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  1. A Guide to Trading Binary Options in the U.S.

    What binary options are, how they work and where you can legally trade them in the United States.
  2. Use February Price Action to Trade October Market

    Fractal analysis could identify a dip buying opportunity in the S&P 500 well before broad-based technical signals.
  3. Volatility Trading of Stocks vs. Options

    During times of volatility, traders can benefit greatly from trading options rather than stocks.
  4. Multiple Time Frames Can Multiply Returns

    Short-term and intermediate charts complement the underlying trend and refine entries and exits.
  5. How to Make Money With Risk Arbitrage Trading

    Risk arbitrage provides a valuable trading strategy for merger and acquisition or other corporate actions eligible stocks. ...
  6. Why Is Arbitrage Trading Legal?

    Not only is arbitrage legal in the US and most developed countries, it can be beneficial to the overall health of a market.
  7. 10 Options Strategies To Know

    If you want to trade options but are short on strategies, we can help.
  8. The Perfect Moving Averages for Day Trading

    5-, 8- and 13-bar simple moving averages offer perfect inputs for day traders seeking quick profits on the long and short ...
  9. How to Find the Most Actively Traded Stocks

    Knowing the trading volume of a stock helps traders understand price movements and forecast future movements.
  10. What It Takes To Become An Elite Trader

    You need a detailed plan and systematic approach to reach the top tier in trading performance.
  11. Top Day Trading Instruments

    Day trading is an intense and often appealing activity. Investopedia provides the list of top financial instruments for day ...
  12. Pre-Market Routine Sets Stage For The Trading Day

    Your pre-market routine sets the stage for the rest of the trading day. Use this comprehensive checklist to get up to speed ...
  13. 20 Rules Followed by Professional Traders

    Break free from the pack and join the professional minority with an approach that raises your odds for long term prosperity.
  14. The Stock Cycle: What Goes Up Must Come Down

    Stock prices seem random, but there are repeating cycles. Skilled traders learn to recognize cycles in order to maximize ...
  15. Top 10 Mistakes When Trading in Cheap Options

    Cheap options can be very risky, but here's how to reduce your risk by avoiding these 10 common mistakes when trading in ...
  16. What Is Google's Stance On Net Neutrality?

    As FCC rolled back net neutrality rules, discover what stance Google has on this important Internet service debate.
  17. ECN Credits: Let Your Broker Pay Your Trading Fees

    Altering your entry and exit strategy could save you a lot of money in fees. Find out how to pad your bottom line.
  18. Penny Stocks to Buy Using Technical Analysis for October 2018

    Low-priced energy plays surged higher in September, setting up breakout patterns for October's penny stock list.
  19. 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 ...
  20. Risk Management Techniques for Active Traders

    Learn how active traders manage risk through the use of stop-loss and take-profit points.
  21. Best technical indicators to pair with the stochastic oscillator

    Learn how the stochastic oscillator indicator is sensitive to price, and discover technical indicators traders use to complement ...
  22. How to build a winning range-bound trading strategy

    Understand the basics of trading range-bound securities, including how to profit from the relative predictability of the ...
  23. How the money flow index and relative strength index differ

    Learn to distinguish between relative strength index (RSI), a momentum oscillator, and money flow index (MFI), often called ...
  24. Deadly Habits Of Destructive Traders

    Many traders develop destructive habits that, left unchecked, trigger washout and failure.
  25. Why is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

    Despite short selling's legal status and its apparent market benefits, many policymakers, regulators and the public remain ...
  26. How to trade Dow Jones future contracts

    Learn about the Dow Jones Index futures contracts available and obtain step-by-step instruction on how to trade the stock ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. The Casino Mentality In Trading

    Many new traders treat the market like a casino, placing unwise bets and hoping for the big win.
  29. How to Trade Stocks That Hit All-Time Highs

    Apply this specialized set of risk management and technical rules when your positions are trading at new highs.
  30. How to Trade a Short Squeeze

    Trading a short squeeze can be risky, but also very rewarding for those who master it.
  31. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Technical analysis helps traders and investors navigate the gap between intrinsic value and market price by leveraging certain ...
  32. Day Trading: An Introduction

