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When most people think of a stock exchange, they picture a scene of frantic activity, with traders in funny-looking jackets simultaneously jostling for position, shouting commands, making strange hand signals, and writing up orders. Behind this frenzied spectacle, however, is a methodical and organized system of trading, in which the price of any stock is set purely by rule of supply and demand in an auction setting. The HowTheMarketWorks.com (HTMW) Education Center and stock game will help you easily understand all the tools and news that traders use to find and trade good performing stocks.
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Technical Indicators: Easy explanations with help you understand how traders use them to predict the future price levels, or simply the general price direction, of a security by looking at past patterns.
Chart Patterns: Distinctive graphical formations created by the movement of security prices on a chart. Chartists try to identify patterns to try to anticipate the future price direction. Also known as trading pattern.
Trading Strategies: An investor’s plan of attack to guide their investment decisions based on individual goals, risk tolerance and future needs for capital. The components of most investment strategies include asset allocation, buy and sell guidelines, and risk guidelines.
Publications: There are many publications that help traders make a decsion about which stocks to trade.
Trading Software: Computer programs that facilitate trading of financial products such as stocks and currencies. Software is usually provided by brokerage firms that enable their clients to trade financial products and manage their accounts.