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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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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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The US Dollar: Multiple Long Term Bullish Indications

The US Dollar: Multiple Long Term Bullish Indications

The Greenback has been strengthening of late with the Fed’s bond buying policy set to end this October.  Additionally, there is speculation that the Fed will be raising rates possibly in the first quarter or middle of 2015.  [Editor's note: This article is the fourth installment in an exclusive series by DailyFX on getting started in forex. Read the previous articles here. ]Though the Fed...

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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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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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Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

The S&P 500 (SPX) is on pace to triple its March 2009 low of 676.53 in 2014, leaving many wondering what is driving such an unprecedented bull market.  Indeed, a widely respected figure at a major financial news network said to me earlier this month, “Even in the media, we’re left scratching our heads by a lot of what we’re witnessing right now.”   On Thursday the SPX touched an intraday...

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Top 10 Free Trading Resources

Top 10 Free Trading Resources

The following is a list of my top 10 favorite free resources on the web for investors and traders. None of these websites involve any cost, though some do offer the possibility to upgrade to a pay service. We did not include TraderPlanet, since you are already here. 1.www.TopStepTrader.com If you are intraday trader that is tempted to have CNBC on during your trading day here is an...

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Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

“Stick to your trading plan” is what we hear said all the time and I’ve been known to say it too.  Although that may be the best thing to do, if your trading plan is ok, there’s the odd time that crops up that makes you question it.Being a dedicated forex trader I’ve done some serious screen time.  Eyes locked furiously on the charts waiting for my setups, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of...

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Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

The objective of any trading strategy is to identify trading entries with a high positive predictive value: i.e. the sensitivity and specificity of the order are likely to be successful close to 90% of the time. Getting Started In order to achieve this —the market must be defined or broken down into two separate energies: 1) price action or market structure and 2) indicator analysis. Both...

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Sector Study: Where Is Growth Seen Ahead?

Sector Study: Where Is Growth Seen Ahead?

Sector Rotation via Accumulation/Distribution. A periodic study of sector rotations can help us understand the drivers and motivations behind price movements.  One of my favorite tools is simply looking at accumulation versus distribution ratings assigned by Investor's Business Daily® (IBD).  It is an objective study of where money is flowing.  [Editor's note: this article is a follow up to...

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Trade The Canadian Dollar Profitably: Here's How

Trade The Canadian Dollar Profitably: Here's How

The Canadian Dollar (Loonie) has been the bane of mechanical swing trading systems for a long time. The way it moved over the past 10 to 15 years have changed many characteristics it once processed. Many swing trading models are no longer profitable because they are over optimized against just one to two years of immediate history. Here I present a simple counter-trend trading model, Loonie...

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SPX: Don't Make Isaac Newton's Trading Mistake

SPX: Don't Make Isaac Newton's Trading Mistake

S&P 500: Time to leave the party? In April of 1720 Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the Royal Mint, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, co-inventor of the calculus and author of the Laws of Motion that bear his name (and which dominated the physical sciences for the next three centuries) sold all of his stock in London's South Sea company. It was good timing. The stock...

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