A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Stock Success

Assessing the overall market via broad indexes like the S&P 500 ($SPX, SPY) is perhaps the most essential step of any traders daily routine.  Matter of fact, it should be the first step as it will undoubtedly shape how one spends the remainder of their day.  In performing such an analysis, traders can identify current market trends and overall market posture.  This revelation should influence how traders manage existing positions as well as how they go about finding...

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Market Peek: November 20th

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in Stock Success

This week, I am looking forward to two things.  The first one is obvious, the number one holiday ever created.  In no other holiday can I sit around, watch football all day, feast until sleep and not have a worry in the world.  The other one is the continuation of the fantastic debt conversation that we have been having for over a year now.  It looks like US politicians were jealous of their European counterparts stealing all the debt thunder.  The obvious headlines...

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Volatility Cycles

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Stock Success

Volatility Cycles

The study of the financial markets reveals a number of cycles that occur on a fairly regular basis.  Some adopt a calendar-centric view to the markets and look to seasonal cycles.  Some focus on  the differing stages of the economic cycle. And yet others look to presidential cycles.  In addition to analyzing cycles in the price of the stock market, we can also look to cycles that crop up in the volatility space. The cycle of volatility is one alternating between expansion...

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Market Peek: November 14th

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Stock Success

Market Peek: November 14th

Market Overview:  Well the newsletter is back after my extended month-long break and amazingly, we are saddled with the exact same issues that we were in early October.  This is not surprising in the least and for those that have been around the block a time or two understand  that these issues do not simply go away or fade into the night.  Debt is a macro economic issues and these types of issues take time to heal.  As I have stated in the past these issues will hang over...

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Candles Lighting the Way

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Stock Success

Candles Lighting the Way

Among the different chart styles to choose from, candlesticks are undoubtedly the most popular.  Their superiority lies in part on their enhanced display of price action which aids in making quicker, more informed decisions.  A daily candle provides a brief summary of the day’s action between the bulls and bears. The four data points used to create a candlestick are the open, high, low, and close of the trading session.  The relationship between these price points...

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