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Tips For Day Trading

29 May

For those of you who may consider day trading, realize it is not for everyone. There are risks and rewards associated to the game, and like any game, there are winners and losers.

Some numbers I have seen floated about suggest that less than 5% of traders make money. Another report suggests that upwards of 20% make money.

For a more structured example of what it takes, there is this article from BigTrends.com.

Often times traders lose so much money they are not around to continue. Other times, traders do not take enough risk and limit their upside potential.

A beginners’ guide to day trading can be found here:

Day Trading Strategies for Beginners

Monsanto’s Latest Victory

15 May

Monsanto won a settlement against a small farmer this last week in Indiana. The farmer had bought genetically modified seed, grew crops with that seed, and used the excess seed for planting in future years. The judges in a unanimous ruling said he had violated patent law, which he did. The lawsuit has also expanded the FUD factor among organic farmers. FUD is that ever successful marketing campaign that stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

The ultimate goal of Monsanto is to replace all natural seed with their “patented seeds”, genetically modified of course. And along with that, produce matching “patented” pesticides designed specifically to be sprayed on the resulting crops. And to further that effort and to maximize profits, produce seed that is incapable of generating useful seed from its crops. So, every year, every farmer in the world would have to pay Monsanto for their seed, or not be able to grow crops. That is if Monsanto achieves its goal. I encourage you to watch The World According to Monsanto.

Another tactic used to further expand its market since 1997, has been to take small farmers to court. (An official explanation from Monsanto is available online.) These farmers may simply have been trying to grow organic produce, while surrounded by fields of genetically modified crops. Seed from the GMO fields drift onto the organic land. The contaminated fields are sampled for GMO plants. Once the GMO plants are found, Monsanto sues the farmer. You can imagine the ability of a small farmer to defend from such litigation. Most farmers simply back down, or sell out.

If you think the chemical companies are not being successful in displacing mother nature, check out an article from Mother Jones. If you think that we don’t fully understand what GMO products are doing to our bodies, don’t read it.

If you want to jump on the profit margins from this world changing strategy, go long MON, DD, and DOW.

STOCK ACT (enacted April 4, 2012)

29 Apr

Perhaps you missed the news this month about the STOCK Act.

Last year, Congress passed the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK) in an attempt to impede (deter?) members of Congress and thousands of high level public officials from trading stocks using inside information.

Fortunately for Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration completed their analysis of the legislation. This organization trusted to make the right decisions, while being totally funded by Congress, determined that the STOCK Act should be repealed. They were also supported by none other than The Senior Executives Association (SEA). The SEA, representing the career executives of the Federal government, was also pushing for repeal.

To be fair, the reporting of these transactions is still required annually in paper form, as before. (Ethics in Government Act of 1978) The STOCK Act simply would make the information more readily available. It would have been available online. The President signed what would delay the implementation of a searchable system for eight months.

Signed into law:

“S. 716, which eliminates the requirement in the STOCK Act to make available on official websites the financial disclosure forms of employees of the executive and legislative branches other than the President, the Vice President, Members of and candidates for Congress, and several specified Presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed officers; and delays until January 1, 2014, the date by which systems must be developed that enable public access to financial disclosure forms of covered individuals.”

Option Trading

12 Sep

You can buy and sell stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and surely other products as well. You can also leverage your money in the Forex (foreign exchange) markets as well as eMini contracts, Futures and Options.

For the purpose of this post, the following is a link to options selected for today’s market. I am not a financial advisor and am not in any way suggesting you buy or sell any vehicles you may find on this site or within this link.

Happy Trading!

The Options List for Today

(This link does not work in at least some versions of Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome for a better user experience.)

MrSmoothSwing

 

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