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Article Archive For Sylvain Vervoort

  • Exploring Charting Techniques: Creating A Trading Strategy, Part 3

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Creating our own indicators and turning them into a trading strategy is something all technical analysts strive to do. Unfortunately, a lack of programming skills can often discourage us from accomplishing this. But there are ways to get around it. Here's one way to create and backtest an indicator without writing any code....

  • Exploring Charting Techniques: Demystifying Support & Resistance, Part 4

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...There are so many possible support and resistance levels on a chart. How do you know which ones to use? How do you apply them? Here in this fourth part of an ongoing series on charting techniques, we take out some of the mystery....

  • Price Projections, Part 5

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here in part 5 of Sylvain Vervoort's "Exploring Charting Techniques" series, he looks at techniques such as measured moves, Fibonacci projections & retracements, and daily pivots to estimate future price levels...

  • Exploring Charting Techniques, Part 1

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...What type of chart should you be using? Lines, bars, candlesticks... there are so many choices. In this first part of a six-part series, an overview of charting styles is presented that may help you make the right choice for analyzing the markets....

  • Projecting Market Cycles

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here in part 6 of Sylvain Vervoort's "Exploring Charting Techniques" series, he discusses a unique way to identify the beginning and end of a market cycle...

  • Exploring Charting Techniques: Basic Chart Trading, Part 2

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Pullbacks, swing reversals, breakouts, trend reversals - these are some of the things prices do. Here's how you can recognize and trade them....

  • Oscillators, Smoothed

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this fifth part of our article series on indicator rules for a swing trading strategy (IRSTS), we will introduce an oscillator based on Percent B....

  • An Expert Of A System

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this sixth part of a seven-part series, we look at an expert trading system that color-codes candlesticks to simplify entry & exit decisions....

  • Applying The IRSTS Swing Trading Rules

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...This seven-part series has thus far provided the components of the indicator rules for a swing trading strategy (IRSTS), from color-coding candlesticks to smoothing oscillators to creating an expert system. Now that all of the components have been detailed, here's how you can put this swing trading strategy to use in your trading....

  • Indicator Rules For Swing Trading Strategies, Part 1

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In today's volatile markets, making money consistently is a challenge. You need a good strategy with reliable trading rules. This seven-part series will discuss such a strategy and its trading rules. In this, the first part, an overview is presented....

  • The 1-2-3 Wave Count

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this second part of a seven-article series, find out about the 1-2-3 wave count system that's part of the indicator rules for a swing trading strategy (IRSTS)....

  • The Step Candle Pattern

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this third part of a seven-part series on indicator rules for a swing trading strategy (IRSTS), we look at how to identify a candlestick pattern that appears at turning points....

  • Within The Volatility Band

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this fourth part of a seven-part series, we look at catching reversals using the boundaries of volatility bands....

  • Long-Term Trading Using Exchange Traded Funds

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Since ETFs track indexes, thus averaging a large number of underlying instruments, price movements tend to be relatively small. This makes it difficult to profitably trade ETFs using daily charts. HereÕs how you can overcome this drawback....

  • The Put/Call Ratio And Price Cycles

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The put/call ratio and open interest can be used as a leading indicator to predict the next index move. In this, the first part of a three-part series, the put/call ratio is defined and the cyclical phases this indicator goes through....

  • Constructing The Put/Call Ratio Indicator

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this, the second part of the series, we will build a put/call ratio indicator that can help you recognize the six phases of a price cycle discussed in part 1....

  • Applying The Put/Call Ratio Indicator

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In this third part of the series, you will find a trading method based on using the three put/call ratio indicators introduced in part 2....

A Smoothed RSI Inverse Fisher Transform by Sylvain Vervoort

  • Smoothing The Bollinger %b by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Smoothing The Bollinger %b by Sylvain Vervoort This variation of the popular Bollinger %b indicator gives clear turning points that will help traders identify entry and exit points while prices are moving between the Bollinger bands. By now, everybody in the business knows that Bollinger bands were developed by John Bollinger. What they actually are is probably equally known. The Bollinger bands in Figure 1 consist of a set of three curves drawn in relation to price data. The middle band is usually a simple 20-bar moving average that serves as the base for the upper and lower bands. Upper...

Smoothing The Bollinger %b by Sylvain Vervoort

  • Using Initial And Trailing Stops by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Using Initial And Trailing Stops by Sylvain Vervoort In this first of a three-part series, we will look at initial stop methods and compare trailing-stop strategies starting with a fixed-percentage trailing stop. Most people have no problem buying a stock, but selling it is another matter. Selling is best accomplished based on technical analysis signals reaching a price target, breaking a trend, money management, or whatever rules you apply for trading the stock market. But you must also consider a last warning signal. This warning is an initial stop and a trailing-stop signal. In this se...

  • Average True Range Trailing Stops by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Average True Range Trailing Stops by Sylvain Vervoort In this second of a three-part series we will compare trailing-stop methods using an average true range (Atr) trailing stop. by Sylvain Vervoort The average true range (Atr) was developed by J. Welles Wilder and introduced in his book New Concepts In Technical Trading Systems. The Atr indicator measures a security's volatility. Wilder defined the true range concept as the greatest value of the: ? Current high less the current low ? Absolute value of the current high less the previous close ? Absolute value of the current low less the...

