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Article Archive For NOV1997

  • Adding The Human Element To Neural Nets by Jeffrey Owen Katz, Ph.D. with Donna L. McCormick

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Adding The Human Element To Neural Nets by Jeffrey Owen Katz, Ph.D., with Donna L. McCormick Is it possible to train a neural network to ""see"" the way you and I do? These Contributing Writers walk you through their research in selecting chart-based trading points by hand and then training the neural network to repeat the process. In the November 1996 article ""On developing trading systems,"" I demonstrated that neural network technology no longer works well when used in a manner employing brute force. To demonstrate, I trained a neural network to directly predict price change over the nex...

  • On Moving Averages by John Sweeney

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...It's been around forever, and it's a tried-and-true favorite. It's also the source of great frustration. How can anything end up as both? Here are the basics for using moving averages to identify the trend in the market. No technique is more frequently used -- or more maligned -- than moving averages of prices. It's used frequently because it's the embodiment of a fundamental trading rule: Go with, not against, changing prices. Averages can't help themselves; they always go in the proper direction, not sooner but later. Hence, the malignment: Since averages' movement lagsÝ price action, their i...

Quick Scans: A Trader's Astrological Almanac 1997

Quick Scans: ASCTrend 1.05

Quick Scans: Beyond Technical Analysis

Quick Scans: By the Numbers

Quick Scans: Campaign Trading

Quick Scans: Dow Jones News/Retrieval

Quick Scans: Event Trading

Quick Scans: Gaming the Market

Quick Scans: How to Start Your Own Commodities Trading Business

Quick Scans: Inside Advantage

Quick Scans: McMillan on Options

Quick Scans: Net Worth

Quick Scans: Sight System

Quick Scans: The Pitbull Investor

Quick Scans: The Pro-Vest Option Trading Method

Quick Scans: Topline Encyclopedia of Historial Charts

Quick Scans: Trader's Companion version 1.1

Quick Scans: Trading Without Fear

Quick Scans: Trading the Rebound Gap

Quick Scans: What Works on Wall Street

Quick Scans: What Works on Wall Street -- The Software

  • Stock Market Déjà Vu? by K.D. Angle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The more things change, the more they remain the same. This money manager compares today's economic situation with the 1920s and finds some interesting parallels. As computers continue to dictate many of the trading decisions of the 1990s in both the stock and futures markets, fundamental economic data appears to have less and less relevance in the daily heat of market trading. However, when you step back and take a look at the big picture, it makes more sense to examine some of the economic factors that contribute to a market psychology, for, in spite of technical analysis, there is a psych...

The Visual Investor -- How to Spot Market Trends

The Visual Investor -- How to Spot Market Trends

  • V.15:11 (477-482) Using Fibonacci Ratios and Momentum by Thom Hartle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Don't buy it here, but wait for a pullback. Are you familiar with that piece of sage advice? Or what about ""I would wait and sell on a bounce""? What does this really mean? Where and when do you act? Here's one technique for calculating retracement levels using that tried-and-true favorite Fibonacci ratios, as well as using momentum to define the trend. Markets trend in a zigzag manner: rallying, leveling off, and surging again, only to be hit by a wave of profit-taking before settling into a trading range, awaiting the next reason to advance or retreat. This activity carries on in the gen...

  • V.15:11 (488- 496) The T-Bond Futures & Stock Market Breadth System by Dennis Meyers, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Market timers develop models to decide when to be in the stock market and when to be out. These models can be based on theories that range from simple technical analysis to complex econometric models. With that in mind, here's a timing model based on the market performance of a particular interest rate futures contract combined with a set of technical indicators. According to many market pundits, buy and hold is the best way for an individual to create wealth from the stock market. If you were to review the history of the stock market, however, you would see that the buy-and-hold approach req...

  • V.15:11 (505-509) Cycle Measurements by John F. Ehlers

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The author of Mesa and Trading Cycles and developer of the MESA software series presents why you should dynamically adjust your indicators due to the change in market cycles. There's no doubt about it: Market cycles can be difficult to identify. But if they can be measured, the payoff can be substantial. By measuring cycles, we have an independent parameter that frees us from using static indicators such as stochastics, the relative strength indicator (RSI), moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) or even moving averages with fixed settings. Mea-suring cycles enable us to dynamically adj...

  • V.15:11 (510-515) Interview Bernie Schaeffer by Thom Hartle

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Bernie Schaeffer, president of the Investment Research Institute, is best known as the senior editor of The Option Advisor, the largest-circulation options newsletter in the US. He is also senior editor of Fund Profit Alert and Schaeffer's Research Review newsletters. Schaeffer made the Dick Davis Hall of Fame for being bearish ahead of the stock market correction in 1987, and since then, he has been steadfastly and correctly bullish, in large part to his use of sentiment-based indicators that helped him recently to garner the Market Technicians Association's Best of the Best award in sentimen...

  • V.15:11 (516-521) The Weekly Reversal by Thomas Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...What's a weekly reversal and how does it work? Here's a refresher on this intriguing formation. Maybe you've felt it. Every once in a while, you feel really good. You begin to believe that you know everything there is to know about a subject. You know that's not true, but the feeling persists. And such was the case when I started reading analyst John Murphy's latest work, The Visual Investor. After reading the first chapter, however, I knew I was wrong; I didn't know everything there was to know about technical analysis. I discovered weekly reversals. So what are they and how well do they re...

  • V.15:11 (525-527) Traders' Tips

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here is this month's selection of Traders' Tips, contributed by various developers of technical analysis software to help readers more easily implement some of the strategies presented. Internet users will also find these and some previous Traders' Tips on our home page at TRADESTATION The focus of this month's Traders' Tips is the article ""Using Fibonacci ratios and momentum"" by STOCKS & COMMODITIES Editor Thom Hartle. In this TradeStation implementation, we'll focus on the RSI-based oscillator described in the article. In TradeStation, Fibonacci bands can be appl...

  • V15:11: Letters to S&C

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...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? Have you run across trading techniques, services or products that have proved useful? Tell us about it. Without a source of new ideas and subjects coming from our readers, this magazine would not exist. Address your correspondence to: Editor, STOCKS & COMMODITIES, 4757 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116-4499, or E-mail to editor@Trad...

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