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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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How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

Too many traders, trading psychology means dealing with negative emotions like fear and greed.  We all know that negative emotions can cause trading difficulties.  However, many of us don’t know that the way we think can cause big problems, too.  We can be blind-sided by our thinking and decision making—especially when we use our normal, everyday problem-solving approaches in trading.  These...

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The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 1: Tesla Motors

The Life-Cycles of Stocks Part 1: Tesla Motors

In many ways, stocks are like people. They each have their own “life-cycle” of birth, growth, maturity, and eventually death.” What sets stocks apart from humans, however, is that some of the best companies are able to have several life-cycles, as they continually re-invent themselves by developing new, innovative products that in turn drive a new sales cycle and, hence, a new price cycle in...

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The Merger – Applying Technical And Fundamental Analysis To Your Trading

The Merger – Applying Technical And Fundamental Analysis To Your Trading

I would have to say that if I were to break trading down into only two categories that most, if not all, of you out there reading would agree that these two categories would be technical and fundamental trading. Now I realize that each of these includes multiple forms of trading, including speculation, investment, cash flow, capital appreciation, and many others, but at the root, you are...

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Why European Financials (EUFN) Is Undervalued And Poised To Rise

Why European Financials (EUFN) Is Undervalued And Poised To Rise

EUFN is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the MSCI European Financials Index, an index consisting of developed market equities in the European financial sector. With $374 million in assets and a 3-month average daily volume of 275,000 shares, EUFN has significant liquidity and provides a cost-effective way to gain exposure to financial companies in the European developed markets....

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Resolved: The Fed's QE Polices Were Bad For Business … And Everybody Else

Resolved: The Fed's QE Polices Were Bad For Business … And Everybody Else

“Hey wait a minute,” we hear you say. “The stock market is booming, close to the all-time high, and may be going higher. The jobless claims are down and the unemployment rate has been cut almost in half since 2011. The final employment numbers for 2014, just compiled last week, show a big increase in jobs. “The dollar is soaring. And the sharp drop in oil may hurt some people, but cheaper...

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US Consumer Update, 2015

US Consumer Update, 2015

It is time to get an update on the health of the US consumer.  A look at oil prices, the latest Wage and Salary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the long-term view of the US Treasury market will give a sense of how the US consumer is faring today. Oil and the Markets Since finding a top this summer, oil has fallen like a heavy knife.  The last time oil dropped this quickly was...

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Inovalon (INOV), The Marquee IPO Of The Week

Inovalon (INOV), The Marquee IPO Of The Week

Looking at the companies expected to launch IPOs for the week of February 9, the steady flow of healthcare-related deals is set to march on. As many as seven IPOs from that sector could price. However, with six healthcare IPOs delayed last week, there is certainly no guarantee this week’s set -- AltheaDx (IDGX), Eyegate Pharmaceuticals (EYEG), Infraredx (REDX), AutoGenomics (AGMX), Invitae...

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Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Channel Indicators are some of the oldest indicators still used by technical traders. They were first devised by using simple moving averages, above and below price, to present a “channel of price” for early technical analysts. These were also called “envelopes,” which are not as popular these days. Bollinger Bands® the channel indicator was written by John Bollinger CFA,CMT and are the...

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Swiss Franc Move Shows The Real Danger Of Improbable Events

Swiss Franc Move Shows The Real Danger Of Improbable Events

National currencies usually don’t move very much. In western, developed economies, for example, a national currency might move only two or three basis points a day (where one basis point is the equivalent to a move of 0.01%). In the grand scheme of things, a two or three basis point move is relatively insignificant and you would be hard pressed to find a trader who is interested in such a...

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Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

The ability to gauge the genuine strength of a move in a market has a number of implications. We can assess the strength of a move in one direction against the strength of the last move to decide if a market is reversing or just pulling back. We can also look at a move in more absolute terms. Armed with knowledge of how that specific market generally operates, we can assess if what appears...

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Can The Euro Strike Back With QE?

Can The Euro Strike Back With QE?

Over the last two weeks, Europe has experienced a period of mixed market conditions. At the beginning of the year, investors anticipated a better campaign this time around, as they expected a positive impact from ECB’s (European Central Bank) Quantitative Easing program. When ECB president Mari Draghi announced the QE late last month, everything seemed to be falling into place, as the Euro...

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What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

What You Must Know About Inter-Market Relationships (Part 1 of 2)

It is naïve to assume that seemingly unrelated markets move independent of each other.  The financial and commodity markets are littered with relationships that might be helpful for those attempting to speculate on price changes.  Further, simply assuming that the historical relationship you once read about in college textbooks is consistently valid is a mistake.  At the hands of government...

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