Lessons from the Pros

Jan 29, 2013 Issue

Featured Article

The Two Most Important Pictures On A Chart

The goal for most traders is consistent profits, life-long income from speculating in markets. The key word in that sentence is “consistent.” Anyone can have profitable trades here and there, but do they produce consistent income and profits from trading? I have a friend who day trades the S&P Mini and has a… Read More »


Home Sweet Home

Most people reading this article may not be able to or want to participate in hedge funds. Instead, I will look to the ETF’s as a way to capitalize on the mortgage industry. As traders and pro-active investors, we can mimic the funds’ performance by buying or shorting these ETF’s. There are three ETF’s that… Read More »


A Word From The Wise

This week I thought that I would take it easy. Yes, I am still writing the article, as you can see in front of you, but I had the idea that maybe you would like to hear a lesson from somebody else’s perspective for a change? Instead of learning something from me, I thought it… Read More »


Wrapping Up On Backspreads

My last few articles have been about Backspreads. Today I’ll wrap that up so we can move on to other strategies. I’ve also been using the backspread example to illustrate how payoff diagrams help us to analyze option positions. Quick review: On 12/14/12 XLF was at $16.00, and we thought it would move away from… Read More »


Where Would You Like These 5,000 Bushels of Corn Dumped?

This question has kept many a trader from venturing into the Commodity Futures markets. For some traders they have heard stories about how a distant relative once had to take delivery of the above mentioned corn. Having somebody pull up to your house with a tractor trailer full of corn and asking this question would… Read More »

Real Estate

Are Short Sales Still Available and Are They a Good Deal?

For the last several years, if you were looking for residential real estate and wanted a “deal” you thought a short sale or REO was the way to go. In fact, a new industry for agents was created just to serve short sales. Agents were taking classes to become “Short Sale” specialists, there were so… Read More »

Specialty Skills

Trading Mastery Involves Gaining Mastery Over Yourself

When you are in a trade, more is challenged than just your knowledge of the markets. Your self-identity is challenged as well. That is, your weaknesses, character and ability to keep your commitments become tested as soon as you open the trade. Self-discipline is a critical component of becoming a successful trader. Trading can be… Read More »

India Markets

Are You Ready?

When we learn a new skill, it takes time to develop it. The best way to do so is to practice under the watchful eye of an expert. Think back to when you first learned to drive. You likely had someone review the basic operations of the vehicle and traffic laws with you. Then they… Read More »