Target (TGT) and The Monthly Trade Triangles

There's no doubt that Target (TGT) has been one of the hottest stocks of the year capping off the year with a move to a record high of $125.32, gaining over +12% on the day. Target has gained +67% on the year. The question is, have you been in on this historic run? As a MarketClub member, did you use the monthly Trade Triangles to enter the Target trade?

Today I'm going to use Target (TGT) as an example of how you can use the monthly Trade Triangles to capture long-term profits while making minimum trades and letting your money do the work for you.

There were a total of seven trades dating back to 2/23/2012, 5 winning trades and two losing trades resulting in a profit of +$74.43 a share.

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First, let's review the rules for trading the Monthly Trade Triangles.

Monthly Trade Triangles determine the overall long-term trend and the entry points and exit points. Continue reading "Target (TGT) and The Monthly Trade Triangles"

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The current market conditions can undoubtedly play with your emotions. After a long bull run, it was easy just to sit back and let your trades run and book profits, but that's all changed recently. We are now in a market that is making significant violent swings from day to day, and that can cause a bit of trepidation and doubt, but of all the "tools" available to the trader, none is more important than his or her mind!

A lack of mental discipline can lead to significant losses in the marketplace and your portfolio. Why else would traders with years of experience and reliable systems fail to be consistent winners?

If you show an 8-year-old child a chart and they will tell you if a market is going up or down by simple observation. 80% or 90% of all traders end up as losers. The market doesn't beat you; you beat yourself! You are your own worst enemy! Continue reading "Do You Have Control Of Your Emotions?"

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So how do you protect your portfolio and preserve capital?

The answer may have come from your Grandma; it certainly did from mine. She used to say this simple phrase to me on what seemed like a weekly basis, "don't put all of your eggs in one basket!"

Well, it turns out Grandma was right! Grandma knew a great deal about the power of diversification and how it reduces risk in different aspects of your life, and we can relate that directly to trading and investing.

It just doesn’t make sense to trade only one market. There is just too much risk and too little opportunity. A trader needs to stay flexible, and at the same time be diversified. Before we get into the meat and potatoes of market diversification, let's take a look at how the dictionary defines "diversification." Continue reading "One Word Can Protect Against A Trade War"