Contest: October First Daily Challenge Final Rank: 1 Final Portfolio Value: $104,671.33 (+4.67%) Day Trading Strategy For This Contest For this daily contest, I purchased 4 ETF stocks, then sold 2 of them once I had a good lead, not wanting to give up all of my gains. My strategy is to purchase the riskiest Read More…

Contest: Official September Contest Final Rank: 5 Final Portfolio Value: $1,119,202.95 (+11.19%) Trading Strategy For This Contest My strategy is to look for stocks to short that are moving up (30% +)on news with greater than average volume. So much of the time people get overly excited about the news and drive the price higher Read More…

Final Rank: 3 Final Portfolio Value: $1,181,543.46 (+18.15%) Trading Strategy For This Contest I used was mainly “gap plays”; I analyze gaps in the premarket everyday, once I determine if the gap will be filled for short term investing, I will place my trade and swing looking for a 10%-20% profit. 90% of all gaps Read More…

Fibonacci Arc is a technical analysis indicator and is utilized to give hidden support and resistance levels for security. It is built by drawing a trend line between two swing points on a chart.

Definition Your “Risk Level” is how much risk you are willing to accept to get a certain level of reward; riskier stocks are both the ones that can lose the most or gain the most over time. Risk Understanding the level of risk you need and want is a very important part of selecting a Read More…

In finance, Volume-Weighted Average Price (VWAP) is a ratio of the profit traded to complete volume traded over a distinct time horizon – normally one day. It’s a portion of the average price a stock traded at over the trading horizon.

Definition Open Interest is the total number of options or futures contracts that are “open”, meaning currently owned by an investor and not yet expired. Details Think first in terms of options contracts: by owning an option, it signifies that there is interest in actually trading that stock, although at a different price. Since this Read More…

Double Bottoms are reversal patterns and often seem to be one of the most common (together with double top patterns) patterns for currency trading. Double Bottoms patterns are identified by two consecutive low prices of the same depth with a moderate pull back up in between (neckline peak).

The head-and-shoulders pattern is one of the most popular chart patterns in technical analysis. The pattern looks like a head (the middle peak) with two shoulders (two equal heiight peaks).

A cup-and-handle chart pattern resembles a cup of tea. These are bullish continuation patterns where the growth has paused. momentarily, it trades down and then continues its upward pattern. This pattern must always be at least 5 weeks long and can last up to a year.

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Actually, one of the better indicators historically of how well the stock market will do is just a Gallup poll, when you ask Americans if you think it’s a good
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Covariance is a statistical measure of the extent that 2 variables move in tandem relative to their respective mean (or average) values. In the investment world, it is important to be able to measure how different financial variables interact together.

The use of correlation analysis extends to numerous important fields. For example, in finance, correlation analysis can be used to measure the degree of linear relationships between interest rates and stock returns, money supply and inflation, stock and bond returns, and exchange rates.

A good way to evaluate a manager is to ask many relevant questions pertaining to your own personal financial situation and your financial goals. Examples of questions to ask are:

Screen stocks by industry, price, volume, market cap, dividend yield, performance, sales and profitability, valuation ratios, analysts estimates, etc.

Small cap stock investing is volatile. That is one of first things you should know and understand. So, why risk your money by investing in what is typically considered risky business?

Learn the classic market cycles of accumulation, mark up, distribution and mark down so that you can time the market -consistently – and make steady profits any time.

Candlestick charts are made up of red and green bars which are called candlesticks. What do they mean?

In the world of stock analysis, fundamental and technical analysis are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Earnings, expenses, assets and liabilities are all important characteristics to fundamental analysts, whereas technical analysts could not care less about these numbers and only focus on price and volume.

A short call option position where the writer does not own the specified number of shares specified by the option nor has deposited cash equal to the exercise value of the call.