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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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After 17 years, A Financial Journalist Discloses His "Top Investing Lesson"

by Gatis Roze

After seventeen years writing an investment column for USA Today, Matt Krantz is joining a money management firm and leaving us with the top lesson he’s learned in all those years.   Coincidentally and nearly simultaneously, I ran into two former students at a local Starbucks who had attended my class a few years ago.  They reminded me of three stocks we had in our class portfolio back then — Amazon, VISA and Mastercard.  I was pleased for them since I personally invested in all three equities and was rewarded with exceptional returns.  Then they sheepishly confessed Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking Action Practice #11

by Gatis Roze

In Action Practice #10, we applied the Tensile Trading methodology to the buy side of the six charts.  This week, we apply the same price relative approach to the sell side and show that it works just as effectively there.  We even recycle the CDE buy chart and now annotate the same chart with appropriate sell signals. The point is that investors can use the power of the Tensile Trading methodology to both profitably get into a high probability position as well as get out of a position with fading probabilities.  Please remember that there is no universal right or wrong Read More 

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How Investing, Brain Training and Longevity Fit Together

by Gatis Roze

Yes, the fountain of youth really does exist, and academic research is increasingly proving it to be found amidst your investment portfolio.  A growing body of scholarly research shows that, in many ways, life can get better as we get older, and being an active investor can contribute in significant ways.  If this sounds familiar to some of you, it is because in fact this was how I began my blog about “Maintaining Mental Longevity” published on December 12, 2014.  Check it out so you don’t fall prey to silly myths on aging. Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #10

by Gatis Roze

Profits and Consistency — these should both go hand-in-hand and be goals for every successful investor.  Profits are the result of a methodology that you can apply with clarity and understanding.  Consistency is the result of being able to replicate your winning methodology in a recurring manner. Action Practice #9 challenged you to draw a vertical line on six charts at a point you felt the probabilities most favored a profitable trade.  Since we all require differing degrees of evidence before we are able to pull the buy trigger, the vertical buy line will no doubt vary Read More 

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Tensile Trading ChartPack Update (Q4.2016) 150 Potent Enhancements plus Fidelity's Fresh Quarterly Buys and Sells

by Gatis Roze

Holistic is most commonly heard in reference to skilled medical practitioners who treat the whole person, considering not only the physical symptoms of patients but mental, emotional and social factors as well.  Holistic is also the perfect adjective to describe skilled investors.  They appreciate the fact that the numerous parts of the stock market are intimately interconnected, and they are fully aware that investors must comprehend these dependencies to understand and profit from the whole.   The ChartPack is precisely this — a holistic investment Read More 

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How You Know You Are Part of Our Investor Club

by Gatis Roze

Groucho Marx first said it and Woody Allen repeated the famous line “I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.”  As an independent trader, I’m part of an informal loose-knit group of investors who do what I do, tend to think like I think and possess many of the same traders’ “ticks” as I possess.  We are a circle of friends who don’t commingle funds but who touch base regularly, encourage one another emotionally and share investment ideas.  Being a trader can be a solitary discipline and one must consciously make an effort not to become Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking: Action Practice #9

by Gatis Roze

The Seasonality Action Practice blog from December 16, 2016 is about the two most impactful decisions you can make as an investor.  Academics have produced stacks of papers confirming that your asset allocation decisions have immense consequences that flow directly to your bottom line.  I maintain it’s the second most important investment decision you can make.   The most important decision is making a commitment to actively and regularly rebalancing your asset classes.  That’s where seasonality comes in by putting the probability winds at your Read More 

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New Year's Resolutions for Investors

by Gatis Roze

Babylonians did it.  Ancient Romans did it.  Medieval knights pledged the “peacock vow” each New Year as their promise of chivalry.  Reflecting upon the previous year’s efforts and seeking ways for self-improvement in the coming year has been a common ritual for millenniums because our human nature drives us to be better next year than we were this year.   For investors, the motivations are far wider than your average citizen because self-improvement leads directly to greater financial rewards in addition to all the normal benefits.  According to Read More 

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Ten Holiday Vacation Lessons from This Trader's Experience

by Gatis Roze

At this time of year, it’s one distraction wave after another.  Admit it.  Your investing efforts take a back seat to shopping, socializing, decorating, drinking and feasting. Just pick your poison.  In addition, many of you head off to warmer climates, as you should.  As an investor or trader, how do you approach these seasonal holidays and travel challenges?  The markets don’t close when you go to the Caribbean.  They do not  tolerate inattention or loss of focus, not even accidental lapses. Now, I’m not advocating that Read More 

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Charts I'm Stalking Action Practice #8

by Gatis Roze

You can’t download stock market wisdom.  You have to experience it firsthand and practice it.  In a nutshell, that is precisely what these Action Practice blogs every two weeks are all about.   The previous Action Practice (#7) presents a tool for uncovering individual investors’ tolerances for risks and rewards.  The exercise was intended to identify the personal balance between fear and greed with which investors participate in the market.  The response was so positive and encouraging that I actually wrote an entire blog last week to dive into the material in Read More 

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