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Time To Buy 10-Year Notes: Here's Why

Time To Buy 10-Year Notes: Here's Why

The interest rate sector has been tug of war between geopolitical fears and a weak European economy supporting lower yields versus the Federal Reserve Board’s tapering of its purchases and a progressively improving U.S. economy suggesting rates could be higher. Due to the number variables and the fluid situation that best describes Middle Eastern and Russian politics its best to analyze the...

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U.S. dollar Gaining Strength, Commodities Losing Strength

Energy stock sector ETF (XLE) Relative Strength Ratio (XLE/SPY) fell below its lows of the previous 5 months on 9/19/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting downtrend. iShares MSCI BRIC Fund (BKF) Relative Strength Ratio (BKF/SPY) broke down below its lows of the previous 3 months on 9/19/14. Emerging Markets Stocks ETF (EEM) Relative Strength Ratio (EEM/SPY) broke down below its lows of...

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China Official Says No New Economic Stimulus

* Latest Market Developments * In overnight news, China’s finance minister said his nation will not offer a more stimulative domestic monetary policy or other economic stimulus measures despite some recent weak economic data coming from the world’s number-two economy. This news was seen as another bearish clue for the raw commodity sector, including precious metals. There is a key report on...

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Risk Management is Critical To Survival in Trading Options and Stocks

Got a 'Chip and a Chair'?  Then You're Still in the Game! There is a great story of luck and persistence about  Jack 'Treetop' Strauss.   A towering figure, Strauss was an accomplished poker pro.  In 1982 he was playing in the World Series of Poker, having made his third final table of his career (he finished second to legend Johnny Moss in 1971).  So as legend has it, during the second day...

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Something’s Happening Here …

It’s official. I am joining the “wary” camp. As the song goes, “There’s something happening here / what it is ain’t exactly clear …” Yup, I had to go back fifty years for that line from a Buffalo Springfield tune, but the sentiment expresses my new-found wariness about the market. Primarily, my wariness stems from overheating, too much too fast, and chew fifty times before swallowing. The...

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December Euro Currencies Futures: Trading Idea September 19, 2014

December Euro Currency Futures a Selling Opportunity on More Price Weakness See on the daily bar chart for the December Euro currency that prices remain in a solid downtrend and this week hit a contract low. The bears remain in firm command. A move below chart support at this week’s low of 1.2843 would become a selling opportunity. The downside price objective would be 1.2450 or below....

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What Does Fed Action Mean For Long-Term Rates?

What Does Fed Action Mean For Long-Term Rates?

Here we go again.  Hand-wringing over the Fed’s tightening schedule has caused a sell-off in bonds and all things income related.  After falling for most of July and August, the 10-year Treasury yield has jumped to over 2.6% on speculation that the Fed may start tightening monetary policy sooner than previously thought. We’ll see. The Fed may indeed start to raise short-term rates as soon...

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Fear Is Not Rational: The Limitations Of The VIX

Fear Is Not Rational: The Limitations Of The VIX

Most of us as traders and simply as human beings seek clarity.  We innately feel the need to make sense out of chaos.  We want answers.  We want black or white.  Gray makes many of us uneasy.  So, there are often times when faced with the complex world that is trading, we want to boil things down into one universal truth, a methodology that we can apply wherever we go. Problem is we often...

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Large Caps Gaining Strength, Energy Stocks Losing Strength

The Largest Cap S&P 100/S&P 500 Relative Strength Ratio (OEF/SPY) rose above its highs of the previous 8 months on 9/18/14 and remains systematically bullish. Large Caps tend to outperform in bearish general market trends as investors seek the perceived relative stability and safety of large size. Energy stock sector ETF (XLE) Relative Strength Ratio (XLE/SPY) fell below its lows of...

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Alibaba? Nah, I'll Just Pass On This One

Alibaba? Nah, I'll Just Pass On This One

As we are about to embark upon one of the biggest IPO's in history I thought it would be a good time to step back and see what this is all about and how you can shield yourself from a potentially dangerous situation. As we know, Alibaba (BABA) will come public this week.  The company is a juggernaut in Asia, selling everything online to anyone much in the way Amazon does here in the States....

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