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The On/Off Ramp: Navigating the Holding Period

The On/Off Ramp: Navigating the Holding Period

Now that you have your trade on, what’s next? Start sweating? Log in and stare at the screen for hours at a time? Let’s hope not. Rather, consider these ideas for navigating the time between the entry and exit of a trade. One common question is “How often should I look at my trade?” Many traders would say “it depends,” as the rules are not ...

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Inflation May Finally be Happening. Now What?
December 1, 2016

Inflation May Finally be Happening. Now What?

Finally, inflation is making its presence known in the U.S. economy again. Like a long-awaited dinner party guest who has been very late to the table, inflation may be ...

Bucking the Trend: The US Dollar’s 13-Year High and Potential Impact
November 30, 2016

Bucking the Trend: The US Dollar’s 13-Year High and Potential Impact

Since the tallying of the U.S. presidential election results, the financial markets have been on the move. In case you've been too busy shopping the pre-holiday sales ...

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Earnings: TIF Results May Offer Insight on High-End Jewelers
November 28, 2016

Earnings: TIF Results May Offer Insight on High-End Jewelers

High-end jewelers and other luxury retail brands have struggled in recent months, and really, for several years, amid sluggish consumer spending, slack tourism ...

On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to Trade Entry and Exit
November 28, 2016

On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to Trade Entry and Exit

What do you remember about your first trade? If you’re like many traders and investors, you can recall quite a few details about that first plunge. Was it a retail ...

Earnings: How Has DE Held Up in Q4 Amid Ongoing Ag Slump
November 22, 2016

Earnings: How Has DE Held Up in Q4 Amid Ongoing Ag Slump

Deere & Company (DE) has been weathering one of the toughest slumps in agricultural prices since the Great Depression, analysts say, but its perseverance in ...

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Candlesticks Light your Fire? Tools May Make Analysis Easier
November 21, 2016

Candlesticks Light your Fire? Tools May Make Analysis Easier

Are you a head-and-shoulders, pennant and channel person, or do you prefer the doji, shooting star and Harami? In other words, when studying charts, do ...

Wanna Trade Big? How and When to Increase Your Position Size
November 21, 2016

Wanna Trade Big? How and When to Increase Your Position Size

For the average retail trader, learning to scale up your position size can be a nerve-wracking process that can lead to unexpected and outsized losses. Fortunately ...

Contrarian Trading: Making Friends with the Trend's End
November 17, 2016

Contrarian Trading: Making Friends with the Trend's End

There are a number of well-known sayings related to stock market trends. For example: “the trend is your friend,” or “don’t fight the trend.” They help traders ...

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Earnings: How’s the Consumer Faring? WMT, BBY Report Thurs
November 16, 2016

Earnings: How’s the Consumer Faring? WMT, BBY Report Thurs

Investors will get another look at how consumers may be spending their hard-earned dollars when two big-box retailers, Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) ...

Earnings: Analysts, TGT Execs Say Tough Times May Be Ahead
November 15, 2016

Earnings: Analysts, TGT Execs Say Tough Times May Be Ahead

Target (TGT) goes into its Q3 earnings announcement and call, scheduled for early Wednesday morning, with a cloud over it after company executives warned ...

Kinahan and Laffman: Trend In Yields May Be Pointing Higher, 11-10-2016
November 15, 2016

Kinahan and Laffman: Trend In Yields May Be Pointing Higher, 11-10-2016

Investors have been on a roller coaster ride in the wake of Donald Trump's victory for president this week. U.S. ...

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Earnings: Analysts Expect Q3 Housing Tailwind for HD
November 14, 2016

Earnings: Analysts Expect Q3 Housing Tailwind for HD

How much home-improvement work is happening out there? Investors will get a peek into at least one portion of activity when Home Depot (HD), the world’s ...

Earnings: Where’s the Magic? Soft DIS Earnings; ESPN Viewership?
November 10, 2016

Earnings: Where’s the Magic? Soft DIS Earnings; ESPN Viewership?

If this feels like déjà vu all over again, it’s okay. Versions of this Disney (DIS) earnings story have shown before, but this time it may not be so magical for the spot ...

Limit, Stop-Loss, or Trailing: A Few of Your Exit Order Options
November 10, 2016

Limit, Stop-Loss, or Trailing: A Few of Your Exit Order Options

You probably know you should have a trade plan in place before entering an options trade. But what does that really mean? Here are a few ideas for creating your ...

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Earnings: What’s in Macy’s Q3 Bag; Holiday Forecast?
November 9, 2016

Earnings: What’s in Macy’s Q3 Bag; Holiday Forecast?

Macy’s (M) is one of the leading players in the troubled department-store arena that has been challenged in recent years by the growing numbers of specialty ...

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