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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5 Ways Traders Can Survive (and Thrive) in October

Traders: start your engines. The calendar is about to flip to October.

October is home to most of the worst one-day losses in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. From 1929 to 1987 to the massive sell-off in 2008. Memoires of panic-selling and crash-type market behavior are embedded into trader's psyches around this time of year.

It's no joke. Stock market history is littered with massive declines that all unfolded in October.

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What Can You Learn From "The Turtle" Traders?

Can you learn to trade successfully? Or, are some people just born with the right personality or luck to make it big in the markets?

It's a nature/nurture question, of course.

In the early 1970's, commodity trader Richard Dennis embarked on a now legendary journey to find out.

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Have You Ever Fallen In Love With A Stock?

A new romance can be thrilling. The flirtatious glances, racing heart and weak feeling at the knees. When it comes to trading, it's best to keep your love life separate. Why? Falling in love with a trade can have disastrous consequences.

Have you ever fallen in love with a stock? If you answered yes to that question you aren't alone. It's very easy to become stubbornly attached to a trade and stick with it far after the initial blush of attraction has faded.

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4 Reasons a Stock Market Correction Is Right Around the Corner

If you are like most traders and investors, you find an approach that works and stick with it. That's smart. Until it's not.

Through my years of trading I've learned that a critical element to success is flexibility and a willingness to adapt to changing market conditions.

That means a strategy that worked well last month or last year, may not work next month or next year.

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