Stock Market Made Simple: What is a Stock?

Welcome to the first installment of our new introduction to trading blog series. In this series, we will be building a foundational understanding of the stock market from the ground up. So, if you are curious about the stock market and how it works, and if you want to learn the basic principles of how […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: One Black Crow

​What is it?The One Black Crow candlestick pattern is made up of two candlesticks and starts with a long bullish white candle. It is followed by a long black candle which opens and closes lower than the previous white candle’s open and close. Remember, both candles in this pattern should be long candlesticks.Where is it?The […]

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An Overview of Options

Options are perhaps best thought of as the name implies, as a tool which gives their owner options. Since the market has both buying and selling activities, we also have options associated with each transaction:Options that give you the right to buy are named Call Options.Options that give you the right to sell are named […]

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Approaching the Market: Trading vs. Investing

There are two main approaches when it comes to the stock market, you can trade stocks, or you can invest in a company’s stock. A trader is someone who looks to extract capital from the stock market consistently. While an investor is someone who looks to place or park cash in the stock market with […]

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The 5 Worst Candlestick Patterns to Trade

Taking the time to learn candlestick patterns is one of the best uses of time for any trader. Once you learn the patterns, they will stay with you forever. However, before you go out and spend a lot of time memorizing patterns, understand there are some patterns which provide little useful information because the signals […]

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The Hidden Danger of Buying Call Options

Options are relatively simple to learn and extremely exciting from which to profit. Unfortunately, they also come saddled with a couple secrets most traders never take time to understand in the shape of implied volatility and vega. Now, imagine you are sitting at your computer looking over your stock portfolio. As you sit there, you check […]

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Top 5 Favorite Candlestick Patterns

Since the beginning of TradeSmart, we have often been asked by students which candlestick patterns are the best? They may change the question around a little bit to which ones are the most reliable or is such and such pattern better than this pattern. Regardless of how the question is phrased, it always comes down […]

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Top 4 Mistakes when Trading Chart Patterns #4

Chart patterns are one of the best tools technical traders have for anticipating market sentiment shifts. However, as great as they are, chart patterns are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Over the past three weeks, we have been sharing the top four mistakes traders make with chart patterns, mistakes which often lead people to think they […]

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Top 4 Mistakes When Trading Chart Patterns #3

One of the big challenges when trading chart patterns is the tendency to have ambiguous rules for what qualifies as a pattern. It would be nice if we could sit here and tell you, “a double top pattern always takes four weeks to develop, it has a 3% retracement between point A and point B, […]

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Top 4 Mistakes When Trading Chart Patterns #2

One of the top mistake traders can make is the failure to wait for confirmation. Waiting for a confirmation is one of the most effective way to increase the consistency and the profitability of trading chart patterns. After all, a chart pattern itself is a setup, and just because something sets up it does not […]

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