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Article Archive For MAY2002

  • AskChart.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...AskChart.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan ASKCHART.COM One look at AskChart's home page tells you this is an information-packed site. Not many sites give you an overall picture of the market in such a condensed fashion, but a visit to AskChart.com will give you an idea within seconds of which sectors and stocks are outperforming or underperforming....

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? Profitable Candlestick Trading: Pinpointing Market Opportunities To Maximize Profits, by Stephen W. Bigalow ? Core Trading Tactics, by Oliver Velez ? Mutual Fund Investor's Guide 2002, by Kirk Kazanjian ? Trading Options Visually: What You Must Know To Trade Options On Futures, by Paul Forchione ? How To Choose Stocks That Will Outperform The Market 2002, by Grace K. Morris ? Online Trader's Dictionary, by R.J. Shook ? Web Rules: How The Internet Is Changing The Way Consumers Make Choices, by Tom Murphy ? Advanced Modeling In Finance Usin...

  • Daytrading Stock Pairs by Mark Conway and Aaron Behle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Daytrading Stock Pairs by Mark Conway and Aaron Behle Tired of trading Level II quotes and one-minute charts? Try a market-neutral strategy. It can take years of experience to discover one unique insight to exploit that can consistently pull money out of the stock market. Most traders have a bias as to market direction and position themselves accordingly; however, market-neutral strategies are becoming popular for those who are tired of trading on the gerbil wheel of Level II quotes and one-minute charts. Pairs trading is a market-neutral strategy where a long position in one stock and a sh...

  • How Random Is The Dow by Tony Baker and William Arnold

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...How Random Is The Dow by Tony Baker and William Arnold This study looks at the market fluctuations of the DJIA to determine if there is any consistency in the markets. One of the best-known, universally reliable characteristics of the financial markets is their tendency to fluctuate. In times of optimism or pessimism, rising or falling interest rates, inflation or deflation, these deviations from...

  • Interview: John Bollinger Of Bollinger Bands Fame by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: John Bollinger Of Bollinger Bands Fame by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Unlike many technicians who start out with degrees in business, veteran analyst John Bollinger, the president and founder of Bollinger Capital Management, started out with a decidedly unmarket-like bent. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts majoring in cinematography, and only afterward started studying the market. Since then, though, he's become one of the best-known market analysts in the field, with the now-classic Bollinger Bands technique to his credit (which has been integrated into most analytical softw...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters to S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. POINT & FIGURE CHARTING ONLINE Editor, Regarding the letter in the January 2002 issue regarding point and figure software, a good site for P&F is PFscan.com. It's a UK company but their software can also be used for the US market. I hope this is of some help. BILL THORNE, via e-mail...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Plan To Win by Richard Ahrens

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Plan To Win by Richard Ahrens There are two kinds of traders: amateurs and professionals. The amateurs supply the money. Which would you rather be? It has been estimated that only 10% of traders consistently make money. It has also been estimated that only 10% of traders have a clearly defined trading plan. Coincidence? Not likely. In the same way that a good builder must plan many different aspects of his or her project before beginning construction, a good trader must consider a variety of factors before entering a trade. Failing to consider all the elements of a trade may not lead to ruin...

  • Projected Fibonacci Targets by Mohab Nabil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Projected Fibonacci Targets by Mohab Nabil Here's a new technique for determining price targets after a breakout from a previous price swing. Fibonacci analysis, which is employed by practitioners of various sciences such as astronomy, mathematics, and architecture, also has a role in projecting price targets of financial securities. After working with Fibonacci ratiosİ for several years, I developed a new technique for determining price targets after a breakout (up or down) from previous price swings, which I call projected Fibonacci targets (PFT)....

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright MARKET ORDERS I rarely trade listed issues. But I feel that exposure to this marketplace would be advantageous to my trading over the long term. Perhaps you could shed some light on just how the system works. I know the uptick rules -- it is the mystery of the book and its depth that confound me, I think. I used limit orders the last time I tried to short a listed issue (AXP). It was suggested to me then that market orders were the way to go when going short. Any insights would be appreciated -- Greg...

  • Strategies For Single-Stock Futures by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Strategies For Single-Stock Futures by Don Bright With single-stock futures ready to make an entry into the markets, you need to be armed with the right strategies. I 'm often asked what the traits are that successful stock traders have in common, and although there are many, what I find binds all good traders together is adaptability. We all thrived through the euphoria of the dotcom phase, and the Nasdaq's meteoric rise past common sense into obscenity. Many a genius was behind a computer when the buy-and-hold mentality permeated the shell of proprietary trading. Television analysts and on...

