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...
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...

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....

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...
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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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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