How the Stock Market can change your life?

The Stock Market was first founded in 1817 at Wall Street located through New York City. Ever since then, millions have people have been part of this systematic “American Dream” system where lives have been built, crushed, or a combination of both. The Great Depression throughout the late 1920’s and early 30’s was one of the worst times to invest into the Stock Market. On the other end of the spectrum, in the mid 90’s, the Internet bubble helped spike the stock market up only for it to crash down again due to no one knowing how the Internet would help the market. There are two sides to the story when it comes to stocks. Every investor anxiously waits for the opening and closing bell that could be a potentially huge day for making or losing money on a daily basis. Automation has helped investors be more accurate and precise when it comes to deciding when, where, and how much of a stock to invest in. Computers have changed the industry of the stock market, mostly for the better. Technology has been a huge sector as well that coincides with the market and is a huge growing area. Risk, math, probabilities, and economics are key factors for sales and trading. If you take advantage and be smart with your money, the stock market could really help you not only financially, but it could be your life long job as well.

Investfly April 2017 Release

Investfly April 2017 Release Notes

Investfly has been updated with new features and improvements

New Set of Indicators
– Support and Resistance Levels
– Access indicators from previous days
– Earnings Announcements and Estimates

– Download Backtest Results

Preset List of Stocks
– Prebuilt buckets of stocks to use for automation (SP 1000, RUSSELL 1000, RUSSELL 2000, Large Cap 1250, Mid Cap 1250, Small Cap 1250, Very Large Cap 100, Large Cap 100, Mid Cap 100, Small Cap 100 and Very Small Cap 100)

Limit Order
– Support for submitting limit orders in automated strategy

Min and Max Hold Period
– Specify min hold period if you expect the price to hit stop loss too early in short-term but you want to hold on and wait for it to come back up
– Specify max hold period if you always want to close position after desired days

Apply close triggers to positions opened by Investfly only
– If you already have other assets in your brokerage account, use this option to leave them untouched

The Learning Catalytics of the Stock Market

In today’s day and age, the term “stocks” is thrown around pretty loosely. But what exactly are stocks and why do they help you earn money if you make the right moves. There are many stock trading strategies as well to help earn profits or help minimizing loses as well. Stocks are basically a part ownership in a public company that can give u a percentage of assets and earnings depending on how well the stock does. You can right a call for stocks that basically means you will sell a stock at a specific price when and if it hits that price at a specific time down the road. They are usually used against a long stock. Long stocks are stocks that you have own in your possession and short stocks generally mean stocks that you have sold. Short selling is another useful strategy in which a buyer gets stocks loaned from a broker in most cases. After a certain time period, the buyer must cover and buy the amount of stocks shares loaned and give it back to the broker. If the price gets lowered, this allows the buyer to make a profit based on the price difference of it first being loaned and being covered later. These strategies are part of the Stock Analysis and are key components to various Algorithmic trading and technical analysis as well. These trading strategies will help you make advanced moves and learn more about the expanded world of the stock market.

New Administration And Economic Outlook

With the new president of the United States being one of the most controversial elections in history, we take a look at his economic policies and scout his new ventures in what he thinks will work great wonders for the United States economy. President Donald Trump has proposed various actions he plans to take as part of his economic agenda. Key among them: he wants to reduce and simply corporate taxes, allow repatriation of overseas cash held at a lower tax rate, reduce and remove regulations, allow for energy expansion etc. President Trump is looking to push buy American goods-hire American workforce. The treat of trade war has gone up as some believe that potential application of tariffs and taxes on goods coming in may result in less demand for American goods being consumed overseas as a backlash or more expensive due to reciprocal taxes. The Stock Market could be at all time record setting numbers due to these moves.

