The Best YouTube Trading Channels
This means that more and more people are looking for beginner-friendly trading knowledge that can cut through the jargon and unfamiliar interfaces, and online courses available from any number of successful traders can help.
YouTube has long been a source of information. More than just a place where you can find music videos and step-by-step guides to the perfect slow cooker recipe, YouTube is used by millions around the world as a valuable learning resource for all sorts of skills – from how to change a car headlamp to how to fit a tap.
Using video to supplement (or even replace) more traditional education methods is something that has been happening in schools, colleges and universities around the world – holistic learning that grabs the attention of the learner and really encourages interaction.
While learning through reading is a perfectly valid and useful way to learn, video learning has a direct impact on cognition, in many cases helping those who wish to learn retain information over longer periods of time, too.
Leveraging YouTube as a platform to help you learn how to trade stocks, options, forex and cryptocurrency isn’t such a big leap, and there are thousands of possible sources of knowledge that you can take advantage of to learn how to trade.
Coming to the world of trading with no prior knowledge can be overwhelming, with buzzwords and jargon, colorful charts that don’t seem to mean much, complicated fee structures and costs.
However, having a simple resource to refer to, with clearly defined terms, guides about setting up, strategies and using different tools, will make you feel more confident about getting started.
On YouTube, these resources are mostly part of the education offered by a trading website or direct knowledge from a trader who has been successful themselves and wants to share their strategies and knowledge with the wider public.
With some of these channels, there will be a specific series of videos that are aimed at beginner traders, walking you through the lingo and buzzwords, giving an overview of charting and analysis, and preparing you to make your own trades based on your newfound knowledge.
They often include how to set up your trading station and details about what to look for in a broker, how much you should invest and what to look out for when choosing stocks, and different strategies or rules that you can put in place to protect yourself from market volatility.
Some video resources are more specific, going in-depth on a particular topic or strategy, explaining how it works and how it could benefit your trading. These often mimic the strategies that the trader who made the videos has used, which have worked for them.
Using YouTube videos as a way to learn about trading should help you feel a bit more knowledgeable and confident when you are first starting out, and they are also a great resource for the more experienced trader who wants to try a new strategy – cautiously, of course.
It is worth noting that your confidence should come from the source you are using – not all trading channels are created equally, and not all strategies will work for every person.
This means finding a YouTube resource that you trust is about the content, but also having confidence in the person or entity that has created it.
Choosing the best YouTube channel to subscribe to and learn from can be a complicated decision, but there are some things to consider when you are weighing up your options.
Look for the subscriber count, and how many people have watched the content. A general rule of thumb is that the most popular channels tend to be the better source of information – or have the most engaging host.
Some people choose their preferred learning channel based on who is sharing their knowledge.
A successful trader who has a proven strategy is likely to be a better bet than an unknown host who makes bold claims without evidence.
YouTube channels that are part of a wider education platform tend to be a great resource, especially for beginners – but it is likely that the more in-depth content is found past a paywall for subscribers to a course.
Successful trading is about more than just signals – and that is what Nick McDonald had in mind when he created Forex Signals in 2012. After discovering that there was no resource for traders to interact, discuss the market, and learn from each other, he decided to build a transparent and inclusive community – and Forex Signals was born.
Now with more than 500,000 members learning from three world class mentors, the Trading Room includes access to educational videos, a chat function with other members and the mentors, trading signals and live streams, trade discussions and access to leading trading tools.
There are three levels of access to the Trading Room. Every level of access includes pro trading video academy, daily live trading sessions and a real time global news stream, analysis of trade sentiment and weekly hot picks.
- The Apprentice costs £77 and allows access for one month at a time.
- The Committed costs £39 a month and gives six months access. At this level, you also get some direction from the mentors, as well as a one-on-one with a mentor and exclusive brokerage access.
- The Professional membership is billed annually, costing £36 per month, and gives members a direct line to mentors and the Trend Surfing Expert Advisor.
Bulls on Wall Street was launched in 2008, with the aim to provide real time, actionable trading information to subscribers using social media.
