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Trading Tactics: How to Deal With a Slump

Trading Tactics: How to Deal With a Slump

Self-realization is a good place to start in breaking a trading slump.  I know it seems obvious that when you're in a slump and trading poorly your results and account balance will reflect it.  Streaks work both ways of course, and when we are winning it is just as notable as when we are losing.  Understanding what is happening to you is awareness that may help you change some habits, which...

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Stock Market Crash: Is The Dow Headed For A 2008 Repeat?

Stock Market Crash: Is The Dow Headed For A 2008 Repeat?

Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come. Anonymous   We could not help ourselves and put the word stock market crash in the title because every Tom, Dick and Harry is now chanting this tune.  Take a look at some of the recent headlines: Is the stock market headed for a repeat of 2008?, On marketwatch.com A stock-market crash of 50%+ would not...

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Trading Psychology: Of Rabbits And Raiders

Trading Psychology: Of Rabbits And Raiders

I read an interesting article today on the AAII website by Lee Freeman-Shor, a seasoned portfolio manager based in the U.K. who has a keen interest in the psychology of investing. We share a fascination with the ways that trader personality affects bottom-line results. To create a diversified money management approach, he hires up to a dozen managers and has carefully studied their trading...

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The Authentic Key To Trading Psychology: Mindfulness

The Authentic Key To Trading Psychology: Mindfulness

You have probably heard about mindfulness.  It’s a mental skill that is of particular value to traders. Over last decade, science is showing mindfulness to be beneficial to both physical well-being and mental health.  The practice of mindfulness reduces anxiety and stress, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves immunity functioning.  It also improves concentration, heightens...

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Timing With Fibonacci

Timing With Fibonacci

Timing can be everything, especially in financial markets. Fortunately there are numerous types of timing tools that have been developed over the years that can be of great benefit to a trader. A wide range of techniques exist, from long used cyclical analysis to the esoteric “Delta” phenomena developed by Wells Wilder. As diverse as these methods seem, they all attempt to find time frames...

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Get a Grip on Commodity Market Leverage

Get a Grip on Commodity Market Leverage

The basic definition of leverage is to use a financial tool or instrument to maximums the advantage of a speculative undertaking.   A prominent example of investing on leverage is the purchase of a home with a minimal down payment.  Although the buyer of the home is entitled to any price appreciation of the home, he is also subject to the pain of declining home values.  Yet, his profits and...

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Fukushima: Lessons For Your Trading Brain?

Fukushima: Lessons For Your Trading Brain?

When governments abandoned radiation testing from the Fukushima fallout the eminent ocean scientist Ken Buessler continued testing with the assistance of crowd funding. Now, what has all that to do with your (trading) brain, you might well ask. Fact is much more than the overwhelming majority of people think! Working long term with a group of experienced professional traders on their...

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3 Mistakes That Kill a Trader’s Dream for Success

3 Mistakes That Kill a Trader’s Dream for Success

Many traders have strong aspirations of becoming highly skilled and profitable.  When they fail to reach their dreams, however, it’s almost always due to trading psychology. Let’s review three common, dream-killing mistakes and what you can to do instead. Dream-Killer #1 - Ignoring Trading Psychology Until it is too Late Most think trading is all about the setup. Possessing strong technical...

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Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.Maya Angelou In the short term, China is still a mess, and the reasons are all but obvious.  Greed and stupidity fuelled the bubble that popped back in June of this year.  Some estimates put the number of individuals opening new accounts without high school diplomas at over 60%. Secondly, a large portion of these...

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Yirendai (YRD) Tests Turbulent IPO Market

Yirendai (YRD) Tests Turbulent IPO Market

The IPO market has been in hibernation mode with just one deal pricing (TEAM) in the month of December. The lack of activity is quite unusual for this time of year, when investment banks look to push as many deals through the door as possible before the books close on the year. Institutional investors have become much more risk-averse and have only been willing to sink capital into IPOs at...

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How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

This is a first in a series of short discussions on how traders and active investors use information, data, and intuition in the construction of certain trades. Since no trader is an island and information is typically compiled to create a short term and longer term play, there are certain truths that consistently play out in the capital markets arena.  One of more esoteric yet widely used...

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Top Ten Trading Psychology Myths

Top Ten Trading Psychology Myths

1. People are born traders. Although certain personal characteristics can make it easier to trade, no one was ever born a trader. A main theme of Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards books is that virtually none of the market wizards was successful from the outset. They all worked hard at it. 2. You have to have a high IQ to trade. This is just not true. In some ways, an above average IQ may be a...

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Man Versus Machine: Algorithmic High Frequency Trading And You

Man Versus Machine: Algorithmic High Frequency Trading And You

There is a lot of mystique surrounding the topic of algorithmic and High Frequency Trading (HFT). In fact this is both used by traders as the “reason of the week” for them losing money and unscrupulous vendors claiming to be able to give traders an “edge over algos” or “see what algos are doing”. In this article, we will take an objective look at this form of trading and how it may or may...

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Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Call Selling is Ideal Profit Strategy in Pro-longed Bear MarketsWith the latest media focus on oil prices and volatile stocks,  a market that’s been largely out of the news – primarily because of it’s slow, discouraging (to bulls) descent is Gold. Slow, lackluster markets are rarely fodder for media or investor attention. But for option sellers, these kinds of markets can present an ideal...

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How To Win In Any Market: 9 Rules For Contrarian Investing

How To Win In Any Market: 9 Rules For Contrarian Investing

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. --Kahlil Gibran When it comes to investing, the first rule thing you need to learn is effective management of your emotions.  It is impossible to eliminate the impulse to act when euphoria or panic are in the air. While you cannot eliminate the emotion that pushes to you react, you can control your...

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