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Markelife Ep 34 – The Folly of Trading Wisdom

The podcast is back after a long break! Today, we dig into some of the conventional wisdom and common “soundbites” that are used. You’ve heard these, probably over and over: Only price pays. The trend is your friend. Ride your winners Never add to a... read more

Reader question: can’t hold on to winners?

i received a great question from Glenn, which I’ll summarize and paraphrase below: Adam, I’m doing many things right in my trading, but I struggle with one thing: I get out of my winning trades too quickly. Any ideas on how I can work on this? I have to... read more

Doing the right thing: Bias, opinion, and action points

One of the great things about writing a daily research piece is that it serves as a good record of my thought process and perspective on markets on each and every trading day. (Hint: developing traders might try the same thing. When I was figuring all this out, I... read more

Putting momentum to work for you

Financial markets are confusing–there’s no doubt about that. Sudden reversals, spikes, dull dead periods exploding into panic, fakeouts and fakeouts of fakeouts… the list goes on, but traders and investors quickly discover that reading the market is... read more

Staying in step: finding rhythm of the market

Rhythm is a fundamental aspect of the human experience: our bodies pulse with the rhythm of blood and breath. We experience the rhythms of day and night, and the longer cycles of the seasons. Rhythm is fundamental to music, whether it’s the relentless pounding bass of... read more

Video blog: market conditions and trend structure

I wanted to share a video that I do weekly for my research subscribers. (More information and a free trial is available here.) This is something a bit different from what I usually do here on this blog; I tend to keep the blog a bit more “classroom”... read more

Down in the trenches with trading tactics

In my last blog post, I made an argument that the details of patterns do not matter–get the idea and the big picture right, and everything else is much easier. While I firmly believe that this is true, it does leave some important questions unanswered: mostly,... read more

What’s going on? Thinking conceptually about patterns.

When I started trading, like many people, I was drawn to traditional technical analysis. I spent hours and hours studying different variations of patterns, often after creating the charts myself on graph paper. I measured ratios, looked at different kinds of averages,... read more

Four things you need to know about quiet markets

How many emails do you get promising to show you how to find “hot stocks now”? How many screeners out there want to show you the movers and shakers in the market? How much attention does the media focus on big movers, and how much does social media explode... read more

Lessons from a reader: trade review of CREE

I received a good question from a long-time reader on a trade he executed in CREE. Here’s Jim’s (edited) question: I’ve been trying to swing trade for a few years now… Regrettably, the broad market indices usually leave me in the dust each month. An... read more

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