  • Trailing Resistance And Support Stops by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trailing Resistance And Support Stops by Sylvain Vervoort In this, the final part of a three-part series, we will look at a short-term trailing stop that moves close to the price action. The different trailing stops I discussed in parts 1 and 2 allow for enough of a price reaction that makes them most effective for medium-term trend trading. Using lower percentages or a smaller multiplication factor for the average true range (Atr) trailing stop will mostly result in too many losing trades. If you want a short-term trailing stop, it will have to move much closer to the price action. With tha...

  • Trendline Tips And Tricks by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trendline Tips And Tricks by Sylvain Vervoort How do you capture those medium- to longer-term moves when trying to enter and exit trades quickly? Daydreaming about trading? Get in a trade early and close to the low point; stay in as long as needed and get out fast at the top! The problem, of course, seems to be the middle part. Getting in and out quickly at turning points is not that difficult. But how do you stay in a trade to capture those medium- to longer-term moves while acting quickly to enter or exit at the same time? Let me show you some tips and tricks using trendlines that can he...

ARSI, The Asymmetrical RSI by Sylvain Vervoort

  • The Quest For Reliable Crossovers by Sylvania Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Quest For Reliable Crossovers by Sylvania Vervoort Moving average crossovers should be reliable and they need to have minimal lag. Here's a technique to achieve it. Generally, it's a contradiction to have a smooth reliable moving average crossover on one side while having a fast reaction to price turning points on the other. "Faster" normally refers to shorter moving averages, but that in turn will result in more choppy moves, creating more false buy and sell signals. So if you want to create fast and reliable crossovers, the first thing you have to look at is a way to smooth closing pri...

  • Trading Medium-Term Divergences by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading Medium-Term Divergences by Sylvain Vervoort Detect medium-term divergences by using the zero-lagging exponential moving average, support and resistance lines, and trendlines. When a stock price and an oscillator move in the same direction it's known as a convergence. When price and oscillator move in opposite directions, it's known as a divergence. In looking at the lows of the oscillator and comparing them with the lows in price, we can define three different situations (see Figure 1): ■ When the price and oscillator make higher or equal bottoms, they converge. Until there is...

Trading With The Heikin-Ashi Candlestick Oscillator by Sylvain Vervoort

Stock Insurance Policy by Sylvain Vervoort

  • Trading Trendline Breaks by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading Trendline Breaks - PT 2 by Sylvain Vervoort Trendlines are common technical analysis charting tools, but there are a number of ways to implement them in your trading. Here's an in-depth look at trendlines. Previously, I discussed how trendlines are plotted, emphasizing that logarithmic trendlines are more effective than linear ones. This time, I'll discuss how to trade breaks in trendlines as well as the system I apply to my trading. A long-term investor using monthly data could act upon a number of trendlines in Figure 1. Assuming you can trade this stock both long and short: 1. At...

  • Trading Trendline Breaks, Part 3 by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading Trendline Breaks, Part 3 by Sylvain Vervoort Previously, I discussed how trendlines are plotted and how they can be used. This time, I am going to show you Abercombie & Fitch Co. (ANF). The numbers here represent the labels on the chart displayed in Figure 1: 1. There is a clear downtrend line break. There is a buy signal generated by the trendline break simulation system (green up arrow) at about the same level of the trendline break. You open a long position. Typically, you would set a stop-loss just below the previous low. 2. The next trend is up. 3. In February the trend starts...

  • Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator by Sylvain Vervoort Using the turning points in the oscillator gives profitable trades. Come look. Before telling you about the construction and application of the short-term volume and price oscillator (SVAPO) I am using, let's talk about some basics using an indicator as a buy & sell trigger. The indicator must have clear reversal points and be as fast as possible on the entry side. The faster you can get in at a price reversal, the tighter your initial stop-loss can be. This will save you a lot of money on those trades that move the wrong way. A trai...

  • Trading Trendline Breaks (Part 1) by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading Trendline Breaks (Part 1) by Sylvain Vervoot One of the best trading methods in technical analysis is the application of trendline breaks. Find out why. am convinced that one of the best trading methods using technical analysis is the application of trendline breaks. Let me convince you too. Let's start off by discussing the differences and similarities of linear and logarithmic scaling. First of all, take a look at your charts. Are they linear both horizontally for the time setting and vertically for the price setting? Or do you have to use a semilogarithmic scale with a ...

  • Short-Term Trading With SVAPO by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Short-Term Trading With SVAPO by Sylavain Vervoort The trading rules I will discuss here are based on an eight-bar shortterm volume and price oscillator (SVAPO) period with a 1/1,000 minimum price change and with an upper standard deviation channel at 1.5 and 1.3 at the lower side over a 100-day period, as discussed in my previous article. The rules are: Rule 1: The start of a short-term up move is signaled when SVAPO turns up from below the lower standard deviation boundary as in the weekly chart of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in Figure 1. The same is valid for a short-term down move when SVAPO tu...






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