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Going Mental! by Brandon Wendell

When people ask me what training has helped me become successful as a trader, they are usually surprised to hear that it is my background in psychology. Of course, the ability to read price and understand technical indications is important, but even those traders who have the best plans and well thought out trading plans will fail if they cannot execute properly... READ MORE


Has the Fed Lost Their Mojo? by Brandon Wendell

A popular question when I was being interviewed by the Indian media was, "Do you think the Quantitative Easing Part 2 will work?" My immediate response is usually, "If the QE program by the Fed is so effective for getting the US economy on track, why did we have to have a second round?"... READ MORE


Spotting Fed Action by Brandon Wendell

Much has been said recently about the proposed Quantitative Easing Part Two (QE2) program currently in progress by the Federal Reserve. Whether or not this will help the struggling US economy is yet to be seen. However, the simple fact that there had to be a QE2 signals the effectiveness of QE1. Politics aside, there is a technical way that you can identify when Fed actions are taking place. You can use this technique to identify potential trend changes and judge the strength of current trends... READ MORE


Paragliding Parallels! by Brandon Wendell

My fellow instructor Darek Zelek and I traveled to Kamshet, India to visit Sanjay Rao at Fly Nirvana. I was amazed at how much paragliding had in common with trading. In fact, two of my fellow students were also traders. In paragliding, there is an inherent risk as there is with trading. Trade improperly and you lose your money, fly improperly and... well you know. Sanjay's course was focused on safety and risk management. This parallels the importance Online Trading Academy places on the same with your trading... READ MORE


What I learned by Brandon Wendell

One of the many benefits of being a trader and specifically, an instructor for Online Trading Academy, is that I get to meet with many interesting people. I was recently given the opportunity to meet with executives of the two major exchanges in India, several traders for major firms, a Senior VP of currency trading for a major worldwide brokerage firm, and even a stock market astrologer! ..READ MORE


Hedging Your Gains by Brandon Wendell

Namaste! By the time you read this article, I will be halfway through teaching my last Professional Trader Class in India for a while. President Barack Obama will also be in India for a visit. See the picture right for the local reaction to his visit. It has been an amazing trip with the launch of Online Trading Academy's newest center. Again, I wish to extend my thanks to all who made me feel at home in these four months I have spent here. Happy Diwali! ..READ MORE


The Big One by Brandon Wendell

Namaste! I'm back in India at the Online Trading Academy Mumbai office. It has been a busy week with my appearance on both Bloomberg TV and CNBC TV in India. Fortunately, Darek Zalek has joined me at the new Mumbai office and is sharing the instructing duties. I am lucky to have such a qualified and passionate co-instructor like Darek here... READ MORE


Proper Persepctive, Part II by Brandon Wendell

I am attending the Online Trading Academy International Conference this week. It is an amazing experience and I am fortunate to be able to share trading information and strategies with some of the brightest minds in the industry. One of the unique benefits of being part of the Online Trading Academy family is that you are able to be exposed to many different perspectives of the markets from various instructors... READ MORE


Proper Perspective by Brandon Wendell

When we trade, it is all too easy to get caught up in the moment. This is especially true for higher speed intraday traders. The problem is that when we trade like this, it is like running full speed with your head looking straight down. Sure, you can see the immediate obstacles and dangers, but you cannot be prepared for that large wall that lies directly in your path. If we trade "in the moment," we will financially run head first into that wall and we know that is no fun... READ MORE


The Relationship between Stock prices & Bond Prices by Brandon Wendell

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a session of Online Trading Academy's Extended Learning Track (XLT) - Forex. In the class, we were identifying potential trades that were to play out in the next few days to weeks. One of the comments that I made in the class resulted in a flood of emails being sent to me from the students. I was discussing inter-market analysis and mentioned that bonds and stocks tend to move together in the same direction... READ MORE


Divergence & Trend Issues by Brandon Wendell

There is no doubt that the markets have been trying to move higher and higher recently. The questions on most traders' minds are: "How high can the indexes go? Is this still a bull market?" We can look at several technical indications to try and answer this question. To summarize my overall perspective on the markets right now, I'd have to say I am a very nervous bull... READ MORE


