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Gatis Roze
About the authors: , CMT, holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a past president of the Technical Securities Analysts Association (TSAA). He is also the co-author of Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). A full-time investor for over 25 years, Gatis has taught sold-out investment courses throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond since 2000. Learn More

Grayson Roze
is the author of Trading for Dummies (Wiley, 2017) and Tensile Trading: The 10 Essential Stages of Stock Market Mastery (Wiley, 2016). He has worked in the financial services industry for StockCharts.com since 2012, and now serves as the Business Manager for the company. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. Learn More

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Fundamentals versus Technicals: This Ends the Debate!

by Gatis Roze

In one corner, you have investors.   In the other corner, you have the stock market.  When the two communicate accurately, you make money.  Yes, it is that simple.  Stay with me and I’ll make it worth your while. Investors, stock pickers, traders – pick a label – all sit somewhere along a dichotomist spectrum from fundamental analysis (based on earnings, sales, assets, liabilities) on one end to technical analysis (charts) on the other end.  Personally, I prefer to more accurately label technical analysts as visual analysts.  And yes, research in the academic Read More 

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New Direction, New Feature for The Traders Journal

by Gatis Roze

Announcing a new direction for The Traders Journal.  Since 2012, I’ve been delving into my own trading journals every week and sharing with my readers what I found there.  I will continue to do so, but on a bi-weekly basis.  My revised plan is to alternate that with a new feature that I’m calling “Charts I’m Stalking”. This change is a direct result of visitors to my office who always ask me what I’m currently looking at on my computer screen.  This past weekend, when my son Grayson queried me with this very question, I happened to be in the midst of an asset Read More 

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All Successful Investors Need an EDGE: Here's Mine

by Gatis Roze

All successful investors must have some type of “edge”.  If you don’t know what yours is, odds are you don’t have one. Not long ago, I heard an address by Ben Bernanke, the former Fed Chairman, who said, “it’s not illegal to make stupid investments.”  I submit to you that without an edge, you are indeed more likely to do exactly that. I’ll describe mine.  In my book, the word “edge” is a verb.  It’s evolved over the past 25 years and it’s proven to be sustainable through all market cycles as it’s weathered the decades nicely.  It’s my trading plan.  It’s a Read More 

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One + One = Three/Analogue + Digital/ Fundamentals + Technicals

by Gatis Roze

                                                                 If there’s a better way, take it.                                                                 If there’s a bar, raise it.                     Read More 

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Flopping in Sports Can Make One Millions / Flopping in Investing Can Cost You Millions

by Gatis Roze

As an investor, there is only one day a year that you are unable to do anything about the stock market’s behavior, and that is yesterday.  Any other day, your action or inaction will determine your bottom line.  As a trader, the two things I must do each day is focus on doing and focus on being. Flopping has no place in the investment arena, but you see it as often there as on the basketball court.  For those of you who are not big sports fans, a “flop” in basketball, for example, is when a player intentionally falls down in a grandstanding manner after little or no Read More 

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ChartPack Quarterly Updates & Insights 200 New Enhancements (Version 8.25)

by Gatis Roze

The last three months since Wiley published our book, Tensile Trading, has given us a unique opportunity to talk with many investors.  In doing so, we’ve been able to discuss with them the big picture challenges of managing one’s assets, as well as hear unique testimonials extolling the organizational value of the ChartPack.   The most common refrains we hear from investors is that until now they had struggled without a clear and simple process.  As they’ve explained, our book has not just given them an organizational structure but it has allowed them to incorporate their Read More 

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Investorship, like Citizenship, Must Have Parameters

by Gatis Roze

“Friends don’t let friends drink and drive.”  We have all been exposed to this public service advertisement since it was first broadcast in 1983.  This simple slogan has been embedded in our collective consciousness, and research has proven that its impact has saved thousands of lives. It really works. If you read my blogs regularly, I’d wager that you are probably the most sophisticated investor in your friend group.  With that comes a similar responsibility to look out for your friends.  This is in part what motivated me to begin teaching investors over twenty years Read More 

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The Single Most Important Lesson I've Learned Trading the Markets for 25 Years

by Gatis Roze

My Thesaurus lists the same two words – enhance and augment – as synonyms for both words “improve” and “more”.  The mantra of today’s global society could indeed be “improve and more” with all the corresponding complexity that it brings with it. I merely have to look in my garage at a new BMW that is so improved with more gadgets (I use the word with tongue-in-cheek) that one must make multiple appointments with a   “BMW Genius” (their label, not mine) since the salesman clearly could not give us an adequate explanation of the car’s infinite features.  Improved and more? Read More 

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You Bought It...But Here's How You Increase Your Probabilities of Making Profits!

by Gatis Roze

I think of this weekly blog as a sort of view from the kitchen.  Mine is not some candy-coated representation of a non-existent financial Valhalla being peddled by someone who is trying to sell his black box with the holy grail formula.   This is a weekly experience where I invite you into my trading kitchen and let you look over my shoulder as I blend a lot of essential ingredients into what becomes a tasty profitable investment dish.  Is it simple?  Heck, no!  That’s the point.  I make it clear that it takes a lot of study, practice and work.  If you Read More 

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A Through Z of Investing: The Essentials

by Gatis Roze

Fair warning: everyone has some comments to offer when you write an investment book.  And they do.   For 25 years now, I’ve operated under the caveat:  “if it ain’t broken, don’t try to fix it.”  As a former entrepreneur, my customers reviewed my performance daily.  As an athlete, the stopwatch rated and ranked me.  As a trader, the markets always critique the choices I make.   Feedback like this is nothing new, and I’m used to it.  It’s the source of the feedback that’s always mattered to me.  In other words, the accolades Read More 

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