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What Is Prospect Theory?

Prospect theory, a theory about how people make choices between different options or prospects, is designed to better describe, explain, and predict the choices that the typical person makes, especially [more…]

Behavioral Economics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Behavioral economics is about bringing reality into economic analysis. It borrows from psychology, sociology, politics, and institutional economics (which focuses on the rules of the economic game) to [more…]

Pitfalls of Technical Analysis when Day Trading

A lot of people make a lot of money selling services to day traders. They produce videos, organize seminars, and (ahem) write books to tell you how to be a success. But in the financial world, success [more…]

Overview of Technical Analysis in Day Trading

A day trader who can recognize a trend on the charts can determine where prices are most likely to go until some unforeseen event comes along that creates a new trend. Technical analysis is the tool that [more…]

How to Interpret Trendlines when Day Trading

A technical analyst usually starts off by looking at a chart and drawing lines that show the overall direction of the price bars for the period in question. Rather than plot the graph on paper or print [more…]

How to Interpret Trendline Indicators Used in Day Trading

Day traders to more than draw trend lines, technical analysts use their calculators — or have their software make calculations — to come up with different [more…]

How to Spot Trend Changes when Day Trading

Although technical traders look to follow trends in the stock market, they also look for situations where the trend changes so that they can find new profit opportunities. In general, day traders are going [more…]

How to Recognize Pennants and Flags when Day Trading

Because stock markets tend to move in cycles, technical analysts and day traders look for patterns in the price charts that give them an indication of how long any particular trend may last. [more…]

How to Recognize Head and Shoulders Formation when Day Trading

Stock markets tend to move in cycles. So, day traders and technical analysts tend to look for patterns in the price charts that give them an indication of how long any particular trend may last. The [more…]

How to Recognize Cup and Handle Formation when Day Trading

Stock markets tend to move in cycles. So, day traders and technical analysts tend to look for patterns in the price charts that give them an indication of how long any particular trend may last. The [more…]

Understand the Stock Trend Cycles when Day Trading

Knowing the phases of a stock trend can help you better evaluate what’s happening and improve your chances of profiting from day trading. Stock price trends tend to move in cycles that can be seen on the [more…]

How to Recognize a Gap when Day Trading

Gaps are breaks in prices that show up all the time in stock trend line charts. They usually happen when some news event takes place between stock trading sessions that causes an adjustment in prices and [more…]

How to Use Fibonacci Numbers and the Elliott Wave when Day Trading

There are a number of schools of thought about how the stock market works. Each approaches the stock price trend charts differently and uses them to glean different information about how securities prices [more…]

How to Use the Gann System when Day Trading

The Gann system of stock trading was developed by William Gann who supposedly made $50 million in the stock and commodities markets in the first half of the 20th century by using a system that he may or [more…]

Commodities Market Indicators: Private Sector Sources of Market Data

One way to identify where the commodity markets are heading is by watching certain market indicators. These key metrics provide insight into what the markets are doing and help you design and calibrate [more…]

Commodities Market Indicators: U.S. Government Data

The commodity waters can be perilous at times, and knowing how to navigate them is crucial. Keeping your eye on where the markets are heading will help you develop a winning investment strategy. Data compiled [more…]

Introduction to Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

To get the most benefit from using technical analysis, you need to understand how it operates and what it is that you’re looking at. Technical analysis is based on the following assumptions. [more…]

Fundamental and Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

When figuring out what to do in the investment world, most professionals use one of two basic approaches to stock trading: fundamental analysis and technical analysis [more…]

Moving Averages as a Stock Investment Indicator

In terms of stock price data, a favorite tool of the technical analyst is the moving average. A moving average is the average price of a stock over a set period of time [more…]

Top Technical Indicators for Stock Investors

An indicator is a mathematical calculation that can be used with the stock’s price and/or volume to help make investment choices. The end result is a value that’s used to anticipate future changes in price [more…]

The Good and Bad of Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

Although technical analysis is the “star,” it does have its shortcomings as an analytical tool for stock investors. The major drawback of technical analysis is that it’s a human approach that tracks human [more…]

Introduction to Stock Trends for Investors

Identifying trends is a crucial part of technical analysis in stock investing. A trend is just the overall direction of a stock (or another security or a commodity); you can see trends in technical charts [more…]

Types of Technical Charts for Investment Decisions

Technical analysts use charts to “diagnose” a stock investment’s situation the same way any analyst uses different tools and approaches. Different charts provide fresh angles for viewing the data. In terms [more…]

How to Interpret Technical Stock Analysis Chart Patterns

Chart patterns are the graphical language of technical analysis, and a very interesting language at that. For technical analysts, the pattern is important because it provides a potential harbinger for [more…]

How to Use Triangle, Flag, Pennant, Wedge, and Gap Patterns to Analyze Stocks

The language of technical analysis for stock investors, chart patterns can increase the odds that an analyst correctly predicts what will happen with a particular stock. [more…]

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