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The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

Russia was once described by Sir Winston Churchill, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”  Those words, spoken in 1939, eloquently described the Western sense of Moscow as inscrutable and a menacing country that plays by its own rules; perhaps they are no different now with the extraordinary exception that today’s Russia is dressed in diplomat’s pinstripes folded around a...

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Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

On March 6, 2013 we initiated a long recommendation for our clients on the Chinese currency, the yuan, through the purchase of offshore, yuan-denominated bonds (DSUM) an exchange traded fund.   DSUM closed 2013 with a 6.32% gain, the year’s best-performing bond instrument on a risk-adjusted basis, compared to a dismal performance of -4.83% for the average emerging market bond fund. After...

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Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

As traders, we try to maintain a high level of concentration and performance at all times. The focus is on trading plans and processes, risk and reward, indicators and charts, coding and strategies, and about a million other possibilities at any given time. Truly, it is impossible for any human to keep track of all the information available.When you get to the point where nothing makes sense...

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Alternative Assets: The Coming Silver Short Squeeze

Alternative Assets: The Coming Silver Short Squeeze

Last year, total mine production of silver was 819 million ounces, but demand for silver was 1.1 billion ounces. Therefore, there was a 262 million ounce shortfall in silver. Thus far, the shortage has been mostly met by using recycled silver and from government stockpiles. Even so, the shortage is there. Looking At The Numbers Recently published data points argued that recycled silver...

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GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

One of this year’s most highly-anticipated IPOs has been wearable, high-definition camera maker GoPro (GPRO).  With the help of high-profile events like the Olympics and a Red Bull Super Bowl commercial featuring Felix Baugartner’s free fall from space, the popularity of these devices has sky-rocketed in recent years. This is evident in the company’s triple-digit and high double-digit...

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China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

A Look at the Miners: RIO, SWC, CLF In recent weeks U.S. markets have experienced some long-anticipated selling pressure, but overseas the SSEC (Shanghai Composite Index) might be telling us the second largest economy is ready to rev its engines after years of sluggish momentum.The bulls for the Sleeping Giants (HPQ, INTC, CSCO) may have anticipated the SSEC’s latest move.  Today, the SSEC...

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Stock Markets Today: Make Volatility Work For You

Stock Markets Today: Make Volatility Work For You

As I’m sure young investors are aware, the term “volatility” is a common topic of discussion in the financial media, but there’s more to the story than just the normal ups and downs of the stock market. So, what is market volatility, how is it measured and what are its potential effects on investors? Let’s take a look.Investopedia defines volatility as, “A statistical measure of the...

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Swing Traders Guide To A Successful Trade

Swing Traders Guide To A Successful Trade

So why swing trading? Swing trading is the sweet spot between day and position trading. It is a strategy that combines both technical and fundamental techniques. It is the optimum trading strategy for part time traders. It uses time frames that are too long for day traders and too short for investors. The working space for swing traders is the 60 min chart and the daily chart in general....

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Aussie Dollar: The 3 Most Important Trading Days

Aussie Dollar: The 3 Most Important Trading Days

The Royal Bank of Australia (RBA), the Australian central bank, holds a regular schedule of rate decision meeting for many years. Having a predictable schedule on important issue like the bank rate is doing the financial markets and businesses a great service. Everyone who is affected by the rate decisions can depend on the regular updates and plan their actions accordingly. As such, it also...

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What Is The Best Trading System Or Method?

What Is The Best Trading System Or Method?

"You don’t trade the markets; you only trade your beliefs about the markets." - Van Tharp Just like there is no ‘Holy Grail’ trading system that never loses, there is also not one ‘best’ trading method. All trading methods have good points and bad points with advantages and disadvantages. Many traders make the mistake of thinking their way is the best and only way to trade.  In my...

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