Trading Instruments Education

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  1. Intro to Types of Trading: Technical Traders

    Explore in detail the technical trading approach, which looks to the past to predict the future.
  2. Vasicek Interest Rate Model

    The Vasicek interest rate model predicts interest rate movement based on market risk, time and long-term equilibrium interest ...
  3. The Roles of Traders and Investors

    Discover how these two groups work together to keep the market functioning properly.
  4. Speculative Bubble

    A speculative bubble is a spike in asset values within a particular industry, commodity or asset class fueled by speculation ...
  5. NYSE Arca

    NYSE Arca is an electronic securities exchange in the U.S. on which exchange-traded products (ETPs) and equities trade.
  6. What Is a Pitchfork Indicator & How Do I Use It?

    The technical indicator known as Andrew's Pitchfork is rarely used by novice traders.
  7. Introduction to Trading: Scalpers

    This type of trader makes many trades per day to 'scalp' a small profit from each trade.
  8. Cost Of Tender

    Cost of tender is the total charges associated with the delivery and certification of commodities underlying a futures contract.
  9. Trading Gold and Silver Futures Contracts

    Gold and silver futures contracts offer a world of profit-making opportunities for those interested in hedging securities ...
  10. Non-Marginable Securities

    Non-marginable securities are securities that are not allowed to be purchased on margin at a particular brokerage or financial ...
  11. Bucket

    Bucket has various meanings in business and finance related to the grouping of assets.
  12. Swap Dealer

    A swap dealer is an individual who acts as the counterparty in a swap agreement for a fee called a spread.
  13. Parity Price

    Parity price is a term used to explain when two assets are equal in value.
  14. Standby Underwriting

    Standby underwriting is an IPO sales agreement in which the underwriter agrees to purchase all shares remaining after the ...
  15. Cross Rate

    A cross rate is the exchange rate between two currencies when neither are official currencies of the country in which the ...
  16. ECN Broker

    An ECN broker is a forex financial expert that uses electronic communications networks to give clients access to other participants ...
  17. Circumventing the Limitations of Black-Scholes

    Learn the ways to get around the flaws in trading models like Black-Scholes.
  18. Testing Point-and-Figure Patterns

    Learn the patterns that will help you pinpoint and profit from breakouts.
  19. Demo Accounts: An Indicator of Investing Skills?

    Scoring huge profits in a demo account doesn't mean you'll get the same results in real trading.
  20. What Is a CUSIP Number?

    The Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures developed the CUSIP number system that identifies securities.
  21. Cashless Exercise

    A cashless exercise is a transaction in which employee stock options are exercised without making any cash payment.
  22. Get Positive Results With Negative Basis Trades

    Capitalize on the difference in spreads between markets with this popular strategy.
  23. Divergences, Momentum and Rate of Change

    Divergences can signal a change in direction, but traders must also look at the speed of change.
  24. Buy-Write

    Buy-write is an options trading strategy whereby an investor buys an asset, usually a stock, and simultaneously writes (sells) ...
  25. Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian - DWAC

    Deposit/Withdrawal at Custodian (DWAC) is an automated system for deposits and withdrawals of securities at the Depository ...
  26. Net Change

    Net change is the difference between the closing price of a security on the current trading day and the previous day's closing ...
  27. Creditor

    A creditor is an entity that extends credit by giving another entity permission to borrow money if it is paid back at a later ...
  28. Binomial Tree

    A binomial tree is a graphical representation of possible intrinsic values that an option may take at different nodes or ...
  29. Transferable Letter of Credit

    A transferable letter of credit is a letter of credit that permits the initial beneficiary of the credit to make some or ...
  30. Contract Unit

    A Contract Unit is the actual amount of the underlying asset represented by a single futures or derivatives contract.
  31. Basis Differential

    Basis Differential is the difference between the spot price of a commodity to be hedged and the futures price of the contract ...
  32. Price Discovery

    Price discovery is the process of determining the price for a specific commodity or security supply, demand and intangible ...
  33. Portfolio Insurance

    Portfolio insurance is hedging a portfolio through short selling or brokerage insurance like Securities Investor Protection ...
  34. Interest Rate Differential - IRD

    An interest rate differential measures the gap in interest rates between two similar interest-bearing assets.
  35. Spot Exchange Rate

    A spot exchange rate is the rate of a foreign-exchange contract for immediate delivery.
  36. Triangular Arbitrage

    Triangular arbitrage involves the exchange of a currency for a second, then a third and then back to the original currency ...
  37. Scalping

    Scalping is a trading strategy that attempts to make many profits on small price changes.
  38. Homemade Leverage

    Homemade leverage is when a person invests in a company with no leverage but then recreates the effect of leverage on the ...
  39. Currency Pair: EUR/USD (Euro/U.S. Dollar)

    The Currency Pair EUR/USD is the abbreviation for the euro and U.S. dollar.
  40. Assignment

    Assignment is the transfer of rights or property. In the financial markets, it is a notice to an options writer that the ...
  41. Real Asset

    A real asset is a physical or tangible asset, such as gold, real estate or oil, that has value due to its substance and properties.
  42. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but are tracked separately.
  43. Playing It Safe in Foreign Stock Markets

    Find out some of the lower-risk ways to invest in foreign markets.
  44. Structural Change

    A structural change is an economic condition that occurs to dramatically alter how an industry or market changes in function ...
  45. Underwriting Spread

    An underwriting spread is the difference between what underwriters pay an issuer for securities and the price at which they ...
  46. Does a shareholder lose all of their equity once a Chapter 11 bankruptcy is filed by the company?

    Learn what happens to an investor's equity when a company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Find out what happens if a company ...
  47. Overwriting

    Overwriting involves selling options that are believed to be overpriced or underpriced, with the assumption that the options ...
  48. Incentive Stock Option - ISO

    An incentive stock option (ISO) is a type of employee stock option with a tax benefit.
  49. Instrument

    A contract or medium by which something of value is transferred, held or accomplished is called an instrument.
  50. Bitcoin Will Hit $320,000: Winkelvoss Twins

    Crypto skeptics suffer from a 'failure of the imagination' say the first bitcoin billionaires.
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    A moving average (MA) is a widely used indicator in technical analysis that helps smooth out price action by filtering out ...
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