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Learn To Trade Stocks and Options

Learn how to trade stocks and options with these simple to follow videos hosted by ClayTrader. Breaking down all aspects of trading and technical analysis.

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Learn how to trade stocks and options with these simple to follow videos hosted by ClayTrader. Breaking down all aspects of trading and technical analysis.

Job Crisis? No… It’s Even Worse!

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We continue to hear in the financial and main stream media headlines the job/labor market is strong, to which I would agree. As far as there being a “job crisis”, there is not one. Everywhere you look people are trying to hire and there seems to be more job openings than there are people available to fill them. Looking at these economic indicators at face value then it would be correct to claim there is no job crisis. When you look beyond the face value however, there is an even worse crisis occurring. I have been trying to point this out for the past few months; but, credit where credit is due. I came across an article where the author gives us a phrase which perfectly summarizes what I have been trying to say. There is no doubt about it, we are living in some goofy financial and economic times. There are jobs all over the place, yet, people are still struggling within their personal finances and budgeting? Huh? In order to best understand this situation, we need to define a few (simple) terms and then do some very simple math. What is this situation that is even worse than a job crisis? Let’s talk about it and get more informed about our current state of affairs as an economy! The more you are informed, the more you can make wiser choices to position yourself for the best chance at weathering the storm and remaining in control!

Aug 08 2022

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How to Survive (and Thrive) as a Day Trader

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If you want to be a successful day trader, one of the biggest lessons you can learn is the importance of not making money, but rather, protecting it. When your main goal of any day trading strategy is to “survive”, you know you are building upon a rock solid foundation. Truly stop and think about it. Can you make money (”thrive”) if you don’t have any money to use? Of course not. In fact, that’s a silly question on my part; however, it is a concept that many traders forget and/or struggle with. Those of us who are traders are passionate and ambitious people by nature. We want to fight and succeed in whatever we are doing! The thought of “taking a loss” is not wired into our DNA as ambitious people. Yes, this attitude is amazing and required in the vast areas of life, but when it comes to being a successful day trader, you need to be willing to take a loss. Taking the loss on a trade gives you the ultimate ability to stay in the game. The longer you are able to stay in the game, the higher and higher your chances go of nailing that next big winner (which can wipe away those small controlled “survival” losing trades). Let me walk you through this general idea by showing you some of my personal day trading results I was able to capture on video. Let’s go!

Aug 05 2022

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$HKD and The Truth About Short Squeeze Stocks

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I’m sure you’ve seen stock ticker symbol $HKD somewhere! I mean, we gotta give credit where credit is due, the stock has gone bonkers! Even from when I recorded this video, the stock continued to sky rocket and go crazy. For you beginner traders out there who are just getting started, $HKD is what is known as a short squeeze stock. These stocks can quickly become popular across social media and sites such as Reddit due to their explosive nature and price movements; however, there’s way more than what meets the eyes. When I was just getting started as a day trader, I would have simply looked at the percentage gain the stock has moved and thought, “Oh wow! This is crazy!”, but the more I’ve learned over the decades, the more I now know this is a way too simplistic viewpoint. What do I mean? In the world of short squeeze stocks, there are two worlds. There is the surface deep “how much it went up” world, which is not very useful. And then there is the “what was the risk involved trying to make money from the short squeeze event?” world, and this is the world that matters. Let me explain how and why in this video!

Aug 03 2022

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The Best Recession Signal in History?

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There has been lots of talk in the news recently about the definition of a recession and whether or not the USA economy is officially in one. As the opinions and arguments fly around from every direction you look, in my opinion, there is a single signal out there that reveals the recession status of the economy. This statistic becomes that much more powerful when you consider the, literal, addiction surrounding it. Sometimes the answers to apparently complex issues can be solved by just using a little bit of common sense and data that everyone can relate to. This is what I’m going to do in this video. If you are someone who has common sense and can relate to how powerful and beneficial a smartphone is, then I’m confident you’ll be able to connect the same dots I do. I know the people with their PHD’s in economics don’t want to admit that such simple pieces of data can be so revealing, but that’s the truth of the matter. Let’s keep the economic analysis simple and figure out what the true status of the economy actually is.

Aug 01 2022

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Day Trader Tips: Learn From Loses? (nope! here’s why…)

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There’s an old adage for day traders stating “there are no loses, only learning”. While I understand the attitude behind the adage, can you actually learn from losing trades? Nope! I know this goes against what many others say, but let me give you a real life example of how trying to learn from loses can (and will) create more headaches for yourself. As a beginner day trader you are in knowledge consumption mode and constantly trying to learn. Any time there is a losing trade it leads you to the conclusion that you must have done something wrong, therefore, there’s a learning lesson to take away from the trade. You can spend hours going back over trades and analyzing every angle of them. Who knows, maybe you have a trade journal where you document all aspects of the trade and then pick over the journal with a fine tooth comb looking for “improvements” and “what went wrong”. As I mentioned, I totally understand this mentality and it’s certainly coming from a place of ambition and wanting to master the skill. With that being said, as I’ll show you in the video, this ambition will ultimately lead to way more pains than actual solutions. Let me show you what I mean!

