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Which Holidays Are Good For The Market?

Which Holidays Are Good For The Market?

Last week we posted a brief outlook on the broad U.S. equity market heading into the Easter holiday, and we casually dropped a throwaway line: “the markets like Easter.” A reader asked a simple question: “Is there really a seasonal bias in favor of Easter.” Good question. The answer is yes and no. The bump we expected going into the Easter weekend was certainly there: the S&P 500 (SPX)...

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Weibo’s (WB) IPO Faces Wobbly Market, Skepticism

Weibo’s (WB) IPO Faces Wobbly Market, Skepticism

Weibo (WB), commonly referred to as “China’s Twitter,” is expected to price its 20 million share IPO the evening of April 16, within a range of $17-$19. Before its financials and fundamentals are even scrutinized, this Goldman Sachs/Credit Suisse led deal is facing an uphill battle.  As the stock market – growth and momentum names in particular – have fallen out of favor, so to have...

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Trading And Spouse Relationships

Trading And Spouse Relationships

How trading affects our relationships and relationships affect trading In the past couple of months, I have received several e-mails from traders who were in emotional stress. With only minor corrections, the market moved up relentlessly for a year. This has been a difficult environment for traders, as a majority tends to fade market momentum, looking for volatility. I also received two...

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Overcome Fear In Your Trading

Overcome Fear In Your Trading

Why is it so important to be able to trade without fear? The reason is that the emotion of fear clouds your judgement and makes it hard if not impossible to stick to your trading plan.  For example, the  trader plans to enter a trade when it pulls back to a certain pre-defined level,  he waits patiently for the pull-back and when price pulls back it does so with a large candle and high...

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SPX: Party Like It's 2000? Let's Hope Not

SPX: Party Like It's 2000? Let's Hope Not

Goldman Sachs has been circulating a document repeating a question it is hearing more and more frequently from its clients these days: is the current market repeating the pattern that developed in March, 2000? March of 2000, as everyone who was active in the market then remembers with some pain, was the month the tech bubble popped, and took the entire stock market down with it. Then, as...

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10 Commandments For Trading With The Trend

10 Commandments For Trading With The Trend

The principles that successful trend traders use to make money in the markets is difficult for the average investor or trader to understand. Readers unfamiliar with systematic trend trading have a hard time grasping the concept of trading for profitability without trying to predict where price will go next. Most successful trend traders have preset planned entries that are triggered by a...

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The Truth About Fundamental And Technical Analysis

The Truth About Fundamental And Technical Analysis

It’s not at all uncommon to hear traders go around talking about being primarily a technical analysis trader or a fundamental analysis trader. It almost seems like there are two completely different camps in the market analysis war within the Forex market as traders pick and choose a side in the technical versus fundamental analysis debate.When people ask me whether I primarily rely on...

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Plan For Your Retirement: Hope Is Not A Strategy

Plan For Your Retirement: Hope Is Not A Strategy

Simply contributing to qualified accounts isn’t enoughOver the last several months, I’ve written about three planning concepts that traders should consider:  (1) Establishing a solo 401(k) if your trading activities allow it under IRS rules, (2) Making the right assumptions when creating a retirement plan, and (3) The importance of planning when it comes to your investment strategy. In...

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Metals Outlook: Has Silver Bottomed?

Metals Outlook: Has Silver Bottomed?

China’s debt levels out of control?China is amassing debt at record levels and it signals the potential for another major financial crisis in the horizon. Since June of last year, more than 10 provinces and cities in China have loaded up on fresh stimulus plans that total up to 20 trillion Yuan ($3.3 trillion), according to a recent report by the Chinese newspaper First Financial Daily....

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Early Stock Indicator: Social Media Chatter

Early Stock Indicator: Social Media Chatter

Over the last several years, there has been a wide ranging debate about the use of social media in trading/investment strategies and whether or not sentiment in social media chatter can be predictive of stock price movements.  Numerous white papers have been written and this topic has and is continuing to garner interest in both the academic as well as the investment community.  Numerous...

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