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Inovalon (INOV), The Marquee IPO Of The Week

Inovalon (INOV), The Marquee IPO Of The Week

Looking at the companies expected to launch IPOs for the week of February 9, the steady flow of healthcare-related deals is set to march on. As many as seven IPOs from that sector could price. However, with six healthcare IPOs delayed last week, there is certainly no guarantee this week’s set -- AltheaDx (IDGX), Eyegate Pharmaceuticals (EYEG), Infraredx (REDX), AutoGenomics (AGMX), Invitae...

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Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Channel Indicators are some of the oldest indicators still used by technical traders. They were first devised by using simple moving averages, above and below price, to present a “channel of price” for early technical analysts. These were also called “envelopes,” which are not as popular these days. Bollinger Bands® the channel indicator was written by John Bollinger CFA,CMT and are the...

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Swiss Franc Move Shows The Real Danger Of Improbable Events

Swiss Franc Move Shows The Real Danger Of Improbable Events

National currencies usually don’t move very much. In western, developed economies, for example, a national currency might move only two or three basis points a day (where one basis point is the equivalent to a move of 0.01%). In the grand scheme of things, a two or three basis point move is relatively insignificant and you would be hard pressed to find a trader who is interested in such a...

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Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

The ability to gauge the genuine strength of a move in a market has a number of implications. We can assess the strength of a move in one direction against the strength of the last move to decide if a market is reversing or just pulling back. We can also look at a move in more absolute terms. Armed with knowledge of how that specific market generally operates, we can assess if what appears...

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Can The Euro Strike Back With QE?

Can The Euro Strike Back With QE?

Over the last two weeks, Europe has experienced a period of mixed market conditions. At the beginning of the year, investors anticipated a better campaign this time around, as they expected a positive impact from ECB’s (European Central Bank) Quantitative Easing program. When ECB president Mari Draghi announced the QE late last month, everything seemed to be falling into place, as the Euro...

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What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

It is naïve to assume that seemingly unrelated markets move independent of each other.  The financial and commodity markets are littered with relationships that might be helpful for those attempting to speculate on price changes.  Further, simply assuming that the historical relationship you once read about in college textbooks is consistently valid is a mistake.  At the hands of government...

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Learn To Navigate Your Assets In Times Of Big Change

Learn To Navigate Your Assets In Times Of Big Change

One Risk Aspect Often Overlooked When Assessing Risk There are many aspects to trading risk. The risk to capital exposure due to excessive position size relative to one’s stops is obvious. Co-relation of your positions in today’s highly co-related markets is another aspect that must be considered, and, of course, you know about the risk of not diversifying your assets. But have you ever...

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Why Smart Traders Do Dumb Things

Why Smart Traders Do Dumb Things

"Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face."Mike Tyson In the past 10 years, we have helped hundreds of retail traders learn to trade futures. Most begin by using a simulation account – paper trading – and most of them quickly learn to trade profitably ... as long as they aren't trading real money. But many of the same people who can accurately assess opportunities and...

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Three Questions With The Power To Transform Your Trading

Three Questions With The Power To Transform Your Trading

There are three simple but powerful questions which can transform our trading when we ask them of ourselves consistently over time.  They are powerful because they form the basis of mental flexibility and mental agility.  Wouldn’t you like to be mentally more resilient and deft? The three questions can be asked anytime you are preparing for trading, executing, and managing trades, or...

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Look To Platinum And The PGM in 2015

Look To Platinum And The PGM in 2015

Given a growing global demand for platinum, palladium, and rhodium, three of the six metals in the platinum metals group (PGM), and the increasing cost to mine platinum, we are focusing our efforts to accumulate platinum over the course of the year. PGM, specifically platinum, is an excellent store of value and it performs well as an inflation hedge.  One could argue that platinum – and the...

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