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January 11th, 2012 Comments off

FINE-TUNE YOUR BETTING STRATEGY: After you have gained valuable experience in trading, you can adjust your betting strategy to suit your own individual preferences.

For example: In my own trading account, I find it easier to buy three times over a three to five day period. This means that I don’t necessarily buy every day during the period of time that I identify as a bottom area. I will also make my first bet only one unit. I do this in order to eliminate the tendency to miss moves by wanting to time the market perfectly. Then I’ll make my second and third bets equal to two units, bringing my total for any one position to five betting units.

This strategy works for me because I’ve found that the hardest bet to make is always the first one. This 1-2-2 betting strategy also makes it easier to sell effectively if I choose to leave this particular market position in the same gradual progression. (Note: The 1-2-2 progression appeals to our basic antsy, fear-based behavior when it comes to trading the stock market. On the buying side, we are often afraid of missing out on an opportunity but scared of being too early. On the selling side, we can be fearful of losing a profit and having it turn into a loss. But at the same time, we are afraid of selling too early and losing out on the potential for further profits.)

Comment: If all of this seems a little confusing, then simply make of your bets small ones. I call these the “$5 Bets.” This is the smallest denomination of a betting unit and is one that any player with a $100 bankroll can feel comfortable about playing. Remember that the key to playing freely lies in not being afraid to lose – hence the $5 bet.


“To obtain better than average investment results over a long pull requires a policy of selection or operation possessing a twofold merit: (1) It must meet objective or rational tests of underlying soundness; and (2) it must be different from the policy followed by most investors or speculators.”

Benjamin Graham ~ Economist & Professional Investor (1894-1976)


January 11th, 2012 Comments off

MANAGE YOUR CHIPS WISELY: Spread your money evenly over a targeted three to five day buying period. Always keep plenty of your money in reserve so you can maintain peace of mind and clear thinking. Only losers bet their last dollar.

Remember that the market has the ability to do anything at any given moment. The proper way to invest in the stock market is to respect its power and play the percentages wisely. By spreading your money gradually over a specific period of time, you are taking calculated risks. At the same time, you’re respecting the possibility that market conditions could change. Making even-sized bets will also help you sell less emotionally; you won’t be favoring your big bets over your small bets.

As a helpful reminder, your objective is not to be “perfect” in your decisions. Your objective is to play a smart game in terms of prudent risk/reward trading opportunities and wise money management. (Note: Sometimes rapid overnight developments in a news-driven stock market environment like the European debt crisis of 2011 will reduce your normal three to five day window of opportunity down to only two or three trading days.)

Comment: Resist the urge to go “all in” like in a game of poker. The gradual accumulation method will keep yourself in check just in case your market analysis proves to be wrong. My experience also shows that it’s okay to be a day early from a long-term perspective. A day early only is a problem when that bet is too large.


“In order to make a success trading in the stock market, the trader must have definite rules and follow them – Divide your capital into 10 equal parts and never risk more than one-tenth of your capital on any one trade.”

William D. Gann ~ Author of Truth of the Stock Tape (1923)


January 11th, 2012 Comments off

CHECK FOR SWEATY PALMS: The best entry points in the stock market are often the times when it feels the scariest. This is because the media has an uncanny way of causing negative investor sentiment with a barrage of relentless bad news at stock market bottoms. Recognize that key turning points in the market are usually counterintuitive.

The hardest, yet best time to buy is often when everyone else is selling and no one else is buying. Conversely, the most comfortable, yet worst, time to buy is usually when no one is selling and everyone else is buying. If your palms aren’t sweaty and you’re not afraid to buy, you’re probably not at a good stock-market bottom. Always remember that having sweaty palms caused by media-induced fear is one of the key prerequisites to buying into the stock market at an optimal time.

Comment: Find several ways to monitor fear, worry, and apathy in the stock market. Notice the outspoken people who are notoriously wrong at key turning points in the market. While I like to notice whether I have sweaty palms or not, I also notice when the clamor of worry or the confidence of short-sellers becomes excessively loud in volume or number.


“Nobody rings a bell at the market bottom.”

Wall Street Adage


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DON’T GET ANTSY & JUMP IN: Don’t let low rates of return on cash equivalents be your sole reason for buying. The market will reward your patience and discipline with solid double-digit returns.

Many investors assume that their money must be “at work” all of the time. But there may be times when the best values for your liquid assets are not to be found in the equity or fixed income markets. Instead, the best use of your money at these unique moments may be in paying off debt, buying items of value for personal use, increasing your insurance needs, or simply protecting it from risk.

