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  • Quick-Scan: Ichimoku Master

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The MetaStock add-on named Ichimoku Master provides both analysis and signals based on the ichimoku kinko hyo trading system...

  • Zero In On The MACD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Do you find that you trade more than you'd like to while a market is trending? Here's a variation on the moving average convergence/divergence you can use to keep you in trending markets longer so you can capture more of a trend...

  • Product review: Chaikin Analytics

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Knowing which stocks will perform well over time is often a hit-or-miss affair for many traders. Chaikin Analytics provides a fast and reliable method for identifying stocks with the potential to either rise or fall over a three- to 12-month period...

  • Product Review: JBL Risk Manager 9.0

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Standalone money, risk, and trade management software for stock traders that operates independent of any charting service, trading system, or brokerage platform...

  • Quick-Scan: Reaction Point Timing Indicator

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Reaction Point Timing Indicators is a predictive indicator for time & price projections....

  • Product review: Chaikin Analytics For Desktop And iPad

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here, S&C Contributing Writer Barbara Star takes a look at this subscription-based ratings and research analytics service for stocks, industries, and exchange traded funds (ETFs)....

  • Product review: Insiders Guide To Trading Weekly Options

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Set of four DVDs contains the recordings of a four-day course that John Carter of Simpler_Options.com taught in September 2013....

  • Profit With Dual Oscillators & Bands

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Channels make excellent tools for identifying trends, breakouts, and retracements. Here's one way to combine channels with indicators to better identify the direction of price and the strength of that movement....

  • The DMI Stochastic

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...When a trend has already begun, does that mean it's too late to get in? Not necessarily. This trading technique can help you get into a trend so you don't have to miss trading opportunities....

  • ValueCharts

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The search for fair value embraces the notion of reasonable pricing between buyer and seller. But traders often want better than fair pricing when they buy or sell. ValueCharts offers indicators based on algorithms that help determine price valuation....

  • VectorVest 7

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The July 2009 issue of Stocks & Commodities featured a review of the VectorVest RealTime program. Now, with the release of VectorVest 7, the same user-friendly platform is available for end-of-day and intraday subscribers as well as real-time users. This Quick-Scan focuses on some of the new features that subscribers will find in VectorVest 7....

  • Trade Breakouts And Retracements With TMV

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Making good trading decisions involves finding indicators that cut through the market noise. But how do you do it without collapsing under the weight of information?...

  • Commodity Trader's Almanac

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Both experienced and beginning traders looking for seasonal trading opportunities will find the 2012 edition of the Commodity Trader's Almanac published by John Wiley & Sons a welcome resource. Entering its sixth year of publication, coauthors Jeffrey Hirsch and John Person take this book beyond the realm of commodity trading....

  • Product Review: Professional Flux Tool Set

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Ben Letto, the computer programmer and creator of the Flux tools, has discovered a way for traders to view potential intraday price turning points that occur in the future. He has produced indicators based on predictive algorithms that harness the buying and selling behavior of institutional traders, revealing high-probability reversal times up to seven days in advance. In essence, he discovered a way to level the trading field by allowing the individual trader to peer through the tunnel of time and view potential price turning points that occur in the future....

  • The 350 Swing Trade by Barbara Star, PhD.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The 350 Swing Trade by Barbara Star, PhD. This indicator can help you identify the beginning and end of a price swing. When markets exhibit greater and greater volatility, traders move away from longer-term trading methods with their potentially devastating drawdowns and move toward more nimble strategies that catch shorter-term price moves. Among the many short-term trading methods, swing trading, with its emphasis on trades that last from a few days to a few weeks, offers a good middle ground that makes trading more manageable. Traders may use a variety of methods to identify the begin...

Nison Candle Scanner by Barbara Star, PhD

  • Second Chance Options by Barbara Star

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Second Chance Options by Barbara Star Optionable stocks allow traders to use short-term strategies that combine technical analysis with the right option strike price and realistic targets to provide an edge. What could be better than picking up a quality stock for pennies on the dollar? And not only during times of economic distress, but also during times of economic growth. Optionable stocks make it possible to pick up a quality stock for pennies on the dollar by allowing traders to "lease" good companies as a substitute for actually owning the stock outright and for far less money than it ...

