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From The Mind Of A Pro Trader - Convince Yourself Not To Buy It

Posted by Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 11:18PM ET

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Over the years I have found myself being gradually refined, on my way from being an amateur to a pro trader. As time passes and I trade amongst beginners, I find more and more differences that stand out. This is the normal progression showing itself in any trader over the course of their trading career. From amateur to pro, each of us will learn a vast amount of rules and lessons. In fact, as a trader you will never cease to refine your technique and learn new lessons. I wish to convey one of the biggest differences and rules I have learned. It is quite possibly the most notable difference I see when discussing a trade with those less seasoned than I.

Throughout the day, I search literally hundreds of charts to try and isolate the best/optimal patterns and setups for a profitable trade. When I glance at a chart my mind is racing through hundreds of pattern, price and time setups to see if one fits a possible trade. The amateur will isolate a chart and the first thing they are thinking about is the profit. This is the key difference with seasoned trader. When I look at a possible trade, my eye is scouting the chat for how much I could lose. I look at the pattern, moving averages, time of day along with many other possible issues. I am looking at my max loss before I even think about the profit. Once I have isolated my max loss and risk of the trade, then I move on to the profitable side to see if the risk reward fits. This is extremely important to do as a pro trader is concerned not what they will make at first, but what they will not lose. Think about it like a parent. A parents eye is scouting a park for possible things their child could hurt themselves on before they let their child go play. Often times an amateur trader is too caught up in the emotion of making money that they will forget to examine the downside risk and focus purely on the upside. This is disastrous.

When I find a trade that looks promising, I do my best to convince myself NOT to buy it. I make myself give 3 reasons NOT to buy this chart. If I cannot come up with any, I may take the position. This mentality is opposite of an amateur. I know this, I used to be one.

Gareth Soloway
The Leader In Market Technical Guidance

This article was first published - August 8th 2009

The Chart That Says It All

Posted by Friday, November 11, 2011, 04:37PM ET

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This morning, all of the major stock indexes are coming under severe selling pressure. The volume on the decline is very heavy, signaling that the institutional money wants out of this market right now. Leading stocks such as Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), J.P. Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM), and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) are all trading sharply lower to start the day. In other words, the baby is being thrown out with the bath water. The problems in the European Union is once again the catalyst for the stock market declines. Traders that do not want to follow the European news, which can change by the minute these days, can simply follow the U.S. Dollar Index.
Today, the U.S. Dollar Index futures (DX Z1) are trading higher by $1.27 to $78.03 per contract. As many of you may know by now, when the U.S. Dollar pops the stock market drops. The U.S. Dollar Index is certainly popping higher this morning. The U.S. Dollar Index futures will have some short term intra-day resistance around the $78.29 level. When and if the U.S. Dollar Index pulls back that is when the major stock market indexes will likely see a bounce off of these morning lows. Should the U.S. Dollar Index continue to climb higher these stock market indexes will likely decline lower. The U.S. Dollar Index moves these markets, while the media will tell you the cause is the news out of Europe and elsewhere. Learn what moves the markets and make money, do not listen to the hype.

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Understanding And Profiting From The Stock Market Swings

Posted by Friday, November 11, 2011, 04:36PM ET

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The wild stock market swings continue, all thanks to Europe. The markets opened sharply lower on the back of more Italian woes. Yields on the Italian 10 year broke 7%. This is what started the Greek debacle and will be the ultimate cause of every other PIIGS country downfall. Most retail investors do not understand the how the yields determine the collapse of a country. Simply put, when a country is so heavily in debt and must borrow, rising borrowing costs trigger the beginning of the end.

Oil is ripping higher today. The United States Oil Fund LP (ETF) (NYSEARCA:USO) is trading at $37.63, +0.20 (+0.53%) . While this may not seem like a major move, the USO traded as low as $36.49 this morning before a major reversal. This reversal is coming on the back of continued concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions as well as an oil inventory report which was bullish. Looking at the chart from a technical standpoint, the USO hit the 200 moving average today. This should be resistance, short term.

The biggest losers today are the financial stocks. This makes sense due to the possibility that Italy will default or bond holders will at least take a 50% haircut like they did in Greece. The exposure banks have to Europe is somewhat unknown, shown by MF Global's panic bankruptcy. Continued worry will persist from Europe. Stocks like Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) are all sharply lower.

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European Panic Does Not Equal Higher Oil

Posted by Friday, November 11, 2011, 04:35PM ET

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There is a solid divergence developing between reality and the price of oil. Oil continues to trade around the $97.00 per barrel level. This is a gain of  25% in the last couple months. The price of oil is reflecting major uncertainty in the Middle East. Reports of Iran's nuclear ambitions continue to worry the world. That is part of the increase in oil and cannot be argued. However, this global optimism about a major resurgence of growth is a fantasy. Today, bond yields in Italy hit a high of 7.5%. This is the next domino to fall after Greece. Following Italy will be Spain, Portugal, Ireland and eventually France and the United States. Global growth will continue to be very weak for years to come. Once the Iranian situation cools down and reality on Europe fully is seen, oil will head back to $75.00 per barrel.

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Related: Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL).

Gareth Soloway
Chief Market Strategist

When It Falls It Falls Big

Posted by Friday, November 11, 2011, 04:34PM ET

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Over the past week, the major stock market indexes have rallied higher on light volume. The bulls in the media have been out in full force over the last few trading days shaking their pom-poms and cheering the markets higher. The European debt crisis was being swept under the rug as if it did not exist. High oil and energy prices were being viewed as a positive for the stock market and the U.S. consumer. Where does all of this irrational logic come from? When we hear some of these people in the financial media talk about all of the positives in this economy and this stock market it makes us wonder if they are really from Earth or just living in Mars.

This afternoon, reality is setting in as the major stock indexes have declined on the heaviest volume since November 1, 2011. On that day, the major stock indexes plummeted lower as well. It seems that these stock markets rise on light volume and decline on heavy volume. This is not a healthy market, it is a traders market. The moves in this market are so large from one day to the next that traders and investors must really know when to get into a trade. If you are just one day off in your timing the move can be over. I cannot begin to tell you how many traders and investors wanted to jump on board the bull express yesterday. We alerted subscribers to get ready for a sell off. This is why we use charts and do not look at the news. Remember, when these markets drop they drop big. The news is simply just noise and there is too much of it to even pay attention to it. Learn to read the charts and forget the news.

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