Dealing With Sideways Moves

One of the primary responsibilities of a trader is to forecast the future direction of a security. It’s not really a difficult choice, there are only three options – Up, Down and Sideways. However, because traders are notorious for trying to make simple things complicated, let’s assume we can expand our matrix to a total of […]

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How to Confirm a Trade Setup

In a recent class we discussed how to confirm a trade setup. I thought I would pick up on that for today’s blog and address some of the known challenges traders face in confirming their trades.Let’s Get StartedTo start off let’s point out the facts: NO ONE wants to lose money on their trades. EVERYONE […]

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Why Do Stock Options Seem So Risky?

When I talk with traders about using stock options I am often met with heavy resistance. Usually it is because people have a hard time conceiving one of the core concepts of options, and consequently they assume they are risky. For some people the difficulty is in understanding why there are so many strike prices. Many […]

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Why Did My Stock Go Up and My Call Option Go Down?

Have you ever bought an option, watched the trade go in your direction (up for a call option, down for a put option) and noticed that your option actually went down in price? How could this be? A few weeks ago two of our students, Jim and Kara, visited our office from way up in Minnesota. […]

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Trading Options, Are You Set Up to Fail Before You Start?

Trading options is one of the most efficient ways to take quality profits out of the market. The built in leverage allows a trader to lower their capital requirements, decrease their risk, and increase their ROI!  Who wouldn’t want to trade options? However while options do provide great leverage and a very flexible instrument for trading, […]

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Find Trades in the Sea of Chaos

There is a current culture going around the world of amateur trading that says “more is better”. It’s a natural emotion considering the world we live in – a world where a gourmet coffee can be found in a drive through, a football fan can literally watch every single NFL game for the weekend in […]

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A Winning Mindset, The Tell of Two Traders

Have you ever wondered how two traders can have the same analysis on a stock and even enter the stock on the same day and price with the same stop and target, yet one trader profits from the trade while the other loses money? I mean is this even possible? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. When I […]

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4 ‘Stop Order’ Techniques to Help Save your Capital!

Nobody likes to lose money. And yet, trading requires a constant cutting of losses while letting winning trade run.  So how do you stop the pain of losing money? Stop orders are a type of order that has been around for many years. They are used to “stop” you out of a trade. Like a trade that […]

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The Map to Your Trading Journey

In this blog post, I specifically want to address students that are just getting started and help them find the right charting software.Remember back to when you first received your driver’s license?I do! I was so excited,  I saved up $1,250 to buy my candy apple red 1983 Mercury Lynx.  However a few weeks later […]

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This One Candlestick Pattern Can Predict a Reversal to the Day

So here’s the million dollar question “how do you know a stock is about to reverse direction?” The answer is one candlestick pattern! In this post I’m going to show you how one single candlestick can predict the very top or bottom of a swing, very often times exactly to the day.The old adage on Wall […]

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