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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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Go Ahead, Just Ignore My Advice

I just have to say, getting ignored affects my sense of worth, my confidence, and it marginalizes me in my profession. Why is the market ignoring my advice? Why is it gobbling up points as if there were no tomorrow? Doesn’t it appreciate the work I do to come up with the advice? So, here we are at new record highs intraday for the S&P 500. It surely did not take long to get back here,...

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Resistance Is Futile

“Resistance is futile.” Don’t go there! I am not a Trekkie, but I have seen all the TV episodes and all the movies (I think), so I am familiar with the Borg, the space folk who take over the collective minds of other civilizations. Watching the market this morning, the Borg and their motto popped into my head (Could it be? No, no way!). Anyway, it struck me that the market can go here and go...

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Slow Down and Chew More Carefully

Again, I would caution the market to take small bites and chew carefully before swallowing. Yesterday’s gulp chomped off another chunk of the big losses recently seen. Heck, the Dow is back above 17,000 and the S&P 500 crushed its most recent ceiling at 1967, finishing up 18 points higher at 1985. My guess is the market will heed my advice today, even though the economic data coming out...

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Yup, It Is Simple, Uh-huh.

Let’s keep it simple today. Okay, so I always keep it simple, but there is a reason for that. It is simple, at least in my mind. The market moves up and down in the near term on economic data, news, rumor (sometimes the same as news), and perception. Now, if all is right with the world and the market system operates on its own energy, in the longer term, it is the trend that powers the...

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This Is a Scary Week

First thing on this Monday morning of this Halloween week, the market goes all “fraidy cat.” It opened as if it were watching the latest hit movie, Nightmare on Wall St, playing in theatres all over the place as of late. The plot goes like this. The bulls fall asleep and the horrible bears take over the dream world just to make life miserable for the bulls. Eventually, the bulls wake up,...

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High-Speed Panic Does Not Negate Earnings

Canada, New York, and Mali all are making the market news cycle. Ebola and terrorism, or, rather, what many are thinking is terrorism, but what just me a local nutcase.   The market did react when the news of the Canadian parliament shooting came across the wire on Wednesday and it reacted this morning to the news that both New York and Mali had their firs Ebola victims. To some degree, all...

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More of the Same But Different?

Let’s start today by going back to yesterday, another in a series of volatile days. I think the market took my advice a bit too seriously, as all the major indices dropped with gusto. I am not sure why, but it seems the buyers simply ran out of gas. Stocks took on some water today, but it can't be a complete surprise. I think it was yesterday we pointed out the S&P 500 had rallied more...

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Remember Our Lessons Already Learned

Ahhhh …. Life is normal again, and it feels right. In today’s sense of normalcy, a learned lesson or two in life resides. One of those is familiar to me from repetition in my childhood and the other I am just starting to learn through repetition. Yesterday, I just “relearned” the latter. My computer is working. Yup, the same one I gave up on yesterday is the same one I fixed yesterday. I...

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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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