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Article Archive For MAR2010

  • At The Close by Wayne Whaley

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...At The Close by Wayne Whaley Can a simple and popular strategy such as the 200-day moving average crossover outperform a buy & hold strategy? The trend is your friend" is one of the first rules in trading. Given the big moves in commodities in 2009, I wouldn't be surprised to discover that a lot of trend-following systems had a good year. One trend-following strategy that is followed by many technicians is the 200-day moving average crossover strategy. That is when you would go long when the tradable in question is above its n-day moving average and either move to cash or go short when it i...

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? Commodity Trader's Almanac 2010 ? Stock Trader's Almanac 2010 ? Far From Random: Using Investor Behavior And Trend Analysis To Forecast Market Movement ? Futures Markets: 200 Questions & Answers ? Market Indicators: The Best-Kept Secret To More Effective Trading And Investing ? Capturing Profit With Technical Analysis: Hands-On Rules For Exploiting Candlestick, Indicator, & Money Management Techniques ? Practical Trading Applications Of Market Profile...

  • Empirical Mode Decomposition by John F. Ehlers and Ric Way

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Empirical Mode Decomposition by John F. Ehlers and Ric Way Is the market trending or is it in a cycle mode? Identify the mode of the market and trade accordingly. Even the most casual chart reader will be able to spot the times when the market is cycling and other times when longer-term trends are in play. Cycling markets are ideal for swing trading. However, attempting to trade the swing in a trending market can be a recipe for disaster. Similarly, applying trend trading techniques during a cycling market can equally wreak havoc in your account. Cycle or trend modes can be identified in hin...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile GAMMA SCALPING A VERTICAL? What do you think about hedging directional risk of a vertical spread with stock? That's an interesting question, but one without a "one size fits all" answer. Hedging delta risk and possibly taking advantage of this position type's potential long gamma rests with the trader's objective, risk tolerance, and whether he or she maintains account restrictions regarding this type of hedge and net positioning. When a trader has some type of vertical on, the position is already hedged to a large extent by the other short or long co...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Carley Garner CONTANGO! In futures industry language, what does "contango" mean? Commentators often use contango in reference to the commodity markets because it sounds exciting. The true meaning of the word is less than thrilling; in fact, it is downright normal. Contango is a scenario in which spot (current delivery) commodity prices are trading at a discount to prices displayed in the futures markets (future delivery). To fully understand the word's meaning, you must recognize what causes such a price relationship. There are essentially two separate, yet related, mar...

  • Intraday Short-Term Trading Tactics by Ron Walker

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Intraday Short-Term Trading Tactics by Ron Walker Enter and exit trades the right way based on familiar chart patterns. wing trading prospects occur when price patterns form. Even though traders might be familiar with many chart patterns, they may not know how to enter and exit trades correctly based on those price patterns. Our purpose here is to discover short-term trading strategies that will help fine-tune entry and exit points while properly assessing stops. I'll illustrate some attractive setups using the hourly chart of the ProShares UltraShort for the Standard & Poor's 500 (Sds). T...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. VALUABLE INFORMATION Editor, I just wanted to send you a note regarding S&C. I have been a subscriber for a while but haven't done a lot of reading of your magazine. However, while spending the holidays at my son's house, I completely went through the December 2009 issue. I discovered that virtually every page has valuable information, and it was a very educational experience. I will be reading further issues of S&C from cover to cover. John J. Dueweke Thank you for writing. Our goal is always to provide ideas and information in every issue to hel...

  • Market Ticker's Karl Denninger by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Market Ticker's Karl Denninger by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. Faber Karl Denninger tells you like it is. He is the former Ceo of McsNet, a regional Chicago-area networking and Internet company that operated from 1987 to 1998. McsNet offered several "firsts" in the Internet Service space, including integral customer-specified spam filtering for customers and the first virtual web server available to the public. Denninger's other accomplishments include the design and construction of regional and national IP-based networks and development of electronic conferencing software reaching back to the 19...

  • My Trading Strategy, Revised by Leonardo Jafet

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...My Trading Strategy, Revised by Leonardo Jafet Here's a methodology for developing and testing a rules-based system, improved from the original. Since my article in the June 2009 issue of Stocks & Commodities, I have worked on some improvements for my strategy. This time, I outline a rough methodology that I will use going forward in my development and testing of rules-based systems. I have not created anything new here. I have simply pulled together bits and pieces of good ideas and techniques that are already out there and, I hope, summarized them in an organized and clear way. To remind ...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright DIRECT NOT SO DIRECT? I've heard that my direct-access broker actually routes my trades through the firm. Can that be right? How is that direct access? -- TCmac I get this question a lot. Your order needs to go through the brokerage firm to verify that you have enough funds to cover the transaction, check for "pattern daytrader" compliance, and so forth. To get true direct access, the market participant must join an exchange or a proprietary trading firm. That way, your orders are covered by the broker?dealer directly, not your individual account. Hope this helps. SUBPENN...

The McGinley Dynamic by Brian Twomey

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Most of this month's Traders' Tips are based on John Ehlers and Ric Way's article in this issue, "Empirical Mode Decomposition." Others may be on a topic of the contributor's choosing. EasyLanguage code to implement their techniques can be found in the sidebars to their article elsewhere in this issue, and at the end of this document. Additional code is presented here and at Traders.com as contributed by various software developers. Readers will find these and more Traders' Tips at the Stocks & Commodities website at www.Traders.com in the Traders...

  • Unraveling The Mystery Of Stock Prices by Boris G. Zinchenko

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Unraveling The Mystery Of Stock Prices by Boris G. Zinchenko Here's a simple method you can apply to interpret financial charts. It uses classical statistics as well as a number of simple chart indicators, which may help you better understand classical charts from the viewpoint of random processes. Every trader is familiar with stock charts. To most traders the chart is just a common tool, like a hammer is to the carpenter. The exception is the new trader reading charts for the first time or the advanced trader who begins to question the value of the charts he or she watches. Financial char...

Working Money: Choosing The Right Hardware by John Devcic

Working Money: Where Can We Invest? by Michael Porter








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