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Three Things To Know About The VIX

Three Things To Know About The VIX

The Chicago Board of Options Exchange’s (CBOE) volatility index, known as the VIX, is a popular gauge of stock market fear, but it has also become a venue for mass speculation.  The VIX is the only futures contract listed on what is otherwise known as a stock option exchange.  However, given that the CBOE is the creator of the popular volatility index, it is only fitting to see the product...

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How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

How to Trade the Market Bar-by-Bar

Although many traders use indicators like moving averages, MACD, and the like, understanding how to read price action can add exceptional value to the trader.  With some study and practice, price action can help the trader determine the likely next move of the market.  Let’s look at the recent price action in the S&P e-mini futures (ES) that led to a swift and large decline.  We’ll see...

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Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

Option Trading: Are You Ready? Part 1

"Great traders have passion, confidence, an edge and a game plan. They are prepared, They keep their system simple.” - Gavin McMaster I have been option trading for several years, and while my results have been up/down - what is important is that I have survived many different market cycles.  That should tell you a great deal, as surviving in this jungle call the 'market' without a life...

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8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

8 Steps for a Perfect Trading Plan

Everyone talks about having a trading plan, but what should be in it? In the first of two part series, we will be looking into the foundational ingredients of all trading plans. I had to think about this for a long time myself, when I first started out.  I attended all the seminars, and I read all the books, and I was constantly hearing that I needed a trading plan, but no one explained what...

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Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Trading Psychology: Be a Healthy Trader

Most people would agree that being healthy is one of the most important things in your life, whatever your profession.  As a trader, you may have already experienced the stress that goes with trading.  In fact, trading is fraught with stress, and stress—especially the kind of chronic stress many traders are familiar with—can be very damaging to one’s health.  Chronic stress has been linked...

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Trading Psychology: Waiting for an Ambush?

Trading Psychology: Waiting for an Ambush?

I have a question for you this week: When you are trading, do you feel like you are waiting to be ambushed? It wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the case because markets are highly random and difficult to predict, so active traders get ambushed all the time. An ‘ambush’ is when the market suddenly does something adverse and costly that you did not expect. It could be news driven or the result...

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Trading Psychology: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Trading Psychology: Does Practice Make Perfect?

Peak performance is an exciting area of biological and psychological research, because it is stretching the boundaries of what is possible. It is mostly applied to athletics, but peak performance research is very relevant for traders and investors, too. Unfortunately, most traders spend little time cultivating the skills that will actually foster peak performance.  Instead, they focus their...

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Trading Lessons: The Mountain Top Is Lonely

Trading Lessons: The Mountain Top Is Lonely

I've been to the top of what is called 'trading nirvana', a place where I thought I would have plenty of company.  Back in my early trading days, I thought there was nothing bad that could touch me.  As you recall from a previous article where I turned a small sum of 7K into a nice amount over half a million in just a few years.  This was 'it' for me, and while it was far from a fortune I...

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What Makes for a "Good" Elliott Wave Opportunity?

What Makes for a "Good" Elliott Wave Opportunity?

In this new Q&A with Murat Yilmaz, Elliott Wave International's European Stocks Intraday Analyst, you'll learn how the Wave Principle helps you see new trade opportunities, what he considers a "good" opportunity, the importance of risk management and more.  ***** Alexandra Lienhard: First, a "dumb" question: Are Elliott wave patterns in European markets the same as in the U.S. ones? Or...

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Want To Understand This Market? Then You Need To Understand Debt Cycles.

Want To Understand This Market? Then You Need To Understand Debt Cycles.

Want to know why global growth has sputtered? Or maybe why inflation has been so elusive for the developed world? How about why the market has become more volatile? If so, then there’s one concept you need to understand above all others, and that is debt. Debt drives everything, from short-term business cycles to long-term secular trends. These debt cycles have nothing to do with Pi,...

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Making Trend Trading Easy: A Dynamic Tactic

Making Trend Trading Easy: A Dynamic Tactic

Trends can be vexing for many traders.  Because trends happen less frequently than congestion, we can easily get lulled into buying and selling the extremes.  In a trend, this can be disastrous.  Many traders who make good money fading short-lived market moves give it all back when a trend gets going.  It can be hard to shift gears. Making Trends Easy: The Right Multiple Time Frame Combo...

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Trading Tactics: Bull or Bear? These Labels Are Useless

Trading Tactics: Bull or Bear? These Labels Are Useless

Some trading lessons are invaluable.  One of the best is to be agnostic and without a bullish or bearish bias. As the markets move up and down we often find ourselves positioned in one camp or the other.  Naturally, on the sidelines technically means we are neutral, but often it is 'bullish with a bias to wait'.  I'm not into labels.  Why?  Because it puts us all in a frame of mind where we...

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IPO Alert: Corvus Pharmaceuticals (CRVS) Looks to Tap Into Enthusiasm for Immuno-Oncology Stocks

IPO Alert: Corvus Pharmaceuticals (CRVS) Looks to Tap Into Enthusiasm for Immuno-Oncology Stocks

The stock market has been on a tear since mid-February with the S&P 500 up about 12% during this span. But, the IPO market has barely nudged and the doors have remained closed – with one exception.  So far in 2016, there have been seven IPOs (not including blank checks), and each one of them has either been a pharmaceutical or biotech company. This trend is a continuation of what we saw...

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Negative Headlines: The Masses Are Gullible, Don't Get Sucked In

Negative Headlines: The Masses Are Gullible, Don't Get Sucked In

 Surge in negative Headlines usually very good Omen for the Markets Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance. Fritz Reiner Over the past few weeks, the number of individuals in the neutral camp rose, as did the number of bulls, and only the number of bears experienced a drop.  When we combine the neutrals and the bears, the total is 72%, and that tells us that the sentiment is...

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Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Here Are the 9 Groups That Buy US Stocks: Which Are You?

Many Retail Traders do not realize that there are 9 Market Participant Groups in the Stock Market today. Here is a list of those groups:   Giant Buy Side and Sell Side Institutions:  These control 90 trillion dollars in assets worldwide and manage Mutual and Pension Funds. The Sell Side Institutions creates Stock Derivatives such as Options, Exchange Traded Funds ETFs, Exchange Traded Notes...

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