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Article Archive For JUL2009

  • At The Close by Sarp Cercioglu

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...At The Close by Sarp Cercioglu Although a general understanding of the intermarket dynamics between the credit and equity markets exists in the investment world, it really hasn't gone beyond the axiom of "What's good for bonds is bad for stocks and vice versa." The global credit crunch over the past 18 months or so, however, brought the credit markets to the front burner of news, and as a result, these days, not many people are left who haven't heard of Libor when just a couple of years ago, hardly anyone outside of the credit markets knew about it. The same applies to credit default swaps. ...

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? The Complete Guide To Investing During Retirement ? Day Trade Online ? Discover The Up Side Of Down: Investment Strategies For Volatile Times ? Fisher Investments On Energy ? The Handbook Of Market Esoterica ? Modern Portfolio Management: Active Long/Short 130/30 Equity Strategies...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile VIEWS ON VOLATILITY Is it important to look at the volatility chart of an option that you would like to buy or sell? And if you are trying to determine whether volatility is high or low before you buy an option? Option traders use different tools to measure volatility. Some option analysis software allows traders to plot historical volatility (HV) and implied volatility (IV). Both are helpful when looking at possible trading opportunities. Historical volatility, for example, tells us how a stock (index, futures, exchange traded fund, and so on) has been...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Going Long vs. Going Short by Zvi Benyamini

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Going Long vs. Going Short by Zvi Benyamini There's a world of difference between uptrends and downtrends. Here's a look at different setups and how you can use them to succeed in long and short positions. When I first began selling short a few years back, I didn't do very well. I was stopped out of trade after trade, and I kept missing out on the best opportunities. At first I didn't understand what was wrong: I was using the exact same methods that I had used successfully to go long, and simply reversed the rules and setups. Why wasn't it working? At some point I realized this was a mista...

  • Identifying Market Reversals by Jim White

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Identifying Market Reversals by Jim White Here's a specific technique warning about coming reversals and the steps to apply the methodology. Back in the November 2008 issue of Stocks & Commodities, I pointed out how you could reduce risk and increase trading returns by trading as close as possible to market reversals or, as I call them, pivot points. I also hinted that by using the %R oscillator and the price position in a channel, you could anticipate the reversal and be prepared to trade it. In this article I will provide a specific technique for warning about coming reversals and detail t...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. True Range, Reward/Risk, And Position Size Editor, In the May 2009 issue of S&C is an article by Alan Binder, "True Range, Reward/Risk, And Position Size." I have a question about the calculation of the values in cells D16, D17, and D18 of the Input sheet. Most of the information is straightforward enough, but that calculation is a mystery. Could the author illuminate? Joe Ziomek Alan Binder replies: The numbers refer to the number of standard deviations for the indicated certainty values. Please refer to the Stocks & Commodities article, "Value...

  • Market Trend And Midas by Andrew Coles and David Hawkins

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Market Trend And Midas by Andrew Coles and David Hawkins Here's an in-depth look at an indicator that is part of Midas, the well-known market data analysis system. In this, the first of a three-part series, we will look at the formula used to calculate it. The innovative work of the late technical analyst Paul Levine into the application of volume-weighted average price (Vwap) principles to the financial markets has drawn attention in recent years. One result of this work is an indicator many readers will by now be familiar with. Levine called it Midas, an acronym for the market interpretat...

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  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright STOCKS OVER OPTIONS AND FUTURES? I've noticed over the years of reading your column in Stocks & Commodities that you and your firm focus on equities. I have limited capital and have been trying to learn options and futures for the leverage. Is there a reason you prefer stocks? I read somewhere that you used to trade options and futures.--Chad in Florida Good question! You actually gave one of the reasons I cite for not trading options these days. In general, retail options and futures trading is done because of limited capital. Please note, however, I have respect for my ma...

  • Quant and Consultant Ernest P. Chan by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Quant and Consultant Ernest P. Chan by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. Faber If you're a trader who wants to design your own strategies but would like some guidance, here's someone who's right up your alley. Ernest Chan is a quantitative trader and consultant who advises clients on how to implement automated statistical trading strategies. He has worked as a quantitative researcher and trader in various investment banks including Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, as well as hedge funds such as Mapleridge Capital, Millennium Partners, and Mane Fund Management before striking out on his own. Chan, wh...

  • The Pivot Detector Oscillator, Simplified by Giorgos Siligardos

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Pivot Detector Oscillator, Simplified by Giorgos Siligardos See how you can use a simplified version of the Pid oscillator to improve your timing by leaps and bounds. A coherent unification model for trend indicators and oscillators is to technical analysis what a unification model of the microcosmos and the macrocosmos is to physics. Although both models may still be far from being constructed, there is nonetheless a way of using trend indicators and oscillators to derive virtually instantaneous signals. Here I will describe a simplified version of the pivot detector (Pid) oscillator an...

  • The Trend Is Your Friend by Alexander Sabodin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Trend Is Your Friend by Alexander Sabodin In this, the first part of a price model series, we look at trends. The fundamentals of technical analysis have been discussed to great lengths in the past. This includes topics such as support, resistance, trendlines, and channel lines. Now we can move one step forward and begin to study the graphic models of these different types of charting tools. One of the tenets of technical analysis is that price movement is subject to trends. One glance at a price graph will reveal its distinguishing feature: Price is always moving. This movement gives...

Traders' Resource Newletters & Publications

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. This month's Traders' Tips are mainly based on Sylvain Vervoort's article in this issue, "Trailing Resistance &nd Support Stops." Others are on a topic of the contributors' choosing. Code for MetaStock to implement Vervoort's trailing resistance & support stop method (Tr&nds) is already provided in Vervoort's article elsewhere in this issue. Additional code is presented here as contributed by various software developers. Readers will find our Traders' Tips section in its entirety at the Stocks & Commodities website at www.Traders.com in the Traders...

  • Trailing Resistance And Support Stops by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trailing Resistance And Support Stops by Sylvain Vervoort In this, the final part of a three-part series, we will look at a short-term trailing stop that moves close to the price action. The different trailing stops I discussed in parts 1 and 2 allow for enough of a price reaction that makes them most effective for medium-term trend trading. Using lower percentages or a smaller multiplication factor for the average true range (Atr) trailing stop will mostly result in too many losing trades. If you want a short-term trailing stop, it will have to move much closer to the price action. With tha...

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