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ETF Watch: Biotech On The Bid (IBB)

About 3 weeks ago I wrote an article for Trader Planet entitled: Bye Bye Biotech, with an immediate target for the main Biotech ETF of $250 and a 12-18 month target of $175 and then $150.

This week IBB hit my first target and has paused at its Volume Profile Point of Control at $260. Interestingly the Nasdaq itself is also at its VPPOC . This is probably not a coincidence, since much of the Nasdaq’s bull market momentum was generated by biotech.

Although the biotech ETF has a market cap of...

Feb 5, 2016
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Traders: Brace Yourself For Sustained Volatility

To what extent will volatility continue in to February? Market participants remain uncertain.  Numerous indicators point to some level of sustained volatility including price fluctuations in oil, US dollar and other major currencies, macro-economic gauges, and the ever present political climate leading up to the presidential election in the US.

Traders and active investors have certainly had their share of excitement in the first month of the New Year.  2016 has certainly provided a tremendou...

Feb 5, 2016
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ETF Liquidation Triggers Crude Oil Volatility Spike

March Crude Oil traded up to 33.60 on Thursday as the Russian Defense Ministry announced they have evidence the Turkish military is making preparations to invade Syria. The rally stalled however, as reports came in stating Syrian coalition forces have encircled Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. This city is seen as key to restoring President Assad’s control of the country from militants. The coalition has cut off supply lines from Turkey and has strengthened Assad. This could hinder any desire fo...

Feb 5, 2016
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Trading Tactics: Dealing With A Trading Slump Part 2

If you are actively trading/investing in markets you understand there is a great deal of volatility to contend with.  Certainly the emotions run rampant as we try best to find the right names at the right time for our portfolio.  Sometimes we get lucky and pick up stuff at good prices, but other times we are not so fortunate.  For traders, this can be repetitive, and nothing hurts more than a trading slump.  Our minds are powerful, and can overwhelm us with doubt, guilt and fear.  We can over...

Feb 5, 2016
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Oil, Bonds, Currencies, Stocks - The Correlation Conundrum

The Bond and Currency markets are painting a different picture than the Equity market. Watch the Dollar Index it continues to weaken and the Euro is now nearly at 1.12. The Ten Treasury Bond is holding firm around 1.88%. What is this telling me? Well if the ECB and BOJ is in the midst of QE and Negative Rates with no sign of letting up.  This means the bond and currency markets are believing more and more the rate picture is continuing to shift here in the US. A weakening dollar is a positive...

Feb 4, 2016
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Will Oil Prices Rise or Fall? | A 27 Year History on the Charts Tells the Story

Bloomberg says oil  will go as low as $10.00 a barrel whereas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens says we could be headed for higher oil prices; no matter how you slice it, both of these sources could be right.   The market is going to do what the market is going to do, but there are solid reasons for oil prices to rise and fall, the past 3 decades has shown us this without a doubt.  There’s been a lot of talk from news sources and in the media that oil may be headed for $10.00 a barrel but some expe...

Feb 1, 2016
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Trading Tactics: How to Deal With a Slump

Self-realization is a good place to start in breaking a trading slump.  I know it seems obvious that when you're in a slump and trading poorly your results and account balance will reflect it.  Streaks work both ways of course, and when we are winning it is just as notable as when we are losing.  Understanding what is happening to you is awareness that may help you change some habits, which may also change your fortunes. 

When in a slump I will often take a break from trading, a 'timeout'.  ...

Jan 31, 2016
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Stock Market Crash: Is The Dow Headed For A 2008 Repeat?

Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.
Anonymous

 

We could not help ourselves and put the word stock market crash in the title because every Tom, Dick and Harry is now chanting this tune.  Take a look at some of the recent headlines:

Is the stock market headed for a repeat of 2008?, On marketwatch.com

A stock-market crash of 50%+ would not be a surprise — or the worst-case scenario on Yahoo Finance

Stock Market Crash 2016: This Is The Worst ...

Jan 28, 2016
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Do You Know When the News is Wrong And Can You Trade It?

Do you trade the news?  Some technical traders ignore the news, but understanding when it gets one-sided can offer extraordinary trading, especially for those who know how to read the markets. 

A One-Sided Market

Early last Wednesday morning, January 20th, news outlets like CNN were talking gloom and doom before the US markets opened.  The European and Asian markets were selling down hard, they said.  The markets were in dire shape.  They even had a name for the coming trading day: “Red Wedne...

Jan 26, 2016
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Trading Psychology: Of Rabbits And Raiders

I read an interesting article today on the AAII website by Lee Freeman-Shor, a seasoned portfolio manager based in the U.K. who has a keen interest in the psychology of investing. We share a fascination with the ways that trader personality affects bottom-line results.

To create a diversified money management approach, he hires up to a dozen managers and has carefully studied their trading behavior. He begins the article by making one salient point: the data show that most of the investing id...

Jan 21, 2016
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