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Will Obama be a lame duck president after Republicans with the House?

Will Obama be a lame duck president after Republicans with the House?

Let me know, I would be interested to hear what you think. Comment below:

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Do Google apps mess up your Blackberry really bad?

Do Google apps mess up your Blackberry really bad?

It seems the Maps, News, and Gmail apps screwed my Blackberry Curve pretty badly. I just took out the battery to zilch it, remove Google’s apps, and everything is running fine again.

Wierd?

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The truth of high frequency trading HFT could spark 1987 style Black Market crash? Where is the SEC to protect us?

The truth of high frequency trading HFT could spark 1987 style Black Market crash? Where is the SEC to protect us?

Here is an interesting article with some highlights:

After all, if a computer code is valuable enough for someone to steal, and critical enough for a Wall Street firm to go to federal authorities to protect, one would think that regulators would want to know why it is so important.

Yet regulators largely have stood by and allowed this secretive corner of the quantitative trading world to grow ever bigger, without mustering up much of a protest.

Computer-driven trading, where complex buy and sell orders are completed in fractions of a second, now account for 73 percent of all daily stock trades in the United States, according to the Tabb Group, a financial services research firm. Tabb also estimates that the 300 securities firms and hedge funds that specialize in rapid-fire algorithmic trading raked in some $21 billion in profits last year.

High frequency traders also earn lucrative “rebates” from stock exchanges by serving as de facto market makers for fast-moving stocks

The big fear is that with high frequency trading dominating daily trading activity, it could spark another 1987-style market crash. The doomsayers say that could occur if all these automated trading programs — which operate with almost no adult supervision — begin reacting to the same downward price trends in a stock or commodity. Or high frequency trading firms could worsen a sell-off by refusing to execute trades to protect their own capital, a move that would make it difficult for other investors to quickly exit a falling stock.

High frequency trading may have added to a still unexplained 69 percent plunge in shares of Dendreon on April 28. The Seattle-based drug company’s stock fell precipitously in less then two minutes before officials at the Nasdaq Stock Market were forced to halt trading.

“Right now, we rely on humans at the exchanges to pull the alarm, but in the nanosecond world that is too slow,” Angel says.

http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/07/21/whats-the-frequency-sec/?goback=.gde_1822910_member_33801225

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Need funding, check this site out for up to $50 million? Debt or equity accepted

Need funding, check this site out for up to $50 million? Debt or equity accepted

?USA based start up company in the telecommunications and credit card industry seeks 5 million USD in exchange for debt or equity. They have a schedule of assets as collateral and a business plan completed, which includes executive bios and budgets for at least through year 2014.

http://ifindfunding.blogspot.com/

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Proud to say, CashForLifeTV.COM is now directly quantified at QuantCast!

Proud to say, CashForLifeTV.COM is now directly quantified at QuantCast!

Just to prove we do not BS our number of visitors to the site, we are now quantified directly by QuantCast. Please visit our stats at:

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Hooray! We cracked the top 1 million in Alexa

Hooray! We cracked the top 1 million in Alexa

This is the first milestone for the site. It took a while but we achieved it. Hooray for that. Thanks for visiting!

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Where to get free historical data from online at Dukascopy?

Where to get free historical data from online at Dukascopy?

This is no automated thought. Try Yahoo Finance.

You can get historical data for equities and some commodities from http://www.dukascopy.com/swiss/english/data_feed/csv_data_export/

well i just wrote a small java script to download it from within the platform

you can get a free demo and download the data there as well
but only forex
i dont like yahoo data…when it comes to data i only want real tick data….the best price smoothing is worthless when the input already is total crap
i build it myself

just some 20 lines of code
dukascopy has a nice api to work with their platform and data if you cant use fix api and you also can use this api to develop indicators or strategy to use with them or to download historical data
it would also be possible to feed live data from it to another software and you dont even need to run your strategy via their platform but can also connect to it like you would to fix api using your own custim build software
its just sth. like
for(int i=0;i<size.data_available;i++);{
history.getTick(currency,start_period,end_period);
}
and then write the data formatted to a file
the array you use to save the input before writing to a file should be multidimensional so you can format the data more easy
the site i sent you lately tickdata.com or sth. didnt look that good after a closer look…no tick data just 1 minute…you loose to much information in todays market not using real tick data…so i wouldnt pay for 1 minute data…you could as well use yahoo data and would have the same quality
seems to be really hard to get good data for a private trader….any insights on where the pros get it?
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Over 40? Unemployed? A 99er? It is a sad when you watch 60 Minutes videos like this

Over 40? Unemployed? A 99er? It is a sad when you watch 60 Minutes videos like this

Do we blame this on globalization, offshoring, outsourcing, etc?

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Here are some tips and notes on how to do seasonal fundamental market trading

Here are some tips and notes on how to do seasonal fundamental market trading. This apparently works but only those try will know. Here we go:

Use Scholastic oscillator over MACD since it is slower. A scholastic oscillator is a timing tool for entry and exit points. You can use this tool to find your exact entry and exit points. Google it for more details.

There are various disciplines you can use in various market sectors.

For tech, October to January is a good time frame. This time goes up when companies spend their budget on computer systems while the consumer buys for Christmas. There is even timing around the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show but get a few weeks before it happens.

Gold has a good time between July and September. The reason here as Indian buy a large percentage of world gold’s supply for their weddings. It represents over sixty percent of the global market.

Agriculture has timing between August and December. This is all do to farmers spending for equipment during their harvest season. They won’t spend until they see what kind of harvest they have as well they get tax returns at this time. Some ETFs to watch for are MOO or COW.  Uh don’t ask me about these symbols. They are real.

Metal and mining has general season of December to May. Do realize it may dip in January so use those tools. Look at XME. Do realize most worldwide mines do shut down in the summer.

The above has some of the potential but there are other sectors which include:

Industrial opportunities have periods of November to January and March to June.

Retail growth is between November to December and March to June.

Canadian dollar can be strongest in April.

US dollar weakest in December but strongest in January. This is when other countries repatriate their currencies to purchase with US dollars.

For us Canadians, focus only on oil, mining, and financial. All other industries to small scale have any real opportunities. Focus on al large cap American companies or ETFs as well.

For recessionary or slow growth, gold and agriculture has done fairly well but hold in cash as well. You could also do pair trading like long in XLY (consumer discrete) and short in XLP (consumer staples). Make money on the spread.

Sometimes, you can make money in the few days of each month and first days of the following month. This could include last four days of the month and the first three days of the following month.

Hope these help.

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