And The Cold Wind Blows

“Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”                 — Sir Winston Churchill To put the liquidation into perspective, shares’ decline over the past 10 sessions has been the harshest since March ’09, but nowhere close to... [more]

Against The Odds

“Don’t get caught up trying to catch every possible move. Successful traders don’t stand out in the open with a shotgun, they hide in the bushes with a rifle.”             — James Hearndon Last week’s fraying at the edges in a number of the cycle’s speculative growth stock... [more]

Risk On

  “Rule number one for success is make your own rules.”                 — Paul Stanley Shares have had a fair amount thrown at them, and yet they hold up. Regardless of the outcome of the Washington budget talks, and the initial reaction thereto, the direction of least resistance... [more]

Damp Gets Damper

“The trader who tries to blame his losses on external events will never learn from his mistakes. For a trader, rationalization is a guaranteed road to ultimate failure.”                     — Victor Sperandeo An oversold market was given no reprieve Tuesday (7), as participants reacted to Mr. B’s... [more]

Sell In May And Go Away?

“To anticipate the market is to gamble; to be patient and react only when the market gives the signal is to speculate.”                                          — Jesse Livermore Shares remain at the mercy of the de-risk trade, manifested by upward revaluation in the dollar,... [more]

Be Careful What You Wish For

“A speculator is one who runs risks of which he is aware and an investor is one who runs risks of which he is unaware.”                     — John Maynard Keynes                     Shares, in light of all the head-shaking and “wows” elicited by the... [more]

The Breakout

I see trading more as a sporting challenge and try to erase the thought of the money.”                    –Paul Rotter Shares broke out of a textbook, nine-week, head-and-shoulders continuation pattern Tuesday, though Wednesday’s Fed meeting and press conference kept a lid on volume. As the below... [more]


“Trends always go further than rational people expect, or even imagine. In a very uncertain world, perhaps nothing makes more sense than simply following trends.” –John Henry Shares have stalled within spitting distance of the February highs as concerns over rich oil prices begin to bite. Based upon the tepid... [more]

Of FTDs & Liz Hurley

“When you find anyone agreeing with you, change your mind.” –John Maynard Keynes Shares put in a follow-through day Thursday (24), testing the top of the intraweek range and going out well, though Nasdaq volume was not impressive. The speculative sentiment that we mentioned in our last... [more]

March Sadness

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”                      — Lou Holtz The Japanese disaster, as sadly horrific as any, is not anything that a seasoned veteran of California’s earthquakes could come... [more]