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Day Trading: Most Popular Articles

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Trading Order Types
Description of the trading order types that are combined to make a complete trade. Includes market, limit, stop, stop limit, market if touched, and limit if touched orders.
Long and Short
Definition of the trading terms long and short, and examples of their use in day trading.
Buying and Selling Volume
Description of buying and selling volume, including how each type of volume affects the current market price.
The Bid, Ask, and Last
Definition of the market prices known as the bid price, the ask price, and the last price, with an explanation of how these prices affect day trading.
Derivatives Markets
Definition and examples of derivatives markets.
Stop Loss Orders - Market or Limit?
Discussion of whether stop loss orders should be market or limit orders, with an explanation of how each type of order can affect the stop loss.
What is Day Trading?
Explanation of what day trading actually is, and how it relates to other styles of trading. Includes some of the differences between day trading styles, types of trade, and day traders' personalities.
Tick, Tick Size, and Tick Value
Definition of the trading terms tick, tick size, and tick value, and examples of their use in trading.
Margin Call
Definition of a margin call, and reasons why margin calls should be avoided.
Trading Using Leverage
Discussion of trading using leverage (margin), and whether leverage is an efficient use of trading capital, or a quick way to lose a lot of money.
How To Learn Trading and Become a Professional...
Suggestions for the most efficient method of learning about trading and becoming a professional trader.
Read a Candlestick Chart
Instructions for reading a candlestick chart, including descriptions of each section of a candlestick, and how to determine the direction and range of a candlestick.
How To Place Stop Loss Orders
Discussion about placing stop loss orders, with suggestions for where, and where not, to place stop loss orders depending upon how they are being used.
Choosing the Best Chart Time Frame
Discussion of chart time frames, with an explanation of how to choose the best chart time frame for your trading system and trading style.
Market Profile Charts
Description of market profile charts, with explanations of the information that they provide, and examples of how they are used in day trading.
Trailing Stop
Definition of the type of stop loss order known as a trailing stop, and an example of how a trailing stop should and should not be used in trading.
Options - Call and Put
Definition of related options phrases such as Call, Put, in the money, out of the money, strike price, option exercise, and expiration date.
Points, Ticks, and Pips
Definition of the day trading terms points, ticks, and pips, with an explanation of which term is used for which markets, and examples of how they are used when talking about day trading.
Open Interest
Definition of open interest, with explanations of how open interest is calculated and interpreted.
Triangular Moving Average (TMA)
Description of the Triangular Moving Average (TMA), including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Options - In the Money and Out of the Money
Definition of related options phrases such as Call, Put, in the money, out of the money, strike price, option exercise, and expiration date.
What Makes a Good Stock Pick?
Learn the essentials of making good stock picks. Successful day traders use these simple screening tips to find stocks best suited to their trading strategies.
Simple, Exponential, and Weighted Moving Averages
Description of simple, exponential, and weighted moving averages, including definitions, calculations, and their basic use in trading.
Order Book, Level 2 Market Data, and Depth of...
If you're going to try your hand at day trading, it helps to know the definitions of such terms as Level 1 and Level 2 market data.
Introduction to Scalping
Description of the trading style known as scalping, with examples of the type of trades that a scalper would make.
Spread - Bid and Ask Spread
Definition of the day trading term spread (or bid and ask spread), including what causes a small and large spread, and how they affect trading.
What are Futures?
Description of futures markets and contracts. Lists some of the most popular futures markets. Explains how futures trading symbols are constructed, and how tick values are calculated.
Interactive Brokers
Profile of the direct access brokerage, Interactive Brokers or IB, including information about opening an account, trading fees, trading software, and reliability.
How Options are Traded
Discussion of how options markets are traded, including descriptions of options contracts, long and short trades, call and put contracts, and options premiums.
Low Risk Stock Investing
Description of an options strategy that is used to invest in stock with less margin and less risk, with an example of a trade made using the options strategy.
Trading With Weekly Options
Do you avoid options because of the long expiration period? Find out why trading weekly options can be extremely lucrative and well-suited for day traders.
Delta (Δ)
Description and explanation of the options greek known as delta, with an example of how delta is usually used in options and warrants trading.
Momentum
Description of the Momentum indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Choosing a Trading Style
Discussion of different trading styles, and suggestions for finding the trading style that best suits your personality.
Focus On Winners - Not Losers
Learn the secret to overcoming the fear of trading losses and becoming a profitable trader by focusing on properly managing your winning trades.
Options - Strike Price and Expiration Date
Definition of related options phrases such as Call, Put, in the money, out of the money, strike price, option exercise, and expiration date.
Stop Loss
Definition of the day trading term stop loss, with descriptions of the two most common types of stop loss, and a discussion of whether or not a stop loss should be used.
