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...

What is NASDAQ Totalview?

NASDAQ is the pioneer of electronic trading as it introduced the world to an alternative to the auction style open outcry style of order executions found on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Rather than giving autonomous authority to a single specialist to control...
What Is ArcaBook

What is ArcaBook?

Seasoned traders know that price, liquidity and execution are the cornerstones for the success of any trading strategy and methodology. The stock markets have evolved from open outcry (auction-style) operations with human specialists taking orders to electronic...
Stock Buying Power

Stock Buying Power – The Complete Guide

In trading, your stock buying power is your ammo. Regardless of how strong your skill sets are, lack of ammo leaves you without an offense or a defense. Knowledge of your changing intraday buying power is crucial to assessing your risk thresholds and preventing...
Avoid Overtrading

7 Tips to Avoid Overtrading

It happens to everyone. What started off as a clear trading day has now drawn you in. You are micromanaging every tick on your stocks compulsively and placing non-stop trades. You find yourself overwhelmed and quickly taking stops and changing your opinion on...
Stock Market News

The Ultimate Guide to Stock Market News

When stocks make sharp price moves, the natural inkling is to search for any news that may be driving the volatility. It’s just human nature to try to explain what is causing the action. Since news comes out all hours of the day, it can be overwhelming trying to...
The Ultimate Guide To The S&P 500

The Ultimate Guide to the S&P 500

The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 is a benchmark index that tracks the stock performance of approximately 500 large-cap publicly traded companies that represent the pulse of the U.S. economy. It’s grouped into 11 sectors and respective individual industries...
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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Why Trade Execution Quality Matters

Why Trade Execution Quality Matters

It’s easy to assume that you are getting quality executions when buying and selling stocks. All retail brokers will claim “great executions” in their marketing material. The wave of zero-commission brokers imply all the bells-and-whistles in addition to quality...

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Ultimate Guide To Understanding Stock Splits

Ultimate Guide To Understanding Stock Splits

It’s not uncommon to wake up one morning and go into a state of shock as you notice one of your stocks is trading at half of yesterday’s price. A frantic search finds no news headlines causing this price drop. You also notice the (-50%) loss is not reflected in your...

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Ultimate Guide To Understanding Stock Floats

Ultimate Guide To Understanding Stock Floats

Thorough research and analysis for any stock involves both fundamental and technical analysis. Fundamentals analysis involves studying the business operations including financial reports, press releases, industry trends and performance metrics. Technical analysis...

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Ultimate Guide to Short Squeezes

Ultimate Guide to Short Squeezes

Often times an obscure stock will hit the ticker tape and scanners showing a 100% or more price change (IE: XYZ stock trading at $12.20 from $6, up + $6.20). This naturally draws eyes and attention from traders. How awesome would be if you were long the stock from $6?...

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Ultimate Guide To Contango And Backwardation

Ultimate Guide To Contango And Backwardation

Understanding Contango and Backwardation The age-old theme of trading and investing follows the mantra, “Buy low and sell high.” However, there are widely traded and owned exchange-traded-funds (ETFs) that practice the opposite mantra, “Buy high and sell low.” Why on...

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Ultimate Guide To Per-Share Commissions

Ultimate Guide To Per-Share Commissions

Online brokers enable traders to buy and sell stocks and options. While the larger mainstream online brokers insist they cater to every type of customer from investors to active traders, reality may be a different story. There is a segment of customers that are very...

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