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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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Cut The Noise And Focus On Apple’s True Drivers

Cut The Noise And Focus On Apple’s True Drivers

Narratives are fundamental to the way we process information. Our minds instinctively search for patterns within everything. These patterns are what help us create stories to better understand the world around us. This becomes very useful when it comes to investing. For example, how do you explain the gold rally this year? The gold narrative revolves around the loss of faith in central...

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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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What Are You? A Turtle Or A Cheetah Trader?

What Are You? A Turtle Or A Cheetah Trader?

The illusion of speed panders to many a trader’s excitable mind: The mind perceives the slow, steady turtle to be rather boring favouring the excitement of the immensely fast cheetah. Speed is often mistaken as the fast track to monetary gains. It is an issue that has many traders lulled into overtrading, trading off too small a time frame in the hope of achieving quick, repeatable results....

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Trading Psychology: Are You Trading for Comfort?

Trading Psychology: Are You Trading for Comfort?

One of the most basic of human instincts is to avoid pain and to seek comfort.  This makes sense.  No one wants to experience pain; we prefer pleasure and comfort.  In trading, however, pursuing what’s comfortable is frequently not a good idea.  Trading for Comfort There are many examples of trading decisions that are made for comfort but turn out to be the incorrect play.  For example, a...

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The Allure of Small Cap Stocks

The Allure of Small Cap Stocks

Most of us are aware of the tragic events of the Titanic hitting the iceberg in 1912.  Unsinkable arrogance, unable to change course quickly, and communication mechanisms not in place to handle emergencies are some of the problems that ship had.  In many ways, it is these same characteristics that exist for the larger cap stocks.  The size of these larger companies reflect the years of...

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Bullish Individual Investors are Fading in the Stock Market

Bullish Individual Investors are Fading in the Stock Market

You may find it hard to believe, but the bulls have been steadily leaving this market for the last 13 years! The AAII ( American Association for Individual Investors ) has been tracking the weekly sentiment of its members since 1987. It is an intriguing look into the collective minds of the individual investor, letting the reader track the swings from bullishness to bearishness and back...

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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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