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10 Best Stock Trading Youtube Channels to Learn From

January 6, 2014 in Blog, Trading Step 1: Find Opportunities

Thanks to these stock traders and trading coaches, you can start learning stock trading any day.  Their videos aren’t interview snippets you see on TV (and can’t follow up on).  These youtube channels we’ve hand-picked for you not only analyzes today’s stock market but, more importantly, analyzes where the markets may be headed in the future.  These youtube channels help you anticipate tomorrow’s market diection and you’re provided with trade plans for each scenario. This means you’re always prepared and random markets start becoming opportunities.

By watching and following along with these stock traders’ youtube analysis, you can’t help but learn their strategies and see the opportunities they see.  It’s like getting to sit down at the same desk as these expert traders and pick their brain daily.

Because their stock market analysis are public on Youtube, you can compare their past analysis videos to what actually happened in the stock market and verify their records.  Many of these traders also post analysis and trades throughout the trading day on twitter and their websites, so remember to check those out!

1.  Brian Shannon (AlphaTrends)

When you think Stock Market Analysis videos on Youtube, AlphaTrends’ has to be at the top of the list.  Brian Shannon has relentlessly put up stock market analysis videos every day since 2006.  Not only does he analyze the stock market but he does so in a simple, methodological way. You can easily follow along and learn to think like a professional.  Brian Shannon is a CMT (Chartered Market Technician).  Brian started as a broker with Lehman Brothers and other major investment firms where he gained valuable insight into market dynamics and the human factors that drive them.  To get the most out of Brian’s Youtube videos, use his book “Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes” which was named one of the “top 10 trading books ever written” by Ed Dobson, owner of the financial publisher Traders Press.

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2.  Anne-Marie Baiynd (The Trading Book)

Anne-Marie Baiynd is another trader and coach that consistently puts up educational and profitable market analysis.  Few great traders are great teachers but Anne-Marie is both a great trader and teacher.  Furthermore, she is a self-taught trader, so she knows how you feel trying to learn stock trading on your own from Youtube.  In her videos, her calm and assuring tone helps guide you through the confusions in any market.  The way she analyzes the market is also organized and she presents it in easy to understand ways.  Don’t let her self-taught background fool you though.  You can see her teach live at most MoneyShow Stock Market tradeshows.  Her book “The Trading Book” is a best seller for mastering technical trading and trading psychology.

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3.  MarketGauge

To take your trading to the next level, check out Youtube videos from the team at MarketGauge.  MarketGauge’s online trading education, and its unique focus on leveraging the opening range, result from co‐founders Keith Schneider and Geoff Bysshe’s over 60 combined years of first‐hand trading experience.  Applying insider knowledge gained from years of professional trading experience on and off the floor, running money for major New York hedge funds, and currently managing a hedge fund, MarketGauge’s master traders created the powerful proprietary web‐based software tools HotScans, BigView, the Nuggets List and the ETF Monitor.  They simplify stock market analysis and trading strategies only possible with these tools and their invaluable experience.  If you want to learn the tricks of Wall Street traders on Youtube for free, this is the channel to subscribe to.

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4.  Shadow Trader

The trader videos that TD Ameritrade, one of the biggest brokers, trusts.  Peter Reznicek and the Shadow Trader team has built a name for themselves since 2006.  They now broadcast their live trading analysis, strategies, and trade ideas everyday on TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim software.  Shadow Trader’s Youtube videos gives you weekly market videos describing the state of the major averages from a technical perspective.  Also in the videos are what investors & traders need to be aware of in the week ahead, and live trading videos from during the week.

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5.  T3Live

Get trading analysis and trade ideas straight from Wall Street.  You’ve seen T3′s chief strategic officer Scott Redler on CNBC a lot, and now you can continue to follow Scott when he’s off air.  T3Live pumps out several videos on Youtube daily.   Whether you’re a day trader or just actively watching over your portfolio, you will get a ton of guidance and insights from T3Live’s channel.  Their videos include Morning Call videos to help you prepare for each trading day, Daily Recaps to help you make sense of today’s market and prepare for tomorrow, and deeper analysis that walks through stocks and stock sectors making news and on traders radars.

