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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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Sometimes, Taking A Break Is A Good Thing

Sometimes, Taking A Break Is A Good Thing

Sometimes in Life, one just needs to take a break and do something different, something else for a bit. It doesn’t mean one does not enjoy that thing; it simply means that one desires some fresh air, a gulp of air to refresh and invigorate. Well, folks, I am going for a gulp of air. I will be back, but for now, my writing will turn to e-books about the trading and investing world. I am going...

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It’s Simple – We Switch The Channel When We Get Bored

It’s Simple – We Switch The Channel When We Get Bored

As I was reading this morning about economic theory regarding the volatility of the stock market, it occurred to me that a) economics is clearly more an art than science, and b) perhaps there is a simple yet highly affective factor that is pivotal to market volatility, yet no one is talking about it, at least not in high-minded economic circles. The factor is both relative to the fear...

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Sometimes, My Thinking Is All Wet

Sometimes, My Thinking Is All Wet

If one wants to learn about market movement, one has to come at that learning with a single context, a frame of mind that singularly focuses on two things – the market is forward looking and its singular concern is corporate profit. All the rest is just flotsam churning in the current, debris bobbing in the waves, or, to continue the discombobulating water-movement metaphor, ripples from the...

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Go Leading, Not Lagging And Think Solar

Go Leading, Not Lagging And Think Solar

The good news is it is Tuesday. Monday is long gone. The bad news is Tuesday is no better than Monday relative to market news.   Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector moderated in June for a third month in a row, slipping to its slowest pace since late 2013, according to an industry report released on Tuesday. Blah, blah, blah … We already know this stuff. It is about durable goods...

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Change, Innovation, And Some "You Go Girl"

Change, Innovation, And Some "You Go Girl"

Well, it is Monday again (weird how it appears on a regular basis), the slow day of the week, the one day that requires more energy for liftoff. At least for me it requires more energy for liftoff, but, apparently, not so for the market. It is Monday (again) and the market is pushing hard into the green. I suspect it is the news that Greece might be coming back to earth in its negotiations...

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Sharing Feelings, Sometimes It Happens

Sharing Feelings, Sometimes It Happens

Right out of the gate, I want to say I have feelings I want to share. Relax. Just go with it. Believe it or not, I have feelings about the Greek drama unfolding, and those feelings stem from the reality the Greeks have a long, dramatic history (think Euripides and Homer), and I have a graduate degree in Literature, so I know a thing or two about that history. Watching the current drama...

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The Good, The Bad, And The Battery Thing

The Good, The Bad, And The Battery Thing

When the market goes up, does anyone really care why? Today is a good example. The Fed said what it said, which is what it usually says, which is usually not much on the specific side of life and the market loves it. Here we are again, the market marching upward toward its record highs. Well, let that be as it is. The market is still playing the Fed game. In the meantime, I want to point out...

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Don’t Worry, Project A Movie

Don’t Worry, Project A Movie

Everyone is now waiting to hear from the Fed after today’s meeting. Will it or won’t it push the much ballyhooed rate increase to September? Whenever the Fed decides to raise rates, there will be an effect, for sure, but that effect will be spread out and it will be both positive and negative. Corporate borrowing will be affected negatively, as will consumer loans and mortgage rates. US...

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Drama In Greece, Good News In The US

Drama In Greece, Good News In The US

Since 2008, we have been treated to high drama from the actors on the world stage. Remember the Republicans in the summer of 2011 with their threat to shut down the US government over the debt ceiling? They took that right to the last minute. Man that was dramatic and man did the market panic. Now we have Greece and the EU. It appears this drama is going right down to the last minute, as...

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Turn Away From The Stupid Place

Turn Away From The Stupid Place

When the market goes to this stupid place, I want to go somewhere else, somewhere where I can be amazed, find a laugh, and, perhaps, learn something new. All are easy to do in a world so rich with human endeavors. Amazing … The world’s largest carbon emitter is on track to meet its climate goals a full five years ahead of schedule, according to a study out this week. China will peak emission...

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Greece Is History And The Fed Might Be Moving The Goal Posts

Greece Is History And The Fed Might Be Moving The Goal Posts

The market action today seems somewhat contradictory to my current belief that the market wants to go up. Well, it does, even if it is going bonkers today over the latest chapter leading to a close in the story that is Greece these days. My-oh-my, that great country has come a long way from Plato’s influential philosophy. With not much corporate news out Friday, traders said declines were...

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The Fed Or The Fundamentals – That Is The Question

The Fed Or The Fundamentals – That Is The Question

Today, I go all economic on you, but first, let me just say the Greece thing is so stale. Just get to it boys and girls. Either sign up to the plan or get your bony butt out of the EU. Okay, maybe that is a bit too blunt. Maybe a professional diplomat could say it better. "There is no more time for gambling. The day is coming, I'm afraid, that someone says that the game is over.” I must...

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Bouncing Back, The Market It is

Bouncing Back, The Market It is

Gold is up, oil is up, the dollar is down, as is the VIX, and, hey, guess what? The market is up. Why is the market up? My best guess is because is because it is Wednesday. No. I take that back. It is up because today’s date is an even number of an even month. No? Then, how about the market is up because it wants to go up? The S&P 500 has climbed just 1 percent in 2015 after double-digit...

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Don’t Wait, Get One Now

Don’t Wait, Get One Now

Here on the Central Coast of California, the weather in June turns to fog in the morning. Every day the fog in the morning casts a grey pall over the land. We call this the June Gloom. At right about 11:00 (okay so maybe there is an hour variance here and there), the fog melts away and the bright sunshine breaks through.   The same feeling I get with the June Gloom I get with the market...

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The Market Wants To Go Up, And It Will

The Market Wants To Go Up, And It Will

In a nutshell, the market is now focused on one thing and one thing only, or so it seems to the breathless media. Bond-Market Game of Chicken With Fed Is Riskier Than Ever Man-oh-man, the Fed has a tight hold on the market. The problem as I see it is the market is holding right back with white knuckles. Investors are yanking cash out of the fixed income market. Government bonds experienced a...

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