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5 Trading Tips You Can Implement on Monday

Sorry, these are not trading tips for stocks to buy.

These are trading tips for the process you use to buy stocks, options, ETFs, whatever.

  1. Have a methodology (trade setup) that you use for finding opportunities.
  2. Know exactly how much money you plan to risk on the trade.
  3. Set a stop for how you will exit the trade if it doesn’t work out.
  4. Set a point at which you will lock in some profits.
  5. All of this feeds a plan that you follow for the trade BUT most importantly…

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Fourth Turning Meets the End of a Grand Supercycle

On September 29, 2016 I ordered the book, “The Fourth Turning, An American Prophecy”, What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.  I happened to read an article where a professor from Cornell mentioned the book.

I hadn’t heard of the book before.  It turns out that it was published in 1997 and was authored by William Strauss (died 2007) and Neil Howe. It got my attention because it focused on cycles in history.  I am fascinated by cycles because I do believe that things move in cycles whether its the stock market, human progress or nature…and I enjoy history.

Winter Comes Again

Now the book is quite the challenge. There is a lot of material and reads a little bit like a text book. There are 335 pages, not counting the 25 pages of notes at the end. The first 142 pages discuss seasons, including Chapter 1 which is an introduction titled “Winter Comes Again”. Note, this was published in 1997, well before Game of Thrones with its “winter is coming”.

The next section of the book explains the four turnings that occur in a four season cycle and when the previous “fourth turns” have occurred in American history.  This part two is 160 pages long. The last section, about 30 pages, discuss preparing for the Fourth Turning.

Steve Bannon

Well it turns out that President Trump’s key strategist, Steve Bannon, is a huge fan of The Fourth Turning.  He even created a documentary in 2010 called “Generation Zero” that referenced four generation-long cycles. Continue reading

Euphoria and Frustration as Companies Release Earnings

Earnings reports are coming fast and furious these days. And the reports are full of surprises both to the upside and downside.

Upside euphoria in Amazon (AMZN) and Caterpillar (CAT) this week, just to name a couple. We will find out over the next week or two if that euphoria will last in these two stocks. 

And…oh boy, I just saw that CAT is on the cover of this week’s Barrons Magazine.  When they make the front cover…watch out. Continue reading

one of the hardest things to learn

One of the Hardest Things to Learn

Whether you are a trader or an investor, it doesn’t matter.

One of the hardest things to learn is to take a loss. Losses are part of the trading/investing business.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  You have to work your plan. (you do have a plan don’t you?) Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Sometimes it doesn’t work out several times in a row. Continue reading

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