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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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I Don’t Have Anything To Say About The Market Today

I Don’t Have Anything To Say About The Market Today

Every work day, I read the news, watch the market, write what I write, and I generally do it with a dispassionate, objective view. Some days, though, my dispassionate view is challenged, but I get past it. Other days, such as yesterday, I read about an action so cold, I cannot put my compassion away; I cannot look the other way. My objectivity goes out the window and I just want to scream....

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Yes, These Are Uncertain Times, But ...

Yes, These Are Uncertain Times, But ...

Man-oh-man, the battle is raging now. The push and pull between the bears and the bulls is both riveting and disconcerting. It is like the moment of passing a car crash – you are compelled to look even though you know you are looking at potential pain and suffering. At one point today, the Dow was well over 200 points and in this moment, this very moment, it is struggling to stay in the...

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Be Patient, Let The Market Do Its Thing

Be Patient, Let The Market Do Its Thing

Wow! How inconsiderate is the market? So close to Christmas and it decides to start acting out. Doesn’t it understand Santa knows who has been naughty and nice? Aside from that, the market dropping so harshly right now takes money away from folks, which means they have less money to spend on their tiny, beautiful, cute children.   U.S. manufacturing output recorded its largest increase in...

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Get Longer If You Can – Now Is The Time

Get Longer If You Can – Now Is The Time

I must admit, I did not see this coming. No, I suspected the market would tank today after the nonsense came out about the Republicans shutting down the government via not passing a spending bill. It is that nonsense I did not see coming. The last I heard several days ago is that Mr. Boehner would not let it happen, yet … So, here we are with a market that is falling hard, right along with...

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Dropping Oil Prices Is Like Manna From Heaven

Dropping Oil Prices Is Like Manna From Heaven

It is still early in the day for the market, but it appears, so far, there are still plenty of buyers out there. What the remainder of day will bring remains to be seen, but me thinks the strong consumer spending data, coupled with yet another drop in weekly jobless claims, makes for a strong market day, which suggests that the recent bout of selling is nothing more than … What can I say,...

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A Perfect Storm Coming?

A Perfect Storm Coming?

 What can I say, other than the market thinks this is the time to retrace, to rebalance, so, let’s get on with it. U.S. stocks are falling, extending the week’s decline for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as energy shares renewed a selloff after OPEC cut its forecast on 2015 demand for crude. A U.S. exchange-traded fund tracking the Greece’s’ equities has had a record streak of...

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For Now, I Still think What I Think

For Now, I Still think What I Think

Well, it did not take long for the vultures to settle in to the “demise” of the market. Two down days and the “correction” has cometh. The Market Just Ran Out of Gas... or More Specifically, Ran Out of Buyers Me thinks not, the market has run out of buyers, that is. At least so far today, there are buyers still hunting down bargains in this market. Heck, the DJIA was done over 200 points...

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Oil and Hedge Funds Are Not Doing Well

Oil and Hedge Funds Are Not Doing Well

A strengthening US dollar causing emerging market currencies to tumble, oil prices in free fall, Japan reporting its economic decline, and China, well, just say the word, “China.” Did I tag all of the reasons the market might be down today? Aside from the above, we have more to look at this coming week, but do not be surprised if the market bounces around a bit, especially as we move closer...

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Sometimes, You Gotta Make A Call

Sometimes, You Gotta Make A Call

Here we are, just 16 trading days from 2015 and I must admit, I am on pins and needles regarding the market finish for 2014. Will the Dow go where no Dow has ever gone before – 18,000? As I write, the venerable index is but 31 points away from crossing over into that new frontier; yet, there are those technicians who look at the market numbers transposed on a chart and they arrive at a...

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This Year Is Quickly Becoming Next Year

This Year Is Quickly Becoming Next Year

The year that was is quickly morphing into the year that will be. All signs are that 2015 will be as good as, or better than, 2014, and, despite the ups and downs in the market, 2014 will turn out to be quite a good year. It appears my “prediction” that the Dow will finish above 18,000 is on track and my prediction that the S&P 500 will finish above 2050 looks to be a bit off. In fact,...

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Don’t Fight The Tape, Believe In It

Don’t Fight The Tape, Believe In It

Okay, so the market decided it wanted to go up appreciably yesterday. Today it is working on the news from the Fed and the US government and then balancing that against the economic news from Europe and Russia. Euro-area services and manufacturing grew less than initially estimated last month, leaving the economy facing near-stagnation as the European Central Bank considers its options on...

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Holiday Sales Down – Not Quite

Holiday Sales Down – Not Quite

First, let me say that yesterday was a good day for the market. It needs a bit of a breather, some rebalancing. What we don’t need, but we have it and always will, is the lame analysis given us in the breathless media. A down day for stocks Monday, sparked by the disappointing start in holiday sales. Okay, had the writer taken the time to actually research his/her thesis, he/she would have...

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How Can Falling Oil Prices Be Bad?

How Can Falling Oil Prices Be Bad?

Welcome back. I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good one. I certainly had a leisurely five days. I had time to read a lot. It is amazing what one can pick up after five days of reading. So here is what I learned in the last five days of reading. The world is still a nasty place because stupid people are killing innocent people, but it is also full of hope for many others,...

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Money Never Sleeps, But It Does Take Time Off

Money Never Sleeps, But It Does Take Time Off

If you are reading this, my guess is you are a die-hard trader or a family member. If you are the latter, thank you for supporting me. If you are the former, I have some advice for you. Gordon Gekko is wrong, sort of. He famously said in his speech to Bud Fox, “Money never sleeps.” Well, it is true, money flows in and out of markets 24 hours per day, 365 days per year on a rotating schedule...

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No Reason To Change The Plan

No Reason To Change The Plan

More numbers are in and there are revisions to the US government’s second and third quarter economic data reports. Not that it matters, really, as they are lagging numbers, but they do show a stronger continuation of the economic pattern that has been happening now for years. The economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the third quarter, reflecting bigger gains in...

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