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6.  Stephen Bigalow (The Candlestick Forum)

Japanese Candlestick charts are over 300 years old, but putting stocks on this type of chart gives traders a major advantage in speed reading a stock’s price movements and anticipating what will happen next.  Most traders use candlestick charts, including the traders listed here, but you may not know how much of an advantage you can get with Candlestick Charts and Candlestick Patterns.  Stephen Bigalow’s Youtube channel analyzes the markets daily, with a focus getting and advantage with candlesticks.  Watch his videos daily and you’ll see the hints and tells a stock chart is trying to give you in no time.  Stephen W. Bigalow possesses over twenty-five years of investment experience, including eight years as a stockbroker with major Wall Street firms: Kidder Peabody & Company, Cowen & Company and Oppenheimer & Company. This was followed by fifteen years of commodity trading, overlapped with twelve years of real estate investing. He holds a business and economics degree from Cornell University, and has lectured at Cornell and at many private educational investment functions over the past twenty years.

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7.  StockGuy22

The most comprehensive weekly market review videos for any stock trader.  Whether you’re a day trader, active investor, or you sneak in a few trades during work hours, strap in each Saturday morning for StockGuy22′s extensive review.  How extensive?  Stockguy22 broadcasts these webcasts live every Saturday morning for over 2 hours, but you can watch the recording on Youtube.  However, if you watch the broadcsat live, you’ll get to ask question and interact with the coaches.  Get in depth market analysis and market review in all the major markets as well as exciting stocks to trade.  Frank (aka StockGuy22) and other coaches discuss great stocks they’re looking to trade but also helps you along by reviewing trades they’ve recommended before or trades that are on-going.  You’ll get to follow the trades from their videos and Bull Bear trades step-by-step.  Few gives as freely as the team at StockGuy22 and with each Saturday webcast video you’ll get lessons on how to become a self-sufficient trader, not just a few trade ideas.

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8.  Investools Commentary

Start each day with the Morning Huddle to help you be better prepared.  Catch up every afternoon with the Market Wrap on what traders looked for and did in the market.  Step-by-step daily market commentary and review from TD Ameritrade’s Investools coaches that will help you master your own market analysis skills.

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9.  TradeStation

Only TradeStation’s broker and software reputation can bring you this lineup.  Each morning’s Market Briefing video puts you together with trader all-stars such as Linda Raschke, John Person, Corey Rosenbloom, and many more.  These are the traders that are considered market wizards with packed seminars everywhere they speak.  On TradeStation’s Youtube, you get to prepare for your trading day with recordings of their live TradeStation broadcast.  While this Youtube channel is for more advanced traders, part-timers and active investors will also gain a lot by the insights of these market wizards.  Why? Because active traders often see things coming much earlier than investors, allowing you to make your investment decisions earlier.

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10.  Benzinga TV/OptionHouse Premarket Show

Benzinga and broker OptionHouse has teamed up to bring you premarket analysis and educational interviews with top traders every morning.  Benzinga is a fast-growing, dynamic and innovative financial media outlet that empowers its users with high-quality, unique content that is coveted by the Street’s top traders.

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If there’s someone else you’d like to see on this list, remember to tweet us @marketheist or send us a message on Facebook & Google+!

Investools Investing Foundations Program

January 2, 2014 in

Get trained in the foundations of the stock market and stock trading with two courses, a wealth of easy-to-use tools, and top-tier coaching support, in the program that helps you start managing your own portfolio.

In the Investing Foundation Program, you’ll enjoy live and online workshops that can help you quickly overcome fears and learn how to manage risk and protect capital. You’ll discover tools that make it easy to find hot stocks, then analyze their fundamentals and know when to enter and exit trades. And you’ll progress at your own pace, with one-on-one support from a coach to speed your progress, as you start managing your own portfolio.

Goals:

  • Start thinking like an independent investor.
  • Quickly learn strategies to trade stocks wisely.
  • Identify other strategies that can help you become a more effective investor.
  • Practice trading on our exclusive paperMoney® platform before risking a dime.

