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How Much Can You Make vs. Lose in Stocks?

Top 5 Highest Performing Stocks, 2002‐2022

If the #5 stock turned a $1,000 investment into $222,887, imagine the #1 stock.

Top 5 Largest Stock Losses, 2002‐2022

It’s possible to lose all or most of your investment when trading a stock.

Stocks provide a flexible way to invest in companies you’re interested in. If you prefer to buy and sell for the short term, you can do that. Long term? You can do that too. It’s all up to you. As a stock investor, knowing the opportunities vs. risks is critical. See “risk vs. reward” examples.

Data provided by TradeStation Securities, Inc. as of March 31, 2022.


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Stock Trading Demystified: Your Guide to Understanding Stocks

Download Stock Trading Demystified to learn exactly how the stock market works. From deciding which stocks to buy to understanding key terms, this primer will give you an overview of the market and key concepts to up your trading game.

Get your free guide to learn:

Stocks eBook
  • How stock trading works
  • Why traders choose stocks
  • Answers to frequently asked stock questions
  • And much more

Trade big-name tech stocks and more

Have you ever used Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, or Google? Chances are you have, and while these tech giants are at the forefront of innovation and technology, with stocks, you have an opportunity to get in on the action by buying and selling shares in these companies.

Why choose TradeStation for trading stocks?

Educational resources

Web and mobile trading

Experienced customer support and trade-desk specialists

Special day-trading margin rates

Income-generating opportunities

Trade execution quality and price improvements

Unlock your stock trading toolkit

Whether you are an active trader looking to grow your account, or an experienced investor looking for long-term capital appreciation, TradeStation has trading platforms, investment products, and resources you need to make more informed trading decisions.

Still, learning? Put your strategies to the test – risk free

With our simulated trading account, you can test your strategies in real-time without having to risk your capital.

With access to one of the industry’s most extensive historical market databases, You can back-test your stock trading strategies on decades of historical market data.

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Easily identify stock market movers and shakers

A TradeStation favorite, Hotlists let traders see stock market movers and shakers to identify top gainers and losers. Traders can also focus on companies moving a lot on a percentage or dollar basis. Or find companies pushing close to new 52-week highs or lows.


Uncover hidden opportunities

TradeStation’s Matrix allows you to see the overall level and breadth of open orders in real-time to help you discover potentially profitable orders.

The Matrix combines the advantages of a highly detailed market depth window and order-tracking system in one window.



Get trade ideas throughout the trading day

One of our favorite trading tools, RadarScreen®, lets you monitor and rank up to 1,000 symbols in real-time, based on more than 180 technical and fundamental indicators. This fast-acting market monitoring tool also enables you to add your own custom criteria.


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Stay Connected with Mobile and Web Trading

Know what’s moving in the market when you’re on the move. TradeStation’s mobile and web trading apps make it easy to stay connected to the markets. It’s easier than ever, thanks to TradeStation’s award-winning* mobile app.

Get much more than an online stock trading platform

Along with an award-winning trading platform, TradeStation offers many resources and services to level up your trading & investing game.

Margin Trading

Get competitive margin rates

Leverage your account assets to increase your buying power with Margin trading. With competitive equities margin interest rates as low as 12.5%

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Order Execution

Price Improvement: Get fast, reliable order execution

TradeStation delivers fast, reliable order execution for our customers. We use a combination of advanced order routing technology, regular and rigorous reviews of speed, execution quality, and price improvement to support our customers’ trading experience.

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Earn extra income

Earn extra income while you wait for your next trade

Boost your account balance with our Fully Paid Stock Lending program. Your eligible stock positions may earn you extra income. When we lend out certain fully paid or excess margin securities in your account, you’ll receive a share of the interest we earn each day.

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Access to IPOs

Gain access to IPOs

TradeStation clients have access to certain ground-floor initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary offerings, and follow-on offerings. Browse IPOs and view the price range, anticipated offering date, SEC prospectus, and more.

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Want to learn more about online stock trading?

Stay up to date on the latest financial news with Market Insights. Get daily briefings on market activities, trading opportunities, and education, including earnings recaps and insights from industry veterans.

Stocks Archives | Market Insights Fresh market commentary and actionable trade ideas.

  • Confidence or Complacency? Fear Index Returns to Pre-Covid Levels
    by David Russell on November 27, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Stocks continued their winning streak last week as the market sees a potential return to normal following years of turmoil. The S&P 500 rose 1 percent in the Thanksgiving-shortened period between Friday, November 17, and Friday, November 24. It was the fourth consecutive positive week. Perhaps more importantly, Cboe’s Volatility Index (VIX) fell to 12.46. The post Confidence or Complacency? Fear Index Returns to Pre-Covid Levels appeared first on Market Insights.

  • The Nasdaq Pushes Weekly Highs. Are Rate Cuts in the Cards?
    by David Russell on November 20, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Stocks are nearing key highs on optimism the Federal Reserve is finished raising interest rates. The S&P 500 rose 2.2 percent between Friday, November 10, and Friday, November 17. It was the third consecutive positive week, landing the index back near peaks from the summer. The tech-heavy Nasdaq-100 had its highest weekly close since December The post The Nasdaq Pushes Weekly Highs. Are Rate Cuts in the Cards? appeared first on Market Insights.

  • Chart of the Day: Lululemon Could Be Running
    by David Russell on November 16, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Lululemon spent more than half of 2023 in a range, but now it could be starting to run. The first pattern on today’s chart is the bullish gap after LULU was added to the S&P 500 last month. The stock pulled back in late October, made a higher low and proceeded to a new 52-week The post Chart of the Day: Lululemon Could Be Running appeared first on Market Insights.

  • Did Stocks Just Break Out? Here Are Key Facts as Inflation Cools
    by David Russell on November 15, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Higher inflation sank stocks into a bear market early last year. Now slowing inflation may be setting the market up for a return to new highs. The S&P 500 jumped 1.9 percent yesterday. But perhaps more important, the index broke a falling trendline from the summer. Stocks also closed decisively above last month’s peak, which The post Did Stocks Just Break Out? Here Are Key Facts as Inflation Cools appeared first on Market Insights.