Jul 29 2022

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How WeBull Broker/App Keeps Getting Better and Better

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If you want to buy and sell stocks, options, and crypto, you’ll need an online broker (same this as an “app”). When you are a beginner to the stock market and world of cryptocurrency, I know how overwhelming it can be. There are so many choices of brokers and platforms. I know Robinhood is a popular broker; however, I have never recommend them as their only quality characteristic seems to be in their marketing department. They are great at getting people to sign up for the broker, but their platform itself leaves a lot to be desired! This is why I’ve always recommended WeBull. They may not be as well known as Robinhood; however, when you consider all the additional features they give you compared to Robinhood, it’s not even close. In fact, just recently they came up with a new version of their platform which added in that many more features, particularly in regards to the platform’s scanning ability. Scanning is very important for us as traders as it allows us to quickly find trading set-ups that fit our rules and strategy. Time is money and when you can more efficiently find what you’re looking for, that’s a win. Oh.. and the best part is, these scans are not only free but you get paid (via free stock) to sign up for their platform if you use this link: https://a.webull.com/i/ClayTrader

Jul 27 2022

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Is the Fed Fighting Inflation? Kind Of

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Is the Federal Reserve and Jerome Powell actually fighting inflation like they keep telling the public they will? Kind of… thanks to some new data that is publicly available to us all, we can track their movements and see just how serious they, actually, are about what they tell us in the headlines. As of now, their actions are not really matching their words. Let me share with you this economic data via a simple line chart that illustrates exactly what I mean.

Jul 25 2022

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Car Shopping? Do THIS 1 Step for Lower Prices

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Car shopping can be a quest a person absolutely loves embarking on, or like me, a journey someone dreads. Whether you enjoy the challenge of car shopping or hate it, the one common ground I assume is both types of people want the best deal possible. I’ve never met a person who does not enjoy lower prices! There has been new car market data arriving that suggests if you do this one step,  you will be able to give yourself an opportunity at lower car prices. The best part is, this “step” is super anti-climatic and will potentially cause you to accuse me of offering a clickbait video. All I ask is that you give me a chance to explain so you can understand why the solution to giving yourself lower prices is so straight forward and simple! A car purchase is, obviously, one of the bigger amounts of money you’ll spend so from a money management and wealth building standpoint, I would hope we can all agree we need to be as smart about it as possible. The markets are always changing and there is no way I could give this advice several months ago; however, at this point in time within the car market, doing one simple step will save you a whole lot of money. What is this step? What in the market is changing to create this opportunity for us as buyer shoppers? I go into that and more within the video!

Jul 18 2022

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How Do Gas Stations (actually) Make Money?

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President Biden recently blamed the gas stations for playing a role in higher has prices, which peaked my curiosity. I quickly realized that I was pretty ignorant in regards to how gas stations work and make money from the business point of view. I try my best not to be a puppet and blindly follow people’s claims, so I decided to do a bit of research and learning into how gas stations make money. I’ve always been one of these people who drive by a gas station and think, “Dang! I should try to open a gas station, they are raking in that cash!”. I can now officially say my viewpoint was totally ignorant. Gas stations are a very bizarre business entity when you dig into the numbers and see how they all break down. I wanted to share with you what I learned. If you are like me, and prefer to not blindly follow, then give this video a watch and do some additional research! Don’t blindly follow me either, but I hope this video gets you off to a good start in learning more about this topic if you find interest in it. Personally, after learning how ignorant I was towards it, I hope you do decide to learn a bit more as it is highly relevant in today’s environment of high inflation and gas stations. There is a whole lot of blame being thrown around as I’m sure you know. With all that being said, is it the gas stations who are at fault for these higher gasoline prices? Could they significantly reduce the prices at the pump if they chose? Let’s do some learning…

Jul 15 2022

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What is the Red Herring Fallacy?

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If you want to have a worthwhile conversation, both people should do their best to avoid throwing out and using the Red Herring Fallacy. What is the Red Herring Fallacy? This is what I want to discuss in the video and explain why it is a massive distraction in regards to achieving productivity within the discussion. When people are distracted from the main talking point and claims being made, it tends to cause the discussion to go way off course. When this happens, the main claim is either not addressed or addressed in a very surface deep way that does not, actually, provide any true solutions or agreement. In the example I use in the video, you’ll see the Red Herring Fallacy is produced from a place of emotion. When emotion is interjected into a discussion, it’s like the gasoline that ignites the explosion of going “off topic”. Therein lies the problem though, it can “feel like” you’re still on topic, but you’re not! Instead of trying to further explain it, let me just use a real world example that is from my social media! Avoid the Red Herring!

