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Trading Strategies

Lou Mercer on Chasing Profits
Lou Mercer discusses his thoughts on chasing profits.

Lou Mercer on Planning Trades
Lou Mercer discusses his thoughts on planning trades.

Lou Mercer on Reviewing Trade Performance
Lou Mercer discusses his thoughts on reviewing trade performance.

Lou Mercer on Revenge Trading
Lou Mercer discusses his thoughts on revenge trading

Lou Mercer on Trading Strengths and Weaknesses
Lou Mercer discusses his thoughts on utilizing trading strengths and managing trading weaknesses.

4 Ways Schwab Equity Ratings Can Help Your Trading
Learn about how Schwab Equity Ratings are derived and how you can incorporate them into your trading. 

Mastering the Order Types: Limit Orders
Learn about the types, risks, and advantages of limit orders.

Mastering the Order Types: Market Orders
Learn about the risks and advantages of basic market orders.

Mastering the Order Types: Stop-Limit Orders
Learn how incorporating stop-limit orders into your everyday trading can better help you reach your trading objectives.

Mastering the Order Types: Stop Orders
Learn when and why traders use stop orders, as well as the inherent risks and potential benefits.

Mastering the Order Types: Trailing Stop Orders
Learn how these conditional orders can be used to help you maximize profits.

How Do Stocks Perform During the Presidential Election Cycle?
There’s no way to predict the future, but we did have our experts look at data over the last 66 years, and they made some interesting discoveries that traders may want to consider in the months and years ahead.

Trader Q&A - How can I hedge against known unknowns like earnings reports?
Schwab’s Randy Frederick discusses strategies to brace for events like earnings reports, elections, and more.

Protect Your Profits: Scaling in and Out of Positions
Discover how scaling in and out of positions can help you avoid some of the difficulties of picking the perfect entry and exit price.

Should After Hours Trading Be Part of Your Stock Market Strategy?
Have you wondered what after-hours trading actually is and how it works, and what risks are involved? Here are some answers.

The Trend Is Your Friend: A Guide to Trading Trends
Learn how to fully take advantage of this strategy that may help you swap profit potential for the opportunity to reduce risk.

The Art of Pullback Trading
Chartered Market Technician Lee Bohl offers beginners a simple way to enter a trade in a trending market.

Risk Management in Volatile Markets
Learn how to adjust your trade strategy during times of high volatility.

4 Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Trading
Chartered Market Technician Lee Bohl shares what he’s learned from his decades of trading experience.

The 5 Basics of Candlestick Charts
Candlestick charts have their own unique characteristics that may fit within your particular trading style. Learn how this helpful price chart provides a visual representation of price movement and why you may want to incorporate it into your technical analysis.

7 Ways to Adapt for Volatile Markets
Learn how to make appropriate adjustments to your trading when market conditions change very quickly.

6 Strategies for Dealing with Rising Interest Rates
Learn about what affects interest rates along with strategies that may help you reduce risk now that they rise.

7 Ways to Adapt for Volatile Markets
Learn how to make appropriate adjustments to your trading when market conditions change very quickly.

The Ups and Downs of Margin Trading
If the idea of margin trading sounds like a strategy that could work for you, find out how to get started.

The Ins and Outs of Margin Trading
If the idea of margin trading sounds like a strategy that could work for you, find out how to get started

The Case for Margin Trading
Most investors have heard of margin trading. But exactly what is it, and why would an investor want to use it?

How Traders Can Take Advantage of Volatile Markets
By defining goals beforehand and sticking with a particular approach, you may be able to create new opportunities during volatile times.

Trader Q&A: How Can Traders Help Manage Their Emotions and Impulses?
Lee Bohl on managing emotions and controlling impulsiveness in trading

Trader Q&A: What are Indicators for Buying and Selling?
Schwab’s Trading Services team covers how to use market movement as an indicator for buying and selling.

