Tripping the Light Fandango

“Tripping the Light Fandango” is an idiom for “dancing nimbly or lightly” and that seems appropriate for trading the current market conditions. With the recent volatility and unexpected moves, we need to be nimble in our trading, even more so than usual. Trading opportunities appear quickly and we need to act decisively to capitalize on…

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The Art of the Uncertainty

The President is known for his book “The Art of the Deal,” among other things. I titled this update “The Art of the Uncertainty,” because his negotiating tactics have introduced the thing that the markets dislike the most: Uncertainty. I’m not here to discuss or debate the Presidents tactics (there are plenty of other forums…

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Fear and Loathing on Wall Street

It is a well established maxim that The Market “loathes” uncertainty. And, we have an unusual degree of uncertainty right now, and it is leading to a higher than normal degree of FEAR. In the latest Market Update Video, I review the big items that are driving “Fear and Loathing” and I give the latest…

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Rebound or Wreckage?

The S&P 500, and the overall market is at a key decision point. We should know a major direction within a few days. Check out my latest analysis in this week’s video. In my Live Trading Room, we caught a really nice short on SPY and are still in it. To see the trade setup…

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Waiting for the Next Shoe to Drop

What will it be? Unexpected turn-over in the West Wing? A surprise trade or foreign policy announcement? Hard to tell what the next big, market moving announcement will be, what the next “shoe to drop” is. It probably won’t be an announcement from the Fed. Expectations are for Jerome Powell to be a “steady hand”…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bulls

What children’s story or nursery rhyme are we in here? The latest employment report was called “Goldilocks” because it wasn’t too hot or too cold and that is a “Bullish” condition. Wasn’t the Goldilocks story about Bears? And speaking of nursery rhyme’s, is the cow jumping over the moon? Is the dish running off with…

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Stay Cool and Trade on

The financial planning geniuses continue to offer comfort to their clients by telling them to stay calm and to stay in their long positions and weather volatility and that “everything will be OK.” They are partly correct, everything will be OK. But that doesn’t mean the markets will keep going up from here. They are…

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An insatiable appetite for news

Market participants always want news and information.  It is what they base their decisions and actions on.  But since early February 2018, that appetite has become markedly larger and the responses to information magnified. The “Big News” planned for the upcoming week is as follows; -Tuesday, 2/27/2018, Jerome Powell, the new Fed Chairman, will give…

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Decision Time for The Market

February 2018 started off with a surprising drop in the major indexes (surprising to some, we actually caught two really nice short trades on SPY) and then last week we saw the biggest one-week gain since 2011. What’s next?  Technical analysis shows that we are at a key decision point, here is what we are…

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Worst advice ever!

Mainstream financial advisers have one mantra, “buy and hold.” In the latest video, I challenge that advice. Why not profit when the market goes up, AND when it goes down? Check it out and be sure to give me your opinions and comments!

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