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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…]

The Good and Bad of Technical Analysis for Stock Investors

A trend is the overall direction of a stock (or another security or a commodity), an important consideration for investors considering whether to get in, stay in, or get out of a particular market. [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…]

How Dollar Cost Averaging Can Lower Investment Cost

Dollar cost averaging (DCA) is a splendid technique for buying stock and lowering your investment cost for doing so. It’s not uncommon for investors to see a total cost that reflects a discount to the [more…]

How to Pick up Stock Investment Tips from Insider Activity

Insider stock buying is rarely negative for an investor — it either bodes well for the stock or is a neutral event at worst. But how about insider selling? When an insider sells his stock, the event can [more…]

Corporate Stock Buybacks for Investors

When you read the financial pages, you sometimes hear that a company is buying its own stock from investors. Why would a company do that, and what does that mean to you if you own the stock or are considering [more…]

What Is a Stock Split?

Frequently, management teams decide to do a stock split.A stock split is the exchange of existing shares of stock owned by an investor for new shares from the same company. Stock splits don’t increase [more…]

How to Invest in Stock for Value and Growth

A stock is considered a growth stock when it’s growing faster and higher than the overall stock market. Basically, a growth stock performs better than its peers in categories such as sales and earnings [more…]

How to Invest in a Bearish Economy

Stocks are versatile in that you can make money from these investments even when they go down in value. Techniques range from using put options to going short, or doing a short sale of stock. [more…]

How Much Can You Afford to Invest in the Stock Market?

Whether you already own stocks or are looking to get into the stock market, you need to find out about how much money you can afford to invest. No matter what you hope to accomplish with your stock investing [more…]

Government Reports for Stock Investors to Watch

The best stock analysts look at economic reports from both private and government sources for investing information. Alas, government reports aren’t totally reliable because errors and/or purposeful fudging [more…]

Websites for Stock Investors to Explore

To find out about new laws being passed or proposed that may impact your stock investments, check out Congress and what’s going on at its primary websites: the [more…]

The Tools of the Stock Trader

Successful trading as an investment technique requires lots of diligent attention. Because stocks can go all over the place, the trader uses various tools to determine entry and exit points. [more…]

Ups and Downs of Stock Market Speculation

The biggest point of speculating with your stock investments is that you’re putting your money where you think the rest of the market will be putting their money — before it happens. This is where the [more…]

Advanced Orders for Stock Investors

Stock brokers have added sophisticated capabilities to the existing repertoire of orders that are available for stock investors. One example is advanced orders, [more…]

Leveraged Investments Are Purchased on the Margin

Buying on margin means buying securities, such as stocks, with funds you borrow from your broker. Investing on margin is similar to buying a house with a mortgage. If you buy a house at a purchase price [more…]

Possible Outcomes of Stock Investments Made on Margin

Suppose you think that the stock for the company Mergatroid, Inc., currently at $40 per share, will go up in value. You want to invest in 100 shares, but you have only [more…]

How to Succeed at Investing in Stock on Margin

Margin can escalate your investment profits on the up side but magnify your losses on the down side. If your stock plummets drastically, you can end up with a margin loan that exceeds the market value [more…]

How to Set Up a Short Sale for Your Stock Investments

Going short (also called shorting a stock,selling short, or doing a short sale) on a stock is a common technique investors use to profit from a stock price decline. Investors have made big profits during [more…]

Introduction to Stock Short Sales for Investors

The vast majority of stock investors are familiar with buying stock, holding onto it for a while, and hoping its value goes up. This kind of thinking is called [more…]

Types of Stock Trade Triggers for Investors

Trade triggers can be extremely useful to stock investors (and those who do options and/or track indexes). A trade trigger is any event that sets a trade in motion [more…]

How to Enter Stock Trade Triggers for Your Investments

Those who trade (versus invest in) stocks use trade triggers regularly to keep from constantly monitoring the daily swings in market movements. Most brokerage firms offer this technology for frequent traders [more…]

Types of Advanced Conditional Orders for Stock Investments

Advanced conditional orders let stock investors combine two or three orders that, if filled, will either cancel or trigger additional orders. Imagine saying to yourself, “Gee, I’m committed to my current [more…]

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