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Rob Booker

Rob Booker


How I Went from Total Trading Chump a to Semi-Respectable, Yet Still-A-Little-Bit-Crazy Trading Guy

I like trading stocks, and I hope you do, too. I started my trading career in 2001, with $2,500 and a dream. Then I crushed my own dream by losing all of my money. I blew up my trading account in a stupid trade.

Why? Because I lost focus, like an animal chasing after a shiny object. I vowed never to do that again.

This little article is about finding great stocks before they move big. I call them “Easy Stocks” because they’re easy to say yes to. They’re easy to spot, after you know what you’re looking for.

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How to Trade Candlestick Gap Patterns

Stephen Bigalow, CandlestickForum.com

Gaps (Ku) are called windows (Mado) in Japanese Candlestick analysis.  A gap or window is one of the most misunderstood technical messages. Most investment experts advise not to buy after a gap.

This is true only about ten percent of the time. The other 90% of the time, the gaps will reveal powerful high profit trades. Candlestick signals, correlated with the appearance of gaps, provide valuable profit-making set-ups.

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Diagonal Spreads: A Lucrative Variant to Writing Covered Calls

A.J. Brown, TradingTrainer.com

In my observations over the last 15 years of being a trainer of stock and option traders, I have found many folks, both novice and experienced, who write covered calls but do not truly understand them. It's no wonder when I introduce a variant, like the diagonal spread, that eyes gloss over as the theory and practical I explain, falls on deaf ears. Often at the end of a conversation I'll hear, "that's something I'm going to have to grow into," or "the math in that is over my head right now."

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The Fast Ball Expansion of Range and Volume Setup

Dr. Adrian Manz, TraderInsight.com

Big market moves spell big opportunity for traders.  The best trading setups that I have found over the past twenty years come when the expansion-of-range-and-volume (XRV) pattern that I call Fast Ball propels a stock rapidly higher or lower.  Fast Ball XRV moves occur when institutions have directed their traders to buy or liquidate large equity positions.  The stock in trade overwhelms supply or demand, pushing price in a rapid directional move higher (in the case of buying), or lower (in the case of selling).  The resulting chart pattern is easy to spot and provides traders the opportunity to capitalize on institutional activity, which tends to continue over the course of several trading sessions.

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