Trading Strategy

The On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to the Trade Life Cycle, from Entry to Exit February 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The success of every trade involves three elements: the entry, the exit, and what happens in between. Here’s a look at the trade life cycle.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
Shorting a Stock: Seeking the Upside of Downside Markets October 15, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Short selling aims to provide protection or profit during a stock market downturn, but it can be risky. Plus, it requires a margin account. Learn the mechanics of shorting a stock.

5 min read  |  Margin
Pros and Cons of Trading in Your Retirement Account September 18, 2019 10:37 AM   |  

Trading in your retirement account has several potential advantages and disadvantages to consider as you develop your strategy.

5 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
Want To Be Your Own Driving Force? Active Trading in an IRA September 10, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Actively trading in an IRA may be a way for some people to attempt to manage risk and potentially increase their income stream in retirement—while enjoying certain tax-deferred benefits.

3 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
Luck of the Draw? There's a Lot More to Trading and Investing than Luck August 19, 2019 11:07 AM   |  

Investing results may depend to some extent on luck, but research and science play a larger role in portfolio strategy.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Using the Put/Call Ratio to Gauge Stock Market Sentiment March 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the put/call ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.

6 min read  |  Technical Analysis
That’s Fast! High-Frequency and Algorithmic Trading January 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how high-frequency trading affects today's markets, including creating liquidity for retail investors.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Tax Tips for Traders: Form 8949 & Section 1256 Contracts December 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Traders have special considerations at tax time, including Schedule D, Form 8949, Section 1256 contracts, and collectibles tax treatment. Here are a few tips for tackling the extra filing.

4 min read  |  Tax Forms
Eyeing the Downside: Three Ways to Short the Market December 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

5 min read  |  Margin
Food, Energy, & More: Commodity Definition and Basics December 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Using Margin Buying Power to Diversify Your Market Exposure December 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how experienced investors comfortable with the risk of margin trading can view a margin account as a “reserve fund.”

5 min read  |  Margin
Forget Wall Street. Trust Yourself: Use Your Trading Tools October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you effectively investing your money? Millennials are among the smartest investors, but not all of them follow this important process.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Black Swans: Part of the Wall Street Menagerie of Bulls and Bears July 31, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about “black swan” events and how you can attempt to protect yourself and your portfolio from adverse shocks.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Rescue from Emotion: Discipline Tips for Retirement Investors April 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

When it comes to investing for retirement, it’s best to avoid your emotions. Learn how to avoid emotional investing.

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Are You Trading Enough? Manage Your Trades Better April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Quiz: Find a Trading Approach to Match Your Personality January 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

There are many approaches to achieving success as a trader. Find one that fits your personality.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Confirmation Bias: When Good Results Lead to Bad Trades September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Confirmation bias can cause investors to take large risks. Learn how to tame confirmation bias and stay centered in your investing approach.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Getting Friendly with Trends: Drawing and Applying Trendlines August 29, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Technical analysis and drawing trendlines can keep you informed about the trends unfolding in your investments and may even support your decision making.

3 min read  |  Charting
Technical Analysis for Investors: Applying Support and Resistance May 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Support and resistance are two of the most important concepts in technical analysis. How can investors potentially gain an edge by applying them?

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
I Just Doubled My Account, Now What? A Case for Utility April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Is twice the cash twice the fun? Not if you take utility into account. Get some perspective on how much benefit you’ll get from the next dollar.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Retirement: More Time to Trade, More Potential Income November 3, 2015 3:00 AM   |  

For most people, retirement means more time doing the things you enjoy. If trading is one of them, retirement could mean more opportunities to potentially generate income.

1 min read  |  Retirement Lifestyle
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