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What a terrific weekend!  We always have such a great time when we run our courses.  It is absolutely reliable that we will have a room filled with fantastic people who are eager to learn about how to have certainty when they trade.

Certainly one of the highlights of the weekend for us was our trading  game – what a blast!  It was so great to see how everyone got it, the simplicity of it all.

We are looking forward to meeting a whole new group of people tomorrow night in Vancouver at Anyone Can Retire in 10 Years.

For now…to all of our Power Up attendees – YOU are an AWESOME trader!!!

Sept 22nd 2014 – Ugh. Even I had to go for a long walk today!

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You know, when the Market has days like today it is very easy to let your emotions run wild.  Of course they do – we are human beings and we don’t like to see the market not go in our favour.  I don’t like it any more than anyone else.

But here’s the thing.  The Market will have good days and the Market will have bad days.  This is not the first bad day or last one we’ll all see.

When I look at the responses to today’s Market conditions I see a very clear divide between our clients.  Those that have come to our training courses and those that have not.

Here’s why I say that.  On a day like today it is so easy to let your emotions get the better of you and to start questioning yourself, the system…well really…anything and everything that has to do with the stock market at all and your ability to be a trader, especially when you’re just starting out!

Now the people who have taken our courses understand that this emotional roller coaster is part of the business of trading.  They recognize it for what it is, go for a walk, make a cup of tea, dance a jig, go out for lunch or do whatever it is that’s going to make them feel better.  They understand that it is just a day, that every trade has a 50/50 chance of gaining or losing, that the system averages 50% higher gains than losses, and tomorrow is another day.  It’s not personal.

It does not mean that they don’t feel the disappointment of a down day in the Market, it’s just that their response to it is different.

Those that have not been to the courses, well, frankly, they panic.  They decide the system isn’t working, that the world is falling apart they are going to lose all their money and 2008 is around the corner.

I wish I could have every single person who ever looks at our website come to our live training courses.  Our job in our courses is to create the best retail traders in the world, able to weather the storms as well as celebrate the sunny days, while they ultimately make a LOT of money.  All it takes is stick-to-it-ness.

You tell me – what would it take for me to get everyone to come to our courses?????

Market News:

U.S. stocks fell on Monday, with small companies taking it on the chin, as China signalled it would not boost stimulus and after home sales unexpectedly declined in August.

Apple rose after the technology giant reported weekend sales of the latest versions of its iPhone topped 10 million. Yahoo shares fell after Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Sanford Bernstein downgraded its shares after Friday’s market debut by Alibaba Group Holding. Dresser-Rand Group rose after Germany’s Siemens said it would acquire the maker of oilfield-equipment maker for $7.6 billion.

The Russell 2000 Index of small caps dropped 1.6 percent, with Carbo Ceramics among the biggest decliners. The supplier to the oil-and-gas industry projected sales of ceramic proppant would fall in the third quarter.

Already in the red, equities steepened their slide after the National Association of Realtors reported sales of previously owned homes declined 1.8 percent last month.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on Friday reported U.S. economic activity declined in August.

Speaking at Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit in New York, Fed Bank of New York President William Dudley said the central bank’s rate guidance is not written in stone and reiterated the Fed’s monetary policy remains data dependent.


9 a.m. FHFA home prices

News Sources:  CNN Money & CNBC

Sept 18th 2014 – S&P 500, Dow end at record peaks


Market View:

Another great day in the markets, the jobless claims helped fuel a rally that started yesterday after the federal reserve’s comments on interest rates.  Sometimes it just feels crazy to be buying into a rally like this, but onwards and upwards we go into new and uncharted territory.

Just what will derail this latest multi-week rally I don’t know, but perhaps if Scotland does indeed vote to be free of the UK, there will be some selling tomorrow, otherwise we may see it go up again.

Market News:

U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials toppling records, as investors considered mixed economic reports on jobs and the housing market and continued to relish the Federal Reserve’s renewed vow to keep benchmark rates low.

