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7 Popular Stock Chart Patterns and How to Trade Them

7 Popular Stock Chart Patterns and How to Trade Them

What Is A Stock Chart Pattern? Charts are used to visually illustrate the price action of an underlying stock (or any financial trading instrument). When price action repeats itself consistently, it can form an almost predictive pattern based on history. This is...

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Choosing Between Per-Trade and Per-Share Pricing

Choosing Between Per-Trade and Per-Share Pricing

Introduction Commissions are a fixed cost of business when it comes to trading the markets. They are fees paid to the brokerage to execute your trade orders. Commissions can vary between brokers but they usually fall into one of two types of structures; per-trade or...

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How to Use Bollinger Bands

How to Use Bollinger Bands

What is Technical Analysis? Technical analysis is a method of research that focuses specifically on only the price action of a stock or any other financial trading instrument or indices. By plotting the trades on a chart, traders are able to form a visual...

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What is Swing Trading?

What is Swing Trading?

Swing trading is a style of trading that holds an open position(s) at least overnight and up to several days or even several weeks. It can combine both the technical analysis aspect of day trading and the fundamental research aspect of investing. Swing trading still...

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9 Ways To Use Your Trading Software More Efficiently

9 Ways To Use Your Trading Software More Efficiently

Trading software is the most important tool for any trader. Your trading platform should be configured in a manner to provide the most efficiency for analyzing, scanning, monitoring and executing trades. Most direct access trading software can be configured with...

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Find Stocks to Trade With Stock Scanners (8 Examples)

Find Stocks to Trade With Stock Scanners (8 Examples)

Stock scanners are great tools to help spot opportunities throughout the day. However, these tools can be detrimental if not used properly. It’s easy to spread yourself too thin and jump into any stock that pops up on the scanner. Remember, scanners are just filters...

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Introduction to Trade Halts, Suspensions and De-listing

Introduction to Trade Halts, Suspensions and De-listing

Trading Halt One of the most frustrating events that can trigger during the day is a trading halt. A trading halt is implemented by the stock exchange, which pauses all trading in the security for a certain period of time. The length of time depends on the...

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Order Routing And How It Affects Your Trading

Order Routing And How It Affects Your Trading

As traders, we are often focused on finding good setups and placing trades accordingly. Many traders don’t put too much thought into what happens after they press the “Buy” or “Sell” button. That said, order routing can have an impact on your executions speed, fills,...

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What are Hot Keys for Trading and How Can You Use Them?

What are Hot Keys for Trading and How Can You Use Them?

What are Hot Keys? Hot keys are shortcuts that execute a pre-selected task or series of tasks at the press of a single or combination keystroke. Whereas it may take a few mouse clicks and/or additional inputs to perform the task, a hot key can be easily configured to...

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