Eliminating Emotions in Trading
The psychology of investing not only affects individual investors but also affects the market as a whole. Many investors often underestimate or are unaware of the affects that our emotions have on our return on investment. Many well educated and competent traders lose money due to trading anxiety and trading emotions. In today’s article we will discuss various emotions felt everyday by online stock investors and how each emotion affects trading decisions and trading performance.Read More
The Right Way to Trade Tops and Bottoms
Have you ever wondered why most traders consistently lose money? There are several reasons why this happens, but it’s usually because traders follow some outside system they picked up somewhere, and followed it blindly. It may work for a while, until it ultimately fails. Some traders can make five or six successful trades, and give all of their money back on the seventh trade. Others try to time the market, and buy when the market is at its peak, while selling when the markets are low.Read More
Using Missed Pivot Points to Ride the Biggest Trends
Amost every day, the markets will hit or cross the daily pivot point. But what happens if the market misses the pivot?
It can signal the start of a trend that is about to happen.
In this video, we will take a closer look at multiple examples of missed pivot points across many markets.
Group Strength: A Force Not To Be Ignored
Birds of a feather flock together - proverb
The concept works with people - you are likely to become the average of your five best friends.
And it's true on Wall St., too.Read More
The Art of Forex Trading Excellence
Complete Currency Trader’s primary trading philosophy is based on exploiting individual currency strength and weakness.
The principle idea of buying strength and selling weakness is as old as speculative markets themselves, and is indeed a fundamental key strategy for investors in all marketplaces. However, when it comes to Forex, the idea is lost on all but a tiny minority of traders. By far, the majority of amateur retail traders participating in Forex speculation ignore this winning strategy (or are simply unaware it even exists).Read More
High Probability Chart Patterns to Watch
Today I want to discuss a few different chart patterns that beginners should focus on when they first start out day trading. Many traders start out with what I call indicator fascination and delve into advanced analysis methods that can confuse them and often times discourage them from continuing trading.Read More
Trading Unusual Options Activity in a High Volatility Environment
With post election market swings happening in magnitude larger than we have seen in a long time a lot of retail traders are struggling to stay on the right side of the market. A slew of technical indicators that seek to show retail trader where big money is putting their risk capital seek to better inform traders on where they should be placing their speculative bets. With such large daily moves in equity markets traders want to know where the “smart” money is positioned. Making this determination is very difficult if we only look at the stock market. Dark pools and other centers of off exchange liquidity make it nearly impossible for a trader to determine the positing of institutional money in any give stock or ETF. Since most equity volume is hidden from retail trader we need another method for tracking institutional money. This is where unusual options activity comes into play.Read More
Stephen W. Bigalow
High Profit Candlestick Signals and Patterns
As long as buyers and sellers have been trading the markets, two predominant sentiments have been in play: fear and greed. Centuries ago, Japanese rice traders developed the candlestick method to graphically depict trader sentiment. It has worked successfully for hundreds of years, and still works today. Candlestick analysis can help you make better trading decisions about investor sentiment in the markets. There are 50-60 signals to learn, but eight of the most successful candlestick signals will be discussed in this lesson.Read More
Why Options are the Better Choice for Holding Positions
Have you ever done the math on how much money you tie up when you hold a stock overnight, even using margin? Let’s do that now. Let’s say that I buy 500 shares of a $68 stock. That’s $34,000 in value. With typical 2-to-1 overnight margin, I can hold that position using only $17,000. But what exactly does that mean in terms of my risk, and is there a better approach?Read More