Volatility Stops by Brandon Wendell

As a trading instructor, I sometimes catch myself muttering in my sleep, "Make sure you set your stop on that trade!" Ok, so I may not actually do that. But I am saying it constantly in the classes I teach. It is the main thing we as traders can do to help prevent catastrophic losses in our accounts. We must protect ourselves on every trade we take. There are no traders out there who win on every trade and the ones who are long-term profitable are consistent with their analysis of risk and protect their capital... RED MORE


Making the Trade by Brandon Wendell

New traders often become confused when deciding what tools to use in order to analyze the markets and select trading opportunities. Looking at the selections available as well as the tools offered in today's advanced trading software, it is easy for one to become overwhelmed. Fortunately, there is a simple and logistical way to sort through the market ebbs and flows and identify the highest probability, lowest risk trading opportunities... READ MORE


Market Moves by Brandon Wendell

Students often ask me how they can find the stocks that are best poised to move for the following trading session, or even over several sessions for a swing trade. The answer does not only lie with the stock itself, but with the price action of the broader market. I have stated before in my classes and in past articles, the largest influence on a stock's movement is the trend strength and direction of the broad market. In fact, on average, 60% of a stock's movement is directly related to the direction of the market it belongs to... READ MORE


Adding Water to the Tea Leaves by Brandon Wendell

Last week, I responded to the claim that technical analysis was akin to reading tea leaves and held no place in proper financial analysis. Anyone who has used technical analysis knows the value of it in order to identify the most probable direction and timing of market moves. In the same spirit, I do not want to downplay the usefulness of fundamental analysis either... READ MORE


The Art of Trading Stocks in This Economy by Mark Deaton
In today's trading environment only the strong survive, but it may come as a surprise to you just what qualifies as strong. A quick look at any highly liquid stock or ETF will reveal that volume in the markets is diminishing rapidly. Not as many people are trading in these adverse conditions and they certainly aren't exposing themselves like they used too... READ MORE

The Golden Stock Market Rule - Stop Chasing Losses and Leaping Into Higher Risk Trades by Andy Richardson
There is one golden rule when involving yourself in the stockmarkets. Stop chasing losses. You should not leap out of one failed trade that revealed a higher level of anticipated risk and leap into another that comes with even higher risk... READ MORE


Tips and Tactics - Guide to Stock Picking Winning Stocks by Andy Richardson
My investment skills are self-evident these days and a knack for picking considerably more winners and losers has stood me in good stead. As with many, it takes time and some hard lessons to become successful at picking winning stocks... READ MORE

Which Stocks to Invest In a Recession? by Andy Richardson
The recession is clearly on us and clearly there are sections of our community which are badly hit by the credit crunch, debt, redundancy, and negative equity - and falling interest rates. But equally, there are sections which don't seem to be impacted in the slightest. See it for yourself, and have a good time in the process... READ MORE


Which Stocks to Invest In a Recession? by Andy Richardson
The recession is clearly on us and clearly there are sections of our community which are badly hit by the credit crunch, debt, redundancy, and negative equity - and falling interest rates. But equally, there are sections which don't seem to be impacted in the slightest. See it for yourself, and have a good time in the process... READ MORE


Spreads & Correlations by Brandon Wendell

In past articles, I have written about inter-market relationships and the importance of analyzing related assets to determine the possible movement of a security. In the Technical Analysis Strategies class, we also learn the importance of related stocks and sectors to our stock analysis. Today, I want to discuss another tool that you can use to help identify environmental shifts that will usually lead to a change of price direction... READ MORE


Is Efficient Market Theory Dead? by David S Adams
Of course, my view is far from the norm in academia. Far from it, to be sure. No, this clunker of economic thought has been taught for nearly 25 years as a sort of financial religion to legions of up and coming economists and MBA students... READ MORE


Dow Jones 30 Stocks - Your Option Trading Friends by Owen Trimball
This article is not about trading the Dow Jones index. It is about trading options on each of the thirty stocks that make up the famous Dow Jones Industrial Average. The advantages of high liquidity and ease of entry and exit make this a very attractive trading model... READ MORE

