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  1. A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use hedging strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  2. The Most Important Chart in America Today

    Why JC Parets thinks financial stocks are pointing to higher highs for U.S. markets.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ...
  5. Bettering your portfolio with alpha and beta

    Increase your returns by creating the right balance of both these risk measures.
  6. 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 ...
  7. Activities to take advantage of in pre-market and after-hours trading

    Learn how to access opportunities and hedge risk outside regular trading hours.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ...
  10. Automated Trading Systems: The Pros and Cons

    Automated trading systems minimize emotions, allow for faster order entry, lead to greater consistency and resolve "pilot ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. The top technical indicators for options trading

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

    Learn about common asset-protection structures and which vehicles might work best to protect particular types of assets.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. Option trading strategies: A guide for beginners

    Options offer alternative strategies for investors to profit from trading underlying securities. Learn about the four basic ...
  17. Create Your Own Trading Strategies

    Do-it-yourself trading can be very rewarding—both psychologically and for your wallet.
  18. 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.
  19. Quant strategies: Are they for you?

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn how the herd is almost always wrong, or at least late in jumping on the bandwagon.
  25. Options trading volume and open interest

    Learn how trading volume and open interest can give you an edge when trading options.
  26. 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 ...
  27. How To Become A Day Trader

    We look at the training, tools, equipment and strategies needed to succeed as a day trader.
  28. Measure Volatility With Average True Range

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

    Combine trailing stops with stop-loss orders to reduce risk and protect profits.
  30. 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.
  31. Understanding order execution

    Find out the various ways in which a broker can fill an order, which can affect costs.
  32. Trade Smarter With Equivalent Positions

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

    The zero-cost cylinder allows traders to trade the market while protecting their downside.
  34. 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.
  35. An Introduction to Oscillators

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

    Learn how programs make up a significant portion of the volume traded each day.
  37. Day trading strategies for beginners

    This day trading tutorial covers general principles, deciding when to buy and sell, common day trading strategies and how ...
  38. Pick the Right Brokerage Account for Options

    Follow these steps to pick the right options brokerage account depending on your trading needs.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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.
  41. Money Management Matters in Futures Trading

    Learn how this overlooked area of trading can help improve your gains.
  42. 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.
  43. Basics of the Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

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

    An effective exit strategy builds confidence, trade management skills and profitability.
  45. 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.
  46. The linear regression of time and price

    This investment strategy can help investors be successful by identifying price trends while eliminating human bias.
  47. 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.
  48. An Introduction to Managed Futures

    Their inverse correlation with stocks and bonds make these investments worth getting to know.
  49. Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio

    Discover how the amazing ratio, revealed in countless proportions throughout nature, applies to financial markets.
  50. Hedging basics: What is a hedge?

    Hedging is a widely misunderstood strategy, but it's not as complicated as you might think.
  51. Profiting in bear and bull markets

    There are many ways to profit in both bear and bull markets. The key to success is using the tools for each market to their ...
  52. Top 4 mistakes that cause futures traders to fail

    Learn about common mistakes futures traders make, how to avoid them and what qualities successful futures traders possess.
  53. Profit Without Predicting the Market

    Traders who try to predict the future can actually harm their trading options.
  54. 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 ...
  55. Use Weekly Stochastics to Time the Market

    Weekly stochastics uncover patterns of buying and selling that can be predicted and capitalized on.
  56. Day-Trading Tips for Rookies: Don't Play It By Ear

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  57. Increase Your Profits With Soft or Mental Stops

    A soft stop provides a trader with added flexibility, allowing him to react to the market.
  58. Using Moving Averages to Trade the VIX

    VIX moving averages smooth out the natural choppiness of volatility data.
  59. Momentum Trading With Discipline

    This type of strategy demands a continual refinement of entry and exit techniques.
  60. 3 Psychological Quirks That Affect Your Trading

    There are human tendencies that can block our financial goals. Here's how to get around them.
  61. Only Take a Trade If It Passes This 5-Step Test

    Not every moment is a good trading opportunity. Put each trade through this five-step test.
  62. Advanced Option Trading: The Modified Butterfly Spread

    This strategy allows traders to craft a position with unique risk/reward characteristics.
  63. 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.
  64. 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?
  65. Backtesting and forward testing: The importance of correlation

    Correlations between backtesting and forward performance testing results can help you optimize your trading system.
  66. Using index futures to predict the future

    Want to know whether the stock market will open up or down? Learn about index futures and how they can help predict how the ...
  67. Technical Analysis Strategies for Beginners

    Technical analysis helps traders and investors navigate the gap between intrinsic value and market price by leveraging certain ...
  68. 5 must-watch films and documentaries for day traders

    Here are five must-watch films and documentaries for day traders with the takeaway lessons that inspire, motivate and entertain.
  69. DMI Points the Way to Profits

    The directional movement index (DMI) helps tell you whether to go long, short or stand aside.
  70. Prices Plunging? Buy a Put!

