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Jul
02

ATR Indicator

How does the ATR indicator work?The ATR indicator stands for Average True Range, it was one of the handful of indicators that were developed by J. Welles Wilder, and featured in his 1978 book, New Concepts in Technical Trading Systems.Although the book was written and published before the computer age, surprisingly it has withstood the test of time and several indicators that were featured in the ...
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Jun
24

The Close

Why is it with futures that we see the Close at one price, and then a half-hour later it has moved to another price? Why isn't the Close the same as "Last," and what is the "Consolidated Price?" "Last" is the last price at which an underlying stock or futures is traded. It could also be the "Close."The Close that you see within minutes or seconds after trading has ceased may not be the final price...
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Jun
18

Can seasonal transitions help a commodity trader?

Yes! Seasonal transitions create workable Spread strategies. I'll let my Andy Jordan, an expert in seasonal fundamentals, answer. Andy! You have the floor:"Change gives birth to risk – but also creates opportunity. Seasonal transitions create workable spread strategies because markets have to struggle to maintain equilibrium between supply and demand as conditions undergo dynamic change through ti...
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Jun
11

Break Out from a Trading Range

Here are two ways to know when prices are getting ready to break out from a trading range. When prices are in a trading range, count the number of closes above or below a specific price near the vertical mid-level of the trading range. If 70% of the closes are above the mid-level price, and the market cannot rally and close above reaction highs, a severe correction may be imminent. If a marke...
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Very INFORMATIVE. thank you
Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:03
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Jun
03

Trading Psychology

Many traders are aware that trading psychology is the most crucial piece of the puzzle in learning how to become a profitable trader. However, most traders avoid taking the steps that are necessary to correct or improve their response to market behavior and end up paying a hefty price in the end.There are some specific steps you can take to improve your reaction to market action and strengthen you...
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May
28

Reader Question

A reader asks: "Hey Joe! I'm pretty new at this. Can you tell me the rules for buy and sell stops?"When the market trades above a buy stop price order, it becomes a market order. The first down tick after the market order price is activated determines the highest price at which the buy stop order may be filled. The rule to remember placing stops is this, "Buy above and sell below." Buy stops are p...
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This is good to know.
Friday, 29 May 2020 07:07
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May
21

Fear

A reader asks: How do you handle fear? I seem to have plenty of it.Let's get one thing straight. Fear, for the majority of traders, is a very real thing. You have it, I have it. Others have it as well. What is it that traders fear? The top three, in order, are: Fear of missing a trade. Fear of losing money. Fear of being wrong and losing face. In order to become a professional trader, you must lea...
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May
14

I was asked the following question:

"Do you think that what this guy wrote below is true?'You can get ahead of yourself in this game, and it's dangerous to get cocky. But I've had times where for an hour I could do no wrong. I'm trading and 99 percent of the trades are good, they're all for 30 or 50 contracts, and I'll make 10 grand. Then I'll overextend myself and maybe buy 10 or 15 contracts, fighting the trend just because I know...
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May
07

Support and Resistance

One short time ago I received a couple of emails questioning whether or not I believe in support and resistance. In fact, one subscriber said if I didn't believe in support and resistance, then I couldn't possibly believe in trend! Why? Because in all cases the situation ends.Here's what I believe: The trend is your friend until the end. The swing is the thing until it goes "ding."What is support ...
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Apr
30

Money Supply

How does money supply affect trading in the markets?There are two important components of federal market activity which affect long- term economic activity and stock and commodity values; these are interest rates and money supply. A contracting money supply was one of the factors that caused the Great Depression of the 1930's. In the early 1980's most traders focused almost totally on the money su...
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Apr
23

Closing Out a Trade

You must be disciplined in following the plan of your trade. Once you have closed your position, you should record everything about the trade. Write down where you wanted to enter the trade, what you expected out of the trade, and what you actually did get out of the trade. Make sure to include notes that will help you learn from the trade, reasoning what actually took place once you entered the t...
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Apr
16

What will success as a trader bring to my life?