In the past, many consumer goods have been made in a multitude of foreign markets, China being one of the largest in this sector The new administration is pushing to buy more American products and to support American companies instead of helping competing markets gain profits through our money. The idea of protectionism is a key core point of Trump’s economic discussion that he wants to carry out. He wants to set up key tariffs on products that come from exported markets outside of the U.S. This will shift the supply curve backwards on the market because the tax will affect these countries products that they want to sell into the United States. These countries are less willing to send their products into the United States that results in a higher equilibrium price. These manufacturers will have to offset their price and increase it to cover the taxes on them. As a result, fewer products will be bought because the prices are increased due to the tariffs set on by the president. This will help American products since there is now less outside competition. The net impact is hard to gauge as there are various moving parts and many factors at play.

Trump’s tax plan also calls for a tax reduction on lower/middle class citizens. These moves have by Trump are a newer and changed method compared to what we have had for the past 8 years with Obama. There is a lot of positive potential that can come with these bold changes as well for the American people but only time will tell how it all pans out. As we expected, major shifts in government policies have and will be made under the new administration. We still have a lot more in the future and this is just the start, we will see what’s yet to come.

With this in mind, Investfly can help model and shape your portfolio with multiple Trading Strategies and help with high reward concepts such as algorithmic and automated trading. With such a new and important time in American history coming through, get your edge on the market. From participating in Stock Market Games to learning just about the Stock Market basics, Investfly has a plethora of Virtual Stock Exchange Tools to help you make the right picks starting right now!

How To Trade With Relative Strength Index (RSI)

Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a technical indicator used to compare the magnitude of gains to losses. This measure was invented by J. Welles Wilder Jr. in 1978 and the default look-back setting of RSI suggested by him is 14 periods.

This indicator is basically used to determine the oversold and overbought conditions of a stock. Lowering the default 14 period setting increases the indicator’s sensitivity, which in turn, impacts the oversold and overbought conditions.

When identifying these instances, movements above 70 indicate the overbought conditions. On the other hand, movements under 30 reflect oversold conditions. When the level is 50, it represents a neutral market momentum. When analyzing the market through RSI, a horizontal movement above the 30 reference level is viewed as a bullish indicator; whereas the RSI below the 70 reference level is known as a bearish indictor.

Here are a few strategies that’ll help you trade in the market with RSI:


When you combine these two strategies, enter the market when you receive oversold or overbought signals from the RSI, backed by MACD. Exit the market when you receive an exit signal from either indicator. When the market opens, it may indicate oversold conditions, which signals buying.

Make the right decision and exit the market when you receive a signal from either of the indictor.

RSI + Relative Vigor Index (RVI)

This is a pretty straightforward and widely used strategy. When following this strategy, you should enter the market only when you receive matching signals from both the indicators. Then, hold on to the position until you get an opposite signal from either of the indicator. You can even go short if the market indicates and is bearish in nature.

RSI + Price Action Trading

When following this strategy, enter the market when you receive a signal from the RSI as well as the price action.

There are various patterns that indicate price action strategy such as candle patterns, chart patterns, trend lines, channels, etc. You can use any of these patterns and combine with RSI and can receive signals from either of these. Hold all trades until you receive a contrary signal from RSI or till you get an indication from price action that the stock move is about to end.

It is recommended that you trade with stop loss when adopting the RSI trading strategy. Looking to learn more about RSI trading? Why not practice developing stock trading strategies with RSI virtually? Investfly is a virtual stock trading platform that helps you learn all about stock market and trading strategies and prepares you to trade in the real market successfully.

What’s a Fed Rate Hike Mean?

The Federal Reserve will next meet on June 14-15 and July 26-27 and have indicated that either meeting is a “live” meeting which means they may hike rates after that day. Almost as important as whether or not they raise the Federal Reserve rate is the language concerning future hikes. After hiking rates this past December, they indicated that they sought to raise rates between 3-4 times this year. However, after a crisis of confidence in China to begin the year, the Fed and many market observers have amended their forecasts to 1-2 hikes for the remainder of 2016.

So what does this all mean for stocks?

