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Trading 101

Trading 101: How a Stock Can Lose You Money.

How a Stock Can Lose You Money.

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I’ve talked about how a stock can make you money, but what about the other side of the coin? How can a stock lose you money? What if there is no buyer for your stock, then what?

Trading 101: Am I Making or Losing Money on this Stock?

Am I Making or Losing Money on this Stock?

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How can a stock make you money? While this is a basic question, we all start out new to the stock market so it is a wise question to ask. I talk about not only how a stock gives you profits, but also how a stock can cause you to lose money. Here’s the list […]

How to Ask About an Online Broker

How to Ask About an Online Broker

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I get this question all the time, so I want to do this video and walk you through exactly how you should ask about an online broker in a way that puts you in a position to get an answer that actually benefits you.

Trading 101: Who is Your “Source”?

Who is Your “Source”?

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As a new trader, you have already found (or will soon realize) that here are a multitude of sources out there to form trading decisions. While sources certainly have their place, some people put way too much faith in them which in returns sets them up for ultimate dependency and then failure. Trading takes time […]

The Math of “Shorting”

The Math of “Shorting”

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I was lectured and told that I didn’t understand the “math of shorting” via a YouTube comment. I’ve been wrong many times in my life, so let’s go through the math together and see “how” the math actually works. If you’re not sure “what” shorting is, first watch THIS video.

Trading 101: How a Company Benefits from the Stock Market

How a Company Benefits from the Stock Market

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This is a bit of a more advanced topic, so make sure you first know what the stock market is and how it works before proceeding with this video. Assuming you have that foundation, then let’s get a bit more in-depth about the stock market; in particularly, how a company benefits after the initial sale […]

What Does “Learn How to Trade” Actually Mean?

What Does “Learn How to Trade” Actually Mean?

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Lots of new trader, by obviousness of course, are out looking around trying to learn how to trade. In my years of working with traders, I’ve learned one thing very quickly… there are MANY definitions of what someone defines as “how to trade”. I’m not sure why it took me this long to address this, […]

Trading 101: What “Directly” Affects a Stock’s Price?

What “Directly” Affects a Stock’s Price?

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A common question I get from those people early in their journeys of learning about the market involves trying to understand a stock’s price and what dynamics are part of its movement. Why is a stock price moving? What causes it? There are many questions surrounding this concept and in all actuality, at the end […]

Trading and Investing 101: What is a Stock?

What is a Stock?

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We all start out brand new in the stock market, so there’s no shame there. Let’s start with a very basic concept, what is a stock? What is the Stock Market? – http://claytrader.com/videos/what-is-the-stock-market/

Trading 101: How to Become a Day Trader.

How to Become a Day Trader.

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The fact of the matter is due to this day and age of technology, “becoming a trader” is easier now than ever… well, kind of. The question that actually needs to be addressed is “how to become a “true” trader?” If you want to approach this task in the proper way, there is a certain […]

Trading 101: Online Broker Fees Explained

Online Broker Fees Explained

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For those of you brand new to trading the stock market, one of the key things you’ll eventually need to understand is how online trading brokers operate in regards to costs and fees. If you want to trade and invest into the stock market, but also are wondering “how much will it cost me?”, this […]

Trading 101 How to Open a Trading Account

How to Open a Trading Account

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As basic as it may be for some people, when you are brand new and wanting to get involved in the stock market (or any financial market for that matter), one of the ‘must have’ tools in an actual trading account. How do you open one and then how does it function? If you make […]

What is a Mutual Fund?

What is a Mutual Fund?

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Perhaps you are doing some initial research into the stock market and have heard about “mutual funds”? If you have no idea what that even means or how they work, then perfect! This video is for you. I use the pizza analogy from my previous trading 101 videos to explain the way a mutual fund […]

How to Trade Stocks with Your Phone

How to Trade Stocks with Your Phone

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In this day and age of awesome technology, a common plan of action is to use a smartphone to trade the stock market with. I can’t say that this is a terrible idea; however, the solution is not very black-and-white. There is quite a bit of gray involved so I wanted to use an easy-to-follow […]

Live Guide: How to Buy Stocks Online (Step-by-Step)

Live Guide: How to Buy Stocks Online (Step-by-Step)

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One of the most basic lessons to be learned in online trading is learning how to buy stocks. If you are a new trader or maybe just looking to buy stocks for long term investing, the process is the same. I take you through a step-by-step walk through using money in my retirement account to […]

What Makes an Economy Good or Bad?

