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Gabe Velazquez


Gabe is an Online Trading Academy Instructor.  Gabe got his start in the markets as a broker trainee for Paine Webber, a mere 3 months before the market crash of 1987. He witnessed the gut wrenching fear of investors during that time period and the wild speculative euphoria of the late 90's. That experience brought to light the importance risk management plays in trading and investing. In fact, it's greatly influenced the way he trades today.

He spent 15 years as a stock and commodities broker, conducting technical analysis seminars through-out Southern California. After many years of managing other people's money, Gabe now concentrates full time on trading his own portfolio and teaching. Students will benefit from his first hand experience of daily involvement in the market. He brings with him an acute awareness and understanding of how the markets really work. Articulating this knowledge clearly, succinctly, and with enthusiasm is something students can appreciate. This gift for communicating was honed through many years of public speaking.

He currently holds a series 7, 63, 9 and 10 (securities and options principals license.)  


Specializing is Key for Trading Success by Gabe Valezquez

A common thread among these high achievers is that they find their niche, and continue to work to better themselves throughout their careers. From an early age, they have a good grasp of what talents they possess, and begin harnessing those strengths before most others are trying to figure out their lot in life. Moreover, those that don't have exceptional talents simply work harder than their peers to attain exceptional feats... READ MORE


A Picture is PWorth a Thousand Words by Gabe Valezquez

Speculating in financial markets entails continuous observation, and extrapolation of price graphs, thus visual imagery is a powerful teaching tool when conveying trading concepts in the technical realm. When we think of effective presentations, aside from good descriptive verbal delivery, these are usually done with PowerPoint slides. Often, images can complement and fully capture the essence of what is being expressed... READ MORE


Futures Q&A by Gabe Velazquez

Over the last several weeks, my inbox has been bulging with questions from readers of Lessons from the Pros, and Online Trading Academy students alike. I've gone through most of them and picked a few that I feel will be instructive to readers of this newsletter. So in this missive, I thought I'd share some of them. Let's get right to it... READ MORE


Lessons of Good Golfing Applied to Trading by Gabe Velazquez

A long time ago (before I was married and had kids), I would love spending Saturdays on the golf course. Being outdoors, competing, and challenging one's physical and mental abilities has always appealed to me, and the game of golf certainly fit the bill. There are many lessons from the golf course that can be directly applied to being successful in trading. Let's go through some of the most important ones and draw the parallels with trading... READ MORE


The Problem with Small Profits by Gabe Velazquez

There's an old saying that you can never go broke by taking profits. I believe that statement to be true, as long as the profits outstrip the losses by a ratio of at least five-to-one. I see too many traders who are very happy to capture small profits, as the immediate gratification of making any kind of gains makes them feel good. The issue they encounter is that those small gains, over time, cannot compensate for the inevitable losses that are a natural consequence of trading, and the costs associated with trading... READ MORE


Is the Globex Session Worth Trading? Yes! by Gabe Velazquez

In an effort to give some perspective to the often asked question of whether to look at the overnight price chart (otherwise known as Globex), or stick to viewing only the day session information, in this piece, I'm going to show the different ways to look at both sets of data. In addition, we'll assess which information is most relevant in putting together a sound trading strategy for overnight trading... READ MORE


What Does Uncertainty Look Like on a Price Chart? by Gabe Velazquez

Summer is typically the season where market participants have things other than trading on their minds. Even more so, this vacation season, as the cloud of uncertainty hovers over the market. This lack of interest has been manifested in the low trading volume the market has experienced over the past several months... READ MORE


Do Strong Biases Hinder Performance? by Gabe Velazquez

How often do you start the trading session with a strong conviction of where the market is headed? And as the day progresses, the price action of the market clearly contradicts your bias, yet you stubbornly cling to the notion that the market "has to do this "or "should do that." If this has happened, or continues to happen to you, it's not just you; it's a common occurrence among traders... READ MORE


Everyone's a Currency Trader Nowadays (Whether they Know it or Not) by Gabe Velazquez

Since the outbreak of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, the US stock market's center of attention has squarely been placed on the daily movements of the Euro currency; particularly, the dollar relationship between that currency... READ MORE


Identifying Buyers and Sellers is Key in Quantifying Risk by Gabe Velazquez

Job one for any trader is quantifying risk. To that end, identifying where risk is lowest on a price chart is a key element in formulating sound strategy. The way this is done can be very confusing to new traders, partly because there are vastly different ideas circulating throughout the trading community on the best ways to accomplish this... READ MORE


Continuously Askin 'Why' May Improve Trading Results by Gabe Velazquez

Why am I constantly missing trades? Why do I cut my winners short? Why do I let my losers go too far? And, why do I frequently break my rules? These are just a few questions that a struggling trader should be asking himself or herself... READ MORE


A Dsicussion on Where to Place Orders by Gabe Velazquez

In a follow-up to last week's article, Gabe goes over what he considers the proper approach in defining where a stop loss - vis-a-vis the chart - should be placed to prevent being stopped out prematurely... READ MORE


Stop Market Orders: Ideas on Utilization by Gabe Velazquez

One of the most important sentences, in terms of its message, found in the Online Trading Academy curriculum goes as follows: "The only thing between you and financial ruin is the zealous use of stops." I'm not exactly sure who came up with this statement, but whoever it was, is spot on, to the point that this message should be taken as gospel by most traders (at least by those that seek a lengthy trading career)... READ MORE


What's a Good Time for You? by Gabe Velazquez

We can choose to trade all day long, however, knowing when to conserve our financial and mental capital is just as important. This week Gabe discusses the importance of why knowing what time of day to trade is good for you... READ MORE


Goal Setting: An Essential Element if Consistent Profitability by Gabe Velazquez

Gabe discusses the importance of realistic and time-sensitive goal setting and having clearly defined benchmarks in your trading. These things will lead to having consistent profitability... READ MORE


Now That the Market Looks Good (Technically), is it Time to Turn Cautious? by Gabe Velazquez  

Gabe looks at the preponderance of evidence in the charts and shows how things are pointing to limited upside for the market in the intermediate term time frame, and why he thinks it may be a good time to be cautious… READ MORE


Eighty Percent Waiting - Twenty Percent Trading by Gabe Velazquez 

Frequently, traders say that if they're not actively trading, they can't make money. Gabe discusses that a lot of times; more activity does not translate into more profits… READ MORE


What Goes up, Must Come Down by Gabe Velazquez

Back in December of 2008, I wrote an article entitled, "The Rubber Band Effect." In it, I discussed the propensity of the market to overshoot in both directions, and the opportunities that the "reversion" trade usually presents. I spelled out the technical tool that I use and the rules associated with that particular set up. In this article, I'm going to revisit this phenomenon, and explain the workings behind why the market has a strong tendency to revert to the mean...READ MORE


Not All Support & resitance Levels are Created Equal by Gabe Velazquez

Successful trading is NOT as easy as simply buying at support and selling at resistance. Gabe looks at an alternative to looking at support and resistance in the traditional manner… READ MORE


Identify, Assess, Execute and Manage by Gabe Velazquez

There are certain steps a trader should follow in order to become successful in this business. Gabe discusses these four steps and how they will allow you to identify what areas you are strong or weak in… READ MORE


Are Successful Traders Born or Created? by Gabe Velazquez

The question of whether successful traders are born or can be trained has been debated extensively. Gabe takes a look at this and gives his reasons for why he believes successful traders can be created… READ MORE