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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!

Creative Visualization For Improved Trading Results

Creative Visualization For Improved Trading Results

Regular visualization is proven to improve performance by up to 10%. Professional athletes use it to improve performance, yet traders are for the most part unaware how this tool could have a positive impact on their trading results: At the beginning of this year I started working with a group of professional traders to help them improve their trading performance.  The group was given a novel...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Jesse Livermore’s Pivotal Point: Ugly Duckling Buy Set-up

Jesse Livermore’s Pivotal Point: Ugly Duckling Buy Set-up

In last month’s column I discussed the rise of what I call the “Ugly Duckling” buy set-up where we seek to buy a stock not as it makes news highs, but instead as it begins to round out the lows of a potential new chart base or consolidation. I also showed examples of stocks like Lannett Company (LCI) and CyberArk Software (CYBR) which had strong moves coming off the lows of pullbacks and...

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Are You Taking The Markets Personally?

Are You Taking The Markets Personally?

Don’t fool yourself: I know that you take it personally when a trade goes against you, and how can you not? After all your trading results reflect your skill level as a trader, or don’t they?   I have been trading since 2001. Like many traders before me I started out with a big ego and a strong “can do” attitude. It wasn’t long though before the market showed me a very different aspect of...

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Fertile Fields For Corn Call Sellers This Summer: Here's Why

Fertile Fields For Corn Call Sellers This Summer: Here's Why

* Corn Stocks Highest in 28 years   * Planting ahead of schedule   * Bumper crop projected for October     As a call seller, you want to seek out weak markets that may not necessarily fall in price, but are unlikely to rally substantially.   The 2015 Corn market may fit this bill just fine.   The beginning of June finds farmers in states such as Indiana, Iowa and Illinois finishing up their...

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Don't Get Burned: Watch Yield Curve For Fed Clues

Don't Get Burned: Watch Yield Curve For Fed Clues

Interesting quote from Lawrence Lindsey at last week’s Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit: “We’re at the point of absurdity. Maybe it made sense [ZIRP] when you had a crisis. It does not make sense now. At some point what is going to happen – and this gets to my eight or nine cataclysmic number [on a scale of 1 to 10] – is that we’re going to get a series of bad numbers – a little higher...

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Chart Warns S&P 500 Could Be Near Short-Term Top

Chart Warns S&P 500 Could Be Near Short-Term Top

The S&P 500 (SPX) had a pretty interesting week in the run-up to the Memorial Day holiday. It made a new all-time high at 2134.72, and it closed Friday at 2126.06, the first time it has managed to close above the high set in April. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the range for the week was extremely narrow — roughly 14 points, which is hardly a decent range for a single day —...

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