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October 28, 2015

MOMO Update

I may as well move my butt to Australia now as most of the productive discourse in the comment section seems to be happening during nighttime in the U.S. Much of this clearly is due to Scott’s untiring willingness to lend a helping hand. And as grateful as I am for his contributions I am however horrified by the level of inexperience reflected in many of the questions. Clearly over the years we’ve seen a quite a bit of reshuffling here in our audience. Just go back a few years and look at the comment stream – many of those people have long disappeared. Some of the old timers retired (hopefully happily and flush), others chose to move on after having reached self [...]

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July 14, 2015

Abnormal Tape

One of the strengths of human nature is its ability to quickly adapt to changing environmental conditions. At its core this is the primary reason why human beings, a physically rather underwhelming species, managed to achieve dominion of all reaches of the planet we inhabit. Whether or not that is a good thing I leave open to debate. At the same time this purported strength can also turn into a weakness in that we are often quick to lose sight of what once considered a normal baseline.

I have often made the point that the emotional aspects of our human psyche are are completely unprepared for achieving success in the financial markets. A big part of that is recognizing [...]

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April 30, 2015

Running Like A Hare

The tape across the board has been running like a hare and today’s session again did not offer us any reprieve from the relentless battering we’ve been through over the past few weeks. Up and down she goes although on the equities side it’s been more down than up and the fat lady hasn’t sung just yet.

Clearly I’m going to be limping behind here as things are unfolding quite rapidly. When I took that snapshot it was looking like equities may have found some ground but I simply didn’t trust it and posted in the comment section that it’s probably best to let things play out. That seems to have been good advice as the spoos are [...]

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March 16, 2015

Bounce It

The magic pendulum swung back the other way and Friday’s decision to take partial profits (according to system rules) managed to lock in at least 50% of the profits accumulated on the way down. Of course the question rattling around in your retail rodent brain right now is whether or not this is just a temporary bounce to shake out a few weak hands (i.e. you) or if this thing manages to squeeze higher.

If you want my advice – just bounce it all. You should always always know what your campaign will do at each step of the way – ahead of taking entries. Remember that the game always has and always will revolve around pressing your emotional buttons [...]

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