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  1. Buy and Hold: Comfortable, But Mind the Risks

    Don't let the comfort of buying and holding blind you into hurting your portfolio.
  2. 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 ...
  3. Why Zynga's Stock Should Be On Your Radar (ZNGA, FB)

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

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

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

    This checklist can uncover patterns and setups that generate profitable short-term trading opportunities.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Top U.S-Regulated Option Brokers

    Options trading requires amassing significant capital and then facing high volatility. To protect yourself, ensure you trade ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. ...
  14. 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.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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. ...
  17. How To Seek Out Winning Trades

    Hunt for new winners with carefully-drawn scanning filters and third party services.
  18. The 6 Most Profitable Grocery Stores (WMT, KR)

    These are the six largest grocery store chains operating in the United States.
  19. How To Trade In The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (ETFC, SCHW)

    The Hong Kong Stock Exchange may soon become the third-largest exchange in the world.
  20. 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.
  21. 6 Stocks for Millennials (or Anyone)

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

    Our profits ultimately depend on the misfortune of other market players.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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. ...
  25. Will These High-Flying Stocks Stay Hot in 2015?

    These 10 stocks were on fire in 2014. Will they stay hot?
  26. 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 ...
  27. How To Cover Your Bases After Making A Trade

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

    A few simple adjustments could end your losing streak as soon as it begins.
  29. 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 ...
  30. How To Tackle Intraday Volume

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

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

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

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  34. 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?
  35. 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.
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. How To Value Airline Stocks

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

    Micro-patterns within trading ranges reveal hidden characteristics of the bull-bear struggle.
  42. 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.
  43. Understanding The Price Vs. Time Equation

    Price and time generate vastly different reward: risk profiles.
  44. 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.
  45. The Top U.S. Regulated Stock Brokers (AMTD, IBKR)

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

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

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

    Profitable trading opportunities unfold with specific time requirements.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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.
  51. 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 ...
  52. Should You Sidestep Social Media's Hottest ETF?

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

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

    Is the market liquidity provided by high frequency trading a reality or an illusion?
  55. 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.
  56. Are These the Top 3 Value Stocks of 2015?

    A look at three value plays for the long-term investor.
  57. 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.
  58. When And How To Tackle Earnings Reports

    Trading earnings news for consistent profits requires considerable discipline and patience.
  59. Market Timing Tips & Rules You Should Know (IWM, AAPL)

    Market timing rules benefit investments by finding the best prices and times to take exposure and book profits.
  60. Trading Risks And Rewards In Your Favor

    Measure reward and risk targets before taking a trade, and let those numbers guide your open position.
  61. How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

    Record low oil prices are a welcome development for consumers, but oil companies are struggling with choosing market share ...
  62. SEC-Regulated Options Brokers

    Investopedia provides a List Of SEC-Regulated Options Brokers
  63. Writing Covered Calls On Dividend Stocks

    Writing covered calls on stocks that pay above-average dividends is a strategy that can be used to boost returns on a portfolio, ...
  64. How to Analyze Pharma Stock Fundamentals

    What you need to know about analyzing the fundamentals of pharma stocks.
  65. Invest in Emerging Market Currencies with this ETF

    Why this emerging market currency ETF needs to be on your radar.
  66. How To Trade Orange Juice Options

    How do orange juice options work and which factors determine the orange juice valuations? Here's a sneak peak into the world ...
  67. Invest In Gold Through ETFs (GDX, NUGT)

    The mystique of the yellow metal captivates market players seeking hedges against inflationary pressure, safe haven in turbulent ...
  68. How To Best Analyze Relative Strength

    Relative strength indicators measure performance between similar instruments, uncovering opportunities that can translate ...
  69. A Guide To Finding The Most Actively Traded Stocks

    Knowing the trading volume of a stock helps traders understand price movements and forecast future movements. This short ...
  70. Understanding Bottoms & Bottoming Patterns

    Analysis lowers the risk of bottom picking by identifying common characteristics of securities transitioning from downtrends ...
  71. Why These May Be the Top 4 Growth Stocks of 2015

    These four stocks have high upside potential in 2015.
  72. Where And How Should You Make Your First Trade?

