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Saving The Best For Last

I have two important lessons for you today. The fifth and sixth lessons in the Traders Whiteboard series are perhaps the most overlooked aspects to successful trading. Lesson 5 delves into how important it is to have a game plan for all your trades. Look upon a game plan as you would look upon a compass to guide you through a forest. The use of a game plan in trading is extraordinarily important and this lesson will show you why.

Lesson six explains how the markets really work and how moves are formed and developed. I call this lesson "The Irrefutable Laws Of The Market". I want this lesson to be the last lesson in this 6 part series simply because I thought the other five lessons were more important to master before understanding a more esoteric view of the market. [Read more...]

What To Do In Any Market Scenario

Hello traders everywhere. It would appear as though the holidays are already here with very thin trading and very little action in yesterday's market. Sometimes when markets are in this mode, you have to be extra careful because volatility can kick in at any moment and drive a market sharply higher or lower because of lower trading volume.

I'm going to continue the same theme today as yesterday with two more trading lessons from the "Traders Whiteboard Series".

Let's take a look at what you're going to learn in today's lessons. In lesson 3, I am going to share with you the type of technical tools you should be using to trade in markets that are moving up, down or sideways. I think you will find this lesson very helpful in quickly showing you which technical tools to use and when.

In lesson 4, I am going to be looking at money management and stops. Recently the New York Stock Exchange announced that they would no longer accept stop orders to protect capital. I think this is a big mistake, however I think it was implemented because of the high frequency trading that has been hitting on all the orders. Personally I think it is a mistake to deprive investors of a way to protect their capital, however there are many other exchanges that do accept stop loss orders to protect your capital. You will also learn about the art of money management in lesson 4.

Here are today's two featured lessons: [Read more...]

UPDATE: 12 Stocks Making New 52-Week Highs

I wanted to do this update to share with you exactly what would have happened had you followed everything I said in last Friday’s video.

One of the important elements to look for when a stock is making a 52-week high is that it closes very close to its highs for the day. An example of this would be Home Depot, which closed very close to its highs last Friday. That's the type of stock you should be looking for to go home long over the weekend.

Of the 12 stocks that I showcased last Friday, only three made the cut and matched that criteria and they are, Alphabet Inc., Home Depot and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Let's now look at those stocks individually and how they closed last Friday and opened today. [Read more...]

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Hello traders everywhere. As we start this shortened trading week with Thanksgiving coming on Thursday, I thought it would be a good time to give thanks to you for your business and the trust you have placed in our company and services.

You may have heard the expression, "the more things change, the more they stay the same" and that same metaphor can be applied to today's markets.

A market can only do three things, it can go up, down or sideways, that's it! How many things in life do you know that are that simple? The problem we have as human beings is that we tend to overthink situations and the market certainly is a subject that is made complicated by overthinking.

This week leading up to Thanksgiving I'm going to feature a series of lessons to help get back to the basics and understanding what moves a market. Starting today, I will feature two lessons for you to watch and learn from. It doesn't matter if you're a novice trader just starting out, or a professional trader, sometimes it is just good to go through the basics to understand what makes the markets move.

The lessons come from a series of videos I did titled, "Traders Whiteboard." There are six lessons in all and we will go through them all by Wednesday of this week.

Here are today's two featured lessons: [Read more...]

Three Reasons For The Collapse Of Gold Prices

Many of the gold bugs cannot understand why gold prices keep falling. One would think with all the strife around the world, the financial crisis in Greece, plus the stress and conflict in the Middle East and various other countries that it would be an ideal time for gold prices to go higher. That, my friend, was the old way of thinking, that is not the way the markets really work.

Let's take a look at what's really happening and the three main reasons for the collapse in the price of gold.

(1) We had seen very strong equity markets around the world which gave an opportunity to investors to make money. Remember, gold pays no interest and in fact, you have to pay money to store gold. So in that sense it's a little like holding insurance for a catastrophic event.

(2) Gold has failed to respond to any of the traditional triggers, such as financial unrest and uncertainty. What this signifies is that the perception of gold, at least for the moment, has changed. In any market, perception is perhaps one of the most important elements for dictating price direction. [Read more...]

The "NO" Vote Heard Around The World

I am sure by now you have heard that the citizens of Greece voted no to austerity and the latest deal that was presented to their country.

Here's a question for you, how is it that a small country like Greece with only 6.6 million people can suck in so much money from the international banking community?

It may be just a normal part of the Greek culture that they use deception to get what they want. Look back in history it started with the Trojan horse that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win that war.

More recently in order to gain entry and acceptance into the European Union in 1981 and to later adopt the euro as its official currency in 2001. This was all done with deception, as the Greeks stated that their debt to GDP was 5% when in reality it was 15% and on an unsustainable track. I am sure that the Greeks looked upon it as another Trojan horse and they got what they wanted.

To put this perspective, the Greek economy only accounts for 2/10 of one percent of the world economy. In other words, it's not an economic powerhouse by anyone's imagination.

