Fun Article: Back to the Future [Part I]

NOTE TO READER: For the past several weeks, I have tried to think of an interesting way to frame today’s financial market in historical perspective. An idea evolved. It is fantasy, but also fun. Ascall McFiggerty, named after the last Norse king of Dublin, is a fictitious (but extremely bright) Irish gent who has exceptional → Read More

Watch the Opens

With any trade candidate, recommendation, or opinion that is formed outside of market hours, the best results will come from watching the next market open and making a determination of whether it still makes sense to implement that trade, or to adjust or time it accordingly. This is difficult for traders not able to watch → Read More

How Bad Can It Be?

In Wednesday’s newsletter, I showed a chart of IWM, the ETF related to the Russell 2000 index (smaller cap stocks). I noticed more than one article on the web identifying IWM and suggesting this could be the start of a significant pullback. I wasn’t quite as morose Wednesday when I added “But notice a similar → Read More

Things ARE Going Better with Coke

Financial media is increasingly prodding traders and investors to question this bull market. A current article on the Wall Street Journal blog analyzes the question, “For S&P 500, Is This the Dreaded Triple Top?” Marketwatch.com was getting rather negative, but it seems most of those articles have disappeared off the current web site. The market’s → Read More

Why Trade Options – 5 Trading Tips

Why Trade Options – 5 Trading Tips

Why trade options? Options can both increase your profits and reduce risk. It’s that simple. Option trading sounds complex, but if you follow a few simple rules, you will go a long way toward being a profitable trader. Here are my 5 favorite trading tips. The first question that you should ask yourself when you → Read More

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

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