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Want To Day Trade Stocks? Here's How Much Cash...
Discover the legal and recommended minimum capital required for day trading stocks, based on various trading styles.
Introduction to Scalping
Description of the trading style known as scalping, with examples of the type of trades that a scalper would make.
Learn about the 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.
How Much Money Do Day Traders Make?
See how much a stock day trader can make using a simple risk controlled strategy.
The Day Trader's Guide to Buying and Selling...
Description of buying and selling volume, including how each type of volume affects the current market price.
What Is the Difference between a Long Trade and...
Definition of the trading terms long and short, and examples of their use in day trading.
Beginner's Guide to Trading Derivatives Markets
Definition and examples of derivatives markets.
What Do the Bid, the Ask, and the Last Prices...
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.
2 Types of Stop Loss Orders (and When to Use...
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.
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.
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.
Find Day Trading Stocks with the Biggest Moves...
Love lots of day trading action and stocks with big price moves? Here's how to find volatile day trading stocks, so you can jump in and capitalize.
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 Become a Professional Day Trader
Suggestions for the most efficient method of learning about trading and becoming a professional trader.
The Right Way to Place a Stop Loss Order
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.
3 Ways Daytraders Describe an Amount of Price...
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.
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.
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.
Congress Lays An Egg – Markets Tank
Sept 30, 2013 - Daily commentary on market activity and what's driving trading in the U.S. and overseas markets.
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.
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.
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.
What Is the Difference between '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.
Margin Call
Definition of a margin call, and reasons why margin calls should be avoided.
New Investor's Guide to Futures Markets and...
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.
Triangular Moving Average (TMA)
Description of the Triangular Moving Average (TMA), 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.
Insider Tips for Picking the Right Stocks
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.
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.
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.
4 Popular Day Trading Markets
Introduction to the markets that are available to day traders, including some popular futures, options, currencies, and stock markets.
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.
Open Interest
Definition of open interest, with explanations of how open interest is calculated and interpreted.
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.
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.
Momentum
Description of the Momentum indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Simple, Exponential, and Weighted Moving Averages
Description of simple, exponential, and weighted moving averages, including definitions, calculations, and their basic use in trading.
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.
Day Trade Better Using Win Rate and Risk-Reward...
Winning isn't the only thing that matters to day traders, the quality of wins is equally important. Use win rate and risk-reward ratios to get on track.
Engulfing Candle Day Trading Strategy
Find high probability day trading trend trades using this engulfing candle strategy. Use for forex, stocks or futures.
Want to Day Trade Futures? You Need Less...
The recommended minimum capital required for day trading futures, based on various trading styles.
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.
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.
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.
Fundamental or Technical Analysis?
Discussion of the differences between fundamental analysis and technical analysis, and which type is better suited for day trading.
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.
Want to Day Trade Forex? You Need Less Starting...
The recommended minimum capital required for day trading foreign exchange (forex), based on various trading styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Candlestick Charts
Description of candlestick charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
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.
Introduction to Warrants
Introduction to warrants including the types of warrants that are available, and the basics of how warrants are traded.
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.
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.
Heikin Ashi
Description and example of Heikin Ashi charts, including their definition, calculation, and their basic use in trading.
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.
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.
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.
Futures Market Expiration Dates
Explanation of futures market expirations, with a list of some of the most popular futures contract expiration dates.
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.
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.
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.
Directional Movement Index (DMI)
Description of the Directional Movement Index (DMI), including definition, calculation, and its basic use in trading.
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.
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.
Futures Contracts
Description of futures contracts, including the information that they provide, and where they can be found.
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.
Tick Charts
Description of trading charts based upon ticks (number of trades), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
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.
Profile of the RMB Futures Market
Profile of the RMB futures market, including the exchange rate that the market is based upon, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
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.
Risk To Reward Ratio
Definition of the trading term risk to reward ratio, with an explanation of how the ratio is applied to risk management and used in 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.
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.
Donchian Channel
Description and example of the Donchian Channel, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
NinjaTrader Trading Platform Product Review
Comprehensive product review of NinjaTrader trading platform. Assessment of the system, tools, features, functionality and costs.
