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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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Buffett-isms and Bezos-isms: Great Investing Insights

by Gatis Roze

“Rule #1:  Never lose Money.” “Rule #2:  Never forget Rule #1.”                                      —Warren Buffett Sure, a lot of investors dissect every word that Warren Buffett writes in the annual report for Berkshire Hathaway.  For years, these Buffett-isms have provided investors with profitable insights.  In a similar vein, I found that the letter Jeff Bezos wrote recently to his shareholders was  also full of pithy insights.    Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #22

by Gatis Roze

A note to my readers: It is with great pride that I have written The Traders Journal blog every week since 2012 — 52 weeks a year. I am deeply grateful for the support and loyal following of all my readers throughout that time. However, I must announce that today marks the end of my writing blogs on a weekly basis. From here on and with Grayson’s help, I will publish blogs on the more leisurely schedule of once every two weeks. Having said that. let’s pick up where we left off with Action Practice #21. My regular Read More 

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Now Is the Time to Brush Up on Your Selling Disciplines

by Gatis Roze

We’ve all heard the cliche that “shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted” means one is late to action after the damage is done. Yes, it’s human nature not to dwell on negatives when the stock market ride since March, 2009 has been so exhilarating. Consider these returns; Netflix (NFLX) is up more than 3,400% Amazon (AMZN is up more than 1,300% Apple (APPL) is up more than 1,200% Cyclicals Sector (XLY) is up more than 500% Industrials Sector (XLI) is up more than 450% Technology Sector (XLK) is up more than 400% Read More 

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NEW ChartPack Updates (Q3, 2017) with Actionable Info and Major Additions!

by Gatis Roze

When is the last time someone offered to give you a couple hundred hours of “time”?  We are here to do precisely that!  You’ve all heard the cliche that “even the richest man has only the same 24 hours in a day as the poorest man.”  Regardless of what kind of investor you might be, we guarantee two things: 1. To be the very best investor you can be, you need to carefully assemble a portfolio of ChartLists to facilitate your asset allocation, money management, market analysis, routines, stalking, buying, monitoring and selling disciplines. 2 Read More 

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3 Investors, 3 Blind Spots, 3 Solutions

by Gatis Roze

Picture this:  I am at a cocktail party chatting with three people about investing.  The first person says, “I could be a really successful investor if only I could emotionally tolerate a bit more risk.”  The second person claims, “I could be a world-class investor too if I had access to the same information as big institutional investors.”  The third person believes that his market timing model is the last missing element holding him back from consistent profitability.  I have known all three of these part-time investors for well over a decade.  I’ll try to Read More 

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Here's How You Build a Super Bowl Champion Portfolio (Hint: Pick Your Correlations Carefully)

by Gatis Roze

Imagine a football coach who has the best eleven quarterbacks in the NFL altogether on the same team and puts them on field at the same time.  This “dream team” would get clobbered. Without tight ends, tackles, guards, wide receivers and a center there to present a balanced attack, there would be no hope of victory. So why do so many investors build a team of assets that does precisely the equivalent of a team with 11 quarterbacks? With this sports analogy and some further elaboration, I’ll prove to you the importance of diversification and strategic correlations. Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #21

by Gatis Roze

Most investors will admit that they have at some point been guilty of chasing yield.  This is not surprising with the ultra low yields on money market accounts and the expanding Baby Boom generation’s needs for income.  It’s a common refrain.   Problems arise when one does not completely understand the risks and potential costs associated with “stretching for higher yields”.  In Action Practice #20, I offered you nine different exchange traded funds from which to choose, with yields being one of the attractions. Read More 

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Do Investors Love Their Children Too?

by Gatis Roze

The Public Relations industry has crisis simulation firms that actually come into corporations and compress a hypothetical month-long disaster into a few stressful hours in order to see how management responds. I’d like to do something similar, but in the family financial arena with parents and children. Sadly, however, I don’t think many parents would hire me.  I’m in both the educational and the investment arenas, and from what I’ve witnessed, I feel that we have an entire generation that is careening out of financial control, with both parents and offspring having no Read More 

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Investor Seminar Season: Can The Speakers Walk the Talk?

by Gatis Roze

I attend investment seminars as half-monk, half-hit man.  My time is a precious commodity, so if you are a speaker and see me in the audience, be prepared.  My hot button is when speakers show a few elaborate slides, “share” their four favorite tenets to successful investing and then launch directly into their marketing pitch.  They act as if they’ve given you the keys to the kingdom, proving their brilliance and justifying your attention. And those four tenets are invariably the same: The trend is your friend. Cut your Read More 

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How History Unlocks Deep Insights Within Today's Price and Volume Charts

by Gatis Roze

History matters because markets do indeed repeat themselves.  John Kenneth Galbraith was interviewed in the PBS documentary, The Crash of 1929, and he observed that every   30 years or so we predictably have a major market correction because that seems to be the length of time it takes each generation to forget the lessons of the previous generation. Over decades of trading, I’ve developed a keen understanding of how history gets repeated.  I’ve absorbed the economics and history of the Roaring ‘20s from reading books.  I lived through the late 1980s when Read More 

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