Archive for the ‘How to’ Category

Top 4 Apps to Record Your Trading Computer Screen

Young man typing at a multi-monitor computer.

Do you belong to a trading group that discusses trading strategies?

Do you have family members you’re teaching how to trade?

Would it be helpful if you had a video of how to do something online that you don’t do often, to remind you how to do it?

Do you ever need to contact a support desk and explain the odd behavior you’re seeing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you don’t already have a good screen recorder app, you’re going to love today’s post.

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Have You Tried These 7 Windows 10 Improvements for Traders?

If you’re just now switching to Windows 10 (because of Windows 7 end-of-life), you might not yet have discovered some of its coolest features.

In fact, even if you’ve been on Windows 10 for a while, you might not be aware of every last thing this operating system has to offer. After all, Windows 10 is a work in progress. With every update, Microsoft enhances it just a bit.

It’s important that we, as traders, stay up-to-date on what’s available. You don’t want to miss out on what Microsoft is offering you (for free!) in terms of more options, more features, and new ways to get more out of your trading desktop or laptop.

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How to Protect Your Trading Business from Online Scammers

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The online world provides great financial opportunities for traders. But it’s also a world full of scams and fraud. And new scams are being released daily.

Scammers and fraudsters are plotting to get your personal information, infect your trading computer with viruses or malware, hold your data for ransom, and inflict other harm. Be sure you know how to protect yourself and your trading business from attack.

Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and frauds while navigating the sometimes-dangerous waters of the Internet.

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3 Ways to Make All-Day Trading Easier on Your Eyes

Do your eyes get tired after a long day of staring at your 4 to 8 computer screens?

Does all the visual busyness make it harder for you to focus on what’s happening in the market?

Day trading is a very visually intensive business. So any changes you adopt to make trading easier on your eyes will translate to an easier day, and maybe even a more profitable day.

Here are 3 things you can do to give your eyes a break and help you focus:

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Are You Still Trading on a Computer Without Liquid Cooling?

Do the fans on your trading computer cycle on and off frequently during your trading day? If your fans start to run too often, or if the fan noise becomes more noticeable, your computer might be overheating.

Overheating on a trading computer is bad for business. It can cause slippage or even lost trades as your trading computer’s performance and reliability become compromised.

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5 Windows 10 Privacy Settings Traders Must Not Overlook

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As I mentioned in a recent post, now is a good time to upgrade to Windows 10 if you haven’t already. Whether you’re upgrading to Windows 10, getting a new trading computer soon, or just never bothered much with your settings, it’s important to understand how to protect your privacy on Windows 10. The main thing is, you don’t want to leave the default settings in place.

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What Are the Best Speakers for Your Trading Computer?

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If you’re like me, you sometimes like to listen to music while you’re watching the market on your trading computer. In this post, we’ll look at some of the better speaker options that make sense for traders.

Most traders use over-the-head headsets for video and/or voice calls (via apps like zoom or skype). And often they end up using them for watching videos or listening to music while they work.

But over-the-head headsets are bulky and can feel uncomfortable for all-day listening. A good speaker for your trading computer can give you reprieve from wearing a headset all the time.

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Windows 7: Why It’s Time for Hold-out Traders to Say Goodbye

Believe it or not, it has already been 4 years since Windows 10 came out (in 2015). Understandably, many traders decided to stick with tried-and-true Windows 7 for their trading computer. However, if you are one of them, now might be the time to move on.

I realize updating the operating system on your trading computer is always a difficult decision. Especially if you are happy with the current state of your machine.

A lot of traders like Windows 7 because it’s a stable operating system. They don’t want to risk the move to a new territory and potentially new problems.

Additionally, Windows 10 isn’t cheap. So, Windows 7 traders are following the motto: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (Although you might still be able to get it for free.)

However, if you’re still on Windows 7, it’s time to revisit that strategy. Here’s why:

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Can an Older Trading Computer Benefit from an M.2 Drive?

Years ago, I used to discourage traders from trading on a laptop on a daily basis. They were acceptable while on the road, but just not powerful enough for everyday trading. That’s no longer the case.

Nowadays many traders are using laptops as their main trading computer. But laptops have a more compact design than desktop machines, so the components have to be smaller.

M.2 (m-dot-2) solid-state drives (SSDs) have become an essential ingredient for designing these thin laptops. M.2 SSDs have two primary benefits. Not only are they smaller in size, they offer better performance (speed) than traditional hard drives or even older SSDs.

For traders, the speed advantage of M.2 SSDs impacts key tasks such as file transfers and data compression/decompression.

These and other benefits have made them a must-have for trading desktops as well.

So does this mean it’s a good idea to upgrade your older trading computer (whether desktop or laptop) by switching to an M.2 SSD drive? When does upgrading to an M.2 make sense?

Well, that depends.

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