Cash Flow Trader Blog: The Ultimate Dividend

A Multi-Step Strategy That Can Maximize the Value of Your StockPeople often compare trading options to real estate investing, and like real estate investing, options trading can be an incredible money-making opportunity. The trick is to have the right cash flow strategy in place, and my favorite options strategies of all time is the ultimate […]

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Beyond FOSO: Approaching the Data

In Chris Burgess’ class Beat the Market, he presents three different methodologies or ways to look at or interpret the data you collect. You can take the data-driven approach, which looks at market data and draws logical conclusions and predictions. You can use an event-driven approach that looks at world events and then judges how […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Hammer Candle

What is it?The Hammer candlestick is a subset of the Spinning Top candlestick, which we covered here. A Hammer candlestick’s body can be either black (red) or white (green) in color and is usually small in stature. The small candlestick body signifies the stock’s opening price, and the closing price of the stock was close […]

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Top 5 Favorite Candlestick Patterns

Since the beginning of TradeSmart, students have often asked which candlestick patterns are the best? They may change the question around a little bit to which ones are the most reliable or consistent. Regardless of how the question is phrased, it always comes down to the base question, which is “What’s the best candlestick pattern?” Unfortunately, […]

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Cash Flow Trader Blog: Covered Calls

A couple of years ago, my across the street neighbor bought another house on our street. He pays to have the grass cut, he keeps the utilities on, and the property appreciates; but that is it. For money-minded people like you and me, that seems crazy. He could easily be renting the house and earning […]

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Josh Talks: GameStop Market Volatility

Recently, there has been a lot of misinformation in the public sphere about what is happening with GameStop in the stock market. I know, it is hard to believe mainstream talking heads and social media experts have their facts wrong. So, if you’re curious about what’s causing this phenomenon with GameStop, below is a video […]

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Beyond FOSO: A Macro View of the Stock Market

During the 2020 calendar year, most of my TSU blogs covered each session of our Foundations of Stocks and Options core classes. By the time I had completed all three FOSO levels, I had gained a well-rounded understanding of the stock market and trading. I knew what I was looking at when I reviewed a […]

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Mastering Candlesticks: Inverted Hammer Candle

What is it?The Inverted Hammer candlestick is a subset of the spinning top candlestick pattern and looks exactly like the Shooting Star candlestick pattern which we reviewed last month.As with the Shooting Star, the Inverted Hammer has a very long upper wick or shadow, which is usually two to three times the size of the […]

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7 Essential Trading Tools You Must Have

As stock and options trading grows in popularity, it is easier now than ever before to become a trader. And we have a shortlist of seven essential trading tools you need to get started.Start with Education.Knowledge is one of the most important resources a trader needs. Understanding the foundational knowledge of the stock market, why […]

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A Deep Dive into Implied Volatility

Volatility may be one of the most overused words in trading, and when it comes to options, volatility just comes with the territory. However, without volatility measurements or even the ability to measure volatility, the options market would be a market without a heartbeat. And that heartbeat currently pumps its lifeblood to the tune of […]

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