A Valued Trading Ritual

Hello traders and MarketClub members everywhere! Here we are at the end of the week, the end of the month and anticipating a full moon this weekend. It has been quite a week and quite a month and I will be covering that in today's video.

One of my trading rituals that I do every week is look at how the markets have performed for the week. I don't mean that I look at every up and down movement, but I want to see if the market closed on a positive or negative note. I also do this on a monthly basis, at the end of every month or the last day of trading for the month, to see how a market has performed during the month. Much like my weekly ritual, I want to see if the markets I am following gained points or lost ground for the month.

I find this sort of exercise very refreshing as it takes out a lot of the clutter that surrounds the markets during the day. When you expand that exercise to a monthly time frame, you get to see a much clearer view of where a market is heading. Continue reading "A Valued Trading Ritual"

What Are The Big Trends?

Today, the last trading day of May, I'm going to be looking at where the markets are in comparison to the last trading day of April.

Traders sometimes lose sight of the big picture and big market trends. That's where the monthly charts come in and are so useful.

If you just look at the action today you might think the general market was down for the month. The reality is that it's not down and is higher for the month. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500 index is up 1% for the month. The NASDAQ is doing even better and is up 2.4% for the month of May. The DOW is also positive with a gain of 1.3%. In fact, if you look at the charts, the S&P 500 is going to close at an all time monthly high - if nothing dramatically changes from now until the close. The same holds true for the NASDAQ which will be closing at its best levels ever on a monthly basis. Continue reading "What Are The Big Trends?"