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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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Buying Opportunity: Go Long SPY Calls

Buying Opportunity: Go Long SPY Calls

With the prices in the broad markets at all time highs, questions are being raised about whether this is the right time to be buying S&P 500 ETF: SPY. Every trader should always be looking for a great deal, they never want to overpay nor do they want to be on the wrong side of the trade. [Editor's note: Sarah Potter's new book: How You Can Trade Like A Pro is available at Amazon and...

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The Elliott Wave Principle At Work: Gold

The Elliott Wave Principle At Work: Gold

Precious metals got off to a great start this year and the form is holding nicely. With bullish sentiment growing it might be best to wait for a correction in the new uptrend before considering a position on the next potential push higher. [Editor's note: Are you new to Elliott Wave? Learn the basics in this article by Madden. ] Sentiment and the Elliott Wave Principle go hand in hand, after...

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Will Castlight Health’s IPO Shine?

Will Castlight Health’s IPO Shine?

This week features one of the more intriguing IPOs of 2014, in my opinion. The company, Castlight Health (CSLT), has developed a cloud-based software platform built to help corporations control rising health care costs. This is a problem that seven out of ten CFOs consider to be the most pressing one , according to CSLT.It is a very early-stage company with limited revenue and significant...

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Use On Balance Volume To Follow The Smart Money

Use On Balance Volume To Follow The Smart Money

We’ve all heard the saying about the smart money and the, well, not smart money. When a stock is trending up or down, it is wise to follow the smart money versus your gut feelings, news, or what your friends (the not smart money) are doing. A LITTLE BACKGROUND If you’re not familiar with “On Balance Volume” (OBV) let’s touch on what exactly OBV is. OBV was initially introduced to the world...

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Trading Thrills: A Hazard To Your Financial Health

Trading Thrills: A Hazard To Your Financial Health

I used to watch CNBC pretty much all day. Every uptick and downtick of the S&P, the Nasdaq Composite and the Dow – I was right there. IPOs? Sure, I could tell you about them. Earnings reports, hot trades, analyst actions. All of it.It’s exciting. It drives TV viewership. However, for investors, not only is it useless, but it’s actually dangerous. Yes, dangerous. Nobody makes serious life...

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Measuring The Impact Of Social Investments

Measuring The Impact Of Social Investments

Becoming involved in the impact investment space may sound good, but the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and nonprofit B Lab jointly offer an analytics platform that helps investors measure the social, environmental and financial performance of their investments.Specifically GIIN and B Lab together promote tools that help...

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30 Great Trading Rules

30 Great Trading Rules

Here is the inconvenient truth about successful trading. It’s work. Trading is more than just numbers — it is a three dimensional fight that rages primarily inside the traders themselves. Missing any crucial element can ruin a trader quickly. The trader must first develop a robust trading system that fits their own personality and risk tolerance. Then they must trade it with discipline and...

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Use Excel Sparklines For Data Visualization

Use Excel Sparklines For Data Visualization

Data visualization is a popular topic among traders. As many traders are following multiple markets, data visualization can make it easier to discern market conditions. For example, a quote display can include a column of symbols and a column of net percent change for the day. Using heat mapping, the markets with the largest percent gain can be highlighted in bright green and the weakest...

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The Crude Oil-Industrial Production Correlation

The Crude Oil-Industrial Production Correlation

Oil prices have certainly recovered since the crises and the industrial production has, without a doubt, increased over the past years. In this article we will attempt to identify the relationship, if any, between WTI crude oil futures prices and US industrial productivity. It is worth mentioning that monthly data regarding the US manufacturing industry and US Total Vehicle Sales have also...

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