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Get a Grip on Commodity Market Leverage

Get a Grip on Commodity Market Leverage

The basic definition of leverage is to use a financial tool or instrument to maximums the advantage of a speculative undertaking.   A prominent example of investing on leverage is the purchase of a home with a minimal down payment.  Although the buyer of the home is entitled to any price appreciation of the home, he is also subject to the pain of declining home values.  Yet, his profits and...

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Fukushima: Lessons For Your Trading Brain?

Fukushima: Lessons For Your Trading Brain?

When governments abandoned radiation testing from the Fukushima fallout the eminent ocean scientist Ken Buessler continued testing with the assistance of crowd funding. Now, what has all that to do with your (trading) brain, you might well ask. Fact is much more than the overwhelming majority of people think! Working long term with a group of experienced professional traders on their...

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Trading Review: Doing a Post Mortem on the Past Year

Trading Review: Doing a Post Mortem on the Past Year

With the beginning of the year upon us, it is a time to reflect on what worked and get an understanding of how to fix what didn't work.  Let's face it, the market moves of 2015 were sharp, jagged and made our heads spin.  While we can look for explanations for why the markets made their moves, that may only just explain a little.  What really needs to happen is to see how we reacted,...

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3 Mistakes That Kill a Trader’s Dream for Success

3 Mistakes That Kill a Trader’s Dream for Success

Many traders have strong aspirations of becoming highly skilled and profitable.  When they fail to reach their dreams, however, it’s almost always due to trading psychology. Let’s review three common, dream-killing mistakes and what you can to do instead. Dream-Killer #1 - Ignoring Trading Psychology Until it is too Late Most think trading is all about the setup. Possessing strong technical...

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Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.Maya Angelou In the short term, China is still a mess, and the reasons are all but obvious.  Greed and stupidity fuelled the bubble that popped back in June of this year.  Some estimates put the number of individuals opening new accounts without high school diplomas at over 60%. Secondly, a large portion of these...

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Yirendai (YRD) Tests Turbulent IPO Market

Yirendai (YRD) Tests Turbulent IPO Market

The IPO market has been in hibernation mode with just one deal pricing (TEAM) in the month of December. The lack of activity is quite unusual for this time of year, when investment banks look to push as many deals through the door as possible before the books close on the year. Institutional investors have become much more risk-averse and have only been willing to sink capital into IPOs at...

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How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

This is a first in a series of short discussions on how traders and active investors use information, data, and intuition in the construction of certain trades. Since no trader is an island and information is typically compiled to create a short term and longer term play, there are certain truths that consistently play out in the capital markets arena.  One of more esoteric yet widely used...

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Top Ten Trading Psychology Myths

Top Ten Trading Psychology Myths

1. People are born traders. Although certain personal characteristics can make it easier to trade, no one was ever born a trader. A main theme of Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards books is that virtually none of the market wizards was successful from the outset. They all worked hard at it. 2. You have to have a high IQ to trade. This is just not true. In some ways, an above average IQ may be a...

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Man Versus Machine: Algorithmic High Frequency Trading And You

Man Versus Machine: Algorithmic High Frequency Trading And You

There is a lot of mystique surrounding the topic of algorithmic and High Frequency Trading (HFT). In fact this is both used by traders as the “reason of the week” for them losing money and unscrupulous vendors claiming to be able to give traders an “edge over algos” or “see what algos are doing”. In this article, we will take an objective look at this form of trading and how it may or may...

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Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Call Selling is Ideal Profit Strategy in Pro-longed Bear MarketsWith the latest media focus on oil prices and volatile stocks,  a market that’s been largely out of the news – primarily because of it’s slow, discouraging (to bulls) descent is Gold. Slow, lackluster markets are rarely fodder for media or investor attention. But for option sellers, these kinds of markets can present an ideal...

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