Dealing with Sideways Moves

One of the primary responsibilities of a trader is to forecast the future direction of a stock; of which, there are only three options: up, down and sideways. The majority of analysts feel as though they have not completed their forecasting responsibility unless they identify a future rise or fall. However, having a strong opinion […]

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Why Do Stock Options Seem So Risky?

When it comes to the subject of stock options, we are often met with heavy resistance. For many people there is a sense of fear trading stocks options as they are perceived as being risky. However, the bottom line is stock options are a decaying asset which essentially means they are time-sensitive investing instrument which […]

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Why Did My Stock Go Up and My Call Option Go Down?

Have you ever bought an option, watched the trade go in your direction, up for a call option and down for a put option, then noticed your option went down in price? How could this be? There are a few situations which could account for this happening.​Time DecayAs an option trader, we understand options run […]

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Trading Options, Are You Set Up to Fail Before You Start?

Trading options is one of the most efficient ways trade the market. The built-in leverage options provide allows a trader to lower their capital requirements, decrease their risk, and increase their ROI. However, while options do provide great leverage and are a very flexible instrument for trading, they are not always a walk in the […]

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Finding Trades in the Sea of Chaos

There is a current culture going around the world which says more is better. It’s a natural emotion considering the world we live in, a world where a gourmet coffee can be found in a drive-through, a football fan can literally watch every single NFL game for the weekend in their own home regardless of […]

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A Winning Mindset, The Tell of Two Traders

Have you ever wondered how two traders can have the same analysis on a stock and even enter a trade on the stock at the same time and same price, yet one trader profits from the trade while the other loses money? The answer lies in the mindset of these two traders. The first trader who […]

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4 Stop Order Techniques to Help Save Your Capital

Stop orders have been around for many years, and they are used to “stop” you out of a trade after it has taken a turn for the worst. When you use them to minimize losses in your trading account, you are protecting your remaining capital left in your trade, and the best part of using […]

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The Map to Your Trading Journey

As a trader, your charting software is one of the most important tools you can use. At TradeSmart, we have been using Trade Navigator for a long time. Even though there are flashier versions of charting software out there, Trade Navigator is what we know and prefer. However, if you are starting your trading journey, you […]

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Candlestick Patterns Which Can Predict a Reversal

When we look at candlestick pattern names, you will discover they tend to have unconventional names. These names are actually very accurate as they describe the sentiment the candlestick pattern is representing. Remember, candlesticks tell us the story of what’s happening between the bulls and the bears on any given trading day. Some of the […]

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An Overview of Stock Orders – Get Started Trading Series

You are learning to trade the stock market and one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your profits is using stock orders. When you understand the types of stock orders which are available and how to create and submit them to protect your capital, then you are off to a great, […]

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