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What is the Dow?

What is the Dow? Jan 19, 2022 By:James Blakeway, tastytrade. The Dow, known formally as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is made up of 30 large U.S.-listed companies and is an indicator of how these companies have traded during a standard trading session. “Dow Jones Hits 30,000”, or whichever milestone the index is finally reaching, is an extremely common headline in mainstream financial and general news media. The index is known around the world as the barometer for the U.S

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6 Popular Technical Indicators for Stock Trading

Reviewed by Nick Cawley on December 23, 2021 Traders with a strong understanding of technical indicators are usually better equipped to navigate the financial markets than those that lack this knowledge. While personal investing goals, risk appetite and trading style will help to determine a strategy and trading plan, knowing what technical indicators to use in your approach can help to determine possible entry and exit points. Hundreds of technical indicators exist, and clear signals

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How Do You Trade Crude Oil?

Jan 18, 2022 By:Frank Kaberna, tastytrade To many, crude oil trading looks like the wild west: it’s a singular marketplace lacking diversification seen in other risk-on markets like equities; its traditional futures products can swing $1,000s per day; and the energy source’s options boast twice the volatility of the S&P 500.* /SMO \ Small Crude Oil Futures Source: dxFeed With all of that being said, it’s still one of the most popular assets among active traders

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Forex Trading Journal: A How-To and other Forex Trading Tips

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 A forex trading journal is a log of your trades that can help you refine your strategies based on learning from previous experiences. Just as a business owner tracks inventory, a trader should also keep up with their closed positions. While keeping a trading journal may be difficult at first, recording your trades can help answer some critical questions about your trading techniques. It can increase the consistency of your trading, keep you ac

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Natural Gas Trading: Natural Gas Trading Drivers

Natural Gas is a highly popular commodity, particularly amongst day traders. The spread is reasonable with high liquidity, making it easy for traders to get in and out of trades with little difficulty. Nat gas also appeals to longer term traders because this macro asset has been known to trend for extended periods of time. Furthermore, natural gas is susceptible to pockets of volatility which lead to massive price spikes. The good news is these spikes tend to have a seasonal component to them wh

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Top 3 Technical Analysis Charts for Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanlely, Nov. 24, 2021 TECHNICAL ANALYSIS CHARTS: TALKING POINTS Technical analysis of charts aims to identify patterns and market trends by utilising differing forms of technical chart types and other chart functions. Interpreting charts can be intimidating for novice traders, so understanding basic technical analysis is essential. This article reveals popular types of technical analysis charts used in forex trading, outlining the foundations and uses of these cha

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Morning Star Candlestick: A Forex Trader’s Guide

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The Morning Star candlestick is a three-candle pattern that signals a reversal in the market and can be used when trading forex or any other market. Correctly spotting reversals is crucial when trading financial markets because it allows traders to enter at attractive levels at the very start of a possible trend reversal. This article explores the following talking points: What is a Morning Star candlestick? How to Identify a Morn

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How to Learn Technical Analysis with DailyFX

LEARN TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: MAIN TALKING POINTS Technical analysis is a popular field of study for FX and commodities traders as it can help to make trading decisions with an eye on risk management. At DailyFX, our analysts and strategists share several different technical analysis methodologies and practices in their reviews of the markets, which can inform trading strategies and help to shape key decisions. DailyFX technical analysis also includes a plethora of research and e

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A Guide to Trading Psychology

TRADING PSYCHOLOGY: BEYOND THE BASICS The psychology of trading is often overlooked but forms a crucial part of a professional trader’s skillset. DailyFX is the perfect place to learn how to manage your emotions and hone your trading psychology; our analysts have already experienced the ups and downs, so you don’t have to. Keep reading to discover their top tips, and to learn more about: What is trading psychology How to get in the mindset of a successful trader The

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Using Margin in Forex Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Using margin in forex trading is a new concept for many traders, and one that is often misunderstood. To put simply, margin is the minimum amount of money required to place a leveraged trade and can be a useful risk management tool. Closely linked to margin is the concept of margin call - which traders go to great lengths to avoid. Not knowing what margin is, can turn out to be extremely costly which is why it is essential for forex traders to

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Morning Star Candlestick

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The Morning Star candlestick is a three-candle pattern that signals a reversal in the market and can be used when trading forex or any other market. Correctly spotting reversals is crucial when trading financial markets because it allows traders to enter at attractive levels at the very start of a possible trend reversal. This article explores the following talking points: What is a Morning Star candlestick? How to Identify a Morn

Using the Rising Wedge Pattern in Forex Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The rising wedge is a popular reversal pattern that is predictive in nature and can give traders a clue to the direction and distance of the next price move. Rising wedges appear regularly in the financial markets and traders gravitate towards the pattern because of its simplicity in identification and application. This article will explain how to spot a rising wedge on forex charts and how to trade them. LEARN TO TRADE THE RISING WEDGE:

