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Trading Psychology: Avoid The Prediction Trap

Trading Psychology: Avoid The Prediction Trap

When I sit down to write for TraderPlanet, I typically mull over things that have occurred the same day in my coaching practice. It seems the fresher the experience, the more easily it can be milked for a few drops of insight. Tonight I had the pleasure of working with an aspiring futures trader, a corporate pilot by day who has dreams of retiring from flying and leveraging his navigational...

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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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Central Bankers Recreating Reality

Central Bankers Recreating Reality

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. Bertrand Russell We will at some point in time publish a full in depth article in terms of how Central bankers have been actively employing psychological strategies to deceive the masses for generations. In essence, central bankers have been recreating reality, and the sad part is that the masses now...

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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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IPOs: Watch This Healthy Pet Food Maker

IPOs: Watch This Healthy Pet Food Maker

Before the market opens on Wednesday, July 22, healthy pet product maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ (BUFF) 29.5 million share IPO is expected to price within a range of $16-$18. The lead underwriters on the deal are JP Morgan and Citigroup. BUFF’s IPO comes on the heels of another healthy pet food IPO, Freshpet (FRPT), which went public on November 7, 2014. Taking a look back on how that IPO...

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Tanger (SKT): A Bargain For Income Investors

Tanger (SKT): A Bargain For Income Investors

  Why Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT) Is a Bargain for Income Investors With global interest rates still near record lows (the German ten-year yield is at 0.8%, while the U.S. ten year yield is at 2.3%, income investors face a difficult time finding meaningful yields in bond products or high-dividend stocks without taking substantial risks.  Should inflation unexpectedly rise later this...

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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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3 Problem Trading Behaviors: How To Solve Them

3 Problem Trading Behaviors: How To Solve Them

It’s worth reminding ourselves that every trader is responsible for their trading actions and behavior. How we behave or act (i.e., what we do or don’t do) when trading will largely determine our trading success.  Here are 3 common day trading problems related to how traders act.  Left untamed, they will lead to failure.  All are within the control of the trader and can, therefore, be...

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FitBit (FIT) Looks Poised for a Healthy Debut

FitBit (FIT) Looks Poised for a Healthy Debut

So far, 2015 has been fairly light on high-buzz, high-growth tech-related IPOs, but that figures to change this week with Fitbit's (FIT) 29.9 million share IPO. As of this writing, the deal is expected to price within a range of $14-$16, but, given the buzz -- and it's very impressive growth rates -- it wouldn't be a surprise if the price range was lifted before it launches on Thursday, June...

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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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Alcoa (AA) – A Leading Industrial Play on the Growing Global Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

Alcoa (AA) – A Leading Industrial Play on the Growing Global Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

AA, the largest aluminum producer in the U.S., returned nearly 50% in 2014, as the combination of rising aluminum prices (along with rising regional price premiums over London Metal Exchange prices), efficiency gains, and a 7% growth in global aluminum demand drove AA’s 2014 net income to $268 million, its highest calendar-year profit since 2011. For the U.S. aluminum industry as a...

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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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The Rise of the Ugly Duckling Set-up in a “Channelized” QE Market Environment

The Rise of the Ugly Duckling Set-up in a “Channelized” QE Market Environment

So far 2015 has been a difficult environment for investors as the indexes have “chopped and slopped” in a mostly sideways range since December of 2014. Each time the market has appeared ready to bust out to new highs and begin a potentially strong, new trend to the upside, it has backed down into its prior price range relatively quickly. Conversely, each time the market has looked like it is...

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