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Is Price Volatility a Good Measure of Risk? - Is price volatility a good measure of risk? Warren Buffett would probably say no. He once famously quipped that the true risk of an investment is the potential for “permanent loss of capital.” But for most investors price volatility does matter. Say you own two equity funds: Velocity Fund loses 20 percent in the first half of the year but gains 35 percent in the second; Stability Fund gains 4 percent in each half. End result: Both Velocity and Stability are up 8 percent for the year. But wouldn’t you favor Stability over Velocity, assuming their total returns continued to be similar? To read the article, click the following link: Volatility and Risk

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Options Trading Articles

Are Mini Options Right for You? - Long gone are the days when only institutional traders used options contracts in their investment portfolios. Today, you'll find them being traded in many, if not most, retail trading accounts, too. Aside from their value as a hedge or income producing tool, many small traders love the fact that there's an opportunity to create high percentage returns in a short period of time...all the while, having little capital at risk. To read the article, click the following link: Mini Options

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Stock Trading Articles

The Meanings of NASDAQ 5th Letter Stock Symbol Codes - Some NASDAQ and OTC stocks have 5 letters in their symbol. When this is the case, the 5th letter has a specific meaning that isn't tied to the underlying company. Most of the 5th letter identifiers, as they're referred to by NASDAQ, are related to various classes of stock, such as class A or B shares. When that's not the case, the 5th letter can be a serious warning to investors. To read the article, click the following link: 5th Letter Identifiers

Can You Make Money with Stock Market Seasonality Patterns? - You've probably heard some of the following sayings and terms from the financial press..."Sell in May and Go Away", "The Santa Claus Rally", "The January Effect", etc. The question is, does the stock market have seasonal patterns that an investor can use to enhance their returns? The answer is yes, but...
There is, in fact, a seasonal bias to the stock market, and by paying attention to these market tendencies your portfolio can gain a slight edge over the long haul. However, these macro trends don't always hold true, and won't save you when you're wrong on a micro trend. To read the article, click the following link: Stock Market Seasonality Patterns

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Technical Analysis Articles

Do Not Analyze Technically Without Keltner Channels - Although the Keltner Channel is not as popular as the Bollinger Bands or the Commodity Channel Index (CCI), it has its own advantages as an analysis tool. Compared to other analysis tools, the Keltner Channel indicator is more sensitive to fluctuations and volatility because the markets lag is not as pronounced in the Keltner Channel. The fluctuations are very sensitive and are very helpful in knowing when to buy and sell products, stocks or shares immediately there is a change in the market. To read the article, click the following link: Keltner Channels

Using Elliott Waves: As Simple As A-B-C - When Ralph Nelson Elliott discovered the Wave Principle nearly 70 years ago, he explained how social (or crowd) behavior trends and reverses in recognizable patterns. You can learn to identify these patterns as they unfold in the financial markets, and use them to help anticipate where prices will go next. Elliott Wave International has developed a free comprehensive online course -- The Elliott Wave Tutorial: 10 Lessons on the Wave Principle -- which describes these patterns and explains how they relate to one another. To use the Wave Principle as you analyze the markets, you need a basic understanding of the Elliott method -- the rules and guidelines, the literal shape of individual waves, even when the larger trend may turn. To read the article, click the following link: How to Trade Elliott Wave

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Trading Psychology Articles

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Social Trading Communities - Instead of just simply being a social community where individuals who share a common interest can meet and share their thoughts and opinions, many social trading communities have turned into de facto investment advisory services. Like any network of people, online or off, certain individuals will rise above the crowd as leaders, and others will be followers. In the case of a trading network, some followers will trade based solely on the recommendations of the leaders. In some cases this works out well, in other cases...not so much. To read the article, click the following link: Social Trading Communities

"Market Manipulation" Is Not Why Most Traders Lose - In 1984, Elliott Wave International's founder and president Robert Prechter won the U.S. Trading Championship, setting a new all-time profit record of 444.4% in a monitored real-money options account. Later in his monthly Elliott Wave Theorist, Prechter published a Special Report "What A Trader Really Needs To Be Successful" with 5 important insights for would-be market speculators (including the explanation of why "market manipulation" is not why most traders lose.) To read the article, click the following link: Trading Success

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Economic Articles

Is the Fiscal Cliff Really an Issue? - The "Fiscal Cliff" has been a prominent fixture in both the news and political debates over the last several months. You've probably heard the term ad nauseum, but may still be unsure of exactly what it is, and whether or not it's really an economic issue...or just fodder for fiscal policy debates. To read the article, click the following link: The Fiscal Cliff

Who Pays the Price for Democracy? - During this time of economic and political unrest, many citizens around the world are taking to the streets to protest (though what is not always clear). In America for some months now, the Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired many, especially young people, to go out and voice their concerns, often putting their personal safety at risk in order to do so. During any protest, things can get out of hand and as with any social gathering, injuries occur. From excessive use of force to burns from cooking fires, societal protests come at a cost. But if there's a cost, who foots the bill? To read the article, click the following link: Price of Democracy

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