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Sep
27

Relationships Part 2

Sometimes it pays to understand certain relationships. For some people it seems that understanding the relationships among interest rate bearing instruments is quite difficult For many traders, as well as for most of the general public, interest rates are intrinsically a subject of little excitement. How often do you find yourself lying awake at night worrying about interest rates? For most of us ...

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Sep
21

Relationships Part 1

Any pattern that remains accurate over long periods of time merits notice. If the current market conforms to that pattern, trading potential appears. Is a seasonal strategy with unblemished performance due to fail? Such a question subscribes to the random-walk theory of price movement. It certainly ignores the probability that a pattern might have a seasonal effect and be caused by a seasonal fund...

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Sep
15

Self-Confidence

Achieving the level of being a self-confident trader is a worthwhile goal for anyone who hopes to reach for consistency in trading. A self-confident trader is decisive. Self-confident traders carefully plan a trade, patiently wait for the ideal market conditions, and execute the trade according to plan. As a self-confident trader, you know which trade has your name on it. You recognize the trades ...

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Sep
07

A Truth about Trading

A couple of things in life that I really don't look forward to are: 1. when they draw blood for my semi-annual health checkup and 2. when I have to go to the doctor. Yet, when I think about it, not going could be a lot worse than going. I don't know which I would dislike more, finding out I have too high a cholesterol reading or finding out that my blood sugar is too high. Hopefully, I'll never ha...

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Aug
31

Learning to Expect Losses

There have been plenty of times during my trading career that I had to come from behind to turn a sure-loser into a winning trade. Believe me, trading can be pretty scary at times. However, sometimes you simply have to eat the loss and accept a fall. It is at that time you find out whether or not you can make it as a trader. Despite my best efforts, I sometimes find it hard to pick myself up after...

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Aug
25

Big Picture

When you begin trading, the one thing you want most is success. You are trying something new. Most traders first starting out feel unsure, a bit uneasy. You're taking a chance with your hard-earned money; there is big risk involved. I don't know of any beginning trader who plans on failing, yet the possibility is there, and it is beyond your imagination to consider what you'll do next in the event...

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Aug
18

Looking Ahead to Winter

Hey Joe! As a farmer/rancher, I'm already making plans for Winter. Can you help me with the relationship between grains and cattle? We need to begin with the fact that a trend is driven by change. Prices are highest when "things are so good they couldn't be any better!" Prices are lowest when "things are so bad they can't get any worse!" In between, new fundamentals emerge and supply/demand balanc...

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Aug
11

Success Killing Plagues

I received permission from CEO Glen Larson of Genesis Financial Technologies to reprint an article he wrote. Years ago, I was one of Glen's first customers. It has been a pleasure to work with him and his staff since way back in the 1980s. Most of the charts you see here in Chart Scan come from Trade Navigator, the charting and trading program created by Genesis Financial Technologies. Glen writes...

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Aug
04

Coming Back

Sometimes a stock, futures, or Forex pair you like to trade just seems to become un-tradable. You start having more losing trades than you would like to have. You find that what you have been doing just doesn't seem to work any longer. You are bored and frustrated. Although you wait patiently for things to get better, they don't get any better: in fact, they may become even worse. Finally, in desp...

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Jul
28

E-Mini Russell 2000

Can you make money day trading the E-mini Russell 2000? I believe you can, and it's a question we often receive. The Russell is volatile and fast, but with the proper setups you can make your money in a matter of minutes. You will have to wait to see how best to manage the trades, and that will depend upon the success of your observations. But keep in mind that when people can't get decent fills, ...

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Jul
21

Realistic Optimism

Jack and Jill have just started a small trading business. Jack says, "I can feel it. We're going to make a fortune. By this time next year, we'll be rolling in money." Jill counters, "I doubt it. That would take a miracle." Jack says, "You're such a pessimist. Why are you so bleak?" Jill argues, "I think we'll be successful. But I don't think it's going to happen overnight. It's going to take some...

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Jul
14

Patience

If you are like most people, you want to make a fortune, and you want to make it now. It is a reasonable wish. Who wouldn't want to make enough money to make all their dreams come true? But such a future-oriented focus is often the undoing of many traders. Making money in the markets takes time. You have to wait for ideal market conditions and you have to build up the requisite trading skills to t...

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Jul
07

Finding Stocks to Buy or Sell

Finding stocks to buy or sell is a tall order. Let me tell you one way I've done it for years. For those new to my writings, a trend is defined by a breakout of the #2 point of a 1-2-3 formation. A trend is established upon the breakout of the extreme of the defined trend. In other words, the breakout of a Ross Hook establishes the trend. A Ross Hook is created as a result of the first correction ...

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Jun
30

Undertrading vs Overtrading

Do you ever sit there looking at your screen hour after hour, a little tired and bored? You feel like you need some action, but nothing much is happening. You think to yourself, "I might as well get long, it's likely to go up before the Close." So you place your order, even though you have no specific plan or reason for the trade. It's just something to do, because you're bored or just because you...

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Jun
23

Missing a Move

Whenever we miss a big move and then try to find some pattern, indicator, rationale, or modification to make to what we are doing so that the next time we will not miss such a move, it is a part of the hunt for something magic; a continuation of our quest for the holy grail of trading. What a terrible mistake to allow yourself to make. Winning in the markets consists of making some small profits a...

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Jun
16

Reminder Steps

Here are some steps to take before the market opens. View major formations, view potential congestion areas, get the big picture from charts of a greater time frame than then one you use in trading. Write down the location of all potential order placements — yours and where you think others have placed orders. You need to go through exercises like this, every day that you trade. This is discipline...

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Jun
09

Interesting Question

A reader sent in the following question: Any idea of who was the seller of the first mechanical trading system? I heard that it included a whole bunch of phony information. I have more than a few candidates for that honor. But rather than name names, because I'm not 100% positive which rascal came first, I will just call him Bob Burnem. Burnem was the vendor of "URUN Estupido" (fictitious nam...

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May
19

Trading the Meats

The following discussion is in response to a question that came in about trading in the meats. It may not be of interest to everyone, but maybe you will learn something you never thought of before. For example, I was never very interested in selling naked puts in the stock market. One day I met a man who was making a lot of money trading that way. I listened intently and today, selling naked puts ...

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May
12

Emotions

As a human being there is a component working in you called your soul that is comprised of the following elements: Your intellect, your emotions, your memory, your imagination, and your will. These elements work together to determine who you are and how you will behave in the market -- actually, in anything and everything you undertake to do. These elements work together and definitely overlap at ...

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May
05

Intellect

In a previous issue of Chart Scan, I wrote: "As a human being there is a component working in you that is comprised of the following elements: Your intellect, your emotions, your memory, your imagination, and your will. These elements work together to determine who you are and how you will behave in the market -- actually, in anything and everything you undertake to do." This week we are going to ...

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