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  • The Alter Ego Of Swing Trading

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...With so much coverage of blue-chip companies coming from popular media channels, tweets, or social chat rooms, traders often overlook small-cap stocks, which provide wider spreads and more liquidity. Find out how to capitalize on them...

  • Applying The Chart Aspect Ratio

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Have you ever thought about aspect ratio when setting up your stock charts? Here we explore how to maintain the integrity of the aspect ratios so you can easily analyze charts, identify trends, and perform reliable technical pattern analysis...

  • Recognizing Patterns & Relations in Candlesticks

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...There's more to chart patterns than merely identifying them. Find out how you can see relationships between candlestick bars and patterns to better assess what price is likely to do....

  • The Detrend Reveals The True Friend

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...We would all like to trade bottoming and topping markets. Here's one way to do it....

  • Balancing Your Indicators

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...With so many indicators to choose from, how do you select which ones to use? By looking at three primary data, you can select a few that will prove useful. Find out how....

  • Riding The Velocity Express

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Understanding the difference between momentum, velocity, and volatility in price and volume patterns will improve trading results for swing traders. Here's an in-depth look....

  • More Power To The Subordinates

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...There are primary indicators and there are subordinate indicators. Often we get caught up in the primary indicators and fail to see certain patterns within them. Here's how applying the subordinates can help you see something that could give you the edge....

  • Using Cycle Deviations

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Cycles come in all forms and sizes, but what's a cycle deviation? It's something to keep your eye out for....

Volume, The Forgotten Oscillator by Martha Stokes, CMT

  • Do You Want To Trade Today?

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...So many choices, but which is right for you?...

  • Options: The Missing Link by Martha Stokes, CMT

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Options: The Missing Link by Martha Stokes, CMT What's the link between an option and a stock? growing numbers year after year. The Options Industry Council offers excellent free education on options, and there are good option courses out there. The lure of options is undeniable. Every year, thousands of traders attend seminars and buy books on options in their pursuit of profit. The desire to leverage a small amount of capital to make huge gains in the market draws people to options in ever-growing numbers year after year. The Options Industry Council offers excellent free education on opti...

  • Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes What works and what doesn't? Only experience will tell. Find out why you need to constantly modify a trading system so it gives you the results you want. At a recent investment trade show I attended, the booths displaying charting software looked nearly identical. High-tech charts blinking red and green had hordes of traders gathered around them. Vendors were proclaiming the age of the emotionless trade, triggered by an automatic buy or sell signal generated by a computer that never makes a mistake. Traders have flocked to these automated trading systems in r...

  • Forward Testing by Martha Stokes, CMT

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Forward Testing by Martha Stokes, CMT A Solution To Backtesting A simple technique, it can reveal the true profit or loss capabilities of a trading system. Backtesting has been popular among traders for many years. The concept is that you take a set number of months or years and test a trading strategy over that period's data. You calculate the average results and performance of that trading strategy as it performed during that time. In theory this sounds like a fantastic tool for traders -- backtest and know if the strategy works. But that is not what backtesting this way actually gives a t...

  • The Angle Of Ascent by Martha Stokes, CMT

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Angle Of Ascent by Martha Stokes, CMT Understanding the concept of the angle of ascent will help you make strong entries and protect your profits. Successful traders know that technical analysis skills require an understanding of buy signals and indicators. Today, we tackle angle of ascent. Angle of ascent involves price, which is the most important aspect of technical analysis and an indicator onto itself. Yes, price is an indicator -- the most important of any. Why? Because the stock market, while closely tied to mathematical concepts, is even more closely related to biology. If that se...

Let The Indicator Fit The Market by Martha Stokes, CMT

  • Trading Systems Defined by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:1 (16-22): Trading Systems Defined by Martha Stokes What is your trading style? Here's an overview of different types of trading systems that can be applied to different markets. To succeed as a trader, you must understand how the market works. This begins with a foundation of core market knowledge, as can be seen in Figure 1. The next level is trading styles, followed by trading systems, and then, at the top, the implementation of trading strategies. One of the least-understood aspects of this formation is the trading systems level, second from the top. Without a...

  • Why Position Trade? by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:2 (54-56): Why Position Trade? by Martha Stokes Position trading offers some good opportunities for current market conditions. Here's how you can benefit. When the stock market is dominated by short-term traders, the position trade is often forgotten in favor of the betterknown daytrading, swing, and option trading techniques. This is unfortunate because position trading offers some excellent opportunities for prevailing current market conditions. The stock market sees long periods of sideways action followed by sudden bursts of price action, both momentum patterns...

  • What's Your Trading Style? by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...What's Your Trading Style? by Martha Stokes Find out which trading style will work for you. There is considerable confusion among traders as to the difference between a strategy, a trading style, and a trading system. A trading style is not a strategy or a trading system. It is a set of parameters and rules you adhere to for every trade you make. Trading styles are as individual as each trader. Once you have a trading style fully developed and implemented, your trading results will improve. A thorough understanding of trading styles will help you eliminate two common problems that plague tr...

The Missing Cycle

  • The Tools Of The Trade by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:10 (68-70): The Tools Of The Trade by Martha Stokes Here's an overview of the array of tools you need in order to trade successfully. Every professional knows that the right tools are essential to success. A carpenter wouldn't use a sledgehammer to nail an interior window frame, nor would he (or she) use a framing waffle-head hammer. He knows that the ideal hammer for fine finish work is a finishing hammer that has a smooth head and is lightweight. By using the right hammer for the job, the carpenter gets the results he wants. YOUR TOOLKIT FOR TRADING The same ap...







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