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  1. Trading With Gaussian Models Of Statistics

    The entire study of statistics originated from Gauss and allowed us to understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  2. Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be used with equity as well as commodity and futures ...
  3. Use Married Puts To Protect Your Portfolio

    Learn how put options can act as insurance for volatile stocks in your portfolio.
  4. What Your Trading Charts Aren't Telling You

    You may be missing some key statistics when following charts in the market.
  5. Getting Through The Rough Patches In Trading

    Learn how to recognize and adapt to tough times in the markets.
  6. What Is Your Risk Tolerance?

    Forget the cliches and uncover how much volatility you can really stand.
  7. Know Your Counterparty When Day Trading

    This can provide insight into how the market is likely to act based on your presence, orders and transactions.
  8. Options Trading Volume And Open Interest

    Learn how these two statistics can give you an edge in trading options.
  9. Can Perpetual Contrarians Profit As Traders?

    Succeeding as a contrarian is all about knowing when to act on your opinion about the next turn in the market.
  10. Weighted Moving Averages: The Basics

    We take a closer look at the linearly weighted moving average and the exponentially smoothed moving average.
  11. The 6 Signs Of An Economic Recovery

    For all the talk of whether the economy is recovering or sinking, what should a recovery actually look like?
  12. Range Bar Charts: A Different View Of The Markets

    While range bars are not a type of technical indicator, traders can employ this useful tool to identify trends and interpret ...
  13. Get A Trading Referee And Improve Your Performance

    A trading referee can greatly improve your outlook (and success) in the market.
  14. Combining Trend-Following and Countertrend Indicators

    In the long run, one of the best approaches to successful trading might be melding these two seemingly disparate methods ...
  15. Profit Without Predicting The Market

    Traders who try to predict the future can actually harm their trading options.
  16. Adjusting A Long Call Into A Butterfly Spread

    There are many key advantages offered to options traders who deal only in the underlying securities.
  17. Trading Multiple Time Frames In FX

    This is often the first - and most costly - level of analysis to be overlooked.
  18. Manipulating Facts to Fit a Theory: A Dangerous Trading Practice

    This practice is common with experienced and new traders, and it can lead to huge losses. Find out how to avoid it.
  19. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  20. Spread-To-Pip Potential: Which Pairs Are Worth Day Trading?

    Spreads play a significant factor in profitable forex trading. Learn when it's worth trading and when it isn't.
  21. Top 10 Rules For Successful Trading

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, these 10 rules should be the backbone of your trading career.
  22. The Financial Markets: When Fear And Greed Take Over

    If these unpleasant emotions are allowed to influence your decision-making, they may cost you dearly.
  23. Capitalize On False Breakouts In The Danger Zone

    Sometimes you have to be a predator to profit. Find out how to cash in on false breakouts.
  24. When Is A Bull Market Not A Bull Market?

    During some bull or bear moves in the stock markets, investors will be going with the trend, but day traders may find they ...
  25. How To Convert Value At Risk To Different Time Periods

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
  26. Backtesting And Forward Testing: The Importance Of Correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  27. Options Trading: How Implied Volatility Affects Calendar Spread

    Even if the risk curves for a calendar spread look enticing, a trader needs to assess implied volatility for the options ...
  28. Advantages of TRIX - Triple Exponential Average

    This powerful tool not only filtrates market noise but also tends to be a leading rather than lagging indicator.
  29. Are You Ready To Trade Futures?

    If you want to trade futures in the hopes that you'll become rich, you'll have to answer some questions first.
  30. Using Feedback To Improve Your Trading

    Positive and negative trading experiences can affect the way you trade. Find out how.
  31. Customize Your Trading With Flex Options

    These unique instruments take options trading to a whole new level.
  32. 6 Weird Futures You Can Trade

    From trading based on weather to the next Hollywood blockbuster, these new derivatives show the investing world's innovation. ...
  33. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  34. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  35. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  36. 3 Reasons Not To Trade Range Breakouts

    Trading range breakouts is unprofitable for most novice traders; here are some alternatives that can be used.
  37. Trade The Covered Call - Without The Stock

    The standard covered call can be used to hedge positions or generate income. This calendar spread may do so more effectively. ...
  38. Finding The Right Trading Coach

    If you're looking to master the art of trading, you may think you need an expert trader. What you may really need is an expert ...
  39. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy provides traders with the flexibility to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  40. Options Trading: The Modidor Spread

    Use this modification of an iron condor to reduce risk and increase your chance at profiting on the trade.
  41. Sizing A Futures Trade Using Average True Range

    Futures trading is risky business, so it's crucial that traders' positions match the level of risk they are willing to bear. ...
  42. Carbon Trading: Action Or Distraction?

    These credits claim to allow buyers to reduce their carbon footprints. Find out how.
  43. Trade Simple, Trade Smart

    Simplicity can be a trader's best friend. Here is a simple day trading strategy which takes advantage of a stock's dynamics. ...
  44. Do Option Sellers Have a Trading Edge?