Economic reports Thursday had the number of Americans filing for jobless benefits dropping to a two-month low and separately, housing starts declined in August. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s index of factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region decelerated in September, but its employment component rose to its highest level since the middle of 2011.

The Fed on Wednesday reiterated its “considerable time” wording in reference to how long it would hold off on hiking interest rates. The central bank also signaled that it might increase borrowing costs more rapidly than previously thought, helping lift the dollar, with the U.S. currency rising to a six-year high against the Japanese yen.


Scotland Independence Result

10:00 a.m.: Leading indicators

News Sources:  CNN Money & CNBC

Sept 17th 2014 – Dow Rises To Record On Fed Statement


Market View:

It was good news for the equity markets today from the Fed.  It was highly volatile for a while before the consensus was established that interest rates will not be tampered with for quite some time.  And despite reporting that bond buying will end in October, the markets cheered the hints on interest rates.

There are still some things on the horizon this week that may cause concern, notably the vote in my own country of birth, Scotland.  If YES goes through we may see additional volatility.  But I have to be honest and say that I do not know when the outcome will be known.  It may be Monday morning before the markets get a chance to react to the outcome.

Market News:

U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow ending at a record and the S&P 500 back above 2,000, after the Federal Reserve said it was nearing the end of its asset purchases and reiterated it would not hike interest rates for a ‘considerable’ period.

In its statement released after its two-day meeting, the Fed left largely intact key provisions and cut its bond buying down to $15 billion a month, while indicating the asset purchases would end altogether in October.

Other economic data Wednesday had a measure of confidence among home builders rose to its highest level since 2005.

The Consumer Price Index declined 0.2 percent last month, while prices excluding food and energy costs held unchanged.


Scotland independence vote

Earnings: Oracle, Rite-Aid, IHS, Tibco, RedHat

Alibaba IPO pricing

8:30 a.m.: Initial claims

8:30 a.m.: Housing starts

10:00 a.m.: Philadelphia Fed survey

News Sources:  CNN Money & CNBC

July 28th 2014 – Stocks little changed After Volatile Day


Market View:

What started ugly turned into a pretty good day.  I was fearing the worst and expecting a move to cash with the possibility that a short term top had been put in place.  However, given the strength of the buy the dip crowd today, I still think we will see above 2000 in the S&P before we will see another dip between now and back to school.

Certainly the sell in May has been de-bunked again this year.  So an New All Time High is on its way.

Earnings and data have started to wane a little from previous weeks, so hopefully this week we will have better news as a lot of companies are in the midst of reporting.  Historically revenues and earnings are higher in this quarter than they have been since 2011.

Market News:

U.S. stocks held little moved on Monday, with the Dow industrials coming back from a one-month low, as investors looked to economic reports, earnings and the Federal Reserve’s mid-week policy decision.

Stocks finished well off session lows that had the Dow down as much as 82 points.

The Fed’s next policy move comes at the end of a two-day session on Wednesday, with the central bank expected to cut its monthly asset purchases another $10 billion to $25 billion.

Financial-data firm Markit reported activity in the U.S. services sector held at its highest level in four-and-a-half years in July, although readings for new business and employment growth softened.

International markets: Most European markets ended in the red.

Russia’s Micex index was lower after an arbitration panel in the Hague ruled against the state, finding the government had illegally sold off the assets of oil company Yukos. Former major shareholders were awarded $50 billion in damages.

Most Asian markets advanced, led by a 2.4% surge on China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite.


Earnings: Merck, Pfizer, American Express, Twitter, Amgen, BP, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Aetna, UPS, Panera, Dreamworks, US Steel, Anadarko, Marriott, Express Scripts, Newmont Mining, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ruby Tuesday, Corning, Eaton, Illinois Tool Works, March and McLennan, Sirius XM, NY Times, AK Steel, Owens-Illinois

FOMC meeting begins

9:00 a.m. S&P/Case-Shiller HPI

10:00 a.m. Consumer confidence

10:00 a.m. Housing vacancies

1:00 p.m. $35 billion 5-year note auction

New Sources:  CNN Money & CNBC

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