7 Great Trading Resources For Active Investors

The last few months have been extremely busy and as a result I have been posting more of my charts and comments on social media rather than writing longer articles.

I’ve been asked a couple of times about what trading resources and tools I use to trade and do research. While this is not a recommendation to use or endorsement for any of these services, sites, etc. I just want to share a few trading resources from my toolbox.

Here are 7 of them:


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1.  Stockcharts.com

Almost all of the charts I share on the blog and on Twitter/StockTwits come from StockCharts. They are a widely used site with some excellent charting tools and annotation capabilities that I find extremely easy to use. When I arrive to my office one of the first things I do is begin going through my chart book at Stockcharts. One of the best trading resources for me.


2.  ThinkorSwim

While most of my charting is done through StockCharts, I keep ThinkorSwim (TOS) on my of my monitors during most of the day. Being one of the leaders in trading technology (owned by TD Ameritrade), ThinkorSwim has a clean aesthetic with reliable (in my opinion) pricing information. I use TOS to keep up with what’s moving on my watch list and portfolio, as well as intraday movements in things like the 10-year Yield, Gold, S&P 500, Volatility, and Crude Oil.


3.  TweetDeck

I would not be the trader I am today without the relationships I’ve built on social media; specifically through Twitter and StockTwits. I use Tweetdeck to keep up with my stream on Twitter, with one column dedicated to a small(ish) list of traders I’ve cultivated over the last few years. While I follow over 800 accounts, it’s this list that I keep my attention on and make sure to not miss what they have to say. I’ve learned a great deal from those active on social media, I owe them quite a bit.


4.  SentimenTrader

Through my studying for the Chartered Market Technician designation I learned more of the importance of sentiment data. SentimenTrader is the gold-standard in my opinion for curating all that is sentiment, from surveys, to fund flows, to proprietary data sets, to COT data, they have it all. Each morning I make a point to read their daily newsletter and often learn something new about a market move I wouldn’t have been able to read about anywhere else.

5.  Blogs/Media  (Reading List)

I’ve cut back quite a bit on the amount of content I read. I used to track 50 or more blogs and new sites, not wanting to miss a beat. Now, I simply read a handful or so and I feel I retain and know more than I did when the list was 5 or 10 times longer. This reading list offers a blend of great trading resources and market insights. Here’s my list:media radio microphone

I also enjoy some major sites like Business Insider, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Both The Reformed Broker (Josh Brown) and Abnormal Returns do a good job with their daily link fests that I don’t need to expand too far on the financial web for stories and research to read.

Bianco Research

While my main focus is technical analysis, I still follow economic trends and read what’s going on in the rest of the non-price movement world. My firm is a subscriber of Bianco Research, who puts out an excellent piece every morning and hosts a thought-provoking webinar every couple of weeks. Jim Bianco does a great job at combining news stories with his own commentary on the market and economy.


What good are we without the old standby that is Microsoft Excel. While I don’t use it as heavily for charting as some, Excel is still an excellent tool and one of the better trading resources to analyze data.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.


Twitter: @AndrewThrasher

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