Trading Education

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  1. Financial Markets: Random, Cyclical or Both?

    Are the markets random or cyclical? Depends on whom you ask. We look at both sides of the argument.
  2. What Technical Indicators Back Up Doji Patterns?

    Learn important technical indicators that reinforce a doji candlestick pattern.
  3. Synthetic

    Synthetic is the term given to financial instruments that are created artificially by simulating other instruments with different ...
  4. Regular Vs. Exotic Options: What's the Difference?

    Before learning about exotic options, you need a fairly good understanding of regular options.
  5. Patience Is a Virtue for Traders

    Waiting may be the biggest key to reeling in that trophy investment.
  6. How Does the Law of Supply and Demand Affect Prices?

    Learn how the law of supply and demand affects prices.
  7. What Do You Call a Candlestick With No Shadows?

    A candlestick with no shadow is seen as a strong signal of conviction by either buyers or sellers.
  8. A Guide to Day Trading on Margin

    Buying on margin is a good option if you don't have the cash to day trade.
  9. Value Trap

    A value trap is a stock that appears to be cheap because it has been trading at low valuation multiples for a long period, ...
  10. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn how to analyze them.
  11. Trading S&P 500 Price Progressions: The Basics

    The S&P 500 futures contract works well as a road map for short-term market timing and direction.
  12. Cournot Competition

    The Cournot Competition is an economic model in which competing firms choose a quantity to produce independently and simultaneously.
  13. Series 4

    The Series 4 is an exam and securities license entitling the holder to supervise options sales personnel and compliance issues. ...
  14. Round Trip Transaction Costs

    Round trip transaction costs refers to all the costs incurred in a securities or other financial transaction.
  15. Agency Cross

    An agency cross is a transaction in which an investment adviser acts as the broker for both his client and the other party ...
  16. A Simple Overview Of Quantitative Analysis

    The “quantitative” approach to investing seeks to pay attention to the numbers instead of the intangibles.
  17. SPAN Margin

    SPAN margin is a system that determines margin requirements according to a global (total portfolio) assessment of one-day ...
  18. Dragonfly Doji

    A dragonfly doji is a type of candlestick pattern that signals indecision among traders.
  19. Form T

    Form T is an electronic form that FINRA requires brokers to use for reporting equity trades executed outside of normal market ...
  20. Top 4 Oil Stocks for January 2018

    Some oil stocks that have been struggling look like they could dominate if oil prices continue to rise in 2018.
  21. Clearing Fee

    A clearing fee is a charge assessed by a clearing house for completing transactions using its own facilities.
  22. Soft Commissions

    A soft commission, or soft dollars, is a transaction-based payment made by an asset manager to a broker-dealer that is not ...
  23. Crack Spread

    Crack spread is the spread created in commodity markets by purchasing oil futures and offsetting the position by selling ...
  24. What is a gatekeeper?

    There are two definitions of the term "gatekeeper," one used in relation to health insurance and one regarding long-term ...
  25. 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.
  26. The Risks ofTrading Low-Volume Stocks

    Low volume stocks may be susceptible to price manipulation and liquidity problems. Beware of these and other risks before ...
  27. Closing Bell

    The sounding of the closing bell brings a trading session to an end.
  28. How did mercantilism affect the colonies of Great Britain?

    Read about the effects of British mercantilism on the economy and well-being of its imperial colonies, especially the American ...
  29. Top 3 Silver Stocks as of January 2018

    These three silver stocks could beat their peers in 2018.
  30. How and 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.
  31. Choosing an Advisor: Wall Street Vs. Main Street

    A high-profile name alone won't meet your investing needs. What else to look for in an advisor.
  32. How long does it take a broker to confirm a trade after it is placed?

    Learn about placing trades with a broker and the amount of time required to received confirmation of different types of orders.
  33. Tips for Controlling Investment Losses

    A profit/loss plan helps investors recognize mistakes and invest logically rather than emotionally.
  34. Information Overload: How It Hurts Investors

    There's a fine line between staying informed and being overloaded with financial information.
  35. Stop Order

    A stop order is an order to buy or sell a security when its price increases past a particular point in order to limit losses ...
  36. What You Should Know About Net Neutrality

    The FCC has voted to repeal net neutrality rules, here is what that mean for us.
  37. How The SEC Tracks Insider Trading

    We look at how the SEC tracks and tries to stop insider trading - a seemingly impossible task.
  38. Insider Selling Isn't Always A Bad Sign

    Predated trades at regular intervals can instill confidence, not fear, for investors.
  39. Crude Oil

    Crude oil is a naturally occurring, unrefined petroleum product composed of hydrocarbon deposits and other organic materials.
  40. Game Theory: Beyond the Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about the Nash Equilibrium.
  41. How does a stop-loss order work, and what price is used to trigger the order?

    A stop-loss order specifies that an investor wants to execute a trade for a given stock, but only if a specified price level ...
  42. The World's 10 Most Famous Traders Of All Time

    A review of the most famous and infamous traders in history.
  43. Gross Exposure

    Gross exposure is the absolute level of a fund's investments, including the value of a fund's long and short positions.
  44. Understanding The World Of Electricity Trading

    The wholesale energy market is quite different from traditional financial markets and potential trader need to thoroughly ...
  45. 3 Top Quality Stocks

    Investors define quality stocks as those that offer more reliability and less risk.
  46. What Is Financial Double Dipping?

    Double-dipping occurs when a broker gets paid twice for the same transaction.
  47. How to Diversify with Index Funds

    Index funds can act as quality diversification tools.
  48. Penny Stocks to Watch for January 2018

    January will signal the start of the most positive seasonality of the year for low-priced stocks and penny plays.
  49. The 4 Best ETFs to Short the Market

    An exchange-traded fund allows you to short a market segment instead of individual stocks.
  50. Introduction to Stock Trader Types

    What type of stock trader are you?
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