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Every Wednesday Tyler Craig, our resident technician, unleashes a new missive on an investing topic worthy of your attention. Tyler is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician designation. He enjoys spinning tales, demystifying markets, and sharing fascinating observations from his trading adventures. Currently Tyler is a mentor for Rich Dad Education and teaches their Options 1 and Options 2 classes.

Don’t be Obi-Wan Kenobi

Written on January 18, 2017 at 10:31 am, by

Trading can be a lonely sport. In my early years, I was a hermit. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi alone in a sea of sand with only Banthas and the occasional roving Jawas keeping me company. The solitude was nice, sure. But it wasn’t exactly an environment fostering growth and learning. When you’re the smartest, nay, theREAD MORE

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How Theta Raiders Trend Trade

Written on January 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm, by

Once upon a time I trumpeted the idea of trading the same stocks over and over again. With megaphone in hand, I’d ascend the soapbox for some preaching. “Hear ye, hear ye! Stop your nomadic wanderings and other time wasting adventures. There is no need to travel from well to well, I tell ye. AREAD MORE

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Selling Options, Low IV Notwithstanding

Written on January 5, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

Oh, what a difference a year makes! Last January commenced with a swift kick to the bulls’ family jewels. ‘Twas a nasty, underhanded strike designed to deliver death. And it almost did! The S&P 500’s 11% puke over the first three weeks of 2016 was the worst start we’ve ever seen. Ever! What a nastyREAD MORE

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Journals, Systems and Discretion

Written on December 30, 2016 at 10:11 am, by

Once upon a time I didn’t use a trade journal. Record my results? Nonsense. My brokerage statements tell me everything I need to know, fool. The mountains of money I made (or lost) is on full display in my beloved account statement. Then I got smart. I realized that the lessons hidden in my totalREAD MORE

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Was Silver Ever Bullish?

Written on December 23, 2016 at 8:36 am, by

Hat tip to Derek for bringing up today’s topic in the clubhouse. I think the query of whether or not silver prices were bullish in 2016 merits further investigation. Fascinating points were made all around, and I can’t help but throw my thoughts into the ring. The entire discussion boils down to two key points:READ MORE

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Gold Tanks (and how I’m managing my SLV position)

Written on December 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm, by

Precious metals are reeling following yesterday’s rate hike. GLD, SLV, and a cohort of miners are down anywhere from 1% to 9%. It’s a day of celebration for bears and a day of mourning for bulls. While the size of today’s move may come as a shock to you, the direction shouldn’t. Remember, gold and crew haveREAD MORE

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The Santa Claus Rally

Written on December 14, 2016 at 8:14 am, by

Ho ho ho! I’m Santa, and I’m a friend to investors one and all. Matter of fact, I’m probably their best friend. My loyalty is unmatched. I deliver more gifts to stock holders than any other fictional, mythical figure. Kids – Go ask your parents to define fictional and mythical. Hint: it means Santa isREAD MORE

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How to Manage a Risk Reversal

Written on December 8, 2016 at 11:58 am, by

Want to know how I would have managed the bullish risk reversal trade on X from last weekend’s commodity report? Feast yer eyes on this: Your browser does not support the video tag.

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Trump – The Condor Killer

Written on November 28, 2016 at 9:12 am, by

Thanksgiving was bittersweet in the Craig clan. While feasting on one bird we were mourning the passage of another. Our beloved December Condor was laid to rest on Tuesday, felled with loving care by yours truly (and my trusty shotgun). Why the grisly death you ask? ‘Twas his erratic behavior following Trump’s successful White HouseREAD MORE

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Election Magic

Written on November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am, by

I stumbled upon some good fortune this week in my management of a bear call spread. And since this is the first time I think this particular outcome has ever happened, I find it incumbent upon me to record my adventure for posterity’s sake. I have to leave some gems for my grandkids to read-upREAD MORE

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