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Is the Trend Really our Friend?

Is the Trend Really our Friend?

If I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard someone insinuate that trading should be as simple as identifying a trend then jumping on the bandwagon, I would be a wealthy woman.  Looking at a chart of crude oil falling from $100 to $26 per barrel, or the e-mini S&P peaking near 1,500 in 2007 and reaching 660 before finding a lasting bottom a few years later, one would assume being short...

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A Simple Way to Improve Your Investment Result

A Simple Way to Improve Your Investment Result

Over the years, I’ve found that most investors believe that the process of achieving high returns tends to be through the process of addition. Everywhere you turn there is an advisor or commentator recommending that you buy one thing or another to add to your portfolio. What many investors don’t realize is that there are times when the process of subtraction can be a better strategy. In...

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6 Ways Every Forex Trader can Enhance the Performance of Their Expert Advisors

6 Ways Every Forex Trader can Enhance the Performance of Their Expert Advisors

The manual system of trading forex is fading away, they assume it is time consuming; alternatively, they’ve employed systems that are designed to execute trade automatically. Enhancing your Expert Advisor (EA) is a strategic step of improving your chances of winning through trading forex. Before we go any further, let’s start by understanding what forex Expert Advisor is all about. What is...

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8 Trading Words and Phrases To Avoid

8 Trading Words and Phrases To Avoid

A couple weeks back I introduced a partial list of market talk phrases to avoid when focusing on markets. Today we have more to consider. Always remember the reward is from your own effort and ability to make tough decisions in challenging times. Rely on your own instincts and use sound judgment. ‘There is little risk in markets’ – Just when it seems markets are going to lose gravity and go...

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12 Point Guide to Choosing the Best Stocks

12 Point Guide to Choosing the Best Stocks

Before investing in a stock, it is important to do your homework. There are so many choices and variables to consider and it is easy to become overwhelmed and make mistakes. While there isn’t a perfect recipe for success, having a guide to follow and knowing the right questions to ask before handing over your hard earned money, will help you to make well-informed choices. It will also...

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Two Important Reasons Why Option Traders Fail

Two Important Reasons Why Option Traders Fail

Options.  They’re supposed to deliver you 1000% returns overnight, week after week right? That’s what a lot of these internet trading “gurus” will tell you anyway…  But the reality is far different. Options are a zero-sum game. When one person wins, another loses. The winners are few. First you have the highly efficient market makers. These guys set market prices through their expertise in...

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How to Make Money from Sector ETFs - Looking under the market's hood

How to Make Money from Sector ETFs - Looking under the market's hood

Many retail investors focus on the major stock indices such as the Dow Jones and the S&P500. The Dow Jones is a rather narrow snapshot of financial markets with only 30 stocks whereas the S&P500 is much broader.  So far the Dow and S&P500 are up around 5% YTD hardly much to get excited about and the Tech heavy NASDAQ100 is down a little but let’s take a look under the hood at...

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What Economic Recovery: 62% of Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings

What Economic Recovery: 62% of Americans don’t even have $1000 in savings

He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   A key sign of financial health is savings; if one does not have a decent amount of money tucked away for a rainy day, it is a sign that all is not well. Americans have a very hard time sticking to a budget and saving, compared to their Asian counterparts. This is reflected in the...

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Top 10 Financial Blunders to Avoid in Your 40’s and 50’s

Top 10 Financial Blunders to Avoid in Your 40’s and 50’s

By the time you are in your 40’s and 50’s, there is a good chance that you are established in your career and perhaps you have settled down and had a family. While this can be a stable time of your life in many respects, it is important now, more than ever, to ensure that you have all of your financial ducks in a row. When you were in your 20’s and 30’s and you began planning for the future,...

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Are you looking for a lower risk way to play currency Brexit?

Are you looking for a lower risk way to play currency Brexit?

It is no secret that the Brexit vote fallout has left the currency markets in turmoil.  Going into the event, we were advising our brokerage clients to “lay low”.  Although inexperienced traders look forward market making events with dreams of life-changing profits, I’ve been a commodity broker long enough to know that more money is lost than is made in highly volatile markets.  Even those...

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Are Vertical Spreads all they are Cracked up to be?

Are Vertical Spreads all they are Cracked up to be?

One of the new buzz words in the option industry is the vertical spread.  Although they’ve been around for as long as option trading, popularity of the strategy has been on the rise due to historically challenging market volatility and a more sophisticated trading community. Option buyers look to vertical spreads as a means of lowering their cost and risk of a particular trade.  Similarly,...

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Millennials: Avoid These 8 Financial Pitfalls

Millennials: Avoid These 8 Financial Pitfalls

If you are like many people in their 20’s and 30’s, you are just beginning to settle into your role as an adult. You may think that planning for your financial future is something that can wait. You tell yourself you will think about it after you start a relationship or get your degree or land that dream job. The truth is, not thinking about your finances when you are younger can set the...

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How To Use Reflexivity Theory To Trade Like George Soros

How To Use Reflexivity Theory To Trade Like George Soros

George Soros became a legend when he “broke the Bank of England” and made $1 billion in a single day. That day, September 16th 1992, is now referred to as Black Wednesday. And when he was running his fund, Quantum, he averaged 30% a year. Twice he even made over 100% in a single year… How did he do it? Well if you ask him, he attributes a lot of his success to understanding the Theory of...

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Are You Making any of These 3 Trading Psychology Mistakes?

Are You Making any of These 3 Trading Psychology Mistakes?

Many traders with aspirations of becoming a great trader fail because they blow their trading psychology. Let's take a look at 3 of the worst mistakes traders make with respect to trading psychology, and what to do instead. Mistake #1 - Ignoring Trading Psychology Until it is too Late This one is really easy to do, especially since most people think trading is all about the trade setup and...

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Teach Your Kids How To Invest: 8 Easy Steps

Teach Your Kids How To Invest: 8 Easy Steps

Thought I’d share something very different today that will affect the next generation. While children may not understand investing in the terms that a sophisticated adult can, there are some simple ways to start getting your children to think about money.  If you begin teaching them early, even as young as 5 years old, you will be giving your child a good start towards a healthy financial...

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