Covered Calls - 12 Step Action Guide by Owen Trimball
How would you go about deciding upon and setting up a covered call position? This article provides an easy to follow, 12 step process to do just that... READ MORE


Option Volatility - A Powerful Indicator in Trading by Owen Trimball
[Investing:Day-Trading] The concept of option volatility is one of the most little understood and under utilised in option trading. But knowing about it can make all the difference to the profitability or otherwise, of your trading decisions. It should also be very influential in the type of trades that you decide to put on... READ MORE


The Iron Condor - Make a Financial Killing With This Bird by Owen Trimball
You might think that "iron condor" is a strange name for an option trading strategy - and indeed it is. But in a way, the image it presents is well suited to the setup. When you understand the power and flexibility of this strategy, you will realize what a formidable vehicle it can be for taking profit... READ MORE

Three Common Mistakes People Make When Trading the Markets by Owen Trimball
While markets are moving in predictable directions based on well established and generally reliable price patterns, all seems well. It's the unexpected moves that come out of left field that a disciplined trader needs to be prepared for... READ MORE


Directionally Challenged by Brandon Wendell

Today in the Futures Extended Learning Track (XLT) class, we had a student trade review. For those of you not familiar with those sessions, it is where students can submit their winning and losing trades to be reviewed by an instructor. This is a very popular session as successful traders know that in order to improve, you must figure out what you are doing right, and wrong... READ MORE


Riskless Investments Make Sense by Sanjoy Ksd

According to many investment advisors, the best ways to invest smarter and protect your investments from downfalls are:

1. A Well Planned Strategy: You should prepare and implement a clear, properly planned and up to date strategy. You must also understand your investment, risks, fees and other associated costs. The market has seen big companies collapse in recent years because they failed to implement their strategies and follow up strictly... READ MORE


How to Create Successful Stock Trading Strategies by Monti Simmons
It's no secret that more than 80% of people who venture into stock trading ultimately end with less money than they began with. I started trading back in the late 90's, and over the years I have undergone an arduous process of trial and error whereby hundreds of different trading strategies were evaluated and tested. I eventually arrived at a highly effective four step process for designing, developing and implementing trading strategies from start to finish... READ MORE


How do I Trade it? by Brandon Wendell

As a former hockey player, I have spent my share of time on crutches. As a trader, I have done similarly. Technical indicators that we place on our charts simply offer a different perspective of past and current price action. These indicators are helpful but are also lagging as they depend on past price or even need a current close before sending a signal. Online Trading Academy graduates know that for the best trading opportunities, you need to rely on Supply and Demand to identify entries and exits... READ MORE


Using the Crutch by Brandon Wendell

As a former hockey player, I have spent my share of time on crutches. As a trader, I have done similarly. Technical indicators that we place on our charts simply offer a different perspective of past and current price action... READ MORE


Oscillator Patterns by Brandon Wendell

When traders use oscillators for trading decisions, they often use them incorrectly. Most will wait for a buy signal from an oversold oscillator crossing the line marking oversold, or they will wait for a sell signal from an overbought indicator crossing below the line. The problem with both of these signals is that they are lagging and will always signal you to enter or exit after a change in price... READ MORE


Money for Leads? by Brandon Wendell

As many of you know, I choose to trade more than just equities for several reasons. One reason is because I spot opportunities in these other assets as I am analyzing them for my stock trading. Previously, I have written about using commodities as a leading indicator for the stock market. In my last article, Mining for Leads, I wrote about using leading ETF's or markets to track the possible future movement of another... READ MORE


Mining for Leads by Brandon Wendell

With all of the market volatility lately, oil and gold have been heavily talked about and are an excellent opportunity for traders and investors. As a stock trader, you can play these commodities without having to open a futures account. ETF's such as GLD and USO are tradable in an equity account. There are even ultra commodity ETF's like UGL (Ultra Gold), GLL (Ultra Short Gold), UCO (Ultra Long Oil) and SCO (Ultra Short Oil) that use leverage to enhance returns when trading. You must be careful when using the Pro Shares Ultra ETF's as their light volume and leveraged nature also increases risk... READ MORE