Started by Kunal Desai and following his information about trading, the video resources available on the Bulls on Wall Street channel are plentiful and valuable for beginners and more experienced traders alike.
Alongside the full 60-day bootcamp-style beginner trading course, the YouTube channel has a whole host of videos, from beginner guides to jargon busters.
There are specific playlists set up to make it easier to find a series of videos that you might need, such as the ‘Intro to Trading Course’, and you will also find daily premarket live videos outlining a ‘game plan’ for the day and stocks to look out for due to recent market movements.
One of the most popular videos on this channel is a snapshot of a day in the life of Kunal, with over a million views.
You can also find a number of useful webinars in the archives, with a specific focus on analysis, strategy and conversations with other traders.
Subscriber count: Approximately 900k
This channel is part of the Warrior Trading educational platform, and the videos are presented by Ross Cameron.
Warrior Trading was founded in 2014, after Ross made a million dollars from a $583.15 investment.
There are hundreds of videos available, with those that run the gamut from beginner courses, how-to guides and explanations of terminology, that provide a solid groundwork for those who want to put specific strategies in place.
The most popular video, with over 9 million views, is the beginning of the Day Trading Strategies for Beginners series, a playlist of 12 videos designed to take the newbie trader through all they need to know about day trading.
Warrior Trading also provides free live content through a morning trading show that is streamed every day the market is open, showing the work Ross does as premarket preparation and a discussion about the trades he is planning to make.
Subscriber count: Approximately 800k
The Humbled Trader is Shay, who started trading in 2014 and who, being a woman, is somewhat of a rarity in the YouTube trading world.
Known as the Humbled Trader because she does not promote her trading strategies and education using the same dream cars and vacations that other traders use to show success, Shay is popular with subscribers because she does not cover how hard trading can be with ‘fluff’ or by pretending that it is easy.
Shay provides a number of videos covering beginner courses, in-depth strategy reviews and trading psychology, all delivered in a fun and engaging manner that subscribers feel makes her content more approachable and easier to follow.
Her most popular video has more than 5 million views and is a quick overview of what her life really looks like as a day trader, and, alongside beginner-friendly trading knowledge, she posts videos regularly about economic news, different strategies to think about when the market is moving, and how best to leverage penny stocks. Her broker reviews are brutally honest.
Subscriber count: 500k
The YouTube channel expands on the ClayTrader dedication to thorough technical analysis, as well as trading tools and psychology.
Under the Trading 101 title, you will find a series of videos that are designed to be beginner-friendly tutorials, walking you through all the information you need to know to start trading confidently.
With 2.3 million views, the ‘How to Buy Stocks’ in the Trading 101 series is the most popular on the channel.
There are live videos where you can watch Clay perform different types of trade and execute some interesting strategies, and daily updates on the stocks to watch for the day, which can be useful for the beginner trader who wants some idea of where to start.
6. Option Alpha
Subscriber count: 240k
Designed to provide a comprehensive range of options education for free, Option Alpha is a YouTube channel that is dedicated to options trading.
On the channel you will find a detailed and thorough options trading series, with one playlist dedicated to the complete beginner, and another offering more in-depth knowledge and advanced training for the more experienced options trader.
There are also videos for each market type, with various ideas for a bearish or bullish market, and even neutral strategies to use.
Alongside a weekly podcast, you can also find tutorials and masterclasses on the use of auto trading and bots, and the most popular video is a rundown of the best way to generate consistent income when trading options – with over a million views.
As a resource for the beginner options trader, Option Alpha provides thorough coverage of all the major topics.
7. Steven Dux
Subscriber count: Approximately 240k
Steven Dux is a Chinese national that moved to the US for school and is a penny stocks specialist who managed to leverage day trading to turn $27,000 into $3,000,000 before he was 24.
Dux has an engineering background, and with a focus on efficiency, the beginner content he creates is designed to provide actionable, simple and straightforward education without filler – so you can expect short but informative videos across all areas, from beginner tutorials to in-depth looks at strategies and changes in the market.
