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Ask Trader Ed is an exclusive trader's advice column that is authored by Trader Ed, the ambassador for TraderPlanet.com. Adopting a fun, light-hearted and sometimes serious approach to providing advice to traders, Trader Ed's purpose is to help individuals become better traders.

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This Is Real – It Could Go Either Way

This Is Real – It Could Go Either Way

What is real? The question recalls youthful conversations, dialectics perhaps, in which the very nature our existence was debated. Clearly, the market dialectics is real, meaning on any given day one can find contrary opinion supported heartily by whatever analysis is used. “My data says the market will go up; no, my data says the market will go down”. One or the other will be correct, which...

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Things Are Interesting Indeed …

Things Are Interesting Indeed …

First things first, and then I have two things to talk about. I am going out on a limb here, but it seems the market is back to that place where it wants to go up. Once again, we are that place where new record highs are happening, or they are about to happen, such as in the SPX, the RUT, and the NDX. The $DJI is just about 170 points away. Just saying … Now, I am not an alarmist by any...

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Now, This Is A Good Story

Now, This Is A Good Story

There is an interesting story developing in Japan that no one is really talking about – the land of the rising sun just might be taking another big step toward economic resurgence. When one peels back the mundane layers of the story, it is actually quite compelling on a number of levels. And guess what? Part of the Japanese story is about the price of oil, so let’s start there. Oil has...

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Keep Your Eye On What Is Important – Earnings

Keep Your Eye On What Is Important – Earnings

My guess is the market has found its range. It is now trading in the range, and whether it breaks out either way depends now on earnings, all things being equal, meaning, Yemen does not blow up, Ukraine does not flair up, or the EU does not give up on Greece. Oil, of course, is a player in the earnings scenario because the energy sector is such a huge part of the overall earnings game. And...

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So, You Want To Trade, Eh?

So, You Want To Trade, Eh?

So you want to trade, eh? You want someone to teach you how to trade, eh? Well, then, make sure the first question out of any potential teacher’s mouth is: “Do you have the stomach for it?” Last Friday was the kind of day professional traders may or may not see coming, but it is expected nevertheless. So, when it happens they see opportunity, the kind of opportunity that has characterized...

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The Market Running Away From What?

The Market Running Away From What?

What Is the Market Afraid Of? Last Wednesday, I mentioned Dr. Gary Dayton’s article on the “experts” who predict market movement (Predicting the Market: Are The Experts Really Expert?), and then on Thursday, I wrote … It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and...

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Ya Gotta Believe That With …

Ya Gotta Believe That With …

It appears we are back to the days of the market wanting to go up, struggling with the latest news, but no longer running away. True, nothing is certain in life, save death and taxes (ouch – just got that one done … the latter that is), but as it stands now, the market is flirting with all-time highs, again. Perhaps the floating rumors about the Fed not raising rates until 2016, or, at the...

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It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

It Is A Technology, Not A Fuel

I like words. I am a writer. So, when a few words strung together impact my brain, I take notice. It’s a technology, not a fuel. The above few simple words opened my eyes even further to the reality of renewable energy and its impact on the world. In particular, the above sentence referenced solar power, but the statement can be applied to all forms of renewable energies. The transformation...

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More Than A Lot, Nothing More Than A Drop – Interesting For Sure

More Than A Lot, Nothing More Than A Drop – Interesting For Sure

The longer I live, the more astonishing life becomes. This is a good thing, as it keeps life interesting (among other things), but, at times, I do shake my head and smile. I mean, who woulda thunk, say, ten years ago, that the name “Amazon,” the word “drone,” and the phrase “red tape” would all be used in the same sentence – Red tape does in Amazon as it pursues its drone delivery program....

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Oil Again … Oh My

Oil Again … Oh My

Monday arrives and the mind begins to machinate again. The sluggishness from two days of not thinking deeply thinking about the market slowly fades and the data/information coming in begins to penetrate, albeit slowly. Like most jobs, going back to work on Monday requires a bit more effort. And so it goes … Today’s market movement seems to be requiring a bit more effort; the market seems to...

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Now, When I Was A Kid …

Now, When I Was A Kid …

The world is different from when I was a kid. Yes, yes, everybody says that; it is trite but true. Anyway, my teen got on a private jet, flew out of our little airport to San Diego, where, from box seats, he watched the Giants and Padres play. He then got back on the jet, flew home, and told me about his adventure in the calmest of voices. Yes it was fun, but not at the top of the hit...

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More Folks Working, Wages Rising And A Liquidity Problem?

More Folks Working, Wages Rising And A Liquidity Problem?

The word that first popped into my head this morning as I sat down to write was “droll.” I wanted to say the content of today’s writing was lacking pizzazz, in effect, boring. The problem I have, though, is I have long misunderstood the meaning of droll. I thought it meant dull, but, in fact, “dull” is its antonym, which means, I am backward on the meaning of the word. No matter, as the...

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Ground Hog Day Again, And Again?

Ground Hog Day Again, And Again?

Some days in this world, the financial world, I find myself thinking about Bill Murray. True, he is a funny guy, but it is not him, exactly, that I think about – it is his movie, Ground Hog Day. Some days, it seems to me, I have lived this day before in this, my financial reality. One reason is there are stories that just never die, that go on and on, and no matter how important they are to...

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More Things In Heaven And Earth …

More Things In Heaven And Earth …

The really good news is that right here, right now, at this very moment, it is raining right here in California. Mind you, this is April, a mere 17 days after the Spring Equinox. Coincidentally (or not), the market is enjoying another day of green. I parenthetically say “or not” because last night  I read an analyst who discussed the current market in Gann terms, which means, of course a...

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Confounded By The Daily Barrage of Economic Data?

Confounded By The Daily Barrage of Economic Data?

Contradictory, antithetical, and conflicted are three words that come to mind after thinking about recent economic news. First off, last week’s employment report came in at less than 150,000, which broke the record string of consecutive months of 200,000 plus jobs gained. And then …   Hourly pay was a silver lining in Friday’s monthly jobs report, rising by 0.3 percent from the prior month...

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