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Article Archive For AUG2004

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? Beating The Business Cycle ? Futures For Small Speculators ? How To Get Started In Active Trading & Investing ? Optimal Investing: How To Protect And Grow Your Wealth With Asset Allocation ? The Motley Fool's Money After 40: Building Wealth For A Better Life...

  • Boosting Profitability by Lawrence Chan and Louis Lin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Boosting Profitability by Lawrence Chan and Louis Lin Here's how you can use advance issues momentum to create an end-of-day trading system with superior profitability. The stock exchanges broadcast the number of advancing issues each trading day. This advancing issues data has proven useful for analyzing market breadth. In fact, for many traders it is an essential indicator for everyday trading because it represents the sentiment of the entire market. For our purposes here, I will refer to the advancing issues data as broad market advancing issues, since it represents the advancing issues o...

  • Enhanced Returns With Mutual Funds by Norman J. Brown

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Enhanced Returns With Mutual Funds by Norman J. Brown Is buy and hold the best strategy when it comes to mutual funds? Here's a mutual fund switching technique that uses multiple-fund ranking to improve returns. In my earlier articles, I showed it was possible to switch a persistent fund using a technique I called one rank, or OR. The technique resulted in a significant improvement in annual return (Ann) and a reduction in maximum drawdown (Mdd). The term one rank implies ranking a single mutual fund daily, buying on an up day (return of fund positive), and selling any day the fund is down (...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile DIVIDENDS AND OPTIONS PRICES How does a company's dividend affect the option price? -- Newman The dividend can be an important influence on a stock option's price. Obviously, if the company pays no dividend, it makes no difference. However, all else being equal, a dividend will lower the value of a call option and make a put option more expensive. Why? Because after the dividend is paid, the share price will fall to reflect the dividend payment. Further, the fact that the stock falls after the dividend is paid makes calls less valuable and puts more expens...

  • Fine-Tuning Your Money Management System by Bennett A. McDowell

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Fine-Tuning Your Money Management System by Bennett A. McDowell Acknowledge the risks in trading the markets by making sure your money management system is sound. When you hear of someone making a huge killing in the market on a relatively small trading account, more likely than not it was a fluke: The trader was not using sound money management techniques. The trader probably exposed his trading account to obscene risk due to an abnormally large trade size. The trader may have just gotten lucky and experienced a profit windfall. Trading like this means it's just a matter of time before huge...

  • Interview: George Fontanills Of Optionetics by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: George Fontanills Of Optionetics by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan You might assume that graduates of Harvard Business School know everything they need to know, but George Fontanills, cofounder of Optionetics, is an active trader and Harvard grad who learned quickly that he had a lot more to learn. Disbanding his real estate business in the 1980s, George Fontanills made a decision: his new business would be trading. After years of study and practice, he developed a new method of making money: delta-neutral options trading. He called his technique optionetics, and now Optionetics is a lea...

  • Letters To The Editor by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To The Editor by Technical Analysis, Inc. ZIGZAG INDICATOR VS. FILTERED WAVES Editor, As one who has more gray in his beard than he'd like, I wanted to point out that the "zigzag indicator" or "zigzag filter" referred to in Norman J. Brown's June 2004 article is misnamed. I believe the mistake started when Equis included this indicator in the first version of its MetaStock charting software. CompuTrac did not include the indicator in its package (I told you there was too much gray in my beard). At any rate, the concept was introduced before IBM had even introduced the first PC. It ...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Predicting Turning Points With Cobweb Theory by Chris Satchwell, Ph.D.

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright TRADING PREPARATION Do you prepare for the day, or do you simply start trading? I've heard you mention that you respond to the market, but is that always enough? -- JS That's a good question, and sometimes I wonder if it's ever "enough"! However, we do our best to prepare our traders for each trading day. Our traders are connected each morning to a live chat that originates in New York, Vancouver BC, North Carolina, and Las Vegas. Four traders (me included) share the "numbers" for the day (support, resistance, pivots, and so on), and conduct a market commentary. By having m...

  • Sidebar: Neoticker code and trading system to calculate AIM by L. Chan & L. Lin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Sidebar: Neoticker code and trading system to calculate AIM by L. Chan & L. Lin - NEOTICKER CODE TO CALCULATE AIM - NEOTICKER TRADING SYSTEM WITH ADVANCE ISSUES MOMENTUM...

  • Sidebar: Predicting turning points with cobweb theory by Chris Satchwell, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Sidebar: Predicting turning points with cobweb theory by Chris Satchwell, Ph.D. - PREDICTING TURNING POINTS WITH COBWEB THEORY...

Spotting Index Tops And Bottoms

  • Strength-Rated Candlestick Patterns by Mitch E. Mulhall

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Strength-Rated Candlestick Patterns by Mitch E. Mulhall Perfectly formed candlestick patterns are not common. By ordering the criteria for a candlestick pattern from most important to least important, you can rate pattern strength by the number of criteria met. The criteria for a candlestick pattern may seem prescriptive, but a given pattern may require a series of subtle qualifications. This is particularly true of multiplecandlestick patterns. By carefully ordering the qualities of a pattern, you can determine a strength factor that can add perspective to your candlestick analysis. Streng...

  • The New Volatility Futures by Larry McMillan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The New Volatility Futures by Larry McMillan They just might be the stock owner's delight. The CBOE has created a new futures exchange (the CBOE Futures Exchange, or CFE) to trade volatility products. Its first and only product at this time is futures on VIX, the CBOE volatility index, but the CBOE plans to introduce more volatility-related products soon. Some traders might dismiss these products as simply an opportunity for option-crazed investors. But in reality, these products will find application for a far wider audience than speculators: stock owners can benefit from the ability to ...

Traders' Resource: Brokerages by Technical Analysis, Inc.

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? NEOTICKER: ADVANCE ISSUES MOMENTUM (AIM) Editor's note: Lawrence Chan and Louis Lin of TickQuest (developer of NeoTicker) contributed the article to this issue on which this month's Traders' Tips is based ("Boosting Pro?tability"), and they have included NeoTicker code in the article. Thus, please see the article starting on page 28 in this issue for NeoTicker code for the advance issues momentum (AIM) indicator. --Kenneth Yuen, TickQuest Inc. www.tickquest.com TickQuest...

  • Websites For Traders: ChartPattern.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: ChartPattern.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan WWW.CHARTPATTERN.COM Dan Zanger is well known in the trading community, and for good reason. Zanger, who uses chart patterns to find highvolatility stocks, is often quoted in popular financial magazines such as Forbes and Fortune, hosts his own radio shows, and has been interviewed in several trading magazines, including the one you are reading (but not this particular issue). He piqued the interest of technicians in 2000 when he discussed how he turned $11,000 into $18 million in a year and a half, an unofficial world record ...

  • Websites For Traders: FuturesKnowledge.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: FuturesKnowledge.com by David Penn FUTURESKNOWLEDGE.COM Are you interested in finding a futures broker? How about scoring some solid analysis of the markets? Quotes and charts? Are you curious about forex trading, electronic trading, or systems trading? Got a thing for options (or like to know where you could get one)? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then knowledge about futures may be what you are after. And if it is futures knowledge that you are looking for, then perhaps Futures Knowledge.com should be among your destinations. FuturesKnowledge.com i...

Working Money: Candlesticks And Trendlines by Ashwani Gujral

Working Money: Chart Reading Basics by John Devcic

Working Money: The '94 Rules by David Penn

Working Money: Trading Market Conditions by Steve Palmquist







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