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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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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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10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Speculating in Futures

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Speculating in Futures

Unfortunately, our propensity toward the familiar often holds us back and I feel this is even more true in regards to the world of trading.  Despite the human tendency to gravitate to the norm, I would like to challenge your perception of the markets and the way you approach price speculation.  Perhaps thinking outside of the box will lead you into alternative arenas and improve the...

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Surfing the Waves of Crude Oil for Swing Trades

Surfing the Waves of Crude Oil for Swing Trades

Recently, I introduced the idea of trading the intraday waves of the markets in a TraderPlanet article.  You can access that article by clicking this link:  Do You Surf the Market Waves?  Here is another article on wave trading, this time in Crude Oil and for swing trading the daily chart. Waves help the astute trader measure the supply and demand (i.e., the selling and the buying) in the...

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Volumes explodes in Minimum / Low Volatility Equity ETFs

Volumes explodes in Minimum / Low Volatility Equity ETFs

USMV (iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF) traded +19M shares on Friday vs average volume of just 1.7M shares.  Was this typical of a large buyer present in the ETF?  Absolutely.  Outstanding shares of the fund increased by 12M shares or $500M in market value.  Take a look at the 2nd chart below for the recent growth of this ETF over the last five years.  In particular, the fund has...

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Technical Trading 101: How To Trade A Basing Bottom Formation

Technical Trading 101: How To Trade A Basing Bottom Formation

Trending Market Conditions either up or down, are easier to trade and most of the time Technical Traders do very well during Moderately Uptrending or Momentum Upside Market Conditions. However when markets shift to sideways price action during a Market Correction, most Technical Traders assume the market is “volatile” and find it a challenge to make sense of how and when to trade. Volatile...

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Do You Surf the Market Waves?

Do You Surf the Market Waves?

Have you ever looked at the waves of a market?  “Waves?”  You may wonder: “Waves are for surfers.  What do waves have to do with the markets?”    Plenty. The Wave Chart Reading the market through its waves has been known for over 100 years, but traders may not know how to view the market through this unique perspective.  The ‘wave chart’ was originally conceived by Richard Wyckoff,...

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Will Oil Prices Rise or Fall? | A 27 Year History on the Charts Tells the Story

Will Oil Prices Rise or Fall? | A 27 Year History on the Charts Tells the Story

Bloomberg says oil ($CL_F) will go as low as $10.00 a barrel whereas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens says we could be headed for higher oil prices; no matter how you slice it, both of these sources could be right.   The market is going to do what the market is going to do, but there are solid reasons for oil prices to rise and fall, the past 3 decades has shown us this without a doubt.  There’s...

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Stock Market Crash: Is The Dow Headed For A 2008 Repeat?

Stock Market Crash: Is The Dow Headed For A 2008 Repeat?

Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come. Anonymous   We could not help ourselves and put the word stock market crash in the title because every Tom, Dick and Harry is now chanting this tune.  Take a look at some of the recent headlines: Is the stock market headed for a repeat of 2008?, On marketwatch.com A stock-market crash of 50%+ would not...

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Will The Crude Oil Price Crash Become Even Worse In 2016?

Will The Crude Oil Price Crash Become Even Worse In 2016?

A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble.Plaut 2015 was not a good year for speculators trying to time the oil markets.  Oil kept cutting through each support level like a hot knife cutting through butter. It would give the appearance that it was ready to mount a rally, but that rally would fade, and oil prices would drift lower.  We penned an article in Nov of last year, where we...

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Timing With Fibonacci

Timing With Fibonacci

Timing can be everything, especially in financial markets. Fortunately there are numerous types of timing tools that have been developed over the years that can be of great benefit to a trader. A wide range of techniques exist, from long used cyclical analysis to the esoteric “Delta” phenomena developed by Wells Wilder. As diverse as these methods seem, they all attempt to find time frames...

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Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

Is It Time To Buy China For The Long-Term?

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.Maya Angelou In the short term, China is still a mess, and the reasons are all but obvious.  Greed and stupidity fuelled the bubble that popped back in June of this year.  Some estimates put the number of individuals opening new accounts without high school diplomas at over 60%. Secondly, a large portion of these...

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How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

How You Can Profit With Mosaic Theory

This is a first in a series of short discussions on how traders and active investors use information, data, and intuition in the construction of certain trades. Since no trader is an island and information is typically compiled to create a short term and longer term play, there are certain truths that consistently play out in the capital markets arena.  One of more esoteric yet widely used...

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Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Lackluster Gold Is Holiday Cheer For Option Sellers

Call Selling is Ideal Profit Strategy in Pro-longed Bear MarketsWith the latest media focus on oil prices and volatile stocks,  a market that’s been largely out of the news – primarily because of it’s slow, discouraging (to bulls) descent is Gold. Slow, lackluster markets are rarely fodder for media or investor attention. But for option sellers, these kinds of markets can present an ideal...

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ES- The one thing traders must know

ES- The one thing traders must know

The S&P e-Mini (ES) is one of my preferred trading markets.  Because it is so actively traded, this market typically has excellent structure.  What is structure, you might ask?  It’s the areas of support and resistance that the market creates and reveals by its own actions on the chart.  When a market is actively traded like the S&Ps, it is usually well-behaved and creates obvious...

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