    Take a look at a study that discovered that three out of every four options expired worthless.
  45. Direct Access Trading Systems

    DATs can dramatically speed up order execution - find out how this system gives novice traders an edge.
  46. Traders: Work Less, Make More Money

    Cut down on homework by screening for stocks that tend to make large intraday moves.
  47. Candlesticks Light The Way To Logical Trading

    Crowd psychology is the reason this technique works. Find out how to make it work for you.
  48. Increase Your Profits With Soft Or Mental Stops

    A soft stop provides a trader with added flexibility, allowing him to react to ongoing changes in the market.
  49. Peak-and-Trough Analysis

    Prices never move in straight lines, so it's time to learn about this powerful trend-following technique.
  50. Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

    Understanding the concept of equivalent positions will help you trade more efficiently and save money on trade fees.
  51. Demo Accounts A Good (But Imperfect) Indicator Of Investing Skills

    Scoring huge profits in a demo account doesn't mean you can expect this performance in real trading.
  52. ECN Credits: Let Your Broker Pay Your Trading Fees

    Altering your entry and exit strategy could save you a lot of money in fees. Find out how to pad your bottom line.
  53. The Most Reliable Indicator You've Never Heard Of

    The McGinley Dynamic Indicator isn't very well known, but it is a great way to discover market trends.
  54. Market Problems? Blame Investors

    Investors are only human, and their irrational behavior can often move the market.
  55. The Multiple Lives Of A Stock Trader

    Any trading career will have its ups and downs. Find out how to maximize the good times.
  56. Market Cycles: The Key To Maximum Returns

    You need to understand the various phases of the market cycle to avoid bubbles and make the best investments.
  57. Jesse Livermore: Lessons From A Legendary Trader

    Jesse Livermore's investing philosophy wasn't foolproof, but he's still recognized as one of the greatest traders in history. ...
  58. An Introduction To Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  59. Traders: Profit From Other Investors' Fear

    Learn to pounce on the opportunity that arises when other traders run and hide.
  60. Maximize Profits With Volatility Stops

    Find out which type of volatility stop fits your trading objectives.
  61. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance. Find out how to avoid it.
  62. Benefits Abound For Active Traders Who Incorporate

    Trading through a separate business structure allows active traders access to all of the tax mitigation and asset protection ...
  63. Trading Options With The Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to effectively trade the market while protecting their downside.
  64. Spotting Trend Reversals With MACD

    Knowing when trends are about to reverse is tricky business, but the MACD can help.
  65. Tips For Getting Into Futures Trading

    The futures markets can seem daunting, but these explanations and strategies will help you trade like a pro.
  66. The Basics Of The Long Ratio Backspread

    This option trading strategy allows for unlimited profit potential in a given direction while still providing security.
  67. Surviving Bear Country

    Stay calm, play dead and keep your eyes open for attractive valuations.
  68. An Option Strategy for Trading Market Bottoms

    The reverse calendar spreads offers a low-risk trading setup that has profit potential in both directions.
  69. The Linear Regression Of Time and Price

    This investment strategy can help investors be successful by identifying price trends while eliminating human bias.
  70. Overcoming Financial Phobia

    If your investment strategy is avoidance, the consequences can be scary.
  71. The Long Straddle And Price Consolidation

    With options, the direction of a stock's next major move becomes less important than its magnitude.
  72. Pyramid Your Way To Profits

    This strategy involves scaling into profitable investments as they continue to rise.
  73. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  74. Can Insiders Help You Make Better Trades?

    Find out why the trading activity of owners and executives can be a valuable trade-confirmation tool.
  75. DMI Points The Way To Profits

    The directional movement index tells you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  76. Volatility Index Uncovers Market Bottoms

    VIX can gauge when the market has hit bottom - a welcome sign of better things to come.
  77. Relative Strength Index And Its Failure-Swing Points

    Confirm your buy and sell signals with this oscillator categorized as an overbought/oversold index.
  78. 10 Tips For Choosing An Online Broker

    This important investment decision happens before you pick your first stock. Here are some tips to get it right.
  79. The Stop-Loss Order - Make Sure You Use It

    It's a simple but powerful tool to help you implement your stock-investment strategy. Find out how.
  80. The Advantage Of Intermarket Analysis

    Analyzing a variety of markets around the world can provide powerful insight into trading opportunities.
  81. Divergences, Momentum And Rate Of Change

    Divergences may signal a change in market direction, but traders must also identify the speed of that change.
  82. Using The VIX For Shorting Opportunities

    Find out how to use this tool to identify opportunities.
  83. Make Money With The Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  84. Taking a Trip to Trader Town: Exploring the Trader's Chatroom

    Traders don't have to be solitary to be successful--discover how to connect with fellow traders and experts.
  85. Trading Psychology: Consensus Indicators - Part 2

    Professional market players are some of the best models for the individual small trader to mimic.
  86. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 5

    Stochastics can be very effective as the second screen in this three-part system. Find out how to use this popular oscillator. ...
  87. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 6

    Williams %R can confirm the strength of trends and warn of reversals. Find out how to use it as the second screen in this ...
  88. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 7

    This system identifies the intraday price movements that indicates entry points for your buy or sell orders.
  89. Triple Screen Trading System - Part 8

    Making use of the tightest stops in entering and exiting positions is what this three-part system is all about.
  90. Leading Indicators Of Behavioral Finance

    Discover how put-call ratios and moving averages can be used to analyze investor behavior.
  91. A Logical Method Of Stop Placement

    If holding on to losing trades is human nature, this tool will help protect you from yourself.
  92. Trade Takeover Stocks With Merger Arbitrage

    This high-risk strategy attempts to profit from price discrepancies that arise during acquisitions.
  93. The Power Of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  94. Eight Items That Impact Daily Trades

    Find out which factors can help you squeeze more profit out of each position.
  95. Brains Don't Always Bring The Bucks

    Common mistakes can prevent even the smartest investors from beating the market.
  96. Price Pivots Circle Big Profits

    Reading pivots will help you spot trends and use them to your advantage.
  97. Testing Point-And-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  98. The Darvas Box: A Timeless Classic

    This method helped its inventor turn $26,000 into $2 million. Many argue it still works.
  99. Trading Systems: Run With The Herd Or Be A Lone Wolf?

    Find out if taking the path less traveled will work in your favor - or against it.
  100. Stimulate Your Skills With Simulated Trading

    Think you can beat the Street? We'll show you how to test your abilities without losing your shirt.
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