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ETFs vs. ETNs: What Traders Need to Know

ETFs vs. ETNs: What Traders Need to Know

While most investors are now familiar with exchange-traded-funds (ETF), exchange-traded-notes (ETN) allude investors since they may not distinguish the difference between the two structures. They may appear and trade identically in performance, but the underlying...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Technical Indicators

A Beginner’s Guide to Technical Indicators

Technical indicators are ubiquitous in the world of trading, and for good reason – they can be powerful tools for predicting future changes in a stock’s price. Technical indicators are best for short-term forecasts and so are most frequently used by active traders,...

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What is a Dead Cat Bounce?

What is a Dead Cat Bounce?

Stock prices can either consolidate, uptrend or downtrend and at any given period of time. Trend reversals happen when buyers overwhelm supply and push prices higher and when sellers overwhelm demand and push prices lower. When a downtrend is extensively steep, it can...

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What You Need to Know About After Hours Trading

What You Need to Know About After Hours Trading

What is After Hours Trading? After hours trading is the activity of making trades after the U.S. equities markets close at 4:00 pm EST. This is also called extended hours and post-market trading. The after hours session begins at 4:01 pm EST. to 7:59 pm EST. ECNs...

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Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Market Trading

Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Market Trading

What is Pre-Market Trading? Pre-market trading is the activity of making trades before the U.S. equities market’s opening bell at 9:30 am EST. Depending on your broker, trades can be made as early as 4:00 am EST when many ECNs officially open like ARCA and ISLD....

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Introduction to ETF Trading

Introduction to ETF Trading

What is an ETF? An exchange-traded-fund (ETF) is a tradable security that tracks/mirrors the performance of a specific stock market index, sector, industry or group. ETFs are usually listed on the NYSEARCA or AMEX exchange and traded through specialists, market makers...

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Introduction to Options Trading

Introduction to Options Trading

What Are Options? Options are contracts that give the holder the right, not obligation, to buy or sell a stock (or any underlying financial instrument) at a pre-determined price (strike price) up to a pre-determined date (expiration date). In essence, the options...

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Trading Penny Stocks: Everything You Need to Know

Trading Penny Stocks: Everything You Need to Know

What is a Penny Stock? Penny stocks are a general term used to categorize stocks that are priced from $5 to less than $0.01 per share. They are also referred to as micro-caps, bulletin board and pink sheet stocks and trade on the NASDAQ, OTCBB and Pink Sheets. These...

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6 Ways to Maximize Your Trading Results

6 Ways to Maximize Your Trading Results

What Is An Efficient Day Trader? Efficiency can be defined as accomplishing tasks with the least amount of time and energy (i.e. working smarter, not harder). In day trading, efficiency means less wasted trades, less unnecessary risk while generating more consistent...

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The Significance of Broader Markets and Industry Trends

The Significance of Broader Markets and Industry Trends

What is a Broader Market? The broader market is a term used to describe the performance of a larger subset of the stock market to get a snapshot of overall performance. Usually, they are segmented into indices that include the largest and most widely held stocks on...

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