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What Beta Means When Considering a Stock’s Risk

Wed Jan 5, 2022, 07:27 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

When it comes to picking stocks, everyone knows about alpha. We’re all looking for alpha, or outperformance, when trading or investing in stocks. Alpha is the difference between a stock’s return and the total return of a benchmark index –[…..]

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Limit Order vs. Stop Order: What’s the Difference?

Tue Nov 30, 2021, 09:02 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

Getting through the pandemic might not have been possible without food delivery apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats. A food order could be executed immediately with just a few taps on a smartphone. But one of the biggest perks of[…..]

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What Are Inverse ETFs?

Fri Nov 5, 2021, 05:36 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

Despite the proclamations of some internet celebrities, stocks don’t always go up. One of the reasons stocks have provided consistent returns is the perpetual threat of a crash or bear market. Without risk, there is no reward and stocks wouldn’t[…..]

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Options Basics: What You Need to Know

Thu Oct 7, 2021, 05:38 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

Stock options are the first type of derivative most traders encounter. Unlike actual stocks themselves, options don’t represent an equity stake in a publicly traded company. Options are called derivatives because they derive value from the underlying stock, but they[…..]

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5 Common Breakout Chart Patterns

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 06:36 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

Swing and day traders don’t have long time horizons when it comes to picking stocks. Swing and day trading require different skills and techniques, but the common theme is that stocks aren’t held for very long. Stocks that are held[…..]

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What Are Options Spreads?

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 02:51 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

The term ‘spread’ can have several different meanings depending on where it is used in the financial industry. A spread is often used to refer to the difference in bid and ask prices on an individual security. If the ask[…..]

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What Are Fractional Shares?

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 05:32 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

In southern New Jersey, a battle heats up every summer on the boardwalk in Wildwood. It’s not a battle over politics or sports, but something far more relatable and crucial to everyday life – pizza. The battle is Sam’s vs[…..]

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Guide to Stock Charts

Thu Jun 3, 2021, 05:24 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

Stock charts used to only be found in financial media and on your broker’s research page, but now it’s difficult to open social media and not see some kind of stock chart. Whether it’s equities, bonds, commodities, or now even[…..]

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Webull vs. Robinhood: What’s the Difference?

Tue Jun 1, 2021, 05:36 pm | by Charles Munyi | No comments

More millennial traders are turning to online brokerage apps to invest in stocks. In addition, trading through online platforms is cheaper since you don’t have to pay commission fees. Webull and Robinhood are two of the most popular brokers and[…..]

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What is Arbitrage?

Mon May 17, 2021, 06:31 pm | by Dan Schmidt | No comments

When I was in grade school, I used to know the favorite Starburst flavors of all my friends. I was the oddball who liked the lemon Starbursts while most of my classmates preferred cherry or orange. Of course, the trick[…..]