Buying Stock Using Stock Options
Explanation of how to buy stock using stock options, including the price advantages that this strategy can provide, and an example of a trade made using the stock options strategy.
How Much Trading Capital Is Enough?
Discussion of how much trading capital is required in order for a trader to be profitable, with examples of how different amounts of trading capital affect a traders' risk management.
Pivot Point Bounce
Step by step tutorial of the pivot point bounce trade, including detailed instructions and charts of a real trade made using the pivot point bounce trading system.
Short Term Options Trading
Discussion of how options and warrants can be traded short term, with an explanation of the differences that must be taken into account when trading options short term.
Leverage is Good, and More Leverage is Very Good
Discussion of how leverage affects the potential profit and loss of a trade, and why professional traders always trade using the highest leverage possible.
Currency Futures
Description of currency futures markets, and how they differ from currency markets (Forex). Includes a list of the most popular currency futures markets, with links to their market profiles, and contract specifications.
Day Trading Markets - Profit and Loss Potential
Discussion of the profit and loss potential of various day trading markets, and their suitability for beginning day traders.
How Market Prices Move
Explanation of how buying and selling moves market prices, with reference to individual trades and how they are displayed on the time and sales.
Day Trading Charts - Bar, Candlestick, and Line...
Descriptions of bar, candlestick, and line charts, with the trading information that they represent, and instructions for reading and interpreting them during trading.
Vanna
Description and explanation of the options greek known as vanna, with an example of how vanna is usually used in options and warrants trading.
Fundamental or Technical Analysis?
Discussion of the differences between fundamental analysis and technical analysis, and which type is better suited for day trading.
Day Trading Stock Markets
Description of stocks markets and their suitability for day trading, including minimum trading deposit, margin, and SEC imposed day trading restrictions.
Forex or Currency Futures?
Description of the currency markets, including the differences between Forex and futures markets, and recommendations for the best choices for individual day traders.
Day Trading Tools
List of the tools needed for day trading, with minimum specifications and recommendations. Includes discussions of trading computers, Internet access, direct access brokerages, trading and charting software, and market data.
Index Futures
Description of stock index futures markets, with lists of the most popular US, European, and Asian, index futures markets, and links to their market profiles and contract specifications.
Calculating a Stop Loss
Explanation of how to calculate a stop loss for any size of trade and for any time frame of trade.
Stock Options
Description of stock options' markets, including an explanation of stock options' contracts, strike prices, options expirations, and exercising stock options.
Trade Day Dynamics
Understanding the unique dynamics of the U.S. equity market trading session is critical to trading success, no matter what you trade.
Which Markets can be Day Traded?
Introduction to the markets that are available to day traders, including some popular futures, options, currencies, and stock markets.
Unrealized Profit
Definition of the trading term unrealized profit, with an example of how unrealized profit is used in trading.
Profile of the YM Futures Market
Profile of the YM futures market, including the companies included in the Dow Jones stock index, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Introduction to Warrants
Introduction to warrants including the types of warrants that are available, and the basics of how warrants are traded.
Day Trading Brokerage
Description of day trading brokerages, and why direct access brokers are the more suitable than traditional brokers. Includes links to profiles and reviews of some of the most popular day trading brokerages.
Time and Sales or Tape
Definition of the time and sales (or tape), and descriptions of the information that is provided by the time and sales.
How Futures are Traded
Discussion of how futures markets are traded, including descriptions of futures contracts, and long and short trades.
Level I or Level II Market Data?
Discussion of level I and level II market data, and whether traders need level I or level II market data depending upon their trading style and technique.
Trading with a Small Account
Discussion of under capitalization, and how it affects a trader's ability to make a profit, with advice for traders who have small trading accounts.
Day Trading Restrictions on US Stocks
Description of the SEC day trading restrictions that apply to US stocks and stock markets.
Profile of the NQ Futures Market
Profile of the NQ futures market, including the companies included in the NASDAQ 100 stock index, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Calculating One Percent Risk
Description of the one percent risk management calculation, with an example of how the one percent calculation is used to determine the size of a stock trade.
Candlestick Charts
Description of candlestick charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
How Stock Indices Are Calculated
Discussion of how stock indices are calculated, and explanation of why learning how a stock index is calculated can improve your stock index and individual stock trading.
Fear and Greed
Discussion of the emotions of fear and greed, and how they affect traders and day trading.
Time and Sales
Description of the time and sales (or tape), with an explanation of the trading information that each element of the time and sales represents.
Futures Market Expiration Dates
Explanation of futures market expirations, with a list of some of the most popular futures contract expiration dates.
Calculate the Size of a Futures Market Trade
How to calculate the size of a trade on a futures market for any size of trading account.
