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Predicting the future is virtually impossible; however, if one takes an hourly, daily and even weekly no-nonsense approach to the stock market, profits may soon follow.
What do I mean by a "no-nonsense" approach?
1. Every trade you place should represent no more than 1% of your total capital or assets under management. Keep your losers/losses under control and the winners/profits will take care of the rest.
2. Every trade must have a specific catalyst that you attempt to "game." After the catalyst has occurred, you dump the position. No matter what.
3. Do not buy something just because you think it is cheap. There are tons of cheap stocks currently in the market, but they all have the potential to fall another 50% or more. A cheap stock can get cheaper, and cheaper, and cheaper as it painfully eats away at your capital. The ideal long trade is a cheap stock, but one with a catalyst that may propel it higher.
4. Keep very tight
on all positions. There are dozens of academic papers regarding what is the ideal stop order might be; personally I use 5% to 7%.
5. Keep a close eye on the CBOE Volatility Index, commonly known as
. There is no better gauge of raw fear in the market than this index.
With this in mind, here's my weekly
of stocks ideas that could surge higher -- or, in some cases, lower -- on specific positive or negative catalysts (including
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In Monday trading, shares of Century Aluminum closed at $3.70 (up 4.23% for the day).
At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.
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and the author of
Trade Like a Hedge Fund
Trade Like Warren Buffett
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