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Stock Market Trading Courses
When you buy a stock, you own a piece of a publicly traded company. Because of its popularity and available historical data, the stock market is a great place for a new trader or investor to begin. Stock trading also provides useful experience for trading other asset classes, such as futures or Forex. Stock market courses, such as those taught at AK trend, can help you start investing with confidence and a methodical plan.
Learn Stock Trading Strategies and Investing Strategies :
( "Buy and Hold" Trading
This is the passive approach used by many individual investors. You choose a stock which you hope will go up in price and/or pays an attractive dividend, and plan to keep it indefinitely. This approach is easy, but subject to losses if the market goes against you.
Active Stock Trading
This is the approach used by many traders and investors who
want to maximize their opportunities and minimize their
losses. You do trade every day, but you monitor your holdings frequently and make adjustments where appropriate in your portfolio.
Day Trading (also called Short Term Trading or Momentum Trading)
Day trading is for traders who are willing to devote a little time each day in return for the potential of regular income. Technical analysis and training and experience helps them find opportunities where they can quickly open and close a position.
The foreign exchange market (also known as forex or FX) is one of the most exciting, fast-paced markets in the financial world. Though historically, forex has been the domain of large institutions, central banks, and high wealth individuals, the growth of the Internet has allowed the average individual to become involved with and profit from trading currencies. Learn to trade the currency market using the latest tools and software, and make predictions based on careful training from the pros.
About the Forex Trading Market
The foreign exchange market is the virtual location where global currencies are traded. Though the total volume ebbs and flows, the Bank for International Settlements reported that the forex market trades in excess of $4.9 trillion U.S. per day. This makes it the largest electronic market, essentially dwarfing the stock market.
What is Currency Trading?
Trading currencies is the act of making predictions based on minuscule variations in the global economy and buying and selling accordingly. The exchange rate between two currencies is the rate at which one currency will be exchanged for another. Forex traders use available data to analyze currencies and countries like you would companies, thereby using economic forecasts to gain an idea of the currency's true value.
The Benefits of Forex Trading
Unlike stocks, forex trades have low, if any, commissions and fees. Even so, new forex traders are always advised to take a conservative approach and use orders, like stop-loss, to minimize losses. High leverage, which should be prudently applied, gives traders the opportunity to achieve dramatic results with far less capital than necessary for other markets. Forex trading requires training and strategy, but can be a profitable field for individuals looking for a lower risk endeavor.
More About Futures Trading
The oldest form of trading gets a technology facelift.
The concept of futures trading is as timeless as the marketplace itself. As long as people have been selling such tangible assets as oil, wheat or gold, there have been hedgers who want to protect against the possibility of a future price change and speculators who hope to profit if the hedgers are wrong.
A producer of wheat, oil or another commodity, rather than simply bringing his product to market and taking his chances with willing buyers on delivery day, can hedge by agreeing today to sell his product at a specified price on that future date. Futures speculators buy up the risk that is offloaded by the hedgers; they make a profit if the price moves in a direction different than the hedger anticipates and in addition they now own a fungible commodity they can sell at any time until the delivery date to take advantage of market change over time.
The symbiotic relationship of buyer and seller ensures the liquidity of the marketplace and that capital flows smoothly while providing a discoverable
� price for any commodity at any given point in time. And
that the way futures trading has operated for centuries... until today.
Electronic futures trading in the 21st century:
Much futures trading is still done with the traditional "open outcry" method in public pits. But traditional trading is giving way to electronic transactions in which a wide variety of indexes representing everything from basic commodities to the S&P 500 can be traded online 24 hours a day and 5 days a week.
Achieving dramatic results in futures trading through high amounts of leverage:
The majority of Futures traders maintain a margin account with their brokers, which allows them to magnify their results through leverage. Unlike Stock trading in which the margin account is an actual loan, in Futures trading the margin is the equivalent of a "handshake" or good faith agreement.
In order to open a Futures position the trader has to have on deposit with his broker an initial margin amount that is set by the exchanges. This amount is typically 5-13% of the Futures contract face value. Think of this initial margin as a down payment when you purchase a house. You put down 20% to control the full market value of your home.
While holding these Futures positions you must keep your account balance at a level that meets the maintenance margin amount. These maintenance margin amounts are usually about 25% of the initial margin. If your position goes against you causing your account balance to fall below these levels you will receive a margin call to replenish the account value back to the initial margin or else the brokerage will liquidate your position at the market if you do not comply.
