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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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Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Humans are great – when things get rough, the smart get going. We have risen to the top of the food chain because we can think our way out of problems. Sure, it often takes a crisis to get the smart going, but once they do get a thinkin’, the problems we face get smaller. Google has developed software that can run on low-power devices and give them the ability to communicate with other...

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Five Years Is Not Too Far Away

Five Years Is Not Too Far Away

What will the world look like in five years? What will life be like? How will technology define our existence then as compared to now? Every day, I wonder about these questions and more. For example, how long will it take for cutting edge, applied research to become reality for many who need it? Engineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab have developed a next-generation...

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Hey Man, Let's Go Munchy Shopping

Hey Man, Let's Go Munchy Shopping

Life is so rich it is hard not to touch upon the light, the serious, the dire, and the helpful when one consistently reviews its variety through the myriad stories that appear daily. For example, I live here in California, an energy island, if you will, a land cutoff from the easy flow of gasoline that other parts of the US east of the Rockies enjoy. Since there are no pipelines to bring in...

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Hilltop Screaming Is So Passé

Hilltop Screaming Is So Passé

In May of 2009, it became my focus to rail against what I the aptly named the “hill-top screamers.” I noticed then, and over time it has become reinforced, a corps of folks had become ground zero for basically creating and perpetuating the idea that the US and global economy was doomed. The apocalypse was coming – too much debt, too much stimulus, too much Fed, hyper-inflation, no jobs, no...

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Imagination, Health, Airlines, And Robotic Assitants

Imagination, Health, Airlines, And Robotic Assitants

I imagine … Those words have inspired humankind as long as humans have been able to imagine. And the historical creations that have come of those words have rocked humanity in beautiful and wondrous ways, and they have shaped our world. Now, we have them again from a millennial writing about the Apple Watch … I imagine being able to walk into a store and simply brandish my wrist at the...

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The Energy Flow Is Negative, But The Market Holds On

The Energy Flow Is Negative, But The Market Holds On

Right here, right now, the S&P 500, the Dow, and the Nasdaq Composite are hanging just below their all-time highs. This week, the market has shown that it is concerned about the economic-data news, but it is also betting on the Fed holding off on raising rates. In short, the market is in a holding pattern, not preparing for a fire sale. The VIX confirms this, as it sits in the 12-13...

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Confusion, Organics, And Those Dang Millennials Again

Confusion, Organics, And Those Dang Millennials Again

Okay, so the weekly unemployment report comes in and it is touching upon a 15-year low, and the market goes up. That seems right, yet … Dollar bulls are pondering what’s left of the rally that had pundits talking of dollar hegemony just months ago. The U.S. currency slid toward the lowest in almost four months a day after stagnant retail sales became the latest data to undermine prospects...

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Small, Middle, And Bad Business

Small, Middle, And Bad Business

One can never expect to know everything, for sure, but even understanding that, I am still surprised when I come across an economic term that is unfamiliar to me – Middle-market manufacturing.      In commerce, middle-market companies or midmarket companies are generally those companies with revenues between US $5 million and $3 billion per year. The wide range is due to the fact that there...

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Myth Busting And Fading Traditions Means Markets Change

Myth Busting And Fading Traditions Means Markets Change

Every morning, my lovely, wonderful wife brings me my morning cup of joe, so I can concentrate on my reading and writing. I love that service, her, and the coffee. As it turns out, far from being unhealthy, that java feed just might be good for me, really good for me. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee is linked to lower rates of pretty much all cardiovascular disease, contrary to what many...

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Think Apple Watch, Not Google Glass

Think Apple Watch, Not Google Glass

On Friday, I left you with a teaser about the Millennial generation. Well, here is my follow up … Every sweeping cliché about Millennials - that they are addicted to the itch and twitch of immediate gratification, that they are not interested in participating in the casino stock market - is being sent to the generalization graveyard. This notion of the feckless Millennial, living in their...

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Don’t Blink – The Tide Is Rolling In Fast

Don’t Blink – The Tide Is Rolling In Fast

The tide is changing. The fear of the Fed raising rates is no longer causing the market to panic sell. The market seems to have accepted that higher rates are coming, and when they do, the world will not fall apart. It is, as some say, now “baked into the cake.”  All you have to do is look at market reaction when the monthly US employment report came out on Friday to see that the fear is...

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Old Markets Fade And New Markets Form

Old Markets Fade And New Markets Form

The iconic thinker from the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan, is known for his commentary on media, particularly television (“The medium is the message.”), but he also said something else quite profound, especially when placed in a market context – There are not two sides to a story; there are forty, at least (I paraphrase.). This is and has been a major focus in this writing space – when it comes to...

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Space Travelers, Bitcoins, and Neighbors Spying On Neighbors

Space Travelers, Bitcoins, and Neighbors Spying On Neighbors

This morning, a reader responded to my referencing that report from San Jose California about personal drones spying on neighbors. Some years ago people saw space travelers from distant planets. Now perhaps they see drones. Have you seen any valid reports, substantiated by other evidence?    So, I checked it out and in my somewhat limited research, I did find numerous police reports, but I...

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Clarity, Clarity, Speculation, and Creepy

Clarity, Clarity, Speculation, and Creepy

I have to start the day with taking aim at Reuters News. Now, I get it, they have two different pieces of data here, but at first reading, this fact is hard to tell. The headlines are in bold below and right underneath each is the opening paragraph for each story. U.S. services sector growth cools in April: Markit The pace of expansion in the U.S. services sector eased from a seven-month...

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Watch For The Developing Trend

Watch For The Developing Trend

Aside from last week’s up and down joy ride in the market, things seem to be the same generally – the market wants to behave. All the major indices are hanging around their record levels, the VIX is in the up 12 zone, the US dollar has steadied in the mid-90 area, the euro is rising slowly, gold is still flirting with $1200, and oil has stalled in its recent jump up.  All this tells me the...

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