Tune Up Your Watchlists

Listen to the charts. Most markets and individual stocks are overbought and due for a pullback, and we are heading into another earnings season. But there are some strong voices piercing the background noise. We know the Financials sector has been strong. IYF, the iShares Financial ETF, confirms this. While there have been a few → Read More

The Public Trust

In my prior blog post (“The Week That Was”) I noted the occurrence of two seemingly mutually exclusive events within four days of one another this past week: 1)   The confiscation of 30% of funds in Cyprus bank accounts holding a balance exceeding 100,000 Euros, in order to fund a massive bailout of Cyprus banks; → Read More

The Week That Was

What a fascinating week we just experienced within the world’s financial sphere!  Within the span of just four days, two news stories emerged that, under normal circumstances, would have never happened within days of one another: 1)      As so often occurs within the financial world, U.S. investors woke up Monday morning, March 25th, to bad → Read More

From Ten Feet Away

The stocks I have had the most success with are the ones where institutional accumulation is so obvious, you can see it across the room. If from ten feet away you look at a chart you left up on your monitor and the first thought you have is “wow, someone is loading up on that → Read More

How to use Bollinger Bands for Profits

How to use Bollinger Bands for Profits

The world of technical analysis can be a confusing place. There are well over 100 different methods that you could apply to try to predict a stock’s price movement. Most methods are obscure and esoteric, so it pays to focus on the most beneficial methods. One of the most popular, and certainly one of the → Read More

Credit Spreads – The Foundation of Your Trading Strategy

Credit Spreads – The Foundation of Your Trading Strategy

Beginning option traders are often enamored with the leverage that options can bring. They are quick to buy a near-term out-of-the-money long call and dream of exploding profits. Unfortunately the likelihood of that happening is low. In my option classes I always start with the basics, and the first trade all beginning traders should focus → Read More

A Taxing Trade

The best seasonal patterns are the ones that make sense. It is tax season and there are a couple of names synonymous with tax season. Intuit, of course, the maker of TurboTax, and H & R Block, the tax preparation services that has an office within 5 miles of most Americans. These are two stocks → Read More

Lulled into Complacency (Part II)

In Part I, we travelled back in time to May 6, 2010 – the day of the much studied and debated “Flash Crash”. That is a day that investors and professional fund managers/traders will never forget. Around 2:42 PM that afternoon, with the Dow Jones Industrial Index already down over 300 points (due to concerns → Read More

Weekend Reading: Lulled into Complacency (Part I)

It was a beautiful, sunny spring afternoon. I was driving up to Minnesota to pick up my college son for summer break. It was one of those moments when you feel that “all’s right with the world.” Being lulled into complacency is a good thing on afternoons like that! Suddenly, on my radio, CNBC commentators, → Read More

US Markets Striking Out, Cyprus On Deck

Many of the major indexes and ETFs appear to be healthy, at first glance. But volume has been falling off on this recent advance, and lower-highs, on higher volume, are starting to appear: Even the recently-strong Financial sector, as represented by IYF and XLF, are producing sell signals on the Stochastics. The S&P’s track record → Read More

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