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  • Asset Management Funds In Review by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Asset Management Funds In Review by Charles Idol Many small investors would be grateful for a service that adjusted their portfolio for diversification and modified the mix to meet the changing financial climate. While money management services have been available for such services, usually they required a substantial portfolio and charged a hefty fee. These barriers were hurdled in 1989, when Vanguard and Fidelity, the giants of the mutual fund industry, among others, introduced money management funds. Enough time has passed to permit evaluation of their performance. How did they do? Vangua...

  • Mutual fund point & figure by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Mutual fund point & figure by Charles Idol The idea of applying point and figure (P&F) chart analysis to mutual funds causes some conceptual distress to P&F purists. P&F has no theory, but the basic concept says that the chart patterns are caused by the effect of supply and demand on the price of an equity. When you speak of mutual funds, you deal in a conglomeration of equities and, to make things worse, a conglomeration that changes as the fund manager adjusts the composition of the portfolio. ""So, you see,"" say the purists, ""you don't even know what stocks you are dealing with from day...

  • Averaging systems by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Averaging systems by Charles Idol Everyone knows the secret of successful investing: buy low and sell high. Unfortunately, that rule requires accurate market predictions. If clouds obscure your crystal ball, it would be to your advantage to consider the merits of the averaging systems. Dollar averaging has been advocated for a long time as a conservative, reasonably successful system which takes some advantage of market cycles, surpasses the ""buy it and forget it"" syndrome and requires almost no thought on the part of the investor. Value averaging requires a little more work, participates ...

  • Point and figure charts: an overview by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Point and figure charts: an overview by Charles Idol The popularity of the personal computer has given rise to a bewildering number of charting techniques. In addition to a profusion of moving averages of one kind or another, we have linear regressions, stochastic methods, Fibonacci arcs, Gann angles and any number of applications of mathematical techniques to stock data. This is progress, I suppose. The drawback comes when this abundance shoves from the scene one of the most established and venerable charting methods, one which embodies a unique philosophy as well as a very clever technique...

  • Point and figure analysis and projection Part 2 by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Point and figure analysis and projection Part 2 by Charles Idol When you start point & figure chart (P&F) analysis, you should start with longer-term data and a l´3 chart like Figure 1, the P&F chart for AT&T. (See ""Point & figure charts: An overview,"" Stocks & Commodities, March 1989.) AT&T falls under the influence of the downtrend line formed by connecting the tops of columns 11, 13 and 21. While this line holds, any short-term patterns indicating upward price action tend to be optimistic. Price action on the l´l chart (Figure 2) covers a slightly different time period. (To tie the chart...

  • Point and figure: Analysis and projection Part 2 by Charles Idol

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Point and figure: Analysis and projection Part 2 by Charles Idol The fundamental pattern in point and figure charting -- the congestion area -- occurs after a substantial rise or fall in the price of a stock as the investment community adjusts to the new price. This congestion area looks like sideways price activity within a trading range (Figure 1). As a rule of thumb, the trading ranges are about 15% of the price for a low-priced stock, 10% for a medium-priced stock and 5% for a high-priced stock. Usually, you use the one-point box, one-box reversal charts (a 1x1 chart) to study congestion ...

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