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Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Oscillators come in a number of different forms such as stochastic, relative strength and the commodity channel index.  Although the mathematical equations are different in each, the underlying principal by which oscillator calculations are made remains the same.  How They Work All oscillators compare the high and low of a given market move to its close.  This is the reason that oscillators...

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The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

Russia was once described by Sir Winston Churchill, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”  Those words, spoken in 1939, eloquently described the Western sense of Moscow as inscrutable and a menacing country that plays by its own rules; perhaps they are no different now with the extraordinary exception that today’s Russia is dressed in diplomat’s pinstripes folded around a...

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Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

Trading Psychology: Clear Your Head

As traders, we try to maintain a high level of concentration and performance at all times. The focus is on trading plans and processes, risk and reward, indicators and charts, coding and strategies, and about a million other possibilities at any given time. Truly, it is impossible for any human to keep track of all the information available.When you get to the point where nothing makes sense...

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GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

GoPro IPO (GPRO): Should Traders “Capture” This Opportunity?

One of this year’s most highly-anticipated IPOs has been wearable, high-definition camera maker GoPro (GPRO).  With the help of high-profile events like the Olympics and a Red Bull Super Bowl commercial featuring Felix Baugartner’s free fall from space, the popularity of these devices has sky-rocketed in recent years. This is evident in the company’s triple-digit and high double-digit...

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China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

A Look at the Miners: RIO, SWC, CLF In recent weeks U.S. markets have experienced some long-anticipated selling pressure, but overseas the SSEC (Shanghai Composite Index) might be telling us the second largest economy is ready to rev its engines after years of sluggish momentum.The bulls for the Sleeping Giants (HPQ, INTC, CSCO) may have anticipated the SSEC’s latest move.  Today, the SSEC...

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Stock Markets Today: Make Volatility Work For You

Stock Markets Today: Make Volatility Work For You

As I’m sure young investors are aware, the term “volatility” is a common topic of discussion in the financial media, but there’s more to the story than just the normal ups and downs of the stock market. So, what is market volatility, how is it measured and what are its potential effects on investors? Let’s take a look.Investopedia defines volatility as, “A statistical measure of the...

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Swing Traders Guide To A Successful Trade

Swing Traders Guide To A Successful Trade

So why swing trading? Swing trading is the sweet spot between day and position trading. It is a strategy that combines both technical and fundamental techniques. It is the optimum trading strategy for part time traders. It uses time frames that are too long for day traders and too short for investors. The working space for swing traders is the 60 min chart and the daily chart in general....

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What Is The Best Trading System Or Method?

What Is The Best Trading System Or Method?

"You don’t trade the markets; you only trade your beliefs about the markets." - Van Tharp Just like there is no ‘Holy Grail’ trading system that never loses, there is also not one ‘best’ trading method. All trading methods have good points and bad points with advantages and disadvantages. Many traders make the mistake of thinking their way is the best and only way to trade.  In my...

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What Could The End Of QE Mean For Markets?

What Could The End Of QE Mean For Markets?

The end of quantitative easing (QE3) in the next few months, could lead to a drop in asset prices followed by yet another QE round, more debt and a further devaluation of paper currencies. The QE economy —which started in 2009 and has continued through 2014 — saw the banks buying stocks, bonds, and real estate, while loaning money to Wall Street, which sparked an asset bubble. That economy...

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Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

The S&P 500 (SPX) is on pace to triple its March 2009 low of 676.53 in 2014, leaving many wondering what is driving such an unprecedented bull market.  Indeed, a widely respected figure at a major financial news network said to me earlier this month, “Even in the media, we’re left scratching our heads by a lot of what we’re witnessing right now.”   On Thursday the SPX touched an intraday...

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Top 10 Free Trading Resources

Top 10 Free Trading Resources

The following is a list of my top 10 favorite free resources on the web for investors and traders. None of these websites involve any cost, though some do offer the possibility to upgrade to a pay service. We did not include TraderPlanet, since you are already here. 1.www.TopStepTrader.com If you are intraday trader that is tempted to have CNBC on during your trading day here is an...

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Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

The objective of any trading strategy is to identify trading entries with a high positive predictive value: i.e. the sensitivity and specificity of the order are likely to be successful close to 90% of the time. Getting Started In order to achieve this —the market must be defined or broken down into two separate energies: 1) price action or market structure and 2) indicator analysis. Both...

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IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

IPO Watch: Does TubeMogul Have What It Takes?

Following in the footsteps of Rocket Fuel, Criteo (CRTO), and YuMe (YUME), TubeMogul (TUBE) is set to become the latest digital advertising company to go public over the past several months. Like its peers before it, TUBE is growing its topline rapidly as its client base expands and as it generates more revenue per client. Also like FUEL and YUME at the time of their IPOs, the company is...

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Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

Psychology: Accept Your Losses, Be A Better Trader

The number one trading topic that few traders want to talk about is the trading loss.  When was the last time you heard a trader say, “I had a fantastic loss the other day.  Let me tell you all about it?”  No one likes to lose money and the experience can be painful both financially and emotionally, especially if the loss is a large one.  It is natural to try to avoid losses.  Not talking or...

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A Proprietary Trading Indicator: Duffy 3 by 3

A Proprietary Trading Indicator: Duffy 3 by 3

The 3 by 3 is a proprietary trading technical tool that I developed in the early 1990’s.The purpose of the 3 by 3 is to find meaningful support and resistance for the current trading bar. It can be used on any timeframe chart —intraday, daily, weekly, monthly. How It Works The methodology is to first calculate the 3 bar average of the lows and the 3 bar average of the highs. Next calculate...

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