The Futures trader now has the equivalent of approximately 10:1 leverage or higher, for each Futures transaction. The smaller the margin is in relation to the underlying market value of the Futures contract, the greater the leverage.
Let us look at an example of this leverage at work. On August 18, 2009 the S&P E-mini is trading at 980.00. To compute the market value you take the dollar value per point ($50 per E-mini point) and multiply it by the last price. 980.00 X $50 = $49,000. The current initial margin set by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (as of 8/18/2009) is $5,625. For $5,625 you can control a Futures contract worth $49,000! That is about 9:1 leverage. For every $9 the contract is worth you are depositing $1.
More factors that make futures attractive to aggressive individual traders:
Impressive leverage is one reason that futures trading appeals to investors who want to control significant assets for a small amount of capital. Another benefit is the tax advantage. The government is eager to encourage the healthy activity that futures trading brings to the marketplace. Thus, futures profits get favorable tax treatment with the first 60% of your profits taxed as long term gains, regardless of when they are realized. (This certainly makes sense because a tax-motivated trade would be contradictory to the smooth flow of commodities trading.) And with the maximum tax rate now at 15% for long term gains vs. 28% for short term gains, here yet another way your potential gains are increased when you trade futures.
A final benefit is that futures is a highly regulated marketplace �built for commodities traders while open to speculators. In general broker fees are transparent and services consistent from one broker to another. And small as well as large traders can be confident of fair treatment.
More About Options Trading
Learn a trading style that can stimulate your intellect, as well as your wallet.
An option is a contract to buy (=call) or sell (=put) an agreed-upon quantity of a specific stock or other asset at a specific price, up until a specific expiration date. Traders can write options on stocks they own, but you can also buy and sell options in the open market with no need to own the underlying stock.
Because the value of options is tied to price movement over
a given period of time, options are far more volatile than
stocks and price changes are dramatic; a $100 stock that
goes to $110 has seen a 10% increase, but this might
translate to a 100% increase in an option that allows you to
buy at $100 anytime in the next six months. It is not unreasonable that traders ask themselves,
Why should I spend $100 to buy a stock when I can control it
with a $5 or $10 option?
Two types of options traders : (Directional and non-directional
There are two types of stock options traders, and we teach strategies for both of them in our Options Trader class. First is the directional trader, who uses technical analysis and market timing to predict whether the market is headed up or down, and then magnifies their bet by trading options vs. the underlying stocks.
Traders who believe the market is headed up can buy calls which allow them to buy a stock at a specific price, no matter how high the price may actually climb. Since this provides a no-risk opportunity to buy a stock and immediately sell it at a higher price, the option rises sharply in value if the stock goes up. Puts are for people who think the market is headed down; no matter how low a stock goes, they can sell it at the strike price according to the contract. Remember: there is no need to actually buy and take delivery of the stock. And, once the expiration date passes, the option is worthless.
Non-directional traders are interested in the net premium they retain after the sale of their options, rather than the price of individual options. A simple example is the straddle, which involves buying a put and a call on the same stock at the price with the same expiration date. Straddles are used when a trader expects dramatic movement but is not sure whether the movement will be up are down. If the stock goes up then the put becomes worthless, and the trader is left with the appreciation of the profit on the call, less the loss of the premium paid for the put.
How you can trade options for risk management ?
The straddle, just described, is a high-risk strategy. But other options strategies are far more conservative and can be an important part of a trader capital-preservation toolkit. For example, if you own a stock and think its value might go down, you can hedge by selling a call option at today price. What you earn by writing the option partially offsets your potential loss. Or, if you want to buy a stock but feel it is overvalued at today price, you can effectively lower the price by selling a put which commits you to buy if it reaches your desired price. You make money from the put, whether or not you end up owning the stock.
Advanced stock options trading tactics that produce a non-level playing field.
In an efficient market, you expect that the price of options would get cheaper as the clock ticks toward their expiration date. And they do... but the process is not linear and that makes for some additional opportunities which in effect give savvy traders a non-level playing field. our students learn how to buy puts and calls at the exact time that our supply and demand rules tell us they are cheap and about to become expensive.
Part of this calculation is an understanding of The Greeks different measurements of risk, each of them named after a different letter of the Greek alphabet: Delta, Theta, Gamma, Vega (not actually a Greek letter) and Rho so learn how to master these complex measurements as they build an options strategy which can meet any investment need from capital preservation to dramatic upside potential in good markets or bad.
Many traders who become experts at trading options say they find it intellectually satisfying as well as profitable like playing a great game of chess. Here is a way you can use your native intelligence in an enjoyable way that can also be very rewarding.