Active Trader

Options: How to pick the right expiration date

Picking the right expiration date

A delicate balance between time and cost is at the heart of this critical choice when buying or selling options.

Stock market report card

Energy, financial, and industrial stocks were winners. See how sectors stacked up, and what to expect in 2017.

How to trade in a channel

Stocks broke out of a channel to reach all-time highs. Learn how to spot potential channels in the S&P 500.

Extended-hours trading

Yes, you can react to news before many investors, but extended-hours trading can be risky.

Idea Generation

Election impact

The election shouldn’t alter your long-term investing strategy, but it might create trading opportunities.

Halloween Indicator

This seasonal pattern suggests buying stocks now, but you shouldn’t invest solely based on the time of year.

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Technical Analysis

Moving averages

Unleash this simple yet powerful tool to unlock a wealth of information within your charts.

Open and short

Short interest can help assess a stock’s sentiment; open interest, an option’s volatility.

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Trading Strategy

Tax-loss harvesting guide

Got positions in the red? Consider harvesting losses before year end and using ETFs to help manage taxes.

How to short stocks

Selling short is a trading strategy for down markets, but there are risks.

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