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Federal Reserve

Why Traders Should Care About The Federal Reserve in 2020

  With a temporary shutdown of a large portion of the United States economy and high unemployment, the stock market continues to rise. Things are confusing, and lots of people are blaming the Federal Reserve.  For many, it’s easy to ignore the Fed-related hysteria because those yelling the loudest are the same folks trying to […]

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Index Options vs Stock Options

Index Options vs Stock Options Explained For Beginners

  Many novice options traders are initially confused by the difference between the options on cash indices like SPX and the options traded on stocks and ETFs like AAPL or SPY. After all, you can’t trade indices like SPX on the stock market. It’s just an index!  So let’s settle a few differences. Firstly, why […]

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Delisted

What Happens When a Company Gets Delisted?

  What Happens When a Company Gets Delisted? Delisting is a financial term describing a process where shares of a public company are actively removed from the exchange on which they had been trading. Sometimes the stocks disappear completely, but other times they don’t. Depending on the reason for the delisting, shares may continue to trade. However, […]

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What Are Stock Options

What Are Stock Options?

  What Are Stock Options? Isn’t it nice having options?  If you’re hungry, you have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. If you want to buy a car, you have different makers producing different models with an endless array of upgrades. It’s true that too many choices can sometimes cause paralysis by analysis, […]

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Insider Trading

Insider Trading – How to Follow Insider Trades

  Most people associate “insider trading” with secret tips and federal agents busting into a dirty hedge fund like Showtime’s Billions. That’s insider trading based on material non-public information (MNPI).  We will cover the illegal side briefly, but today’s article is mainly about the legal open market activities of company insiders. When an “insider” of […]

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What Happens to Options During a Stock Split

What Happens to Options During a Stock Split?

  If you have noticed that the number of option contracts you own on a stock that has recently split has changed, don’t panic. When a stock splits, due to a corporate action, several components of an option contract can change to make you whole. Recently both Apple and Tesla announced stock splits which have […]

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watchlist

How To Build Morning Trading Watchlist

  Failing to prepare is preparing to fail . . . Building a watchlist of tickers that you’re interested in trading for the day is an essential part of a profitable trading process. A watchlist is simply a short-list of stocks that meet or might meet your criteria for a profitable trading setup.  While your […]

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Roth IRA vs 401k

Roth IRA vs 401k – What’s the Difference?

  If you have a 401k at work, you can still have your own Individual Retirement Account. The Roth IRA in particular has several distinct advantages (but disadvantages, too) compared to the workplace plan. Lets compare the Roth IRA vs 401k and see what the differences are. Roth IRA Overview As the name implies, the […]

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