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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 NFL Draft is Enticing but Traders Need to Think IRA

The NFL Draft is Enticing but Traders Need to Think IRA

We are so addicted to the entertainment drug that is the NFL that we can’t turn away, even from the unwatchable draft coverage. But maybe in between analyzing your team’s picks, you can turn off the cringe worthy moments and spend some time focusing on your IRA. From sophisticated traders to financial neophytes to every type of investor in between, 46 million American households owned at...

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Trading Levered ETFs? Better Make Sure Vol Drag Doesn’t Kill You.

Trading Levered ETFs? Better Make Sure Vol Drag Doesn’t Kill You.

As we recently explained, you’ll have to deal with a few problems when using ETFs to “buy oil”. But if you want to juice your returns further using levered ETFs, you’re going to run into even more issues. In general, investors should avoid trading any instrument they haven’t thoroughly researched and understood. This includes ETFs, both levered and unlevered. Sure these trading vehicles seem...

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How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

Although many traders use indicators like moving averages, MACD, and the like, understanding how to read price action can add exceptional value to the trader.  With some study and practice, price action can help the trader determine the likely next move of the market.  Let’s look at the recent price action in the S&P e-mini futures (ES) that led to a swift and large decline.  We’ll see...

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Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

"Great traders have passion, confidence, an edge and a game plan. They are prepared, They keep their system simple.” - Gavin McMaster I have been option trading for several years, and while my results have been up/down - what is important is that I have survived many different market cycles.  That should tell you a great deal, as surviving in this jungle call the 'market' without a life...

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There is No Long Term Value in Equities

There is No Long Term Value in Equities

The major indexes are now within a stone’s throw of all-time highs. Is it time to declare a fresh-new bull market, start loading up on risk, and get ready to sit back and collect fat returns for the next few years? Has external risk been extinguished, do business cycles not cycle anymore, and are indexes at a new “permanently high plateau”!? Slow down there Irving Fisher… before we start...

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8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

Everyone talks about having a trading plan, but what should be in it? In the first of two part series, we will be looking into the foundational ingredients of all trading plans. I had to think about this for a long time myself, when I first started out.  I attended all the seminars, and I read all the books, and I was constantly hearing that I needed a trading plan, but no one explained what...

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What You Need To Know Before Trading The Oil Market

What You Need To Know Before Trading The Oil Market

It’s funny, after the massive drop in oil prices over the last few years, it seems like everyone became an oil speculator all of a sudden. Loads of “investors” have been reaching out to our team at Macro Ops asking how best to play the oil rebound. They usually lead off with something like — “Oil is definitely going back to at least the 80’s. I mean look at 08’, oil had a 250% gain from the...

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Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Most people would agree that being healthy is one of the most important things in your life, whatever your profession.  As a trader, you may have already experienced the stress that goes with trading.  In fact, trading is fraught with stress, and stress—especially the kind of chronic stress many traders are familiar with—can be very damaging to one’s health.  Chronic stress has been linked...

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Is King Dollar Getting Demoted?

Is King Dollar Getting Demoted?

Since late 2014, the greenback has been the “talk of the town”.  In addition to dollar strength choking corporate earnings, it has played a big part in a commodity decline of historical proportion.  As a commodity broker, with a front row seat to the chaos, I can attest the currency market is perhaps the single most influential driver of asset prices.  The correlations between the dollar and...

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Coffee Market Sets Up for Call Sellers

Coffee Market Sets Up for Call Sellers

Despite Spring Rally, Fundamentals, Seasonals Spell Trouble for Coffee Prices Coffee prices have enjoyed an upswing as of late – having benefited from a plethora of scattered fundamentals that have lifted them from their lowly depths. A jump in the Brazilian Real has some producers holding off on forward sales. Near term supplies are tight.  El Nino dryness in Eastern Brazil and Vietnam is...

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