Sol Palha, Senior Analyst at Tactical Investor

Sol Palha is a self-taught Student of the Markets, having widely read conventional and non-conventional texts on all aspects of technical analysis, Mass Psychology and philosophy. He has been studying the markets for over 18 years. He combines the magnificent elements of mass ... more


Broad Market Review
One should never fixate on short-term gyrations. Think of them as aberrations created to throw you off track. Instead, one should focus on the longer-term or broad market outlook, where the real opportunity lies.
Summer Stock Market Rally?
While history does not repeat itself it often rhymes. Summer Stock Market rally 2022 is becoming a reality but don’t be enamored by this rally, for unless the trajectory changes dramatically, it will fizzle around October.
Copper Market: What Is It Signalling Today?
The Copper Market tends to bottom and top before the Stock market. Hence examining the copper market can provide valuable clues in terms of market direction.
Stock Market Volatility On The Rise?
V-readings are incredibly high, and market participants are no longer as bearish as they were a few weeks ago.
Stock Market Trends 2020 And Beyond
Investors allow emotions to enter into the equation; the decision to buy is based on greed, and the decision to sell is based on fear. In essence, the odds of winning when employing such a strategy is virtually zero.
Bullish Or Bearish: Stock Market Outlook 2018
Market sentiment has been whipsawing, and that is usually a sign of uncertainty and uncertainty is a very bullish development especially if the underlying trend is up.


Latest Comments
Stocks And Bonds Will Not Crash Soon
7 years ago


That is why we are suggesting that investors wait for a pullback (re the markets). This is one of the most hated bull markets in history. Bull markets usually end when the crowd is euphoric, and stocks are trading at insane levels and this is not the case yet.

In this article: CHL, CHKP, GOOG, TLT, BABA, TYX
Is China's Stock Market Crash Just Beginning?
7 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to comment

Is China's Stock Market Crash Just Beginning?
7 years ago

First of all, I have to add that we cannot give personal recommendations and that you should consult with your personal advisor before making any decision.

QIHO is a bit more speculative in nature. In general when one is looking at speculative stocks even though they offer great returns, one should wait for the broad market to bottom out. In other words there should be signs that a bottom is in place; the market trending sideways for several weeks to several months and putting higher lows would be one such indication that a bottom was in place.

The resource sector looks attractive from a long-term perspective and YZC falls under this category

Mass Psychology And Why The Average Joe Is Destined To Lose
7 years ago

Thank you. The most difficult part is to identify the problem. Once the problem is identified finding the solution is rather easy. Most traders do not even bother to consider how dangerous uncontrolled emotions are when it comes to investing and hence a solution is never found to this simple problem.

Mass Psychology And Why The Average Joe Is Destined To Lose
7 years ago

We think individuals who always focus on the gloom doom scenario must be lacking in humour. A bit of humour always helps ease the tension and perhaps makes the concept easier to understand. The concept in this article is very easy to understand, the problem is implementing it

Mass Psychology And Why The Average Joe Is Destined To Lose
7 years ago

John one of the ways it to monitor sentiment and be patient. For example, in the not too distant future Gold and Energy stocks will make good long-term investments. The adage to buy when there is blood in the streets was not coined without reason. If you can couple sentiment analysis with technical analysis you will be miles ahead of the average joe. There is one thing to have the emotions you speak of, but it is quite another thing to let them be the drivers behind your decision-making process when it comes to the markets. However, if you simply look at history, it is replete with examples illustrating how when the masses fully embraced an investment, a top was not far in the markings and vice versa

