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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.

Concerns of a Condor Caretaker

Written on April 27, 2017 at 10:43 am, by

Early in my trading career, someone introduced me to the mighty condor. ‘Twas a fine bird with iron running through her veins and a wingspan that would make LeBron James jealous. Since then I’ve cared for countless condors. I even carved out a beautiful little spot in my portfolio for an aviary. That way IREAD MORE

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Volatility and the Efficiency of Markets

Written on April 20, 2017 at 10:39 am, by

Today’s tale tackles credit spreads and volatility. Fellow team member Adam posed an interesting question I’d like to address. Check it out: “My question is about volatility, time and credit spreads. When volatility is low, usually your credit spreads are tighter (closer to the money). Same with time, if you sell shorter term expiration, againREAD MORE

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Fear Invades Europe

Written on April 12, 2017 at 11:38 am, by

While U.S. equities continue to dither, things are getting frisky across the pond. Indeed, risk is on the rise in Europe-based ETFs. To analyze, look no further than FEZ which is Europe’s counterpart to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It includes fifty large-cap stocks from 11 Eurozone countries. Year-to-date foreign stocks have been beating theREAD MORE

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The March That Was

Written on April 5, 2017 at 4:10 pm, by

April is upon us, and you know what that means – another monthly retrospective! I can already feel the good vibes bubbling to the surface. Lest you are unaware, I’ve started a new series this year here at Tales of a Technician. Every month I climb my trading turret and look back at the battlefield.READ MORE

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Can I Be Successful at Trading?

Written on March 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm, by

Inspired answers are born from inspired questions. I know I received the latter in my inbox just last week. Today’s tale is my attempt at creating the former. One of the all-star students from my recent Options I class asked whether or not I thought she could be a successful trader given that she onlyREAD MORE

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Flipping the Defense Switch

Written on March 23, 2017 at 8:14 am, by

Tuesday’s plunge was a stark reminder that markets move up and down. It was a warning shot, a gut check for bulls of all stripes to see how efficient their risk protocols are. If your portfolio suffered, if your losses were surprisingly large, then it’s time for some good old fashion hindsight analysis. To helpREAD MORE

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How I’m Trading the Oil Crash

Written on March 15, 2017 at 11:58 am, by

Last week’s missive spotlighted the sudden resurgence of volatility in the oil patch. Today I want to pick-up on the theme and layout one-way traders might try to capitalize on the situation. If you can come away from today’s tale with a better understanding of how to take advantage of higher implied volatility with nakedREAD MORE

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Oil Volatility Strikes Back!

Written on March 9, 2017 at 7:44 am, by

Volatility has finally returned to the oil patch. And that’s a good thing. Before yesterday’s bloodshed, the Street’s favorite oil ETF, USO, had become a total bore. Its direction, trendless. Its volatility, dead. And then Wednesday happened. The volatility beast returned to ravage the land sending USO down 5.6% amid oh-my-gosh volume. From a priceREAD MORE

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The February That Was

Written on March 2, 2017 at 8:03 am, by

Time for the second installment of our monthly retrospectives. If you missed last month’s, then your life is half as joyful as it should be and not nearly entertaining enough. So take a quick peek at January’s by clicking here. As mentioned in my prior missive these monthly delights are meant to be retrospectives whereREAD MORE

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Perfecting Your Process Part Deux

Written on February 22, 2017 at 8:39 am, by

Today we continue our carefully crafted tale on how to perfect your process. Last week we highlighted (see here) the phrase, “be process-oriented, not results-oriented.” If you’ve fully bought into the idea that your process reigns supreme, it’s time to move to the next step. Namely, how do you perfect your process? Which, of course,READ MORE

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