What Makes an Economy Good or Bad?

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Although basic in nature, that’s okay… we were all brand new at one point, so this question I got from YouTube is more than valid. When you hear people talking about economies being good or bad, what exactly do they mean? Another way to look at the question, what can cause an economy to be […]

"Unrealized" vs. "Realized" in Trading Explained

“Unrealized” vs. “Realized” in Trading Explained

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A question that has arisen several times is in regards to when money is ‘actually made and/or lost in the market. Just because you buy a stock and it goes up does not mean you’ve officially made any money. On the flip side, just because a stock might go down after you buy doesn’t mean […]

The 90% Failure Rate Explained

The 90% Failure Rate Explained

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Depending on how new you are to the stock market, you may or may not have heard the general statistic that 90% of traders fail. How can this number be so high? In my mind, the vast majority of the 90% can be summarized by two simple words: good and order. I dig more in […]

The $1 Penny Stock Short Scam

The $1 Penny Stock Short Scam

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If you’ve been trading penny stocks, or wanting to learn how to trade penny stocks, the term “shorts” is something thrown around on a routine basis. Penny stock shorters get blamed so much the common sense of it all, given the literal rules, has fallen to the waste side. If you are trading stocks trading […]

Trading 101: How Much Money Will You Make per Week?

How Much Money Will You Make per Week?

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I received this question through my website and it brings about a great talking point. If you are going to get involved in the stock market and day trading or swing trading, how much money will you earn per week? There is no black and white answer, so I do my best to explain the […]

Be Aware of ‘Hindsight’

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I realize it can be fun at times to play the hindsight game with yourself and past trades; however, it also can lead you down paths that cause nasty results. Why is hindsight so dangerous? Let’s talk about it.

Trading 101: How Much Does it Cost to Trade?

Trading 101: How Much Does it Cost to Trade?

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A common question, and I should add a very smart question is how much does it actually cost to trade? There is quite a bit of grey area as it truly does depend on your strategy and system you are/plan on using, but I break things down into overall categories that should give you a […]

Trading 101: How is a Stock's Price Determined?

How is a Stock’s Price Determined?

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I received this question from a YouTube follower, and despite it being potentially obvious to someone involved in the stock market for a longer period of time, it’s a great and valid question. How exactly is a price of a stock determined? What goes into causing a stock price to fluctuate up and down in […]

The Ultimate Game: The Stock Market

The Ultimate Game: The Stock Market

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If you really enjoy games that are centered around “battling whits”, then look no further than the stock market. People from all over the world play it, so if you are confident in your abilities to make decisions based off other variables, then the stock market is something you should consider. The stock market is […]

Trading 101: What is a Day Trader?

What is a Day Trader?

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If you’re new to the market and doing your beginning research, one term I’m sure you’ve come across is “day trader”. Or in another form, “day trading”. What exactly does that mean? What is a day trader doing that differs from other people who are in the stock market? How does a day trader make […]

Trading 101: How Online Brokers Work. Why You Need One.

How Online Brokers Work. Why You Need One.

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If you want to “get involved” in the stock market in any capacity, then you will need an online broker. Why is this the case? What exactly is an online broker doing for you as a trader or investor that makes them so important? I discuss those topics in depth. Finding an Online Broker – […]

How Does a Stock Make You Money?

How Does a Stock Make You Money?

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Thanks to a subscriber question, I want to talk about how exactly a stock makes you money. Sure, you may understand what the stock market is and how the stock market works, but within that context, what exactly occurs to allow for a stock to make you, as the investor, a profit by putting money […]

Trading 101: What is a Margin Account?

What is a Margin Account?

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There are two main stock trading account types: cash account and margin account. The one that most new traders are unsure of is the margin account. In this video I will talk about what a margin account is and how it works, particularly in regards to leverage money.

The Best Stocks to Buy

The Best Stocks to Buy

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The title of this video is very short and to the point. If you want to make money online in the stock market, and be your own boss, you will need to know what stocks to buy. With all that being said, these sorts of broad statements can tend to distort the reality of the […]

How to Diversify Stocks. What is Diversification?

How to Diversify Stocks. What is Diversification?

