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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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TraderPlanet: Best of March

TraderPlanet: Best of March

April is the cruelest month as T.S. Eliot famously once said. April also marks the end of the U.S. stock market's so-called "best six months." Historically, investing in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from November 1 through April 30 and then switching into fixed income for the next six months has consistently delivered reliable returns since 1950, according to the Stock Trader's Almanac....

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Trading and Black Jack

Traders don’t know how good they have it!  I have just been reading ‘Beat the Dealer’ by Edward Thorp where he describes his system for beating the casinos at Black Jack.  The book was written in 1962 and in order to find their mathematical edges they had to use a powerful mainframe computer.  Within the book he talks about the edge that stock market traders have when a strong move is...

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Are You Cheating On Your Entry?

Are You Cheating On Your Entry?

 “Patience, persistence and perspiration makes an unbeatable combination for success” -  Napoleon Hill Often enough I receive same kind of e-mails from traders asking pretty much the same thing: Why not buy the stock (or ETF) here, now, why wait for price trigger? Buying or selling (shorting) stocks outside key areas is a common mistake among beginner traders. If there is a trade alert sent...

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Tweak The Trend: Enhance Returns With StochRSI

Tweak The Trend: Enhance Returns With StochRSI

I confess —I’m a boring trend follower.  The Primary Trend I take a top-down approach to trend following.  Identifying the direction of the broad market is the main objective.  My primary indicator, my unemotional compass is J. Welles Wilder, Jr.’s  Relative Strength Index or RSI.Featured in the 1978 publication New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems, Wilder’s RSI is   a momentum...

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7 Essentials To Become An Elite Trader

7 Essentials To Become An Elite Trader

Many traders set out on a journey and focus largely on finding the right method and increasing their skill set around putting that into action.  Of course, having a method with an edge is necessary to be profitable, but there’s a lot more to becoming an elite trader.Here are 7 essentials to become an elite trader.1. Trade methods with a strong positive equity curve over a large sample of...

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The S&P 500: Where Do We Go From Here?

The S&P 500: Where Do We Go From Here?

Mr. Market is beginning to show real signs of struggle, not surprising given its steep trajectory throughout 2013.  It is now more than two years since the market experienced a substantial pullback.  Today with many great movers well off their initial bases and showing signs of struggle, it is a waiting game, and a time to assess where the market has been, how it has fared to date, and what...

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Dollar Index: The ETF Of The Futures Markets

Dollar Index: The ETF Of The Futures Markets

The U.S. dollar index (symbol DX) is the relative “oddball” of the currency markets and, in my opinion, is one of the most under-rated products on the board.  It is traded on the InterContinentalExchange (ICE), rather that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) with most other liquid currency futures, and carries dramatically different contract specifications.  It is also the only diversified...

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4 Reasons I Am A Price Action Trader

4 Reasons I Am A Price Action Trader

When I was in school, the honest truth is I didn’t even know about Forex. The stock market was what I thought ‘trading’ was. I didn’t pay much interest in that either because like many other people, I believed to become a ‘trader’ you needed a lot of money, university degrees, and an IQ that allowed you to breeze through complicated algebra equations. When I discovered the Forex market it...

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