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Article Archive For MAR2003

  • Applying Expert Systems To Trading by Wolf von Ronik

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Applying Expert Systems To Trading by Wolf von Ronik Artificial intelligence was introduced 50-odd years ago to model the way humans learn and extrapolate from the knowledge they glean. How can the theory of expert systems, one of the two current thoughts of artificial intelligence, be applied to trading? In a broad sense, artificial intelligence (AI) is an attempt to model human learning and decisionmaking. In recent years AI techniques have been applied to a diverse number of activities, including trading. A number of trading software packages that traders can purchase today are based upon...

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. - Building Winning Trading Systems With TradeStation - Index Funds: Strategies For Investment Success - Good Advice For A Bad Economy - The Grangaard Strategy: Invest Right During Retirement - How To Become A Successful Trader - The Business Valuation Book: Proven Strategies For Measuring A Company's Value - Quantum Investing...

Charting The Market by David Penn

  • Combining Fibonacci Retracements And The RSI by Ingo W. Bucher

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Combining Fibonacci Retracements And The RSI by Ingo W. Bucher Combining the two can help identify significant support and resistance levels. Many of you have used the relative strength index (RSI) and Fibonacci retracement levels independently, but have you ever considered analyzing the behavior of Fibonacci retracement levels on the RSI? It may seem remote, but this technique could have some advantages over the commonly used 70?30 overboughtoversold level of the RSI. In addition, there is a great deal of information between the overbought and oversold levels that could be exploited more ef...

  • Daytrading QQQ by Misha T. Sarkovich, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Daytrading QQQ by Misha T. Sarkovich, Ph.D. Looking at price history can help you become a more successful trader. The QQQ is an exchange-traded fund (ETF), sometimes referred to as "cubes" or "Qs." The QQQ is traded primarily on the exchange floor of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and represents a price index of Nasdaq 100's largest stocks. In essence, the QQQ allows investors and traders to buy or sell shares in the collective stock performance of an entire stock portfolio as a single security. Other common exchange-traded funds are SPY and DIA, which are also referred to as "spiders" ...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile OPTIONS SYMBOLS What do the various letters signify in an options symbol? -- Name Withheld The letters in an option symbol designate the underlying instrument, whether it is a put or call, the expiration date, and the strike of the contract. MSQAJ is a typical symbol. It would be broken down like this: MSQ (Microsoft Corp.), A (January call), J (50 strike). Every option symbol has a root symbol one to three letters long for the underlying issue. Generally, the root symbol is the same as the stock symbol, unless the stock symbol is four or more letters. In ...

  • Hidden Risks Of Debit Spread by Alex Mendoza

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Hidden Risks Of Debit Spread by Alex Mendoza Understand all your risks when you trade. Strategies that seem harmless could end up costing you. Debit spreads are a favorite strategy among experienced options traders who understand the need to hedge risk, however strong their directional convictions. For example, if the price of the underlying instrument rises, instead of profiting from a simple call, you can hedge the risk of the total cost of the option by selling another call at a higher strike price. This would lower the cost basis of your trade. The tradeoff for the lower risk is that pro...

  • Intermarket Review by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Intermarket Review by David Penn - JAPANESE YEN - CANADIAN DOLLAR - BRITISH POUND - AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR...

  • Interview: Oliver Velez Of Pristine.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: Oliver Velez Of Pristine.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Oliver L. Velez is the chairman and cofounder of Pristine.com, a leading online educational portal for active, self-directed traders. He is also the chief editor of the site's flagship product, "The Pristine Day Trader." A respected financial professional and a sought-after speaker with a successful 14-year track record, Velez is recognized as one of the pioneers in the daytrading industry. As a professional trader, Velez built a formidable reputation for his trading skills. He established Pristine in September 1994 as an edu...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. KONDRATIEFF WAVE Editor, From the first issue of STOCKS & COMMODITIES I picked up a year ago to the most recent issue, I have never been disappointed in the quality or content of your publication. In the September 2002 S&C was an article on the Kondratieff wave by Tim Elrod, which I found interesting. However, I noticed that the chart showing the wholesale prices in relation to the idealized long wave was dated only till 2000. Since we're now at the start of 2003, I was wondering where I could find an upto- date chart like the one in the article? I...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright BULLETS Do you know where I could find more information about the "bullet" options strategy involving married puts? Thank you -- Matt Bridier Married puts or "bullets" are simply contracts entered into between a trader, his firm, and another entity. Stock is purchased with an equivalent number of puts. The puts are exercised at the end of the trading day, leaving the trading account "flat." During the day, the trader can trade with the long stock, and can sell it without marking the sale short. This practice varies from firm to firm, and is generally only available to propr...

  • The Scoring Trade by Thomas Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Scoring Trade by Thomas Bulkowski Here's a scoring system for symmetrical triangles that helps predict performance. How do you make money in a bear market without selling short? By picking winners. How do you gain the experience necessary to pick winners? Good question. Someone once said you should print a chart of your favorite stock each morning, stare at it for eight hours every day, and then -- two years later -- trade the stock. There is much truth in that: acquiring experience has few shortcuts. I review 225 stocks daily, but it takes just 15 minutes. As fast as the computer can loa...

Traders' Resource: Online Trading Services

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? TRADESTATION: FIBONACCI RETRACEMENTS AND THE RSI Ingo Bucher's article in this issue, "Fibonacci Retracements And The RSI," describes the advantages of considering Fibonacci retracement levels for use with the classic RSI indicator. Bucher reviews six charts, each displaying Fibonacci retracement levels for the RSI associated with each chart. The EasyLanguage code given here will allow you to automatically recreate these charts for any security available in TradeStation. Bucher calculated his retracement levels by picking the RSI high and low for ...

WM: Using Moving Averages To Trade Retracements by Mike Moody, Ph.D.

Websites For Traders: SelectSectors.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Websites For Traders: The-Privateer.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: The-Privateer.com by David Penn THE-PRIVATEER.COM If investing is a journey, then Bill Buckler -- editor and publisher of the newsletter The Privateer -- is more than happy to be your captain. As Buckler announces in his on-site bio, "From The Quarterdeck," there might be little in the way of his background or résumé that would make him appear a more capable steward of investment themes than those money managers who, in the midst of a raging bear market, have simply been losing clients' money hand over fist. Bill Buckler is no high-paid money manager, no investment guru, ...

Working Money: 1-2-3 Trend Reversals by David Penn

  • Working Money: 10 Challenges Facing A Market Rebound by Matt Blackman

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money: 10 Challenges Facing A Market Rebound by Matt Blackman Can technical traders safely ignore these 10 fundamental obstacles? Most traders agree that fundamental investors would be well advised to use charts to help make better decisions, especially in times of volatility. But can traders afford to ignore the fundamental economic challenges facing the markets? THE MARKET CANARY Many traders say there is a real and visible disconnect between US financial markets and the economy. Interest rates are at historic lows, the housing sector is flourishing, and consumer spending (which ...

Working Money: Safe House? by Bruce Faber

Working Money: Trading Systems Using Multiple Indicators by Dennis D. Peterson








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