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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. How To Profit From Volatility

    We explain four key strategies to profit fom volatility in markets.
  6. 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. ...
  7. 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.
  8. How To Prepare For Volatile Markets?

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

    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Arbitrage Strategies With Binary Options

    Looking for arbitrage opportunities in Binary Options? Here are the ways to encash on those, with the opportunities, risks ...
  14. 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. ...
  15. Welcome Back, Volatility

    Volatility is likely to resurface as the Federal Reserve gets closer to adjusting its monetary policy stance, even if that ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. How Trading ETFs is Different from Trading Stocks

    We explain when ETFs may be better suited than stocks for inclusion in a portfolio.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 ...
  21. The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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?
  25. A Trader's Look at the S&P 500

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

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

    We look at the top eight advantages of trading futures over stocks.
  28. 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.
  29. Capitalize On Collars To Enhance Your Trades

    Trade collaring measures current technicals and makes swift adjustments to account for environmental changes.
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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.
  35. Why These Could Be 2015's 10-Best Media Stocks

    A list of top-tier and speculative media stocks for 2015.
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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.
  38. Effects of OIS Discounting for Derivative Traders

    The use of OIS discounting has important implications for derivative valuations and could positively or negatively impact ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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. ...
  41. 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.
  42. 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 ...
  43. Is Shake Shack Stock the Next Chipotle? Here Are The Financials

    Like Chipotle, Shake Shack is a publicly traded company in the fast casual industry, but investors have different projections ...
  44. Are These the 10 Best Energy Stocks of 2015?

    These energy stocks are a bit more speculative than you might expect, but their long-term upside potentials are high.
  45. Are These the 10 Best Internet Stocks of 2015?

    These internet companies vary in size, but they all offer future potential.
  46. Enter Trades Ahead Of The Emotional Crowd

    Traders profit in highly competitive markets by shifting their strategies backward or forward, entering positions ahead of ...
  47. What is the Difference Between Institutional Traders and Retail Traders?

    The differences between retail and institutional traders lie in the size of the trade, level of sophistication, and the ...
  48. Is Prospect Capital Exposed To Elevated Losses?

    According to a federal government report, the quality of leveraged loans has begun to deteriorate. Prospect Capital specializes ...
  49. Top Day Trading Instruments

    Day trading is an intense and often appealing activity. Investopedia provides the list of top financial instruments for day ...
  50. The Perks of Trading Coffee Options

    As more people begin to trade coffee, we explain how coffee options work, who uses them, what drives valuations, and the ...
  51. Why Mutual Funds Lose Their Five-Star Ratings?

    Ratings help people feel confident about their decision before purchasing. Morningstar’s rating system helps people to find ...
  52. ETFs Characteristics for Short-Term Trading

    Not all ETFs fit the short-term trading scenario. Investopedia tells you the main characteristics to shortlist ETFs for the ...
  53. Trade This High Probability Bollinger Band Pattern (INTC, YHOO)

    Bollinger Band box patterns set up profitable opportunities when trends give way to well organized trading ranges.
  54. Get To Know These Crucial US Options Market Regulations

    How are options regulated in the U.S and which organizations are involved in options market regulations?
  55. Know How To Manage Gaps On Your Trading Strategy

    Gaps generate profitable strategies right after they print, as well as during retracements that test those levels, often ...
  56. Buying ETFs on Margin Versus Leveraged ETFs

    Leveraged ETFs and investing in an ETF on margin both have their advantages and disadvantages.
  57. Why These Are 2015's Most-Promising Bank Stocks

    Which bank stocks should offer the best bang for your buck in 2015? Possibly these, so read on.
  58. 20 Rules To Trade More Professionally

    Break free from the pack and join the professional minority with an approach that raises your odds for long term prosperity.
  59. Is Apple's Stock Over Valued Or Undervalued?

    Despite several drawbacks, the CAPM gives an overview of the level of return that investors should expect for bearing only ...
  60. Trading On The Psychology Of Round Numbers (HD, MNST)

    Price action around big round numbers, like 10, 100 and 1000 set up special trading opportunities that take advantage of ...
  61. Give Yourself More Options With Real Estate Options (PEI, CME)

    Real estate options have many benefits, including a smaller initial capital requirement.
  62. The Most Important Technical Indicators For Binary Options

    Trading binary options is not for the novice, but if you're ready to delve in, get to know the best technical indicators.
  63. How To Make The Most of Fibonacci Grids (VDSI, GLW)

    Build your Fibonacci skills by finding the longest price swing on your chart of interest and placing a grid over the trend. ...
  64. Trading Forex With Binary Options

    Binary options are an alternative way, with a major advantage, for traders to play the forex market.
  65. Day Trading: Top Scenarios To Take Profits

    Three ways to take profits while day trading, based on price movement and what the asset is doing that day.
  66. How To Become A Private Equity Associate

    With the right planning, second- and third-year investment banking analysts can graduate to an associate position at a private ...
  67. You'll Lose Profits Without This Trading Strategy

    A trading edge defines your technical or strategic advantage in the highly competitive market environment.
  68. Ready To Invest In Financial Leverage Funds?

