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Welcome to TraderPlanet's Feature Stories. Here you’ll find timeless financial content that is not closely tied to breaking news on the economy or financial markets. The articles in this section explore complex trading concepts and specific market interests. These articles are written by some of the world's best market analysts who enjoy the interaction with our readership — so post your comments and you may be pleasantly surprised by who responds!

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...

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Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Let's focus in on negative interest rates and the potential for gold to increase in value.As the Fed met in Jackson Hole over the weekend, gold was trying to hold on at the $1,300 level. Using a negative real interest rate model, gold should be around $1,400. Why? There is lots of concern about global GDP growth maintaining itself.Let's take a look at the overall metals landscape. Some...

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Why Trade Currency Cross Pairs?

Why Trade Currency Cross Pairs?

When traders first approach the Forex market, they tend to lean towards trading US Dollar based pairs. These include the majority of G8 currencies, as listed below, paired against the US Dollar. While trading the Dollar has its advantages, there are also many opportunities to trade Forex cross pairs. Today we will look at exactly what is a currency cross pair, as well as their trading...

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Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Oscillators come in a number of different forms such as stochastic, relative strength and the commodity channel index.  Although the mathematical equations are different in each, the underlying principal by which oscillator calculations are made remains the same.  How They Work All oscillators compare the high and low of a given market move to its close.  This is the reason that oscillators...

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The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

Russia was once described by Sir Winston Churchill, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”  Those words, spoken in 1939, eloquently described the Western sense of Moscow as inscrutable and a menacing country that plays by its own rules; perhaps they are no different now with the extraordinary exception that today’s Russia is dressed in diplomat’s pinstripes folded around a...

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Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

On March 6, 2013 we initiated a long recommendation for our clients on the Chinese currency, the yuan, through the purchase of offshore, yuan-denominated bonds (DSUM) an exchange traded fund.   DSUM closed 2013 with a 6.32% gain, the year’s best-performing bond instrument on a risk-adjusted basis, compared to a dismal performance of -4.83% for the average emerging market bond fund. After...

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Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

As traders, we try to maintain a high level of concentration and performance at all times. The focus is on trading plans and processes, risk and reward, indicators and charts, coding and strategies, and about a million other possibilities at any given time. Truly, it is impossible for any human to keep track of all the information available.When you get to the point where nothing makes sense...

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Alternative Assets: The Coming Silver Short Squeeze

Alternative Assets: The Coming Silver Short Squeeze

Last year, total mine production of silver was 819 million ounces, but demand for silver was 1.1 billion ounces. Therefore, there was a 262 million ounce shortfall in silver. Thus far, the shortage has been mostly met by using recycled silver and from government stockpiles. Even so, the shortage is there. Looking At The Numbers Recently published data points argued that recycled silver...

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GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

One of this year’s most highly-anticipated IPOs has been wearable, high-definition camera maker GoPro (GPRO).  With the help of high-profile events like the Olympics and a Red Bull Super Bowl commercial featuring Felix Baugartner’s free fall from space, the popularity of these devices has sky-rocketed in recent years. This is evident in the company’s triple-digit and high double-digit...

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China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

A Look at the Miners: RIO, SWC, CLF In recent weeks U.S. markets have experienced some long-anticipated selling pressure, but overseas the SSEC (Shanghai Composite Index) might be telling us the second largest economy is ready to rev its engines after years of sluggish momentum.The bulls for the Sleeping Giants (HPQ, INTC, CSCO) may have anticipated the SSEC’s latest move.  Today, the SSEC...

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