VectorVest RealTime by Barbara Star

Quick Scans: Tsunami Trading Systems

Product Review: Best Choice Software by Barbara Star, PhD.

Product Review: eSignal 10 & Advanced Get Edition (pt 2) by Barbara Star, PhD

Product Review: eSignal 10 and Advanced GET Edition (Part 1)

  • Confirming Price Trend by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Confirming Price Trend by Barbara Star, PhD Regression And R-Squared, Together Again Confirming Price Trend Here's a technique using linear regression slope and r-squared to confirm the price trend. Linear regression is a statistical method some traders use to filter the static, or "noise," created by day-to-day or bar-to-bar price movements. Using the least-squares method, it minimizes the amount of deviation among price values to determine a best-fit line. In an earlier STOCKS & COMMODITIES article, I showed that applying a linear regression indicator to price creates less lag and more tr...

  • BandwidthVolatility Extremes by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:13 (50-57): Bandwidth Volatility Extremes by Barbara Star, Ph.D. Knowing when volatility has reached extremes could work in your favor. Volatility refers to the range or spread between high and low prices over a given time, be it intraday, daily, or weekly. When price consolidates or moves sideways, the price range is small and volatility is low. However, when the price range expands or prices rise and fall sharply over short periods of time, volatility is high. Volatility shifts from low to high and high to low as price grows, slows, or changes direction. Knowing ...

Product Review: CQGNet Professional 7.38 by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

  • Sidebar: eSignal code for Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Sidebar: eSignal code for Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD...

  • Sidebar: eSignal code for Breakout Colored Price Bars by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Sidebar: eSignal code for Breakout Colored Price Bars by Barbara Star, PhD ...

  • Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD Price breakouts of moving averages present many profitable trading opportunities. Here's an indicator you can use to detect breakouts and identify price direction. Despite the availability of more complex tools, moving averages remain one of the most popular methods that traders use to help identify price direction. Because they smooth data and reduce day-to-day price fluctuations, moving averages offer a rapid way to recognize bullish or bearish trends. Moving averages may also serve as points of suppo...

  • Trade The Price Swings by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trade The Price Swings by Barbara Star, Ph.D. You can use this method to identify shortterm price reversals. n the futures markets, timing is critical. The ability to recognize price shifts quickly is not only a desirable trait; it is a crucial trading skill. Traders need technical indicators that can keep pace with market conditions and alert them to possible changes. Here's a low-lag indicator that identifies short-term price reversals and suggests a few trading strategies. ...

Product Review: Profit Trader 7.0 by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

  • Detecting Trend Direction And Strength by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Detecting Trend Direction And Strength by Barbara Star, Ph.D. Using an indicator by itself can reveal a portion of the entire picture. Combining it with another can reveal more. Traders use technical indicators to recognize market changes. They look to indicators for signs of price direction, momentum shifts, and market volatility. Among the most sought-after indicators are those that identify price trends. Traditionally, moving averages serve that purpose, but they suffer from whipsaw action during price consolidations. However, there is another approach. This article shows how to combine t...

Product Review: Product Review: eSignal Market Scanner by Barbara Star

Product Review:VectorVest ProGraphics Version 5.0 and VectorVest ProTrader

  • How The Pros Use Average Directional Index by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...How The Pros Use Average Directional Index Here's how technicians Charles LeBeau, Paul Rabbitt, and Linda Bradford Raschke integrate the average directional index into their trading plans. How would you like to look over the shoulders of professional traders using one of your favorite indicators? Here's your chance. I spoke with three well-known traders who put their own money at risk daily. I asked them to show me what they do with the average directional index (ADX), one of the longest-lived and most popular trend indicators around. I asked Charles LeBeau, Paul Rabbitt, and Linda Raschke h...

