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Article Archive For FEB2003

  • Adam & Eve Double Bottoms by Thomas Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Adam & Eve Double Bottoms by Thomas Bulkowski Here's the final part of a four-part series discussing double bottoms. If you read my article in the January 2003 STOCKS & COMMODITIES about the Eve & Adam double bottom, you can guess that an Adam & Eve double bottom (AEDB) is its mirror image. If you think I saved the best for last, though, you would be wrong, as an AEDB's performance falls between the best-performing Eve & Eve pattern and the worst-performing Adam & Adam pattern....

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? The Volatility Course by George A.Fontanills and Tom Gentile ? Daytrade Your Way To Financial Freedom by Sammy Chua ? How Technical Analysis Works by Bruce M. Kamich ? Trendwatching: Don't Be Fooled By The Next Investment Fad, Mania, Or Bubble by Ron Insana ? Iceberg Risk: An Adventure In Portfolio Theory by Kent Osband ? Absolute Returns: The Risk And Opportunities Of Hedge Fund Investing by Alexander M. Ineichen ? Personal Finance For Dummies by Eric Tyson...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile OPTION SPREADS I was told that to lower my risk in buying calls or puts, I could spread them. What does this mean? To spread an option means to buy a call or put and sell one simultaneously to hedge it, either in the same month (as with vertical spreads) or different months (diagonal spreads). As an option purchaser, a trader has the right to buy or sell the underlying instrument at a specific price in the future, depending on whether it's a call or a put. Should the buyer decide to exercise the option before expiration, the seller is obliged to deliver, ...

Fundamentally Technical by Phil Doyle

  • Intermarket Review by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Intermarket Review by David Penn THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (NYSE) FINANCIAL INDEX ($NFA) The NYSE financial index consists of more than 900 banks, brokerage houses, savings and loan institutions, insurance companies, and other financial corporations. Top financial institutions such as Citigroup Inc., American International Group, Morgan Stanley Corp., Bank of America, and Wells Fargo are among the index's components. The index is designed to track the performance of the major and most widely traded financial stocks in the New York Stock Exchange....

  • Interview: Alan Farley Of HARD Right Edge by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: Alan Farley Of HARD Right Edge by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan What are the big differences between swing trading and momentum trading? Alan Farley can tell you. Farley is a private trader and the publisher of HARD Right Edge (www.HARDRightEdge.com), a comprehensive online resource for trader education, technical analysis, and short-term trading techniques. He is the author of the McGraw- Hill bestseller The Master Swing Trader and is a popular columnist for The Street.com. Farley has been on the market scene for more than a decade as a private investor, advisor, and author. He speaks a...

  • Letters To S&C

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters to S&C HOW RELIABLE ARE CANDLESTICKS? Editor, First, I want to compliment you on your excellent magazine. Next, I would like to point out some faults in "How Reliable Are Candlesticks?", which appeared in the November 2002 issue of STOCKS & COMMODITIES. In the article, author Giovanni Maiani uses definitions of candlestick signals without validating how correct these signals are. Remember, just because candle signals are in a software package, that does not necessarily make them correct... ...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Overcoming Addictions by Adrienne Laris Toghraie, MNLP

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Overcoming Addictions by Adrienne Laris Toghraie, MNLP Addictions will turn your successful trading into a lost cause. What to do? Addictions play a major role in the lives of many traders. With few exceptions, addictions inevitably lead to behaviors that can destroy a trader's professional and personal life, break down hard-earned performance, and sabotage success. How can addictions create such ruin? As the need to satisfy an addiction grows, traders can be driven to the outer limits of normal behavior. When an addiction worms its way into the center of an individual's consciousness, it p...

Q&A by Don Bright

  • The Concept Of Equivalence by Giorgos Siligardos, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Concept Of Equivalence by Giorgos Siligardos, Ph.D. Try this to avoid using two indicators that are equivalent. Let me present an objective, mathematical way to determine when two indicators are equivalent with respect to divergence. Knowing when two or more indicators are equivalent will allow you to watch only one of them for divergences, saving you time. Further, by using appropriate functions, you can convert a normalized (bounded) oscillator into a denormalized one and preserve its performance with respect to divergence. This lets you create indicators as compositions of normalized ...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? TRADESTATION: Z-SCORE INDICATOR Veronique Valcu's article "Z-Score Indicator" in this issue provides a description and commentary on a new method of displaying directional change normalized in terms of standard deviation. This indicator can be drawn on a TradeStation screen by using the following function code, called ZScore: Function: ZScore inputs: Price( NumericSeries ), AvgLen( NumericSimple ) ; ZScore = (Price - Average( Price, AvgLen ) ) / StandardDev( Price, AvgLen, 1 ) ; This indicator has two inputs, "Price" and "AvgLen." Price can be the ...

  • Trend And Volatility by Jesse Chen

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trend And Volatility by Jesse Chen This combination can help you determine your optimum spread strategy. In options trading, you often either become attached to a few spread strategies or end up gambling on individual calls or puts. Unfortunately, no real methodology can be developed using either of these techniques. A steady and consistent trading income can come about only when you create a complete game plan for trading options. One such game plan or methodology involves the combination of trend and volatility....

  • Websites For Traders: StockFetcher.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: StockFetcher.com by David Penn STOCKFETCHER.COM One of the fascinating things about the technology sector implosion has been the movement by many technology product manufacturers to load more and more features into and onto a given product. Thus, not only do we have personal computers that surf the web, play music, and edit digital video, but we also have cell phones that take photographs and refrigerators with flatscreen LCD monitors....

  • Websites For Traders: www.ChartWare.de by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: www.ChartWare.de by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan WWW.CHARTWARE.DE In my quest to identify websites focused on technical analysis, I stumbled upon www.chartware.de. This site, hosted in Germany, lets viewers read the site either in German or English. I assumed the site would have a focus on European stocks, but was surprised to find stocks traded on the US exchanges on the homepage's streaming ticker tape. You can see what the site has to offer immediately by taking a glance at the homepage. Users can get quotes, analyze charts, get an overall market view, get buy/sell rating...

Working Money: Houston, We Have A Technical Problem by Nick Porcella

Working Money: LRS + R-Squared The 95% Solution by Rudy Teseo

Working Money: Learning The Technimental Three-Step by Matt Blackman

Working Money: Z-Score Indicator by Veronique Valcu

  • Zigzag Targets by William Cringan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Zigzag Targets by William Cringan Isolate large or small price moves to suit your type of trading. The zigzag indicator presents major price moves by connecting peaks and troughs with straight lines. By controlling the minimum that prices must reverse before a new trend, or "zig," is established, you can isolate price moves, whether large or small, to suit your trading. Further, the zigzag indicator is adaptable for the type of trading you're into, whether daytrading or position trading; daytraders are interested in quick, short moves, whereas position traders are interested in larger moves ...







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