Trading & Technical Analysis Articles & Insights

Spilled milk: Common trading mistakes and how to avoid them

Financial Facepalms: Avoid These 7 Common Trading Mistakes

It can seem easy—a click or two to make a trade—but there’s a lot of thought and decision-making that should go into the process. That’s why it’s important to avoid these seven common trading mistakes.

Read Full Post
Trading routines revealed: nothing wrong with good habits

Trader Routines Revealed: Nothing Wrong With Good Habits

We interviewed a handful of successful traders and market thought leaders to learn more about their habits and routines on any given day. Their answers were intriguing and offered a rare
glimpse into the life of a trader.

Read Full Post
Opening bell: trading during the first hour of the market

The First Hour of the Trading Day: Should You Avoid It?

The opening bell means many things to many people. If you’re a trader, you need to decide if it makes sense for you to be active as soon as the opening bell rings, or if the first hour should be on your avoid list.

Read Full Post
Life Cycles: Stock Market Stages of Accumulation, Markup, Distribution, Markdown

The Power of Patience and the Four Stages of Stock Cycles

Cycles and stages are important indicators in the movement of stocks. The key is understanding them—and recognizing when they’re happening—to help you identify potential trading and investment opportunities.

Read Full Post
Investing with the Trend

Trend Investing: Trading on the Market’s Direction

If your portfolio has taken a hit from the constant up and down of the markets, you may want to check out an alternative trading strategy.

Read Full Post
Using leverage can help your trading risk management.

A Leveraged Approach to Managing Risk and Reward

Leverage can help boost potential profits and diversify your portfolio. But it comes with significant risks that you should be aware of.

Read Full Post
You can use order types and option strategies to help protect profits and minimize losses.

6 Ways to Help Protect Profits and Minimize Losses

Are you losing sleep over how to protect trading profits and minimize trading losses? A variety of order types and options strategies might help.

Read Full Post
The Elliott Wave Principle can help traders understand human behavior in the markets.

Understanding the Psychology of Stock Traders

The Elliott Wave Principle is a tool that can help explain the effects of human behavior on the stock market.

Read Full Post
Many use Dow Theory to help determine the direction of the economy.

How Dow Theory Might Help Improve Trading

Dow Theory looks at the trends of key financial indexes to provide an overall direction of where the markets and economy are heading.

Read Full Post
Candlestick charts can be a valuable source of information in your trading strategy.

Candlesticks Can Shed Light on Market Emotion

Candlestick charts can help to determine the emotion of traders and can be a valuable tool in your trading arsenal.

Read Full Post
Bollinger Bands® Can Help Confirm Trade Decisions

How Bollinger Bands® Can Help With Trading Decisions

Bollinger Bands® are often combined with other indicators to provide more clarity to a potential trade set-up.

Read Full Post
Understanding Derivatives and How They Work

Are Derivatives Right for Your Trading Strategy?

Derivatives can be used by traders for low-cost access to a variety of securities; but they also come with a variety of risks. 

Read Full Post
Where Social Media and Stock Trading Intersect

How Can Social Media Help Your Trading?

Social media can help you connect to millions of people with trading ideas and insights on stock you follow. But you also need to be cautious.

Read Full Post
Help Improve Your Trade Research by Analyzing Chart Patterns

Learn How to Analyze Chart Patterns for Your Next Trade

Learn how chart patterns and market indicators can potentially help traders find an edge in technical analysis.

Read Full Post
Don't Leave Trading to Chance; Consider These Skills

Make Your Own Luck With These Trading Skills

You can mitigate your reliance on luck in the market by improving your knowledge of a few trading tools and skills.

Read Full Post
Learn How to Track Your Portfolio by the Economic Cycle

Track the Economic Cycle with Sector Rotation

Learn how the economic cycle can help you evaluate when to rotate market sectors in your trading strategy.

Read Full Post
How to Time Your Trades in a Stock

A Tool That Can Help You Time Your Trade

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) can be useful in deciding when to enter or exit a position in a security.

Read Full Post

The Promise and Pitfalls of Margin Trading

Planning and regular monitoring are important in successful margin trading and avoiding its downsides.

Read Full Post
Planning for and surviving market corrections

Understanding and Responding to Market Corrections

A key to weathering – and potentially profiting from – a market correction is planning and implementation.

Read Full Post
Take the Emotion Out of Buy and Sell Decisions

Take the Emotion Out of Trading

A reasoned trading plan can help you overcome your emotions and add discipline to your buy and sell decisions.

Read Full Post
Extended hours trading

What Is Extended Hours Trading? Get the Basics

Learn about extended hours trading at Scottrade and how trading differs outside normal market hours.

Read Full Post
Trading Terms

Street Lingo: How to Talk like a Trader

To help increase your market knowledge, learn some common slang, jargon and terminology used by active traders.

Read Full Post
Path of an online order

Anatomy of an Order

What happens after you place an order online? Learn where your order travels on its way to execution.

Read Full Post
Consider focusing on these key figures in a company’s quarterly earnings to measure performance.

7 Keys to Reviewing an Earnings Report

Quarterly earnings reports can be long and dense, but several key indicators can help decipher a company’s financial health and trajectory.

Read Full Post
Selling a cash-secured put is an options strategy that some traders utilize to help generate income, but it involves certain risks.

Using Cash-Secured Puts to Help Generate Income

Selling a cash-secured put is an options strategy that some traders utilize to help generate income, but it involves certain risks. 

Read Full Post
Identify market momentum and seize your moment

Can Momentum Shift Your Portfolio Decisions?

By monitoring trend and momentum in the market you can potentially build a portfolio around a momentum investing strategy.

Read Full Post
Analyzing the trend of a security or sector can help your technical analysis.

Spotting the Trend Can Keep Your Trading on Track

Understanding the trend of a stock or security can be a building block for technical analysis. You can use tools to help spot trends.

Read Full Post
A sector rotation strategy involves determining which sectors might outperform others.

Rotating Sectors: Diversification With a Tilt

Performance among sectors can vary greatly. With a sector rotation strategy, your goal is to invest in sectors that typically perform well under existing economic conditions.

Read Full Post
Find the Right Moment

Market Timing Strategies

Spotting a market trend and finding the right time to get in and out of it are both part of an active trading strategy. Successfully achieving those goals requires you to find a trade setup that conforms to your rules, determine an entry point, know the right amount of funds to apply to your trade, and exit without taking a loss you’re unprepared for.

Read Full Post