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How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

Although many traders use indicators like moving averages, MACD, and the like, understanding how to read price action can add exceptional value to the trader.  With some study and practice, price action can help the trader determine the likely next move of the market.  Let’s look at the recent price action in the S&P e-mini futures (ES) that led to a swift and large decline.  We’ll see...

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Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

"Great traders have passion, confidence, an edge and a game plan. They are prepared, They keep their system simple.” - Gavin McMaster I have been option trading for several years, and while my results have been up/down - what is important is that I have survived many different market cycles.  That should tell you a great deal, as surviving in this jungle call the 'market' without a life...

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8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

Everyone talks about having a trading plan, but what should be in it? In the first of two part series, we will be looking into the foundational ingredients of all trading plans. I had to think about this for a long time myself, when I first started out.  I attended all the seminars, and I read all the books, and I was constantly hearing that I needed a trading plan, but no one explained what...

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Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Most people would agree that being healthy is one of the most important things in your life, whatever your profession.  As a trader, you may have already experienced the stress that goes with trading.  In fact, trading is fraught with stress, and stress—especially the kind of chronic stress many traders are familiar with—can be very damaging to one’s health.  Chronic stress has been linked...

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Is King Dollar Getting Demoted?

Is King Dollar Getting Demoted?

Since late 2014, the greenback has been the “talk of the town”.  In addition to dollar strength choking corporate earnings, it has played a big part in a commodity decline of historical proportion.  As a commodity broker, with a front row seat to the chaos, I can attest the currency market is perhaps the single most influential driver of asset prices.  The correlations between the dollar and...

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Coffee Market Sets Up for Call Sellers

Coffee Market Sets Up for Call Sellers

Despite Spring Rally, Fundamentals, Seasonals Spell Trouble for Coffee Prices Coffee prices have enjoyed an upswing as of late – having benefited from a plethora of scattered fundamentals that have lifted them from their lowly depths. A jump in the Brazilian Real has some producers holding off on forward sales. Near term supplies are tight.  El Nino dryness in Eastern Brazil and Vietnam is...

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Trading Psychology: Waiting for an Ambush?

Trading Psychology: Waiting for an Ambush?

I have a question for you this week: When you are trading, do you feel like you are waiting to be ambushed? It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the case because markets are highly random and difficult to predict, so active traders get ambushed all the time. An ‘ambush’ is when the market suddenly does something adverse and costly that you did not expect. It could be news driven or the result...

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Trading Psychology: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Trading Psychology: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Peak performance is an exciting area of biological and psychological research, because it is stretching the boundaries of what is possible. It is mostly applied to athletics, but peak performance research is very relevant for traders and investors, too. Unfortunately, most traders spend little time cultivating the skills that will actually foster peak performance.  Instead, they focus their...

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Trading Lessons: The Mountain Top Is Lonely

Trading Lessons: The Mountain Top Is Lonely

I've been to the top of what is called 'trading nirvana', a place where I thought I would have plenty of company.  Back in my early trading days, I thought there was nothing bad that could touch me.  As you recall from a previous article where I turned a small sum of 7K into a nice amount over half a million in just a few years.  This was 'it' for me, and while it was far from a fortune I...

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Making Trend Trading Easy: A Dynamic Tactic

Making Trend Trading Easy: A Dynamic Tactic

Trends can be vexing for many traders.  Because trends happen less frequently than congestion, we can easily get lulled into buying and selling the extremes.  In a trend, this can be disastrous.  Many traders who make good money fading short-lived market moves give it all back when a trend gets going.  It can be hard to shift gears. Making Trends Easy: The Right Multiple Time Frame Combo...

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Trading Tactics: Bull or Bear? These Labels Are Useless

Trading Tactics: Bull or Bear? These Labels Are Useless

Some trading lessons are invaluable.  One of the best is to be agnostic and without a bullish or bearish bias. As the markets move up and down we often find ourselves positioned in one camp or the other.  Naturally, on the sidelines technically means we are neutral, but often it is 'bullish with a bias to wait'.  I'm not into labels.  Why?  Because it puts us all in a frame of mind where we...

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Trading Psychology: Mindfulness In Trading

Trading Psychology: Mindfulness In Trading

Mindfulness is an ancient mental discipline that arose in the yogic traditions in India and China thousands of years ago. It is a simple presence of mind that can be a bit elusive to maintain because it is so exquisitely focused on the here and now. Interestingly, its benefits for stress reduction, concentration, self-awareness and productivity have been validated by modern research. No...

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Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Many Retail Traders do not realize that there are 9 Market Participant Groups in the Stock Market today. Here is a list of those groups:   Giant Buy Side and Sell Side Institutions:  These control 90 trillion dollars in assets worldwide and manage Mutual and Pension Funds. The Sell Side Institutions creates Stock Derivatives such as Options, Exchange Traded Funds ETFs, Exchange Traded Notes...

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The Awesome Power of Belief: 4 Steps to Bring Vital Belief into your Trading

The Awesome Power of Belief: 4 Steps to Bring Vital Belief into your Trading

Everyone knows that belief in oneself contributes immensely to success.   This is true for any endeavor—whether it be in trading, sport, entrepreneurship, the professions, or the arts—and at any level, from novice to expert.  In trading, the best traders have a positive self-belief most of the time.  They weren't born with it; most learned to develop it.  But even the most successful traders...

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Russia And China Load Up On Gold

Russia And China Load Up On Gold

Crumbling U.S Empire drives Russia & China to move into Gold     Central bankers have been on a massive Gold Buying Spree led by Russia and China.  One must remember that not only is Putin ex-KGB, but he is also an economist and holds a black belt in judo.  Judo teaches you to use your opponent’s momentum to defeat him or her, and that appears to what Putin is doing.  He has this...

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