    Whenever you invest in a leveraged financial fund or are thinking about doing so, it's important to know the risks that could ...
  69. Why These Are 2015's Most-Promising Stocks

    A short list of stocks with strong potential for 2015 and beyond.
  70. Are These the 10 Best Oil Stocks of 2015?

    Instead of trying to pick a bottom in oil, pick a good company. Here are 10 to consider.
  71. Stock Analysis Basics: How To Forecast Revenue and Growth

    Forecasted revenue and growth projections are important components of security analysis, leading to a stock’s future worth.
  72. The Fancy Way To Diversify Your Portfolio: Precious Metal Options

    A guide with strategies on how to invest or trade in precious metals by using options.
  73. When And How To Take Profits On Options

    Here are the different criteria to ensure maximum profit taking while trading options.
  74. Robinhood And Scottrade: What's The Big Difference?

    Technology and competition has made trading possible for anybody with an internet connection. You can make a trade for just ...
  75. OptionsXpress Vs. OptionsHouse: Which One To Pick?

    OptionsXpress and OptionsBroker -- each offers a price mix and set of services suitable for certain investors based on their ...
  76. A Legendary Market Skill Experience Traders Have

    Tape readers interpret complex background data during the market day to gain a definable trading edge over the competition.
  77. Do You Have The Right Settings On Your Stochastic?

    Use these helpful tips to unlock Stochastics' full potential.
  78. What Is A Trader's Worst Nightmare?

    A little preparation will make sure you protect your trading space from everyday
  79. How To Approach Momentum Trading Like A Pro

    Momentum markets generate high-reward high-risk environments that confound traders until they employ specific risk management ...
  80. Build a Profitable Trading Model In 7 Easy Steps

    Trading models can provide a powerful tool for building profit. Traders can use and customize existing trading models or ...
  81. The Future Is Now: All About Futures ETFs

    A new security class - futures ETFs - is gaining popularity. We tell you how futures ETFs work and offer tips.
  82. How To Protect A Short Position With Options (FB, AAPL)

    Short selling can be a risky endeavor, but the inherent risk of a short position can be mitigated significantly through the ...
  83. Is Scalping Or Swing Trading Right For You?

    A look at how scalping strategy is different from a swing trading strategy.
  84. Trader Rookie Mistakes: Avoid Them While You Can!

    These 10 common trading mistakes can rob capital and undermine confidence.
  85. This Indicator Should Always Be Part Of Your Strategy

    The relationship between price, 200-day EMA and its slope of generate useful patterns that assist in price prediction and ...
  86. Sensitivity Analysis For Black-Scholes Pricing Model

    Trading options requires complex calculations, based on multiple parameters. Which factors impact option prices the most?
  87. Examples To Understand The Binomial Option Pricing Model

    Binomial option pricing model, based on risk neutral valuation, offers a unique alternative to Black-Scholes. Here are detailed ...
  88. How On-Balance Volume Reveals Market Players' Strategy

    On-Balance Volume (OBV) reveals the intent of market players, often before price action generates a buy or sell signal.
  89. The Best Low-Cost, Web-Based Trading Brokers

    With this table, investors can differentiate between top low-cost, web-based trading brokers by price, capabilities, and ...
  90. How To Make Money WIth Real Estate Options

    Buying real estate options is one way to invest in real estate at a lower entry cost.
  91. Must-Know Simple & Effective Exit Trading Strategies

    An effective exit strategy builds confidence, trade management skills and profitability.
  92. How Brokerage App Robinhood Makes Money

    Stock brokerage app Robinhood aims to spur Millennial investing with $0 trades.
  93. Cardinal Points For Mapping a Trading Route

    A successful trading plan addresses four key elements of trading: prediction, timing, volatility and risk.
  94. Consider The Season On Trading Day

    Calendar and clock bias, better known as seasonality, is a frequently misunderstood concept that exerts a huge influence ...
  95. What Drives Oracle Stock Prices?

    Oracle stock price depend on the company keeping ahead of new technologies while also keeping costs low.
  96. Book Reliable Profits With Pullback Strategies

    Pullbacks generate all sorts of trading opportunities after an active trend thrusts higher or lower.
  97. Gap Strategies To Try For Intraday Trades

    Many traders lack effective strategies to manage gaps, whether they pop up on open positions or mark the first play of the ...
  98. Making The Trade: Understand Order Types

    Buying and selling stock can be a lot like buying or selling a car. Traders should use and understand tools such as market ...
  99. How To Build Valuation Models Like Black-Scholes (BS)?

    Want to build a model like Black-Scholes? Here are the tips and guidelines for developing a framework with the example of ...
  100. The Anatomy of Options

    Find out how you can use the "Greeks" to guide your options trading strategy and help balance your portfolio.
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