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Tech Talk for Thursday August 25th 2016



Historically, the VIX Index has spiked during the mid-June to mid-October period when an unexpected event occurs. Frequently, the unexpected event has been international, but also occasionally has been domestic (e.g. Presidential election). Until yesterday, changes in the VIX Index this summer have been unusually quiet. That may have changed yesterday when the VIX Index spiked from oversold levels and momentum indicators for a wide variety of equity markets, commodities and economic sensitive sectors rolled over from overbought levels.


StockTwits Released Yesterday @EquityClock

A volatility squeeze on the S&P 500 Index is resulting in the lowest Bollinger Band width in over 20 years.

Technical action by S&P 500 stocks to 10:00: Quietly bearish. Breakdowns: $WMT, $INTU. No breakouts.

Editor’s Note: After 10:00 AM EDT, more S&P 500 stocks broke support including BCR, AN, MCK and UNH.

A break by $ABX below support at $19.53 triggered weakness in Gold Equity ETFs

$TD.CA moved above resistance at $57.56 to an all-time high extending an intermediate uptrend.

Base metal stocks under pressure. $HBM.CA moved below $5.86 establishing intermediate downtrend.

Editor’s Note: Base metal stocks responded to continuing weakness in copper prices.

U.S. Metals and Mining ETF was notably weaker.

Among precious metal stocks, silver stocks are notably under pressure e.g. $HL

The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average and TSX Composite Index fell below their 20 day MA (again) $SPX


Trader’s Corner

A decline in technical scores was significant yesterday when markets dropped below their 20 day moving average and short term momentum indicators rolled over from overbought levels.

Daily Seasonal/Technical Equity Trends for August 24th 2016

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day


Daily Seasonal/Technical Commodities Trends for August 24th 2016

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day


Daily Seasonal/Technical Sector Trends for August 24th 2016

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day


Adrienne Toghraie’s “Trader’s Coach” Column

Breakthroughs for Traders

By Adrienne Toghraie, Trader’s Success Coach

There are several reasons that traders do not seek to improve their psychology. One of those reasons is that they do not believe that they can change. In the 22 plus years that I have been working with traders, there are many who have made breakthroughs and changed what was holding them back and sabotaging their trading results.

So what specifically are some of the abilities that traders acquire when they have major breakthroughs as they relate to trading?

The ability to:

· Prepare for a day of trading in the right state of mind

· Get into a trade when their criteria for entering is met

· Avoid bad habits such as raising their stop, adding to their position when their strategy does not allow for it

· Money manage their trade

· Self-correct and learn the lessons of the day

· Live a balanced and healthy life

Here are some of the ways that breakthroughs occur for traders?

· Change beliefs, attitudes and values that are not in alignment with making money

· Resolve conflicts

· Transform the interpretation of negative stories on a subconscious level

· Change conditioned responses that do not allow for following rules

· Unblock emotional repression

· Build self-esteem

Riddled with sabotage

Jerry had a difficult life. He would be the first to admit that he could never have succeeded in trading if he had not had psychological coaching.

Jerry knew many foster homes when he was going through his teen years. He never knew that his mother and his father drank themselves into an early grave when he was only 11 years old. He was unattractive both personality wise and physically. Jerry did have one talent that was his saving grace and that was baseball and an exceptional coach. Sports led to a scholarship to college, a degree in business and a family.

When I met Jerry, he told me that he believed he had a winning strategy, but something was keeping him from following it. So many issues came out when Jerry took my Trader’s Evaluation that I was not sure that I wanted to work with him. Jerry somewhere along the way learned to be a good salesman and sold me on working with him privately.

On the surface he was gracious and had a happy demeanor. However, when we dug up his past, a deep troubled boy was released. Jerry had almost every issue that could sabotage trading: from abandonment, physical and psychological abuse, to repressed emotional issues, he had them all. Jerry thought the man that he was had overcome the boy with all the problems.

I am happy to report that after we worked together in private coaching, Jerry is now a well-balanced and successful trader.


There are psychological reasons why a trader is not consistent in following rules. In my experience once bad habits become rooted in a trader’s neurology, the problem will get worse. A trader needs to address self-sabotage if he wants to be the best trader that he can be.

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S&P 500 Momentum Barometer

The Barometer dropped 4.20 to 66.00. It remains intermediate overbought and is resuming a short term downtrend.


TSX Composite Momentum Barometer

The Barometer plunged 6.54 to 64.10. It remains intermediate overbought and extended a short term downtrend.


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