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DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Price Patterns

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Price Patterns

Price patterns are probably the most recognizable technical analysis technique. This may be because of their simplicity. However, some traders make them more complicated than they need to be. Price patterns are really just another form of support and resistance. They occur because support and resistance form horizontally and diagonally, often creating ...

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DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Entries and Exits, Bounces and Breaks
January 24, 2017

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Entries and Exits, Bounces and Breaks

Charts can help technicians identify potential buying and selling opportunities, including those signaled by support ...

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Support and Resistance
January 12, 2017

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Support and Resistance

It’s important to identify general trends, but technicians seek to understand why trends happen, or the investor behavior that creates trends. Technicians ...

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DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Chart Basics
January 5, 2017

DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Chart Basics

Investors use a variety of methods to identify and evaluate investing opportunities. Two of the most common are technical analysis and ...

’Tis the Season to Be Careful: Trading in Holiday Markets
December 7, 2016

’Tis the Season to Be Careful: Trading in Holiday Markets

It’s late December, and you’ve taken the last two weeks of the year off. The kids are visiting friends, your spouse is out doing some shopping, and you’re home alone ...

Volatility Update: Giving Thanks to VIX and Other Volatility Indexes
November 23, 2016

Volatility Update: Giving Thanks to VIX and Other Volatility Indexes

Thanksgiving. It’s time for turkey, yams, and pumpkin pie! But Thanksgiving is about much more than the ...

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Volatility Update: Post-Election, Term Structure, Sector Volatility
November 17, 2016

Volatility Update: Post-Election, Term Structure, Sector Volatility

When the dust had settled on the U.S. election results Wednesday, November 9, the S&P 500 opened modestly lower (although S&P 500 futures were down ...

How Three of the Worst Trades of All Time Went (Way) Down
November 14, 2016

How Three of the Worst Trades of All Time Went (Way) Down

In his 1905 book "The Life of Reason," George Santayana, a Spanish philosopher, wrote the famous phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past are ...

Volatility Update: Time to Wake Up? Rising Risk Perceptions
November 10, 2016

Volatility Update: Time to Wake Up? Rising Risk Perceptions

The S&P 500 suffered a nine-day losing streak through the end of last week. The grind lower was rather orderly and resulted in just a 3.1% loss for the S&P 500. In fact ...

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DIY Guide to Options Trading: Strategies for Selling Options
November 9, 2016

DIY Guide to Options Trading: Strategies for Selling Options

The extrinsic value of an option depreciates as time passes. However, you can’t just “set it and forget it," because short option trades can have significant ...

Volatility Update: VIX Ticks Higher as Elections Loom Large
November 3, 2016

Volatility Update: VIX Ticks Higher as Elections Loom Large

October wrapped up in quiet fashion, and now the focus is on important political and economic events in early November. The S&P 500 was down roughly 1.5% last ...

DIY Guide to Options Trading: Ask and Bid to Trade Options
November 1, 2016

DIY Guide to Options Trading: Ask and Bid to Trade Options

Let’s not beat around the bush: Profiting from buying options is difficult. When you’re correct, your potential for big profits is great. But it can be difficult to be ...

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Volatility Update: Will Election Day Bring Conviction to VIX?
October 27, 2016

Volatility Update: Will Election Day Bring Conviction to VIX?

If there’s one thing recently lacking on Wall Street, it seems to be conviction. The S&P 500 has spent the first few weeks of October chopping around somewhat ...

DIY Guide to Options Trading: Options, Puts, and Calls Explained
October 25, 2016

DIY Guide to Options Trading: Options, Puts, and Calls Explained

Options give traders, well, options. But options aren’t just for traders; they can give investors options, too. Many investors use them to reduce risk and ...

Volatility Update: Earnings, Elections, and the Economy
October 20, 2016

Volatility Update: Earnings, Elections, and the Economy

The first two weeks of October proved to be somewhat choppy for the financial markets as investors mulled the potential outcomes of U.S. elections and braced for a ...

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Volatility Update: ’Tis the Season for Earnings, October Surprises
October 13, 2016

Volatility Update: ’Tis the Season for Earnings, October Surprises

The month of October during an election year isn’t always bullish for the stock market. In fact, according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac, the average change in the ...

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