As a New Retail Trader Age Rises, Heed Tales of Past Manias

In spring 2020, the temporary closures of professional sports leagues during the initial coronavirus pandemic lockdown, coupled with the infusion of fresh capital into financial markets by the Federal Reserve and US Treasury, anointed a new class of retail traders in financial markets. This wave of new market participants brings with it a wave of liquidity that had been otherwise out of the reach of traditional financial markets. Click here to read 'Why a Rise in Reta

Lagging Indicators Defined and Explained

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Lagging indicators are often misunderstood in their foundations however, they are a great way to analyse financial markets. This article will outline: What lagging indicators are Examples of lagging indicators Benefits of lagging indicators WHAT IS A LAGGING INDICATOR? A lagging indicator is a tool used by traders to analyse the markets using an average of previous price action data. There are multiple lagging indicato

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10 Trading Mistakes to Avoid in Forex Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Human error in the forex market is common and often leads to familiar trading mistakes. These trading mistakes crop up particularly with novice traders on a regular basis. Being aware of these errors, can help traders become more efficient in their forex trading. Although all traders make trading mistakes regardless of experience, understanding the logic behind these mistakes may limit the snowball effect of trading impediments. This article will o

The Psychology of Speculation in the Forex Market

Reviewed by Nick Cawley on December 16, 2021 Forex speculation is the name of the game in trading. Every trader, at some point or another, has to click ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ and commit to a position based on their analysis even though there is no guarantee of success. Unfortunately for traders, the market can have a very different viewpoint of the market and this can bring about a moment of serious introspection. This article seeks to deal with some of those har

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How to Be a Part Time Trader: Tips on Workflow and Strategy

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 Many people think that trading foreign exchange (FX) requires a lot of time to research the market and to identify trading opportunities. However, the 24-hour nature of FX makes it easier for part time day traders to take advantage of trends in currencies because they are not bound by when an exchange allows them to trade. Therefore, forex trading can be convenient for individuals who cannot afford to invest large quantities of time on trading.

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The New York Session: Forex Trading Tips

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The New York forex session is one of the most liquid forex trading sessions. When the US session overlaps with the London forex market session it is considered to be the most liquid period of the day. WHAT TIME DOES THE NEW YORK FOREX SESSION OPEN? The New York forex session opens at 8:00 AM ET and closes at 5:00 PM ET. The ‘overlap’ occurs when the US Forex session overlaps with the London forex market session. The London Forex market se

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Forex Candlesticks: A Complete Guide for Forex Traders

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 WHAT ARE CANDLESTICKS IN FOREX? Forex candlesticks provide a range of information about currency price movements, helping to inform trading strategies Trading forex using candlestick charts is a useful skill to have and can be applied to all markets What could possibly be more important to a technical forex trader than price charts? Forex charts are defaulted with candlesticks which differ greatly from the more traditional bar cha

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Trading Inflation Expectations

Spiking inflation has been a hot-button topic in 2021, but U.S. Treasury yields have actually declined in recent weeks, suggesting there may be more to this story than meets the eye. This story ran in June 2021 and may have dated references, but it remains relevant and a fascinating read for traders Like an ominous scene from a classic horror movie, rising inflation in 2021 was expected to be the boogeyman that killed the “everything rally” in 2021. But with the S&P 500 u

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The Forces of Supply and Demand

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The primitive forces of capitalism rule markets like the laws of gravity. Buyers and sellers provoke a battle to find a happy medium agreement in every financial market. As prices dance around on charts, traders are often looking for reasons to explain price movements however, the underlying source of price movement boils down to the relationship between supply and demand. Generally, positive news means increased demand and lessened supply – e

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What is FOMO in Trading? Characteristics of a FOMO Trader

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 FOMO – Fear of Missing Out - is a relatively recent addition to the English language, but one that is intrinsic to our day-to-day lives. A true phenomenon of the modern digital age, FOMO affects 69% of millennials, but it can also have a significant bearing upon trading practices. For instance, the feeling of missing out could lead to the entering of trades without enough thought, or to closing trades at inopportune moments because it’s what o

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Using the COT Report in Forex Trading

- Reviewed by James Stanley, Nov. 24, 2021 The COT report is a weekly sentiment report that can provide forex traders with important information on the positioning of currency pairs. Issued by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the COT report can be cross-referenced with a trader’s underlying forex strategy. The forex market is not the only financial market included in the COT report analysis, which makes this valuable commentary for all traders. COT Report Analysis

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Harami Candlestick Patterns: A Trader’s Guide

TRADING WITH THE HARAMI CANDLE: MAIN TALKING POINTS The Harami candlestick pattern is frequently used in forex trading to identify trend reversals or extensions. Technical traders respect the indications produced by the Harami candle which makes this pattern invaluable in a trader’s arsenal. This article will cover the following principal topics outlining the Harami candlestick pattern in forex: What is a Harami candlestick? Uses of the Harami candle in forex trading Har

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