Program Includes:

  • Principles of Investing Course
  • Introduction to Trading Stocks Course
  • 30 days of coaching from experienced traders.
  • A community of like-minded investors for inspiration, answers and study help.
  • Unlimited attendance at the Investing Foundation workshops.
  • The Investor Toolbox® with easy-to-use searches and analysis tools.
  • A one-on-one live walk-through of the Investor Toolbox by phone.

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The Investing Foundation workshop gives you two information-packed investing courses that help you start racing toward your financial goals.

Principles of Investing

Whether you’re looking to manage your own accounts or to communicate more effectively with your money managers, this is the place to start. This course will walk you through the foundations of creating, executing and maintaining your own investing plan.

  • Identify major investment types and choose a broker who will efficiently execute your investment choices.
  • Understand the financial markets and how they affect your day-to-day finances, and develop a plan for a specific financial goal.
  • Build an investment portfolio designed to maximize returns and minimize risk.
  • Understand common investing mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Investing isn’t all about planning. It’s also about action. Learn to make better informed investment decisions by setting your emotions aside and using Investools’ exclusive 7-Step Investing Formula®. You’ll develop the skills to create a personalized investment plan for your financial goals.

  • Learn the truths and misconceptions about self-directed investing, and protect your investment capital by calculating your appropriate risk and position size.
  • Identify current market trends and determine which investments help you reach your goals.
  • Build a watch list of companies to invest in, and learn to spot the right entry and exit points for your investments.
  • Manage and monitor stock positions with our Investor Toolbox®.

 

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Greenberg Capital Blog

December 3, 2013 in

Blog authored by David Greenberg discussing trading rules, trading lessons, market regulations, and business Coaching.

David Greenberg has over 22 years of experience in private investments, commodities trading, and global markets. Throughout his career, Mr. Greenberg has appeared on numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and CNBC. He is frequently interviewed about commodities trading, executive board decisions, and business projections. He is a guest lecturer for the finance program at West Point Military Academy, the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and Hofstra University. In addition, he teaches a course on the transition to electronic trading at the Museum of American Finance. Mr. Greenberg is highly sought after for his ability to explain complex corporate and trading situations. As a member of the NYMEX Board, David expressed his concerns on market movement and manipulation with the transition of open-out cry trading to electronic trading.

AlphaTrends Blog

December 3, 2013 in

Brian Shannon’s daily market analysis and trading education blog. Objective technical analysis of stock market trends since 2006.

Brian Shannon is a full-time trader, educator and author of the highly regarded book Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes, is the founder of Alphatrends. His expertise has been achieved over a 20-year period as he has navigated the difficult path that relatively few traders follow to success. Early on, as a broker with Lehman Brothers and other major investment firms, Brian gained valuable insight into market dynamics and the human factors that drive them. Brian became an expert technical analyst, and his eye for value and timing combined with confident discipline have propelled him over the years to be the #1 ranked expert on Twitter in the categories of Investing and Day Trading with over 45,000 followers. Brian is also well known for his technical analysis videos, which are the #1 most subscribed financial videos on YouTube. He is a sought after speaker and contributing author, as well as an investor, senior contributor and advisor of Stocktwits.com.

AfraidToTrade Blog

December 3, 2013 in

Corey Rosenbloom’s daily stock market analysis and education blog.  Corey is one of a handful of traders and analysts holding a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) certification.

Essential Steps to Secure Your Trading Computer and Protect Your Information

August 29, 2013 in Blog

Cyber Security

Protect Your Computer

With the rise of computer crime it is essential to protect yourself from hacking, viruses, malware and cyber theft. No one likes to spend a whole day having to re-install software or deal with software problems. That said, we at Back Bay Futures thought it would be important to inform you on steps you can use to protect yourself.

According to an NFA newsletter, experts predict that the already significant number of cyber security threats to the financial sector will rise in the next 18 months. To prepare for this growing threat, NFA has reviewed its policies and procedures and recommends that its Members do the same.

