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Keep Ahead of the Game

As my subscribers can tell you, I’m far from a “perma-bear”… or an eternal optimist. I simply want to get into winning trades — no matter what the market is doing — and take the openings I see before the world catches on.

So, if I can impart a single piece of advice today, it’s this… Keep in mind that what you see on a stock chart, that’s the past. The key to our Trader’s Advantage success is our ability to look around the corner and determine what’s heading our way.

As traders, if we have a clear picture of what’s coming, then all we need is a strategy. In Trader’s Advantage, we employ a three-pronged plan of attack:

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Jon Markman

Editor, Trader's Advantage

Jon uses over 25 years of swing-trade experience to capture profits in 90 days or less. Learn How…

Cooler Heads Prevail by the Weekend

Stocks revved up again today after a pullback in the past week over fears that trouble at German financial giant Deutsche Bank (DB) will bubble over and poison the global economic system.

Ultimately, the S&P 500 was up 0.2% for the week, and the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) was up just 8.1%. If you forget about the news and just observe the levels, it’s like nothing ever happened — which is probably a good way to look at it.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll review the latest happenings and my current instructions for our trades. But first, I'll introduce a new trading strategy we'll be using soon.

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Deutsche Bank's Thin Capital Cushion

Stocks opened today's session with a skip in their step but rolled over midday following rumors that hedge funds were reducing their counterparty exposure to troubled German financial giant Deutsche Bank (DB).

Treasury bonds strengthened in sync with the fears but fell back once folks realized that DB is not only well capitalized but also likely to be backstopped. Better showing the real lack of concern was the scant 0.2% gain in gold, and the relatively small 9% gain in the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), often referred to as the "fear gauge."

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll look at the profitable trade we exited today and follow up with our open positions.

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Stocks Recover From Early Weakness

Stocks were recovering from morning lows as the market digested relatively weak durable orders data, the hint of a production limitation agreement at the OPEC meeting in Algeria and speculation of contingency plans for Deutsche Bank (DB).

Energy, materials and industrial stocks were leading, while health care, utilities and telecom lagged.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll cover all of our open positions.

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Investor Anxiety Lifts

Stocks largely recovered from yesterday's tantrum in brisk Tuesday trading.

Tech stocks led the way, while REITs and utilities lagged. Treasuries were mostly stronger, gold was down 1%, and crude oil was 2.3% lower. The S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) shot up 18% yesterday but gave more than half of that back today.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll recap the trade we just exited and share my latest recommendations for current trades.

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