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AA Alcoa Inc.
ABT Abbott Laboratories
ACI Arch Coal Inc
ACTG Acacia Research Corporation
AEP American Electric Power Company Inc
AFL AFLAC Incorporated
AGNC American Capital Agency Corp.
AKAM Akamai Technologies Inc.
ALB Albemarle Corporation
ALU Alcatel-Lucent
ANR Alpha Natural Resources Inc.
APA APA Corporation
APL Atlas Pipeline Partners L.P.
ARCC Ares Capital Corporation
ARNA Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
ARR Armour Residential REIT Inc.
BAC Bank of America Corporation
BAYRY Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
BBRY (now BB) BlackBerry Ltd
BBT BB&T Corporation
BHP BHP Group Ltd.
BIDU Baidu, Inc.
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
BP BP p.l.c.
C Citigroup Inc.
CAT Caterpillar Inc.
CBL CBL & Associates Properties Inc.
CERN Cerner Corporation
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc.
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation
CHL China Mobile Limited
CIG Companhia Energtica de Minas Gerais - CEMIG
CIM Chimera Investment Corporation
CMI Cummins Inc.
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation
CQP Cheniere Energy Partners, LP
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc.
CSX CSX Corporation
CTL CenturyLink Inc.
CVX Chevron Corporation
DE Deere & Company
DNDN Dendreon Corporation
DNR Denbury Resources Inc.
DUK Duke Energy Corporation
DVN Devon Energy Corporation
EIX Edison International
EMC EMC Corporation
EMR Emerson Electric Co.
EOG EOG Resources Inc.
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P
ETP Energy Transfer Partners L.P.
EXC Exelon Corporation
F Ford Motor Company
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
FFIV F5 Networks Inc.
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp
FRT Federal Realty Investment Trust
FSLR First Solar, Inc.
FTR Frontier Communications Corporation
FXE Euro Currency Trust
GE General Electric Company
GG Formerly Goldcorp Inc. (see NEM)
GIS General Mills Inc.
GLW Corning Inc.
GOOG Alphabet Inc. (Google)
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
HAL Halliburton Company
HON Honeywell International Inc.
HTS Hatteras Financial Corp.
IBM International Business Machines Corporation
ISRG Intuitive Surgical Inc.
JNJ Johnson & Johnson
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co.
KMB Kimberly-Clark Corporation
KMP Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P
KO The Coca-Cola Company
KOG Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp
LEG Leggett & Platt Inc.
LINE Linn Energy, LLC
LMT Lockheed Martin
LO Lorillard Inc.
MBT Mobile TeleSystems
MCD McDonald's Corporation
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc.
MFA MFA Financial Inc.
MMM 3M Company
MMP Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.
MO Altria Group Inc.
MOS Mosaic Company The
MRK Merck & Co Inc.
MRO Marathon Oil Corporation
MS Morgan Stanley
MSFT Microsoft Corporation
MT ArcelorMittal
MWE MarkWest Energy Partners L.P.
NBL Noble Energy Inc.
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc.
NOK Nokia Corporation
NUE Nucor Corporation
PAA Plains All American Pipeline L.P.
PBI Pitney Bowes Inc.
PBR Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
PCLN Priceline (Now BKNG)
PFE Pfizer Inc.
PG Procter & Gamble Co.
PM Philip Morris International Inc.
PNC PNC Financial Services GroupThe
POT Potash Corp (Now NTR)
PSEC Prospect Capital Corporation
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated
RGLD Royal Gold Inc.
SBUX Starbucks Corporation
SCCO Southern Copper Corporation
SDRL Seadrill Limited
SHW Sherwin Williams Co.
SID Companhia Siderrgica Nacional
SINA Sina Corporation
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
SLB Schlumberger Limited
SLV iShares Silver Trust
SLW Silver Wheaton Corp.
SO Southern Company
SQM Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile S.A.
SU Suncor Energy Inc.
TBT ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury ETF
TEF Telefonica S.A.
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
TM Toyota Motor Corporation
TNK Teekay Tankers Ltd
UTX United Technologies Corporation
V Visa Inc.
VALE Vale S.A.
VAR Varian Medical Systems Inc.
VVUS Vivus, Inc.
WFC Wells Fargo & Co.
WMB Williams Companies Inc
WPRT Westport Innovations Inc
WR Westar Energy Inc.
X United States Steel Corporation
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation
YUM YUM! Brands Inc.
YZC Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd.
ZNGA Zynga Inc.
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Work Experience

Tactical Investor
January 1999 - Present (24 years 3 months)

Understanding the inner rhythms of the market or the hidden order, by combing mass psychology with technical analysis. Mass psychology is far superior to contrarian investing. Mass psychology enables one to wait till sentiment levels have turned Euphoric or extremely bearish. This enables one to predict market tops and bottoms in advance of the event.


City University of New York
1996 / 1999
Psychology, Economics and Sociology