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  1. An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  2. Looking To Begin Trading In The Stock Market?

    If you are a new trader, we explain the differences between penny stocks and options so you can make the best decision for ...
  3. Predictions For The Stock Market

    Learn different choices and strategies that can be used to create a profit regardless of what direction the market is going.
  4. What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  5. Why Investors Should Consider Cash Right Now

    With so many market watchers thinking that the current stock rally is getting long in the tooth, investors might considering ...
  6. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze Investment Banks

    Find out which financial ratios are most useful when analyzing an investment bank, and why tracking capital efficiency is ...
  7. Career Advice: Management Consulting Vs. Private Equity

    Compare the career paths of management consulting and private equity, using criteria such as skills needed, starting salary ...
  8. Top Skills Of The Best Quant Traders

    Lured by high salaries and perks of quant trading? Find out what skills and traits you need to become a quant trader.
  9. Use Price Action Trading Strategy for Results

    Bored by the fixed rules of technical and fundamental analysis? Price action trading allows you to customize your own trading ...
  10. How to Trade Options on Government Bonds

    A look at trading options on debt instruments, like U.S. Treasury bonds and other government securities.
  11. Deadly Habits Of Destructive Traders

    Many traders develop destructive habits that, left unchecked, trigger washout and failure.
  12. Will PotashCorp Ever Make a Comeback? (NYSE: POT)

    Learn whether PotashCorp will make a comeback. Potash was in a major bull market from 2000 to 2008 before falling over 5 ...
  13. How To Use Fibonacci To Trade Forex

    Fibonacci offers a perfect fit with forex strategies, locating hidden support and resistance levels that translate into high ...
  14. Using Moving Averages to Buy ETFs

    Learn how to use moving averages to enter and exit trades in ETFs, and understand some popular technical setups using moving ...
  15. A Look At the Buy Low, Sell High Strategy

    Learn how to buy low and sell high by using objective measures to identify opportunities. Buying low and selling high is ...
  16. Looking to Go Short on China? Here's How (FXI, HAO)

    Learn how to take short positions on markets in China by investing in long and short exchange-traded funds focusing on the ...
  17. Financial Ratios to Spot Companies Headed for Bankruptcy

    Obtain information about specific financial ratios investors should monitor to get early warnings about companies potentially ...
  18. How to Code Your Own Algo Trading Robot

    Ever wanted to become an algorithmic trader with the ability to code your own trading robot?
  19. New Alternatives to High-Frequency Trading

    As high-frequency trading declines, traders are exploring new alternatives like automated news-based trading or social media ...
  20. The Right Way To Set Up Your Trading Screens

    Well-organized trading screens sum up intraday market action, breaking it into digestible bites that can speed up complex ...
  21. Use Monthly Charts, Get Better Investment Results (AAPL, PEP)

    Investors can increase profits with monthly charts that gauge the progress of open positions.
  22. Long on Oil? Hedge Falling Oil Prices with Options

    With no end to the oil slump in sight, here are some risk management strategies using options to protect your oil positions.
  23. Avoid The Perfection Trap In Trading (CELG)

    Avoid the perfection trap and make peace with the market’s high levels of systematic noise.
  24. China's Connection to the Recent Gold Crash

    Learn about the connection between the Chinese stock market crash and gold's crash. China is the world's largest source of ...
  25. If You Had Invested Right After Chipotle's IPO

    Find out how much money you would have if you had invested $1,000 during Chipotle's IPO, including how a potential split ...
  26. What Is The Crystal Ball Indicator for Traders?

    If you want to be a succesful trader in the market, here we show you the indicators that will help you achieve it long term. ...
  27. ETF Analysis: iPath S&P 500 VIX Futures

    Learn more about the iPath S&P 500 Short-Term Futures Exchange Traded Note, the characteristics of VXX and the suitability ...
  28. Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing ...
  29. These are the S&P's 5 Most-Shorted Stocks

    Shorts are betting heavily against these five stocks, but a closer look shows a different outlook on some of them.
  30. How To Create Capital Protected Investment Using Options? (MSFT)

    Does "Capital-Protection" guarantee in an investment product sound attractive? Wait! Here's how you can create a better one ...
  31. Five Biggest Obstacles Facing First-Year Traders

    Address these five obstacles and you'll make significant progress as a first-year trader.
  32. How to Make Money by Trading Index Options

    Index options are less volatile and more liquid than regular options. Understand how to trade index options with this simple ...
  33. 10 Most Famous Public Companies That Went Private

    Here’s a list of the most popular listed companies that went private in recent decades.
  34. How To Hedge Put Options Using Binary Options

    Want to hedge your plain vanilla long put option position with binary call options? We show you how.
  35. How To Hedge Stock Positions Using Binary Options

    Here’s a step-by-step method to hedge your long (and short) positions in stocks, using binary options.
  36. Microsoft's Game of Catch-Up With The Dow

    Microsoft (MSFT) underperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average during the 2002 to 2007 bull market, but it has played catch-up ...
  37. 4 Structured Product Types Wealthy Clients Love

    High-net-worth investors find structured products appealing for a variety of reasons. Here's a look at four types.
  38. 5 Disadvantages of Mutual Funds Compared to ETFs

    In the mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds debate, ETFs have some clear advantages.
  39. How To Hedge Call Options Using Binary Options

