    Being a successful trader means knowing when to play the market and how. Find out what strategies will have you on top.
  58. The 7 Pitfalls Of Moving Averages

    While moving averages can be a valuable tool, they are not without risk. Discover the pitalls and how to avoid them.
  59. The Importance Of Time Value In Options Trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  60. Get Positive Results With Negative Basis Trades

    Capitalize on the difference in spreads between markets with this popular strategy.
  61. The Importance Of Trading Psychology And Discipline

    Find out how investing success can be more about your mindset and less about the markets.
  62. Are You Under Or Overtrading?

    Under and overtrading can lessen an investor's profits. Find out how to fix these issues with a trading plan.
  63. Profit On Any Price Change With Long Straddles

    In this strategy, traders cash in when the underlying security rises - and when it falls.
  64. What Can Traders Learn From Investors?

    Discover tips from a long-term strategy that can help you make better short-term trades.
  65. Backtesting: Interpreting The Past

    We offer some tips on this process that can help refine your current trading strategies.
  66. 6 Steps To Thinking Like A Stock-Market High Roller

    We provide six tips for improving your mindset and becoming a more profitable investor.
  67. Trading With VWAP And MVWAP

    Volume weighted average price (VWAP) and moving volume weighted average price (MVWAP) are trading tools that can be used ...
  68. Using Genetic Algorithms To Forecast Financial Markets

    Genetic algorithms are unique ways to solve complex problems by harnessing the power of nature.
  69. Massive Hedge Fund Failures

    Flying high one day but not the next - see the stories behind some spectacular meltdowns.
  70. Take A Tour Of The Futures Trading Pit

    Discover why controlled chaos can mean an exciting investment experience for you.
  71. Tiger Trading: Long-Term Charts For Short-Term Currency Trades

    Stock traders can add currencies to their portfolios by using this patient investing strategy.
  72. The Death Of The Trading Floor

    Electronic trading has almost completely replaced face-to-face human trading.
  73. An Alternative Covered Call Options Trading Strategy

    This different approach to the covered-call write offers less risk and greater potential profit.
  74. How To Trade The Head And Shoulders Pattern

    The head-and-shoulders chart pattern is a popular and easy-to-spot pattern - once a trader is aware of what they are watching ...
  75. The Truth About Insider Trading

    Allowing insider trading to go unchecked could hurt confidence in the system enough to hinder the economy in general.
  76. How The Power Of The Masses Drives The Market

    Market psychology is an undeniably powerful force. Find out what you can do about it.
  77. Short Interest: What It Tells Us

    This figure can be a real eye-opener about the market sentiment surrounding a given stock.
  78. Using Double Tops And Double Bottoms In Currency Trading

    Find out how to apply the two most common price reversal patterns to your trading.
  79. Top 4 Fibonacci Retracement Mistakes To Avoid

    Using Fibonacci incorrectly can have disastrous consequences. Find out which common moves to avoid.
  80. Intro To Open Interest In The Futures Market

    Applied primarily to the futures market, this indicator confirms trends and reversals.
  81. 3 Key Markets To Follow When Trading FX

    With the increased interconnectivity of the global markets these days, it pays to understand market relationships.
  82. How To Read The Market's Psychological State

    Discover what on-balance volume, accumulation/distribution and open interest can tell you about the market mood.
  83. An Introduction To Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these alternative investments worth getting to know.
  84. The Secret To Finding Profit In Pairs Trading

    Read about a market-neutral trading strategy using relatively low-risk positions.
  85. Interpreting Volume For The Futures Market

    Learn how to read the volume reports, look at the relation to liquidity and interpret volume using open interest.
  86. Is A Reversal On The Way? Consult Traders' Index

    Use this indicator to gauge the end of a price trend.
  87. 2 Indexes That Help Assess Market Behavior

    The Herrick Payoff Index and New-High New-Low Index are some of the more interesting (and often complex) measures of crowd ...
  88. How Market Psychology Drives Technical Indicators

    The tenets of market psychology underlie each and every charting tool.
  89. Capturing Profits With Position-Delta Neutral Trading

    This trading strategy will show you how to gain from a decline in implied volatility on any movement of the underlying.
  90. Options Trading Strategies: Understanding Position Delta

    Learn more about the position delta hedge ratio and how it can tell you the number of contracts needed to hedge a position ...
  91. How To Build A Trading Indicator

    Wondering how people like Elliott and Gann built their famous trading tools? Learn the basics of constructing an indicator. ...
  92. Introduction to Types of Trading: Fundamental Traders

    Learn about the different traders and explore in detail the broader approach that focuses on company-specific events.
  93. Money Management Matters In Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  94. Using Technical Indicators To Develop Trading Strategies

    Unfortunately, there is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find the indicators and strategies ...
  95. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and ...
  96. Traders: Which Markets Should You Trade?

    Being aware of other markets and other trading methods can help traders fine tune methods, save costs and add profits.
  97. Adaptive Price Zone Technical Indicator Explained

    In a choppy market, following charts can be extremely difficult - the APZ technical indicator may become your best friend. ...
  98. An Introduction To The Relative Strength Index

    Learn the difference between relative strength and the relative strength index, a frequently used technical analysis oscillator. ...
  99. Introduction To Trading: Scalpers

    This type of trader makes many trades per day to "scalp" a small profit from each trade. Find out how it works.
  100. Does Your Personality Match Your Trading Methods?

    Investing has ways to successfully accommodate a variety of personalities. Learn how to align your trading with your traits. ...
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