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Trader and Investor Perception vs Reality

Investor Perception

Have you ever felt the need to be on guard when buying a car, major appliance, new home, or anything that involves a sales person? Or, have you ever had a career in sales which means spending weeks if not months in advanced training sessions where the entire goal of the training is how to… Read More »

Stocks

Hammering a Lightbulb – Don’t Use the Wrong Trading Tools

Most traders believe that all technical indicators are alike and can simply be substituted one for another. If you are of that belief then you are probably not using these indicators successfully. A person who thinks all tools are the same may try to use a hammer or screwdriver to repair a leaky faucet. They… Read More »

Forex

How Not to be a Great Forex Trader

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to be teaching at our Long Island, New York office. At one of the lunch breaks during class, a student of mine from a previous class wanted to stop by and say hello, and ask a few questions about why she isn’t as successful as… Read More »

Options

Condors: Adjusting the Flight Plan

The stock of Yahoo (YHOO) stood at $37.73, roughly midway between major support at around $32 and major resistance at the recent highs around $42. Implied volatility at 35% was on the high side compared to readings over the last year. We could have bet that YHOO would stay in the $32-42 range for the… Read More »

Commodities

Futures Charting – Write Your Congressman!

Well, maybe we don’t have to take it to this extreme. But if there is one thing I wish the Futures industry would do is that they would standardize the charts we use to make our trading decisions. So much confusion comes from having so many types of charts available to Futures traders… Read More »

Real Estate

It’s Officially Spring and Time to Get Ready to Sell

The calendar just informed us that it is officially spring so that means it is getting close to the residential housing market prime buying and selling season.  Whether selling an investment property or a home here are a few things that might help you get ready to sell. Staging the Property 1)     Keep each room Read More »

Specialty Skills

To Trade Effectively You Must Be Aware

Have you ever taken a trade and after the trade closed it was as if someone had control of your mouse? In other words, you realized that the illusion that you just traded seemed real, but it wasn’t, and you were trading without clarity. You were not aware. The importance of remaining aware can’t be Read More »

India Markets

The Next Train to Profits

In my teaching trading, I have often found that relating trading to everyday life experiences really helps students grasp the basic concepts they need in order to become successful. Many of the things we do are very similar. I recently received an email from a student who referenced an article I wrote that compared trading… Read More »

April 1, 2014