The most popular video on the channel is an overview of how Dux made his millions through day trading, with almost a million views. Other videos include beginner lessons, brokerage reviews, runner analysis and the popular ‘Dux’s Motivation’.
Subscriber count: 204k
Investopedia was established in 1999 and is one of the most well-known sources of information about everything financial, especially investments.
Its YouTube channel offers a range of videos, covering everything from set up instructions, jargon explanations, strategies, bots, and analysis, to trading psychology and even detailed instructions on different trading instruments like cryptocurrency and options.
The most popular video, with over a million views, is a two-minute walkthrough of compound interest, and, like all the tutorials or jargon-busting resources, it is labelled an ‘Investopedia Video’.
On the main Investopedia channel, you can find webinars and discussions with keynote speakers about all things investment.
On the Investopedia Academy channel, which has 23k subscribers, you can find a range of beginner courses for those looking to do day trading, as well as forex, cryptocurrency and step-by-step guides to performing accurate analysis.
Subscriber count: 168k
With a focus on advanced technical analysis and charting, The Chart Guys produce videos that go in-depth on the analysis that you need to complete to make the most of your trades.
As with the other channels in this list, there is a beginner trading series that takes a newbie trader through all you need to know to start trading, with an emphasis on the benefit of strong analysis.
There are daily market review videos, designed to give traders all the information they need to make use of daily movements in the market to boost their profits, and these can be really useful to use as historical data when looking at possible future movements.
Simple lessons are available on different strategies, cutting out the jargon and demonstrating how the strategies work. Alongside this, there are videos about the trading lifestyle and market psychology, which is some essential knowledge for those who like to be logical about the trades that they make.
With over 1.1m views, the ‘Introduction to Technical Analysis’ video is the most popular on the channel, and it is comprehensive and thorough.
For traders who might want to expand their portfolio from stocks, there are also guides to trading other instruments like options and cryptocurrency which is really useful.
10. Meir Barak
As the founder of Tradenet, which has been providing day trading education since 2004, Meir Barak is a well-respected and successful trader, and his YouTube channel has over a thousand videos.
There are a series of videos, named Tradenet Wiki, that break down terminology and provide straightforward how-to guides that are aimed at beginner traders.
With everything covered, from jargon to set-ups, analysis to psychology, the Tradenet Wiki series is a really great resource for simple, straightforward knowledge.
There is also a free course for day trading, which consists of seven short, succinct videos, designed to make you feel confident about starting your own portfolio.
The most popular video on the channel is a video that looks for people willing to take on the challenge of making $500 in a week to get free education and a funded account.
One of the biggest selling points of this challenge is the daily live videos, called ‘The Trading Room’. This is live streamed every day the market is open, between 9:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST, and allows you to see exactly what work and trades are happening under the Tradenet banner.
Subscriber count: 73.8k
As possibly one of the most comprehensive channels dedicated to cryptocurrency, the Crypto Oracle provides in-depth market analysis of the sector, alongside a number of how-to guides and tutorials.
With more than 400,000 views, the most popular video on the channel is an overview of how to use day trading strategies when trading cryptocurrencies.
But there are also thousands of short, succinct videos available that are designed to bust myths and provide a sound base of knowledge for the beginner trader.
You can expect to find knowledge about the best brokers, the best coins to buy and extensive guides on protecting yourself and your assets using different order types.
You can find detailed analysis of the best coins to invest in, with new videos out every couple of days.
Free education on any subject has value, and while you cannot take anything you read (or watch) on the internet as completely true, there are channels available that provide excellent advice and learning opportunities.
Choosing the right channel for you will depend on so many factors – including whether you like the presenter, of course – but with so many available, you should be able to find the right one for you.
This is not a complete list, but it is a good starting point so that you can take advantage of the free yet comprehensive trading education available.
From these YouTube channels, whichever one you choose, you should be able to learn enough about trading and strategy to feel comfortable and confident enough to dip your toe in the market.
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