The Trend

Thursday January 19, 2017

U.S. Economy 2017: Why Retailers Are Struggling

“As the fortunes of many Americans go, so goes Wal-Mart, so goes the economy.”

That’s what The Associated Press has noted.

Wal-Mart is arguably one of the world's most important economic indicators, and recent earnings numbers may be a sign of things to come.

Tuesday October 25, 2016

Where Has All the Market Volume Gone?

Low volume on the market is getting thinner by the day.

All thanks to fear surrounding the outcome of the U.S. Circus… sorry Elections, likely failure to reach an accord with OPEC and non-OPEC countries, and the very real possibility of an interest rate hike in December.

Just one wrong move with any of those catalysts could...

Thursday October 20, 2016

The Election and the Markets: If Hillary Clinton Wins… Part I

Politics have no place in financial letters.

It really doesn't matter what I think of either candidate, and I’m not about to ruin our relationship by trampling on your politics.

What I do want to do is share some information that may be beneficial to your investing decisions whoever wins the White House.

This week, let’s begin with Hillary Clinton.

Monday October 17, 2016

A $175 Million Legend Rises Again

The first time something like this happened was 1983.

Two trading legends, Richard Dennis and William Eckhart were arguing over whether traders were born or were they made.

Dennis, who had turned his initial stake of $5,000 into over $100 million believed...

Thursday October 13, 2016

OPEC: Why a Continued Oil Rally isn’t in the Cards

For the first time in eight years, OPEC agreed to cut oil output by November 2016.

Under the terms of the deal, OPEC said they would cut between 200,000 and 700,000 barrels a day from their current production of 33.2 million barrels.

In fact, it was the Saudis that threw up the white flag, softening its stance on output, as its own economy suffered under the weight of plummeting oil prices.  

Tuesday October 11, 2016

Why the Fed is in No Position to Raise Rates

There are renewed fears the Federal Reserve could move to raise interest rates at the December 2016 meeting.

It’s part of the reason that gold prices have slumped from $1,345 to $1,251 in recent weeks.

According to Fed Vice Chair, Stanley Fischer, the latest jobs report was “close” to ideal.

Unfortunately, what the Fed doesn’t understand is...

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Technical Analysis 101: The Bull v. Bear Flag Patterns

Trying to figure out why traders are selling or buying is tough enough. 

But once you begin to understand charting, you’re literally looking at a consolidated view of the very forces of supply and demand – the two key forces that drive stocks.

We’re already discussed some of the most powerful and most used patterns, but there are – quite literally – more than a hundred or so more.  However, we’re only interested in ones with a history of working well including the two we’ll share with you now.

Monday October 3, 2016

Web Based and DMA Trading Platforms

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The retail trader is faced with a choice regarding trading platforms. There is the traditional web based trading platform which is basically nothing more than an order entry screen to a broker. Then there is the direct access platform that provides traders direct access into the marketplace. If you are a long term swing trader or a buy and hold investor type, the traditional web based trading platform should fit your needs. However, if you are an active trader...

Thursday September 29, 2016

The Real Reasons Why the Fed Did Not Raise Rates

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The U.S. economy is just not ready.

Despite three dissenting opinions for an interest rate hike this week, the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at historic lows. 

In fact, the group noted, “The committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of...