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  1. What is the 200-Day Simple Moving Average?

    The 200-day simple moving average (SMA) is considered a key indicator by traders and market analysts for determining the ...
  2. How does a stop order and a stop limit order differ?

    Traders use stop orders and stop limit orders as stop losses and regular investors should understand how each type works.
  3. How Do Traders Interpret a Dragonfly Doji Pattern?

    Read about a rare but significant candlestick chart pattern: the dragonfly doji. Learn what a dragonfly doji says about a ...
  4. Using Trading Volume to Understand Investment Activity

    Trading volume, or volume, is the number of shares or contracts that indicates the overall activity of a security or market ...
  5. Risk Tolerance

    Knowing your risk tolerance – and keeping to investments that fit within it – should keep you from complete financial ruin.
  6. 20 Ways To Save On Medical Bills

    Handy tips to cut the cost of hospital bills, co-pays, prescription drugs and more.
  7. Which indicators best complement the Exponential Moving Average (EMA)?

    Utilize additional technical indicators to complement and improve a basic trading strategy that relies on exponential moving ...
  8. Can I use the correlation coefficient to predict stock market returns?

    The correlation coefficient is a statistical measurement of the relationship between how two stocks move in tandem with each ...
  9. What's the Difference Between a Stop and a Limit Order?

    A limit order sets the maximum or minimum at which you're willing to buy or sell. A stop order will be executed only when ...
  10. How do I create a trading strategy with Bollinger Bands® and the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI)?

    Learn how technical analysts create a trading strategy using Bollinger Bands and the Relative Strength Index in conjunction ...
  11. Top Spread-Betting Strategies

    What are the most commonly followed spread-betting strategies (in countries where it's legal)?
  12. What's the difference between Chaikin Money Flow (CMF) and Money Flow Index (MFI)?

    The similarities between Chaikin money flow and the money flow index end with the idea that they are both commonly used by ...
  13. What does a futures contract cost?

    Learn about values of futures contracts and the initial margin a trader must place in an account to open a futures position, ...
  14. If an investor is short a dividend-paying stock on record date are they entitled to the dividend?

    Learn what short sellers must do when they are short a dividend-paying stock on record date.
  15. Top Strategies for Mastering Pullback Trading (MSFT, JNS)

    Pullbacks, in technical analysis, generate all sorts of trading opportunities after an active trend thrusts higher or lower. ...
  16. Trade Broken Trendlines Without Going Broke

    Learn a stop-loss strategy that will help you protect your gains when trading breaks or broken trendlines.
  17. The Top 4 Yelp Shareholders (YELP)

    Learn the stories behind the four largest individual shareholders of Yelp Inc., where they come from, and how many shares ...
  18. Moving Average Convergence Divergence - MACD

    Moving Average Convergence Divergence (or MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between ...
  19. Short Selling

    Short selling is the sale of a security that is not owned by the seller or that the seller has borrowed in the hope that ...
  20. Top 4 Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B)

    Learn more about the largest institutional shareholders invested in Berkshire Hathaway.
  21. Weighted Average

    Weighted average is an average in which each observation in the data set is assigned or multiplied by a weight before summing ...
  22. The 10 Worst Mistakes Beginner Traders Make

    Traders generally buy and sell securities more frequently and hold positions for much shorter periods than investors, which ...
  23. The Weak, Strong and Semi-Strong Efficient Market Hypotheses

    The efficient market hypothesis theorizes that the market is generally efficient, but is offered in three different versions: ...
  24. What is the difference between options and futures?

    An option gives a buyer the right, but not the obligation to buy or sell an asset, A futures contract obligates the buyer ...
  25. Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA)

    Dollar-cost averaging is the system of regularly procuring a fixed dollar amount of a specific investment, regardless of ...
  26. Options Trading Volume and Open Interest

    Learn how trading volume and open interest can give you an edge when trading options.
  27. Penny Stocks to Watch for November 2018

    November's penny stock list features a broad mix of companies that are showing significant upside potential, both technically ...
  28. Penny Stocks to Buy Using Technical Analysis for November 2018

    Penny stock technical analysis plays that held up well through October's sell-off could generate healthy November profits.
  29. Bull Market

    A bull market is a financial market of a group of securities in which prices are rising or are expected to rise.
  30. Liz Ann Sonders: The Liquidity Tide is Going Out

    Liz Ann Sonders says her gauge of investor sentiment shows some may have been overly optimistic.
  31. Best Time(s) of Day, Week & Month to Trade Stocks

    Is 9:30 AM or noon better to buy stocks? Best day? What about best month? Here's how time affects trading decisions based ...
  32. Trends In The Digital Advertising Industry

    The rapidly expanding digital advertising industry is leading a shift towards content and demanding forced innovation.
  33. Can Regular Investors Beat The Market?

    With the big name competition out there, hard-working people who invest have a tough time beating the market.
  34. Moving Average Envelopes: A Popular Trading Tool

    Traders can benefit from experimenting with envelopes trading, such as the moving average envelope, which helps spot trends ...
  35. Capitulation

    Capitulation is when investors give up any previous gains in a security or securities by selling as prices fall.
  36. The Netflix P/E Ratio: What You Need To Know

    We show you how to compute and analyze the P/E ratio for Netflix.
  37. Correction

    A correction is a reverse movement, usually negative, of at least 10 percent in a stock, bond, commodity or index to adjust ...
  38. Trading Multiple Time Frames in FX

    This is often the first - and most costly - level of analysis to be overlooked.
  39. Disadvantages of Stock Simulators

    Stock simulators enable one to practice trading, but they have some disadvantages that you should be aware of before transitioning ...
  40. Currency Carry Trades 101

    The carry trade has generated positive average returns since the 1980s, but only in the past decade has it become popular ...
  41. Introducing The Bearish Diamond Formation

    Although the bearish diamond top formation happens infrequently, it remains effective in displaying potential opportunities ...
  42. Determining Where to Set Your Stop-Loss

    Determining stop-loss is about targeting an allowable risk threshold and should be strategically derived with the intention ...
  43. Volatility From the Investor's Point of View

    Increased volatility in the stock market provides greater opportunities to profit for both long- and short-term traders.
  44. Basics of algorithmic trading: Concepts and examples

    Algorithmic trading provides a more systematic approach to active trading than one based on a human trader’s intuition or ...
  45. Arbitrage

    Arbitrage is the purchase and sale of an asset at the same time in order to profit from a difference in the price.
  46. What are the risks involved in OTC (over-the-counter) trading?

    Despite the inherent risks, the opportunity to turn a small investment into a potential fortune continues to attract traders ...
  47. Which market indicators reflect volatility in the stock market?

    Stock traders use the volatility index (VIX), the average true range (ATR) indicator, and Bollinger Bands to indicate volatility ...
  48. Simple Moving Averages Make Trends Stand Out

    The moving average (MA) is easy to calculate and, once plotted on a chart, is a powerful visual trend-spotting tool and technical ...
  49. How to Avoid Emotional Investing

    Most investors buy high and sell low, but you can avoid this trap and potentially increase your returns by using some simple ...
  50. The Biggest Risk to the Global Expansion

    We explain why elevated trade protectionism marks the greatest downside risk to the global expansion.
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