Poll: Ukraine Crisis: What Are Your Thoughts?

The European Union is ready to give Ukraine 11 billion euros ($15 billion) in loans and grants over the coming years to help stabilize its economy, the head of the bloc's executive arm said Wednesday. Read the full article here.

Coincidentally, the headline figure of $15 billion for the EU's aid package is the same amount that Russia was prepared to grant Ukraine in loans until the government of President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted last month.

Yanukovich took the Russian loans instead of a wide-ranging trade and economic agreement with the EU, a move that fueled the protests that led to his ouster.

Barroso said that an agreement was still on the table, and the EU is prepared to provisionally grant Ukraine the benefits deriving from it before a full ratification. Ukraine's industrial and agricultural exporters could save some 900 million euros annually through reduced tariffs, the Commission said.

"The situation in Ukraine is a test of our capability and resolve to stabilize our neighborhood and to provide new opportunities for many, not just a few," Barroso told reporters in Brussels. "We need to be up to this challenge."

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How low is low for crude oil?

I'm sure as a trader you've heard the expression, the "trend is your friend." That was never more true than today as crude oil (NYMEX_CL) crashed to new lows and the stock market resumed its downward trend.

Today we are focusing on crude oil and the reason why it fell to new lows. We're also going to be looking at all of the "Trade Triangle" signals that we have received on crude oil since last July. The video is about nine minutes long and I highly recommend watch it, simply because it shows you just how powerful trends can be.

The video also shows you why price action is more important than fundamentals. If you have a few minutes, please take the time to watch the video and learn how the markets really work.

Since Barack Obama was named President elect, we can see how the markets have reacted at least in the short-term. Maybe not a reflection of Obama's potential as a president, maybe a reality check for problems in the economy. Not even the record cut in interest rates by the UK could help the markets today.

Enjoy the video and please let us know if you've found it to be helpful and useful in your own trading plan. You can reach us online or you can call us directly at 1-800-538-7424 and someone from a support staff will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Every success in life and in trading,

Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-creator, MarketClub

Blog readers get it right, time and time again.

Announcing the next president of the United States of America ...

Our smart blog readers have voted, and the poll results are in.

Announcing the next President of the United States of America ... Barack Obama.

You can agree or disagree with the results, but the votes are in, and our blog readers have an awesome track record for getting it right. Having predicted the fall in stocks, the rise in gold, 100 dollar oil and the current recession, our blog readers views are important, serious and accurate.

We congratulate all our blog readers for their views on politics and the markets. We value your feedback.

Blog readers predict that Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States of America with 37% of the vote.

Here's what the other contestants received in votes.

McCain 30%

Clinton 13%

We will see ...

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How the mighty have fallen on this Super Tuesday

On this Super Tuesday, I sense change is in the air ...

Change is an everyday part of our lives, to ignore change is often an expensive lesson that few can afford.

On this Super Tuesday, oh how the mighty have fallen.

If you thought I was just referring to Hillary Clinton, you would only be partially right.

Just look back a month or two, Ms. Clinton had a commanding lead in the polls and looked liked a shoe in to win the democratic nomination for president.

Now, lets take a look at another front runner, this one is in the stock market and not the political arena.

Google during this same time frame that Ms. Clinton looked unstoppable, was trading close to $750 dollars a share. By all accounts it seemed destined to reach $1,000!!

Now fast forward to Super Tuesday and we see Hillary Clinton fighting for her political life and Googles stock sinking below $500.

Both Clinton and Google are been challenged by powerful forces that are agents of change. On the political front it is Barack Obama, on the business front it is Microsoft.

One things for sure, Barack Obama represents change to a great many young people. Microsoft on the other hand is just so powerful and wealthy that it can buy and make change happen. Does anyone remember Netscape??? Well Netscape was the most popular web browser and used to commanded a market share close to 90%. Just like Google it to seemed unstoppable, unbeatable and at the top of its game. Enter Microsoft and within a few years Netscape was history, as it was purchased and absorbed into the AOL family and quickly fell into oblivion.

The point of this post is to illustrate that change can be a good thing and change always offers opportunities.

You can always learn new things and learn to profit from change.

One prediction I can make about the future that I know will be 100% correct is this ...

Are you ready?

Here's my prediction ... "Things change"

I have always believed that change equals opportunity. It's one of the lessons I learned early in life. You can learn about change here.

You can learn how to time change here.

As for the elections, may the best man or woman win.

As for Google and Microsoft ... well that's a whole different story that is changing everyday.

Enjoy this Super Tuesday, as one way or another, it represents a defining change for these United States of America.

Adam Hewison