Five Steps to Build a Sector Based ETF Portfolio by Hans Wagner

A sector based Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) portfolio offers investors a lower risk way to participate in the cyclical nature of the economy and the market. ETFs offer investors a way to reduce their risk by diversifying their individual stock exposure. Sector rotation is an investing strategy that seeks to buy and own ETFs that hold shares of companies in industries that should outperform the markett... READ MORE


Why Use Traded Fund or ETF's in Your Securities Portfolio by Hans Wagner

An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) offers many benefits to investors seeking to build a growing portfolio. If you are looking for ways to build, or rebuild you investment portfolio, ETF’s should be high on your list... READ MORE


Smart Grid Investing Opportunities Might Soar by Hans Wagner

With the likely passage of the “Cap and Trade” bill, many investors are jumping on the renewable energy bandwagon. And why not. With the government about to mandate a cap-and-trade program that will drive up the cost of electricity, there are many new opportunities to capitalize on the flow of investment dollars from public and private sources... READ MORE


Growth at a reasonable Price (GARP) Investing by Hans Wagner

Growth at a reasonable price (GARP) investing seeks to find companies that have strong earnings growth at a good price. GARP investing blends growth and value to create a better way to invest. How does it work? As defined by Investopedia, “value investing is the strategy of selecting stocks that trade for less than their intrinsic value. Value investors actively seek stocks of companies that they believe the market has undervalued. They believe the markets overreact to good and bad news, causing stock price movements that do not correspond with the company’s long-term fundamentals. The result is an opportunity for value investors to profit by buying when the price is deflated... READ MORE


Bear market Strategies for IRA Investors by Hans Wagner

Investing in a bear market presents new challenges for conservative investors. No one wants to loose money. Fortunately, there are safe strategies for conservative investors to continue to invest their money. This conservative investment idea is designed to save your IRA from experiencing losses during a bear market. In addition, it helps to position you for the recovery in the stock market once it begins... READ MORE


Three Types of Investors in a Bull Market: Innovators, Imitators and Idiots by Blake Desaulniers

Warren Buffet’s observation that there are three types of people in an economy: innovators, imitators and idiots, clearly reflects in the classic three phases, or legs, of a bull market. Innovators See Opportunity in Bears. Since the start of 2009, we’ve seen Buffet’s “innovators” move, with markets up 30 per cent or more. Despite ubiquitous bad news, disastrous trailing indicators, and headlines announcing bankruptcies, bailouts and mayhem in the financial markets, innovators made their move early as usual, picking up stocks at bargain process from those who wanted to, or were forced to sell into a market characterized by fear... READ MORE


Two key Trends in Packaging Revolution Drive New Investment Opportunities by Blake Desaulniers

Higher oil prices and consumer demand for sustainable packing give investors a new way to profit. Sustainable packaging represents a massive investment opportunity, as we move away from plastics and into more responsible materials. Packaging comes wrapped around just about every product you can imagine, at some stage in its life cycle. With the annual global market reaching $420 billion, it stands to reason why this will be a hot sector to watch... READ MORE


Momentum Trading: An Art Form Performed Security by Security by Matt Kaldor

For most people, momentum trading is used to describe the manner in which short term trading decisions are made in relation to significant price changes in securities. Using technical analysis and the use of technical indicators, momentum traders look to get ahead of the next upcoming trend or determine the strength of the current price trend in place. In short, momentum trading focuses on identifying the trading opportunities that arise from the market changing from one direction to another. Technical analysts seeking short term opportunities in securities that they have not traded before should look at how they have reacted to past technical indicators before rushing in to trading conclusions... READ MORE


Top Trading Mistakes to Avoid for Your Success on Stock Markets by Matt Kaldor

Traders are always talking about the traits that lead to success, but what about the common mistakes traders make. It is just as important to avoid the common trading pitfalls as it is to execute strategy correctly. Here are a few common mistakes that if avoided will lead to better risk control and a higher probability of achieving one’s investment objectives. Don’t follow the crowd...READ MORE


