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Sam Seiden


Sam brings over 15 years experience of equities, forex, options and futures trading which began when he was on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he facilitated institutional orderflow.

He has traded equities, futures, interest rate markets, forex, options, and commodities for his personal interests for years and has educated hundreds of traders and investors through seminars and daily advisory services both domestically and internationally. Sam has been involved in the markets since 1991 both on and off the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

He has served as the Director of Technical Research for two trading firms and regularly contributes articles to industry publications. Sam is known for his trading, technical research, and educational guidance.


Is It a Duck or is it a Lobster? by Sam Seiden

If it looks like a Duck, walks like a Duck, quacks like a Duck, smells like a Duck, it's probably not a Lobster. No matter what the leading research analyst on Ducks and Lobsters says. Even if someone wins a Nobel Prize because they have determined that a Duck is actually a Llama based on a sophisticated mathematical equation, it's still a duck. The bottom line, it's a Duck... READ MORE


The Cycle of 'It' Part III by Sam Seiden

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving, as we all know, is the one day of the year where we all reflect on what we are thankful for and the really important things in life, love and family. It is a day where most people really take time to understand how fortunate we all really are... READ MORE


The Bull Trap by Sam Seiden

The Polar Bear and the Seal... The Crocodile and the Wildebeest... The professional trader and the novice trader... What do these three relationships have in common? One is the hunter and the other is the hunted... Polar Bears are white just like the icy snowy areas of the world they live in... READ MORE


Where is the Stock Market Going? by Sam seiden

Once again it is time to take a look at the stock market from a larger perspective to see if we can figure out the near term and longer term future price direction. Forecasting a market's turning points and direction in advance is the single most important edge traders and investors can attain, if they can attain it... READ MORE


Reducing Risk with Automated Trading by Sam Seiden

When people talk about trading and risk, I find they often leave out one of the biggest risks to trading which is us and our emotions. The mental game of trading can easily end up being a trader's most significant risk or enemy... READ MORE


Ten Year Treasury Note Futures by Sam Seiden

One the many questions traders have once they have learned how to trade is, which market or markets should I trade? While there are many things to consider when making this decision, I wanted to share with you today a market that I consider to be one of my favorites, the Ten Year U.S. Treasury Note (TY) Futures... READ MORE


Why Bother With Bonds? by Sam Seiden

Recently, I began the task of building a new house. Initially, I thought you get some plans together, hire a contractor, and live happily ever after. Boy was I mistaken... It didn't take me long to realize I was on a journey in a world I knew little about... READ MORE


Price & Tme by Sam Seiden

One thing I have paid close attention to in my many years of writing articles is making sure I did not spend much time writing about concepts and strategies that everyone else writes and talks about. If I did, there would be no point in reading the article... READ MORE


Who Can You Trust? By Sam Seiden

When it comes to trading and investing, everyone desires to know where the market is going to turn, before it turns (market timing). The only way to successfully predict market turning points is to know where the real willing buyers and sellers are in a market... READ MORE


Read Between the Lines by Sam Seiden

Have you ever felt the need to be on guard when buying a car, major appliance, new home, or anything that involves a sales person? Or, have you ever had a career in sales which means spending weeks if not months in advanced training sessions where the entire goal of the training is how to convince someone that they should pay $1000 for something that is really worth $500? When you're the seller, it's almost like you're trained to speak in deceptive code... READ MORE


Have a Wall Street Mentality by Sam Seiden

Compare the average investor's returns around the world to the average Wall Street firm's returns. I think we would all agree that the average Wall Street firm is making the lion's share of the money, while the average investor is either losing, or not making much at all... READ MORE


I Don't use Indicators But If I Did... By Sam Seiden

With all the advances in technology, order execution, and strategy back-testing, it is easy to complicate the simplicity of markets. I began my career on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange handling institutional order flow in the currency markets. When your trading path begins with people, price, and order flow, how and why prices move in any market is not that difficult to figure out... READ MORE


The Benefits of Futures Trading by Sam Seiden

When it comes to trading different asset classes, I get more questions about the Futures markets than any other set of markets. This is because many people hear from others how great these markets are for short and long-term trading but know very little about them. In my opinion, these are the greatest trading markets in the world. They have many benefits that other asset classes don't and I will bullet those points for you here... READ MORE


Profit Margin, a Must for a Successful Trade by Sam Seiden

So often in the trading world, I hear people talk about where price is likely to turn next, where is the next key supply or demand level, where is the next big market move going to originate from, and so on. The question I hardly ever hear anyone asking is, "Where is the next big profit margin?" This is one of the most important, if not the most important, things to consider when speculating in markets... READ MORE


The Proper Use of Indicators & Oscillators by Sam Seiden

When walking around an Online Trading Academy classroom during the trading portion of a Professional Trader class, I see the trading work–spaces of traders, the charts they are looking at and most importantly, what lines, circles, indicators, and oscillators are on those charts. This last part is most important because what you add to a raw price chart will likely strongly influence your trading decision... READ MORE


Government Intervention & Market Price by Sam Seiden

I started my career on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange facilitating institutional order flow. This means taking large buy and sell orders from banks, institutions, money managers, hedge funds, and more, paying close attention to market price, and then making sure those orders get executed and filled at the proper prices. I started in the currency quadrant and was specifically responsible for the Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, British Pound, Deutsch Mark, and Swiss Franc markets. The highest volume and most volatile market of this group back then was the Japanese Yen, so that's where much of my focus was... READ MORE


Motion into Mass: An Example Trade by Sam Seiden

Before starting my career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, I did two things and really two things only. I played ice hockey and went to school where the focus of my studies was Biology and Genetics. I know what you're thinking, how boring... Well, I actually was and am still fascinated with the study of life so I really enjoyed those days... READ MORE


