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Taking A Peek Inside (the) Box

Taking A Peek Inside (the) Box

The volatility roiling the broader markets has, at least thus far, kept a lid on the IPO market in 2015. To date, just two companies have braved the elements with County Bancorp (ICBK) and Patriot National (PN) going public on January 16. This week, however, the IPO market will once again find itself in the spotlight as a well-known tech company makes its long-awaited debut in the public...

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Expect Economic Boom In 2015

Expect Economic Boom In 2015

You should expect a US economic boom in 2015. All the signs are pointing to it. The economic trends are up, led by a positive outlook and forward momentum for US labor. All together, these things add up to an economy that, by many economist accounts, is growing at a pace faster than anticipated. There has been a recent slump in activity, but this is nothing more than a seasonally expected...

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Time Segmented Volume - The Ideal Oscillator For Automated Markets

Time Segmented Volume - The Ideal Oscillator For Automated Markets

The modern market structure employs order types that are automated, which creates different patterns on charts. This requires a different type of oscillator for the best technical analysis. Although most technical traders are familiar with and use price and time oscillators, few use volume oscillators. Volume oscillators are uniquely different than price oscillators. Instead of signaling...

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How To Trade Stocks Without Breaking A Sweat

How To Trade Stocks Without Breaking A Sweat

When I was working in the markets full time, I found trading an enjoyable but immensely stressful experience. Back then, I was a day trader and invariably getting caught up in every market turn. I felt a strange mixture of feelings back then. Some days there was so much going on I could barely sleep. Yet when the weekend came, all I wanted was for Monday to come around again so that the...

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The Bull Market According to The SOX and Nasdaq

The Bull Market According to The SOX and Nasdaq

Philly Semiconductor Index (SOX) Much has been said and written about sector analysis and the use of ratio charts to assess the strength of a particular market sector versus another, or relative to a benchmark index such as the S&P 500. Money managers often incorporate sector and ratio chart analysis into their investment models in order to proactively manage risk. For example, in their...

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How To Deal With Transition Periods In Your Trading Career

How To Deal With Transition Periods In Your Trading Career

There is no denying that we are in the middle of some massive changes of cosmic proportion which affect every activity we pursue.  The entire socio-economic system is shaking at its foundations. Trading is a pursuit that gets you in close proximity with the pulse of the collective consciousness; hence traders will feel the effects of these shifts more than other professions. This perspective...

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Be Right Big And Be Wrong Small

Be Right Big And Be Wrong Small

 “It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” - George Soros Looking at the below chart you will see that the bigger your wins are versus your losses the lower your winning percentage can be and you remain profitable. A primary dynamic of trading that is over looked as traders chase hot...

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Melco Crown (MPEL) – Still a Compelling Play on the Rising Chinese Consumer

Melco Crown (MPEL) – Still a Compelling Play on the Rising Chinese Consumer

Over the last 12 months, Macau casino-gaming stocks have declined by 35% to 65% as gross gaming revenues (GGR) declined by 30%. We believe Macau’s GGR decline this year was a result of a “perfect storm” that includes tightening junket liquidity, hotel room constraints, the Chinese government’s anti-graft movement, and the rise in cancellations of Hong Kong/Macau packaged tours due to the...

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Build Smart Performance Tables in Excel® Using RTD

Build Smart Performance Tables in Excel® Using RTD

If your vendor supports using Microsoft’s RTD syntax and provides the ability to call market data by a date from the platform into Excel, then you can build a valuable market-performance table. Traditional charting for reviewing past market-action can be somewhat tedious when looking to see how a particular stock or futures contract has performed during previous periods. For example, maybe...

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Holiday Stress and Trading Pressure: How to S.T.O.P. the Torment

Holiday Stress and Trading Pressure: How to S.T.O.P. the Torment

The holiday season is here.  It’s time for celebrating and good cheer.  It’s also a time of heightened stress.  For many traders, who already feel lots of stress, the holidays can feel doubly difficult.  Trading and Holiday Stress We all know trading stress.  Recent losses and drawdowns can bring on stress.  So can managing a position, especially if it backs up on you.  Even profitable...

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RSI, Better Price Oscillator Than MACD

RSI, Better Price Oscillator Than MACD

Most traders are unaware there are three types of oscillators used for stock analysis. These are based on three different data streams – Price Oscillators that use price and time data, Volume Oscillators that use quantity and time, Hybrid Oscillators that use price, quantity, and time. There are innumerable price and time indicators and many are oscillators, but one stands out from all the...

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Trading Fears – Why We Have Them And What To Do About Them

Trading Fears – Why We Have Them And What To Do About Them

Trading fears are not the sole domain of new traders, actually far from it. Much misunderstood, fear can hit at any time. The real issue about trading fears has to do with bumping up against your thresholds, which can happen at any time. Growth and Development, Evolutionary Universal Laws You are growing and changing all the time, for the most part not noticing that it is happening....

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Estimated Tax Payments, A Primer For Traders

Estimated Tax Payments, A Primer For Traders

For the majority of Americans, income taxes are collected on a pay-as-you go basis through the automatic withholding on their wages through their employers. However, if you receive substantial income from dividends, interest, business income, and/or capital gains, you should check your estimated tax liability to verify if you need to make estimated tax payments. Failure to pay a required...

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SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY), A Slight Correction On The Way?

SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY), A Slight Correction On The Way?

The SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY), The SPDR NADSAQ 100 ETF (QQQ) and the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) have rallied over the last one-two months to record highs. Some analysts are predicting a potential meltdown because of the recent rally in the U.S markets, but looking at things from a different perspective, it appears as though the market is undergoing some price...

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TraderPlanet's Best of November

TraderPlanet's Best of November

November was an interesting month with oil plummeting and the market rising to record highs. Outside of that, though, TraderPlanet brought you lots of other educational information that shed light on trading, investing, and how one should go about either or both. Trading Crude Oil Using Price & Volume across Multiple Time Frames by Dr. Gary Dayton...

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