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Article Archive For JUN2008

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. Equity Valuation, Risk, And Investment: A Practitioner's Roadmap The New Day Trader Advantage The Secret Science Of Price And Volume Fast Profits In Hard Times: 10 Secret Strategies To Make You Rich In An Up Or Down Economy Optimize Your Trading Edge The Individual Investor's Guide To The Top Mutual Funds Hedge Fund Leadership: How To Inspire Peak Performance From Traders & Money Managers OptionStrategies For Directionless Markets: Trading With Butterflies, Iron Butterflies, And Condors...

  • Examining the EMA by Tim Treloar

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Examining the EMA by Tim Treloar You know how to apply the exponential moving average, but what do you know about its development and behavior? Here's a deeper look at the popular moving average. The popular exponential moving average (EMA) depends on data to develop its distinctive characteristics, and when it comes to data, more is better. But before you put an EMA to work as a technical indicator, a deeper understanding of its development and behavior is advised. At the very least, a deeper understanding will justify the practical application of it and at most dispel some misconceptions a...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile FIGHTING INFLATION Commodity prices are surging. With the Federal Reserve lowering rates aggressively, I am now more worried than ever about the risk of inflation. Is there a way to trade inflation directly, like an inflation index? Interesting question. I don't know of any index that has been created to trade inflation directly. Indirectly, gold has historically served as a good hedge against the risk of inflation. During times of inflation, gold prices tend to rise, and during periods of falling prices or deflation, gold prices tend to fall. If you don...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner With margins at or near all-time highs, how should a small speculator approach commodity trading? Very carefully. The futures exchanges have effectively doubled, even tripled, if not more, the margin required to hold many popular futures contracts. It wasn't that long ago that the margin on a full-sized corn futures was near $400; now, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) requires that you have at least $2,025 in your account before putting on a contract. As a result of the margin increases, many of the small speculators feel as if they are being squeezed out of...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. OPTION CREDIT SPREADS Editor, I just read Sam Bhugaloo's article on option credit spreads in the STOCKS & COMMODITIES annual Bonus Issue. The article was well written, easily understood, and fascinating. I would like to know if there are any other articles available by the same author. I have a question relating to the article: When trading option credit spreads on commodities, how many front months should I be considering? JACQUES Sam Bhugaloo replies: I am pleased you enjoyed the article. When trading bull put option credit spreads or bear cal...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Pay More, Profit More by Vikram Murarka

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Pay More, Profit More by Vikram Murarka Paying a higher premium may mean an opportunity for greater profits. Look at this example of the GBP/USD trade. It is an open secret that every corporate hedger wants to pay zero for an option that he buys. Banks oblige by constructing "zero-cost" strategies. The concept of zero-cost structures has become so ingrained in the market psyche that when, at a seminar, we suggested buying call spreads at a cost, an experienced hedger asked, "But aren't call spreads supposed to be zero cost?" No! Like anyone else, we would love to be able to buy cheap option...

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright TAPE READING ON THE INTERNET? I am a Chinese student who graduated from university four months ago. Now I have a daytrading job. I concentrate on the NYSE stock market and my trading style is scalping. So tape reading is very important for me. But I find it's hard to get this type of article from the Internet. I hope you can help me and send me some information to improve my tapereading skills (Level II and time & sales reading is the best, because I can't read the chart), or tell me how to find this sort of information. Thank you. -- lacan Okay, we teach "all-encompassing"...

  • Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Robotic Trading by Martha Stokes What works and what doesn't? Only experience will tell. Find out why you need to constantly modify a trading system so it gives you the results you want. At a recent investment trade show I attended, the booths displaying charting software looked nearly identical. High-tech charts blinking red and green had hordes of traders gathered around them. Vendors were proclaiming the age of the emotionless trade, triggered by an automatic buy or sell signal generated by a computer that never makes a mistake. Traders have flocked to these automated trading systems in r...

  • Stocks & Commodities V. 26:6 (20-24) Profit With ETFs by Gerald Gardner and Trent Gardner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Profit With ETFs by Gerald Gardner and Trent Gardner Here's a timing method you can use to trade exchange traded funds. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ideal candidates with which to explore the timing of investments. More than 400 ETFs are tradable and represent various sectors of the US economy, specific country funds, and commodities. An advantage to ETFs is that they offer daily continuous pricing that mirrors the share price performance of the underlying security with flexibility in the timing of purchases or sales. For this study we picked three funds to invest in from a universe of ...

  • Stocks & Commodities V. 26:6 (26-30) The Overlooked But Profitable Volume by Cory Mitchell

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Overlooked But Profitable Volume by Cory Mitchell It's ubiquitous, easy to use, and can lead to outstanding results. The number of stock shares that change hands over a given length of time is one of the most significant pieces of information we have. Yet more often than not, the average trader takes that information for granted. Volume is provided, by default, on any website that provides stock data, in newspapers, and on charting websites and software. Volume information can be found almost everywhere, which may be the reason many traders don't pay as much attention to it as they shoul...

  • The Magic Of Time Value by Jesse Chen

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Magic Of Time Value by Jesse Chen With this simple method you can sort through various option spreads and find the best conversion spread. Too often in the world of option analysis, simple indicators are overlooked for more advanced mathematical models. Traders always try to stay delta-neutral or rack in maximum theta. Option gurus tout exotic option spreads, which monitor positive gamma vega and theta convergences. These Black Scholes?based greek and volatility formulas can be very powerful tools if used correctly. Otherwise, the trader could end up being overwhelmed by the number crun...

  • Top-Performing Reversal Candles by Thomas Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Top-Performing Reversal Candles by Thomas Bulkowski Three candle patterns outperform all others. Can you guess which ones? During research for my latest book, Encyclopedia Of Candlestick Charts, I explored the world of candlesticks and found which ones worked and which ones didn't. In this article, I take a closer look at the methodology I used and discuss three candle patterns that work exceptionally well. METHODOLOGY I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to test short-term price patterns and found a method I believe works best. For a candlestick that acts as a reversal, price sh...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Editor's note: This month's Traders' Tips are based on Gerald and Trent Gardner's article in this issue, "Profit With ETFs." Code written for Wealth- Lab is already provided by the authors in the article's sidebar. Additional code for Wealth-Lab as well as other programs is presented here. Readers will find our Traders' Tips section in its entirety at the STOCKS & COMMODITIES website at www.Traders.com in the Traders' Tips area, from where the code can be copied and pasted into the appropriate program. In addition, the code for each program is usuall...

  • Trading And Teaching: Tom Busby by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan & Bruce Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading And Teaching: Tom Busby by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan & Bruce Faber Tom Busby's long career in the markets started as a broker then money manager with some of the world's largest wire houses. He then moved into the private sector and started training others about the global markets. He has done guest spots on Bloomberg and CNBC and is also the author of two bestselling books, Winning The Day Trading Game and The Markets Never Sleep. Busby also hosts a daily online live trading room where traders from all over the globe join him as he covers the daily action in markets such as the emini, ...

  • Website Review: StockPicker.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Website Review: StockPicker.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan WWW.STOCKPICKR.COM How many websites can you visit in one day? As many as you have time for, I suppose, but the human brain is limited in the amount of information it can absorb at any given time. This may be why, at least for me, finding a website that has enough information I need for any given trade is one that I treat like gold. Of course, the information you find useful may differ from the information I find useful, but one website I like to visit on a pretty regular basis is stockpickr.com. The first impression is that it has a...

Working Money: Daytrading With The NYSE Tick Indicator by Larry Swing

Working Money: Do The Math The RSI Way by Ron Walker








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