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Quantitative analysis: what it is and why you need to do it

I think most traders and investors understand that we live in a world in which markets are becoming ever more competitive. To make money in those markets, you must have an edge, and you have to truly understand your edge. But the question remains: where and how do you... read more

Steps along the journey

I’ve had a few weeks to kind of reset and reconsider the direction for my blog and podcast. As I said in my previous post, I’ve been busy on the programming front, and I now have some cool new tools to work with. I want to take a few moments this morning... read more

New year… new thoughts…

First of all, a belated happy New Year and happy holidays to all my readers! I want to thank you all for a great 2015. Whether you and I have corresponded, you have looked at my research or are a client, or you are “simply” a reader of my blog, I could not... read more

The early bird… gets stopped out a lot

One of the themes I’ve written on recently is that we need to be careful how we think about trend change and end of trend patterns. I think too much of noise, particularly in social media, is focused on trying to take a position against a trend so that the... read more

Reader questions: order types and rules

Dave asks: “Can you talk a little about order types? Market, limit, and stop orders? Do you work your orders overnight? Do you ever cancel like a stop before it is hit? Thank you.” A good, practical question, and the answers can be pretty cut and dried.... read more

The homework rule

I’ve written a series of short posts this week on simple trading rules that can make a difference. I’ve tried to make this as broad as possible, so that they will apply to traders working in all styles and timeframes. Today I want to share a rule that... read more

The “why” behind my firm: Waverly Advisors

Earlier this week, I sent a note to my email subscribers in which I shared a few thoughts about blogging, the fascination of financial markets, and about my firm, Waverly Advisors. This morning, I’d like to share that note with you. Many things about financial... read more

The discipline rule

You have to be disciplined to trade successfully; we all know that, and it’s one of the few pieces of trading advice that might apply universally. No matter what your trading style, market, timeframe, risk profile–whatever you do, you have to do it... read more

Getting that elusive market feel

This week, I’m writing a series of short posts on very practical, applied things that you can add to your trading toolkit. I’m trying to select these so that they work for a wide range of trading styles, timeframes, approaches, and instruments, but think... read more

Adding to positions: a simple rule

I want to share a simple rule that has worked well for me over the years. I’ll explain the how and why, and then wrap up with some thoughts about when this rule might not be appropriate. So, imagine you are in a position, and then, for whatever reason, you know... read more

The practice of conscious gratitude

As we head into the US holiday of Thanksgiving, I want to share a practice that has made a real difference for me–for me as a trader, and also for me as a human being. It’s a simple thing, but it has to be done right–the practice of conscious... read more

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