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As traders and investors we often judge ourselves by the wins/losses in our buying/selling activities.  Yet, the results - while they do matter - are only a small part of the overall success you will achieve.  Many are destined to succeed based on their account growth, yet...
Boom! Just like that the market leaps forward. At least thus far this morning it has leaped forward. Who knows if it will hold for the day, but, so far, the news of the day has created some excitement.   China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up efforts to...
The recent whipsaw market has confused many traders and investors. Specifically, the rise and then fall in volatility is most puzzling. Do emotions and money swing that quickly?  On the spectrum of fear/greed, the money flows back and forth like a windshield wiper, but as the...
An important thing to remember is that my approach to directional trades is different when going into an earnings release cycle, rather than when outside of the earnings cycle.  Outside of the earnings cycle, other factors trigger my entries.  Those factors could be...
You should never blindly follow the investment moves of anyone — not even Masters of the Universe like Carl Icahn or George Soros.   You never know what their investment game plan is or whether a stock position is part of a larger multi-stock trade. That said, I do consider...
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March U.S. T-Bonds closed up 11/32 at 140 4/32 today. Prices closed near mid-range. The bulls and bears are still on a level near-term technical playing field as trading remains choppy. The next downside price breakout objective for the T-Bond bears is closing prices below...
In trading, as in the long race, the turtle consistently beats the hare. In last week’s article about overtrading, I noted that in a study of 66,000 active traders, only those whose trading frequency was in the bottom quintile (80% less than the busiest traders), were...
Vertical spreads are a popular way for option buyers to lower their cost, and therefore risk.  Likewise, they are often used by option sellers to limit risk and margin.  Yet, trading vertical spreads might come with more baggage than benefits.  Like any other...
Emerging Markets Stocks ETF (EEM) Relative Strength Ratio (EEM/SPY) broke down below its lows of the previous 9 years on 11/20/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting systematically bearish trend. Longer term, Foreign Stocks ETF (EFA) Relative Strength Ratio (EFA/SPY) broke...
The recent whipsaw market has confused many traders and investors. Specifically, the rise and then fall in volatility is most puzzling. Do emotions and money swing that quickly?  On the spectrum of fear/greed, the money flows back and forth like a windshield wiper, but...
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