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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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Using Stock Market Statistics to Quickly Analyze a Company

Using Stock Market Statistics to Quickly Analyze a Company

Fundamental Ratios on the Fly While intra-day traders tend to concentrate on technical analysis, the visual interpretation of price action, long-term investors tend to focus on fundamental analysis, the interpretation of the underlying business. Both types of analysis...

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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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