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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How To Value Airline Stocks

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

    Micro-patterns within trading ranges reveal hidden characteristics of the bull-bear struggle.
  5. 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.
  6. Understanding The Price Vs. Time Equation

    Price and time generate vastly different reward: risk profiles.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. Distinguish A Stock Price Correction With A Price Trend

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

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

    Profitable trading opportunities unfold with specific time requirements.
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. Should You Sidestep Social Media's Hottest ETF?

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

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

    Is the market liquidity provided by high frequency trading a reality or an illusion?
  18. 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.
  19. Are These the Top 3 Value Stocks of 2015?

    A look at three value plays for the long-term investor.
  20. 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.
  21. When And How To Tackle Earnings Reports

    Trading earnings news for consistent profits requires considerable discipline and patience.
  22. 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.
  23. Trading Risks And Rewards In Your Favor

    Measure reward and risk targets before taking a trade, and let those numbers guide your open position.
  24. 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 ...
  25. SEC-Regulated Options Brokers

    Investopedia provides a List Of SEC-Regulated Options Brokers
  26. 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, ...
  27. How to Analyze Pharma Stock Fundamentals

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

    Why this emerging market currency ETF needs to be on your radar.
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. How To Best Analyze Relative Strength

    Relative strength indicators measure performance between similar instruments, uncovering opportunities that can translate ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. Understanding Bottoms & Bottoming Patterns

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

    These four stocks have high upside potential in 2015.
  35. 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. ...
  36. 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.
  37. High-Frequency Trading Regulations (ETFC)

    Current regulations on high-frequency trading, and possible future ones. How some people think high-frequency trading should ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. Are These the Top Dividend Stocks of 2015?

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

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

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

    One is not like the other. We help you decide where to borrow money from.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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. ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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.
  48. VelocityShares TVIX: A Dangerous Game

    Thinking of leveraging volatility with VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN? If so, proceed with caution.
  49. 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.
  50. Circumvent Limitations of Black-Scholes Model

    Mathematical or quantitative model-based trading continues to gain momentum, despite major failures like the financial crisis ...
  51. 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.
  52. A Guide Of Option Trading Strategies For Beginners

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

    The vast proliferation of data and increasing technological complexities continues to transform the way industries operate ...
  54. 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 ...
  55. Why & How To Reevaluate Your Trading Strategy At Midday

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

    Here's help in making the quantum leap from novice to crackerjack trader.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. How To Profit From Volatility

    We explain four key strategies to profit fom volatility in markets.
  62. 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. ...
  63. 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.
  64. How To Prepare For Volatile Markets?

    News surrounding market volatility might make one never to invest again: headlines speak of “roller coasters”, “turbulence” ...
  65. Top Investments for a Strong U.S. Dollar

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  66. Effective Risk Control With Scaling Trading Strategies

    Scaling strategies allow for greater risk control than simple entries or exits, letting traders seek the most advantageous ...
  67. Trade Forex Through Inside Day Breakout Strategy

    Inside day breakout is a popular strategy for forex trading. Here's how to recognize the patterns, entry/exit points and ...
  68. Is Robinhood A Threat To Big Brokerage Companies?

    Robinhood's commission-free investing has been viewed as a threat to existing brokerages, but the company's business model ...
  69. Arbitrage Strategies With Binary Options

    Looking for arbitrage opportunities in Binary Options? Here are the ways to encash on those, with the opportunities, risks ...
  70. Use Volume And Emotion To Tackle Topping Patterns (GERN, SLB)

    Selling short in a topping pattern offers an advantageous reward-to-risk profile, but it can be hard to find good entry prices. ...
  71. Welcome Back, Volatility

    Volatility is likely to resurface as the Federal Reserve gets closer to adjusting its monetary policy stance, even if that ...
  72. Where And How To Trade Energy Stocks

    Energy futures set a high bar to entry for individual traders and investors, redirecting exposure into sector equities and ...
  73. How to Do the Fundamental And Technical Combo Trade

    Fundamental and technical analyses should be viewed as complementary rather than competing practices. When combined, these ...
  74. How Trading ETFs is Different from Trading Stocks

    We explain when ETFs may be better suited than stocks for inclusion in a portfolio.
  75. Options and Roth IRAs: Do's and Don'ts (SCHW)

    A breakdown of the do's and don'ts of trading options in a Roth IRA.
  76. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  77. Scalping As A Novice Trader

    Scalping, a subset of day trading used by experienced traders, involves quick moves and decision making. We offer the basics ...
  78. The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
  79. Trade Covered Calls On High Dividend Paying Stocks

    We explain the risks, rewards, timing, and profit and loss considerations for covered calls with dividend stocks.
  80. How To Apply Technical Indicators To Mutual Funds

    Mutual funds do not readily lend themselves to technical analysis, but investors can use common indicators to evaluate mutual ...
  81. Was Buffet Right about Derivatives as WMDs?

    Why Warren Buffet described derivatives as weapons of mass destruction, and when can they be helpful or harmful?
  82. A Trader's Look at the S&P 500

    Moving averages are sending an important signal, and it's probably not what you think.
  83. The Top Five Stocks For Novice Swing Traders (GT, HIG)

    New to Swing Trading? Here are the top five stocks recommended for swing trading.
  84. Advantages Of Trading Futures Over Stocks (APPL)

    We look at the top eight advantages of trading futures over stocks.
  85. Trading Volatility? Don’t Trade Stocks, Trade Options

    During times of volatility, traders can benefit greatly from trading options rather than stocks. We explain why.
  86. Capitalize On Collars To Enhance Your Trades

    Trade collaring measures current technicals and makes swift adjustments to account for environmental changes.
  87. Look At The Whole Picture To Manage Whipsaws

    Look at past action to organize a whipsaw’s volatile characteristics, identifying harmonic levels that may offer low risk ...
  88. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best Biotech Stocks

    A quick look at a 10 biotech companies that are poised to deliver for shareholders in 2015.
  89. Strategies To Trade Volatility Effectively With VIX

    VIX offers a bird’s eye view of real-time greed and fear, while providing a snapshot of the market’s expectations for volatility ...
  90. New Approaches To The Old Cup And Handle

    Many cup and handle traders adhere strictly to O'Neil’s rules for construction, but there are many variations that produce ...
  91. The Basics Of Trading S&P 500 Price Progression

    The S&P 500 index futures contract works exceptionally well as a road map for short-term market timing and direction.
  92. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Media Stocks

    A list of top-tier and speculative media stocks for 2015.
  93. Rules and Strategies For Profitable Short Selling

    Short sales work well in bull and bear markets but strict entry and risk management rules are required to overcome the threat ...
  94. Top Brokers Offering Tools For Covered Calls

    Here are the brokers that offer the best tools for investors and traders to write covered calls and covered puts.
  95. Effects of OIS Discounting for Derivative Traders

    The use of OIS discounting has important implications for derivative valuations and could positively or negatively impact ...
  96. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Pharma Stocks (ABBV, ALXN)

    The pharmaceutical stocks covered here have significant potential going forward. Here's why.
  97. Here's How To Tap International Markets (PBR, VALE)

    Access to foreign markets has grown a lot in recent years, allowing US market players to trade these bourses in real-time. ...
  98. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  99. Worried About The Fed Hike?

    With the Nasdaq crossing the threshold and the broader equity bull market entering its 7th year, many investors are anxious ...
  100. 5 Reasons Sirius XM Haters Are Gone

    Bears continue to clear out of Sirius XM Holdings. There were fewer than 146 million of its shares sold short by the end ...
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