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Article Archive For FEB2005

At The Close by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

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  • Building A Workable Trading Model by Seth Weinstein

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (32-35): Building A Workable Trading Model by Seth Weinstein Having trouble designing a successful trading system? Here's how you can develop a robust, non?curve fitted system for trading. Statistical models allow you to reduce, if not remove, emotion from the trading process. Knowing the model's past performance gives you some comfort when you enter a trade, something a discretionary trader does not have. However, there are drawbacks to using quantitative models if they are not designed correctly. If a model is not properly designed and tested, it can be a dange...

  • Charting The Market by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (88-89, 107): Charting The Market by David Penn WHEN SELLERS SELL OUT Writing about "The Selling Climax" in Technical Analysis Of Stock Trends, authors Robert Edwards and John Magee observe that: Most true Selling Climaxes, if not all, have been produced by distress selling ? They have come at the end of rapid and comprehensive declines which exhausted the margin reserves of many speculators and necessitated the dumping of their shares at whatever the market would bring. This process is progressive -- feeding upon itself, so to speak -- with each wave of forced sa...

  • Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD Price breakouts of moving averages present many profitable trading opportunities. Here's an indicator you can use to detect breakouts and identify price direction. Despite the availability of more complex tools, moving averages remain one of the most popular methods that traders use to help identify price direction. Because they smooth data and reduce day-to-day price fluctuations, moving averages offer a rapid way to recognize bullish or bearish trends. Moving averages may also serve as points of suppo...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (86): 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. DAYTRADING OPTIONS Q: What is the best strategy for short-term daytrading? A: In my opinion, options are no...

  • Fourier Transforms As An Aid To Decision-Making by Alok Srivastava

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (56-59, 63): Fourier Transforms As An Aid To Decision-Making by Alok Srivastava Interested in improving the performance of your indicators? It may be worth your while to gain an understanding of Fourier transforms, frequency analysis, and inverse transformations. Traditionally, technical analysis has been used to detect and interpret patterns in past security prices to provide insight into future price movement. This, in turn, has lured researchers to try to beat the markets consistently, using a range of techniques varying from mathematics, physics, and economic...

  • Interview: Rick Ackerman Of Rick's Picks by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (68-75): Interview: Rick Ackerman Of Rick's Picks by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Rick Ackerman started out as a newspaperman before he found his calling as a trader. How often does that happen? Not very! He went from journalism to a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange (PSE), where he learned to trade the hard way. He has been trading stocks, futures, and options for nearly 30 years, 12 of them as a market maker on the PSE. Currently, he manages a hedge fund and is the editor and publisher of Rick's Picks, a daily advisory geared to traders and investors. The technical ...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (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. Address your correspondence to: Editor, STOCKS & COMMODITIES, 4757 California Ave., SW, Seattle, WA 98116-4499, or email to Editor@Traders....

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Partial Profits = Fiscal Folly? by Austin Passamonte

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (60-63): Partial Profits = Fiscal Folly? by Austin Passamonte Is exiting a portion of your trade before your profit target is hit a viable strategy? Had I known that my career path would wind its way into professional trader status, I might have studied advanced mathematics with much more enthusiasm. After all, math is an exact science that does not lie. The way we assemble and interpret numbers to compile trading data may be subjective, but two plus two always equals four ?or does it? Somewhere along the way, many traders have been led to believe that taking pa...

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (80): 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. TICKER While watching the ticker on CNBC preopening, I note most trades are in the hundreds of shares. After the opening, I note the trades are predominantly in the t...

  • Sidebar: MOMA and Excel by Stephan Bisse

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (22-27): Sidebar: MOMA and Excel by Stephan Bisse Simple moving averages are great tools for filtering out noise from time series, but all they can do is show where a time series has been. The only way that a moving average can point the way to market direction is if additional information -- a leading indicator for that time series -- is included in the calculation. One way of doing this is adjusting each datapoint in the lookback period by the absolute move that preceded each datapoint as a percentage of the sum of all the absolute moves in the lookback period. If...

Sidebar: TechniFilter Plus formula by Jacob Singer

  • Sidebar: Volatility entry advisor for MetaStock by Jim Berg

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (14-20): Sidebar: Volatility entry advisor for MetaStock by Jim Berg MetaStock code for Jim Berg's Volatility entry advisor....

  • Sidebar: eSignal code for Breakout Colored Price Bars by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Sidebar: eSignal code for Breakout Colored Price Bars by Barbara Star, PhD ...

  • Sidebar: eSignal code for Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (44-51): Sidebar: eSignal code for Directional Breakout Indicator by Barbara Star, PhD...

  • The Truth About Volatility by Jim Berg

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (14-20): The Truth About Volatility by Jim Berg Many indicators can help identify volatility. But can you use them to target specific price areas for entry signals, trailing stops, and profit-taking opportunities? Typically, volatility indicators are used to determine the direction, strength, and momentum of a security. The average true range (ATR), one of the more popular volatility indicators, measures volatility by looking at the average price ranges over the past x number of periods, taking gaps into account. The true range indicator is the greatest of the f...

  • Traders' Resource: Exchanges by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (114-117): Traders' Resource: Exchanges by Technical Analysis, Inc. With the explosion of exchanges around the world and the increasing poaching of products between exchanges, traders should be aware of all the places where trading opportunities occur. No longer bound by national borders or even physical locations, exchanges can be no more than a box in the corner of an office. Differentiation comes in the form of product, volume, speed, pricing, and investor protections. Look for an exchange with extensive trade documentation so that disputes can be resolved qui...

Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

  • Visiting MOMA by Stephan Bisse

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (22-27): Visiting MOMA by Stephan Bisse Give your moving averages a head start with move-adjusted moving averages. The most popular of all technical indicators may be the moving average. The backbone of many trading systems, moving averages are great for filtering out the noise from time series and showing the underlying trend of where the time series has been. By definition, however, moving averages on their own can never say anything about the future direction of a time series, regardless of the lookback period used or any standard adjustments or weightings ap...

  • Websites For Traders: MarketEdge.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (106): Websites For Traders: MarketEdge.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan MARKETEDGE.COM Wouldn't we all like to have an edge on the market? When I first glanced at this website, I initially thought it was a site dedicated to fundamental analysis. But when I saw the features available for paid subscribers, such as market timing signals, interactive charting with trading signals, using technical analysis for screening, and point & figure (P&F) chart breakouts and alerts, I decided to explore further, and was I glad I did. Subscription rates range from $9.95 to $29.9...

  • Websites For Traders: TraderMentors.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:2 (103): Websites For Traders: TraderMentors.com by David Penn TRADERMENTORS.COM When Marty Schwartz decided he wanted to move from being a trader who was "always going tapioca" to someone who traded for a living, he and his wife wrote out a list of things he needed to do in order to make that dream happen. One item was to develop a sound methodology. Another item was to come up with an appropriately sized "nut" of $100,000 (in the early 1980s, no less). Second on the list was to buy a seat on an exchange. The third item on the list? GET A MENTOR I've riffed on t...

Working Money: Crosses, Candlesticks, And Q-Stick by David Penn

Working Money: Finding Tradable Stocks by Jacob Singer

Working Money: Grow And Protect: A Retirement Strategy by Allen Rehert

Working Money: Oil Service Stocks Play Catch-up by Arthur Hill








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