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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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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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The Four Crucial Beliefs Necessary to Achieve Stock Market Mastery

by Gatis Roze

Galloping through the markets without recognizing the impact of your essential beliefs is an investing tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.  If this describes your style, money management will be like trying to nail Jello to the wall.  We use to joke that my high school buddy, Brian Maxwell, was a force of nature – so much so that the weather would follow him wherever he went.  In truth, it was his beliefs that fueled his behavior. Brian was a world-class marathon runner. When he created PowerBar, he believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that its formulation would allow Read More 

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Precisely How I Bought the 4 'FANG' Stocks Before Their Run-Up

by Gatis Roze

Put your hands up if you can remember the big money we made in the ‘Nifty Fifty’ – those stocks from the ‘60s and ‘70s.   Or what about the Four Horsemen from 1999 to 2001?  The famous FANG stocks of 2015 – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – had many of the same similarities.  More on that in a minute. Tensile Trading is a methodology that teaches you how to metabolize your investments and digest your profits.  Let me explain.  It’s been my experience that new investors rush to lean their financial ladders immediately against the growth stocks’ wall Read More 

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7 Reasons Why Investing/Trading is the Best Pastime in the World

by Gatis Roze

Trading the stock market is not the blood sport that many in the press portray it to be.  That sentiment is just part and parcel of Wall Street’s sophisticated disinformation machine which preaches a familiar old sermon to individual investors.  The market pitch goes something like this:  “the market is too complex and you individual investors do not have the tools (or the smarts) to effectively manage your own money…so give us your money to manage for you” (so we can collect enormous fees).  I think not, Mr. Market – I beg to differ. Read More 

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Stalking the "Best of Breed" Equities

by Gatis Roze

The same investment analysis seldom yields consistent conclusions over a period of time.  As much as investors would like to believe they are predictably consistent in their analysis, I’d be willing to wager that this is seldom the case. This is especially true if you are stalking similar equities, ETFs or mutual funds in the same industry or asset class.  I find when I review my asset allocation baskets and focus on the “top” options (which I inventory on asset specific perf charts), my preferences for “best of breed” may vary from month to month.  Read More 

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