Jul 11 2022

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False Frustration as a Day Trader

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Being a day trader can be a wonderful way of making money online; however, it also can come with a roller coaster of emotions. In fact, the emotional element of day trading is what makes the skill the hardest to master and be consistent at. Don’t get me wrong, you need to be able to analyze technical charts and structure valid trade plans, but these can quickly fall apart when the emotional feelings show up! Given we are humans emotions will always be involved in our day trading (or swing trading), so the focus needs to be shifted to understanding our emotions as best as possible. One common emotion we all face is frustration. In many situations, the frustration is valid and deserved because we know we’ve done something wrong/stupid as a trader. On the other hand, there are certain situations that produce a false sense of frustration leading to beating yourself up when there’s no need to. What would be an example of a situation that leads to producing false frustration? Let me show you a real life trade I made (all caught on video, live) which illustrates just how sneaky the emotion of (false) frustration can arise. After watching this video you’ll be able to identify those false frustration moments much easier within your trading and have a much better chance of continuing to succeed! Let’s get to it!

Jul 08 2022

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What is the Strawman Fallacy?

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If you want to have a productive conversation with another person, both people should do their best to avoid the Strawman Fallacy. What is the Strawman Fallacy? This is what I want to discuss in the video and explain why it is so easy to do. Given the ease at which it can be used within a conversation or expression of an opinion, it happens all the time. When you look at how the Strawman Fallacy works from a psychology standpoint, it makes perfect sense and is very logical. With that being said, just because something may make sense and be logical, does not mean it will lead to the intended results of a productive and fruitful conversation. If we as humans are going to come up with solutions, we need to be able to talk with those who may disagree with us. However, we need to take this even one step further. Not only do we need to be able to talk with them, we need to be able to productively talk with them! Let me help you understand what the Strawman Fallacy is so you can avoid it in your future conversations and help you to avoid wasting your time.

Jul 01 2022

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More Proof “How To Trade” Books Don’t Work

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This is an important trading topic that I’ve talked about several times on the channel. In the spirit of investing our time as wisely as possible and being efficient in your quest to learn how to trade, please realize that “how to trade” books don’t work! In this video I have additional proof that arose in an unexpected way thanks to a viewer’s courage. I want to show you this proof and then offer up a bit more context behind it. Specifically, I want to use some real life information on why using books don’t work, but then also offer you a much better solution. The great news is, there are so many free resources out there that will allow you to learn how to trade in much better fashion compared to a book. At the end of the day, I know it seems logical to just hop into a book and start reading, but when it comes to the markets things are a bit different! Let’s take a look at this proof and then how you can approach learning how to trade in a much more efficient way!

Jun 29 2022

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They Think We’re S-T-U-P-I-D… (please share this!)

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I’m sick and tired of being treated like I’m the stupidest person. This elitist class looks down from their high perches and genuinely believes we are idiots. I’m here to show you how we can all hold them accountable for their actions. As you’re about to see, what they “say” is the exact opposite of what they “do”. The most ironic (and insulting) part about this all is they know the information they are lying about is public information. It’s not like they “say” one thing and then get caught. No, this is them knowing the information is public yet still thinking we are too stupid. If there are ever going to be any changes, it all starts with being aware of how this separate elitist class operates and constantly lies to us.

Jun 27 2022

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Inflation vs. Prices - There’s a Difference!

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Inflation has become a very tricky subject to discuss with others due to, quite literally, the English language changing the definition. Why the definition was changed, I don’t know (but I do some some theories on!), but the fact of the matter is the new definition of inflation is completely wrong. In order to understand the problem of inflation, you need to separate out the two terms of “inflation” and “price”. While I understand the mainstream media says that “inflation is the increase in price of goods and services”, that is wrong. This may not seem like it matters much. In fact, I understand if you think I’m just arguing over arbitrary semantics; however, these two terms do matter if you want to understand the problem to solve the problem. I will show you how the current definition of inflation logically makes no sense when talking about the topic of solving inflation. When it comes to being a wise manager of your finances and building passive income, becoming knowledgeable in these areas is only going to help you achieve your goals. If you are sick and tired of higher and higher prices, well you need to look at inflation as one of the primary drivers of this problem. Let me show you how this all works (and no worries, it’s EASY to understand!)

Jun 15 2022

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This Recession Indicator Rules Them ALL!

