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Article Archive For JUL1996

  • A/D Volume, New-High, New-Low System by Dennis Meyers, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...V.14:7 (304-310): A/D Volume, New-High, New-Low System by Dennis Meyers, Ph.D. Here, classic stock market indicators have been combined into a trading system for the market. Previously, I developed a stock market system using the weekly advance-decline line and the weekly new highs and new lows. While a system using weekly data is valuable for filtering out daily price fluctuation noise, it does, however, leave the trader exposed to large adverse price movements during the trading days between the weekly buy/sell signal calculations. This one-week gap of inactivity could result in serious lo...

  • An Alpha Indicator for Bonds by Frank Ritchie

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Alpha measures the performance of a stock compared with the stock market. Here, the alpha between a cyclical stock group and the Treasury bond market is used as an indicator for trading T-bonds to signal trends. By Frank Ritchie The alphaY“ of a stock has long been used as a tool for portfolio selection. Investors want to know if the market's return was a certain number and, all things being equal, what the stock's return should be. Further, if the stock market was unchanged, would the stock's return be positive or negative? The stock's alpha is the statistic that answers this question. Alpha...

  • Hidden Divergence by Barbara Star, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Divergence, which is a term that technicians use when two or more averages or indices fail to show confirming trends, is one of the mainstays of technical analysis. Here's a new way to use oscillators and divergence as well as methods to locate entry levels during a trend. By Barbara Star, Ph.D. Most technical indicators mirror or confirm price movement. When price moves up, the indicator moves up; when price moves down, the indicator moves down. When prices peak, the indicator peaks; and when prices bottom, the indicator bottoms. Sometimes, however, a discrepancy occurs between price and ind...

  • Interview Richard Mogey by Thom Hartle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Markets ebb and flow, rise and fall, come and go in short, they appear to be cyclical. To learn more about using cycles, there is probably no better source than Richard Mogey, the executive director of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles. Stocks & Commodities spoke with Mogey about the Foundation's research into the influence of cycles on the stock market, commodities and bond markets. By Thom Hartle Markets ebb and flow, rise and fall, come and go - in short, they appear to be cyclical. To learn more about using cycles, there is probably no better source than Richard Mogey, the executive ...

  • Jump Into The Net by Ron Berlin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to do some research on the Internet but don't know where to start? Well, you're in luck. Here are some techniques currently available for finding investment information online, using search engines to navigate the Internet. By Ron Berlin The Internet is an excellent reference library for investors. A vast amount of information is available online -- if you know where to look. As recently as a year ago, it was possible to purchase books that reported where on the Internet such information was available. Today, however, the Net is changing so rapidly that traditionally published books are n...

  • SIDEBAR: Calculating the McClellan Indicators - Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...CALCULATING THE McCLELLAN INDICATORS - Technical Anlaysis, Inc. The McClellan oscillator can be used for measuring changes in momentum of price, volume, advances and declines. The most common use is for measuring the momentum of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing of the daily number of stocks that advanced and the number of stocks that declined. The calculation of the McClellan oscillator is a three-step process. First, determine the difference between the number of stocks advancing and the number of stocks declining for each day. This raw number is then smoothed with two exponential...

  • SIDEBAR: The Alpha Indicator - Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...THE ALPHA INDICATOR - Technical Analysis, Inc. To build your own alpha indicator in Microsoft Excel, use the following steps. Column A should be the date, column B the Treasury bond futures data and column C is the Fidelity Select Chemical Fund data....

  • The Emotional Volatility Trap by Adrienne Laris Toghraie

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here are some simple guidelines for avoiding volatile emotional swings due to the stresses of trading. By Adrienne Laris Toghraie Traders are placed under unique stresses, making them particularly susceptible to emotional swings, and as a result, they may exhibit certain signs of the stress from which they suffer. Over the years, I have asked many traders this question, and if you have found yourself under such stress, you may ask yourself the same thing: You're probably not a manic depressive, so why are you acting like one? What causes such emotional extremes? If you liken your mind and bo...

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...V.14:7 (304-310): A/D Volume, New-High, New-Low System by Dennis Meyers, Ph.D. Here, classic stock market indicators have been combined into a trading system for the market. Previously, I developed a stock market system using the weekly advance-decline line and the weekly new highs and new lows. While a system using weekly data is valuable for filtering out daily price fluctuation noise, it does, however, leave the trader exposed to large adverse price movements during the trading days between the weekly buy/sell signal calculations. This one-week gap of inactivity could result in serious lo...

  • V.14:7 (294-297) Three Turns On The Pivot Point by William Greenspan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...V.14:7 (294-297) Three Turns On The Pivot Point by William Greenspan This floor trader updates his previous article on the pivot point technique with additional insight on how he uses the method for day trading S&P futures. Several years ago, I wrote an article for STOCKS & COMMODITIES describing how professional floor traders use the pivot technique. Although the pivot technique I described works in all futures markets, it responds best to markets with a wide daily trading range, such as the Standard & Poor's 500 index, Treasury bonds, soybeans, wheat and corn. Since then, I have received m...

  • V.14:7 (311-316) Trading Index Spreads by Richard Halford

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...There are a number of different stock index futures, such as the Value Line index and the S&P 500, with similar characteristics which can be traded as spreads. Here are some basic methods. Trading futures spreads is a strategy used by professional traders to either hedge a position or to take advantage of divergence between certain markets. When accompanied by proper timing and a keen awareness of critical market dynamics, spreads can be all the more effective in achieving specific investment objectives. Before we get into some of those strategies, however, we must take a look at a futures sp...

  • V14:7 Letters to S&C - Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...V14:7 Letters to S&C - Technical Analysis, Inc. SWING LINE CHARTS Editor, I would appreciate any information you have on swing line charts. Also, do you know of a charting system that shows this type of chart? I'm not referring to oscillators but to a type of chart that W.D. Gann used. In Gann's day, he updated his charts by hand using this technique, and in comparison to his other techniques, it was simple to understand. It also appealed to me because it potentially could improve my own cash management of a trade - when to enter or exit a trade. DAVID BLUE Nelson, New Zealand I can't tel...







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