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Sixth Anniversary Of Lehman Collapse: Time To Watch Financials

Sixth Anniversary Of Lehman Collapse: Time To Watch Financials

This month marks the sixth year after Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11, an act that served as a precursor to market meltdown of October 2008.   Six years later, and despite the amazing recovery for the general market since the market bottomed in 2009, the financials as a sector continues to lag.  Figure 1, the 10-year PerfChart for the S&P Sector ETFs, depicts the Financials (brown)...

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A Game Plan For Trading Stocks In The Fourth Quarter: Window Dressing

A Game Plan For Trading Stocks In The Fourth Quarter: Window Dressing

Get ready for the most active season in the stock market. The last quarter has the highest trading activity of the year for the stock market and for the market in general.Here are some of the major events that traders are ready to speculate upon heading into the fourth quarter:1.    Last earning season of the year – main reason why market will accelerate its action into the year end2.  ...

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Yes, The Market Will Crash: Here's Your Checklist To Prepare For It

Yes, The Market Will Crash: Here's Your Checklist To Prepare For It

With the Dow recently surging past 17,000, the debate is on about whether it is a bubble that is looking for a pinprick or if it is a strong bull market that will power past 18,000 and beyond. Yes…it could definitely go to 18,000 or 19,000 or more in the short term because the main driver is not a bullish economy…it is the bullish impact of Federal Reserve policy. In other words, this is an...

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Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance Anxiety For Traders: 5 Ways to Overcome It

Performance anxiety for traders is the fear, or persistent phobia which may arise in a trader by the requirement to take a real trade, in real time, with real money whether actually or potentially. There are many causes of this anxiety which many times leave a new trader with too much fear to really trade. Fear sends them out of the markets to go join the 90% that did not make it. This fear...

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Create Personalized Charts And Displays with Excel®

Create Personalized Charts And Displays with Excel®

In previous articles I have detailed how to use Excel’s data visualization functionality to highlight market information. The data is brought into Excel using Microsoft’s RTD syntax from a market information and trading platform. The article, Excel Heat Mapping For Market Data Visualization, shows the steps to heat map percent net change and color those markets that were at the extremes of...

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5 Reasons To Consider Trading Binary Options

5 Reasons To Consider Trading Binary Options

Binary options are becoming more and more popular each day. But are they just a fad, or a serious trading vehicle worth looking into? As a trading coach and trader with more than 15 years experience, I'm always being asked about new markets and new ideas. I must admit that at first I was a bit skeptical about binary options. So I opened a Nadex account and spent a few months evaluating...

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The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

Traders may be aware of the iron butterfly, a strategy that creates a limit on possible losses, in exchange for a limit on potential profits. Expanding this further, the 1-2-3 iron butterfly is a strategy consisting of three expiration dates and three butterflies.The middle is a reverse iron butterfly. This structure means that half of the positions will always become profitable whether the...

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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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