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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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Trading Psychology: Are You in Trading Denial?

Trading Psychology: Are You in Trading Denial?

Have you been caught holding onto a bias in your trading?  Most traders have.  A bias can be highly detrimental to trading, causing wrong trades and missed opportunities. It can trigger mental and emotional events that raise stress levels and can make any situation go from not so good to terrible in a flash. Smart People & Denial Sometimes, even very smart people can be in denial....

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Step Up Your Economics Game And Learn The Transactions Approach

Step Up Your Economics Game And Learn The Transactions Approach

The problem with modern economics is that it’s obsessed with taking perfect, fitted theories and applying them to a messy and often times random world. Think about the basis of all economics. It assumes that each player is “rational”. Ha! A few of my ex-girlfriends would prove otherwise…  The result are models that don’t work properly in the real world. As an example, take the classic view...

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How To Profit from the Next Leg Up in Silver

How To Profit from the Next Leg Up in Silver

This month I will look at silver prices and how you can leverage your returns to this metal and profit from the next move up Whilst US stocks markets have been fairly flat this year commodities have seen some big moves including Gold and Silver. Gold (GLD) is currently up 17% and Silver (SLV) is up 18% year to date. I still believe that both metals can move higher in 2016 and silver could...

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Trading Psychology: Let Go Of Controlling Your Trades

Trading Psychology: Let Go Of Controlling Your Trades

When I talk with traders who seek my assistance with their trading challenges a big issue is the challenge to hang on to a good trade. We find it very hard to let a position mature, giving it room to breathe. Day traders in particular know the scenario well: You get into, let’s say a $EUR/USD trade: Price moves in your favour only to retrace two thirds of its move in matter of minutes. At...

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What You Need To Know About Fed Funds Futures

What You Need To Know About Fed Funds Futures

Do the Fed Funds futures markets tell us what the Fed is going to do? The answer to that question is a resounding “no”!  Fed Funds futures contracts are simply trading vehicles in which hedgers, but mostly speculators, buy and sell according to their market outlook.  Although it can be argued that the Fed has been looking to the financial markets for policy guidance, in the end, they are the...

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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't Get Trapped in your Investment-Pay Attention to Liquidity

Don't 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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