Whether you trade Stocks, Bonds, Futures, Forex or just perform financial transactions online it is important that you take steps to protect yourself. Here is a list of essential steps to protect your Computer.

Windows , Mac or Unix Updates: While these Operating Systems are obviously the target of hackers, they have people working all the time to shut down vulnerabilities that let hackers in. Does it not make sense to keep your computer updated to minimize the amount of ways a hacker can enter into your computer

Software Updates: Similar to Operating System updates it is important to get the latest fixes or versions. It is especially important if that software is used with browser (think Java, Flash) or is software that allows you to interact with others online.

Use a firewall for your Internet connection: Firewalls—frequently a software-based network security system that establishes a barrier between your internal network and other external networks—are effective at fending off other malicious attacks on your computers.

Use up-to-date-antivirus software: Always use some form of anti-virus software that is designed to protect your computer(s) in case you come across a malicious website.

Be Careful what you download (Freeware or attachments): Most freeware is bad. If you are going to use freeware perform some due diligence and make sure that it is trusted. Also make sure you are downloading it from their site or a reputable download site. Email attachments are also dangerous. If it is from someone you do not know do not open it. If it is from someone you know but is not a normal email they would send, do not open it. When in doubt, pick up the phone and ask them if they sent it.

Backup your Data: I would say do not use online backup software. Purchase a external hard drive that you can use like the WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black

Avoid Bad Neighborhoods: Avoid the wild, wild west of the internet sites where you can download explicit content, free downloads, online games, and so on; this way, there are less chances for you to be hacked.

Use Strong Passwords: Here is a hint don’t use the obvious. If someone can guess your password, your data, your bank account(s) is available to them. Use strong passwords should always, at a minimum, be nine characters long, contain at least one capital (upper case) letter, at least one lower case letter and at least one number or special character.

Add a physical layer of security: A Biometric device that reads your fingerprint to login to your windows 7 or 8 computer. Pretty hard to get past this. I would suggest using the P2000 Premium Metal Fingerprint Reader for WIN 7 & WIN 8!

Turn off your Computer: Many people keep their computers on so as to be ready anytime they want to check something out.. The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection. If you are really paranoid, then unplug the computer as well!!

Avoid keeping personal financial information in the Cloud: If it is in the cloud you are putting the responsibility of security in the hands of the company that is hosting it.

If you like this article or find it very useful please tell a friend.

For more information on protecting your computer you may even want to take a class at a local college or you can find more information to protect yourself by visiting the following sites

Better Business Bureau Scam List
SEC List of Fictitious Government and International Agencies
FBI
Cyber Crime News & Prevention
Microsoft Security Essentials
Apple Mac Security
Linux Security

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TD Ameritrade Online Broker

June 2, 2013 in

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Getting Over a Trading Slump: Manage Your Psychological Capital

May 22, 2013 in Trading Step 3: Execution, Tutorials

There’s one thing you can do okay so here’s something for you guys. The psychology section in the training program, I talk a lot about how to just have rock-solid psychology, confidence, the right mentality, how to think about things long-term all that stuff, right? How to welcome your emotions. All those things.

But at the end of the day, nothing will give you more confidence than good results. Right? You’re not going to be like those top psychology gurus that says “Oh, you can be a Zen Master.” No. Well, when things things are going bad, you’re going to feel bad and that’s normal. And when you’re doing well and trading well and seen results you’re obviously going to feel more confidence. It’s like sports. Which athletes feel more confident? Obviously the ones that are not only following correct process but are also seeing the results.

So one thing that you can do if you’re in a slump is you basically you always do want to maximize profit potential, then think of a pure process. But sometimes when you’re in a slump you might want to change your change your mind set and make it about managing your confidence during the slump.

And sometimes the best way to do that is to get some wins under your belt. For instance, lets say you got in a short trade or a long trade or whatever and you see a pretty big target for it. But it’s not nearly at your target yet, it’s giving you a few points of profit and just hang in there. Well usually I would say, no, do the right thing. Do the correct process and let it go to your profit target. But, if you’re in a slump, it’s nice sometimes to bag some winners, to ring the cash register at a time to get your confidence back up. So instead of letting this whole thing potentially reversing go back to break even and not give you a profit even though you called it right, if you’re in a slump that’s ok. Manage your own psychology too.

