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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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Is This Back to the Future?

My computer world is not any better today than it was yesterday, but I feel better. I did what I could do for my laptop, but it is in a coma. It will require equipment and knowledge beyond my scope to bring it around. Given that I am away from my hometown, I will keep it on life-support until I return. No worries; it is stable enough to wait three more days. In the meantime, I said I feel...

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Not A Good Monday, For Me …

Today is not starting out well for me. Two words sum it up – computer problems. First, my normal work computer gave me the “blue screen of death” this morning, and for those who know Microsoft Windows, well, you know that this is as bad as it gets with Windows. The reason I am even writing about my computer problems is that just two minutes ago I was closing out my sagacious thinking for the...

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It’s Getting Easier To Say, Hang In There

Is this it? Is the panic over? Have the sellers become exhausted and have the buyers stepped back into the breach? Is this, after weeks of churning, the bottom? U.S. stocks were higher at the open on Friday, following a batch of solid earnings reports that eased concerns about the impact of weak global demand on U.S. growth and businesses. Strong right out of the gate and holding steady the...

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It’s The Economy, The Fed, And a Bit Of Europe

Well, well, well … The last hour in yesterday’s market was quite interesting, just as the last hour, half hour, and five minutes of the market has been this week. It appears the battle of the bulls and “da bears” is back on. Although “da bears’ have had the upper hand, it seems that the tide might be turning. As always, we will see, but in the meantime, here are some considerations for your...

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Sellers Sell and Buyers Wait

“Where have all the flowers gone …?” I must admit my faith in the market is shaken. I mean, really, is there nothing positive to entice the buyers to step up? U.S. retail sales declined in September and producer prices also fell, worrisome signals on the economy's health that heightened financial market worries over faltering global growth Apparently, there is not. After all, last month’s...

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Go Back Just A Bit to Get Real

In these days of market panic (and I say that with a smile), all one has to do to get a grip, if one needs to get a grip, is think back to the fall of 2010, no wait, not that far. Try 2011. Sorry, that too is a bit far for me even if it is applicable. How about 2012, then, Dang, let’s just take a look at 2013. On September 10th, the Dow stood at 1466. It had had a good year up to then,...

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Just One More Thing …

The VIX has topped the 21.5 ceiling, and it did it rather quickly. Currently, it is just above 22, as it tracks the major indices on yet another down day. Clearly, the market is not listening to my argument about the economic fundamentals not warranting such a precipitous drop in the major indices. Well, there is not much I can do about that, other than to keep arguing the economic...

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I Have Not a Clue

It is official. The market is in crazy land. There is no way out now until the selling is exhausted, and that will be when the panic to sell is exhausted. On a short term basis, this could get uglier. Wow, what a week/month it has been so far. Students of market history know that October has a reputation for increased volatility. And cutting to the chase, this October is certainly living up...

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How Crazy Is This?

It is to the point now the less said the better. After all, how does one continue to articulate reason in the face of absurdity?   The big red flag is how the Russell 2000 has now fallen to new multi-month lows. It is true the small caps have traditionally led both in and out of bull and bear markets, but this time around, the context is different. The US economy and the Fed are in...

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Now, For the Rest of the Story … Earnings

No matter how one views it, the current market picture is not pretty. Okay, it ain’t pretty, but at least it is consistent. If nothing else, count on the market to succumb to the pressure of the daily onslaught of news and, lacking any large, positive catalyst, it will sell off. This is good news for the folks who like to short the market and it is bad news for those who fear the worst when...

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Sit Tight For Now, But Strap In

The market wants to go down, clearly. Why else would it fade at the peak yesterday and then open with a clear downside bias today? It is clear that the major indices are in a corrective mode at the present time. Didn’t I just write that? Actually (truthfully), I didn’t just write that exactly, but I did say the market wants to go down. I should have written it though, because it is true, to...

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On The One Hand …

Today is a two-handed day, but before we deal with that, let me just say that the market pattern that has developed over this awesome bull run of the last few years is still intact. For the past two and three quarter years, #BTFD has been the name of the game. And in the last 18 months, every single dip has simply been another opportunity to put cash to work. Yup, on the one hand, investors...

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The Market Is Not Crazy After All

If one were to ascribe a mental-health label to it based on its recent behavior, well, schizophrenic would be defensible. Again, the market took us on another wild ride yesterday. Now, the prognoses for recovery, or not, are all over the board. Despite making big moves to the downside during the session, stocks rebounded to close flat on Thursday. Equities edged higher in late afternoon...

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Yup, This Is Full Panic Mode, But …

Yesterday, and as of late, the market has been bent on selling, no matter what the reality is. Panic selling is in vogue. It is never pretty to watch, but, in the end, it can be helpful to a longer term up trend. Let the air out of the selling bag, so to speak, and when the bag is deflated, the buyers will come in to inflate it. If the panic selling makes you nervous, just say “guzfraba”...

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Now, We Are at the Low End

Once again, we see the market tipping on the edge. The S&P 500 is dancing around 1955 and the Dow is burrowing beneath 17,000. One difference this time around is the VIX is sporting a handle of 17.25, a bit closer to the 21.5 level, another technical ceiling of note.  The question, though, is this anything more than what the market has done over the last five years – churn about,...

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