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How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

How Hidden Flaws in Your Decision-Making Affect Your Trading

Too many traders, trading psychology means dealing with negative emotions like fear and greed.  We all know that negative emotions can cause trading difficulties.  However, many of us don’t know that the way we think can cause big problems, too.  We can be blind-sided by our thinking and decision making—especially when we use our normal, everyday problem-solving approaches in trading.  These...

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The Merger – Applying Technical And Fundamental Analysis To Your Trading

The Merger – Applying Technical And Fundamental Analysis To Your Trading

I would have to say that if I were to break trading down into only two categories that most, if not all, of you out there reading would agree that these two categories would be technical and fundamental trading. Now I realize that each of these includes multiple forms of trading, including speculation, investment, cash flow, capital appreciation, and many others, but at the root, you are...

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Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Advanced Bollinger Bands® Techniques – More Variations Than Most Traders Realize

Channel Indicators are some of the oldest indicators still used by technical traders. They were first devised by using simple moving averages, above and below price, to present a “channel of price” for early technical analysts. These were also called “envelopes,” which are not as popular these days. Bollinger Bands® the channel indicator was written by John Bollinger CFA,CMT and are the...

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Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

Strength in Numbers, Participation That Is

The ability to gauge the genuine strength of a move in a market has a number of implications. We can assess the strength of a move in one direction against the strength of the last move to decide if a market is reversing or just pulling back. We can also look at a move in more absolute terms. Armed with knowledge of how that specific market generally operates, we can assess if what appears...

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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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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 Crude Oil Using Price & Volume across Multiple Time Frames

Trading Crude Oil Using Price & Volume across Multiple Time Frames

Crude oil has had a significant decline since June 2014.  Looking back through the lens of multiple timeframes we can see how price and volume gave clear indications a large decline was about to occur.  In particular, we can see at work some of the principles first described by Richard Wyckoff nearly a century ago and how these principles can be applied for excellent trade entry and exit...

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Track The Dark Pools With The Balance Of Power (BOP) Indicator

Track The Dark Pools With The Balance Of Power (BOP) Indicator

The most challenging aspect of the automated-order marketplace is to find an indicator that can reveal where the Dark Pools are accumulating a stock over time, and which stocks they are quietly rotating out of to lower their held shares of a required chartered stock. Rotation and accumulation are hidden these days on Dark Pool venues that do not show the huge lot orders moving through the...

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For Every Winner There Is A Loser

For Every Winner There Is A Loser

Ok, so you find a day trade that meets your plan. You take it. It reaches your target. You cash out for a profit. But did you ever wonder who is buying that stock from you? The answer is simple – another trader possibly chasing the same day trade or another trader that is looking at the same trade on a higher time frame. In either case, depending on the technical pattern there will be a...

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Market Profile®: 3 Important Ways It Can Improve Your Trading

Market Profile®: 3 Important Ways It Can Improve Your Trading

You can look at markets and make trading decisions in many ways. Market Profile® has been an indispensable tool in my trading career. While Market Profile is a lifelong study, three characteristics I use to increase the probabilities of making successful trades are areas of acceptance and rejection, trade location, and context. Areas of Acceptance and Rejection The most useful characteristic...

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What Is Technical Analysis To You?

What Is Technical Analysis To You?

Technical analysis is widely used in the trading community to forecast the market. There are numerous texts on the subject. There are well known traders and authors who have made famous their particular niche, e.g. candlesticks, point and figure, Bollinger Bands®, etc.  There’s even a body, the Market Technicians Association that offers a professional designation to candidates who have...

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Trading Tactics: The Fibonacci Myth

Trading Tactics: The Fibonacci Myth

Fibonacci numbers or sequences have been written about extensively in mathematical literature.  They occur in the sum of shadow diagonals in Pascal’s Triangle and have unique divisibility properties.  In nature, these numbers describe the arrangement of leaves on a tree stem, the flowering of an artichoke and the arrangement of a pine cone.  This amounts to nothing more than defining...

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5 Common Misconceptions About Market Profile®

5 Common Misconceptions About Market Profile®

I was in junior high school the first time I was introduced to Market Profile. My Dad was a grain trader and the hedge manager for Ralston Purina, a huge manufacturer of animal feeds, not to mention the creators of Chex cereals and Rye Crisp crackers. He spoke of a friend, Peter Steidlmayer, who was devising a different way to look at markets. “Any interest in this, son?” Off I went on my...

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