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Article Archive For JUN2002

Books For Traders

  • Do Equations Tell The Whole Story? by Gordon Gustafson

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Do Equations Tell The Whole Story? by Gordon Gustafson Success in systems trading depends on having good trading systems and good money management practices. Optimal f can help you. Once you have a good trading system, wouldn't it be wonderful if you had an equation you could plug into a system to discover the perfect amount to risk on each trade? All you'd have to do would be to plug the results into a risk calculation and relax, knowing that the chances of ever losing again were practically nil. It's a nice idea. But the fact of the matter? Such equations could easily lead you astray....

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...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. E-mail your questions for Gentile to Editor@Traders.com, with the subject line directed to "Tom Gentile Question." OPTIONS INFO I am new to options, although I have been trading stocks for several years. Does the technical analysis I use for stocks also apply to options? Is there anything (such as the parameters of ...

  • Interview: Trading Communities On The Web: Doug Fairclough by J. Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading Communities On The Web: Doug Fairclough by J. Gopalakrishnan Doug Fairclough was in the midst of a two-year stint as database guru at HotWired, the pioneering website of Wired magazine, when he became aware of the possibilities of the Internet technologies, and decided to apply them to the financial arena. He launched financial website ClearStation in 1998, building it up before selling to E*Trade in 2000. What's he up to these days? As it turns out, more of the same. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan spoke with Doug Fairclough via telephone on March 29, 2002, to fi...

  • Letters to S&C

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters to S&C Editor, I recently subscribed to S&C magazine and find it the best in the field. I believe it was in the March 2002 S&C that you covered trading systems with a huge list of different systems. My question to you is this: I have spent years on personal trading systems that I developed from scratch. I need software or a way to test them. Can you help? Vladimir Stepnov's article "Equity Curve Analysis" was great in the April 2002 S&C, but I need to go deeper......

  • Making Cents Of Throwbacks And Pullbacks by Thomas Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Making Cents Of Throwbacks And Pullbacks by Thomas Bulkowski What are they and how can we use them? Find out what they are and how they perform. When I started investing more than 20 years ago, I thought technical analysis was nothing more than mysterious squiggles on a chart. Now, I am a chart pattern trader who's not afraid to dig for answers. While completing work on my latest book, Trading Classic Chart Patterns, I uncovered some intriguing performance tips for stock investors and chart pattern traders. This article discusses those tips for throwbacks and pullbacks. BACKGROUND AND IDENT...

  • Moving Averages And The Slingshot Effect by Bo Yoder

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Moving Averages And The Slingshot Effect by Bo Yoder Watch the bulls and bears battle for supremacy to determine market direction. Moving averages (MAs) are among the simplest and most effective tools in any trader's arsenal. They offer moving areas of support and resistance, harnessing the market's tendency to revert to the mean. The market often cycles against these "averaged" levels as the whipsaws and wiggles of a new trend begin to form. The 20-period moving average is a commonly watched indicator. When prices are above the moving average it's seen as a test of support, whereas when pri...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright SINCE YOU ASKED Confused about some aspect of trading? Professional trader Don Bright of Bright Trading, an equity trading corporation, answers a few of your questions. NYSE VERSUS NASDAQ 100 I have been reading and enjoying your Q&A comments in STOCKS & COMMODITIES, and I found something that I would like to get further information about. I am retired from the US Navy and have been swing trading from my home for the last five years. I have been active in the market since the mid-1960s, but avoided active trading until I retired and had good access to the Internet, along ...

  • The Auction Market Theory by Donald Jones

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Auction Market Theory by Donald Jones Thanks to the Internet, even when you are far removed from the floor of the exchange, you can still hear what the market is saying. At some point, every trader benefits from a surprisingly fast, good trade. When that happens, should you take what you have and run, or should you hold out in hope of additional appreciation? How do you know what the market is telling you? To answer that question, you need to know the theory behind the markets. This will help you to tie the myriad loose ends of market data together, organize them, and simplify your mark...

Traders' Resource: Publications

  • Traders' Tips

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips This month's selection of Traders' Tips includes TradeStation, MetaStock, eSignal, AIQ, Neuroshell, Wealth-Lab, TradingSolution, Investor/RT, Neoticker, and WaveWise code for M.H. Pee's trend intensity index (TII); and Neuroshell Trader and Wealth-Lab code for the walk-forward technique described in Dennis Meyer's article ""Trading IBM Intraday.""...

  • Trading IBM Intraday by Dennis Meyers, PhD

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading IBM Intraday by Dennis Meyers, PhD Here's how to develop a trading system that measures the real price dynamics of the market. The fading memory polynomial was first introduced in one of my previous articles, titled "The Yen Recursed." In that article, I discussed how to use a first-order fading memory polynomial to trade the yen futures on a daily basis. Here, I will use a fourth-order fading polynomial to trade IBM one-minute bars on an intraday basis. The fading memory polynomial is a mathematical technique that fits an nth-order polynomial to the last T price bars, but calculate...

Trend Intensity Index by M.H. Pee

Websites For Traders: ChartWatchCentral.com by David Penn

Websites For Traders: Optionetics.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Working Money: Counting Elliott Waves, Part 1 by Rudy Teseo

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Counting Elliott Waves, Part 1 by Rudy Teseo In this four-part tutorial you'll learn about the theory and applications of the Elliott wave. In part I, you'll learn about projections. This tutorial, while by no means a definitive text on Elliott wave (EW) theory, is instead meant to be an overview of the basic elements that can serve as a foundation for further study. Altogether, the four parts will serve as a helpful reference as you do your own analysis. Throughout the tutorial, most wave patterns will be shown in rising (bull) markets, since similar principles can be applied to falling (b...

  • Working Money: Gibson's Paradox by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Gibson's Paradox by David Penn Can an old gold-standard truism tell us anything about stocks and bonds today? One of the more helpful tenets of intermarket technical analysis has been the rediscovery of the leading relationship between stocks and bonds. In most market conditions, stock prices tend to follow bond prices. While there was a significant lag from time to time, this pattern held up remarkably well for most of the 20th century -- so much so that it has become almost a truism among those technical analysts who include intermarket study in their observations. As John Murphy wrote in h...

Working Money: Moving Averages by Dennis Peterson

  • Working Money: When Candlesticks Cast Long Shadows by Sharon Yamanaka

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...When Candlesticks Cast Long Shadows by Sharon Yamanaka Not all candlestick patterns are statistically significant. Some, such as the various stars, hammers, and hanging men, occur too frequently, in all possible places: in the beginning, middle, and end of stocks trading in trends and ranges. But sometimes even these candlestick patterns can be useful. S uddenly, everybody was my friend. I had just bought some Krispy Kremes -- not the stock, but the doughnuts themselves -- and was being mobbed as I walked through the Las Vegas airport with the half-empty box. Even the woman at the Ethel M's co...







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