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Day trading is often misunderstood to be synonymous with investing. Where investing is the act of expending money with the goal of profiting by way of appreciation, day trading has a narrower definition. It means the buying and selling of stocks within a single trading day. Profits are made not through general appreciation, but rather through technical means using leverage to amplify small price discrepancies. The trader who specializes in day trading watches mainly for one thing: volatility. The more an asset fluctuates in price, the higher chances of it becoming undervalued or overvalued and the room there is for profitable trading. In order to take advantage of those tiny differences in price, day traders typically use leverage by way of margin accounts. This allows them to control greater amounts of an asset but it comes with a much higher degree of risk than investing. Margin trading amplifies both gains and losses so day traders need to have a sufficient amount of capital set aside in order to withstand losses. Because of the vital need to time the market, computers… Read more

Since the first stock traded hands on the docks in the early 1600's with the East India Trading Company to today's simplicity of point-and-click transactions, technology has been a key factor in making capitalism the standard economic model of the world. With the advent of digital trading systems known as electronic communications networks (ECN), brokerage houses were able to monitor stock quotes and broadcast them to investors, but the real breakthrough came with the proliferation of the internet  and the unparalleled impact it has had on global financial markets. Now that stocks can be traded accurately and instantaneously, the future of online trading holds some interesting prospects. The Impact on the Consumer Even in the last decade we've seen tremendous growth in mobile data streaming and the portable abilities it gives consumers. Internet browsing is already available on portable devices and the trend is likely to continue on this path. Look for more streamlined and comprehensive trading platforms that are accessible on smartphones, tablets, and other similar devices. Expect downloadable trading applications to replace desktop software used to analyze trends… Read more

  Since the time that Harvard’s Michael Porter wrote his groundbreaking work on competitive advantage to James F. Moore’s take on business strategy with his coining the term and concept of business ecosystems, the intellectual pursuit for a clear definition and understanding of economics through analogy has taken many evolutionary turns. Economics can be understood from both the perspectives of physics and biology, and one such topic that can be found in both intellectual bodies is the concept of infrastructure. What is Infrastructure? When prompted, most people would say that Thomas Edison’s greatest work was the creation and mass production of the light bulb. Albeit his most famous work, few consider that the more economically impactful act of Edison was not the mass production of light bulbs but (more…) Read more

  I have a friend who knows what she is going to have for dinner a month from now. My friend has each meal mapped out on a calendar so there are no surprises along the way, and makes grocery shopping a breeze for her because she knows exactly what she needs long before she walks through any grocery store doors. The irony of my overly zealous consumption-conscious friend is that when I asked her how much of her income she was saving and investing for retirement, she didn’t have an answer like you would expect after viewing her meal calendar. My friend is an amazing example of how tough it is to think that far out into the future despite the tenacity many of us put toward planning. With bestselling books like “Getting Things Done,” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” it’s intriguing to me that many of us don’t put forth much income toward one of the most important milestones in our lives: Retirement. The fact is that we aren’t going to be generating an income… Read more

  Once you’ve grown more acclimated to the investment periodical landscape you’ll begin to notice that many of these sources of information only seem to tell would-be stock traders how to get into stock trading, often neglecting those who are already trading on their own account. Despite there being many questions about getting started, there are just as many questions involved once you’ve begin practicing stock trading techniques that need to be addressed. One of the most valid questions to ask once you’ve created a portfolio for yourself is what is the most optimized time to sell? To justly answer this question we have to first figure out the scope of your investment strategy, are you planning on day trading and jumping in and out of stocks on the fly or do you plan on taking a longer approach to investment by purchasing shares in good companies that you can hold for a very long time. (more…) Read more