    Here is a step-by-step walk through how to hedge a long call position with binary options.
  40. Adjust Market Strategies To Elevated Risk

    Improve returns by adapting trading strategies to changing market conditions.
  41. Pros And Cons Of Paper Trading

    Most market novices should paper trade for a considerable amount of time, despite key drawbacks.
  42. Understanding Bull Spread Option Strategies

    Bull spread option strategies, such as a bull call spread strategy, are hedging strategies for traders to take a bullish ...
  43. IPO Flippers And The Companies Who Hate Them (TWTR, ETSY)

    Learn how flipping activity affects an initial public offering.
  44. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  45. 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF Trading Strategies

    iShares 20-Year Treasury Bond ETF offers a highly liquid equity alternative to direct bond exposure.
  46. How To Interpret The Volume Zone Oscillator

    Introduced in 2009, the Volume Zone Oscillator (VZO) is gaining traction with traders and technicians.
  47. Where Does Yahoo (YHOO) Go From Here?

    Yahoo operates in a competitive environment, but if it makes the right deals there's no reason why it can't thrive.
  48. Uncovering Evidence Of Sector Rotation

    Stalk ETF performance lists over several weeks to uncover hidden institutional buying and selling strategies.
  49. What Makes Tesla's Business Model Different?

    Tesla did not invent the first electric car. What it did invent was the first successful business model for bringing compelling ...
  50. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains? (AAL, DAL)

    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  51. Use the Vortex Indicator Trading Strategy To Profit

    The vortex indicator is a relatively new technical indicator, introduced in 2010, that is gaining traction with traders and ...
  52. Building An Effective Watch List

    An effective watch list will uncover opportunities missed by other traders, fund managers and market timers.
  53. Exploring The Williams Alligator Indicator

    Bill William’s Alligator Indicator provides a useful visual tool for trend recognition and deciding when to enter or exit ...
  54. Will Higher Interest Rates Hurt Trading Activities?

    Do higher interest rates lead to less trading and lower interest rates lead to more trading? Investopedia debunks common ...
  55. Swing Trading With Ichimoku Clouds

    Ichimoku Clouds offer complex market analysis in a single visual image that addresses price, trend and momentum.
  56. Will the Selloff in China Hurt the Global Economy?

    Though China is the world’s second largest economy, its volatility in the stock market is unlikely to have an impact on the ...
  57. End Yo-Yo Trading By Cultivating Discipline

    Lack of professional and personal discipline can impact self worth and market performance. Examine lifestyle choices like ...
  58. The Best Buy-and-Hold Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio (STON)

    These stocks offer stability while exhibiting strong indicators of future growth.
  59. Choose Abundance and Manage Your Trades Like A Pro

    Professional traders build skills to last a lifetime, not just through the next rally or selloff. Cultivate the psychology ...
  60. Is It the Perfect Time To Buy Seadrill? (SDRL)

    Seadrill's low price is enticing to many investors, but does the company have what it takes to regain its former value?
  61. How to Create a Personal Risk Management Plan

    Investors should consider these strategies to establish a risk management plan.
  62. Tesla Stock Too Expensive? Trade Tesla Options

    Tesla Motors is trading around $260 a share, making it too expensive for many investors. Options offer a low-cost way to ...
  63. The Casino Mentality In Trading

    Many new traders treat the market like a casino, placing unwise bets and hoping for the big win.
  64. How to Take The Right Amount of Risk

    Some investors are risk takers, others are risk-averse. The best investors are neither.
  65. Mastering Stop Placement

    Place the stop loss where, if hit, the reasons you took the trade are no longer valid.
  66. Target Vs. Walmart: Who's Winning The Big Box War?

    Wal-Mart dwarfs Target in number of stores, total assets, and market cap. But which company is more profitable?
  67. Making Money The Wyckoff Way

    Richard Wyckoff established key principles on tops, bottoms, and trends in the early decades of the 20th century.
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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 ...
  72. Strategies For Playing The Confirmation Trade

    Trends often escalate when the confirmation process is completed after a breakout or breakdown.
  73. 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.
  74. Spectator Vs. Speculator: Two Market Approaches

    Spectators and speculators rely on different mechanisms to identify and profit from market opportunities.
  75. Trading With Stage Analysis (NRG, NKE)

    Stage analysis offers market participants a powerful tool to identify current market conditions and make rapid adjustments ...
  76. 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 ...
  77. Should You Short These Debt-Laden Stocks? (PBI, FTR)

    These stocks have high debt-to-equity ratios making them prime candidates to short.
  78. 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 ...
  79. 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. ...
  80. 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 ...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. Using Bullish Candlestick Patterns To Buy Stocks

    These five popular candlestick chart patterns signal a bullish reversal in downtrend.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. Profitable Long-Term Consolidation Patterns

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

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

    Successful traders share psychological characteristics that augment their personal and financial power.
  90. 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.
  91. 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 ...
  92. Structured Notes: What You Need to Know

    Structured notes are complex, high risk and might not be suitable for individual investors. Here's why.
  93. 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.
  94. 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, ...
  95. Strategies For Forex Algorithmic Trading

    Algorithmic trading strategies, such as auto hedging, statistical analysis, algorithmic execution, direct market access and ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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?
  99. 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 ...
  100. How U.S. Election News Affects The Dow

    We explain the relationship between US politics, election news, and the performance of the Dow.
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