The question now is with the contentious Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigning shortly after the 61.3% NO vote, can Greece make a deal. His departure/removal was a clear gesture by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that he wants to begin fresh debt renegotiation.

The vote is indicating that Greek people did not want, nor would accept more austerity for their poor beleaguered country. Who in their right mind would vote to hurt and punish themselves? It was a brilliant political move by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call the referendum when he did.

Okay, now for the big question, what's this No vote going to do to the markets? [Read more...]

Did You Catch The Netflix Move Like The Trade Triangles Did?

By now you have probably seen the extraordinary move that Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has made this year. But did you see how well the Trade Triangles captured the timing on these moves?

Netflix announced after the close yesterday that it is creating a seven for one stock split. This is a good move for Netflix as it was the fourth highest priced stock in the Standard & Poor's index.

Based on yesterday's close of $681.19, it would drop the share price down to $97.31. For the average investor, this makes Netflix shares a lot more palatable as it will probably generate a lot more activity in this stock.

Today, I would like to share with you how you would have fared using the Trade Triangle technology to time your moves in and out of Netflix.

The first chart shows the results using the monthly/weekly Trade Triangle strategy. This strategy produced a robust 32% return as of June 23rd.


The second chart shows how you would have fared using only the monthly Trade Triangles. This strategy produced a return of 49% as of June 23rd. [Read more...]

Continuation Patterns Work – And Here's Why

I learned about continuation patterns many years ago and it was an expensive lesson. Before I share that with you, let me explain to you what a continuation pattern is and what it does.

A continuation pattern is one where you have a move out of the base, which is called a breakout, and the market moves up rather sharply and then stops and move sideways. The reverse is true when a market breaks down from a top and then forms a continuation pattern to the downside. Traders in a bear market will either sell short or buy puts looking for the market to move lower.

Well, many years ago I was one of those rookie traders and it was a lesson that I've never forgotten to this day - don't try to pick tops or bottoms on continuation patterns.

Talking about a classic continuation pattern, the stock of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE:UA) broke out of a continuation pattern today. UA now looks poised to move much higher. I've talked about this stock before and pointed out that it was a continuation pattern to the upside in several of my previous videos, I hope you were able to catch the move. Certainly, the Trade Triangle technology did not miss this move and is sitting with some nice profits at the moment.

What has your experience been with continuation patterns? Do you trade them, or were you unaware of this recurring phenomenon? Either way, I would like to hear what you think. Leave your comments below this post.

Every success with MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

Is This The End Of The Bull Market?

Today I'm going to be analyzing charts of the DOW, NASDAQ and the S&P500 and the potential divergence I see in those markets.

It's too early to tell if these markets are going to reverse down and calling tops is never easy, nor am I trying to do that in this particular posting. What I am doing, however, is bringing to your attention a potential problem and a potential opportunity.

What I mean by that somewhat contradictory statement is that these markets could go either way. However, the odds would still favor trading with the trend and the major trend in both the DOW, NASDAQ and the S&P500 continues to be to the upside.


In the three charts I have laid out today you can see the #1 and #2 quite clearly. #1 indicates that prices are going higher and #2 indicates that momentum is not following prices. This could be an early warning sign that things aren't quite up to par and as strong as I would like to see. [Read more...]

How To Trade Like A Hedge Fund

Today, I would like to show you how to create your own private hedge fund for your own account. It's not that difficult and it can make a huge difference to your bottom-line. Let me explain what I mean by that.

What Is A Hedge?

A hedge is an investment position intended to offset potential losses/gains that may be incurred by a companion investment. In simple language, a hedge is used to reduce any substantial losses/gains suffered by an individual or an organization.

A hedge can be constructed from many types of financial instruments, including stocks, exchange-traded funds, insurance, forward contracts, swaps, options, many types of over-the-counter and derivative products, and futures contracts.

Public futures markets were established in the 19th century to allow transparent, standardized, and efficient hedging of agricultural commodity prices; they have since expanded to include futures contracts for hedging the values of energy, precious metals, foreign currency, and interest rate fluctuations.[1]
Source: Wikipedia.org.

For our purposes today I'm going to be looking at hedging stocks. I'm going to give you specific examples of what you can do today. One stock you're going to buy and go long, the other stock you're going sell and go short.

In order to make this work, you need to have the same amount of invested capital in each stock. The two stocks I'm looking at today are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The first stock is ONEOK Inc. (NYSE:OKE), the second stock is Basic Sanitation Co. (NYSE:SBS).

For discussion's sake, let's say you have $10,000 to invest. Divide the money up into two buckets of $5,000 each. You would then look at what price each stock was trading at. OKE is currently trading around $43 a share and SBS is trading around $6 a share. Then divide the value of 1 OKE share (presently at $43) into $5,000. This gives you 116.27 shares that you can buy or short with your $5,000. To make things easier, I would round this down to either 110 or 115 shares.


ONEOK, Inc. engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. It operates in Natural Gas Gathering and Processing, Natural Gas Liquids, and Natural Gas Pipelines segments. [Read more...]

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