MIAMI (MarketWatch) — I believe in stop loss orders to protect stock positions or to lock in gains. When the stop loss is triggered, your stock is automatically sold at the market at the best available price.
The best available price? Unfortunately, that can be a misnomer.
MIAMI (MarketWatch) — When I interviewed famed mutual fund manager Peter Lynch a few years ago, he told me his winning stock-picking strategy: Go to the mall and observe what people are buying.
Then, he added, do basic research on companies before you buy, closely monitor the company, and understand the reason why you originally bought the stock.
MIAMI (MarketWatch) — I love the stock market, but I hate losing money. This is a serious problem because to make money, you have to learn how to lose. Because of fear, at times I’ve been out of the market during some of the strongest bull markets.
And then I found an answer, one that literally put my mind at ease.
The following option strategies (and more) are included in my book, Understanding Options:
Did you know you can use options to make money every month or every quarter? And you can use options as insurance, for example, to protect your stock portfolio. And if, on occasion, you wanted to speculate, you could leverage your money to double or triple your profits. It will cost you a lot less than if you bought stocks. And finally, if you like to short stocks, it can be safer to use option strategies than to use the stock market.
If you've been thinking of ways to trade the falling euro (EUR), or any other currency, you might consider the foreign exchange market. Forex, which is open 24 hours a day and five days a week, is the world's most traded financial market and also the most liquid. This means you can quickly get into and out of a trade.
MIAMI (MarketWatch) — Of all the mistakes I’ve made in the stock market, these three stood out.
1. Assuming you’re right
Of course everyone wants to be right. But the blind belief that you’re right about a stock can cost you money. I’ve been reading the best-selling book “The Big Short,” which profiles a handful of traders who were short subprime mortgages through credit-default swaps.
MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Although this column is primarily about trading, I’ve also interviewed and learned from hundreds of longer-term investors. Successful traders and investors often have similar goals: manage risk; diversify, and learn to control emotions. The main differences are the tools they use and how long they hold a position.
Here are a few notable investors I’ve interviewed over the years, and what I learned:
MIAMI (MarketWatch) — One of the most frustrating aspects of the stock market is that by the time you figure out what’s happened, it’s already too late.
To stay on top of the market, be open to when one trend ends and another begins. According to one professional trader, that time is now: the bull market has ended and a bear market has begun.
Day trading sounds so easy, doesn't it? After all, isn't it just sitting at your computer all day, buying and selling stocks -- and piling up profits? Well, not exactly. Few people realize how much experience and skill is needed to make money as a day trader. It's easy to get tripped up by mistakes, especially during your first year.
Here are 10 of the most common errors many day traders make.
MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Many investors were taken aback last month when an ex-Goldman Sachs executive revealed that clients were sometimes referred to as “muppets” in interoffice emails. If you know anything about Muppets, you’d know that being called a Muppet isn’t necessarily an insult.
As you’ll see, although most Muppets are terrible traders, at least one consistently makes money: Kermit the Frog
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