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Trading Psychology: Of Rabbits And Raiders

Trading Psychology: Of Rabbits And Raiders

I read an interesting article today on the AAII website by Lee Freeman-Shor, a seasoned portfolio manager based in the U.K. who has a keen interest in the psychology of investing. We share a fascination with the ways that trader personality affects bottom-line results. To create a diversified money management approach, he hires up to a dozen managers and has carefully studied their trading...

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Will The Crude Oil Price Crash Become Even Worse In 2016?

Will The Crude Oil Price Crash Become Even Worse In 2016?

A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble.Plaut 2015 was not a good year for speculators trying to time the oil markets.  Oil kept cutting through each support level like a hot knife cutting through butter. It would give the appearance that it was ready to mount a rally, but that rally would fade, and oil prices would drift lower.  We penned an article in Nov of last year, where we...

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Winning Mindset for Losing Markets

Winning Mindset for Losing Markets

Traders are preoccupied with winning. It’s the raison d’etre for getting into this rather odd profession or avocation in the first place. But unlike most other professions, this one has a paradoxical twist to just about everything that one undertakes. In regard to winning, for example, it seems that we first need to learn to lose. If we never learn the right way to lose, then winning will...

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The Bull Run May Not Be Over

The Bull Run May Not Be Over

Every wall is a door.Ralph Waldo Emerson The markets are not free; corrections end at arbitrary points. In other words, the top players decide when the markets will correct and how far they will drop and or rise. This is why we focus on the trend and not absolute price targets as almost all free market forces have been removed. However, some individuals are still fixated to the idea of exact...

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The Authentic Key To Trading Psychology: Mindfulness

The Authentic Key To Trading Psychology: Mindfulness

You have probably heard about mindfulness.  It’s a mental skill that is of particular value to traders. Over last decade, science is showing mindfulness to be beneficial to both physical well-being and mental health.  The practice of mindfulness reduces anxiety and stress, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves immunity functioning.  It also improves concentration, heightens...

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Timing With Fibonacci

Timing With Fibonacci

Timing can be everything, especially in financial markets. Fortunately there are numerous types of timing tools that have been developed over the years that can be of great benefit to a trader. A wide range of techniques exist, from long used cyclical analysis to the esoteric “Delta” phenomena developed by Wells Wilder. As diverse as these methods seem, they all attempt to find time frames...

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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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