  • Taming The Volatility Beast by Kevin Lund

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Taming The Volatility Beast by Kevin Lund Take advantage of volatility and play those options. If you've traded options for any length of time, you've probably experienced the following scenario: You spot a stock that seems to have some good swings. After watching it drop for a few days, your technical analysis suggests the selling was simply profit-taking, and you feel the stock will move up soon. So you buy some call options. Over the next couple of days, however, as you watch your stock climb modestly, the value of your options drops, probably because you purchased expensive options. Thi...

  • The Center Of Gravity Oscillator by John F. Ehlers

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Center Of Gravity Oscillator by John F. Ehlers Here's an indicator that identifies every major turning point without much lag. This new oscillator is unique in that it is smoothed and has essentially zero lag. The smoothing enables clear identification of turning points, and the zero lag aspect means action can be taken early in the move. This oscillator is the serendipitous result of my research into adaptive filters. While the filters have not yet produced the results I am seeking, this oscillator has substantial advantages over conventional oscillators used in technical analysis....

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. METASTOCK: Projected Fibonacci targets In "Projected Fibonacci Targets" in this issue, Mohab Nabil introduces Fibonacci studies, which may be new to some readers. In MetaStock, it is very easy to apply Fibonacci retracements to a chart. In MetaStock, bring up a chart you want to analyze. With your cursor, you can simply click on the Fibonacci retracements icon or use the Insert menu and select Fibonacci, then choose one of our four studies. It will then apply the study to your chart. The defaults of 23.6, 38.2, 50, and 61.8% will automatically appea...

  • Websites For Traders: Kitco.com by Bruce R. Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: Kitco.com by Bruce R. Faber KITCO.COM All that glitters isn't gold, but Kitco.com definitely is. If you want information on gold or most other precious metals, Kitco.com is a good place to start. It would be nice if there were sites with as much pertinent information on other tradable commodities as Kitco.com has about gold....

  • Websites For Traders: OptionsXpress.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Websites For Traders: OptionsXpress.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan OPTIONSXPRESS.COM With online trading as popular as it is, many traders may find it tempting to place trades without doing their homework. This is partly because of the lack of websites that give you the opportunity to learn about trading, analyze your strategies, and place trades. Fortunately, the founders of options- Xpress.com realized that options traders needed more than what traditional online brokers offer. So they set out to create a site that would give the options trader the ability to analyze prospective trades tho...

  • Working Money: Candlestick Profits by Stephen W. Bigalow

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money: Candlestick Profits by Stephen W. Bigalow A charting technique from long ago can help you make a tidy profit. Although candlestick charting has been a part of the US trading Acommunity for decades, only recently has interest picked up in this technique for investment purposes. The investor who takes the amount of time and effort needed to master candlesticks can reap handsome profits. Candlestick analysis can produce remarkably accurate results, and using it may help you maximize profits while reducing risk exposure....

  • Working Money: Confirming Averages by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money: Confirming Averages by David Penn DOW THEORY What happens when the Dow industrials go where the transports fear to tread? One of the original tenets of Dow theory, and one of the most misunderstood, is the notion that the averages must confirm each other. Generally speaking, this refers to the rising and falling price action of two of the three main Dow Jones averages, the Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJTA) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). These averages have existed since their original inception by Charles Dow, though the actual components of the averages ha...

  • Working Money: Trendlines And Consolidations by Dennis D. Peterson

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money: Trendlines And Consolidations by Dennis D. Peterson Here's a technique that produces more accurate trendlines. Drawing trendlines correctly is more challenging than many traders realize. The rule is that the more peaks and valleys you connect with a straight line, the more valid the line is in defining a trend. But simply connecting a set of the more prominent peaks or valleys can cause you to miss consolidations, since the smaller peaks and valleys that are skipped over could be defining a consolidation pattern. Consolidation patterns are important because they can be used to...

  • Working Money: Trends And The 4% Solution by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money: Trends And The 4% Solution by David Penn Can you improve your odds of buying bottoms and selling tops? Use both trend-following and momentum-shift approaches to learn when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. From a technical perspective, there are two general schools of thought when it comes to buying and selling stock. The first is that a position should be entered only when the stock has begun a trend (that is, a series of higher highs and higher lows -- an uptrend -- or a series of lower highs and lower lows -- a downtrend). This, the trend-following school, believes that the ea...








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