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5 Reasons To Consider Trading Binary Options

5 Reasons To Consider Trading Binary Options

Binary options are becoming more and more popular each day. But are they just a fad, or a serious trading vehicle worth looking into? As a trading coach and trader with more than 15 years experience, I'm always being asked about new markets and new ideas. I must admit that at first I was a bit skeptical about binary options. So I opened a Nadex account and spent a few months evaluating binary options. In the end I discovered that binary options have merit, and are a perfect complement to...

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Triangle Breakdown Makes Gold an Attractive Short

Triangle Breakdown Makes Gold an Attractive Short

Recently I've been watching to see if an attractive reward-to-risk scenario would line up for short entry into gold futures. The pieces are falling into place. The purpose of the accompanying weekly chart is to illustrate how the sideways trend since June 2013 could end up acting as a long pause within a downtrend from the peak in September 2011. A symmetrical triangle has formed and volatility has diminished since March of this year (the swings within the triangle have become smaller in...

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The US Dollar: Multiple Long Term Bullish Indications

The US Dollar: Multiple Long Term Bullish Indications

The Greenback has been strengthening of late with the Fed’s bond buying policy set to end this October.  Additionally, there is speculation that the Fed will be raising rates possibly in the first quarter or middle of 2015.  [Editor's note: This article is the fourth installment in an exclusive series by DailyFX on getting started in forex. Read the previous articles here. ]Though the Fed would not be the first central bank to boost interest rates since the depths of the Great Recession,...

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What I Look For In A Good Investment

What I Look For In A Good Investment

If you’ve been investing very long, you no doubt understand the importance of having a solid system in place. By “system” I’m not referring to a secret black box or to technical rules, though both can be valid approaches in the right hands.  I am speaking far more broadly.  Whether you are a value investor, a technician or a data-crunching quant, consistently making good returns in the market depends on having basic investment guidelines in place.   Today, I’ll share with you the basic...

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Options Trading 101: Don't Hide Behind The Math

Options Trading 101: Don't Hide Behind The Math

Don't hide behind the math! That is a common phrase I tell my students seemingly on a daily basis.  That may sound quite odd coming from a statistics major, but it is one of the very important credos we traders must live by. What Do I Mean By This?  It means, don't let a mathematical output override common sense.  Trade Example Let's take an example when I was looking for an earnings play in Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF).  Through my research I saw that the market was pricing about a 9%...

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Follow The 3 Key Trading Rules Of Jesse Livermore

Follow The 3 Key Trading Rules Of Jesse Livermore

If you're a student of market history there is nobody you learned more about than Jesse Livermore. Edwin Lefevre wrote his story in the book Reminiscence of a Stock Operator, one of my favorite reads.  He was truly a man before his time, making his fortune during the days prior to the Great Depression at bucket shops and fledgling brokerages.  His tape-reading skills were legendary and are still marveled at today.  Though he finished his career a pauper and eventually committed suicide,...

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What Does S&P 500 At 2000 Really Mean And How Can You Trade It?

What Does S&P 500 At 2000 Really Mean And How Can You Trade It?

Traditionally September is a month that sees a decline in the equity index markets. When markets put in new record highs, we often see a retracement from those levels. On the flipside, investors and market players have heard from the Fed and have a better picture of the Fed’s future plans. The shrinking of the stimulus program along with the hint of changing interest rates next year has not scared anyone away from the equities. Numbers Stick We often pay attention closely to numbers. It...

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Implied Volatility Is Soaring In McDonald’s

Implied Volatility Is Soaring In McDonald’s

Shares of the $92 billion fast food restaurant company, McDonald’s (MCD), are down 0.83% year to date vs. the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s (DJIA) 3.29% gain. From the May high of $102.95, McDonald’s is down 8.06% as comps and quarterly earnings have missed Wall Street estimates in the last two quarters. On August 22, McDonald's named Mike Andres the new president of its U.S. operations, following July global comps of -2.5% vs. the -1.2% estimate. U.S. comps fell 3.2%, but one bright spot...

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Airlines Stocks Poised To Fly

Airlines Stocks Poised To Fly

Hi, World! I hope you’re doing sensational. I’m back from GA and had an enjoyable visit with the family. The market is closed this upcoming Monday. My girlfriend works at a bank and she’s actually off. Hopefully I am, too? Anyway, take time off this weekend. Make sure you enjoy yourself and spend time with your family. Maybe fly somewhere you haven’t been before! Airline Stocks Speaking of flying gets me thinking of the airline industry.  I believe the airline industry is poised to break...

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The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

Traders may be aware of the iron butterfly, a strategy that creates a limit on possible losses, in exchange for a limit on potential profits. Expanding this further, the 1-2-3 iron butterfly is a strategy consisting of three expiration dates and three butterflies.The middle is a reverse iron butterfly. This structure means that half of the positions will always become profitable whether the stock price moves up or down. And even with no movement, half of the positions – all of the short...

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Psychology: The Five Trader Personality Types, Which One Are You?

Psychology: The Five Trader Personality Types, Which One Are You?

I’ve learned from over a dozen years as a coach to top traders that traders, like criminals, can be profiled (no offense.)  In fact, just 5 Trader Personality Types encompass all the personality variations I’ve ever encountered, if one includes hybrids. (By the way, these five types have nothing in common with standard academic or corporate personality models.) Over the last 5 weeks I’ve presented these Five Types to Trader Planet readers. They correspond to the acronym AWARE.TM ‘A’ stands...

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Stock Play: JC Penney Breaks Out To The Upside

Stock Play: JC Penney Breaks Out To The Upside

JCP (Penney J.C.) has been in a downtrend for all of 2012 going from $43.00 to $5.00. Gap Review On February 27, JCP gapped up and broke the downtrend line that it established since 2012.  The gap up put the stock on a long watch because the downtrend was broken.  This action forced out any short players from the entire move down since 2012.  Since then JCP has based in sideways action from $7.00 to $10.00.  On August 25, 2014 JCP cleared over $10.30 which was a longer term resistance...

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