It’s not always about maximizing your capital. There’s something Jeanne Shaw, who is a great trading psychologist, she talks about psychological capital. Sometimes it makes sense to manage your psychological capital. Right? And it makes sense to bag a winner. Book the profit and feel good about it. Right? A couple those little ones can give you confidence that hey, I’m not just losing losing losing losing.

The key, though, is not to turn it into the habit were now you’re always taking tiny winners just to feel good. And so, that’s something you can do that helps. I used to be against this kind of thinking.

I used to think, no, we got a always do the right thing but you find it after a while you got a measure of psychology. It’s funny that you ask this , me and Awais were having this conversation just a couple days ago and were talking about it. He was talking about psychological capital and I was like yeah, you know what, you have a point.

Sometimes it just makes sense to manage your own psychology, just don’t get in the habit of always then trading incorrect process just a few emotionally good.

So only the times when you need it. Then when your psychology is back in gear then you can flip on the switch and just be all the correct process and be aggressive and all that.

The other thing about that is that even though taking them non purely correct exit might not be the most profit maximizing the long term for you in this instance, the confidence it gives you that you just ring the cash register changes your mental state. And since you’re a discretionary trader and discretion is all about our mental state, in can actually end up being the highest profit thing long-term because if you haven’t done it, but it was in a winner and usually stay negative and you don’t see the next trade and you under estimate the next one and so on, and it becomes bad and you keep losing.

So sometimes it’s might seem like it’s not the best long-term action for account balance in terms of true process, but when you factor in psychology it’ll help.

The post How to Get Over a Trading Slump appeared first on OpenTrader Pro Trading Blog.

Day 10: The Mystery that Controls Stock Prices – Supply & Demand

May 3, 2013 in Explanations, Investing Step 1: Evaluate, Stock Market in 100 Days, Trading Step 1: Find Opportunities

Anyone that’s paid the slightest attention to the stock market knows price isn’t directly tied to a company’s business. Stock prices, commodity prices like oil and gold, and even bond prices aren’t directly tied to the economy either. Yes, fundamental factors such as a company’s business performance and economic conditions do matter, but there’s something else in between that controls the seemingly random ups and downs in prices.

That mysterious gear that directly controls stock price is the supply and demand of the stock itself as an investment choice, not the value of the company.

This is the most important truth for any investor in any market.  Take a moment to let that sink in. From this point forward, this is how you view all investing and trading. The same applies to investing in commodities, bonds, futures, forex, or real estate.

Thinking of stocks like real estate, the quality and location of a home, just like the quality and business positioning of a company, are considerations for the price. In the end, home prices are based on the supply and demand of homes. If no one wants to buy your home or no one can afford your home, there’s no demand.  You can’t sell the home no matter how magnificent the furnishings are or how great the location. To sell the home, you must keep lowering your offering price to a price a buyer is willing to bid for.

This is the core of how the stock market, real estate market, job market, and even Craigslist work. It doesn’t matter what the buyer or seller think the price of something should be. The price is whatever both buyer and seller agree on to make a transaction. As a seller, if you don’t sell your inventory, whether it be toys on Ebay or stocks in your portfolio, you can’t get cash you can use. The inventory temporarily has no value as it just sits there collecting dust.

Let’s look at how this works for stocks. But remember, the same applies to other assets you can put your money in such as options, futures, forex, commodities, bonds, and real estate. In fact, these compete with stocks for your money. Something to think about.

What Affects Stock Prices (by Affecting Supply and Demand of Stocks)?

Whether you’re investing to build wealth or trading for income, this saying applies:

“Only price pays”

If you need cash, it doesn’t matter if you own a million dollar home you can’t sell. This is why investors and traders alike should apply the basics of technical analysis, aka supply and demand analysis, aka price and volume analysis.

