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Article Archive For MAR2006

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (41): 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 dedicatedmto teaching investors how to minimize their risk while maximizing profits usingmoptions. 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. IMPACT OF DIVIDENDS ON BEAR CALL SPREAD If I place a bear call spread and the company announces a dividend p...

  • Forex Focus by Matt Blackman

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (16-20): Forex Focus by Matt Blackman 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. THE CURRENCY COMBO Integrating strategies...

  • Futures For You by Dan O'Neil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (98): 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. BECOMING A FUTURES BROKER Is this a good time to become a futures/ forex broker? This is for a person who making a car...

  • Interview: Ken Tower And The Future Of Electronic Trading by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (54-61): Interview: Ken Tower And The Future Of Electronic Trading by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan A member and former president of the Market Technicians Association (MTA), Ken Tower is chief market strategist at CyberTrader, and one of the best-known point & figure chartists in financial services today. He is a frequent guest speaker on CNBC, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, MarketWatch Radio, and AP Radio financial programs. Tower also produces daily and weekly technical market commentary and contributes regularly to online trading seminars and workshops for...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (10-15): 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. MIND MAPS Editor, I really enjoyed your January 2006 issue, especially the article "A Blueprint For Your Trading." In it, author Vadym Gr...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Predicting Reversals With Pivot Points

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (74): 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. VOLATILITY & TREND Does volatility of a particular market have any correlation with its trendiness? Does increased volatility result in more trends or choppy markets?...

  • The Automated Daytrader by Lee Leibfarth

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (22-28): The Automated Daytrader by Lee Leibfarth Here's how daytraders can use different levels of trade automation. Technology has played a vital role in allowing retail traders to compete in markets where, traditionally, only institutional and professional traders have been able to profit. Daytrading simply couldn't exist without high-speed Internet connection, reliable trading software, or direct-access trading. Many of the high-end trading platforms and features only available to institutions as of a few years ago have become both affordable and practical fo...

  • Traders' Resource: Online Trading Services by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (84-88): Traders' Resource: Online Trading Services by Technical Analysis, Inc. You can find a wealth of information on the Internet for nearly any subject imaginable, including investing, trading, and the financial markets. You can even find a good amount on technical analysis. Each month in STOCKS & COMMODITIES' Traders' Resource, we present a listing for different categories of products and services related to trading, all to aid our readers in their pursuit of trading. This month, we focus on the topic of online trading services. We contacted companies that ...

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (76-83): 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 one of the strategies presented in this issue. BOLLINGER BANDS Z-TEST (BBZ) Code for Jacinta Chan's technique described in her article, "Trading Trends With The Bollinger Bands Z-Test," is provided for TradeStation, eSignal, Wealth-Lab, AmiBroker, AIQ Systems, TradingSolutions, NeuroShell Trader, NeoTicker, Trade Navigator, Technifilter Plus, BioComp Dakota,...

  • Trading And Poker Parallels by Don Bright with Darren Clifford

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (44-45): Trading And Poker Parallels by Don Bright with Darren Clifford Risk? Yes. Reward? Of course. But the similarities go deeper. A couple of months ago, I was asked about the similarities between stock trading and what seems to be the new national pastime, poker. Las Vegas is home to some of the world's best poker players, and Bright Trading is headquartered in Las Vegas. It just so happens that some of the world's best poker players are also Bright traders. My brother, Bob, made his first fortune playing blackjack back in the 1970s. He took that money and b...

  • Trading Trends With The Bollinger Bands Z-Test by Jacinta Chan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (46-52): Trading Trends With The Bollinger Bands Z-Test by Jacinta Chan Standard deviation bands are helpful in determining trends. Here, the author develops a trading system based on this idea that yields high returns with low, controlled risk. The set of trading techniques that I will present here uses standard deviation bands to determine trends and help develop a trading system that yields high returns at low, controlled risk. The name for this trading system, BBZ, is an acronym derived from "Bollinger Bands" and the ""z-score," based on a Working Money artic...

  • Understanding Market Structure by Paolo Pezzutti

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (30-37): Understanding Market Structure by Paolo Pezzutti Understanding the market before placing your trade can make a huge difference to your trading performance. Different financial markets have different behaviors. This is because of the intrinsic characteristics of these markets (growth/value stock, for example), market liquidity, participants (long-/short-term investors, institutions, daytraders, and position traders), and factors that affect the markets when market players elaborate information. You can make your system/method work under the technical cond...

  • Using Calls To Create Synthetic Leverage by Matthew J. Stander

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (62-66): Using Calls To Create Synthetic Leverage by Matthew J. Stander Before you take the plunge and buy a call option, you should consider whether you know everything you can about doing so. Traders frequently buy call options to increase returns on long positions without first taking the time to understand the complexities of option pricing. For a sophisticated options trader with the ability to change positions in milliseconds, pricing models like Black-Scholes provide valuable guidance for establishing derivative positions. However, most traders could benef...

  • Websites For Traders: SectorUpdates.com by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (75): Websites For Traders: SectorUpdates.com by David Penn As a trader, do your eyes light up or glaze over when the subject shifts to market sectors? For most fundamentally oriented traders, my guess would be the former rather than the latter. After all, the idea that it is beneficial to study the various sectors into which industries, companies, and stocks are divided is predicated on the concept that the economic cycle plays a disproportionate influence on certain stocks at certain times. Other fundamentally oriented types look to the monetary cycle -- the patt...

  • Websites For Traders: TraderMike.net by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 24:3 (92): Websites For Traders: TraderMike.net by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan WWW.TRADERMIKE.NET At a time when reading weblogs is fast becoming a ritual, it's no surprise that the number of technical analysis blogs is on the rise. One that I read regularly is www.TraderMike.net. Once you visit the site you'll understand why. It's interactive, as are most blogs, with clearly explained charts, which make it very easy to understand the reasoning behind the blogger's opinions. Generally, on the home page you will see a watchlist with a chart of the NASDAQ with various indi...

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