  • The MACD Profit Alert by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) is a momentum indicator, and here, it's combined with pattern recognition to help you identify exit points for your system. It takes more than a good entry strategy to trade profitably. Many traders have experienced the exhilaration of being in a winning trade. Some of those same traders have also known the disappointment of watch-ing their profit turn into a loss when prices change. Knowing when to take profits is part of good money management. The moving average convergence/ divergence (MACD) profit alert presented here is a pattern that hel...

  • Hidden Divergence by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Divergence, which is a term that technicians use when two or more averages or indices fail to show confirming trends, is one of the mainstays of technical analysis. Here's a new way to use oscillators and divergence as well as methods to locate entry levels during a trend. By Barbara Star, Ph.D. Most technical indicators mirror or confirm price movement. When price moves up, the indicator moves up; when price moves down, the indicator moves down. When prices peak, the indicator peaks; and when prices bottom, the indicator bottoms. Sometimes, however, a discrepancy occurs between price and ind...

  • Support and Resistance with the Andrews Pitchfork by Barbara Star

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Support And Resistance With The Andrews Pitchfork by Barbara Star, Ph.D Here's a charting technique that's available in most of today's popular software. If you're not familiar with it, here are some tips to using it. If you are familiar with it, it's time for a refresher. Every technical analyst recognizes the importance of identifying support and resistance areas on price charts. Early in the history of technical analysis, Alan Andrews developed one such technique, which he called the median line method. The median line method calls for drawing a line from a high or low price level through...

  • The MACD Momentum Oscillator by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The MACD Momentum Oscillator by Barbara Star, Ph.D. The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) is one of the most popular indicators around. Here, Barbara Star reviews and updates ways to use it. At present, virtually every charting software package contains Gerald Appel's moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) indicator. The indicator is composed of two lines: the MACD line, which is the difference between two exponential moving averages (usually a 12- and 26-period EMA), and the signal line or trigger, which is an exponentially smoothed moving average, usually a nine-period EM...

  • Volume Variations by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Volume Variations by Barbara Star, Ph.D. This month, Barbara Star uses a 1986 STOCKS & COMMODITIES article by Howard Waxenberg titled ""Technical analysis of volume"" as a basis for a tutorial on volume-based indicators. volume offers a view of the internal structure of the market that might otherwise be hidden. Volume is the total number of shares traded on a stock or stock index on any given day. The daily volume number includes both the number of shares bought and the number of shares sold on that day. In his article ""Technical analysis of volume,"" Howard Waxenberg found that keeping a ...

  • Oscillator Variations by Barbara Star

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Oscillator Variations by Barbara Star Here, Barbara Star takes a 1985 STOCKS & COMMODITIES article by John Navarte called ""Reading between the lines"" and uses it as the basis for a tutorial on oscillators for trading. Oscillators are handy tools for traders. An oscillator plots the difference between two sets of data. Popular methods include the difference between the current closing price and a moving average, the current closing price and a closing price n periods ago or the difference between two moving averages. Traders use oscillators to identify changes in market momentum, temporary ...

  • The Commodity Channel Index by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Commodity Channel Index by Barbara Star, PhD. A technical analytical standard that's often misunderstood, the Commodity Channel Index, which was developed by technician/programmer Donald Lambert more than a decade ago, offers a broad range of trading options to use alone or with other indicators. Lambert, during the course of his research, noticed that many commodities displayed cyclic patterns that reminded him of sine waves and formulated the theory based on that observation. The index, which author Barbara Star explains does not calculate cycle lengths, instead helps to determine when...

Product Review: Relevance III Advanced Market Analysis by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

  • Starting A Technical Analysis Group by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Starting A Technical Analysis Group by Barbara Star, Ph.D. While the perfect trading system may be elusive, sharing information with others is very attainable. One way to do so is to become part of a technical analysis group. Technical analysts constantly search for the knowledge that could propel them to the realm of the truly great (or, at least, the consistently good) trader. Part of the search includes the desire to compare notes and experiences with other traders. While the perfect trading system may remain elusive, sharing information with others is a very attainable goal. One of the b...







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