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How To Profit In Thin Liquidity Environment

How To Profit In Thin Liquidity Environment

It is a fact that liquidity in the markets has been decreasing for some time now. This is not just a feature of the holiday period, but certainly is more noticeable between mid July to around the third week in August. Thinning liquidity is in part due to the over mature long term cycle we are finding ourselves in.   Banks cannot trade as they used to due to tightening of regulations, low...

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How To Develop True Trading Confidence

How To Develop True Trading Confidence

Brett found trading confidence elusive.  "If only I was more confident, I'd be a better trader," Brett explained.  What might cultivate more confidence?  "Making more winning trades, of course."  Sorry, that’s the wrong answer. The Source of True Trading Confidence Trading confidence doesn’t come from the number of winning trades, how much money was won, or other ‘statistical’ measures. ...

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New Era For US Stocks: Adapt Or Die

New Era For US Stocks: Adapt Or Die

It is no secret to investors that we are living in unprecedented times. At no time in history have so many governments around the globe engaged so actively in the printing of money to counteract and essentially monetize away the effects of the glut of debt that led to the 2008 global financial crisis. This wave of liquidity has in turn distorted markets in a way that has made navigating...

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Algorithmic Trading: What You Need To Know

Algorithmic Trading: What You Need To Know

What are Automated Futures Trading Systems? Often referred to as algorithmic trading systems, or simply algos, an automated futures trading system is a defined set of technical rules and parameters that ultimately determine entry and exit points for a given contract.  In the event that all of the stipulated technical events occur, a buy or sell signal is created and a trade is automatically...

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Creative Visualization For Improved Trading Results

Creative Visualization For Improved Trading Results

Regular visualization is proven to improve performance by up to 10%. Professional athletes use it to improve performance, yet traders are for the most part unaware how this tool could have a positive impact on their trading results: At the beginning of this year I started working with a group of professional traders to help them improve their trading performance.  The group was given a novel...

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Jesse Livermore’s Pivotal Point: Ugly Duckling Buy Set-up

Jesse Livermore’s Pivotal Point: Ugly Duckling Buy Set-up

In last month’s column I discussed the rise of what I call the “Ugly Duckling” buy set-up where we seek to buy a stock not as it makes news highs, but instead as it begins to round out the lows of a potential new chart base or consolidation. I also showed examples of stocks like Lannett Company (LCI) and CyberArk Software (CYBR) which had strong moves coming off the lows of pullbacks and...

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Why You Don't Have a Trading Log and Why You Should!

Why You Don't Have a Trading Log and Why You Should!

Every educator worth their salt will tell you “It’s important to log your trades”, to keep a record of your trades in order to track your progress. Almost all traders fail to heed this advice. In fact, of the traders I work with, I’d say that less than 5% actually keep a consistent trade history. It’s not just laziness at play here; there are practical reasons and psychological reasons that...

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Top Five Things Traders Need to Know About Option Margin

Top Five Things Traders Need to Know About Option Margin

The truth is, unlike margin on futures contracts, option margin is dynamic.  It is almost constantly changing along with market price, volatility, and the exchange’s perceived event risk.  Further, many brokerage firms opt to charge their clients margin requirements that are higher than the exchange minimums to compensate for what they believe to be additional risk posed to the client, and...

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Millenials – It Appears They Are Moving Out And In To Homes

Millenials – It Appears They Are Moving Out And In To Homes

Consumer and investor confidence dipped this past month. This, along with the other recent soft economic indicators, has led some analysts to lower GDP projections for 2015. So be it; let the predictions stand. Me? I prefer to look past the month-to-month indicators. I look to indicators that are more long lasting, that are more predictive of a solid foundation for economic growth. One of...

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So Much For Ancient Greece and Biometrics Using The Eye

So Much For Ancient Greece and Biometrics Using The Eye

Today we go between ancient history and the future, which is now. We leave the market to its own devices, as it is again behaving as if it wants to go up. Maybe it is the tepid economic data coming out that has the market believing the Fed will remain sidelined until at least late in the year, or maybe it likes that spring is here. Whatever … Greece is ancient history, you know Plato, the...

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Old School Advice

Old School Advice

Even with the prevalence of high speed trading and other complex algorithmic systems, it is often the tried and true strategies that can help you be successful over the long haul. Many investors try to reinvent the wheel, but often the most successful traders today have patterned their trading styles after those of the great traders of the past. W.D. Gann “How to Make Profits in Commodities”...

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Mastering the Emotions of Trading:Harnessing Emotion and Thinking for Highly Effective Trading

Mastering the Emotions of Trading:Harnessing Emotion and Thinking for Highly Effective Trading

“Trade what you see, not what you feel.” This axiom of trading seems so right, it is undeniable that all traders need to strive to achieve it.  The only problem with this oft quoted remark is what you see is influenced by what you are feeling – no exceptions.  If only traders could see the facts clearly without feeling, then they would be freed from the tyranny of emotional reasoning.  Then...

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Are You Using the Right Trading Style and Instrument?

Are You Using the Right Trading Style and Instrument?

Market Conditions Affect Profits One of the benefits of the modern market structure with online trading is that anyone can trade just about any trading instrument using a variety of trading styles. This is also one of the biggest challenges that face retail traders. There are literally too many choices and not enough reliable information to help them select the instrument and optimal trading...

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Can Etsy (ETSY) Craft a Winning IPO?

Can Etsy (ETSY) Craft a Winning IPO?

With a few exceptions – GoDaddy (GDDY), a recent example – 2015 has been fairly light on headline-grabbing IPOs. That figures to change this week, however, as there are a few highly-recognizable companies looking to go public. Of that set, the one that may garner the most attention is a high-growth online retailer catering mostly to women.  That company, Etsy (ETSY), is offering 16.7 million...

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Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?

Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?

W. D. Gann – a trader active during the first half of the 20th Century and a developer of unique analytical methods, such as the Square of 9 and Gann Angles – was reputed to be able to predict within a few ticks the top and bottom of a stock’s range within a specified period of time.  Richard Wyckoff claimed that Gann’s trading ability was so good that it was “… probably unparalleled in the...

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