Profile of the DAX Futures Market
Profile of the DAX futures market, including the companies included in the DAX stock index, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Description of Options Markets and Contracts
Description of options markets and contracts, and how they differ from futures markets. Lists some European and US style options markets. Explains how options trading symbols are constructed, and how tick values are calculated.
Bar Charts
Description of bar charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
Realized Profit
Definition of the trading term realized profit, with an example of how realized profit is used in trading.
Zero Line Cross
Step by step tutorial of the zero line cross trade, including detailed instructions and charts of a real trade made using the zero line cross trading system.
Trend Lines - Support and Resistance
Description and examples of trend lines showing support and resistance, and explanations of the information that they provide about the market's prices.
Profile of the ES Futures Market
Profile of the ES futures market, including the companies included in the S&P 500 stock index, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Heikin Ashi
Description and example of Heikin Ashi charts, including their definition, calculation, and their basic use in trading.
Margin
Definition of the day trading term margin, with an explanation of how margin applies to day trading, and why different markets have different margin requirements.
Profile of Interactive Brokers' Market Data
Description of Interactive Brokers' market data feed, including the available markets, the monthly fees, and the software and programming interface.
Trend Lines
Series of articles about trend lines, including the information that they represent, tutorials for drawing trend lines, and examples of trading using trend lines.
Review of Short Term Trading Strategies That Work
A detailed review of Short Term Trading Strategies That Work by Larry Connors. The review includes a description of the book, whom the book is designed for, and how the book can be used in your own trading.
Analyst or Trader?
Discussion of why some traders are better analysts than traders and vice versa, and how finding your opposite can make a very profitable trading partnership.
Parabolic Stop and Reverse (Parabolic SAR)
Description of the Parabolic SAR (Parabolic Stop and Reverse) indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Trading Stock Indexes
Discussion of trading stock indexes using futures and options markets, including charting the stock indexes while trading the futures and options markets.
Long Covered Put
Description of the basic options strategy known as a long covered put, including instructions for making a long covered put trade, and explanations of the risk and reward of long covered puts.
Discretionary or System Trading
Descriptions of discretionary trading and system trading, with suggestions for choosing the correct type of trading for your personality, and examples of each type of trading.
Tick Charts
Description of trading charts based upon ticks (number of trades), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
Avoiding Trading Noise
Learn how to identify and differentiate trading noise from real moves in the market and avoid the whipsaw losses associated with overtrading an account.
Stop And Reverse
Definition of the type of stop loss order known as stop and reverse, with examples of how a stop and reverse order is used in trading.
Moving Average Bounce
Step by step tutorial of the moving average bounce trade, including detailed instructions and charts of a real trade made using the moving average bounce trading system.
Position Trading
Definition of the style of trading known as position trading, with examples of the types of trade that fit within this long term trading style.
Market Scanners
Description of market scanners, with instructions for how they are used in day trading, and explanations of the criteria that they can use.
Trading Computers
Description of day trading computers, including laptops and desktops, with recommendations for the minimum specifications that are suitable for day trading.
Day Trading Markets - Choosing a Market
Discussion of the best markets for beginning day traders, including criteria such as initial trading deposit, personality, tick values, and geographical location.
Opening Gap
Definition of the day trading terms opening gap and price gap, with descriptions of the most common types of gap.
Donchian Channel
Description and example of the Donchian Channel, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Short Squeeze
Definition and example of a short squeeze, and explanation of how to avoid your trades falling victim to a short squeeze.
Volume Charts
Description of trading charts based upon volume (number of contracts), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
What Is the Volume Rate Of Change?
Is there conviction in the recent price move? The Volume Rate of Change Indicator, or VROC, will help you determine if momentum is increasing or decreasing.
Market Data Definition
Description of day trading market data, including the different levels of market data, and the trading information that each level of market data provides.
Short Covered Call
Description of the basic options strategy known as a short covered call, including instructions for making a short covered call trade, and explanations of the risk and reward of short covered calls.
Calculate the Size of an Options Market Trade
How to calculate the size of a trade on an options market for any size of trading account.
Arbitrage
Definition of arbitrage with examples of how it can be used in day trading.
Introduction to Knock Outs
Introduction to knock outs including the types of knock outs that are available, and the basics of how knock outs are traded.
Contract For Difference - Description and...
Description of Contract For Difference markets, with a discussion of CFD availability, and examples of CFD markets.
Triple Witching
Definition of the trading term triple witching.
Choosing a Day Trading Market
Discussion of the best markets for beginning day traders, including criteria like initial trading deposit, personality, tick values, and geographical location.
Binary Betting
Description of binary betting, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be used as an alternative to regular day trading.
NinjaTrader Trading Platform Product Review
Comprehensive product review of NinjaTrader trading platform. Assessment of the system, tools, features, functionality and costs.
Vega (v)
Description and explanation of the options greek known as vega, with an example of how vega is usually used in options and warrants trading.
