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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…

Crude Oil's Decline Infects Equity Markets

Stocks were pausing today after a two-day binge of celebrating that Federal Reserve officials had decided, after much deliberation, to do nothing, joining their peers in the eurozone.

Don’t you wish you could increase your value simply by announcing to the world that you had decided to kick back and read comic books or watch Hulu instead of, like, pull levers or push buttons on the global monetary policy system? I’m going to try that someday.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we’ll do a full review of our current recommendations.

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Search for Yield Continues

Stocks gapped higher at the open this morning but did not make any additional progress as investors digested yesterday's market-friendly actions by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

It was a quiet session overall, with very little news or earnings reports or data to drive the action. That's probably why the gap up went nowhere.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll exit a trade, introduce two new ones and then dive into a review of our current recommendations.

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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

Stocks were higher in late afternoon trading after the Federal Reserve announced its decision to leave its interest rate targets unchanged.

Energy, materials and utilities led the gainers list, while consumer staples and financials were up but lagged. Crude oil and gold were both sharply higher, as were junk bonds.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll do a full review of our open positions.

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Wall Street in Wait-and-See Mode Ahead of Central Bank News

Stocks were higher on Tuesday ahead of monetary policy announcements by the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan due out Wednesday.

Some better news on housing starts and some health care merger action drove some of the action, though nothing really moved the sentiment needle much. Historical precedence suggests that there's no strong reason to make a big bet in either direction going into the Fed meeting.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll update you on current positions and adjust a few trade parameters.

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