Lessons from the Pros

Aug 28, 2012 Issue

Featured Article

It’s All About You

I have been writing articles each week to Online Trading Academy members for over two years. My goal is to slowly help the misinformed public gain an edge that levels the playing field in the trading and investing world between the novice hard-working public and the “Wall Street” professional. As I have said many… Read More »


Controlling Losses

I was watching a financial network on TV today and heard the anchor say, “Good news for investors in Zynga, the shares are up over eight percent today!” A little later she muttered almost under her breath, “But the shares are still down over 60% year to date.” I do not mean to downplay the… Read More »


The World of Real vs. The World of Ideal

Let me start this article with a simple question: Did you have any real idea what Forex trading involved before you started doing it? This may seem to be an unusual way to start this piece, but I really do want you to think back to when you first looked into trading Read More »


Dynamic Premium

In this article we will explore how premium can change. First we will look at how premium can lose value after only one day due to lack of price action. Secondly, at the end of an option’s contract, near expiry, one would expect to see very skinny premium on out-of-the-money options, yet… Read More »


Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect Setup?

This endeavor of futures trading attracts people from all walks of life. They can be doctors, housewives, or entrepreneurs (who are generally a good fit as they are risk takers to begin with). That said, there is one profession in particular that seems to have a special affinity for speculating in the financial markets… Read More »

Real Estate

Don’t Risk Your Profits, Use a Full Coverage Title Report

The process of purchasing real estate is one that should not be taken lightly; the contracts and loan documents alone can be overwhelming. Then take into consideration the legal transfer of title and you could be over the top. If you are not a professional it is important to have one guide you through the process… Read More »

Specialty Skills

Biases: It’s Important to Be Aware of Yours

Derek’s eyes got wide as he looked pensively at the charts displayed in his trading platform. He had entered a counter-trend trade on the ES and it was not working out as hoped (his first mistake: hoping is not for trading). He had his trading plan well in tow and the analysis that it was… Read More »

India Markets

Gearing and Leverage

As many of my students know, I am an avid motorcyclist. What you may not know is that I also hold a certificate in motorcycle repair. As with my trading, I feel it is important to be able to fix things when they do not go well. If there is a problem with my bike… Read More »