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Avoid the Wash & Rinse Cycle

I’ve been contributing a daily review and forecast for the S&P or Nasdaq futures for over a month because this is the market I personally trade. However, individuals coming to disintermediated, zero-sum markets such as futures from other “normal” markets such as equities, may not be aware of the critical differences. Asset markets such as stocks serve institutions and the general public....

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The Importance Of Follow Through -- Be Patient

The Importance Of Follow Through -- Be Patient

Many of us are trained to look for tops and bottoms and game the markets accordingly.  For the most part, this is the way our brains work; yet, intuitively speaking, that is just the wrong approach.  Finding tops and bottoms is generally a loser's game, but following through after seeing a top/bottom take place can be the most lucrative profit opportunity.  Our minds think in terms of...

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Oil-Dollar Breakdown, Higher Prices To Come?

Oil-Dollar Breakdown, Higher Prices To Come?

Oil prices have been under pressure as the dollar soars. For many, they believe that the strength in the dollar is a major reason why oil will not be able to rally. Yet the truth is that while in recent years, the dollar-oil inverse correlation has been very tight, throughout history that has not always been the case. In fact, in the oil market, as well as other commodities, we may be at the...

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Las Vegas Sands (LVS) – A Value Play on the Rising Asian Consumer and the U.S. Economic Recovery

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) – A Value Play on the Rising Asian Consumer and the U.S. Economic Recovery

Over the last 12 months, Macau casino gaming stocks are down by an average of 50% as the world’s largest casino-gaming market experienced an unprecedented decline in gross gaming revenues (GGR). GGR in Macau experienced its first yearly decline since data became publicly available in 2002, falling by 2.6% last year to $44 billion as a result of the Chinese government’s anti-graft movement,...

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Futures Trading $1K A Day: Mathematical Modeling to Harness Pullback

Futures Trading $1K A Day: Mathematical Modeling to Harness Pullback

$1K A Day: Feasible or Fictitious? Retail traders are hypnotically attracted to spectacular profits. Futures trading room operators know this and use performance to galvanize our interest: “89.9% win rate 5 years in a row”; “$18,367.94 in 21 days”; “46,572.79 in less than a month”; “$70,183.54 in 3.5 months,” or “$1,900,336.82”. Jon Burras (Numbers do Lie, 2012) states we believe that math...

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What You Should Know About Binary Options

What You Should Know About Binary Options

“Binary Options.” There, I've said it. Binary Options are the red-headed-step-child of the investing world and for good reason. While at heart, they are a viable means of market speculation, in practice, they are often nothing more than a smokescreen for scam artists. This is primarily because they, as a vehicle for speculation, came to life on the Internet in the gray areas between...

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Hot Cocoa May Be Cooling Off

Hot Cocoa May Be Cooling Off

Fundamentals point to a Call Selling Opportunity in a “Back Page” Market Last week’s strong US Employment report gave the proverbial “all clear” to the US economy and stoked speculation that interest rates are destined to increase as early as this summer. This had added extra fuel to the ongoing rally in the US Dollar. The continuing strength in the dollar has been a macro force weighing on...

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Is Now a Good Time To Invest In The U.S?

Is Now a Good Time To Invest In The U.S?

While the rest of the world is struggling economically, the U.S seems to be a class apart. The world’s largest economy continues to show positive signs of full recovery with jobs growth and the unemployment rate showing significant improvement one month to the other. Some analysts are yet to be convinced by the U.S economic growth, which has been rising significantly one quarter to the other...

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The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 2: Apple (AAPL)

The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 2: Apple (AAPL)

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at Tesla Motors (TSLA) and its current life-cycle and noted that often times. the stocks of the best companies can have several life-cycles of growth and decline throughout their history. These are generally companies that are able to re-invent themselves time and time again with newer and ever more innovative products and services that drive new product...

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The Detrended Price Oscillator Indicator - Leading Analysis For Traders And Investors

The Detrended Price Oscillator Indicator - Leading Analysis For Traders And Investors

Most technical traders want to know how to be able to anticipate a Topping Market or Bear Market, and when a Bull Market is starting to develop after a correction or longer Bear Market. This requires the use of a longer term indicator, so that the cycles of the market or the company’s stock are visible. The advantages of the Detrended Price Oscillator (DPO) for Cycle Analysis is that it can...

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The Training Dilemma – What to Really Look for in Trading Education

The Training Dilemma – What to Really Look for in Trading Education

Learning to trade can be an expensive and frustrating endeavor. If you are starting out, you could end up buying (and discarding) numerous training courses in the process of learning how to trade. You need to develop a more holistic view of the market. You need to develop your own training curriculum, as opposed to taking a series of disjointed “magic bullet” courses that have you starting...

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Miss This Six-Year Bull Run? Don’t Beat Yourself Up, Be Mindful

Miss This Six-Year Bull Run? Don’t Beat Yourself Up, Be Mindful

The Nasdaq Composite Index reclaimed 5,000 for the first time since 2000, stirring investor’s emotions.  Some investors are in high spirits.  They feel good about the money being made from the Naz’s strong momentum and the promise of still higher prices to come.  Many other investors feel disheartened, however, because they haven’t been in the market enjoying this wonderful bull advance....

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Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Unlocking Your Phone Is Legal Again -- What Does It Mean For The Wireless Carriers?

Believe it or not, it was illegal, until very recently, for you to unlock your smartphone and take it from one carrier to another. Yes, illegal in the traditional sense. Thanks to a quirky interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), those who unlocked their phones, even as recently as a year ago could wind up behind bars for an unfathomable five years. That’s a long time...

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Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility In Your Portfolio

Random price movements leave us with very little edge when it comes to reading the charts and technicals.  Never mind fundamental analysis, which is simply impossible to explain how stock can move violently after a news event.  The market is simply designed around accumulation and distribution, seen very clearly on a price and volume chart.  Yet, when these buyers and sellers are pulled in...

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A Dramatic Year – 2015 Financial Collapse?

A Dramatic Year – 2015 Financial Collapse?

The European Central Bank (ECB) recently announced a trillion- dollar package to fight inflation. Whatever these central banks do will not have any effect on the world, short-term. The ECB program involves printing 60-billion euros per month, which is nearly three-quarters of a trillion euros per annum, and they will start in March 2015 and end in September 2016. Their goal is an inflation...

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