Asset allocation. Top reason factor moving stock prices, commodity prices, bond prices, and other markets up and down. Think of what you do with your investments and financial planning. If you need money, you may cash out some of your investments. If you sold a house or got a bonus, you may add to your investments. These personal decisions have nothing to do with the companies you invest in!  Sure, you’re just 1 person, but everyone does something similar. Multiply you by a million and that’s a big effect on the markets.

Portfolio Management. No one has unlimited amounts of money to invest or trade. So you, or the portfolio managers of your mutual funds, must decide on how to allocate the money set aside for investments. Even if a company is great, you don’t have unlimited funds to keep buying that one company. Even if technology stocks are doing great, diversification tells you to keep some money in dividend stocks or bonds for safety. So a certain stock prices may not do as well as the company’s business suggests because investors, as a whole, don’t have enough money to spend on this particular stock.

Sector Rotation. This is part of portfolio management. Let’s say technology stocks may be doing well, but bank stocks may have even better potential. This is what you’ll hear as “sector rotation.” When portfolio and fund managers sell stocks in one sector (industry), good or bad, to buy stocks in the better industry at the moment. Why do they have to sell? Because they have a limited amount of funds. In order to buy something, they must sell something else first. Shift money from one place to another.

Government Policy and Economic Conditions. These so called “macro” or conditions on a big scale influence everyone’s opportunities and decisions. Housing credits provided by the government can shift investment money from the stock market to buying homes. Lower interest rates makes bonds and CD (certificate of deposits) poor investments, so people may choose to pay down debt or invest in stocks, gold, or other assets.

Psychology. When people feel confident about the economy and, more importantly, have a job and feel confident about their financial situation, they’re more likely to invest. The economy or a business may be doing just fine, but if investors prefer to keep their money as cash in the bank instead of buying shares of stock, the stock will have a hard time going up and may even fall. Cash also competes with stocks, gold, oil, and other assets.

Investors and Traders in the Market. All of these factors I’ve mentioned shows how other people’s actions will affect the market price. Each person, group, company, and government has it’s own agenda, it’s own risk tolerance. We all have a limit of how much we’re willing to or can afford to lose. These “cry uncle” points is where many people have decided to throw in the towel and sell. With many people selling at similar prices, the market is flooded with a large supply like at a firesale. Though it may be temporary, this flood of supply makes shares plentiful and thus cheap. Other sellers may join in and match the lower prices just to make their prices competitive. Thus, other people’s financial situation and investments they own can affect the overall market. It is important to know the types of investors and traders in your particular stock, stock industry, or other assets such as forex or gold.

Business Performance & Health. Lastly, this is what most investors focus on, but as you see it’s only one aspect of the supply and demand story. Not the most important, either. Over time, these so called fundamentals of business health and performance matter because the company can be bought out by another company below a certain price. Or, the company can use the cash it has to buy all of it’s shares back from you and other investors. Most companies do have some real value: cash, buildings, factories, intellectual property, and so on. In bad economies or bad seasons for a particular industry, the business may not do as well. Make less sales, accumulate less cash. Strong companies may use bad conditions to buy smaller struggling companies to expand their empire. These things also factor into how attractive or unattractive a stock is to an investor.

When Prices Go Up: More Demand for Stocks Than Supply Available

At some price, buyers will find a stock cheap enough to buy all the shares the sellers are selling. With whatever cash the buyers still have, they want to buy more. The buyers pay a bit more so the sellers are willing to let go of more of the shares they own. In this way, the buyer’s demand keeps pushing prices higher. This continues until a balance is reached where the buyer has bought all they want at a higher price and the seller isn’t willing to lower their price to entice the buyers to buy more.

When Prices Go Down: Less Demand for Stocks Than Supply Available

On the flip side, at some point buyers don’t think it’s worth buying more for high prices. They’ve accumulated a lot of inventory, whether if it’s stocks, gold, or other assets. If anyone who owns some inventory thinks there’s not much that’ll happen to make the stock more valuable, such as a cancer curing medication, they’ll want to sell the stock to take profits and get cash. As more owners sell (for whatever reason), the price continues to fall. The sellers are now providing more supply than demand. To entice a buyer, the holder of the stock keeps lowering the price.

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