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Article Archive For NOV2007

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. Various Book Reviews...

  • Compare Option Strikes With This by Tim Zurick

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Compare Option Strikes With This by Tim Zurick How do you compare options with different strikes, margin requirements, and expiration dates? Here's a tool that will help you make that decision. More bang per buck: Many businessmen will tell you that there is no more important factor in financial decision-making. Option sellers face a specific version of this decision: How should limited margin dollars be allocated among possible trades to maximize return on investment? Figure 1 frames the question. Is option trading an investment? Perhaps not; in several respects it is a unique class of trad...

  • Does The RSI Give You An Edge? by Larry Connors & Ashton Dorkins

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Does The RSI Give You An Edge? by Larry Connors & Ashton Dorkins The relative strength index has been heavily used since its creation, but does it work for you? The relative strength index (RSI) is one of the most popular tools used by traders. As such, there are many books and articles written showing how to use RSI. Unfortunately, most of the published material doesn't show any statistical evidence to support the indicator's performance. This is surprising, considering how popular the RSI is and how many traders rely upon it. Before using any indicator, it is important to test if the indic...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile NOT GETTING FILLED I live in Europe and I often place my orders outside of US market hours. I almost always use limit orders between the bid and ask. For example, I tried to buy a call option the other day, but I did not get filled because the stock opened almost $2 higher than the previous day. I know this is all part of the game, but it's frustrating to watch a potential trade go up by about 40% in two days and missing out because I didn't get filled. Is there anything I can do? Some of your orders are not getting filled for two very important reasons. ...

  • Forex Focus: Fundamentals Or Technicals? by Boris Schlossberg

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Forex Focus: Fundamentals Or Technicals? by Boris Schlossberg When two are better than one: Power up your forex trading by combining fundamental and technical analyses. Arguments between technical and fundamental traders often become fanatically intense as one side tries to prove the other wrong. Technicians assert that all news is discounted in price almost instantaneously and therefore fundamental knowledge is of little use in determining the forward direction of the move. Fundamentalists state that technical analysis offers nothing but the summary of the past price action. After all, just...

  • Futures For You by Dan O'Neil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Futures For You by Dan O'Neil DON'T BE A SORE LOSER I've been trading futures for a while now, and I've followed all of the standard advice about doing my research and setting up a trading plan. However, I've found it difficult to sit by when the market starts to turn against my position. My instinct tells me to take emergency action and do whatever it takes to get right again, but most of the "experts" seem to agree that's a recipe for disaster. In general, what is the best way to handle a losing streak when you're right in the middle of it? Welcome to the club. Every successful veteran tr...

  • Guided By Seasonal Indexes by Darin Newsom

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Guided By Seasonal Indexes by Darin Newsom Seasonal indexes can offer insight into possible price targets. Here's how. We've all done it. Whether you are a banker, lawyer, trader, or analyst, we have all caught ourselves staring wistfully out the office window to see spring turn to summer, then autumn, and finally winter. That is the seasonal cycle of nature and it is just as true watching commodity markets on the computer screen as it is looking out the window. SEASONALITY IN COMMODITIES Commodities have seasonal cycles that reflect the normal supply and demand situation of the individual...

  • Interview: Charles D. Kirk of TheKirkReport.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Interview: Charles D. Kirk of TheKirkReport.com by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Minnesota-based Charles E. Kirk is an individual investor who has been investing and trading stocks for more than 12 years and who currently trades stocks for a living in addition to writing about the stock market in his blog, with more than 10,000 visitors reading his website on a daily basis; a notable number, considering he has only been blogging since September 2003. His education and work experiences are varied, including a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a law degree; he worked as a private investigator for a...

Let The Indicator Fit The Market by Martha Stokes, CMT

Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc.

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. METASTOCK FORMULAS FOR TRENDLINE BREAKS Editor, Is there anywhere on the website to find the code for trendline breaks in the September 2007 issue? It seems like I'm always entering the MetaStock formulas by hand. I am a long-time subscriber. JACK WILLIAMS You will find formulas and code from S&C articles posted to the Subscriber Area of our website, at http://technical.traders.com/ sub/sublog.asp. (Scroll down past the Optimized Trading Systems section.) Login to the Subscriber Area requires your subscriber account number (found on your mailing ...

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright BASIC SKILLS FOR DAYTRADERS Don, since you think (pure) daytrading is a limited style, then how do other daytraders make profits? Could you tell me some basic trading methods or skills for daytraders?-- Anonymous I'm not against daytrading, but I think other strategies can augment your income. Our new people learn how to do "open-only orders" (OPG) on the NYSE. We enter about 50 stocks, buys, and sell shorts, based on fair value calculations. Then, when a few of the stocks gap up or down, they are filled only when the specialist is filled. Why not trade on the same side as ...

  • Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator by Sylvain Vervoort

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator by Sylvain Vervoort Using the turning points in the oscillator gives profitable trades. Come look. Before telling you about the construction and application of the short-term volume and price oscillator (SVAPO) I am using, let's talk about some basics using an indicator as a buy & sell trigger. The indicator must have clear reversal points and be as fast as possible on the entry side. The faster you can get in at a price reversal, the tighter your initial stop-loss can be. This will save you a lot of money on those trades that move the wrong way. A trai...

Traders' Resource Books by Technical Analysis, Inc.

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. ? METASTOCK: SHORT-TERM VOLUME AND PRICE OSCILLATOR (SVAPO) Code for MetaStock for the SVAPO indicator is already provided by Sylvain Vervoort in his article in this issue, "Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator." Please see the article's sidebar, "SVAPO MetaStock code." --Editor ? TRADESTATION: SHORT-TERM VOLUME AND PRICE OSCILLATOR (SVAPO) Sylvain Vervoort's article in this issue, "Short-Term Volume And Price Oscillator," describes the construction of a shortterm oscillator based on price and volume. During uptrends, when price and volume are mov...

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