Cheap Money Leaving the System

1-2 hikes this year would mean that the cheap money is leaving the system. The hallmark of the post-crisis economy has been easy money. The Fed wanted investors to borrow cheap money to invest in projects and companies, and some have gorged on those low rates. 2015 set a record for corporate bond issuance at over 1.04 trillion. With rates set to increase, and borrowing set to become more expensive, we could expect to see a decline in M&A activity as well as stock repurchases.

A decline in stock repurchases is a big deal. For the first quarter of 2016, retain investors have not meaningfully purchased stocks, sovereign wealth funds have been net sellers due to the low price of oil, and institutional buyers have been on the sidelines due to volatility which leaves corporate share repurchases as one of the only net buyers of stocks in the market. An event that reduces corporate share repurchases is a net negative for the stock market.

2. Fed Language

This is probably one of the more frustrating ways that a Fed rate hike can affect the markets. Depending on the language that the Fed uses in their next meeting, regardless of whether they raise rates, will have a large impact on how people view the rate market going forward. Their views on the rate market may mean that rates rise even without an actual rate hike.

If it appears that the Fed is intent on normalizing rates at a quicker pace than the market expects that would be a large negative for the stock market. In the very short term, it would a spate of M&A activity as well as a surge in corporate bond issuance as companies seek to front run higher rates.

For the past several years there has been a significant disconnect between the forward rate curve which is the market’s expectation of rates in the future and what the Federal Reserve has projected. A surprise to higher rates would therefore be unexpected by the bond market, and could lead bond market volatility– not a great environment for corporate bond issuance.

3. Strong Dollar

The United States would be the only economy in the world with a tightening monetary policy. In a world where the other large developed markets such as the EU and Japan are pursuing novel monetary policies on the leading edge of expansionary monetary policy, the United States would be alone in tightening. This could have the effect of a much stronger dollar.

Many countries especially in the developing world have debt denominated in dollars, so a stronger dollar makes their debt repayments far more expensive. Secondly, it could exacerbate the commodity downturn, since many commodities trade in relation to dollars. A continued depression in commodities would have the effect of lowering inflation both abroad and within the United States.

Most directly relevant to the stock market, a stronger dollar would harm companies that rely heavily on exports for profits. A stronger dollar means that their exports would be less competitive in the markets that they are trying to sell in, and would lead to downturn in both earnings and revenue.

Nobody knows for sure whether the Federal Reserve will hike or not this summer, but recent statements made by voting members make it seem increasingly likely that with the right data they would err on the side of a hike. There is also the possibility that the Fed would like to maintain a strongly apolitical stance and raise rates before the presidential election cycle really gets underway. Either way, a Fed hike would have a significant impact on the market, and likely result in a stock sell-off.

5 Things to Look for in an Investment Opportunity

New to stocks? Want to know the best way to kick-start investing? Let us help you. Successful investing in today’s market is challenging, but not impossible. Prior to investing your hard-earned funds in a certain company, you need to make sure it’s a good opportunity. However, the availability of countless investment opportunities makes the process even more daunting. In order to simplify the process, here some simple share market tips to help you make the best investments for your funds:

Analyze your reasons for investing

First off, assess your reasons for investing in the company. What appeals to you the most about the company? Don’t make an emotional decision. For example, often beginners opt for big names, without focusing on the company fundamentals i.e. current price, profit, etc. Smart investing is all about analyzing company data. This obviously requires immense research and planning. There are no short cuts involved.

Long-term viability

Think long term. Are you willing to own the company stock for 10 years or more? If not, then don’t waste your money. Look for other options.  The general rule of thumb is to invest for at least 5 to 10 years. This is the only way to make substantial returns. Often, individuals buy stocks for a few years and hold them until the dollar value rises.

Market cap

Analyze the company’s market cap. Make sure to compare the company’s market cap with similar businesses to determine if it’s worth investing. If your preferred company has a lower profit and higher price than its counterpart, it’s not worth its price.