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Diversification is a very important concept that must not only be understood, but also applied when getting involved in the stock market. Whether you are wanting to trade or be an investor, knowing how to diversify is a critical tool to ensuring longer term success in the market.

The Stock Market Helps Everyone. Here's How.

The Stock Market Helps Everyone. Here’s How.

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I encountered someone who was not very happy with the idea of the stock market and the traders and investors who make up the community. They made a comment that real estate investing was much more ethical because it is actually doing something for people. Is this really the case? Let me explain just how […]

Trading 101: Trading Cheat Sheets

Trading Cheat Sheets

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Growing up through the school system, most of us have been conditioned to the concept of “closed book tests”. You must learn things, memorize them, and then regurgitate them on some kind of test or quiz. When it comes to the world of trading, please learn to love and use the concept of cheat sheets, […]

College Degree Needed for Trading?

College Degree Needed for Trading?

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How complicated is trading and investing in the markets? In order to have success, do you need to have a college degree and/or an extensive understanding of mathematics? I want to address this question by covering some of the “math” that is needed in order to understand the markets from a trading perspective… and as […]

Trading 101: What is a Dividend?

Trading 101: What is a Dividend?

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When I first started to learn about the stock market, one of the first question I remember asking was, “what is a stock dividend?” I’ve come a long way since then; however, if you are new to the markets, perhaps you have no idea what a dividend is. Essentially it is simply just a “thank […]

Trading 101: How to Choose a Broker

How to Choose a Broker

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When you are a new trader to the markets, one of the most commonly asked questions is “how do I choose a broker?” This is completely understandable as there truly are numerous choices available when deciding who you want to trade with. There are some key questions you must ask yourself in order to help […]

Trading 101: What is "Bullish" / "Bearish"?

What is “Bullish” / “Bearish”?

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If you are anything l was when I first got interested in the markets, you were confused on why “bulls” and “bears” had anything to do with the markets. You hear people bring up these terms, but you just are not quite sure how they relate and fit into the market. Let’s get all that […]

Trading 101: How to Get Started Trading

How to Get Started Trading

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The first step to start trading is all mental. You need to set-up your expectations with what reality actually is. If you can start with this mindset of how to start to trade, you are putting yourself as a trader in a much more profitable place for long term success.

Trading 101: Trading vs. Investing

Trading vs. Investing

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In many instances, the terms “trading” and “investing” are used interchangeably; however, this can lead new people down the wrong pathways of learning. I discuss the major differences between the two strategies of making money in the stock market.

Trading 101: How Does the Stock Market Work?

How Does the Stock Market Work?

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Thanks to a subscriber on YouTube, I was given the suggestion to dig deep into “how” exactly the stock market works. Who is in the market? Why do people trade? How is money actually made?

Trading 101: What is "Shorting" / "Going Short"?

What is “Shorting” / “Going Short”?

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If you’re anything like me when I was a beginner in trading the markets, I had no idea what “shorting” was. People said they were “going short” and I thought they were talking about something completely different than what it actually meant. In this video I talk about “how” shorting works, and then look at […]

Trading 101: What is the Stock Market?

What is the Stock Market?

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A basic question and concept for sure, but for those people who want to start at the very beginning, this video will explain all about what the stock market is, and how it can allow traders and investors to make money.

Trading 101: How to Buy Stocks

Trading 101: How to Buy Stocks

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If you want to get involved in the markets, understanding how to buy stocks is a critical step. There are several different order types you can use when placing an order, all which are discussed in this beginners video. The Ultimate Guide to Finding The Best Online Stock Broker: http://claytrader.com/blog/best-online-stock-broker/

Pattern Day Trader Rule: What is a "Day Trade"?

What is a ‘Day Trade’?

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Thanks to the government regulations, in 2001 the Pattern Day Trader Rule was introduced. The rule states that if you have less than $25,000 in your account, you can only have three day trades per five “rolling day” period. This brings up the logical question that many newer traders are left wondering “what exactly is […]

What is a Reverse Split?

What is a Reverse Split?

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If the stock you are investing in or trading is facing a reverse split, what does that mean? What happens to the shares you own? That’s what I discuss.

Trading 101 - How Much Do I Need To Start Trading

How Much Money Do I Need To Trade

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How much money do I need to trade? This question is among the one most often asked. While there is not an ‘exact’ answer, there is a system to go about figuring out whether or not you are keeping your expectations in line with reality. The system? That’s what I discuss in this video.

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