Don’s Notebook January 31, 2018


There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on today, starting with the total super blue blood moon lunar eclipse that is now currently taking place this morning.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average made big headlines yesterday (1/30) by closing down 363 points, a 1.4% loss at 26,076.89.

President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address last night saying that the U.S. has arrived at a new American moment of wealth and opportunity and he made a bid for a bipartisan tone, promising to unify the country.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen gavels her last FOMC meeting today. Most observers are not expecting interest rate hikes from this meeting.

Significant corporate earnings announcements today including: Facebook, Boeing, Microsoft, Mondelez International and AT&T.

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Dr. Don Pratl is Director of Trader Development and Education for TradeStation. He joined TradeStation in 2016 after holding similar roles with other online brokerages. Don’s long career in the financial services industry reflects expertise in administering trading and investment strategy programs for retail investors as well as financial services professionals. Since the 1980s, he has held various positions in areas including CBOE trading floor order execution, marketing, sales, personnel management, training and customer service. Don holds series 3, 4, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses, earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science. He has been an occasional adjunct college instructor since 2004 at a range of institutions, teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students using in-class and online formats.