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The headlines are filled with chatter of recession and whether the economy will face this event or not. Other headlines are filled with chatter of not “if” a recession happens, but how bad will the recession be? When you understand the data and facts, in my opinion, anyone thinking the Federal Reserve can orchestrate a soft landing is living in a world filled with unicorns and marshmallow rainbows! I will be the first to admit that there is tons of data being thrown around, making for a quickly overwhelming environment. This is why I want to share with you the one indicator that cuts through all the media hype and opinions. It cuts through what the government and federal reserve is telling us. In fact, I would argue this recession indicator acts as a lie detector test in regard to whether or not what we are being told will happen, actually does happen. If you are like me (which I’m assuming you are), then you care about these economic dynamics as they can help position you in the wisest way possible to create opportunity for yourself. We are all striving to be good stewards of our finances and wealth, so let’s follow the data that will give us the clearest insight into the current financial times!

Jun 10 2022

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New Data Shows How to “Get” (NOT “look”) Rich

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Bloomberg finance just released a survey and all I can say is, “Wow! Sad!”. The data the survey provides, while sad, is extremely insightful in helping to explain this highlight reel of social media society we live in. In fact, I would argue this survey provides motivation to those of you who find yourself looking around and thinking, “how is that person able to do that?!?!” When it comes to getting rich, you essentially have two pathways you can choose to pursue. One is actually getting rich, the other is looking like you are rich. If you are the person who is choosing to actually get rich, well then, good for you and this data is going to keep you motivated to continue on the path you are grinding along! In some ways, the data from this survey is hard to believe is real; however, on the other hand, it makes total sense why the data shows what it does. For those of you who are looking to get rich and build wealth, this video will both shock you while motivating you at the same time. Keep at it! Keep grinding!

Jun 06 2022

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A Quick Trick to Get Started Finding Stock Investments

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Your time is very valuable. When it coms to finding good stocks to buy for investing and building wealth, the last outcome you want is a waste of time. Let me be clear, there is no such thing as a guarantee within the stock market; however, there are choices you can make that help put the odds in your favor that you are making a good decision with your money. I want to share with you a trick quick to get you started in finding stock investments. By using the broker I show you in the video, you’ll be able to quickly scan the markets for certain types of activity that give you a better insight into how well (or poorly) a company is actually doing. In my mind, it is rationale to think that if you can get a “behind-the-scenes” look into a company, you should! No worries though! None of what I talk about is gaining insider information or anything illegal. Given the nature of the rules and regulations, you are free to locate this powerful information and utilize it however you see fit. My favorite part about this trick is how simple it is (with the right tools of course, all of which are free),  yet how insightful the information is that it grants you access to. Let me show you a great way to get started in your research for making your next stock investment!

Jun 01 2022

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This Graph Guarantees a Painful Recession… (maybe Depression?)

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It amazes me how the mainstream financial media overlooks such basic graphs that illustrate such powerful topics of consideration. Unfortunately, the graph I will show you in this video guarantees a painful recession (if not a depression!). Oftentimes the best predictor of the future is looking backwards into history. I realize that past history does not guarantee future results; however, when you consider the context of the last time in history a balance sheet reduction occurred and combine that with the current state of affairs… uh oh! I don’t mean to be so pessimistic, but it’s hard to be positive when all the data is staring you in the face screaming, “be ready for pain!”. You don’t need to be an economist to analyze this graph and see all the red flags it presents to our current economic conditions. Inflation is a massive problem and needs to be fixed. Will the federal reserve do what it promises to do? This graph suggests, if they do… it’s gonna be painful!

May 25 2022

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What is Financial Equity? (Money Basics)

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The term “equity” is thrown around in various ways, but in this video, I will be talking about “equity” from a financial perspective. When I was new to the world of money basics and wealth building, I was constantly  hearing the term of “equity” being thrown around. In hindsight, it’s quite embarrassing knowing how simple it is to understand, yet, how intimated I was of it. In other words, please don’t think you need some kind of college degree in business finance or mathematics in order to understand how financial equity works. All you will need is two basic numbers and an understanding of how to do subtraction. If you know how to use a calculator and do subtraction, you will know how to figure out the financial equity of your situation. Depending on your personal goals within the world of wealth building and money, equity is a topic you’ll want to have a full understanding of. There are many hotly debated topics surrounding it, but  before you can form your own opinion on it, it would be wise to know what it is, right? Let me walk you quickly through what financial equity is and how you can quickly figure it out!

May 23 2022

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Super informative

By James C. #3 - Jan 06 2020
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As a teen(17) trying to get into investing this has been a great step by step way to enter the market. Thanks so much 👍

Keep it up!

By HAVS047 - Oct 08 2019
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Really enjoyed the episodes I’ve listen, thank you for sharing your experiences, knowledge and being straightforward. Helps a lot. Over a year ago started with long-term investing but gradually ended up swing trading and option trading. Again, thank you.