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Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

The S&P 500 (SPX) is on pace to triple its March 2009 low of 676.53 in 2014, leaving many wondering what is driving such an unprecedented bull market.  Indeed, a widely respected figure at a major financial news network said to me earlier this month, “Even in the media, we’re left scratching our heads by a lot of what we’re witnessing right now.”   On Thursday the SPX touched an intraday...

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Top 10 Free Trading Resources

Top 10 Free Trading Resources

The following is a list of my top 10 favorite free resources on the web for investors and traders. None of these websites involve any cost, though some do offer the possibility to upgrade to a pay service. We did not include TraderPlanet, since you are already here. 1.www.TopStepTrader.com If you are intraday trader that is tempted to have CNBC on during your trading day here is an...

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Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

“Stick to your trading plan” is what we hear said all the time and I’ve been known to say it too.  Although that may be the best thing to do, if your trading plan is ok, there’s the odd time that crops up that makes you question it.Being a dedicated forex trader I’ve done some serious screen time.  Eyes locked furiously on the charts waiting for my setups, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of...

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Rehypothecation, Has The Goose Stopped Laying “Gold”en Eggs?

The practice of rehypothecation is centuries old. It has been used to create “free” money supply and in recent times the Chinese have become rather fond of commodity funding deals in an attempt to leverage deals and grow their economy. The model works, at least in theory, and while all is well one can extend the daisy chain, seemingly for ever… The universe provides infinitely after all,...

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Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

The objective of any trading strategy is to identify trading entries with a high positive predictive value: i.e. the sensitivity and specificity of the order are likely to be successful close to 90% of the time. Getting Started In order to achieve this —the market must be defined or broken down into two separate energies: 1) price action or market structure and 2) indicator analysis. Both...

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Finger-Trap Short-Term Momentum In The FX Market

Finger-Trap Short-Term Momentum In The FX Market

Many have tried, and most fail.  Becoming a ‘day trader’ is not as easy as it appears… Building a short-term strategy in any market presents a series of challenges that most traders, especially new ones, simply cannot overcome.  Prices move quickly, and when using leverage, losses can mount even faster.   The future is just as unpredictable whether we’re looking at a daily or a 5-minute...

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India’s Impure Gold, Short Squeeze To $5,000

India’s Impure Gold, Short Squeeze To $5,000

The India Times recently reported that the Reserve Bank of India is planning to ship impure gold to the Bank of England to swap it for pure gold that can be traded as London pure bars. If the objective is to exchange impure for pure bars that is very easily done. Any major refiner would be happy to smelt the gold, test it for impurities, remove the impurities, and then recast the gold at the...

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IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

Following in the footsteps of Rocket Fuel, Criteo (CRTO), and YuMe (YUME), TubeMogul (TUBE) is set to become the latest digital advertising company to go public over the past several months. Like its peers before it, TUBE is growing its topline rapidly as its client base expands and as it generates more revenue per client. Also like FUEL and YUME at the time of their IPOs, the company is...

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Could Kahneman Be That Wrong?

Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the world of behavioural finance is well documented. Before you completely dismiss me as heretic daring to challenge a man as revered for his achievements as Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, I invite you to consider the following point: Our reality, as has been described for thousands of years by the wisdom traditions and now shown to be correct...

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Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

The number one trading topic that few traders want to talk about is the trading loss.  When was the last time you heard a trader say, “I had a fantastic loss the other day.  Let me tell you all about it?”  No one likes to lose money and the experience can be painful both financially and emotionally, especially if the loss is a large one.  It is natural to try to avoid losses.  Not talking or...

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