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I often find myself repeating this message but the more I do, the more it seems to sink in.  The noise is getting louder out there and it could be quite harmful.  Why is that?  Because the future is so uncertain, and when we have the media, pundits, experts, analysts all...
Constant news in and constant news out. That is the flow of the market. I would like to call it a problem, but if a thing is the norm, and life revolves around it, then how could it be a problem? It is something you just learn to live with. The daily news flow, and the...
December ICE Coffee Futures a Selling Opportunity on More Price Weakness See on the daily bar chart for December coffee futures that prices have dropped sharply this week and hit a six-week low. A bearish double-top reversal pattern has also formed on the daily bar chart....
We are officially in uncharted waters.  The biggest macro risk right now for the markets is not the Fed or European Central Bank…or ISIS or even Vladimir Putin.  No, the biggest macro risk is the mood of Scottish voters. Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK will...
Every now and then I find traders will go out on the risk curve and take a speculative trade.   That's a good thing — because as they say in baseball, 'you cannot steal second base with your foot on first.'  However, there are limits, and often I find these traders stretch...
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A simple and potentially powerful tool within technical analysis is the moving average. It is easy to calculate and even easier to understand. A "simple moving average" is calculated by averaging the closing price of an asset over a specified timeframe. IT'S VERSATILE There...
Did anyone get the license plate on that truck? That is an old cliche, however; for many weeks I have been fielding emails and calls with a similar theme. Many traders, plainly, have not believed the stock market could get this far without a significant correction. The same...
Appearance courtesy of TradeSpoon Joe Cusick, VP of Wealth and Asset Management at MoneyBlock, discusses how to trade defined-risk option spread strategies in volatile markets. Joe covers two credit spread strategies to consider based on your bullish or bearish...
Experienced traders say the first thing any trader should know about a market is the trend. Trend lines are the basic indicator of trend, of course, but they are quite subjective, depending on the eye of the beholder. A line that might fit one time frame may not be right for...
What separates exceptional traders from the vast majority of participants? The quest for an answer to this question was the motivation for my first Market Wizards book written nearly 25 years ago. Although I did get some satisfactory answers in that first book, I realized...
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