The Trend

How to Use the Chaikin Oscillator to Analyze Markets

Any time you use technical analysis, confirmation is essential.

If you’re not willing to confirm, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. In fact, at no time will I ever just use Bollinger Bands (2,20), MACD, relative strength, or Williams’ R% alone.

That’s an amateur, foolish move.

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2017: The Top Five Smart Ways to Handle Taxes

“American tax laws are constantly changing as our elected representatives seek new ways to ensure that whatever tax advice we receive is incorrect,” once quipped Dave Barry.

Others joke that perhaps the second of life’s two certainties is better.

As one of life’s two certainties, taxes can be, well… the most taxing. But if you’re aware of...

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The No. 1 Fundamental Tool Used to Unlock Value

One of the single best stocks to own over the last four years had nothing to do with oil, biotech or really anything revolutionary. In fact, it was quite boring and ignored.

Unjustly ignored, as it would turn out. The company is...

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How to Get U.S. Presidents to Pay You

Every President in history has impacted stocks.

The key to being in those very stocks lies in policy announcements. All we have to do is pay close attention and buy as the policy news begins to hit the press.

Going back to Barack Obama, we can see how it works:

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Three of the Most Overlooked Technical Patterns

They are some of the most overlooked trend reversal patterns.

But spot them first, and you could jump well ahead of the pack.

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Top Three Questions to Ask Before Any Trade

No one was ever born a successful trader, but we all have the potential to become one. 

The other week, we discussed the key reason why so many traders fail: because they...

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Boring Stocks Can Be the Most Exciting Stocks

Sometimes, boring is better.

Tell me – would you rather invest in a company that’s soaring on the latest, hottest trend, or would you rather buy a stock that’s so boring, it’s been years since it’s had any press?

Like most of us, you’d choose the first one. Unfortunately...

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How to Identify Trends Perfectly Every Time

Drawing lines on chart has been a matter of contention for years.

There are fundamental analysts that despise the very idea that studying wiggles and lines on a chart can lead to rewarding payouts.

In fact, Warren Buffett once...

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The Most Important Economic Indicator

Arguably, the U.S. consumer is the most watched economic indicator.  We’re the barometers of economic growth (if you will), accounting for 70% of GDP growth.

As the fortunes of many Americans goes, so goes the economy… 

What we're seeing now is...

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Technical Analysis: How to Recognize a Crowded Trade

Crowding the wrong side of the trade is the worst thing any one can do.

All of a sudden, every one and their 80-year-old grandmother are piling money into a trade, thinking some one must know something they don’t. Instead, what’s happening is they’re getting caught up in...

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Two Essential Questions all IPO Traders Should Ask

Whenever a new IPO is about to hit the market, you’ll often hear that it’s the “biggest, most exciting IPO of the year.”

It could produce millions for smart investors.

But that’s not always the case:

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A Crash Could Be Imminent

Stocks are clearly in a bubble.

And like all bubbles, this one could soon burst.

It’s part of the reason some traders – the smart ones – are beginning to accumulate...

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Dow 22,000 is No Longer a Fantasy

On Tuesday, all seemed grim. 

After 12 straight days of rallying, we closed down. 

CNN was quick to note, “Dow’s ridiculous string of records finally comes to an end.”

And then it happened:

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The Trump Effect: The Golden Age of Prisons

“We need to end private prisons. Protecting public safety and should never be outsourced or left to unaccountable corporations.”

That’s what Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted in 2015, wiping out millions in value off another industry in just weeks. Investors overreacted. The press warned of fallout.

But it also created the buying opportunity of a lifetime for...

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Sears Holdings (SHLD): Why It Just Will Not Survive

There really is a sucker born every minute.

Quite a few of them bid up Sears Holdings (SHLD) yet again in recent weeks on nothing more than hope. Let’s be honest: The company may not be dead yet, but the box is built, the hole is dug, and the nails are in place.

Now, all we need is...

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Apple CEO: “It’s Huge.”

By far, Apple is one of the biggest companies in the world.

All it has to do is make a simple mention of a potential idea that may or may not happen, and traders go wild with anticipation.

At least, that’s what just happened...

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How to Screen for Takeover Targets

We all dream of uncovering buyout targets…

Once a deal hits the wire, stocks can soar overnight. It’s no surprise then that many investors spend...

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