    New traders should enter markets that offer the greatest opportunity for learning their craft while keeping risk at a minimum. ...
  73. Bucking The Trend With Pattern Failure Strategies

    The best trade could be in the opposite direction when a classic price pattern doesn't behave according to ideal rules.
  74. High-Frequency Trading Regulations (ETFC)

    Current regulations on high-frequency trading, and possible future ones. How some people think high-frequency trading should ...
  75. Private Equity's Returns Are Tempered By Its Risks (BX, KKR)

    Private equity firms adopt approaches to quickly hike up earnings and boost returns, but these investments come with big ...
  76. Are These the Top Dividend Stocks of 2015?

    These dividend-paying companies offer a lot more than just dividends.
  77. Small-Caps and Dividends: Perfect Together

    For investors, small-caps shouldn’t be just about growth. They can be powerful income tools, as well.
  78. The World's 10 Most Famous Traders Of All Time

    A review of the most famous and infamous traders in history.
  79. The Pros & Cons Of Personal Loans vs. Credit Cards

    One is not like the other. We help you decide where to borrow money from.
  80. How Useful Is the CFA For A Day Trading Career?

    We take a look at how useful the Chartered Financial Analyst certification is for those wanting to start a career in day ...
  81. Best Undergraduate Degrees For Day Traders

    We look at some popular undergrad majors for those wanting to begin a career in the exciting world of fast-paced trading. ...
  82. Top 10 Alternative Energy Stocks for 2015

    As energy demands continue to rise, the alternative energy sector is heating up. Here are the top 10 promising alternative ...
  83. Why Is Chipotle So Successful & Popular? (CMG, MCD)

    Chipotle's emphasis on simplicity and high-quality ingredients have made the restaurant immensely popular among consumers ...
  84. Why Is Best Buy Stock So Volatile?

    We look at why BBY has been so volatile in the past and whether this trend is likely to continue or abate in the future.
  85. VelocityShares TVIX: A Dangerous Game

    Thinking of leveraging volatility with VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN? If so, proceed with caution.
  86. When Will The Bull Market End?

    A few weeks ago, the current bull market celebrated its sixth anniversary, making it one of the longest in history.
  87. Circumvent Limitations of Black-Scholes Model

    Mathematical or quantitative model-based trading continues to gain momentum, despite major failures like the financial crisis ...
  88. Don't Make These Top 10 Mistakes On Your Roth IRA

    Don't lose out on the benefits of a Roth by contributing too much, breaking rollover rules or making other avoidable errors.
  89. A Guide Of Option Trading Strategies For Beginners

    Options offer alternative strategies for investors to profit from trading underlying securities, provided the beginner understands ...
  90. How Big Data Has Changed Finance

    The vast proliferation of data and increasing technological complexities continues to transform the way industries operate ...
  91. How To Avoid The 5 Most Dangerous Market Scenarios

    Recognizing the five most dangerous market scenarios can save a fortune in avoidable losses, setting the stage for long term ...
  92. Why & How To Reevaluate Your Trading Strategy At Midday

    Take a step back at the lunch hour and reevaluate the trading day.
  93. Are You Ready To Be A Professional Trader?

    Here's help in making the quantum leap from novice to crackerjack trader.
  94. Brokerage Reviews: TradeStation Vs. Interactive Brokers

    These are among the most sophisticated brokers in the industry in terms of investment offerings, market access and technology.
  95. Channel Dow Jones To Tackle Transport Stocks

    Trade the Dow Jones Transportation Average directly through a traditional fund or break components into baskets of sub-sectors.
  96. Interested in Derivative Products? Try CFDs

    A short article about the main risks and rewards of CFDs. These derivatives can help boost returns using leverage, but they ...
  97. How To Lock In Low Oil & Gas Prices

    We provide a quick overview of how companies can manage the risk of adverse moves in commodity prices by hedging in the futures ...
  98. How To Profit From Volatility

    We explain four key strategies to profit fom volatility in markets.
  99. Are These 2015's 10 Best Telecom Stocks?

    Telecom stocks offer generous dividend yields, but it's imperative to make sure those dividends are likely to stay in place. ...
  100. Use Round Numbers To Work The Market To Your Favor

    Trading around round numbers like 10, 50 and 100 display unique market dynamics that translate into profitable trading opportunities.
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