All posts by Jeremy Whaley

How Do I Pick a Good Stock?

“How do I pick a good stock?!” This is one of the biggest challenges facing beginning traders, and it is a great question. It’s a bit of an innocent question. And it’s a revealing question! It’s revealing because the question itself reflects the borderline hopelessness that so many traders feel. As a teacher I’m always looking for […]

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The Secret to Predicting Stock Market Prices with Chart Patterns

Since the dawn of capitalism, people have been trying to find new ways to predict what is about to happen next. Some methods seem to work fairly well for a season and then suddenly they appear to just stop working. Chart patterns are not one of these methods.Chart PatternsChart patterns are one of the few […]

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Trade for a Living

Trade for a LivingIn this blog, I’m going to talk about how to trade for a living. We’ll look at statics that supports trading for a living and tell you what it really takes to trade for a living. So let’s get right to it, can you really trade for a living? You know there’s a […]

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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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TradeSmart Top 150 Best Stocks to Trade

Let me ask you a question.Have you ever known something, and I mean something that seemed very simple to you, so simple that you have a hard time understanding why other people are confused, and yet other people are confused about this thing that you know, can you think of something like that?  “Have you […]

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6 Ways to Survive this Bear Market

Are you worried you can’t survive this bear market? The U.S. stock market in 2016 came off to the worst January performance since… well ever. On January 15th Market Watch reported that “U.S. stocks post worst 10-day start to a year in history”. That was before the market plunged another 500+ points just two sessions […]

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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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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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