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The mainstream financial press would have you believe that markets "have fallen and they can't get up." They're telling you to gather your capital and dash for the sidelines.
Those folks are clearly clueless about how to make money as an investor.
You see, since hitting bottom on Aug. 25, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index has rallied for gains of roughly 11%. That means, in about two months, this tech barometer has turned a year-to-date loss into a 6% profit.
Investors who sold and ran back in August missed the rebound. That's why my first piece of advice is, "Always have some money in the market."
Sure, we're in a volatile market. And rebounds and rallies never follow a straight line to the top. There are always zigs and zags along the way.
But leaving the market means you'll miss some off-the-chart bargains – like the ones that are popping up right now during what I call the "hidden tech rebound." These opportunities are yours for the taking – if you remain nimble in your approach to making money.
So, today I'm going to show you four tools you can use to turn this hidden tech rebound into gold…
Tech Rebound Tool No. 1: The "Moneyball" Method
Volatile markets like the ones we've seen this year are a fact of life. But just because a market is choppy doesn't mean you can't profit from it. The secret is to be willing to take smaller gains along the way.
Fortunately, I have a tool that will help us do just that. I call it the "Moneyball" method.
I named this technique after the book and movie "Moneyball," which told how Silicon Valley's hometown baseball team, the Oakland A's, went on a 20-game win streak during the 2002 season.
Only five teams had ever done that in more than 100 years of professional baseball.
The A's historic success didn't come from slamming a ton of homers. Rather, the team focused on getting as many runners on base as possible, which meant they looked for walks, singles, doubles, and stolen bases.
For investors in today's market, a "Moneyball" game plan might entail taking profits off the table when your stock is up, say, 30% or so.
Remember, the faster a stock moves, the more you'll want to protect some of those "windfall gains" before it has a chance to reverse on profit taking.
And in volatile markets, reversals are a definite possibility.
Tech Rebound Tool No. 2: The Cowboy Split
This is a technique I've used over and over to pile up profits for readers of my paid tech investing services, the monthly Nova-X Report and my premium trading opportunity, the weekly Radical Technology Profits.
Simply stated, the cowboy split is a staggered-entry system. It involves getting into your intended position "at market" and then putting in a "lowball limit" order to buy more of the position if a discount comes along.
I generally look for a 15% to 20% discount from the original price to use as a second entry point.
About the Author
Michael A. Robinson is a 35-year Silicon Valley veteran and one of the top technology financial analysts working today. He regularly delivers winning trade recommendations to the Members of his monthly tech investing newsletter, Nova-X Report, and small-cap tech service, Radical Technology Profits. In the past two years alone, his subscribers have seen over 100 double- and triple-digit gains from his recommendations.
As a consultant, senior adviser, and board member for Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Michael enjoys privileged access to pioneering CEOs and high-profile industry insiders. In fact, he was one of five people involved in early meetings for the $160 billion "cloud" computing phenomenon. And he was there as Lee Iacocca and Roger Smith, the CEOs of Chrysler and GM, led the robotics revolution that saved the U.S. automotive industry.
In addition to being a regular guest and panelist on CNBC and Fox Business Network, Michael is also a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter. His first book, "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" warned people about the coming financial collapse - years before "bailout" became a household word.
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