Value Investing

Value Investing

What Is Value Investing? Unlike some investment strategies, value investing is pretty simple. It doesn’t require that you have an extensive background in finance (although understanding the basics will definitely help), sign up for an expensive subscription service or understand how to analyze squiggly lines on charts. If you have common sense, patience, money to invest and the willingness to do some reading and accounting, you can become a value investor. Here are five fundamental concepts you’ll need to understand before getting started. The Concepts Value Investing Fundamental No. 1:…

Pyramid Trading Strategy

Pyramid Trading Strategy

Pyramid Trading Strategy – How To Turn Small Trades into Huge Trades “Let your winners run” they always say. Great! But, HOW do I do that? How do I turn small trades into big winners? You’ve probably asked yourself this many times. As great as all these old trading aphorisms are, they do seem a bit vague and don’t really give us any specifics or details on how exactly one accomplishes the wonderful things they imply. Today, we are going to discuss how you can turn small trades into big…

Thinking Charts Differently

Thinking Charts Differently

Thinking Charts, a Little Different When it comes to trading and markets, at Online Trading Academy we tend to think different than conventional wisdom. The reason for this is we are focused on reality based trading and investing. One of the things I am always fascinated with his how we are taught to do certain things and how we learn, specifically when it comes to anything that has to do with competing. In the United States for example, we compete for jobs, money, better this and better that… Have you ever…

Visa Stock Buy

Visa Stock Buy

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know that I typically invest in companies with dividend yields above 2%. Visa Stock doesn’t fit this investment strategy. I do on occasion take chances on riskier investments regardless of yield, or in companies with a fantastic growth opportunity regardless of yield. In this case it’s the latter. I bought 25 shares of Visa Stock at a per share price of $79.11. The total invested amount of this purchase is $1,977.75.Visa Stock pays a very low yield of 0.69%. There’s not much near-term dividend income with this…

ETF Trends in Q1 2016

ETF Trends in Q1 2016

3 ETF Trends in Q1 2016 (XLU, VNQ) Three trends in exchange traded funds (ETF) in Q1 2016 are a recovery in rate-sensitive funds, strength in emerging market ETFs and strong flows into precious metal ETFs. Gains in these ETFs are reversals of major trends from the previous year, when low inflation and increases in short-term interest rates combined to put downward pressure on these groups. One major development crucial to the first quarter of 2016 was the Federal Reserve’s shift to a more dovish policy in response to financial market volatility…

Support and Resistance

Support and Resistance

5 Critical Rules for Understanding Support and Resistance Two of the most basic, yet effective, technical patterns are support and resistance. These events are horizontal trendlines which cause a stock’s direction to reverse. When prices are falling, support represents the moment when buying overwhelms selling and prices reverse. Conversely, when stocks are moving higher, resistance is the point where selling overwhelms buying and the price increases stop. Correctly identifying these trend changers will allow you to establish initial price targets and to develop your own sell discipline. As with other…

Lions Can Teach Us

Lions Can Teach Us

What Lions Can Teach Us About Professional Trading Any professional trader, whether they realize it or not, shares many traits and behaviors with the ‘King of the jungle’. A lion in the wild provides us with an excellent metaphor to help us understand how to behave in the market. So, let’s see what lions can teach us about professional trading. Lions are known as the ‘Kings’ of the jungle for some very good reasons; they are strategic, confident yet patient, relentless yet intelligent and highly-skilled. Lions are finely tuned hunting…

Too Old to Start Investing

Too Old to Start Investing

Are You Too Old to Start Investing? If you’ve forgotten to save for your retirement, then you’re facing an incredible uphill battle when it comes to your financial future. The longer you wait to get started, the tougher it is to amass enough in cash and investments to last you the rest of your life. Yet few of us managed to fully fund our IRAs with the money we earned from our summer jobs as teenagers. For real people who are starting to invest later in life, time may not…

Robo-Advisors vs Online Brokers vs RIAs

Robo-Advisors vs Online Brokers vs RIAs

Robo-Advisors vs Online Brokers vs RIAs – Which is Best? The rise of the “robo-advisor” is hard to ignore. Startups Wealthfront, Betterment, Personal Capital, and others have shaken up the managed assets scene by letting algorithms determine the best allocation of capital. Investing with a robo-advisor has given investors the ability to accomplish long term investment goals with a much lower cost over using a traditional advisor. A similar trend of lower costs has been seen with the online brokers. All the major brokers charge $9.99 or less per trade, with a variety…

Trends In Forex

Trends In Forex

How To Trade Trends In Forex – A Complete Guide We’ve all heard the saying “The trend is your friend”, and while it sounds nice it doesn’t really teach us anything about trading a trending market or how to identify one. In today’s lesson, I am going to give you guys some solid information on trend trading that you can begin using immediately. Today’s lesson is all about trading trending markets with price action, and we are going to talk about how to tell when a market is trending and…