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2013 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®

2013 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading®

When the three top finishers assembled for the 2013 World Cup Championship of Futures Trading® Awards Ceremony May 9 on the CME Group trading floor, three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – were represented.  When the top three finishers assembled for the 2012 ceremony a year earlier, the same three continents were represented, but by different traders. Coincidence?  Or...

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Trade The EURUSD’s Next Big Breakout

Trade The EURUSD’s Next Big Breakout

Price breakouts are market conditions that occur after price action either rises above resistance or drops below support. Savvy traders that are aware of these conditions can quickly adapt their trading plan and be prepared to take advantage of the next market move. As the EURUSD moves towards record low levels of volatility, traders are gearing up for the next big breakout for the pair....

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Get Ready For Big Moves: A Gold Shortage

Get Ready For Big Moves: A Gold Shortage

In a recent interview, Eric Sprott, Founder, CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager of Sprott Asset Management, discussed a global precious metals shortage, the much-touted global economic recovery, and the future, when gold’s “day will come.”Sprott mentioned all the “anomalies you see in the gold market,” including the GOFO rate, the Germans not getting their gold from the United States, and...

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Government Statistics Are BS: Use At Your Peril

Government Statistics Are BS: Use At Your Peril

On May 2 the U.S. Government, through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released the Non-Farm Payroll numbers for April. They were terrific, the best one-month results since 2012:“Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains were...

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8 Rules To Avoid Over-Optimization

8 Rules To Avoid Over-Optimization

Those of us who employ mechanical rule based trading systems, as well as those who “trade around” their rule-based systems, are both looking for one very important quality —a strategy that performs as well, or nearly as well, in live trading as the historical back test results indicate. There is no sugar coating it, this is a difficult quality to realize. However it is also definitely an...

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5 Tips For Trading In A Low Volatility Environment

5 Tips For Trading In A Low Volatility Environment

The currency markets are experiencing a period of low volatility over recent months.  Since November 27, 2013, the euro/dollar (EURUSD) has gone from a medium term peak in the daily average true range (ATR)22 of 96 pips to 56 pips now.  That’s a 42% reduction in the average range the currency is traveling in a day.History has a habit of repeating itself and I’ve traded through a period of...

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China Economic Data Disappooints, but Still Strong

Tuesday, May 13--Jim Wyckoff's Morning Web Log * LATEST MARKET DEVELOPMENTS * In overnight news the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported China’s economic growth rate will continue to slow in the coming months, while other countries’ economies will see steady growth. Meantime, China’s industrial output grew by 8.7% in April, year-on-year, but was below...

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One Of The Biggest Mistakes Traders Make

One Of The Biggest Mistakes Traders Make

Let’s get down to business. In this article I will get right to the point and the core of the matter — the technical analysis matter that is. This is a situation in which a lot of traders are caught off guard most of the time and it revolves around: earnings, gaps and location. Let's take a look at an example. BA (Boeing) Company posted better than expected quarterly results the day seen...

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Sector Rotation: Accumulation And Distribution

Sector Rotation: Accumulation And Distribution

In past articles, I have shared that corrections or maybe just weak markets are an opportune time to begin following the flow of money to determine where the market is moving in the ongoing evolution to find the next winners or simply to minimize risk depending on your perspective.  Last November, we looked at Perfcharts to gauge the industry where we might find the next movers based on our...

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Sell In May And Go Away: Get The Timing Right

Sell In May And Go Away: Get The Timing Right

The month of May can be a feast or famine period in the equity markets, but one thing is for sure it is known for volatility.  For instance, from 1965 through 1984 the S&P 500 was down 15 out of 20 Mays; yet from 1985 through 1997 May was the best month with 13 consecutive gains.  The recent multi-month consolidation pattern sets the stage for an exciting summer in the financial markets....

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