Trading & Technical Analysis Articles & Insights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leverage can help boost potential profits and diversify your portfolio. But it comes with significant risks that you should be aware of.
Are you losing sleep over how to protect trading profits and minimize trading losses? A variety of order types and options strategies might help.
The Elliott Wave Principle is a tool that can help explain the effects of human behavior on the stock market.
Dow Theory looks at the trends of key financial indexes to provide an overall direction of where the markets and economy are heading.
Candlestick charts can help to determine the emotion of traders and can be a valuable tool in your trading arsenal.
Bollinger Bands® are often combined with other indicators to provide more clarity to a potential trade set-up.
Derivatives can be used by traders for low-cost access to a variety of securities; but they also come with a variety of risks.
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.
Learn how chart patterns and market indicators can potentially help traders find an edge in technical analysis.
You can mitigate your reliance on luck in the market by improving your knowledge of a few trading tools and skills.
Learn how the economic cycle can help you evaluate when to rotate market sectors in your trading strategy.
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) can be useful in deciding when to enter or exit a position in a security.
Planning and regular monitoring are important in successful margin trading and avoiding its downsides.
A key to weathering – and potentially profiting from – a market correction is planning and implementation.
A reasoned trading plan can help you overcome your emotions and add discipline to your buy and sell decisions.
Learn about extended hours trading at Scottrade and how trading differs outside normal market hours.
To help increase your market knowledge, learn some common slang, jargon and terminology used by active traders.
What happens after you place an order online? Learn where your order travels on its way to execution.
Quarterly earnings reports can be long and dense, but several key indicators can help decipher a company’s financial health and trajectory.
Selling a cash-secured put is an options strategy that some traders utilize to help generate income, but it involves certain risks.
By monitoring trend and momentum in the market you can potentially build a portfolio around a momentum investing strategy.
Understanding the trend of a stock or security can be a building block for technical analysis. You can use tools to help spot trends.
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.
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.