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June Rate Hike?

Fed Chair Yellen didn’t do much to change hawkish optimism with her discussion Friday afternoon. I would not say it was everything that FOMC hawks wanted to hear. But it did not undo the sentiment that rate hikes could come soon. But June? I don’t see that in Fed Fund futures. The gold and U.S. Dollar … Read more

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Scream If You Want To Go Faster

I am a 37-year veteran of the markets. I started on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in January 1979. I lived and worked for 12 years in London, England trading on the floor of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE). I was a pit-trader specializing in German Bunds, British Gilts and … Read more

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ETF’s To Hold Long Term In Your Portfolio

Whether you consider yourself a day trader or swing trader, you likely also have a long-term portfolio. When’s a good time to start adding (Exchange Traded Funds) ETF’s to your portfolio? Let’s take a look at the typical price cycles for ETF’s and stocks. There is a price move up, then a topping, which is followed by … Read more

I Love When The NDX Leads

Since the mid-1990’s, I have been reciting the same phrase repeatedly. I love when the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) leads. I love when the NDX leads. I love when the NDX leads. Thanks to advancements in technology over the past 20+ years, with one click of the mouse I can communicate with you today. I love … Read more

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Getting Started With Chart Indicators

New traders can very easily become overwhelmed with chart indicators. Traders are always looking for the holy grail. However, there isn’t a holy grail indicator. I suggest that new traders start with a few basic ones, then test additional ones. If they work for you, then add them to your toolbox. If not, then remove … Read more

Picking Tops Versus Buying The Break

In the banking industry, the Rothschild family is a wealthy family descending from Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Mayer established his banking business in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1760’s. Through his five sons, they established an international family of bankers who established themselves in London England, Paris France, Vienna Austria, Naples Italy and Frankfurt Germany. Recently I heard … Read more

Are You A FOMO Trader?

The fear of missing out (FOMO), is a very common anxiety among humans and it’s especially prevalent in new traders. We have all been taught since an early age to be in the know, be a leader and not a follower and to be first in anything we do. These are all important traits in the business world, but not necessarily in trading. … Read more

Symmetry Setups

Symmetry is one of the most helpful concepts I’ve found in trading. As any student of the markets will tell you, “we’re trying to make predictions on the future based off analysis of the past”. Another way of saying it might be “If it’s done this before, maybe it has a chance of doing it … Read more

Curbing Your Anxiety While In A Trade

Traders experience a variety of challenges while in an actual trade. From the classic deer in the headlights syndrome (this isn’t happening, this isn’t happening, this isn’t happening), to the fear of pulling the trigger in the first place. We’ve all been there. We’ve seen that movie. Some of us are watching it right now. … Read more