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The Euro Will Reach Parity With The U.S. Dollar In 2-3 Years: Stay Short

The Euro Will Reach Parity With The U.S. Dollar In 2-3 Years: Stay Short

In the last six months, the Euro declined by 5% against the U.S. dollar as it became apparent that the European Central Bank (the ECB) has fallen far behind the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) in its interest rate policymaking cycle. While the Fed is set to end its “quantitative easing” policy of asset purchases this year and to raise interest rates by next year (with a target fed funds rate...

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America's Role In the Middle East: Friends and Foes

America's Role In the Middle East: Friends and Foes

The Professional Traders OpinionWho’s on First? (Abbot & Costello, circa 1952)Oddly enough, an ascribed Arabic proverb, dating to the 4th century BC, suggests “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”   There is now a 21st century edited version of that proverb; once again emanating from the land of Arabia but this time will need Aristotle to discern the logic; it goes something like this:...

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A Guide To Alibaba’s (BABA) Record-Setting IPO

A Guide To Alibaba’s (BABA) Record-Setting IPO

Over the past month, the IPO market hasn’t provided traders and investors with many compelling opportunities as activity has dried up. With Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) lined up to go public on September 19, the IPO market will soon come to life in dramatic fashion. Demand has been so strong that its expected price range has been bumped higher to $66-$68 from the original...

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5 Common Misconceptions About Market Profile®

5 Common Misconceptions About Market Profile®

I was in junior high school the first time I was introduced to Market Profile. My Dad was a grain trader and the hedge manager for Ralston Purina, a huge manufacturer of animal feeds, not to mention the creators of Chex cereals and Rye Crisp crackers. He spoke of a friend, Peter Steidlmayer, who was devising a different way to look at markets. “Any interest in this, son?” Off I went on my...

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Sixth Anniversary Of Lehman Collapse: Time To Watch Financials

Sixth Anniversary Of Lehman Collapse: Time To Watch Financials

This month marks the sixth year after Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11, an act that served as a precursor to market meltdown of October 2008.   Six years later, and despite the amazing recovery for the general market since the market bottomed in 2009, the financials as a sector continues to lag.  Figure 1, the 10-year PerfChart for the S&P Sector ETFs, depicts the Financials (brown)...

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A Game Plan For Trading Stocks In The Fourth Quarter: Window Dressing

A Game Plan For Trading Stocks In The Fourth Quarter: Window Dressing

Get ready for the most active season in the stock market. The last quarter has the highest trading activity of the year for the stock market and for the market in general.Here are some of the major events that traders are ready to speculate upon heading into the fourth quarter:1.    Last earning season of the year – main reason why market will accelerate its action into the year end2.  ...

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Yes, The Market Will Crash: Here's Your Checklist To Prepare For It

Yes, The Market Will Crash: Here's Your Checklist To Prepare For It

With the Dow recently surging past 17,000, the debate is on about whether it is a bubble that is looking for a pinprick or if it is a strong bull market that will power past 18,000 and beyond. Yes…it could definitely go to 18,000 or 19,000 or more in the short term because the main driver is not a bullish economy…it is the bullish impact of Federal Reserve policy. In other words, this is an...

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Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance anxiety for traders is the fear, or persistent phobia which may arise in a trader by the requirement to take a real trade, in real time, with real money whether actually or potentially. There are many causes of this anxiety which many times leave a new trader with too much fear to really trade. Fear sends them out of the markets to go join the 90% that did not make it. This fear...

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Create Personalized Charts And Displays with Excel®

Create Personalized Charts And Displays with Excel®

In previous articles I have detailed how to use Excel’s data visualization functionality to highlight market information. The data is brought into Excel using Microsoft’s RTD syntax from a market information and trading platform. The article, Excel Heat Mapping For Market Data Visualization, shows the steps to heat map percent net change and color those markets that were at the extremes of...

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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...

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