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How to Profit during Trading Range Market Conditions

How to Profit during Trading Range Market Conditions

There are 6 Primary Market Conditions, one of which is Trading Range Market Conditions. It tends to be the most problematic for Technical and Retail Traders, mostly because few recognize this unique market condition.   Often times what happens is traders start to experience more whipsaw action, especially Intraday or Swing Trading but they do not know why. This results in trying to find...

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Trading Psychology: Align With The Energy Of The Markets

Trading Psychology: Align With The Energy Of The Markets

The recent sidelining of the markets, followed by the final break down yesterday has tested many trader. If you were long you probably lost money if you were short you probably lost money. I know, it still seems like a paradox to many traders: Understanding the nature of life is the most important thing you can do to align with the markets’ energy. Understanding and tuning into the rhythm of...

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Don' Get Trapped in your Investment-Pay Attention to Liquidity

Don' Get Trapped in your Investment-Pay Attention to Liquidity

Liquidity is more important than just a bid/ask spread…  As Howard Marks explains: It’s often a mistake to say a particular asset is either liquid or illiquid. Usually an asset isn’t “liquid” or “illiquid” by its nature. Liquidity is ephemeral: it can come and go. An asset’s liquidity can increase or decrease with what’s going on in the market. One day it can be easy to sell, and the next...

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Trading Psychology: Are You Trading for Profit Or Excitement?

Trading Psychology: Are You Trading for Profit Or Excitement?

There is a general perception among the non-trading public that trading is a very exciting occupation, and that there is a high reward waiting for you if you know how to do it correctly. By high reward, I mean making “a killing”, buying a sports car and a yacht, building a mansion, having a private butler, and so on. Unfortunately, this vision is very far from reality! The fact of the matter...

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The Coming Economic Collapse

The Coming Economic Collapse

The Equity Management Academy (EMA), monthly update predicts a coming global economic collapse after which hard assets, such as precious metals, may be the only assets worth holding. The current system is built on debt. EMA said, central bankers “Want to spread the debt” and Millennials are their next target. EMA said, “Visa plans to add infinitely more debt to the Millennials, who are...

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The House Always Wins — How To Make Sure You’re Trading With The Right Edge

The House Always Wins — How To Make Sure You’re Trading With The Right Edge

In trading and investing we’re always dealing with incomplete data sets. That’s a fact. We’ll never have perfect, complete information when we put on a trade. It’s impossible and we should never expect it.   This is why you’ll hear our team at Macro Ops frequently champion the acceptance of our own fallibility. Like Socrates, we fully embrace the limits and quality of our knowledge — an...

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Crude Oil Sets Up for Seasonal Dive Lower

Crude Oil Sets Up for Seasonal Dive Lower

Three Powerful Fundamentals Suggest Troubled Waters for Crude Oil Prices Ahead Here is How Option Sellers can Take Advantage Now In December of 2015, the pundits were abuzz with talk of crude oil going to $15, maybe even $10 per barrel. OptionSellers.com predicted on CNBC (www.OptionSellers.com/media ) in late December that prices would top $50 as the US approach Driving Season this year. We...

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Three Things To Know About The VIX

Three Things To Know About The VIX

The Chicago Board of Options Exchange’s (CBOE) volatility index, known as the VIX, is a popular gauge of stock market fear, but it has also become a venue for mass speculation.  The VIX is the only futures contract listed on what is otherwise known as a stock option exchange.  However, given that the CBOE is the creator of the popular volatility index, it is only fitting to see the product...

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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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