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Ask the Coach: This Volatility Is Scaring Me. Should I Be Cashing Out Stocks?

Key Takeaways Inflation tends to reduce the purchasing power of cash over time Keeping some cash as “dry powder” may allow you to take advantage of bargains Consider cash equivalents, but be sure they align with your strategy The stock market has made more swings than a batter trying to get some wood on a […]

Not Like Stocks: How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures

Key Takeaways Futures contracts have a minimum price fluctuation, or tick, established by an exchange For equity index futures, tick sizes, or tick values, are different than they are for individual stocks Understanding tick sizes is critical for tracking how much a futures position gains or loses each day Like a scorecard at a baseball […]

What is Leverage in Forex Trading? Understanding Forex Margin

Key Takeaways The use of leverage in forex trading can help amplify potential gains, but it can also magnify losses For actively traded forex “pairs,” such as the euro and the U.S. dollar (EUR/USD), margin rates typically range from 2% to 5% Margin trading in forex differs in some ways from margin use in other […]