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Day Trading: Most Popular Articles

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Introduction to Scalping
Description of the trading style known as scalping, with examples of the type of trades that a scalper would make.
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.
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.
Is there money in forex day trading? Find out.
Scenario for how much money a simple and risk controlled forex day trading strategy can make, and guidance on how to achieve that level of success.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Money Do Day Traders Make?
See how much a stock day trader can make using a simple risk controlled strategy.
How to Become a Professional Day Trader
Suggestions for the most efficient method of learning about trading and becoming a professional trader.
How to Configure Sierra Chart's Chart Settings
A step by step guide to configuring Sierra Chart's chart settings, such as the number of bars or candlesticks to display, and the chart time frame. Page 3.
Tick, Tick Size, and Tick Value
Definition of the trading terms tick, tick size, and tick value, and examples of their use in trading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choosing a Trading Style
Discussion of different trading styles, and suggestions for finding the trading style that best suits your personality.
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.
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.
Open Interest
Definition of open interest, with explanations of how open interest is calculated and interpreted.
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.
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.
Margin Call
Definition of a margin call, and reasons why margin calls should be avoided.
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.
Triangular Moving Average (TMA)
Description of the Triangular Moving Average (TMA), including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
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.
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.
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.
4 Popular Day Trading Markets
Introduction to the markets that are available to day traders, including some popular futures, options, currencies, and stock markets.
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.
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.
Short Squeeze
Definition and example of a short squeeze, and explanation of how to avoid your trades falling victim to a short squeeze.
Want to Day Trade Futures? You Need Less...
The recommended minimum capital required for day trading futures, based on various trading styles.
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.
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.
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.
Engulfing Candle Day Trading Strategy
Find high probability day trading trend trades using this engulfing candle strategy. Use for forex, stocks or futures.
Fundamental or Technical Analysis?
Discussion of the differences between fundamental analysis and technical analysis, and which type is better suited for day trading.
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.
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 Stock Markets
Description of stocks markets and their suitability for day trading, including minimum trading deposit, margin, and SEC imposed day trading restrictions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directional Movement Index (DMI)
Description of the Directional Movement Index (DMI), including definition, calculation, and its basic use in trading.
Futures Market Expiration Dates
Explanation of futures market expirations, with a list of some of the most popular futures contract expiration dates.
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.
Candlestick Charts
Description of candlestick charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
Day Trading Restrictions on US Stocks
Description of the SEC day trading restrictions that apply to US stocks and stock markets.
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.
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.
Calculating a Stop Loss
Explanation of how to calculate a stop loss for any size of trade and for any time frame of trade.
Heikin Ashi
Description and example of Heikin Ashi charts, including their definition, calculation, and their 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.
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.
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.
Introduction to Warrants
Introduction to warrants including the types of warrants that are available, and the basics of how warrants are traded.
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.
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.
Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD)
Description of the MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in trading.
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.
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 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.
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.
Unrealized Profit
Definition of the trading term unrealized profit, with an example of how unrealized profit is used 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.
Stock Options
Description of stock options' markets, including an explanation of stock options' contracts, strike prices, options expirations, and exercising stock options.
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.
Force Index
Description and example of the Force Index, including its definition, calculation, and basic use 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.
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.
Donchian Channel
Description and example of the Donchian Channel, including its definition, calculation, and basic use in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bearish Engulfing
Description of the japanese candlestick pattern known as a bearish engulfing, with an explanation of what the candlestick pattern means in trading.
Triple Witching
Definition of the trading term triple witching.
Pricing A Stock
Learn how stock prices are established and the factors that influence the constant fluctuation of prices during most trading sessions.
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.
Bar Charts
Description of bar charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
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.
Tick Charts
Description of trading charts based upon ticks (number of trades), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
Reading a Candlestick
Explanation of candlestick charts with descriptions of each piece of information that a single candlestick represents.
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.
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).
Volume Charts
Description of trading charts based upon volume (number of contracts), including their advantages and disadvantages compared to time charts.
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.
Trading During News Releases
Discussion of whether day traders should have active trades, or be flat (no active trades) during news releases.
Futures Contracts
Description of futures contracts, including the information that they provide, and where they can be found.
Realized Profit
Definition of the trading term realized profit, with an example of how realized profit is used in trading.
Trading Software
Description of day trading software, including brokerage provided and third party software.
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.
NinjaTrader Trading Platform Product Review
Comprehensive product review of NinjaTrader trading platform. Assessment of the system, tools, features, functionality and costs.
Adjusting Time Frames and Indicators
Discussion of adjusting trading system time frames and indicators to suit different markets.
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.
Investing or Trading?
Explanation of the difference between investing and trading and why individual investors are usually at a disadvantage over institutional investors.
Definition of the Trading Term Fungible
Definition of the trading term fungible, with an example of how fungible is used in trading.
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.
Points and Ticks
Explanation of the difference between points and ticks, and which one (points or ticks) is correct for which markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding and Choosing a Tradeable Individual Stock
Discussion of the various methods of finding and choosing a suitable individual stock, with a recommendation for the best method of choosing a tradeable stock market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spread Trading
Definition of the form of options trading known as spread trading, with an example of an options based spread trade.
Line Charts
Description of line charts, including the trading information that they represent, and the timeframes that they can be based upon.
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.
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.
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.
Order Execution
Definition of the day trading phrases related to orders being executed and orders being filled.
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 Losses and Stop Orders
Explanation of the difference between stop losses and stop orders.
What are Currencies?
Description of the currency (or forex) markets, where one currency is traded for a different currency. Includes a list of popular currency markets, and trading recommendations between currency and futures markets.
Simple Approach - Trading Key Levels
Learn what to monitor and how to trade the key trading levels on the market whether trading on technicals or fundamentals for the short or long term.
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.
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