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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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All Over The Map Today

All Over The Map Today

The market today is acting rather sedate after two days of losing steam. To my vision, this behavior is expected. Given the sudden rush to the top, smashing all ceilings and building new floors, it is apparent the market needed some time to completely digest the new levels, and it took that time with two days of selling off. It is now closer to “right.” Yet, today’s US economic news came out...

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All The News All The Time, Sheesh!

All The News All The Time, Sheesh!

“All the news, all the time” is a tagline for more than one news outlet, and in this, the ubiquitous 24-hour news cycle world, it is appropriate. Do you ever get the feeling that there is too much news, though? Let me clarify. There can never be too much news, meaning, legitimate news that informs, educates, and, yes, entertains, but what we can get too much of is repetition, opinion, and...

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The Market Is Balancing, Indeed It Is

The Market Is Balancing, Indeed It Is

US auto sales come in soft, the market retreats from yesterday’s run up, and the rest of the story is filled with bits and pieces of solid fundamental evidence that Europe is healing and almost half the big-cheese leaders of American corporations plan on spending some money this year. Did I get the gist of the news? Oh, yeh, and oil is still struggling with record inventories. Oil rebounded...

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Is The Market Ahead Of Itself?

Is The Market Ahead Of Itself?

In my line of work, I come across thoughtful perspectives, reasoned opinions, and flat-out nonsense. The latter I simply dismiss, but thoughtful and reasoned are not easy to shun, even when they go against my own line of thinking. Hence, I just read an article this morning that suggested the market was getting ahead of itself, especially since the recent US economic data has not been...

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Someone Is Urgently Betting On Oil Going Back Up

Someone Is Urgently Betting On Oil Going Back Up

“Urgent.” The word when read or said elicits a feeling, a visceral sensibility. Funny thing, though, when I read or lead with it relative to the market, it lacks meaning. The market is anything but urgent. The Dow and the S&P 500 are not moving, the VIX is hanging around 13.5, gold is flat (and has been for some time), and the US dollar is moving a little here and there, but fairly...

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There Is The Ideal, And Then There Is Reality

There Is The Ideal, And Then There Is Reality

As one writer on TraderPlanet said, “Message For The Market – Slow and Steady.” The point is clear – until we have something extraordinary, the market will chew forty times, swallow slowly, and digest the daily stream of easy news. The next phase of the market is all about central bank policies around the globe. Global equities set a new record high and bond yields sank to fresh lows on...

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Wait A Bit, Market Direction Is Coming

Wait A Bit, Market Direction Is Coming

One expects the market to behave the way it is behaving today. After all, we are here again, the rarified air of record highs. Big money is not sure where to go from here, even with Ms. Yellen’s dovish comments to the esteemed US Congress. She says she is in no hurry to raise rates, but this does not mean anything, really. She is simply telling us inflation is not a threat at the moment and...

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Keep Your Eye On The Macro, The Market Is Going Up

Keep Your Eye On The Macro, The Market Is Going Up

First off, let me just say I consider myself a “moralist,” or, at the very least, ethical. I believe we should all pursue our endeavors in a manner that does not cause harm to others. This is pretty basic, right? Isn’t it what religious institutions teach, you know, the Golden Rule, respect for others, etc.? So, when I read about rather large corporate institutions pursuing their goals at...

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Be Wary Of Big Money Telling You Where To Put Your Money

Be Wary Of Big Money Telling You Where To Put Your Money

Studying the market, one learns many a thing that often flies in the face of logic. The reason is the market is not a “pure” game; forces are constantly trying to manipulate it and if the forces are powerful enough, they succeed. Now, this reality flies in the face of logic because one can logically ask, “Then why play the market, if forces can move it this way and that when it suits them?”...

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Keep Your Eye On The LongShore And Warehouse Union

Keep Your Eye On The LongShore And Warehouse Union

We have another day in a now series of days that indicates the market has returned to a sense of normalcy. Even with the big news out there, the market is pushing into the green and the VIX is holding steady at around 15, which is a nice place to be for the VIX. Yup, the big news is still Greece, but the market is seeing through the hyperbole, yes, seeing the glass as half-full now, not...

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A Daily Chore and Pinterest, Something To Watch

A Daily Chore and Pinterest, Something To Watch

So, today is another day of normalcy, meaning the market is doing just fine with a slight decline from the recent record highs and the news is still talking about falling (no not falling yes falling  … ) oil, Greece and Ukraine. Of the three, oil is by far the most important to the market up or down in the short and long term. The other two are matters of perception, which, of course, the...

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Big Milestones, Big Money, and a Big Bet

Big Milestones, Big Money, and a Big Bet

I am not a betting man … Oh wait! Actually I am a betting man. I invest in and trade the market and anybody who does that is a betting man, or woman. So, right now, in the current state of affairs in the market, I think it is safe bet that: 1)     Oil will fall back again. Crude oil futures fell on Wednesday, unable to build on more than 1 percent gains in the previous session as rising...

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Young Love Is Normal, But Is The Market?

Young Love Is Normal, But Is The Market?

If this keeps up, the world will explode. The market is acting normal again, which means we have another day without extreme volatility. I have asked this before recently, but it bears asking again – Is the market finally paying attention to the fundamentals? Who knows, but I like the idea of it. So, I have a salient question today, and since I have been the optimist, I will give you my...

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The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

The Market Is Happy For Valentine’s Day …

So, here we are heading onto one of the most important holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day – and the market is acting normal, still. “Really?” you might think. Valentine’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year? Think about it, boys and girls … So, yes, the market seems to have quieted down from its rebellious volatility this winter, this winter of discontent, or not....

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A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

A Metaphor, The Market, and A Positive Shift

“Epiphany.” I love the word. It has a nice ring to it, a pleasant sound when heard or played in my head. Interestingly, it is Greek in origin, and with what is going on with Greece right now, well, that is not so pleasant. Anyway, the longer I live, the more I come to understand that life is rich with epiphany. In fact (you guessed it), I had one this morning. Oh, nothing of a magnitude,...

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