    Find out how going long on a put option can lead to profits on a falling stock.
  71. Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price

    The strike price has an enormous bearing on how your option trade will play out. Read on to learn about some basic principles ...
  72. Pencil in Profits in Any Market With a Calendar Spread

    Calendar spreads are a great way to combine the advantages of spreads and directional option trades in the same position. ...
  73. Introduction to Momentum Trading

    This trading style offers profits due to the powerful ways in which momentum can drive a stock.
  74. Random Reinforcement: Why Most Traders Fail

    This phenomenon can cause a trader to abandon a proven strategy or risk everything on chance.
  75. Adaptive Price Zone Technical Indicator Explained

    In a choppy market, following charts can be extremely difficult, hence the APZ technical indicator.
  76. Steps to Becoming a Quant Trader

    These days, being highly proficient in mathematics or statistics is the minimum requirement for being a quant. You'll need ...
  77. Use Caution Trading Pink Sheets Stocks

    Pink sheets stocks can increase portfolio returns by large magnitudes in a short time, but come with significant risks.
  78. Top 4 Fibonacci Retracement Mistakes to Avoid

    Using Fibonacci incorrectly can have disastrous consequences. Find out which common moves to avoid.
  79. How to Choose Stocks for Day Trading

    Discover some of the contributing factors in determining what stocks are best for day trading.
  80. Expert Trader Strategies: Opening Price Principle

    The first trade of the day defines a narrow price level that can act as support or resistance.
  81. How to Set Up Your Trading Screens

    Well-organized trading screens can speed up complex decision making.
  82. Trading Is Timing

    Learn how to make gains even if you don't get in at the right time.
  83. Spread-to-Pip Potential: Which Pairs Are Worth Day Trading?

    Spreads play a significant factor in profitable forex trading. Learn when it's worth trading and when it isn't.
  84. Penny Stocks to Watch for March 2018

    Industrial metals and infrastructure plays highlight March's penny stock list, with Congress set to increase spending on ...
  85. 2 Indexes That Help Assess Market Behavior

    The Herrick Payoff Index and New-High New-Low Index are measures you should know.
  86. Trading the Non-Farm Payroll Report

    Discover how to trade the non-farm payroll report without getting knocked out by the irrational volatility it can create. ...
  87. Market Problems? Blame Investors

    Investors are only human, and their irrational behavior can often move the market.
  88. Trading in the Pre- and Post-Market Sessions

    Pre-market and after-hours trading may offer benefits for traders, but there are some potential problems.
  89. Forecasting Market Direction With Put/Call Ratios

    Options are not only trading instruments but also predictive tools that can help us gauge the feelings of traders.
  90. What Maker-Taker Fees Mean to You

    So-called maker-taker fees offer a transaction rebate to those who provide liquidity (the market maker), while charging customers ...
  91. Trading With Stage Analysis

    Stage analysis offers market participants a powerful tool to identify current market conditions.
  92. Using the Coppock Curve to Generate Trade Signals

    How the Coppock Curve momentum indicator can help you isolate buying opportunities and exit points.
  93. The Anatomy of Trading Breakouts

    Learn what a breakout trade is and how to use this trading strategy successfully.
  94. Make Money With the Fibonacci ABC Pattern

    We break down this indicator into simple, easy-to-understand pieces so you can profit.
  95. Advanced Channel Patterns: Wolfe Waves & Gartleys

    Discover how these provide the trader with insight into both the timing and scope of breakouts.
  96. MACD and Stochastic: A Double-Cross Strategy

    Two indicators are usually better than one. Find out how this pairing can enhance your trading.
  97. Vertical Bull and Bear Credit Spreads

    This trading strategy is an excellent limited-risk strategy that can be widely used.
  98. Stimulate Your Skills With Simulated Trading

    Think you can beat the Street? We'll show you how to test your abilities without losing your shirt.
  99. Interpreting Volume for the Futures Market

    Learn how to read the volume reports, look at the relation to liquidity and interpret volume.
  100. Divergence: The Trade Most Profitable

    Comparing price swings helps traders gain insight into price momentum.
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