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Should Current Market Volatility Affect the Way You Trade?

Should Current Market Volatility Affect the Way You Trade?

Recently, I have explored the topics of the effect of personality on your trading and investing risk management, position sizing, and different analysis styles like technical and fundamental.   In this post, I will delve into the current market conditions analysis, which I feel is extremely important and should be a crucial component of every successful trader’s toolbox. When I started out...

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Profit With This Bread And Butter Trade

Profit With This Bread And Butter Trade

Do You Have A Bread & Butter Trade? Here’s My Favorite Setup   Trade setups fall into one of two categories: bread & butter trades and all others.  For the reasons you will read below, bread & butter trades are some of the best.  I’ll show you my all-time favorite bread & butter setup. Characteristics of a Bread & Butter Trade Bread & butter trades have specific...

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How Much Money Do I Need to Start Trading?

How Much Money Do I Need to Start Trading?

I am going to answer a question that many readers have been asking me recently. This question is certainly not a new one, and is likely to always be asked in the foreseeable future.  Why is this?  It’s because the question relates to pretty much everyone. Every new investor or trader begins with a different account balance.  Some brokers demand a minimum amount to even open a brokerage...

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Trade Commodities Without Risking All Your Capital

Trade Commodities Without Risking All Your Capital

Many people view the commodity markets simply as gambling. Obviously, this is a case of contempt prior to investigation. However, I’ll go with this analogy as we define a couple of crucial mistakes that I’ve seen over and over again in my 20+ years as a commodity broker and trader. First of all, let’s say you’ve been planning a trip to Vegas and you’ve been reading up on counting cards at...

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Billionaire Eric Sprott Predicts Major Move Higher In Metals

Billionaire Eric Sprott Predicts Major Move Higher In Metals

In an interview on September 19, 2015, Eric Sprott, Founder and Senior Portfolio Manager at Sprott Asset Management, predicted a bright future for precious metals, trouble in the bond markets, and a possibly historical move down for stocks.   Sprott called the recent Fed decision not to raise interest rates, “About the most dovish statement the Fed could ever make. . ..It pushed any rate...

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Choosing Price Levels To Trade Off

Choosing Price Levels To Trade Off

In a previous article we discussed the importance of having price levels you believe in. In this article, we’ll discuss the use of price levels in trading and how to assess the validity of any method of setting levels to trade off. Setting price levels is seen as an integral part of trading to most traders. There is some process of analysis to define price levels before trading and often...

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Led by Healthcare, IPO Market to Finally Set to Awaken

Led by Healthcare, IPO Market to Finally Set to Awaken

For nearly a month, the IPO market has been dormant as the sell-off and volatility in the stock market has kept a lid on new deals. Additionally, the end of August and beginning of September is traditionally a slower period for the IPO market (and a busier time for vacations) due to the Labor Day weekend. But, after the prolonged silence, the IPO market is finally set to make a little noise...

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Markets Crashing: Is It Time To Panic?

Markets Crashing: Is It Time To Panic?

''Come to the edge,'' He said. They said, ''We are afraid.'' ''Come to the edge,'' He said. They came. He pushed them... and they flew. Guillaume Apollinaire The answer to this plain question should always be a resounding no: it never pays to give into panic. The smartest option is to derail this emotion before it gains any traction.  Once fear takes over, the end is nigh. When the markets...

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Trading Without Indicators

Trading Without Indicators

 Trading a Recent Day by Price & Volume The best traders learn to read the markets by price and volume alone, without indicators.  Indicators can certainly be helpful to the trader when used properly, but they can also cause confusion.  The same indicator signal that produced a winning trade yesterday can generate a loss today.  Being able to read the chart—even if you continue to use...

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A Concrete Approach to Playing “Hot” IPOs

A Concrete Approach to Playing “Hot” IPOs

There are few phenomena in the market that catch investors’ speculative fancy more than the proverbial “Hot IPO.” In recent years we have seen a number of these Initial Public Offerings of companies with a “hot,” compelling, and highly trendy business theme. In recent years we’ve seen a number of these “IPO manias.” Facebook (FB), LinkedIn (LNKD), and Twitter were all highly sought after...

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