Investing Time in Your Investments by Terry Daniels

Investing in the stock market in today’s day and age can seem like a scary endeavor. After the latest economic crash a lot of people are hesitant to invest any money into something that they cannot completely control. These feelings are totally rational. If you have lost money in the stock market or you feel that it is just too risky you have every right to never invest again... READ MORE


Investing During Hard Economic Times by Terry Daniels

Choosing what stocks you are going to invest in can be very overwhelming. You should make sure to take the time to find out as much of the important information as you can. First, you want to look at the history of the company. Although the history does not always have a correlation with the future performance it is important to understand where the company has come from... READ MORE


Learning How to Safely Invest by Terry Daniels

There are a lot of people that invest in the stock market. To be successful in the stock market you have to be educated about the stocks that you choose to invest in. Knowing how to choose what stocks you should invest in may seem overwhelming. With some education and knowledge about the resources that are available to you, you may be able to invest wisely in the stock market... READ MORE


Tips for Investing in Stocks by Terry Daniels

In today’s economic situation it is important that you take the time and the effort to invest your money in an educated manner. You do not want to lose the money that you worked hard to earn just because of a lack of effort on your part. There is always the chance that you might lose some money when you choose to invest, but with some education and careful planning you can minimize this chance drastically. If you are not comfortable with any risk then you should not invest your money... READ MORE


Understanding Initial Public Stock Offerings by Terry Daniels

The stock market can be a very intimidating place for the average Jo. Looking to invest in the stock market can be overwhelming because of all of the unknowns. Learning more about the stock market may help ease your worries about what is going to happen to your money once you choose to invest. The language that those involved in the stock market use can often be confusing and frustrating if you do not know what they are talking about... READ MORE


Understanding the Stock Market Lingo by Terry Daniels

The stock market can seem very intimidating to the average citizen. Most people just leave the stock market dealings to the professionals because they feel it is just too complicated. It is important if you are investing in the stock market to take the time to understand what is going on with your money. Even though it may seem overwhelming, just learning some of the vernacular that the stock brokers use will be helpful... READ MORE


Informing Yourself About the 2008 Stock MArket Crash by Jack Landry

It happened so fast. It seems like one day the stock market was healthy and then the next day it was tumbling down on itself.

During the stock market crash of 2008, the market fell to an incredibly low level, scores of big businesses went bankrupt or altogether disintegrated, and the American public was left as the victim. It seemed like it came out of nowhere... READ MORE


Big Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing With Stocks by Jack Landry

For those who may be new to the big world of stocks, it can often be an exhilarating feeling when you make your first buys and sells. It can give you big payouts and returns that can solidify your bank account. What starts out as a great rush of positive emotions can quickly turn into juggling more than you can handle, and that’s when big mistakes set in. Many new stock traders get too carried away and make huge errors that cost them money and can put them in a tight situation... READ MORE


What Does a Stcok Broker Do? by Jack Landry

You’ve probably seen a picture or video of the New York Stock Exchange sometime in your life- or any other stock exchange for that matter. When you think back on it, your mind probably recalls something similar to a crowded subway station- hundreds of people pushing and shoving into each other and incessant screaming and yelling. Hardly seems like a refined place where business is done, right? Well, however you feel, stock exchanges function as the backbone of American capitalism and are very important as monitors and negotiators of the world of money... READ MORE


The History and Security of Stocks by Jack Landry

There are a lot of people that have invested in the stock market. The recent economic downturn has deterred a lot of people from investing in the stock market. If you are looking for a place to invest your money but you are straying from the stock market because you are worried about losing your money you should re-think your decision. Investing in the stock market does not have to be as scary as you feel that it is... READ MORE


Learning the Fundamentals of Stocks by Jack Landry

Taking the time to understand the stock market will give you a much better understanding of how you can invest your money well. There are a lot of people that trust their money in the hands of a professional. You have to take the time to find the stocks that will be most lucrative for your investments. There may be times when this will be very time consuming and for many this process can be very confusing... READ MORE


