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Active Trading Blog

Lightspeed Preparing For Extended Hours

Premarket and after-hours hours trading can be especially profitable, but also offer unique risks. With high frequency traders less active outside of the regular hours session, individuals have the opportunity to profit from trades which would otherwise be difficult. However, the absence of these traders, and others, makes markets thin. This blog looks at risks.. Read more

What Are Moving Averages?

Moving averages are often the first technical indicators traders are exposed to, specifically the simple moving average. This blog post looks at the purpose of simple moving averages and how traders can customize them to their trading strategies Moving averages were developed to give investors and traders a less noisy view of how the value.. Read more

What moves the VIX?

At the end of January a blog was published explaining how the VIX is calculated. In short, the VIX is based on the premium traders are paying for options protection. For this reason, the VIX usually moves conversely to the market: when stock prices drop, traders demand more protection, prices rise and subsequently the VIX.. Read more

Hedged Trading to Limit Systemic Risk

It is well known that hedging is crucial for preventing sharp trading losses. This blog looks at the advantages of using diversity to reduce systematic risk and gives ideas on how to establish hedged trades. When Systematic Risk Becomes a Real Threat Systematic risk affects the entire market. Broad market movements can turn otherwise good.. Read more

How $0.05 Ticks on Small Caps Impact Traders

In late June the SEC told exchanges and FINRA to set up a program for select small cap stocks to trade in $0.05 intervals. The one year pilot program will include roughly 1,000 stocks with market capitalizations below $5 billion, average volume below one million shares traded each day, and price above $2. If the.. Read more

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