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Company spotlight Scottrade One of the most recognized and respected names in stock and commodities trading, Scottrade has been developing industry-standard tools for over three decades. The company offers several trading platforms and research tools, which could help you stay informed and ahead... Read Reviews
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Swing Stock Trading is a type of momentum trading where the investor attempts to achieve gains from stocks or commodities within a time period of one to four days. A swing trader’s goal is to find the stocks that are likely to have significant potential gain within a short period of time and then trade them in for profit. The trader is not necessarily interested in the value of the stock, rather, they're more focused on the price and market trends and will carefully study their patterns. Traders use technical analysis to locate the stocks that have a short-term price drive. Who Are the Swing Traders? Swing traders are typically individual day traders. Larger institutions can not benefit from swing stock trading because the stocks they deal with are larger, and the quick aspect of swing trading is not feasible for them. An individual trader benefits from this type of trading because there is less competition from bigger companies. Steps of Successful Swing Trading The strategies involved in swing trading form from carefully analyzing market trends. Trades are usually only placed in… Read more

Retirement planning used to be a fairly straightforward process. Pension and social security income established a base level of income and then your 401K/403b and IRA investments were used to determine how much you could withdraw over 20 years or so to come up with your final income amount.  Anything above and beyond, such as a brokerage account, was extra and not essential in a retirement plan. But things aren't so simple anymore. Many companies have eliminated pension plans and the retirement age required to collect social security keeps ticking up. In fact, there are legitimate concerns that social security payments could be reduced for the next retiring generation. Even standard company-sponsored retirement plans are under-performing in the market – if you even have one with a company match. On top of it all, people are living longer, requiring you to save a greater amount of money in order to provide a long enough retirement plan. What does all this mean? In a nutshell, retirement planning needs some major overhaul. The New Paradigm If you're one of the lucky ones with a pension… Read more

The second longest bull run in history has continued to march forward this year with almost no indications of trouble. Even the single largest single-day drop of the year had little lasting effect, with the markets bouncing right back to positive territory the next day. The seemingly endless bull market has some investors nervous about when it will finally end. The longest bull market on record lasted nearly 13 years from 1987 to 2000, so the current market still has quite a ways to go to match that since it began in early 2009. With the markets trading at all-time highs, it's hard to say when the top has officially been reached, but there are some clues we can uncover to help predict how healthy the bull is right now. Pricing Out the Top One of the best ways to determine where the market is is to look at the average price-to-earnings multiple of an index like the S&P 500. The historic average P/E is around 15 times earnings – right now it stands at just shy of 25 times… Read more

As much progress as technology can enable, there's often a social downside that might not be so evident at first. The dawn of the industrial age brought automation to the workforce and allowed businesses and the economy to grow to sizes no one ever imagined possible. But the efficiency came with a radical shift in employment as less and less workers were needed. Employees had to adapt their skills in order to adapt to the new paradigm. There's a similar change on the horizon today. Technologies like IoT have already begun showing us what the future could look like with smart grids, self-driving cars and a slew of other advances. While these technologies promise to advance economic growth, it's very likely there will be consequences. Already, there is a concern that self-driving cars could spell the end of the trucking industry, meaning that thousands of truck drivers could be out of a job within the next decade. But none of that compares to the impact artificial intelligence could bring. The Economic Impact of A.I. It might sound like something out of… Read more

Whether you're a new investor just dipping your feet into the stock market or an experienced trader, having the right strategy is essential in keeping your profits up and avoiding unnecessary losses. You might think that just setting up a brokerage account and buying a few stocks is all it take to be successful. You may even watch financial shows and read investment blogs carefully following along the recommendations you hear or read. But without context, you could be making a big mistake. Investing in the stock market blindly is the fastest way to lose your money. Even following the experts opinions can backfire. For one thing, they're often wrong. But more importantly, not all stocks are right for all investors. Before you dive in, you need a strategy that compliments your investment goals and caters to your risk tolerance. Finding the Right Strategy There are a number of popular investment strategies that you can emulate. But before you decide on one, you'll want to honestly address what your personal risk tolerance is. While a professional financial adviser can best… Read more