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Silver Primed For Short Covering Rally

Silver Primed For Short Covering Rally

One of the much talked about but yet to materialize issues regarding the last 6-7 years of economics has been, “At what point will precious metals receive a boost due to inflation?” In spite of Milton Friedman’s inflation being, “always and everywhere,” it has yet to gain any real traction. Yet, in spite of or, perhaps because of, we’ve seen speculative interest in the precious metals wane as a humdrum reality continues to imply neither the disaster of fiat currencies nor the...

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Trading Psychology: Mirror Mirror

Trading Psychology: Mirror Mirror

I get a chuckle out of this picture because it clearly depicts one of the more slippery psychological factors that affect our bottom line results as traders: our inability to see ourselves as we really are.   I have a Peanuts cartoon framed on the wall behind my trading desk that depicts Lucy giving psychiatric advice to Charlie Brown for 7 cents at an outdoor stand. She explains to Charlie that the brain works hard at night in dreams “to help you see yourself as you really are.” In the...

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US Stock Analysis: Feta Complete

US Stock Analysis: Feta Complete

On Sunday Greeks voted on an economic program that no longer exists, in a referendum which is of questionable legality, using ballots which are not in existence and for which no funding is available. Grexit seems to be a fait accompli.   In the meantime, regardless of the Greek vote, US markets will continue to do what they do. The Hybrid Lindsay forecast calls for a low early this week followed by a rally to, roughly, July 15. In addition to Middle Section forecasts which are the heart...

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Psychological Damage Can Be Done To Investors

Psychological Damage Can Be Done To Investors

It is not easy to win over investor sentiment.  Anyone who lost money during the financial crisis can tell you how difficult it was to suddenly trust markets again, and there was the 'flash crash' afterwards that suddenly jolted any built up confidence.  For its part, the Fed has done everything they possibly could to bolster investor confidence, the lifeblood to the markets. On record they have succeeded, but many would question the tactics.  Yet six years in to the bull run many are...

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Greek Citizens Rush To Buy Physical Gold

Greek Citizens Rush To Buy Physical Gold

Gold prices were only modestly higher despite all the risk aversion that hit the financial markets. Many traders believed that concerns regarding a Greece exit should have propelled the precious metal higher, but yesterday prices closed only about half a percentage point higher.  While the gold future contract price is hardly higher, physical demand is picking as the UK royal mint announced a significant pickup of purchases from Greek customers.  The e-mailed statement highlighted gold...

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3 Problem Trading Behaviors: How To Solve Them

3 Problem Trading Behaviors: How To Solve Them

It’s worth reminding ourselves that every trader is responsible for their trading actions and behavior. How we behave or act (i.e., what we do or don’t do) when trading will largely determine our trading success.  Here are 3 common day trading problems related to how traders act.  Left untamed, they will lead to failure.  All are within the control of the trader and can, therefore, be corrected. Problem Behavior #1: Trading Without a Game Plan Traders coming into the trading day without a...

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Livestock Report: More Fireworks for Burgers?

Livestock Report: More Fireworks for Burgers?

Live Cattle Numbers tend to Taper off as Summer Wears On. Here is How Investors can CapitalizeWhile you’re tossing those steaks and burgers on the grill, you might want to consider how that meat can not only feed your picnic dwellers, but potentially put money in your pocket.Like most commodities, the cattle market has longer term fundamental and cyclical factors that if recognized, can often be used to the advantage of the patient investor. These are the kinds of markets favored in our...

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FitBit (FIT) Looks Poised for a Healthy Debut

FitBit (FIT) Looks Poised for a Healthy Debut

So far, 2015 has been fairly light on high-buzz, high-growth tech-related IPOs, but that figures to change this week with Fitbit's (FIT) 29.9 million share IPO. As of this writing, the deal is expected to price within a range of $14-$16, but, given the buzz -- and it's very impressive growth rates -- it wouldn't be a surprise if the price range was lifted before it launches on Thursday, June 18. With the company offering nearly 30 million shares, the float is on the larger side, especially...

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Aggressive Option Spread Trading: Vertical Spreads with a Naked Leg

Aggressive Option Spread Trading: Vertical Spreads with a Naked Leg

The great thing about trading options is there are no limits to the number of strategies, or degrees of risk and reward.  Depending on how an option strategy is structured, it can be a simple lottery ticket (buy a cheap call or put outright), a limited risk range trade, a premium collection effort, or a “free” trade in which  the trader accepts theoretically unlimited risk for the prospects of a directional bias without any cash outlay.  In this article, we’ll focus on the latter. FREE...

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Gold Rally Stalls: Is A Major Surge Ahead?

Gold Rally Stalls: Is A Major Surge Ahead?

Gold prices initially rallied after the highly anticipated Greek vote surprised market investors, with an emphatic NO vote on the referendum question to yielding to further austerity.  The rally was short-lived as a strong U.S. dollar persuaded market investors away from safety bids for bullion.    Price action on the gold daily chart shows that the bearish trend has been firmly in place since price broke below the 50-day SMA on June 22nd.  A bullish ABCD pattern formed at the end of last...

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Be Prepared: Stock Top Seen This Week

Be Prepared: Stock Top Seen This Week

In my June 22nd article for Traderplanet, I mention a top was pending and that hasn’t changed. Greece has been the primary reason for these wild market moves over the last few weeks and so far, if you took what you thought was going to happen and traded the exact opposite, you would have made a fortune. Today, as I am writing this article (07/06/15) one with any common sense would think the indexes would be down 200-300 points, as the Greece No vote won over the weekend. The SPX futures...

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Algorithmic Trading: What You Need To Know

Algorithmic Trading: What You Need To Know

What are Automated Futures Trading Systems? Often referred to as algorithmic trading systems, or simply algos, an automated futures trading system is a defined set of technical rules and parameters that ultimately determine entry and exit points for a given contract.  In the event that all of the stipulated technical events occur, a buy or sell signal is created and a trade is automatically executed without human intervention.   Simply put, it is trading on autopilot. Each system is...

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