    This article takes an objective look at day trading, who does it, and how it is done.
  33. Trade Takeover Stocks With Merger Arbitrage

    This high-risk strategy attempts to profit from price discrepancies that arise during acquisitions.
  34. Understanding order execution

    Find out the various ways in which a broker can fill an order, which can affect costs.
  35. Option trading strategies: A guide for beginners

    Options offer alternative strategies for investors to profit from trading underlying securities. Learn about the four basic ...
  36. The Iron Condor

    This market-neutral strategy isn't for everyone. Read on to find out if it is for you.
  37. Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio

    Discover how the amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to financial markets.
  38. Short interest: What it tells us

    Whether you agree with the overall sentiment or not, short interest is a data point worth adding to you overall analysis ...
  39. How to Trade the Head and Shoulders Pattern

    The head and shoulders chart pattern is popular and easy to spot once traders are aware of what they are watching for.
  40. Broker or trader: Which career is right for you?

    A day in the life of a broker or Wall Street trader is an exciting and varied one. Learn more about these two financial professions.
  41. Forces that move stock prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  42. Automated Trading Systems: The Pros and Cons

    Automated trading systems minimize emotions, allow for faster order entry, lead to greater consistency and resolve "pilot ...
  43. Options trading volume and open interest

    Learn how trading volume and open interest can give you an edge when trading options.
  44. Strategies for Trading Fibonacci Retracements

    Learn about Fibonacci retracements, which are based on the elegant "golden ratio," and how the levels are used in a trend-trading ...
  45. Mastering Short-Term Trading

    The goal of any trading strategy is keeping losses at a minimum and profits at a maximum, and this is no different for short-term ...
  46. Average Rate of Return for Day Traders

    Is it possible to determine the average rate of return for day traders, and what does it take to get started?
  47. Implied volatility: Buy low and sell high

    The success of an options trade can be significantly enhanced by being on the right side of implied volatility changes.
  48. Top 10 Rules For Successful Trading

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, these 10 rules should be the backbone of your trading career.
  49. The Basics of the Bid-Ask Spread

    The bid-ask spread is the difference between the bid price and ask price prices for a particular security.
  50. 4 ways to predict market performance

    Learn about four different views of the market and future pricing, including supporting academic research.
  51. Top 7 Books to Learn Technical Analysis

    Here are five of the best books written on technical analysis to help traders and investors understand and apply technical ...
  52. 4 common active trading strategies

    Learn four of the most popular active trading strategies — and why active trading isn't limited to professional traders anymore.
  53. How to Use Volume to Improve Your Trading

    Volume is a simple yet powerful way for traders and investors to increase profits and minimize risks.
  54. Best Time(s) of Day, Week & Month to Trade Stocks

    Is 9:00am or Noon better to buy stock? Best day? What about best month? Here's how time affects trading decisions based on ...
  55. The 5 Most Powerful Candlestick Patterns

    Statistics show unusual accuracy for the buy and sell signals of certain candlestick patterns.
  56. Learn How to Trade the Market in 5 Steps

    Learn how to trade the markets with skill and authority, starting with these five basic concepts.
  57. Candlesticks and Oscillators for Successful Swing Trades

    Take advantage of short-term price moves by pinpointing reversals using candlesticks and oscillators.
  58. How To Become A Day Trader

    We look at the training, tools, equipment and strategies needed to succeed as a day trader.
  59. Why limit orders may cost more than market orders

    Learn the difference between a market order and a limit order, and why a trader placing a limit order sometimes pays higher ...
  60. A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use hedging strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  61. What the Market Open Tells You

    The first few moments of trading provide a lot of information that can give insight into the market's moves for the day. ...
  62. Trading Volatile Stocks With Technical Indicators

    Short-term traders seek volatility because of the profit potential. Discover how to find volatile stocks and use technical ...
  63. The 7 Pitfalls of Moving Averages

    While moving averages can be a valuable tool, they are not without risk.
  64. Using Technical Indicators to Develop Trading Strategies