Share repurchase

Is the company buying back its own shares? Share repurchases leads to a reduction in the total number of outstanding shares. Choose a company whose management makes concerted efforts to reduce their outstanding share count over time. This will create large returns for investors. Unfortunately, most companies focus on the overall corporate growth rather than enhancing their shareholders’ wealth.

Company data

Before investing, make sure you check the company stats. What’s its share price? Did it post a good profit last year? How is its management? Numbers reflect the company story.

To sum it up, set your investing goals, choose a company and then study its fundamentals. After investing, it’s better to leave the shares for some years. For more stock market tips for beginners, be sure to check out our informative site.


Investfly API changelog

This change log contains what has been changed in Investfly api. These changes are mainly related with json property name.


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3 Things to Look for When Buying a Stock

Stocks have more than doubled since the crisis low in 2009, yet according to a Gallup poll just 55% of Americans are invested in the stock market– well below pre-crisis levels topping 60%. Fear is completely natural in a market that has suffered two crises in the past 15 years, with both the Dot-com bubble and housing bubble taking a 50% bite out of stock prices, but if the past is any precedent stocks will endure.

With bonds stuck close to 0%, and 10-year US treasuries still yielding less than 2%, we have to look in different places for returns. Investors can’tbe spoiled by the past 5 years of compounded returns
north of 11%, but even a lower return far outpaces what the bond market yields. So let’s take a look at a 3 characteristics of attractive stocks.

1. P/E

For investing beginners, P/E refers to the ratio between the price of a stock and its earnings. A higher ratio implies a more expensive stock, while a lower ratio implies the opposite. Generally investors want to buy stocks with low P/E’s because it means they are buying a share of the company’s profits at a cheaper level.

A high P/E doesn’t always mean a company is overvalued. For example, Amazon, has traded at a 100+ P/E for years, while the general market has been under 20, and yet owners of Amazon stock have been very very happy over the past few years. So what’s going on here? In this case, investors are paying a premium for a company they believe can generate strong earnings in the future. They anticipate the earnings side of the equation to increase dramatically, and as a result bring the ratio in line with the market.

This transitions into the concept of PEG, which means Price Earnings Growth. This number takes into account growing earnings. A large number means earnings are growing quickly, and so maybe we can make an exception to the idea of purchasing stocks with low P/E’s.

Ideally, investors would want to be in companies with low P/E’s and rapidly growing earnings (high PEG’s). A quick screen identified a few companies– Gilead Sciences, IBM, and Spirit Airlines.

2. Growing Revenue

Growing revenue means that the company and the stock is making more sales. Sometimes those sales don’t always mean greater profits, but in a global economy that economists think is slowing down, continuing to see strong revenue growth is a great sign.

Due to extremely low interest rates, some companies have begun borrowing money to repurchase shares, or have been issuing special one-time dividends. In the short-term this is fantastic, but this doesn’t always bode well for long-term owners of the stock. It means that the managers of the company haven’t figured out how to invest profits to generate higher revenue for the future. Every dollar spent on share repurchases and special dividends is also a dollar not spent on research and development, investment in technology, branding, or anything related to expanding the business. If a company, issues a special dividend or begins repurchasing stock while revenues are declining– beware.

PKW is an interesting ETF to watch. It monitors the performance of stocks that are aggressively buying back their own stock.

3. Comfort

The third thing to look for is a stock that you are comfortable with.
Investing in a cloud-computing start-up just because you read about in the Wall Street Journal, isn’t a good idea. If you can’t understand the business model, or how a company is making money, don’t invest in it –leave that to the venture capitalists and professional investors.
Long-term investments should be something that you can rest easy with, and don’t need to check on frequently. In that sense, purchase stocks in sectors that you are already familiar, or have some working knowledge.

These are just a few guidelines to look for undervalued stocks.At the end of the day, there are many different strategies that investors use, but individual investors need to be comfortable with the risk that they are taking and the stocks that they own. Just because stocks were hit hard in the housing crisis doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be a part of every investor’s portfolio.