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The Truth About Live Futures Trading Rooms

The Truth About Live Futures Trading Rooms

The Global Futures Trade Room Industry Right now – today - the global futures trade room industry is massive (currently 728) and growing at a rate of about 60 new rooms/yr. When I started to evaluate futures trade rooms in 2009, finding the most successful rooms was an intractable problem – there weren’t any established guidelines, rooms could not be distinguished using search engine parameters, and all glittered with success and wealth. Free room trials were still the best option, but to...

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There’s Always an Option

There’s Always an Option

Hello there! My name is Randall Liss and it is my pleasure and privilege to be a new contributor to TraderPlanet. I have been in the options industry for a very long time. In 1978, I helped found the European Options Exchange (now part of Euronext) in Amsterdam. I was a market-maker on that floor for 25 years, and now I am a full time options educator. I believe in simplifying and demystifying the world of exchange-traded options. The great secret of options that the professionals don’t...

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Consider A Call Calendar

Consider A Call Calendar

When making a bullish directional play, why would I consider a call calendar and not just buying a call vertical or selling a put vertical? A Quick Review A call vertical is when you buy (or sell) a certain strike and sell (or buy) a call with a higher strike price.   For example, the PANW March 6th 150/155 would be an example of a call vertical.  A calendar spread is when you buy (or sell) a strike in one expiration and sell (or buy) the same strike but different month.  The PANW March...

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Market Review and Forecast: Beware the Megaphone

Market Review and Forecast: Beware the Megaphone

On Wednesday, the Nasdaq 100 survived a test of the Volume Point of Control (VPOC) at 4441.25. Notice the size of the histogram peak (See chart below.). This is a hugely important level, and it has been tested six times in the last two weeks. The NASDAQ is demonstrating relative strength vs. the S&P and is resisting the pull of gravity. My upside target zone is 4525-4530. That said, keep both directions in mind. A decisive break of 4441 will stair-step down on those thin blue levels to...

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Market Review and Forecast: 50 Points To Go In The NQ

Market Review and Forecast: 50 Points To Go In The NQ

The Nasdaq 100 (NQ) pushed up to a new high on Monday and stalled about 50 points from our target zone (4525-4530). It may get there on Tuesday. This zone is a Fib Extension Zone, and markets tend to reach this level of extension 80% of the time, once they post a new high. The NQ is much stronger than AAPL right now, and it is demonstrating that it doesn’t need AAPL to participate in order to zoom higher. That’s bullish.   By the way, Volume Profile is not particularly useful when an index...

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ESH5: There's Nobody Here But Us Algos, And We're Going Higher.

ESH5: There's Nobody Here But Us Algos, And We're Going Higher.

Yesterday In our pre-market summary yesterday, we pointed out that the short-term uptrend was intact, and mentioned 2112-2114 as a likely target for the S&P 500 mini futures (ESH5). We got our target – the market closed at 2114 – and the continuing rally is reassuring the bulls. Now, if only we could get some volume back into the market. Right now, it looks as if it is only the machines trading with each other. The volume yesterday (1.2 million transactions) was about average for the...

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What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 2 of 2)

Last month, we initiated the discussion of inter-market relationships focusing on the currency market’s influence over commodity prices (if you missed it, you will find it here).   Let’s turn our attention to the relationships that exist between various asset classes. Some of the conclusions from data will likely go against conventional wisdom.  Stocks and Bonds Can Go up and Down Together The oldest adage in the finance industry is, “Stocks up, bonds down”.  The quip stems from...

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Price Action Forex Trends

Price Action Forex Trends

The Forex market has always been known for its strong trends. However, even in directional markets technical traders have some serious decisions to make regarding when to enter and exit the market. Often to solve these difficult trading concerns, traders rely on technical indicators. These indicators can be helpful, but more often than not, traders will find them inconsistent and lagging in nature. So what is a trader to do? One of the alternatives to a technical indicator is price action...

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Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Believe it or not, it was illegal, until very recently, for you to unlock your smartphone and take it from one carrier to another. Yes, illegal in the traditional sense. Thanks to a quirky interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), those who unlocked their phones, even as recently as a year ago could wind up behind bars for an unfathomable five years. That’s a long time for something as innocuous as using your property the way you want to use it. But in 2014, President...

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Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Random price movements leave us with very little edge when it comes to reading the charts and technicals.  Never mind fundamental analysis, which is simply impossible to explain how stock can move violently after a news event.  The market is simply designed around accumulation and distribution, seen very clearly on a price and volume chart.  Yet, when these buyers and sellers are pulled in each direction by the market, there is an uneasy feeling about participating. The erratic behavior in...

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NASDAQ – Happy Days Are Here Again

NASDAQ – Happy Days Are Here Again

Happy days are here again for NASDAQ bulls, as the composite tech index hit a new all-time high yesterday and traded at its highest level since March of 2000.  PowerShares QQQ (QQQ, $108.71) is part of that happiness, as it has offered steady growth in recent years - the ETF rose by nearly 18% in 2014, and is already up over 5% year to date.  So what is driving this tech optimism, and is there more room to the upside before this 1990s style bull run shows signs of abetting?  Strong...

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SPX- Here Comes A Turn Down Period

SPX- Here Comes A Turn Down Period

Last week, I said that if 2002 is taken out on the downside for the SPX (S&P 500 Index), then the door would be open for a push to the 2085-ish area. The important support line was never broken, and we saw the SPX make it to new highs. That doesn’t change anything as far as the direction of the next “larger point move,” which has high odds of being down. The only thing in question right now, is whether we completed the minor pullback already and are now about to make new highs before...

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