Realized Profit
Definition of the trading term realized profit, with an example of how realized profit is used in trading.
Day Trading Restrictions on US Stocks
Description of the SEC day trading restrictions that apply to US stocks and stock markets.
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.
Recognizing and Overcoming Stubbornness
Discussion of why traders with stubborn personalities need to overcome their stubbornness in order to be profitable. Explains the reason why being stubborn is counter productive to successful day trading.
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.
Trading Computers
Description of day trading computers, including laptops and desktops, with recommendations for the minimum specifications that are suitable for day trading.
Definition of the Trading Term Fungible
Definition of the trading term fungible, with an example of how fungible is used in trading.
Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)
Description of the MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
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.
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.
Making your First Trade
A step by step tutorial to making your first real trade, whether in simulation or live. Includes descriptions of each step, and images of the trading software and charting software at each step. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pricing A Stock
Learn how stock prices are established and the factors that influence the constant fluctuation of prices during most trading sessions.
Peregrine Financial Group (US)
Profile of the direct access broker Peregrine Financial Group or PFG. Includes information about opening an account, trading fees, trading software, and reliability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bar Charts
Description of bar charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
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.
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.
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.
Points and Ticks
Explanation of the difference between points and ticks, and which one (points or ticks) is correct for which markets.
Unrealized Profit
Definition of the trading term unrealized profit, with an example of how unrealized profit is used in trading.
Options Profit and Loss
Description of how options trades either make or lose money, with explanations of the various possible options trades.
Reading a Candlestick
Explanation of candlestick charts with descriptions of each piece of information that a single candlestick represents.
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.
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.
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.
Adjusting Time Frames and Indicators
Discussion of adjusting trading system time frames and indicators to suit different markets.
Trading During News Releases
Discussion of whether day traders should have active trades, or be flat (no active trades) during news releases.
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.
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.
Stock Index Calculation
Discussion of stock index calculation, and explanation of why knowing how a stock index is calculated can be bebeficial to your trading.
Drawing Upward Trend Lines
Step by step tutorial explaining how to draw upward trend lines on graphical price charts, with complete instructions and example charts of each step.
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.
Day Trading Markets - Geographical Location
Discussion of the geographical locations of various day trading markets, and how that affects their suitability for beginning or experienced day traders.
Fear and Greed
Discussion of the emotions of fear and greed, and how they affect traders and day trading.
Bearish Engulfing
Description of the japanese candlestick pattern known as a bearish engulfing, with an explanation of what the candlestick pattern means in 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.
How Futures are Traded
Discussion of how futures markets are traded, including descriptions of futures contracts, and long and short trades.
Opening Gap
Definition of the day trading terms opening gap and price gap, with descriptions of the most common types of gap.
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.
Ranging and Trending
Definition of the day trading terms ranging and trending, and descriptions of the types of market that they describe.
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.
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.
Spread Trading
Definition of the form of options trading known as spread trading, with an example of an options based spread trade.
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.
Volume Charts
Description of trading charts based upon volume (number of contracts), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
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.
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.
Global Economic Calendar For The Week Of Sept....
Economic Calendar For Key Global Market - Week Of Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2013
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.
Investing or Trading?
Explanation of the difference between investing and trading and why individual investors are usually at a disadvantage over institutional investors.
Trading Logs
Discussion of trading logs, including the information that a trading log should include, and the different formats that a trading log can be stored in.
Stop Losses and Stop Orders
Explanation of the difference between stop losses and stop orders.
Line Charts
Description of line charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
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.
Short Options Trades Are Not Risky
Discussion of the increased risk that is incorrectly associated with short options trades, with an explanation of how short options trades' risk compares to other types of trades.
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.
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.
Short Covered Put
Description of the basic options strategy known as a short covered put, including instructions for making a short covered put trade, and explanations of the risk and reward of short covered puts.
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.
ASX 200 Constituent List
The complete list of the companies included in the ASX 200 stock index, The ASX 200 stock index is the primary stock index of the Australian Securities Exchange in Australia, and the underlying for the ASX futures market.
Order Execution
Definition of the day trading phrases related to orders being executed and orders being filled.
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