Success has many faces: peace of mind, high levels of health and energy, loving relationships, financial security, meaningful goals and aspirations, and the feeling that you are growing into all that you are capable of becoming. Becoming all that you can be is called "self-actualization."It is important to recognize that success is not only financial, but exists on many levels. A person may find s...
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thanks Joe .. Your blog is only allowing me to write in capitals? Lol
Friday, 17 April 2020 21:05
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Apr
09

Avoid negative open equity

​There is an old saying that when day trading positions have had negative open equity most of the day, and an opportunity arises to exit the market at break even with less than 30 minutes of trading rises, go ahead and exit the market.  Unless the market is moving rapidly in your direction with expanding-in-length bars, and no more than 5 minutes left, exit immediately and consider the opport...
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Nice insight Sir. Thanks for sharing
Saturday, 11 April 2020 21:06
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Apr
02

Ego or No Ego

​When you get an easy winner do you feel guilty?  Do you ask yourself, "Do I deserve to win?"Do I?The world's most successful traders believe in themselves and their ability to win. In fact, many of them feel that they "own" the market. They are not necessarily being arrogant, but they are sure of themselves and sure that they are able to take profits out of the market. Most important is...
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Important inspiration where to direct an attention. Thx
Friday, 03 April 2020 09:02
Guest — Pio Petrilli
Joe grazie di tutto quello che ci insegni
Saturday, 04 April 2020 16:37
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Mar
26

That GUT FEELING is no mere figure of speech!

​The gut actually has its own self-contained nervous system, known as the enteric nervous system. It can operate in the complete absence of input from the brain or even the spinal cord. It is vast, with more than one-hundred million nerve cells in the small intestine alone. Add to that the nerve cells of the esophagus, stomach, and large intestine…the result is that the gut contains more nerve cel...
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Mar
19

Why I Commit to Teach and Train Others

​Science has been called the most creative art form.It expresses its creations in technology. Valuable information is the most prized commodity, because it makes the wealth creation process and individual creative process possible.For me, passing on valuable information and seeing someone use it to fulfill his hopes and dreams is my most rewarding endeavor.So far, the computer is technology's ulti...
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It was hard to find what man want to do in life. At least for me. Here helped me some prayers I had not an idea about Forex , Fute... Read More
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Guest — chu xiaojun
proude of you!
Saturday, 21 March 2020 01:47
Rajaram Venkatakrishna
Thanks for the trading article and the articles which you publish without fail, week after week for years.
Monday, 23 March 2020 08:47
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Mar
12

Winning Traders

The winning trader must be cold, calculating, and logical. It is absolutely necessary to control your emotions, rather than let them interfere with your trading decisions. While it is true that fear and greed are major factors in market behavior, there are other emotions, such as anger and disappointment, that influence our trading decisions.Because emotions can interfere with discipline and sound...
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Mar
05

Knowing too Much

​It sounds crazy, but you can know too much about anything you want to trade.  This is hard for people to accept in our "Knowledge Is Power" society… where the Internet puts thousands of pages of information, data, and news in front of us with a few clicks of a mouse. People like to believe that with enough information, they can make a perfect decision… That by adding fact after fact, data po...
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+1
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Feb
27

Focus on the Obvious

Humans have a tendency to forget the obvious. We often think that life is more complex than the issues right in front of us, and that obvious solutions offer little solace when trying to find solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.The markets are complex at times, but the psychology of the market is not. And the psychology of winning isn't all that complicated either. It is vital to accent...
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Feb
20

Objective State of Mind

As you trade, have you ever heard a little voice inside talk about only what is going wrong? As the market moves against you, the voice whispers, "My money is on the line. What if I lose? What am I going to do? How will I meet my financial obligations this month? I need to win! The little voice moves you away from your ongoing, immediate experience to your emotions, what may go wrong in the next m...
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Man have to be persistent to find right plan for himself-any man is different. Good plan usually comes from a huge amount of mista... Read More
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Derivative transactions, including futures, are complex and carry a high degree of risk. They are intended for sophisticated investors and are not suitable for everyone. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results, and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results. For more information, see the Risk Disclosure Statement for Futures and Options.