    There is no perfect investment strategy that will guarantee success, but you can find indicators and strategies that will ...
  65. 3 Reasons Not to Trade Range Breakouts

    Trading range breakouts is unprofitable for most novice traders. Learn why and discover some alternatives that take advantage ...
  66. 3 Technical Tools to Improve Your Trading

    Find out how volume, the Aroon indicator and Fibonacci numbers can improve your profits.
  67. The Most Important Chart in America Today

    Why JC Parets thinks financial stocks are pointing to higher highs for U.S. markets.
  68. Bettering your portfolio with alpha and beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  69. The importance of trading psychology and discipline

    Investing success often has more to do with a trader's mindset — trading psychology and discipline — than it does with the ...
  70. Activities to take advantage of in pre-market and after-hours trading

    Learn how to access opportunities and hedge risk outside regular trading hours.
  71. Introduction to Elliott Wave Theory

    Acquaint yourself with Elliott Wave Theory, the principle built on the discovery that stock markets did not behave in a chaotic ...
  72. The top technical indicators for options trading

    Option traders use a number of technical indicators, including the relative strength index, Bollinger bands, Intraday Momentum ...
  73. Asset protection for the business owner

    Learn about common asset-protection structures and which vehicles might work best to protect particular types of assets.
  74. Using Genetic Algorithms to Forecast Financial Markets

    Genetic algorithms are problem-solving methods that mimic the process of natural evolution and can be applied to predicting ...
  75. A logical method of stop placement

    Explore several approaches to determining stop-order placement in forex trading that will help you swallow your pride and ...
  76. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding – both psychologically and for your wallet.
  77. Picking the right algorithmic trading software

    Want to enter the tech-savvy world of algorithmic trading? Here are some tips to picking the right algorithmic trading software.
  78. Quant strategies: Are they for you?

    Quant strategies are designed to exploit inefficiencies and use leverage to make market bets.
  79. Candle Sheds More Light Than the MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  80. Trading with Gaussian models of statistics

    The study of statistics originated from Carl Friedrich Gauss and helps us understand markets, prices and probabilities, among ...
  81. Trading the MACD divergence

    Currency traders can use this MACD divergence method to avoid stop-order triggers before the real reversal.
  82. Getting acquainted with options trading

    Learn about trading stock options, including some basic options trading terminology.
  83. An Introduction to Consensus Indicators

    Learn how the herd is almost always wrong, or at least late in jumping on the bandwagon.
  84. Scalping: Small Quick Profits Can Add Up

    Scalping can be very profitable for traders who decide to use it as a primary strategy, or even those who use it to supplement ...
  85. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

    Find more profitable entry and exit locations with this standard indicator.
  86. Trailing-stop/stop-loss combo leads to winning trades

    Combine trailing stops with stop-loss orders to reduce risk and protect profits.
  87. Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

    Understanding the concept of equivalent positions will help you save money on trade fees.
  88. Trading Options With the Zero-Cost Cylinder

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to trade the market while protecting their downside.
  89. Stop-Loss or Stop-Limit Order: Which Order to Use?

    While both can provide protection for traders, stop-loss orders guarantee execution, while stop-limit orders guarantee price.
  90. An Introduction to Oscillators

    Find out how this indicator may help improve the average investor's entry and exit points.
  91. The Power of Program Trades

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  92. 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 ...
  93. Money Management Matters in Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  94. Basics of the Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

    Once associated with shouting traders and wild hand gestures, now statistics and programmers rule.
  95. Simple and Effective Exit Trading Strategies

    An effective exit strategy builds confidence, trade management skills and profitability.
  96. When to short a stock

    Learn how to make money from declining shares by recognizing the signs that show when a stock might be ripe for a fall.
  97. The Linear Regression of Time and Price

    This investment strategy can help investors be successful by identifying price trends while eliminating human bias.
  98. The importance of time value in options trading

    Move beyond simply buying calls and puts, and learn how to turn time-value decay into potential profits.
  99. An Introduction to Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these investments worth getting to know.
  100. Hedging basics: What is a hedge?

    Hedging is a widely misunderstood strategy, but it's not as complicated as you might think.
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