Déjà vu All Over Again! by Brandon Wendell

B randon goes to the charts and technical data to discuss why he thinks the markets are in price shock, and why he feels we could be looking at a double-dip recession in the future. Traders and investors should be looking to reduce risk in the markets... READ MORE


When PIIGS Fly by Brandon Wendell

Brandon takes a look at the warning signs that can be acted upon to protect your capital and even profit from the dramatic movements as a result of market reaction (or overreaction) to the news... READ MORE

Land of the Free, Home of the Debtor by Brandon Wendell

Brandon takes a look at how in the US, we are facing a serious problem that will affect all Americans. He uncovers a few alarming trends and discusses how our status as a consumer/debtor nation is going to hurt us in the long run… READ MORE

Gap Play by Brandon Wendell

Using an example stock from late 2009, Brandon reveals one key thing to watch as you are looking at whether gaps, created by news on the stock or the markets in general, will fill quickly... READ MORE


Trading Stocks on the Stock Market by Jack R Landry

The stock market is a scary and intimidating for many people that are new to the investing scene. These fears usually stem from not knowing what is going on in the stock market sphere. If you have decided that it is time that you start to invest it is important that you take the time to educate yourself on the happenings within the stock market so that you are better equipped to invest. You may feel frustrated in the process, but it will be well worth it... READ MORE


Making Sense of This Stock Market by RJ Camposagrado

The stock market's lifeless performance year to date shows that it has lost the momentum from its spectacular run last year. This lack of conviction and direction (even in the face of a growing economy and strong earnings) may seem puzzling. But is it? My short answer is: No, it's not puzzling... READ MORE


Are Penny Stocks Worth it? by Brian Krassenstein

The stock markets around the world regularly make headlines for good and bad reasons, many people remember the infamous "Black Friday" for example... READ MORE


Overvalued Stocks and How You Can Identify Them by Joseph Stone

Making an investment in the stock exchange is hard, actually hard. There is nothing worse in the world than making an investment in a stock that turns out to be expensively priced. The same occurs each time ; the stock begins to drop, then it begins to drop, then it drops out of the sky and there is almost nothing that you can do about it. Irregularly a stock will decrease lots that it may take ages to climb back to the level at which you bought it... READ MORE


A Couple Of Pointers For Buying Shares The Smart Way by Andy Sims

There are essentially two common methods that you can purchase stocks. The initial is from the business right when the shares are initially being offered. This is when the business is trying to raise money by offering out shares to be purchased by the general public... READ MORE


More Harm than Help by Brandon Wendell

In a recent misguided attempt to "fix" the markets, the SEC voted 3-2 to reinstate a version of the old uptick rule. Brandon discusses how this is a clear example of acting for the sake of acting without fully understanding the problem or the impact of your decision. He demonstrates how this seems to be a case of where the medicine is worse than the illness itself… READ MORE


Do I Need It or Can I Live Without It? by Brandon Wendell

Brandon demonstrates that by looking at the rotation between staples and discretionary sectors, traders can gain additional insight as to the future direction of the markets… READ MORE


How Do I Trade? by Brandon Wendell

Brandon explains his style of trading - specifically, how he relies on the basic tools of supply and demand, using indicators as odds enhancers… READ MORE


What Time Is It? by Brandon Wendell

What time frame is best for trading? Brandon takes a look at this question and explains that it is a personal choice and why… READ MORE


Think You Can Buy the Bottom? by Brandon Wendell

Brandon explains that instead of being gripped by fear, we can profit from it. He takes a look at buying at the bottom - the real bottom… READ MORE


But It Beat Earnings… Why Didn’t It Go Up? by Brandon Wendell

Brandon explains some of the actions you see after earnings are released and the reasons behind the moves. He looks at three things to watch for when you are looking at earnings… READ MORE


Where is the Bear? by Brandon Wendell

The activity in the market continues to be confusing. Where it is headed is a mystery. Brandon takes a look at the charts and explains why he continues to be a nervous bull… READ MORE


2010, Back to the Future? by Brandon Wendell

Brandon goes back to a chart of the 1970's and takes a look at what 2010 might look like in comparison. He explains why he is a cautious bull at this point in time and why you should beware and do what the market is telling you… READ MORE