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Article Archive For JUL1999

  • A System For Trading Fidelity Select Funds by Jay Kaeppel

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...A System For Trading Fidelity Select Funds by Jay Kaeppel The key techniques for trading stocks, options, and futures can also be applied successfully to mutual funds. Here's a systematic approach to mutual fund trading. Several keys to investment and trading success are universal; these keys apply to stock, futures, and options trading, and they also apply to trading mutual funds. The first key is to identify opportunities with above-average profit potential. The second is to determine how best to take advantage of those opportunities without taking on too much risk. Achieving the proper b...

  • Correlation Among Stocks by Michael P. Turner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...CorrelationAmong Stocks by Michael P. Turner If you are trading stocks, you may find opportunities by tracking the correlation between them. This can lead to different strategies such as trading one company off of another's news, spread trading, and sector trading. The techniques described here were adapted from the book Day Trading Into The Millennium, available from http:// www.tradersresource.com. In today's financial markets, a relationship, or correlation, exists among all securities. Sometimes there is a positive correlation, sometimes there is a negative correlation, and sometimes the...

How Great Traders Go Bad by John A. Sarkett

  • Identifying Crucial Support And Resistance Levels by Ned Gandevani

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Identifying Crucial Support And Resistance Levels One tenet of technical analysis is the concept of support and resistance. In it, markets stop declining, thereby establishing a support level. A resistance level is set when a rally completes its rise. Some support and resistance levels may be more important than others. Here's a way to determine the key levels. A look at market movement tells us that price fluctuates between a level of support and a level of resistance. Recognizing key support and resistance levels can improve our ability to enter, exit, and manage our trades. So how can we ...

  • Inherent Return In Futures Markets by Charles R. Lightner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Inherent Return In Futures Markets There has been a long-running controversy about the source of returns to futures market investors. With that in mind, consider new data in support of the theory that there is an inherent return to the noncommercial investor group, one that represents compensation for their acceptance of risk....

  • Interview: From The Pit To The PC: Lewis J. Borsellino by Thom Hartle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...From The Pit To The PC Lewis J. Borsellino The current, never-before-seen bull market in stocks has led to tremendous growth in trading the Standard & Poor's 500 futures pits. One top S&P trader, Lewis Borsellino, has been a runner, a clerk, a broker, an independent trader, and now, a fund manager. Recently, Borsellino wrote about his life and time in the pits in The Day Trader: From The Pit To The PC. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Thom Hartle interviewed Borsellino on April 21, 1999, asking him about, among other things, his strengths, his mistakes, the future of futures, and more. Did your t...

  • Momentum by Stuart Evens

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Momentum Trend-following methods and indicators have drawbacks: One, they indicate a change in trend after the fact, thereby missing a significant portion of the initial move. Two, markets spend a lot of time not in trends, but in trading ranges -- and using trend-following methods with prices in trading ranges can result in whipsaw losses. To avoid these pitfalls, momentum indicators are used to forewarn of a change in trend and the reversal of price at support and resistance levels within a trading range. Momentum is not a perfect method or indicator, but used appropriately, it can be extrem...

  • Pseudo Securities For Technical Analysts, Part 2 by Charles E. Miller

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Pseudo Securities For Technical Analysts - Part 2 Last time, we examined the idea of using pseudo securities, based on artificial data with known properties, to map the characteristics of various indicators. We then applied this concept to the time domain of security analysis. In this, the second of a three-part series, we explore the actual technique used to generate pseudo security data. When working with pseudo securities, as with anything else new on the computer, it is generally common sense not to experiment within your working application. For ProTA, BeeSoft's technical analysis softw...

  • Traders' Notes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...? ELECTRONIC DAYTRADING Considering the increased interest in daytrading and our interview with David Nassar in the May 1999 STOCKS & COMMODITIES, we thought that some clarification of common terms used in electronic direct access trading (EDAT) might be helpful. Archipelago: Also called Terra Nova, this electronic communications network (ECN) has the symbol of TNTO on the Level II screen. Bloomberg: An ECN with the symbol BTRD for B-Trade on the Level II screen....

  • V.17:7: Letters

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...WYCKOFF METHOD USEFUL Editor, I recently finished reading your wonderful book, Charting The Stock Market: The Wyckoff Method, and am send-ing this letter to thank you for publishing it and for making it available at a very reasonable cost. Economy isn't everything, but in this arena, spending hundreds of dollars for books and products, replete with appeals to human greed and promises of ease of gain, is not uncommon. I also appreciate the fact that your book consistently states that this method offers no magic formula or indicator, but rather presents itself as an aid to navigation of the mark...

  • Websites For Traders

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...This month, we begin a new section called Websites For Traders, describing Websites of possible interest to traders, technical analysts, and investors. Since this magazine's focus is technical analysis, we'll begin by discussing some Websites that offer charting. ASK RESEARCH www.askresearch.com Ask Research is a free service providing historical and real-time market data and charts. Select daily or intraday charts, and select your preferred settings for charts and indicator parameters. Indicators include on-balance volume (OBV), stochastics, Williams' %R, relative strength index, moving aver...







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