Calculating Your Break Even Percentage
Description and calculation of the break even percentage, which shows the ratio of winning and losing trades that are required for a break even profit / loss.
Trading Software
Description of day trading software, including brokerage provided and third party software.
Retail Forex Brokers
Discussion of retail forex brokers, with examples of why they should be avoided.
Stop Losses and Stop Orders
Explanation of the difference between stop losses and stop orders.
TRIX Reversal
Step by step tutorial of the TRIX reversal trade, including detailed instructions and charts of a real trade made using the TRIX reversal trading system.
Read a Bar Chart
Instructions for reading a bar chart, including descriptions of each section of a bar, and how to determine the direction and range of a bar.
Reading a Candlestick
Explanation of candlestick charts with descriptions of each piece of information that a single candlestick represents.
Stop or If Touched Orders?
Explanation of the differences between stop orders and if touched orders, with examples of how using the wrong type of order can greatly affect your trading.
The Best and Worst Ways to Learn Trading
Descriptions of the most popular methods of trading instruction, with my recommendations for which ways are the most effective, and my suggestion for an alternative to learning trading.
VDAX Volatility Index
Definition of the VDAX volatility index, including the markets that the VDAX is based upon, and its calculation.
Profile of the GBL Futures Market
Profile of the bund futures market, including the underlying financial instrument, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Why Markets Fall Quicker Than They Rise
Discussion of why markets tend to fall quicker than they rise, with an explanation of how the emotions of fear and greed cause this to happen.
Indicator Settings
Descriptions of the settings used by technical analysis indicators such as the Commodity Channel Index (CCI), with examples of how to configure the indicators for different results.
What is an Edge, and Why Does Everyone Think...
Explanation of a trading edge, with a discussion of whether a trading edge is necessary or not (or even possible).
Definition of the Trading Term Fungible
Definition of the trading term fungible, with an example of how fungible is used in trading.
Directional Movement Index (DMI)
Description of the Directional Movement Index (DMI), including definition, calculation, and its basic use in trading.
Volatility Ratio
Description of the Volatility Ratio indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Trend Line Breaks
Definition of trend line breaks, including why they occur, and examples of how they can be used as part of a trading system.
Win To Loss Ratio
Definition of the trading term win to loss ratio, with an explanation of how the ratio is applied to risk management and used in trading.
Averaging Down
Definition of averaging down, with reasons why a trader would average down a position, and an explanation of why averaging down will lose money over the long term.
Points and Ticks
Explanation of the difference between points and ticks, and which one (points or ticks) is correct for which markets.
Calculate the Size of a Stock Market Trade
How to calculate the size of a trade on an individual stock market for any size of trading account.
Patience, Decisiveness, and Calmness
Discussion of the personality traits of patience, decisiveness, and calmness, and how they are necessary for successful day trading.
Long and Short Options Trades
Description of which options trades are long and which options trades are short, with reference to both the options market itself, and the underlying market.
TRIX
Description of the TRIX, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Patience and Discipline
Professional traders either have patience and discipline in their personalities, or they learn how to be patient and disciplined as part of their trading education. Find out why you need to be patient and disciplined, and how you can become patient and disciplined.
Trading Psychology - Patience and Discipline
Discussion of the trading psychology of waiting for the next trade, and why being patient and disciplined are essential personality traits for new traders and professional traders alike.
What Are The Best Hours To Trade Forex?
Learn the best hours to trade the forex markets and when they should be avoided because of a lack of volume, liquidity and volatility.
Swing Trading
Definition of the style of trading known as swing trading, with examples of the types of trade that fit within this medium term trading style.
Nikkei 225 Constituent List
The complete list of the companies included in the Nikkei 225 stock index. The Nikkei 225 stock index is the primary stock index of the Osaka Securities Exchange in Japan, and the underlying market for the N225 futures market.
Day Trading Market Data
Description of day trading market data, and the trading information that market data provides. Includes profiles of the most popular market data feeds, with the markets that they offer, their monthly fees, and their software and programming interfaces.
Understanding RSI
Learn how RSI can be used to measure the presence and strength of momentum in a trading instrument. It can be used to trigger trades as well.
Average of the Open, High, Low, and Close
Definition of the average of the open, high, low, and close, with an explanation of how the average of the open, high, low, and close, relates to indicator settings.
Telephone - Calling your Day Trading Brokerage
Explanation of why a telephone is needed during day trading, with recommendations for the best type of telephone.
Pricing A Stock
Learn how stock prices are established and the factors that influence the constant fluctuation of prices during most trading sessions.
Double Moving Average Bounce
Step by step tutorial of a variation of the moving average bounce trading system, known as the double moving average bounce. The tutorial includes detailed instructions of each step of the trading system, and charts of a real trade made using the double moving average bounce trading system.

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