The Trend

How to Spot Market Reversals with Bollinger Bands

If you pull a rubber band too far, too fast, what happens?

It snaps back, right? The same thing happens with stocks, indexes, and currencies. If they’re pulled too far in one direction, eventually they’ll snap back and revert to back to the mean. In fact, we see it happen all the time.

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How the Kelly Rule Could Save You Thousands

By now, you’ve heard the expression, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

The same holds true with stocks. 

If I risk too much on one trade and it goes against me, I’ve just made a potential mess of my portfolio. Or let’s say you have a $100,000 portfolio, and you decide to risk 10% of that per trade. If your next 10 trades are now losers, you just wiped out your full account. Bad move.

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How to Use Fibonacci for Entries and Exits

One of the best ways to trade stocks is by spotting support and resistance points.

It’s why so many traders use Fibonacci Retracement Lines – which is based on the belief that stocks will retrace prior moves. However, when it comes to Fibonacci, we’re not just looking for double, and triple tops, or bottoms. We’re looking at what happens at key retracement levels set at retracement levels of 23.6%, 38.2%, 50%, 61.8%, and 76.4%.

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Gap Trading Fundamentals

All of a sudden, there’s a gap in the chart of your favorite stock.

Surprise news, earnings, something unexpected caused a bout of extreme optimism or pessimism that resulted in the move.

Look at Palo Alto Networks (PANW), for example.  In early June 2017, shares closed at $118.59.  However, shortly after the close, news of a massive cyber attack began hitting headlines.  Orders come flooding in overnight.  The next day, the stock opens at $140.

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Engulfing Candlesticks: How to Spot Them and What They Mean

To the average trader, candlestick patterns are a bunch of crosses and odd shapes with bizarre names, like the three black crows, or the abandoned baby bottom. 

But as odd as they may sound, they can provide powerful insight into direction.

For example, one of the oddest ones is the doji cross. But if you spot one of these at top or bottom of trend, you may have uncovered an opportunity to trade a trend reversal. The profit stars, more commonly known as dojis, are commanding reversal signals. These are formed when the candlestick opens and closes at the same level, implying indecision in the stock price.

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A Cheaper, Simpler Way to Earn More Money from your Average Stock

You may have heard that Options are scary, dangerous, or even too risky.

Trust me.  I’ve heard so many excuses my head spins from it.

But they’re not difficult at all. In fact, they offer you greater flexibility and leverage than your average stock. In addition, you’re using an option just as you would with a stock to speculate, for aggressive growth, and income. 

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Technical Analysis: RSI Can Lead to 80% Success

Traders are often told to buy excessive fear or greed.

Unfortunately, many aren’t aware of when to actually pull the trigger, or realize when fear or greed have gotten way out of control.

But there’s a simple way to know exactly when to buy and when to sell.

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Always Look for Agreement with These Technical Indicators

I love when traders tell me technical analysis doesn’t work. 

While they’re entitled to be wrong, the fact remains that technical analysis does work, sometimes by up to 80% of the time. Granted, there is no Holy Grail, but if we use the right indicators, we increase our odds of success. Especially if we apply those indicators to well known stocks that may only be down temporarily.

Let’s look at Raytheon (RTN) for example.

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The Importance of the Money Flow Index (MFI)

When it comes to trading, one of the best ways to tell what’s happening is by paying attention to the flow of money in and out of a stock. 

Surely, none of us want to buy a stock if money is flowing out, right? 

Instead, we want to buy if we’re seeing money flow in, or short if we begin to see signs that money is about to start flowing out of a stock.

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These Technical Indicators are Musts for Your Trading Plan

Every time you trade a stock, it’s essential that you understand the psychology of the buyers and seller.  If not, you begin to run the risk of losing money.

That’s the last thing any of us want to do.

So, we need to understand if the bulls have gotten ridiculously, and unsustainably bullish.  And we need to understand if the bears have begun to lose their minds after a sell-off.

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The Benefits of Combining Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Over the last 22 years, I’ve heard countless arguments for and against fundamental and technical analysis. While neither is perfect, they both have strengths we can capitalize on.

Fundamental analysis shows us what’s under the hood.

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How to Identify Flag and Pennant Setups

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

We’ve already discussed some of the most powerful and most used patterns, like Bollinger Bands, Fibonacci retracements, relative strength, head and shoulder patterns, breakouts, and even how to use candlesticks.

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Trading 101: The Most Important Part of Any Trade

Buying a stock is the easy part.  Knowing when to sell – that’s the hard part.

None of us want to part ways with a winning stock. But if you don’t have an efficient exit strategy, that winning stock could become nothing more than a dud. Far too many of us trade on emotion. We don’t want to sell our winners, fearing we’ll miss another leg up in the stock. 

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A Sure Way to Know When to Sell High

Buy low, sell high -- it’s an easy rule to follow. 

Unfortunately, selling is often the hardest part. 

“Jeez, if only I held that stock for one more day.  I could have been up another $2,500” is often the thought process. What we fail to consider is that we made money. We accomplished the initial goal. Better yet, we didn’t lose anything.

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Analysts Turn Bullish on Gold, But Beware

Investors piled into gold in June 2019, sending the precious metal to a six-year high.

All thanks to tensions with China, a more dovish Federal Reserve, and the latest “hard-hitting” sanctions on Iran after a U.S. drone was shot down. Remember, gold is a safe haven and a good store of value during times of a weaker dollar, slowing economic activity, and geo-tensions.

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The Basics You Need to Know about Trading Gaps

All of a sudden, there’s a gap in the chart of your favorite stock.

Surprise news, earnings, something unexpected caused a bout of extreme optimism or pessimism that resulted in the move.

 

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How the RSI Can Lead to 80% Success Rate in Trading

Traders are often told to buy excessive fear or greed.

Unfortunately, many aren’t aware of when to actually pull the trigger, or realize when fear or greed have gotten way out of control.

But there’s a simple way to know exactly when to buy and when to sell.

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