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Article Archive For JUN2007

10 How-Tos For Option Trading by Ron Ianieri

  • At The Close by J.L. Lord

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (98, 97): At The Close by J.L. Lord New Margin Rules (Part I) On April 2, 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted permission to the retail brokerage industry to adopt margin requirements in the style of those used by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). For many investors, the new rules represent a significant addition to their purchasing power. It makes sense that these investors would want to know not only how they got the extra money, but what they are allowed to do with it. WHAT IS MARGIN? Whenever a trader initiates a trade, a brok...

  • Bonanza Bottoms by Scott Brown Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (46-48): Bonanza Bottoms by Scott Brown Ph.D. Powerful reversal patterns are synonymous with good buying opportunities. Here's how to identify them. To succeed in the stock market you must buy low and sell high. Why is this so hard to implement for most investors? In this article, we'll find out by examining the forces driving stock prices and how to identify the real deals in the stock market, all through bonanza bottoms. WHY BUY LOW AND SELL HIGH? The only way you can get rich is to buy low and sell high or sell high and buy it back low. You will be pitched m...

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (92): Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. The CPM Gold Yearbook 2007 (187 pages, $150 hardcover, 2007, ISBN 978-0-470-04951-8) by CPM Group, published by John Wiley & Sons. Gold is widely sought after for its investment value and industrial uses. Gold can provide investors with a financial safety net against sharp drops in assets like stocks and bonds. This resource provides a wealth of information for those who need to make informed decisions with regard to this commodity, whether looking at the global market or buying physical bullion, futures, options...

  • Double Calendars And Condors by John A. Sarkett

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (36-39): Double Calendars And Condors by John A. Sarkett In this, the second part of a series based on an option seminar with trader Dan Sheridan, we look at the double calendar and condor strategies. With a stock at 50, an option strategist could put on a call calendar at 55 and a put calendar at 45, short June, long November, hence creating a "double calendar." Is this a good vehicle? Trader Dan Sheridan is ambivalent: "I'd rather put the calendar right at 50 and make the stock prove it's going to move, and then adjust by putting on another calendar at a higher...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (35): 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. DOES VOLATILITY MATTER FOR SHORT-TERM TRADES? I trade call options on a short-term basis. I typically hold p...

  • Forex Focus by Brent Donnelly

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (12-14): Forex Focus by Brent Donnelly Access to foreign exchange trading has opened up exciting trading options for the retail trader. You can now trade alongside corporations and institutions in a highly liquid market that is global, traded around the clock, and highly leveraged. Before jumping into this market, however, we must understand the factors that affect the forex market. With that in mind, STOCKS & COMMODITIES has introduced Forex Focus to better prepare the retail trader to participate in the currency market. Position yourself in the foreign exchange...

  • Futures For You by Dan O'Neil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (57): Futures For You by Dan O'Neil INSIDE THE FUTURES WORLD Want to learn how the futures markets really work? Dan O'Neil, a principal at online futures and forex broker XPRESSTRADE (www.xpresstrade.com), responds to your questions about today's futures markets. 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. MONEY TALKS I'd like to start trading foreign currencies, but I'm not sure whether the futures market or the spot fore...

  • How Effective Are Rectangles? by Markos Katsanos

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (16-26): How Effective Are Rectangles? by Markos Katsanos It's one of the oldest patterns in technical analysis, but how reliable is it? By statistically evaluating the performance of rectangle formations, we can derive a new formula that can remove the guesswork from estimating the price target. After having traded rectangle formations for some time, I discovered the traditional measuring formula to be too conservative and its use almost always resulted in premature exits. Technical literature about these formations provides only a minimum price objective but no...

  • Interview: In Synch With Steven Primo by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (50-56): Interview: In Synch With Steven Primo by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Are you trading according to your trading personality? Steven Primo can give you a clue about that. A nearly 30-year Wall Street veteran, Primo is the director of education for TradingMarkets. Currently, he also heads a private investment partnership where he is general partner and head trader. Previously, Primo was a nine-year specialist for Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), one of the premier investment firms on Wall Street. STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan interview...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (10): 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. TECHNICAL ANALYSIS SOFTWARE Editor, I am looking for trading software that can be used for the Indian stock market. Can you provide software...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (43): 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. FACTS OF (TRADING) LIFE I just started my second year of trading, and while I'm not making any money yet, hopefully I will be soon. Would you say that a negative stat...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (76-85): Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Here is this month's selection of Traders' Tips, contributed by various developers of technical analysis software, all to help readers more easily implement some of the strategies presented in this issue. Most of this month's Traders' Tips are based on Markos Katsanos' article in this issue, "How Effective Are Rectangles?" Code for this article are provided by TradeStation, StrataSearch, eSignal, Wealth-Lab, NeuroShell Trader, AIQ, Tradecision, and SwingTracker. Other Tips in this section were provided by NinjaT...

  • Trading Range Bars by Suri Duddella

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (28-34): Trading Range Bars by Suri Duddella There are different ways to chart price movements. Here we look at range bars and how they help identify the underlying trend. Bar charts, candlestick charts, and line charts are the most popular when it comes to charting, but what about range bars? Range bars are a unique way of building price charts and are excellent in finding the underlying trend and movement of the current bar. Since each bar on the chart has the same range (high to low), it reduces the volatility and noise within the range of the bar. Range bars ...

  • Website For Traders: optionMONSTER by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (58-59): Website For Traders: optionMONSTER by David Penn OPTIONMONSTER.COM It is always interesting to see a new website that sets out to be a one-stop shop for market news and analysis. There are already more than a few such websites on the Internet, many of which have been around for several years. So one of the most obvious questions that comes to mind when encountering what is effectively a startup in this business is, "What have you got that the others don't?" After all, headlines are headlines, most actives are most active, and you would have to search fa...

Working Money: Fifth Of A Fifth by David Penn

Working Money: Investing Momentum by John Devcic








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