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Trading Psychology: Mindfulness In Trading

Trading Psychology: Mindfulness In Trading

Mindfulness is an ancient mental discipline that arose in the yogic traditions in India and China thousands of years ago. It is a simple presence of mind that can be a bit elusive to maintain because it is so exquisitely focused on the here and now. Interestingly, its benefits for stress reduction, concentration, self-awareness and productivity have been validated by modern research. No...

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Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Many Retail Traders do not realize that there are 9 Market Participant Groups in the Stock Market today. Here is a list of those groups:   Giant Buy Side and Sell Side Institutions:  These control 90 trillion dollars in assets worldwide and manage Mutual and Pension Funds. The Sell Side Institutions creates Stock Derivatives such as Options, Exchange Traded Funds ETFs, Exchange Traded Notes...

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The Awesome Power of Belief: 4 Steps to Bring Vital Belief into your Trading

The Awesome Power of Belief: 4 Steps to Bring Vital Belief into your Trading

Everyone knows that belief in oneself contributes immensely to success.   This is true for any endeavor—whether it be in trading, sport, entrepreneurship, the professions, or the arts—and at any level, from novice to expert.  In trading, the best traders have a positive self-belief most of the time.  They weren't born with it; most learned to develop it.  But even the most successful traders...

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Russia And China Load Up On Gold

Russia And China Load Up On Gold

Crumbling U.S Empire drives Russia & China to move into Gold     Central bankers have been on a massive Gold Buying Spree led by Russia and China.  One must remember that not only is Putin ex-KGB, but he is also an economist and holds a black belt in judo.  Judo teaches you to use your opponent’s momentum to defeat him or her, and that appears to what Putin is doing.  He has this...

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10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Speculating in Futures

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Speculating in Futures

Unfortunately, our propensity toward the familiar often holds us back and I feel this is even more true in regards to the world of trading.  Despite the human tendency to gravitate to the norm, I would like to challenge your perception of the markets and the way you approach price speculation.  Perhaps thinking outside of the box will lead you into alternative arenas and improve the...

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Trading Psychology: Moving Beyond Fear

Trading Psychology: Moving Beyond Fear

Fear is a powerful motivator and a 'healthy' emotion. One thing people often don't realize when thinking about fear, however, is that fear is triggered not only by danger, but also by opportunity… the flip side of danger. And in fact, in trading the two are inseparable.  As a result of this split, there are two types of traders, those who are mostly motivated by the fear of missing out… and...

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Sector Rotation Investing

Sector Rotation Investing

The stock market and the economy move in cycles. The stock market is a leading indicator to future economic trends. Figure 1 explains which S&P 500 sectors typically outperform during various economic cycles. Consumer Staples, Health Care and Utilities are classified as economically defensive sectors and typically outperform when the economy is nearing its peak in the cycle. Money will...

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Why Silver Could Be The Next Hot Market

Why Silver Could Be The Next Hot Market

Metals can be rewarding markets for option sellers. For one, there is plenty of open interest in the options. And in March of 2016, we’re on the other end of a volatility surge that makes these prime markets for option writing. We discussed writing Gold Strangles last month, and for those of you who follow the trades, you know we had to roll up the calls. Last month’s piece was on gold...

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Demand For Gold Bullion Is High And Rising

Demand For Gold Bullion Is High And Rising

In a recent interview on February 27, 2016, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Treasury Assistant Secretary, co-founder of Reaganomics, economist and author, said that the Federal Reserve’s ability to manipulate markets has continued for far longer than he ever thought possible. Even so, he doesn’t think we will make it through the year without a major collapse. With the American economy...

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Fed and Investor Fear Swing Gold; Energy Prices Could Be Next

Fed and Investor Fear Swing Gold; Energy Prices Could Be Next

How to Trade the New Volatility in Commodities With the exception of a few segments in the oil market, volatility was low across most sectors of the commodities markets in late 2015. Selling options in this environment can still produce firm results. But it involves a little more precision, a little more timing. It’s like tacking your sailboat against the wind. You can still get to your...

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