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3 Keys to Finding Good Dividend Stocks

By Joshua Schroeder According to Standard & Poor’s, the dividend component was responsible for 44 % of the total return of the last 80 years of the index.  So while dividends may not be sexy to some, they play an important role in delivering portfolio returns and reducing volatility to long…

Using Insider ETFs as Directional Indicators to Beat the Market

By Adam Graham Like many investors, I’m always looking for a shred of information, outside of fundamental data, which may help me gauge the momentum of a particular stock. Moreover, how can an investor like me benefit from insider activity or upstream dynamics that will impact a specific industry or stock?…

Hey “You”: Time To Appreciate That Asset

I started tracking my net worth in February 2002, over 10 years ago — I’ve logged it every month since. I now have a net worth chart with 122 real data points in time. I also have a seven year and running trading/investment diary. But, notice the 3 year gap……

Trade Setups: Understanding the Backtest

By Andrew Nyquist Simply put, a backtest occurs when a support or resistance area breaks and the price soon thereafter comes back to retest or validate that break. Many times the backtest falls short of the “break” area, as it is confirming what our technical eyes saw. Backtests occur and can…

Technical Analysis 101: Defining Support and Resistance

This past weekend, I spent a couple hours doing some personal finance mentorship.  I always find the experience rewarding, as it is a chance for me to help others while tapping into a segment of readership and learning more about their perception and understanding of investments, economics, and personal finance….

The Anatomy of a Trader, Part 5 of 5: Fancy Footwork

By Andrew Nyquist Throughout life, we often hear loved ones or motivational speakers tell us to “stay grounded,” and to “keep both feet on the ground.”  And although it’s a bit cliché, it’s true with a lot of things in life.  With investing, it rings especially true, for if you lean…

The Anatomy of a Trader, Part 4 of 5: All Heart

By Andrew Nyquist Well here we are, part 4 of the series, and I’m not gonna lie to you, this one is going to be short and to the point.  To be the best at anything, you have to work at it.  There aren’t a lot of things in life that…

The Anatomy of a Trader, Part 3 of 5: Vision Quest

The good news is that the timing for this piece couldn’t be better, for when markets start to creep with volatility, emotion, and uncertainty, it is truly an investor’s vision that matters.  Some may whine, some may cry, and some may even give up, but none of those feelings will…

The Anatomy of a Trader, Part 2 of 5: Gut Check

By Andrew Nyquist When financial markets become frantic and heavily emotional, what is your stomach like?  Do you connect with that pit in your stomach and sell because “you can’t take it anymore?”  Or on the other end of the spectrum, do you get so caught up in celebrating your gains…

The Anatomy of a Trader, Part 1 of 5: Brain Basics

By Andrew Nyquist Okay, investor nation, this is part one of a five part series focusing on how to elevate your investment game to the next level.  The idea is to illuminate traits and skills that will assist you in becoming a more confident, successful investor.  But before we sweat the…