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Trading Stocks with the Muppets

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Many investors were taken aback last month when an ex-Goldman Sachs executive revealed that clients were sometimes referred to as “muppets” in interoffice emails. If you know anything about Muppets, you’d know that being called a Muppet isn’t necessarily an insult. As you’ll see, although most Muppets are terrible traders, at least one consistently makes money: Kermit the Frog So if someone calls you a Muppet, they could mean you’re like Kermit the Frog. This cool, levelheaded Muppet with the wide mouth has all the characteristics of a successful trader. While other Muppets are losing their…

Warren Buffett vs. the profiteers of doom

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Buffy the Vampire Slayer, meet Buffett the Doom Slayer. The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, is firmly entrenched with optimists who believe the worst is over for both the U.S. economy and the stock market. “It’s a terrible mistake to get pessimistic on America,” Buffett said on CNBC last month. “It has not worked since 1776 and it’s not going to work now.” Tell that to Harry Dent, Gerald Celente and Robert Prechter — confirmed pessimists who predict a stock market crash, financial panic, and perhaps a run on the banks. A market crash is coming…

Trading 2012: Reacting to volatility

With uncertainty seemingly everywhere, traders may want to prepare for continued volatility. 2011 may be remembered by many investors for two things: volatility and correlations. Day after day, it seemed like the markets were posting hundred point gains or losses, and, when the market moved, it seemed like everything moved together. For some stock pickers and long-term investors, it was a stomach-turning experience, but for traders, it may have been more of a rodeo—the ride had plenty of bumps, with opportunities for glory or injury. So what will 2012 hold? To help active traders and investors plan for 2012, we…

10 ways to trade penny stocks

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — The allure of penny stocks is simple: They don’t cost much money and promise big profits. But trading penny stocks is also a good way to lose money. Sure, it’s possible to profit when you understand the game, but the odds are against you when you don’t. And worse: manipulators and scammers often run the penny-stock game. For investors who can’t afford shares of Google or Apple, the potential gains from trades like this are too good to pass up. So penny-stock trading thrives. With a relatively small investment you can make a nice return if…

9 strategies if the worst-case scenarios come true

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — I have two friends, one a doctor and the other ex-military, who believe that the U.S. stock market is going to crash. People will riot in the streets, we’ll run out of food and crime will spiral out of control. Ironically, everything they fear did happen this year in some form — just in other countries. Although I don’t agree with most of my friends’ predictions, it makes sense to be prepared in case they are right. After all, 2012 could be a rough year, what with a no-holds-barred U.S. presidential election and the Mayan calendar’s…

5 trading strategies if you have less than $3,000

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — Recently I gave a talk at Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Hamilton, N.Y., about understanding stocks and studying the market. It was homecoming weekend, and I was amazed that so many people attended the seminar. By the way, Colgate beat Cornell in overtime. But in learning to be a successful investor, even a little bit of money can go a long way. If you have less than $3,000 to invest or trade, it’s possible to participate in the financial markets. Learning about the market is a lifelong pursuit, so this initial investment is your “tuition.”…

Money, Models, and the Market

Commentary: Wall Street may need a little help from angels I am standing on the sidewalk in front of a SoHo clothing store in lower Manhattan. It’s Fashion’s Night Out, and thousands of people are having a one-night fashion celebration. On this night, models, celebrities, and designers are encouraging customers to shop for clothes at reduced prices. Judging by the festive crowds and ringing cash registers, the night is a huge success. Models and Money In front of me are hundreds of awe-struck fans waiting in line to meet the angels: Victoria’s Secret Angels. Victoria’s Secret (NYSE:LTD), an American retailer…

4 defensive strategies for anxious investors

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — If you’ve been following the market, you know that it’s resembled a wild roller coaster ride. Although selling in May was exactly the right move, when to get back in is less certain. At the moment, the charts look dreadful: the major stock indexes are well below their moving averages, and other technical indicators signal dangerous conditions. For insights into this volatile market, I spoke with trader Toni Turner, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Day Trading Online (2nd Edition). A few months ago, Turner noticed that the market was changing for the worse. “Starting with…

This stock market chart can light your portfolio

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Many new traders and investors often feel intimidated by stock market charts. All those squiggly lines and colors moving in different directions can be confusing. With experience, however, it begins to make sense. Many who dismiss charts as voodoo may not appreciate what charts do: they help to gauge the psychology of the stock market in real-time. If you believe the markets are influenced by emotion, then you’ll find charts useful. As economist John Keynes said: “There is nothing so disastrous as a rational investment policy in an irrational world.” And nothing is as irrational as…

8 trading strategies for a stock market crash

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — While the U.S. market’s tumble feels like a crash, so far it’s closer to a correction, though an extreme one. Still, market psychology has been hit hard, and it wouldn’t take much to stoke selling panic and capitulation. If a crash is imminent, traders need to know how and when to react. Here are several timely strategies to consider. It would also be helpful to read an article I wrote last week about the characteristics and clues of market crashes: Read more: The characteristics of market crashes. 1. Forget about shorting For most traders, selling short is…

7 ways to identify an imminent market crash

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — For more than two years, people have been warning of an impending stock-market crash. Those who listened buried their money in short-term bonds or cash and missed out on one of the greatest comebacks in market history. Even with all the problems in the world, the resilient market continues to go higher. Nevertheless, based on recent market action and interviews I’ve conducted with traders, I believe there’s an increased chance the market will drop 10% or 15% before it rises 10% or 15%. The purpose of this article is to help traders and investors understand the clues…

How to predict the market’s next moves

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — If you ask many traders which market indicator they’d use if they could only choose one, it would be moving averages. Even if you don’t believe in technical analysis, take a look at moving averages, a powerful but simple indicator that gives important clues to market direction. The most popular are the 50-day, 100-day, and 200-day moving averages, although people use the 200-day measure as a guide to the long-term market trend. But in a recent article, MarketWatch columnist Mark Hulbert found that a portfolio following the 200-day moving average hadn’t produced such impressive results over…

3 ways to trade stocks in a volatile market

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Trading in advance of the end of QE2 is like playing poker with Ben Bernanke. At the moment, at least, the Fed isn’t revealing its hand. Accordingly, traders should brace for more volatility as June 30 approaches, given the state of confusion many market participants are in. As a trader, you should always look for profitable opportunities based on probabilities and your own judgment. Here are three strategies to consider using whenever a market-changing event is looming: 1. Stay on the sidelines If you’re new to the stock market, you may want to stay safely on…

10 Rules for Rookie Day Traders

MIAMI, Fla. (MarketWatch) — If you are going to day trade, it’s essential to have a set of rules to manage any possible scenario. Even more important, you must also have the discipline to follow these rules. Sometimes, in the heat of battle, traders will throw out their own rules and play it by ear — usually with disastrous results. Although there are many rules, the following are the 10 most important: 1. The three E’s: enter, exit, escape Rule No. 1 is having an enter price, an exit price, and an escape price in case of a worst-case scenario.…

Daytrading 101: What You Need to Know

Michael Sincere has helped thousands of beginning traders by way of his many books. In this interview, I ask him about getting started in daytrading today and what it takes to be successful and minimize risk to a new trading account. We discuss the best indicators for beginners and how sentiment can be used to gauge whether the market is near a top or bottom. We also discuss the amount of money a new trader should start with and how to use stops to limit the downside risk in any one trade. I also ask Michael about the realities of…
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