Why Proper Market Speculating is so Difficult for Most Poeple by Sam Seiden

Compare the average investor's returns around the world to the average Wall Street firm's returns. I think we would all agree that the average Wall Street firm is making the lion's share of the money, while the average investor is either losing or not making much at all. Next, think about what the average investor does in the markets, they "buy stock." ...READ MORE


The Power of Simple by Sam Seiden

Occam's Razor is a scientific principle that suggests the simplest answer is typically the right answer to a given question. This is truly a principle I have lived by and it has rewarded me handsomely. I am always fascinated with the origin of things and specifically, the simple thought process behind the idea. For example, have you ever wondered about the origin of numbers? ..READ MORE


The Check List by Sam Seiden

There are many aspects to short-term and longer term trading. Where to enter, where to place your protective stop loss order, where to take profits, trade duration, risk management, position sizing, trade management, and much more are key considerations when trading. In my humble opinion, I would argue that the key to doing any of these things correctly comes down to where you are "entering" the market. Entering the market correctly means entering as close to the turn in price as possible... READ MORE


Rate of Return by Sam Seiden

Often, my articles talk about myth vs reality when it comes to trading, money, and markets. Today, I want to discuss a bigger picture issue many people lose sleep over. The issue is the amount of savings needed to live the lifestyle you choose to live today, tomorrow, and into retirement. The professionals and financial industry lead everyone to believe that they need a large savings amount or else retirement will not be fun and likely consist of moving in with in-laws... READ MORE


News, Price, Supply and Demand by Sam Seiden

During the years that we are conditioned to buy low and sell high in most areas of life, we are almost always taught to take the opposite action with our investments either long-term or in short-term trading. Sam discusses how the way we are taught to buy stocks is completely opposite of how we are taught to buy and sell anything else, and shows how wrong this is in trading... READ MORE


The All Star Entry (Lite) by Sam Seiden

Sam shares a rule-based strategy from the Extended Learning Track (XLT) program that is quickly becoming one of the most popular strategies in the program - it's called the "All Star" entry... READ MORE


Where is the Stock Market Going? by Sam Seiden

This week Sam takes a look back to a year ago to see where the markets are today, in comparison. With this information, he helps you understand where the market might be headed next... READ MORE


An XLT "Edge" Building Rule to Better Your Odds by Sam Seiden

This week Sam shares an "edge" building rule that you won't find in conventional trading books. The rule has to do with the strength of a supply or demand level, the probability of the trade working or not... READ MORE


Copy - Paste by Sam Seiden

Sam discusses how the losing trader has a "copy – paste" mind. They simply see what actions others are taking, copy those novice actions and paste them into their belief system... READ MORE


Patience and Probabilities, Part 2 by Sam Seiden

Sam discusses that if and when we find a low risk, high reward, and high probability opportunity, we take action. If we don't, we must have the patience to wait for it... READ MORE


Patience and Probabilities by Sam Seiden 

Sam explains why patience and probabilities go hand-in-hand in the world of trading. Patience is required to wait for price to reach key supply and demand levels before taking action, and with it comes high probabilities… READ MORE


Trends: A Risk Reward Trap Depending on Your Point of View by Sam Seiden

Conventional Technical Analysis reveals the trend AFTER the trend is well underway, which can lead to high-risk, low-reward, and low probability trading and investing. Sam's goal with this article is to offer you another edge-building tool that will help you see the trend as the trend is just beginning, and thus be able to spot low-risk, high-reward trade entries… READ MORE


Proper Use of the CCI by Sam Seiden

Sam looks at the Commodity Channel Index (CCI). Proper use of the CCI (or any indicator or oscillator) in conjunction with Trend analysis and demand and supply analysis can help stack the odds in your favor when forming a trading decision and trading plan... READ MORE


System Trading – A Complex World with Simple Answers by Sam Seiden

Sam shares some important information from his recent Extended Learning Track (XLT) - Stock Mastery class. He focuses on the foundation of a profitable trading system, offers specific tools and rules of a profitable system, and exposes the dangerous traps that lead to system trading failure... READ MORE


Emotion Always Pays Logic by Sam Seiden

Our job in trading is to find the novice trader who makes decisions based on EMOTION, and simply take the other side of his or her trade. This week Sam will discuss how emotion always pays logic … READ MORE


Trading Tools You May Not Find in Books by Sam Seiden

If you are processing market and strategy information the same as others (your competition), you can't possibly have an edge. This week Sam will cover two of many simple tools that may help you in your quest for obtaining this needed edge when speculating in markets - and these are things you won't find in books!... READ MORE


Trade What is Real, Not What You Feel by Sam Seiden

The two main forms of analysis in trading and investing are technical and fundamental analysis, and they are very real. However, thinking that mastering these two forms of analysis will lead to consistent low risk profits is an illusion second to none. The more an individual attempts to master these types of analysis, the more they may be layering subjective, complex illusions on top of each other. This is a recipe for consistent failure and is the subject of this article … READ MORE


Planes, Trains and Automobiles by Sam Seiden

In this article we take a look a look at the parallels between the movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and trading. As John Candy showed us, there are many ways to reach our destination. Trading is only slightly different…. READ MORE


The Quest for Truth by Sam Seiden

Years ago, Sam set out on a quest for truth. This week he shares his realization that whether you are talking about Newton's Laws of Motion, Smith's theories of supply and demand, or Maxwell's laws of electromagnetic force, the basic governing dynamic of these laws and principles are different manifestations of the exact same governing dynamic. He discusses how he was able to apply this truth to financial markets… READ MORE