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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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Investment Quotes for All of Us

by Gatis Roze

As we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, I want to acknowledge a few favorite quotes that are embedded with special wisdom for investors. “Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.”  — Publilius Syrus (1st century BC) “Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top.  It can’t be done except by liars.” — Bernard Baruch (1870 - 1965) “A stock does not know that you own it.” — Peter Lynch, One Up on Wall Street “Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”  — Will Rogers “Ninety percent of the people in the stock Read More 

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Investors: Look Here for the Attributes and Skills You Must Have

by Gatis Roze

As an individual investor, what you bring to the table in the way of intellectual, emotional and behavioral skills will determine whether you succeed or fail.  This is hardly a breakthrough revelation, but it needs to be said nonetheless.  It’s been my experience that great investors are not born.  For the most part, they are average people who simply make a personal commitment to teach themselves the most appropriate skill set.   Investors Business Daily (IBD) acknowledges this by its regular features about individuals who have excelled in one sphere or Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #6

by Gatis Roze

Yes, I’ve profited handsomely for years by trading on the coattails of top  mutual funds when they report their new holdings each quarter.  Yes, this is precisely why so many of you download the Tensile Trading ChartPack each quarter because we make it super easy for you to coattail along as well. https://store.stockcharts.com/collections/stockcharts-com-chartpacks/products/tensile-trading-chartpack-by-gatis-roze No, you don’t make these profits without some independent thinking, research and comparisons on your part.   Okay, so we Read More 

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How I Maintain Emotional Consistency and Behavioral Intelligence Trading the Markets

by Gatis Roze

I heard an insightful interview with a judge talking about the transformation she goes through in her chambers as she puts on her black judicial robes and enters the courtroom. It reminded me of my own physician who I know socially and who I’ve seen experience a similar conversion when he dons his white doctor’s coat before we discuss my medical well-being.  Stay with me; there is a powerful and profitable lesson here for us investors. Think back to your academic graduations and how you wore robes to prove that you had absorbed the wisdom imparted by your Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking Action Practice #5

by Gatis Roze

This is the fifth biweekly Action Practice blog we’ve done together, so I’ll assume most readers are up to speed by now and I don’t need to repeat specifics about “Permission To Buy”.  Here is the link to the Action Practice #4 blog which we will address below. http://stockcharts.com/articles/journal/2016/10/charts-im-stalking-action-practice-4.html 1.  Per our methodology, our foremost concern is to answer this question: Is the market trending up, sideways or down?  The specific charts we deploy are all laid out in the Tensile Trading Chartpack within Read More 

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ChartPack Quarterly Update: Over 150 Improvements (v 8.5)

by Gatis Roze

This ChartPack update is chock full of enhancements as a direct result of spending a week in Napa Valley with all the sensational commentators and luminaries at ChartCon 2016.  We confess that we have unabashedly incorporated a lot of their wisdom into improving our ChartPack.  We are sure you’ll notice and approve. Before we go there, a few general thoughts on the ChartPack.  Even I myself am astonished to realize that I’ve been personally investing using the first version of this ChartPack now for over 15 years.  In 2010, I began distributing versions to my seminar Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #4

by Gatis Roze

I’ve annotated the six charts I presented to you in my September 20, 2016 blog which was an exercise in Selling.  If you missed that blog, I suggest you review the un-annotated charts first, and then mark them up yourself before you peek at my annotations.  Here’s the link to the September 30th blog. http://stockcharts.com/articles/journal/2016/09/charts-im-stalking-action-practice-3.html Prior to my presenting my annotations, I want to remind you that this “3-Peaks Selling” methodology which we described in our book, TENSILE TRADING, is offered to investors Read 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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