Trader Q&A: When Should I Consider Margin Trading?
Schwab’s Trading Services team discusses the pros and cons of margin trading.

Trader Q&A: Are Stop Losses Good for Long-Term Investments?
See why our panel of trading specialists doesn’t advise using stop losses for long-term investments.

Full Count: How Pitchers & Traders Are Alike
Baseball season is here. So what does the guy on the mound have in common with the person in front of the trading screen? A lot, actually.

Trade the Trend
Discover why the phrase is so popular amongst traders and whether or not you should apply it to your trading.

3 Questions That Can Shape Your Approach to Portfolio Risk Management
Learn how to implement trading risk management techniques that fit your trading style and help you evaluate performance.

Stock Selection: The Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches
Search for stocks that fit your trading needs with a top-down or bottom-up approach.

Fore! Actually, Five Ways Golf Is Like Trading
Your golf game may say a lot about the way you trade. Explore how you may find ways to improve at both.

What Can Hollywood Teach You About Trading?
From unrealized hype to the misguided sequel: a look at how making trades can be a lot like making movies

Bad Trades and Torn ACLs: A Cautionary Tale
A Schwab VP shares his story of how straying from the plan can hurt—in trading and physical training.

3 Advantages of Bracket Orders
Want better control of profit and loss targets? Learn how bracket orders help you automate exit strategies and help mitigate risk.

Trading Behavior - Emotion vs Logic
The market doesn't always act rationally, and neither do traders. Explore how emotion can potentially trump logic, cloud judgment, and lead to sub-optimal trading decisions.

5 Habits for Successful Trading
Learn the five actionable items that many successful traders employ to help them keep their emotions out of their trading and better balance risk.

6 Personal Trading Checkpoints
Discover how many successful traders mentally prepare for trading to help keep their emotions in check.

Simple Steps to Developing a Trading Strategy
Find out what factors should be considered in creating a trading strategy and how to set actionable, realistic goals for achieving your objectives.

Trader Q&A: Schwab Discusses Trading for Beginners
Schwab's Trading Services Team discusses how Schwab can help beginning traders with educational resources and personalized support.

How to Correct Hazardous Trading
Explore the five "hazardous attitudes" of trading and techniques to help you deal with them when under stress.

Trade Smarter—Break the Poor Judgment Chain
Find out how to better evaluate the human factors that can affect your trading outcomes and learn techniques to help you break the chain of judgment errors.

Trader Q&A: How can Brackets Manage Trade Risk?
Schwab's Trading Services team discusses how risk management tools like brackets can help protect traders.

5 Trading Proverbs You Can Use
Explore some of the important lessons many traders have learned when it comes to the market's emotional and irrational reactions.

4 Trading Pitfalls to Avoid
analysis paralysis, trading emotions, trading strategy, trading psychology

Use Your Trade Plan to Evaluate Opportunities
Explore some of the important lessons many traders have learned when it comes to analysis of the market's emotional and irrational reactions.

Stick to Your Trade Plan
Find out why you should have a trade plan—and steps that may help you put it to work successfully.

How to Review Your Trading Performance
Determine how often you should review your trades and modify your trade plan based on both your winning percentage as well as your gain/loss per trade.

Self Coaching for Traders
Discover techniques you can use to help improve your trading discipline by focusing on controllable factors and letting go of uncontrollable ones.

Stay on Track with a Trade Plan
Learn how a trade plan can help you minimize losses and keep you on track with your trading strategy.

Keep a Trade Journal: Be Your Own Trading Coach
A trade journal is a powerful tool to track and reflect upon your trading actions. Build and use it to analyze trading behaviors and hone your trade plan.

Don't Let Overconfidence Hurt You
Lee Bohl explains how overconfidence can distort your trading strategy and negatively affect your approach to the market.

Trader Q&A: Stick to your Trading Plan to Avoid Bad Trades
Schwab discusses how to avoid bad trades by sticking to your trade plan and taking emotion out of your trades.

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