3 Strategies for Trading Flags and Pennants

US Flag

Flags and pennants are foundational chart patterns of technical analysis.  What I mean by this is most technical traders have heard of the patterns, as these are easy to recognize.  Most of the trading strategies documented for flags and pennants are straightforward and somewhat boring to be honest. In this article, I plan to challenge the Read the full article →

5 Examples of Keltner Channels versus Bollinger Bands

Keltner Channel Inputs

I am a self-proclaimed ATR fanatic, yet I have not explored Keltner Channels.  The Keltner Channel is a lagging on-chart indicator that uses a combination of exponential moving averages and the Average True Range (ATR) as inputs.  Unlike Bollinger Bands, which uses standard deviations to calculate the width of the channel, Keltner Channels uses the Read the full article →

Top 4 Awesome Oscillator Day Trading Strategies

Awesome Oscillator

I don’t know about you, but what was Bill Williams thinking when he came up with the name awesome oscillator? With names floating around as complex and diverse as moving average convergence divergence and slow stochastics, I guess Bill was attempting to separate himself from the fray.  To learn more about the awesome oscillator from Read the full article →

5 Reasons I Use Stop Limit Orders to Enter Trades

Stop Limit Order

I exclusively use stop limit orders to enter day trades.  This is because I trade breakout strategies and I like to wait for the price to exceed the most recent high or low. In this article, I will cover the 5 Reasons stop limit orders have helped improve my trading.  Before we get into the Read the full article →

6 Reasons Not to Trade During the First 30 Minutes

Emotions

The first 30 minutes is the most volatile time in the equities market. As a new or even seasoned trader, you will gravitate to the first 30 minute slot like a moth to a flame. It really comes down to the level of action present in the market early in the day, which keeps us all Read the full article →

How to Measure Your Trading Performance

Trading Performance Graph

Trading performance is something that I have personally been studying for over 15 years.  It’s one of those topics that many traders either avoid or spend little time researching.  Most traders, simply think of performance in terms of dollars made and loss. The bottom-line in terms of dollars is always the ultimate score; however, along Read the full article →

5 Benefits of Day Trading without Margin

Options

As I say day trading without margin aloud, it is almost as if I am taking all the fun and excitement out of trading.  I would compare it to riding a super charged Harley with a helmet. The trading business tends to reward and revere those of us that have an ability to take on Read the full article →

5 Simple Steps for How to Day Trade Penny Stocks

List of Penny Stocks

Story Highlights Day trading penny stocks requires a methodical approach for locating and trading the best opportunities in the market Penny stocks are not like other securities in that their price movements can be quite volatile The use of Fibonacci extensions is a key tool for unlocking hidden support and resistance levels on the chart Read the full article →

6 Reasons Day Trading While at Work is a Bad Idea

I totally get your motivation of day trading while at work. Odds are you are a logical person and fully understand the risk you are taking by even considering trading as a means of income. Naturally you say to yourself, “I have a job and are able to pay my bills, so why place my Read the full article →

How to use the NYSE Summation Index as a Trading Guidepost

NYSE Summation Index

Why Care about the NYSE Summation Index Let me first start off by saying that this article will not cover the nuances of how the Summation Index was created, all the detailed math behind the equation or even exactly how it works. The purpose of this article is to dive into how to use the Read the full article →

8 Reasons Why Not to Sell a Stock Short

XOMA 30-Week Moving Average

Selling Short requires more skill than going long.  That statement alone may trigger a response from my readers, but I believe that is an accurate statement for a number of reasons. First, the market has a bias to the upside, as most market participants buy and hold stocks.  Secondly, depending on how you hedge your Read the full article →

Learn How to Pull the Trigger on a Trade

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First Let’s Try to Understand Why you are Afraid? Fear is one of the emotions that can hold you back from reaching your full trading potential.  Trading is primarily a mental game and those that exercise clear judgment have the greatest odds of success. So, before we can delve into why you are having trouble Read the full article →

How to Trade with Margin

What is trading with Margin? Trading with margin is simply using borrowed money to buy or sell stocks short.  Brokerage firms will allow you to use your cash on hand as equity in determining the amount of margin you are allocated in your trading account. This leverage is different for the types of markets you Read the full article →

Is Day Trading Like Gambling – 8 Signs You have Lost Your Way

Dice

This answer to this question is based on the strategy and investing style of the participant.  I can tell you without a doubt that trading in the markets is not like gambling at all. Gambling has a fixed odds system for all major games, while trading in the markets is truly unpredictable.  The “house” or Read the full article →

How to Let Your Winners Run – 7 Tips for Success

How to Let Your Winners Run

Letting your winners run is a topic which polarizes traders.  There are those that swing for consistency and trade with strict profit targets.  These are the traders who likely view letting your winners run as a sure fire way to lose your focus and open yourself up for more risks. Then there are those traders Read the full article →

How Stocks Work – From a First Graders Perspective

How Stocks Work

How does the Stock Market Work? Stocks, oh where do we begin?  Let me first commend you for taking the time to try and understand how the stock market works.  When researching this topic you will notice a lot of people attempting to sound super smart.  Far too often the explanations for how stocks work Read the full article →

Trading Days in a Year – So How Many are There Really?

Trading Days in a Year

How to calculate the number of trading days per year Since you have posed the question question of how many trading days in a year, let me first provide you an answer.  On average there are ~ 251 days per year.  This calculation is broken down into the following inputs: # of Days in the Read the full article →

Stop Loss Orders – Why They Don’t Always Work

Stop Loss Orders

How do Stop Loss Orders Work? If I had to define a stop loss order, it’s just that, a protective order which stops you from losing more money than you would like.  In a nutshell these are orders that are placed a certain distance from your entry price and if reached your position is closed.  Read the full article →

Stock Simulator – Key Things to Consider

Stock Simulator

If you do a search on the web for stock market simulators, you will get a laundry list of sites.  Some are free and others can cost quite a penny.  I will lay out in this article a couple of key things you should consider when trying to find the best stock simulator money can Read the full article →

What is the Best Online Stock Trading Site?

Best Online Trading Site

So this post will be one of the worst shameless plugs you will find on the web.  Simply put, I believe without a doubt Tradingsim is the best online stock trading site and I’m going to tell you why. Affordability In today’s economy we all feel a bit squeezed. As I look around the web Read the full article →