There’s something good to remind yourself about when low returns on cash equivalents cause you to start feeling antsy to trade: it’s much better to earn a positive risk-free rate of 1%, than it is to suffer through a negative 25% return in a downward trending stock market.

Comment: It’s perfectly okay to sit in a cash position for extended periods of time even when it is yielding less than 1%. Don’t let salespeople talk you into going after higher yields when it comes to your short-term and intermediate-term money. The extra yield over a year or two is less significant than keeping your powder dry for a market that is setting up for an eventual big move in either stocks or bonds.


“Bet big when the odds are in your favor, bet small when you’re less convinced, and don’t bet at all if you’re not sure.”

Jim Cramer ~ Host of CNBC’s Mad Money


December 13th, 2011 Comments off

CONSIDER PLACING SOME BETS EARLY: Pay special attention to quiet “selling exhaustion bottoms” because this type of market turn goes straight up, does not pause to correct, and leaves overly cautious investors behind at the starting gate.

An example of this would be a string of seven or more negative trading days in the widely followed Dow Jones 30 Industrial Average, where the volume becomes increasingly lighter with each passing day. This would ideally occur after a long drop in the general market, where investor sentiment has turned from fear and panic to hopelessness and apathy. At this point, it might be worth risking some well-placed chips in anticipation of a turnaround in the market. Remember that your job is not to be “perfect” in timing the market — it’s to consistently play a high-percentage winning strategy over time.


Comment: Timing stock market purchases is about finding the right range in time to make your move. If your indicators point to a potential bottom and you want to make gradual purchases, it will require some of your buys to be early. These will often feel a bit wrong at the time but you must resist the temptation to be perfect in this aspect. If you save all of your ammo for the perfect absolute bottom, you are more likely to be left behind when an overnight news event from someplace like Europe causes the market to open up by 300 points.


“Some of the best trades come when everyone gets very panicky. The crowd can often act very stupidly in the markets. You can picture price fluctuations around an equilibrium level as a rubber band being stretched — if it gets pulled too far, eventually it will snap back. As a short-term trader, I try to wait until the rubber band is stretched to its extreme point.”

Linda Bradford Raschke ~ Professional trader


December 13th, 2011 Comments off

TIME YOUR BETS WITH INCREASED PRECISION: Buy when the market is ready to go up. Don’t buy just because it’s done going down. There’s a natural lag time between internal changes in momentum and external changes in prices.

Like dropping a rubber ball, most stock market bottoms bounce a few times before the downward energy has been fully exhausted. Therefore, it’s entirely possible that the lowest price of a stock candidate may not be the ideal point in which to buy it from a timing standpoint. That’s because the market can end up sitting near the lows for several weeks, while tying up your capital and testing your nerves.

Again, the ideal time to buy a stock for trading purposes is when it’s ready to go up in price. This is often a misunderstood concept to amateur stock market players, who try to follow a simple “buy low and sell high” strategy.


Comment: The actual way that a market finds its way to an eventual bottom has an uncanny way of always appearing slightly different. So don’t get locked in to any set pattern of the way a bottom should look. However, it’s important to know that the internal bottom always precedes the external bottom. The external bottom is the point in which the momentum has waned and the direction is about to turn up.


“It’s important to distinguish between respect for the market and fear of the market. Whiles it’s essential to respect the market to assure preservation of capital, you can’t win if you’re fearful of losing. Fear will keep you from making correct decisions.”

Howard Seidler ~ Professional trader


December 13th, 2011 Comments off

LOOK FOR THE OBVIOUS COVER STORY: Every major stock market bottom has a media story attached to it, which causes the public to panic out of fear or lose all hope. Often this story will appear on the cover of a widely read national publication, such as Time Magazine or Newsweek.

An example of the associated headline might be: “The Recession Is Official!” Since fear and greed are the primary motivating emotions in the stock market, the appearance of such a cover story coincidentally marks the maximum point of investor’s fear and negativity. At this juncture in the market cycle, the selling of stocks has almost entirely been exhausted. Yet a sustainable turnaround to the upside is about to begin.

Remember these classic words credited to Baron Rothschild, an 18th century British nobleman and member of the Rothschild banking family: “The time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets.”


Comment: The news is always negative near the bottom in prices. But at some point, the market will no longer respond to the downside and instead defy the obvious and start moving up. This happens when the last unsophisticated investor or trader has decided to panic out of fear and finally sell.


“When good news about the stock market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.”

Bernard Baruch ~ American stock market speculator (1870-1965)