The Ultimate Guide to Risk Management

The Ultimate Guide to Risk Management

While making profits is the goal of trading, it has to be tempered with prudent risk management to enable profits to matter. The dark side of trading that often gets overlooked is the defensive posture that needs to accompany a strong offense. What good is a $1,000...
Day Trading Strategy

What is a Day Trading Strategy?

“The more things change, the more they stay the same”, is a classic theme that applies not only to the markets but also the day traders that populate them. While it’s easy to click buy and sell orders all day chasing stocks, the key to longevity is having a well...
Large Trader IDs

Everything You Need to Know About Large Trader IDs

Volatility in the markets can originate from all sorts of participants ranging from small retail investors to major institutions and hedge funds. The “meme” stock revolution has empowered the retail trader as groups of independent retail traders all jumping into...
How To Deal With Trading Losses

How to Deal with Trading Losses

Every trader knows that losses are part of the game. However, there are good losses and bad losses. It’s easy to have a case of Schadenfreude whenever taking a stop loss. If the stock collapses much lower after you stop out, you feel better. If the stock immediately...
SEC Filings

The Ultimate Guide to SEC Filings

The U.S. stock markets are regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This independent federal governing body is responsible for ensuring the integrity and structure of financial markets, protecting investors and facilitating capital formation....

The Ultimate Guide to Scalp Trading

The thrill of stepping into a trade that immediately spikes after your entry enabling you to sell into the momentum for a “scalp” on moderate to heavy sizing can be addictive. Even better, when you “high-tick” your exit, meaning selling your position right into the...

The Ultimate Guide to Momentum Trading

Momentum trading is a popular trading style in which traders aim to take advantage of short-term price momentum. While trading momentum stocks can be lucrative, it’s a double edged sword that can cut hard and fast without the right preparation and trade management. ...

The Five-Step Process Behind Every Trade

On the surface, executing a trade seems as simple as clicking the BUY button and then clicking the SELL button shortly after. Just like the proverbial iceberg theory, only 20% of an iceberg is visible above the surface. The majority of the iceberg is under the...
Adding Liquidity vs. Taking Liquidity

Adding Liquidity vs. Taking Liquidity

The stock market requires both buyers and sellers to operate as an efficient market place. Beginner traders assume there is always a seller on the other side willing to supply shares for sale at the right price and vice versa when they want to sell. Traders usually...
The Ultimate Guide To Stochastics

The Ultimate Guide to Using Stochastics

For traders, identifying key price levels ahead of time is part of the preparation that goes into developing a trading game plan. As they say, “Plan your trade and trade your plan.” While many traders do well enough with price charts and trend lines, active traders...
The Ultimate Guide to Stock Scanners

The Ultimate Guide to Stock Scanners

The U.S. stock market has over 6,000 listed stocks moving simultaneously throughout the trading day. To find and filter trading opportunities, seasoned traders utilize the power of stock scanners to optimize their time, attention, and efforts. Taking advantage of...

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The Ultimate Guide to Stock Dilution

The Ultimate Guide to Stock Dilution

When a publicly traded company announces a secondary offering, the underlying stock price tends to fall sharply. When a public company announces an all stock based acquisition of another company, usually the acquiring company’s share price also tends to sell-off....

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5 Common Issues When Scaling Your Trading Strategy

5 Common Issues When Scaling Your Trading Strategy

Day traders embrace closure and tend to think in singular terms of entry and exits. One shot in and one shot out. Many investors think the same way. However, when breaking that one shot down into multiple shots, chances are you may get a better average price on the...

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The Ultimate Guide to Candlestick Charts

The Ultimate Guide to Candlestick Charts

Stock market traders utilize a wide arsenal of tools to enhance their performance. One of the most essential tools are candlestick stock charts. These enable traders to visually interpret price action to make more informed decisions on trades especially when used in...

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The Ultimate Guide to Moving Averages

The Ultimate Guide to Moving Averages

Technical analysis utilizes charts and indicators to analyze the price action of an underlying stock. One of the most useful and widely used technical indicators are moving averages, which utilize price history, to anticipate future price action.    What Are Moving...

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The Interconnectedness of Markets

The Interconnectedness of Markets

While you may be familiar with U.S. stock markets, the reality is that all global financial markets are interconnected either directly or indirectly. Some of the relationships are more familiar like the inverse relationship between stocks and bonds. Some relationships...

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Day Trading Rules: A Beginner’s Guide

Day Trading Rules: A Beginner’s Guide

The lure of making quick stock market profits with a few clicks of the mouse in the comfort of your own home is the appealing (and misguided) lure of day trading. Day trading can be rewarding but it requires not only abiding by rules of a trading methodology but also...

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The Ultimate Guide to Short Selling

The Ultimate Guide to Short Selling

Buy low and sell higher is how profits are made trading the long side of a stock price move. This strategy is practiced by traders and investors. However, it is possible to also profit on falling stock prices by short selling the shares. This is the inverse of the...

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Day Trading vs. Swing Trading

Day Trading vs. Swing Trading

As they say in professional boxing, “styles make fights”. You have explosive punchers like Mike Tyson knocking out opponents inside a single round and methodical boxers like Floyd Mayweather that routinely go the full distance for decision wins. Trading is very...

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The Ultimate Guide to Trading Simulators

The Ultimate Guide to Trading Simulators

New traders are highly encouraged to use trading simulators prior to trading with real cash. Even seasoned veterans recovering from a losing streak can rehabilitate themselves with simulators. The purpose of simulators is to properly “test” out your strategies and...

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The Ultimate Guide to Trading Journals

The Ultimate Guide to Trading Journals

Keeping a trading journal is one of the best ways to track your trades and gain valuable insights into your performance. The data can help you extract important metrics and underlying patterns that can help you optimize your results. While it may seem tedious,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Level 2 and Time & Sales

The Ultimate Guide to Level 2 and Time & Sales

For day traders, level 2 and time & sales are indispensable tools to gauge pricing to perform precision order executions. The pace and velocity of price updates coupled with tape reading can provide an edge for seasoned tactical traders seeking opportunistic...

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The Ultimate Guide to Technical Indicators

The Ultimate Guide to Technical Indicators

Speculating on the direction and duration of stock price movements is the essence of trading. Charts help to visualize and interpret price action. They are further enhanced with the use of tools referred to as technical indicators or studies. Seasoned traders often...

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The Importance of Liquidity and Volatility for Traders

The Importance of Liquidity and Volatility for Traders

Traders make their bones speculating on price action and relying on their ability to execute good fills in a timely manner. Trading requires the prudent interpretation of price history to anticipate where prices can go from here and what to do when they get there....

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The Ultimate Guide to Hot Keys

The Ultimate Guide to Hot Keys

Speed and efficiency are the hallmarks of seasoned traders. The ability to react quickly and execute multiple actions with the smallest amount of expended effort can be augmented with the help of your trading platform. Knowing and doing are two different animals. The...

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