Technical Analysis: Don't Let the Name Scare You

One of the tools I use every day to help find stocks to trade is Technical Analysis. Yep, the name can sound scary, but it really is a very intuitive and visual way of looking at the markets.
You've heard that saying that a picture is worth 1000 word? A chart of a stock is simply a picture of its price history – where it's been. I can help show you how you can use that "picture" to determine where the stock price is going.

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Do The Saudi's Care How Much You Pay For Gas?

Do The Saudi's Care How Much You Pay For Gas?
 
Game theory tells us that when a person (or group) wins, another person's (or group's) loss is equal.
 
That means the net change in actual wealth is zero, or a zero-sum game.
 
When it comes to the Saudis and Americans who pay for gas, it could be considered a zero-sum game.
 
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which include Saudi Arabia, decided earlier this month to extend last year's agreement on oil production cuts.

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Avoid the Holiday Debt Hangover: Earn Money Trading

Americans are spending in force this holiday season. Some are even spending beyond their budgets to cover holiday spending from family feasts, presents under the tree and travel to see family and friends.
 
How much will people spend? Depending on what survey you look at – from $600 to over $1,000 this holiday season.

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The SheCanTrade Black Friday Trend Tracker

Ho ho ho.
 
Christmas is coming. That means American shoppers are out in force. Before the Thanksgiving meal has even finished, retailers are opening their doors to entice shoppers with door busters and discounts.
 
About 164 million Americans plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, according to National Retail Federation's annual survey

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What Did You Learn From Your Last Losing Trade?

In Major League Baseball great hitters strike out 6 out of 10 times they step up to the plate.
 
What's the secret to success? Persistence. Practice. Adjustments. Great Coaching.
 
Great baseball hitters adjust when they make a mistake and keep swinging. It's inevitable in trading that you will have losers too.

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Stock Sector 2017: Winners and Losers

The stock "market" is actually comprised of many little markets. There can be bull or rising phases in some, and bear or declining phases in others.
 
At SheCanTrade, every day we trade stocks from a variety of sectors. It's important to undertand the big picture view.
 
Drilling Down into the Sectors
The broader U.S. stock market is divided up into 11 different industry groups or sectors. (That includes the newly added 'real estate' sector.)  Different sectors are tied to varying parts of the business cycle. That means some sectors can rise while other sectors fall.

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Fed Watch: Get Ready For the Cost of Money to Jump in 2018

The cost of money.

When you think about it, the prevailing interest rate to borrow money, whether for a house, a new refrigerator or a car is essentially the "cost" of money. For years in the U.S., the cost of money has been historically cheap.

The Zero Interest Rate Era Is Ending

The Federal Reserve famously and aggressively tugged its benchmark federal funds interest rate to zero-0.25% in December 2008, as the Global Financial Crisis began to unravel. U.S interest rates sat at that historically low level for years. It wasn't until December 2015 when the Fed pulled the trigger on a 0.25% rate hike. Then, there was one in December 2016 and two this year, leaving the funds rate at 1.00-1.25%.

Even though the Fed has hiked the funds rates a few times in recent years, it's been at a glacial pace.

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Are You Ready To Trade The Best Six Months?

Have you heard? The best six months of the stock market are right around the corner. Yep, it's true. From November through April, the stock market performs significantly better than in the May-October period.

Just as fall changes to winter and then spring and summer, the stock market has seasons too. The Best Six Months are a well-documented seasonal tendency first discovered by Yale Hirsch, then editor of the Stock Trader's Almanac.

Skeptical? Take a look at the numbers: In the past 66 years from April 1950 to April 2016, the November to April period has produced an average DJIA gain of 7.4% compared to an average gain of just 0.4% during the months May to October, according to The Stock Trader's Almanac.

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Why Traders Fail: The Answer May Surprise You

There are many ways to make a living or even a fortune in the financial markets. Like a sumptuous Sunday brunch buffet, the plethora of choices that face a trader are enormous.
 
Will you trade options, a trend strategy or a momentum method? Are weekly options better or calendar spreads?  What vehicles will you trade? Choosing from individual stocks to ETFs to futures to forex is enough to make anyone's head spin.
 
Sometimes a trader's worst enemy – and the reason that he or she fails is the reflection you see when you look in the mirror.
 
Yes. I mean you.

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5 Trading Rules to Live (Or Die) By

If you've been around the markets awhile, you've probably encountered someone who's "blown out their account" and no longer trades. That is not the goal here folks.

One of the most important things about every trade is ensuring you "stay alive" to trade another day. That is why risk management is so important.

Here are 5 trading rules to help you stay alive to trade another day.

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