Its Snowing

 
The Winter Games for the Olympics are coming up soon and many will want to go to see the giant slalom event. That's the one where the skier starts off from the little hut at the top of a long slope, picks up speed and makes his way around poles on the way down. Each turn about a pole is precarious and some fall on the way down and are wiped out. Kinda reminds me of the current stock market. Starting off slowly down from the safety of the top and as it become steeper it picks up speed. Each turn on the way down looks like a place to rally, but shortly thereafter it heads down again at even higher speed....
 

Good News?

 
As the man said, "I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. What do you want to hear first?" It was replied, "Tell me the good news first". The good news is that they are going to make some changes in the mutual fund industry reporting to help the investor and the bad news is it isn't going to make any difference in your bottom line. It seems that us small investors are getting the usual window dressing to make it seem that we are getting a good deal, but when you go in the store to try on the merchandise it still doesn't fit any better....
 

KISS Formula

 
There are formulas for just about everything, but it has been shown that the simpler theformula or method of doing a particular taskthe better it works. It has evolved down toKISS - Keep It Simple Stupid. This also applies to trading in the stockmarket. There are literally hundreds offormulas, both technical and fundamental thatare easily available to investors. Each traderhas his own method he uses. Every professionaltrader on the floor of the stock exchange hashis own variation on some major provenformula....
 

This Market Is Different

 
All of the talking heads have been telling us that this market is different. You are going to have to be patient and soon (hopefully in your lifetime) the DOW and the Nasdaq will be back at their old highs. They cite all the statistics about how the economy is improving - consumers are spending, the consumer confidence index looks OK, unemployment is getting better, blah, blah, blah. Those trees are all nice, but they better step back and look at the forest. It's on fire and going up in smoke. The major trend has been down since the beginning of 2000 and is continuing with only occasional brief upward movements....
 

Basics of Stock Market

 
Financial markets provide their participants with the most favorable conditions for purchase/sale of financial instruments they have inside. Their major functions are: guaranteeing liquidity, forming assets prices within establishing proposition and demand and decreasing of operational expenses, incurred by the participants of the market. Financial market comprises variety of instruments, hence its functioning totally depends on instruments held. Usually it can be classified according to the type of financial instruments and according to the terms of instruments' paying-off....
 

Invest, Be Wrong, and Make Money in the Stock Market

 
I have been trading for several decadesand was an exchange member and floor trader for 17years. You learn fast there or you go broke in ahurry. As you can see I managed to hold my ownfor a few years until I found the secret andstarted to become a successful trader. Everyprofessional trader I know knows the one greatsecret and that is to keep your losses small. We all learned that when we took a position - either long or short - that we better be able tojump out if the trade was not going our way....
 

Laws and Efficiencies and Theories of Diminishing Returns

 
The basis of diminishing return discussions surround such simple notions; that when you have a very fast aircraft, you also have coefficients of drag issues. When you are building a quarter mile car and want to go faster you must realize that for every tenth of a second you need to lose 100 lbs., but to go faster you also need more power, thus the problem in Einstein's theory of the threshold of speed being that of the speed of light. In aviation there is a hyperbolic curve with coefficients of drag that makes aircraft design nearly obsolete when dealing within the boundaries of the atmosphere with the relationships of time, speed and distance equations....
 

Lemmings Are Gathering

 
Before they go over the cliff to their destruction these little furry ones get together for a party and celebration. Each tells the other how smart he has been with his investments and buying and selling of stocks and realestate. Wait a minute. Did I say lemmings? I think Imeant investors. It seems they had that sameparty in January 2000 and it was a doozy thatlasted for several months. A great time was hadby all. They did not have one in 2001 asmembership dropped off. Nor again in 2002 and by2003 there wasn't anyone around at all....
 

The Secret Method to Selecting a Winning Trading System

 
Every successful trader has a winning system. There are of course, as many systems out there, as there are traders. Some systems get you to buy on strength and sell on weakness others do the opposite. Some investors succeed as value investors , a la Warren Buffet ; others make their millions in momentum trading . I have even heard of an astrologist who uses the stars to trade profitably. Although, there are a variety of methods, the point I am trying to illustrate here is this: there are many ways to profit from the markets, but you ultimately must devise a system that is your own, because the personalization will act as a motivational discipline to stick with the plan....
 

When Should I Sell?

 
People are always asking me when should I sell my stock or mutual funds? There are some relatively easy answers to this. In fact, so simple that you won't believe them, but they are things I have learned over the past 30 years as a professional trader on the floor of the commodity exchange in Chicago. These ideas apply equally well to stocks and mutual funds and to just about any kind of investment. First let's examine what the Wall Street mavens tell you about mutual funds. Ever heard this one?...
 

Whos Calling?

 
Its dinnertime and the phone rings. It's Joe Noname with SuchNSuch Investment Company and has he got a deal for you. Joe wants to be friendly and engage you in a few not-too-personal questions just to break the ice before he gets into his too-good-too-be-true pitch. Stock, oil, Internet, telecommunications, you name it. Joe tells you about his company's credentials and how they are "affiliated" with some big New York bank or investment house - a name that everyone knows and trusts. And Joe also wants you to know how experienced he is and he came from a big, well-known brokerage house because this deal was too good to pass up and he wanted everyone to know about it....
 
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