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Article Archive For DEC2006

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (92): Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. Annual Reports 101: What The Numbers And The Fine Print Can Reveal About The True Health Of A Company (242 pages, $19.95 softcover, 2007, ISBN 0-8144-7367-9) by Michael C. Thomsett, published by AMACOM. An annual report is a powerful and revealing document about a company's financial standing. If you know what to look for, it can give you insight into the company's future. This guide will help you see the big picture and assist in spotting any red flags. While recent accounting scandals have made companies more ...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (57): Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile Got a question about options? Tom Gentile is the chief options strategist at Optionetics (www.optionetics.com), an education and publishing firm dedicated to teaching investors how to minimize their risk while maximizing profits using options. To submit a question, post it to our website at http://Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. RISK OF BUYING CALLS I've recently watched the behavior of call options of some growth stocks during their ...

Forex Focus: Which Currency Pairs Should I Trade? by Grace Cheng

  • Futures For You by Dan O'Neil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (69): Futures For You by Dan O'Neil INSIDE THE FUTURES WORLD Want to learn how the futures markets really work? Dan O'Neil, a principal at online futures and forex broker XPRESSTRADE (www.xpresstrade.com), responds to your questions about today's futures markets. To submit a question, post your question to our website at http://Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. ETFs vs. FUTURES I've been reading about commoditiesbased exchange traded funds and am wondering about the difference...

  • Interview: Robert W. Colby, CMT by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Robert W. Colby is senior investment strategist at TradingEducation.com and RobertWColby.com. He is also a consultant to institutional and private investors and traders, providing custom research services and trading systems tailored to clients' objectives, whether it's short-term trading, long-term investing, stocks, or commodities. Why is the name so familiar? Well, if you've been around technical analysis for any length of time, you've probably flipped past the name. Colby is the author of The Encyclopedia Of Technical Market Indicators (second edition, 2003), the standard reference for ind...

  • Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (10-13): Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. The editors of S&C invite readers to submit their opinions and information on subjects relating to technical analysis and this magazine. This column is our means of communication with our readers. Is there something you would like to know more (or less) about? Tell us about it. Without a source of new ideas and subjects coming from our readers, this magazine would not exist. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS ORGANIZATIONS Editor, In the Letters To S&C section of your September 2006 issue, you listed two organizations that a...

  • Money Management Matrix by Peter Nilsson

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (70-71, 73): Money Management Matrix by Peter Nilsson Whether you're a systems trader or a discretionary trader, here's a systematic money management technique you can apply. Being a discretionary trader in stocks as opposed to a systems trader often is viewed as not being systematic. Although discretionary trading allows the trader greater freedom to use his or her intuition and experience, the core approach or plan can and should be systematic. Much like a business statement, the trading plan should deal with all aspects of trading from practical issues to tra...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (25): Q&A by Don Bright SINCE YOU ASKED Confused about some aspect of trading? Professional trader Don Bright of Bright Trading (www.stocktrading.com), an equity trading corporation, answers a few of your questions. To submit a question, post your question to our website at http:// Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. AND NOW, SOME DEFINITIONS Q: What are flippers? What do they do? Are they legal? And why are there so many people complaining about them? Thanks. --Richard Wong A:...

  • Searching For (Trading) Certainty by Aaron Lynch

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (20-24): Searching For (Trading) Certainty by Aaron Lynch Like dragons, markets are always uncertain, whether they are in a trading range or a trend. Here's a way to make your profits (for certain) by following the short-term or long-term trend. One of the most basic human emotions dictating at least one decision each day is our confidence in a known outcome. This can be as simple as knowing the sun will come up tomorrow or the train you take to work will arrive on time (in many cities, of course, this is a forlorn hope!). Without this basic premise, however, ou...

  • Spread Analysis And A Look At Unknown Fundamentals by Darin Newsom

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (42-46): Spread Analysis And A Look At Unknown Fundamentals by Darin Newsom How do you know what the underlying fundamental situation is when the supply and demand factors remain unknown? Basically, commodity market analysis can be broken into two categories: fundamental and technical. Fundamental analysis focuses on the supply and demand situation of the market, or all the various factors that affect the price of a particular commodity leading to the discovery of that market's intrinsic value. Technical analysis studies price action over time or the price trend...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (76-86): Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Here is this month's selection of Traders' Tips, contributed by various developers of technical analysis software, all to help readers more easily implement some of the strategies presented in this issue. Editor's note: This month's Traders' Tips are based on the sidebar to our interview with Robert Colby in this issue, which describes the stochastics with long-term EMA filter technique. Code written in MetaStock format is already provided in the sidebar by Robert Colby. Additional code for TradeStation, eSigna...

  • Trading In The Middle Zone by Anthony Trongone

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (32-36): Trading In The Middle Zone by Anthony Trongone Having trouble trading at the start of the day? This strategy will help you find your trading spot. There are many articles about entering the market at the open; there are many articles about entering the market toward the close. Few articles, however, focus on trading during the middle portion of trading, which I'll call the "middle zone." This is unfortunate because this less glamorous time frame (10:35?14:55 Eastern time) represents two-thirds of the overall trading day. Although the opening of the trad...

  • Websites For Traders: News Traders Can Use by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (74-75): Websites For Traders: News Traders Can Use by David Penn www.tradersaudio.com www.needtoknownews.com A subscriber recently emailed me about trading groups. He had been trading for only a short time, with the goal of one day being a full-time trader. He explained that what he felt he needed at this point in his education was, for lack of a better term, the personal touch. He was looking for trading groups, get-togethers where dedicated, committed traders talked shop: winning trades, losing trades, setups that were working, setups that weren't, sector ro...

  • Websites For Traders: TraderTim.blogspot.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (72-73): Websites For Traders: TraderTim.blogspot.com by David Penn Technical analysis and stock charts with Tim Knight The charts, the whole charts, and nothing but the charts. That is the unequivocal effect of reading the weblog of Tim Knight, founder of Prophet Financial Systems and currently senior vice president of technology at INVESTools, the company that purchased Prophet.net in 2005. Knight, whose Prophet charts have long been a favorite of this writer, is a chartists' chartist. And while his blog allows much of his personality to show through -- as the ...

  • Websites For Traders: www.IPOHome.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (62-64, 86): Websites For Traders: www.IPOHome.com by David Penn IPO Home by Renaissance Capital For a few years back in the late 1990s, saying "IPO" around a group of anxious investors was like shouting "Pull!" at a skeet shooting range. I can still remember the gray-haired, Birkenstock-wearing left-wing computer geek I worked for during the bubble years strutting around the office as he mentally counted the amount of money he had made just that afternoon because he had been one of the fortunate few who had received shares of VA Linux just as the company went p...

  • What Can Neural Networks Do For You? by Dima Vonko

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:12 (60-61): What Can Neural Networks Do For You? by Dima Vonko Neural networks can multiply your profits -- if you know how to use them. Neural networks can be created to generate profits. You may think you need vast computer facilities and a team of doctoral candidates toiling away, but what you really need is an optimal vision of neural networks and an idea of what you can achieve with them. Artificial intelligence technologies, and neural networks that stem from them, can multiply your profits. The major challenge lies in how to develop a network or group of netw...

Working Money: Midterm Miracles by David Penn

Working Money: Stock Analysis And Investing For The Small Investor by Daniel Subach








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