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It is a fact that investing online when emotions are high or simply in tact can have devastating consequences. You know the signs are pointing down, yet you can’t find it in yourself to sell your favorite stock. What do you do? The best way to combat emotions while trading is to have a list of rules. Many traders can argue that the hardest part about investing in the stock market isn’t buying the stock, it is selling the stock. When you get emotionally attached to a position, the longer you hold it the harder it will be to let go of it. To combat this and “let go”, follow these simple steps: 1. Separate Yourself From the Position. Imagine the stock as any random company with ticker xyz or cba, it doesn’t matter. You need to get the attachment out of your head that this stock is “special” and unique. 2. Take a Good Hard Look at the Facts. Ask yourself, “knowing what I know now, would I still buy this stock today?” Overview the fundamentals and technicals again, since… Read more

There’s a misguided view that when it comes to trading stocks, one need be all in to really make it financially worthwhile. That’s simply not true. It’s important to build a solid portfolio overtime and at a rate that make most sense for you. Here are some tips for trading stocks part-time: 1. Swing trade your way to profits – Swing traders hold stocks anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on trading strategies and market conditions. While there are many different trading strategies, most seek to identify and capture a trending stock’s “sweet spot” or the bulk of the trend. This type of trading is conducive to the part-time trader, since precise entry and exit is not the goal, and you don’t have to watch the ticker around the clock. 2. Develop bread and butter trading strategies – Every successful athlete needs a “go to” move, and traders are no different. Successful traders rely on bread and butter strategies to maximize their profit potential. A toolbox of strategies include break out-pullback, trend pullback and post earnings… Read more

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