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Will Potential Debt Ceiling Crisis Add to Market Volatility?

Will Potential Debt Ceiling Crisis Add to Market Volatility?

Cracks in the global economic picture. A Federal Reserve juggling interest rate timing. And don’t look now—the budget and debt issues that hobbled Washington and Wall Street a few years ago could return. For market participants, how the U.S. handles near-term budget issues and longer-term debt-ceiling challenges could factor into already ...

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Commodities Drag Could Put Federal Reserve in Tough Spot
September 29, 2015

Commodities Drag Could Put Federal Reserve in Tough Spot

Fresh financial troubles for a commodity mega-producer this week may underscore larger problems for the global economy and for a Federal Reserve that ...

Trading for a Living (Pt 3): Golden Years are Golden Opportunity
September 29, 2015

Trading for a Living (Pt 3): Golden Years are Golden Opportunity

In my early 20s, while learning about the stock market, I found a group of traders who regularly posted on Prodigy, one of the first online networks. When the ...

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Nike Earnings Could Boil Down to Home Vs. Away Results
September 24, 2015

Nike Earnings Could Boil Down to Home Vs. Away Results

Nike (NKE), the athletic-apparel powerhouse, could be a big player in the global economic story that’s driving broad stock trading.

Trading For a Living: Trader Taxes and Mark-to-Market
September 22, 2015

Trading For a Living: Trader Taxes and Mark-to-Market

You’ve finally taken the leap into the world of full-time trading, and like all good traders, you want to take advantage of any edge that might maximize your ...

So, You Want to Trade for a Living? Getting Started
September 15, 2015

So, You Want to Trade for a Living? Getting Started

The longer the bull market ran, the more often I was asked about trading for a living. The first thing everyone wants to know is, “Is it possible?” Can you quit your ...

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How to Use Chart Divergences as Leading Indicators
September 8, 2015

How to Use Chart Divergences as Leading Indicators

Leading indicators on a price chart are much like a yellow flag on a racetrack. It’s a heads up that a change may be just around the bend. It readies you for the ...

Hike Rates Now? Fed's Mountain Retreat Keeps Mystery Alive
September 1, 2015

Hike Rates Now? Fed's Mountain Retreat Keeps Mystery Alive

The Federal Reserve is in a policy jam. The rates-setting bank of banks is stuck between signs of improving U.S. economic fundamentals and the uncertainty sparked ...

Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte
September 1, 2015

Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte

What exactly happens when a futures contract expires? Can you end up with a few semitrucks full of corn in your cul-de-sac at settlement? The short answer is “no” ...

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Retail Sales and Fed Policy: Is the U.S. Consumer Spending?
August 28, 2015

Retail Sales and Fed Policy: Is the U.S. Consumer Spending?

It’s been a busy month in the market and an even busier week. As we exit summer and head into fall trading, many questions remained unanswered. Although ...

Keep Calm: Perspective, Not Panic, as China Triggers Volatility
August 25, 2015

Keep Calm: Perspective, Not Panic, as China Triggers Volatility

The Dow Jones Industrial Average nosedived more than 1,000 points at Monday's open, triggering the start of another gut-wrenching day for investors. Fresh signals ...

Futures Fundamentals: Gold Glitters for Central Banks
August 25, 2015

Futures Fundamentals: Gold Glitters for Central Banks

Many call gold the world's first currency. For thousands of years, gold has been recognized as a store of value. Gold coins were first created by King Croesus of Lydia ...

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Will Struggling Deere Dig Deep to Offset Revenue Hit?
August 20, 2015

Will Struggling Deere Dig Deep to Offset Revenue Hit?

Down on the farm things aren’t exactly sprouting and we’ll see how that plays out when Deere Co. (DE)—the world’s largest maker of the tractors ...

Venus & Mars? Men and Women Traders Can Teach Each Other
August 20, 2015

Venus & Mars? Men and Women Traders Can Teach Each Other

Even if you’ve never seen Annie Get Your Gun, you might know one of its songs: “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” This lyrical one-upmanship is in good ...

Global Economies: Is the U.S. Still the Best House on a Bad Block?
August 18, 2015

Global Economies: Is the U.S. Still the Best House on a Bad Block?

Eurozone growth was weaker than expected in Q2, heightening concerns about the region’s recovery and adding to the big-picture considerations for a U.S. ...

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Target Could Hit the Earnings Mark, But Sales are Key Metric
August 18, 2015

Target Could Hit the Earnings Mark, But Sales are Key Metric

More insight on these head-scratching consumer-spending trends is coming our way when retailer Target (TGT) reveals how its sales and earnings turned out ...

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