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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.
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.
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.
Tick, Tick Size, and Tick Value
Definition of the trading terms tick, tick size, and tick value, and examples of their use in trading.
How To Learn Trading and Become a Professional...
Suggestions for the most efficient method of learning about trading and becoming a professional trader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Margin Call
Definition of a margin call, and reasons why margin calls should be avoided.
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.
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.
Open Interest
Definition of open interest, with explanations of how open interest is calculated and interpreted.
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.
Simple, Exponential, and Weighted Moving Averages
Description of simple, exponential, and weighted moving averages, including definitions, calculations, and their basic use in trading.
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.
Triangular Moving Average (TMA)
Description of the Triangular Moving Average (TMA), including its definition, calculation, and basic use in 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.
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.
Choosing a Trading Style
Discussion of different trading styles, and suggestions for finding the trading style that best suits your personality.
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.
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.
Introduction to Scalping
Description of the trading style known as scalping, with examples of the type of trades that a scalper would make.
Interactive Brokers
Profile of the direct access brokerage, Interactive Brokers or IB, including information about opening an account, trading fees, trading software, and reliability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Momentum
Description of the Momentum indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Day Trading Restrictions on US Stocks
Description of the SEC day trading restrictions that apply to US stocks and stock markets.
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.
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.
Fundamental or Technical Analysis?
Discussion of the differences between fundamental analysis and technical analysis, and which type is better suited for day trading.
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.
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.
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.
Stock Options
Description of stock options' markets, including an explanation of stock options' contracts, strike prices, options expirations, and exercising stock options.
Candlestick Charts
Description of candlestick 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tick Charts
Description of trading charts based upon ticks (number of trades), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
Calculating a Stop Loss
Explanation of how to calculate a stop loss for any size of trade and for any time frame of trade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Realized Profit
Definition of the trading term realized profit, with an example of how realized profit is used in trading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Futures Market Expiration Dates
Explanation of futures market expirations, with a list of some of the most popular futures contract expiration dates.
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.
Bollinger Bands
Description and example of the bollinger bands indicator, including its definition, calculation, and 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.
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.
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.
Introduction to Warrants
Introduction to warrants including the types of warrants that are available, and the basics of how warrants are traded.
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.
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.
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.
Unrealized Profit
Definition of the trading term unrealized profit, with an example of how unrealized profit is used in trading.
Trading Computers
Description of day trading computers, including laptops and desktops, with recommendations for the minimum specifications that are suitable for day trading.
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.
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.
Directional Movement Index (DMI)
Description of the Directional Movement Index (DMI), including definition, calculation, and its basic use in trading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volatility Ratio
Description of the Volatility Ratio indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in 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.
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.
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.
Donchian Channel
Description and example of the Donchian Channel, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Definition of the Trading Term Fungible
Definition of the trading term fungible, with an example of how fungible is used in trading.
Volume Charts
Description of trading charts based upon volume (number of contracts), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
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.
Contract For Difference - Description and...
Description of Contract For Difference markets, with a discussion of CFD availability, and examples of CFD markets.
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.
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.
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.
Trading Software
Description of day trading software, including brokerage provided and third party software.
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.
How Percentages Describe Financial Market Price...
Discussion of how percentages describe financial market prices movement, and why a fifty percent decrease in value is the same as a one hundred percent increase in value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fear and Greed
Discussion of the emotions of fear and greed, and how they affect traders and day 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.
Binary Betting
Description of binary betting, its advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be used as an alternative to regular day trading.
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.
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.
Retail Forex Brokers
Discussion of retail forex brokers, with examples of why they should be avoided.
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.
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.
Reading a Candlestick
Explanation of candlestick charts with descriptions of each piece of information that a single candlestick represents.
Futures Contracts
Description of futures contracts, including the information that they provide, and where they can be found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NinjaTrader Trading Platform Product Review
Comprehensive product review of NinjaTrader trading platform. Assessment of the system, tools, features, functionality and costs.
Short Squeeze
Definition and example of a short squeeze, and explanation of how to avoid your trades falling victim to a short squeeze.
VDAX Volatility Index
Definition of the VDAX volatility index, including the markets that the VDAX is based upon, and its calculation.
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.
Opening Gap
Definition of the day trading terms opening gap and price gap, with descriptions of the most common types of gap.
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.
Heikin Ashi
Description and example of Heikin Ashi charts, including their definition, calculation, and their basic use in trading.
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.
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.
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.
Bar Charts
Description of bar charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
TRIX
Description of the TRIX, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
Triple Witching
Definition of the trading term triple witching.
Divergence
Definition of divergence, with examples of how divergence between the price and an indicator can be used in day trading.
Profile of the NIFTY Futures Market
Profile of the NIFTY futures market, including the companies included in the Nifty stock index, the full contract specifications, and the market holidays.
Trade Entries - Market or Limit?
Explanation of the differences between market and limit orders when they are used for trade entries.
Adjusting Time Frames and Indicators
Discussion of adjusting trading system time frames and indicators to suit different markets.
Fibonacci Numbers
Description of the Fibonacci numbers, including their history, calculation, and examples of their use in day trading.
Range Charts
Description of trading charts based upon price range (difference between high and low prices), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
Gamma (Γ)
Description and explanation of the options greek known as gamma, with an example of how gamma is usually used in options and warrants trading.
Day Trading Style
Definition of the style of trading known as day trading, with examples of the types of trade that fit within this short term trading style.
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.
Interactive Brokers
Profile and review of the brokerage, Interactive Brokers or IB, including information about opening an account, trading fees, trading software, and reliability.
Stop Losses and Stop Orders
Explanation of the difference between stop losses and stop orders.
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.
Line Charts
Description of line charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.

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