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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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The Magic and Power of a "Four Leaf Clover" Investor

by Gatis Roze

In my commentary to the 1,400 investors participating in ChartCon 2016, I reinforced an essential investing insight that I had many years ago which has served me well for over two decades.  If I focused on the execution of my methodology instead of meditating on profits, the bottom line just materialized.  It’s a mystery, but after 25 years of trading the markets, I can assure you that this is indeed the case.  It may be counterintuitive to most investors, but a market-centric focus will beat a profit-centric approach day in and day out.  Nowhere is this more apropos Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking Action Practice #3

by Gatis Roze

Please refer to the charts of Charles Schwab (SCHW), PayPal (PYPL) and Morgan Stanley (MS/RA) that I presented to you in the Action Practice #2 blog I wrote on September 16, 2016. http://stockcharts.com/articles/journal/2016/09/charts-im-stalking-action-practice-2.html Just for fun , you might revisit Intersil Corp. (ISIL) which I presented to you in Action Practice #1.  It’s up ten percent since the blog of September 2, 2016.   A few reminders about getting the most out of these Action Practice exercises.  Do the Read More 

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Thrive as an Investor, Don't Just Survive

by Gatis Roze

Jonathan Wendel earned $454,544.  He is very similar to us investors / traders in many ways despite being a professional video gamer.  Academics have in fact identified  the roles that gamers adopt — such as Explorers, Sentinels, Analysts and Campaigners.  Not that dissimilar to the tribes academics assigned us investors. The point is, we are more alike than we are unalike, and both groups could learn valuable lessons from one another.   I’d like to focus on one important similarity.  Video gamers competed for more than $65 million in Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking Action Practice #2

by Gatis Roze

This blog is in the new bi-weekly format where we’ll first analyze the charts I presented to you in my September 2, 2016 blog.  After that, we’ll present new charts. http://stockcharts.com/articles/journal/2016/09/charts-im-stalking-action-practice.html As I wrote previously, this “Action Practice” only benefits you if you revisit the analysis you performed two weeks ago.  At that time, you had no idea what would actually happen during the ensuing two weeks.  So here’s my analysis done for you two weeks ago that you can now compare to your own effort. Read More 

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How I Use My Personal Pocket Pads to Produce Profits

by Gatis Roze

As many of you know, American composer extraordinaire Richard Rodgers collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein to produce some of the greatest musicals of the 20th century.  Discussing their success, he once explained his thoughts on what it takes to be a superb songwriter.  In his marvelous quote, I took the liberty of substituting his references to a songwriter with the word “investors” instead.   With this substitution, his thoughts are especially insightful for our community: “I don’t believe that investors do something extraordinary spontaneously Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice

by Gatis Roze

  This “Charts I’m Stalking” blog is the second in a new series which will be a bi-weekly feature of The Traders Journal.  I’ve decided to actually take it one step further than I initially explained in my August 19th blog.                                                     “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection,                        Read 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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