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Article Archive For MAR2017

  • VIX Or Historical Volatility?

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Position sizing is an often overlooked variable when it comes to strategizing your trades. There are different ways to decide how big your positions should be and here we look at a unique approach to size your positions using volatility...

  • S&P Fuel Gauge: An Introduction

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Ever thought about how much energy a rally in the S&P 500 has? Here's a technique that could help measure that energy and may even give you the edge you're looking for...

  • This Butterfly Wears Kevlar

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Butterflies are a well-known options trading strategy. But here's one that's a little different...

  • The Grand Illusion

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Is the economy as strong as it looks? The charts may suggest the economy is strong but the real answer lies between the price bars. Let's take a peek...

  • Buy & Sell Pressure And A Faster RSI

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Most of you are familiar with the relative strength index (RSI), but are you taking full advantage of it? Here, we deconstruct the RSI to lead to a more intuitive and symmetrical gauge of buying and selling pressure and a more responsive indicator...

  • About Those Binary Options

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Whether you're a scalper, an intraday trader, or a longer-term trader, binary options can provide several types of trading opportunities and can work in any type of market condition. What are they and how can you trade them? Find out here...

  • Interview: Gavin McMaster: Living Life As An Options Trader

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...You don't have to be an aggressive trader to make it as an options trader, says this "master" of options trading. After learning as much as he could about trading options, Gavin McMaster decided to take the task into his own hands and start trading options. He didn't spend a single day working at a trading desk for a financial firm, although the thought did cross his mind. McMaster even went on to get a master's degree in applied finance and investment, but admits that didn't help him learn anything about trading options. He now specializes in income trading using options, is very conservative...

  • Product review: NinjaTrader 8 Part 2

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Last month in part 1, I reviewed some of the many features of NinjaTrader 8 and ended by saying that this month I would cover the strategy development features and some of the advanced order-handling features. As mentioned in the first part, there are so many features available in NT8 that it's impossible to cover all its features in a review...

  • Successful Trader Must-Haves

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...How often have you sat at your trading desk with a solid plan that you want to follow and how often, after placing a trade, have you deviated from that plan? Emotions can wreak havoc on our trading lives and there's nothing you can do to make them disappear. The first step toward combating them is to be aware of the existence of emotions...

  • The Reality Of REITs

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Are you interested in learning more about using exchange traded funds (ETFs) in your trading? Leslie N. Masonson, an active ETF trader, is president of Cash Management Resources, a financial consulting firm that focuses on ETF strategies. He is the author of Buy-Don't Hold: Investing With ETFs Using Relative Strength To Increase Returns With Less Risk; and All About Market Timing, as well as Day Trading On The Edge. His website is www.buydonthold.com, where he writes a weekly blog. To submit topics for future columns, reach him at lesmasonson@yahoo.com...

  • Golden Cross Breakouts

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...A "golden cross" on a chart is typically defined as when the 50-day moving average crosses above the 200-day moving average, seen as a bullish sign. In this monthly column on trading breakouts, this professional trader shows how you can use this pattern as an entry signal for swing trad...

  • Q&A

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Confused about some aspect of trading? Professional trader Rob Friesen, president & COO of Bright Trading (www.stocktrading.com), an equity trading corporation, answers a few of your questions. This month: A Dollar Saved Becomes A Dollar Made...

  • Futures For You

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Want to find out how the futures markets really work? DeCarley Trading senior analyst and broker Carley Garner answers your questions about today's futures markets. This month: ES Options...

  • Explore Your Options

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Got a question about options? Tom Gentile started his trading career on the floor of the American Stock Exchange in 1994. He has appeared on many financial TV and radio shows, as well as hosting a weekly talk show himself, and has co-authored many books on the markets. He can be found at www.tomgentile.com. This month: Debit Spreads Or Credit Spreads ... Which Is Best?...

  • Traders' Tips

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...For this month's Traders' Tips, the focus is Ken Calhoun's article in this issue, "Golden Cross Breakouts". Here, we present the March 2017 Traders' Tips code with possible implementations in various softwa...

  • Opening Position

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Uncertainty begets risk, which is what gives markets their mysterious character. You never know what the market will do next...

  • Futures Liquidity

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Trading liquidity is often overlooked as a key technical measurement in the analysis and selection of commodity futures. The following explains how to read the futures liquidity chart published by Technical Analysis of STOCKS & COMMODITIES every month...







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