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...
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...
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...

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...

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...
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...

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...
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...
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,...
Level 2 and Time and 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...
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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Ultimate Guide To Day Trading Brokers

Ultimate Guide To Day Trading Brokers

What Exactly Is A Day Trading Broker? Publicly listed stocks can only be traded through a licensed broker or brokerage. Brokers enable clients, who may be investors or traders, to participate in the stock market by executing or enabling the execution of trades on...

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Ultimate Guide To Market Makers

Ultimate Guide To Market Makers

Public stock exchanges rely on professional participants committed to providing liquidity in particular stocks. These participants undertake the role of wholesalers and dealers that commit firm capital to openly compete with each other to fill trade orders. They are...

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9 Things Successful Day Traders Do Differently

9 Things Successful Day Traders Do Differently

The resurgence of market volatility has sparked renewed interest in day trading, as stocks experience history making price action for traders equipped with the skill sets to engage. Day trading involves trying to game price action during market hours and closing out...

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Ultimate Guide To Market Order Types

Ultimate Guide To Market Order Types

Traders need to capitalize on every edge they can squeeze out of the markets. A robust direct access trading platform can sharpen that edge with the proficient utilization of different market order types. Having the knowledge to alternate and apply different market...

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Everything You Need To Know About ECN Rebates

Everything You Need To Know About ECN Rebates

Electronic communications networks (ECNs) are electronic limit books that match up buyers and sellers while bypassing middlemen and market makers. Many of the earliest and largest ECNs have expanded and evolved into Alternative Trading Systems (ATS) that operate like...

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The Ultimate Guide To Payment For Order Flow

The Ultimate Guide To Payment For Order Flow

Zero-commission trading became increasingly popular with fintech apps and eventually migrated to the mainstream online brokers. The notion of paying no commissions on trades appealed to the masses as evidenced by the parabolic growth of the client-bases of certain...

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Getting Started With ETF Trading

Getting Started With ETF Trading

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have grown in both popularity and utility over the years. They’ve gone mainstream thanks to marketing campaigns and financial fintech apps centered around Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) based investment strategies. With over 2,000 ETFs, the...

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What To Look For In Your Trading Platform

What To Look For In Your Trading Platform

Your trading platform serves as both weapon and armor when engaged on the battlefield known as the stock market. The best defense is not necessarily a good offense as millions of customers discovered when their zero-commission fintech trading apps went down, locked...

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The Ultimate Guide To Clearing Firms

The Ultimate Guide To Clearing Firms

Imagine if you had to physically collect and take possession of the paper stock certificates whenever you bought stock in the publicly traded markets. Even before placing a trade, you would have to find a way to confirm that the seller actually owned the shares, and...

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The Ultimate Guide To The VIX Index

The Ultimate Guide To The VIX Index

When stock markets plunge hard and fast, financial media headlines often report on the “spike” in the VIX. The CBOE Volatility index (VIX) is a market index on the Chicago Board of Exchange (CBOE) that measures the implied volatility of the S&P 500 index (SPX)...

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The Ultimate Guide To Stock Market Halts

The Ultimate Guide To Stock Market Halts

Stock market trading halts have made mainstream headlines in 2020, as markets experienced extreme volatility with unprecedented magnitude and velocity triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Traders who weren't around during the 2008 financial crisis are likely...

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Easy to Borrow vs. Hard to Borrow Stocks

Easy to Borrow vs. Hard to Borrow Stocks

The adage, “buy low and sell higher” underscores the strategy for taking a long position – a strategy that largely dominates the market. Whether you’re a trader or an investor, the goal is to capture a profit from rising shares prices. On the flip side, you can also...

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