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Article Archive For OCT2009

  • Are Leveraged Sector ETFs For You? by L.A. Little

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Are Leveraged Sector ETFs For You? by L.A. Little Find out if you can include these products in your list of tradables. IN 1992, the American Stock Exchange (Amex) petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission (Sec) to create a standalone index-based exchange traded fund (Etf). Upon Sec approval, Amex rolled out the first Etf product: the S&P Depository Receipts Trust Series 1, or Spdrs (Spy). It gained widespread acceptance as a way to diversify (reduce risk) and mimic the broader market of the 500 largest capitalized stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (Nyse). Others followed, with...

At The Close by Don Bright

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. - The Daily Trading Coach: 101 Lessons For Becoming Your Own Trading Psychologist - Essential Investment: An A-Z Guide: 2nd Edition - Inside The Mind Of The Turtles: How The World's Best Traders Master Risk - The New Paradigm Investor - Sell Short: A Simpler, Safer Way To Profit When Stocks Go Down - Trading Regime Analysis: The Probability Of Volatility...

Data Mining And Cubes For Traders by Art Tennick

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile MEchanics of a Dividend Play In early August, Intel (Intc) saw huge contract volume in a handful of deep in-the-money calls. The largest activity occurred in the August 16 and 17 calls with more than 200,000 contracts trading on each strike. The heavy trading happened in front of shares going ex-dividend. With the value of the August 16/17 vertical being maxed out -- that is, trading at $1.00 -- can you tell me what was going on that day? What you saw were traders attempting to capture the dividend. By buying and/or selling a deep vertical and exercising his...

Futures For You by Carley Garner

  • Head & Shoulders Failure by Kenny Gilliland

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Head & Shoulders Failure by Kenny Gilliland How can you effectively trade one of the most recognizable chart patterns? Imagine this scenario: You are reviewing the charts of stocks that recently declined when a pattern jumps out at you from the screen -- a head & shoulders formation. You place a stop market order to sell the stock short once the neckline is pierced. The order is ultimately filled and you wait for the stock to head south. At first, it declines slightly and then begins to move sideways for a week before heading up and back through the neckline. Luckily, you placed a stop order ...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...TWO TRADERS, TWO METHODS Editor, Just wanted to comment on a very interesting interview you conducted with Gavin Mok and Kevin Haygreen ("Two Traders, Two Methods," June 2009 S&C). I read many articles with trader profiles, and it is good to get insight from the traders who are just starting out or who are struggling to get to their desired level. Too many times, I find interviews to be about the lifestyles of the successful traders. But in reality, they are the exception, and only a small percentile of our peers are consistently profitable. Once again, great job. Mike Toma...

  • Martin Pring and The Relevance Of Price Trends by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. R. Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Martin Pring and The Relevance Of Price Trends by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. R. Faber Martin J. Pring entered the financial markets in 1969 and has grown to become a leader in the global investment community. In 1981 he founded Pring Research and began providing research for financial institutions and individual investors around the world. Since 1984, he has published the Intermarket Review, a monthly market review offering a long-term synopsis of the world's major financial markets. He is the author of several outstanding books including Introduction To Technical Analysis, Martin Pring On Mar...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Q&A by Don Bright POSITION SIZING IN STOCK TRADING How do you position size in your stock trading? I buy strong stocks above the intraday breakout with close stops. My problem is I feel that my initial price is important, and once I add shares, it changes the whole dynamic of the trade. I know that position sizing is very important (cutting losses, adding to winners), and being that my good trades last three to four hours, it's something I should be doing. Thank you. A couple of things come to mind. First, the actual intraday breakout price may or may not be a good entry. You really need to...

  • Situational Trading by Anthony Trongone, PhD, CFP, CTA

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Situational Trading by Anthony Trongone, PhD, CFP, CTA How do you know the markets are beginning to recover? D uring periods of downslides, many cautious investors remain on the sidelines until signs of recovery emerge. Fortunately, trading activity can spot the beginning of a recovery. Sometimes, however, it can be a challenge; in the past several years, a variety of trending landscapes have presented themselves, making that hunt something of a trial. Sometimes we do ourselves a disservice by including all the different trading patterns that have popped up into the same study. The days n...

  • The Thorn At The Bottom by Alexander Sabodin

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...The Thorn At The Bottom by Alexander Sabodin Here's a reversal pattern that occurs frequently but is difficult to discern during its formation. The thorn pattern is encountered quite frequently, but it is difficult to discern while it is being formed. Unlike other reversal models, which reflect gradual changes in trend dynamics, the thorn is a sharp jerk of the price in a given direction, immediately followed by a jerk in the opposite direction without any pause. Thorns often appear in low-liquid markets or after a news release. The reason behind such a situation can be attributed to the...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. This month's Traders' Tips are based on David Hawkins' article in this issue, "Volume-Weighted Macd Histogram." Others are on a topic of the contributors' choosing. MetaStock code to help implement the strategy is provided in Hawkins' article elsewhere in this issue, and at the end of this document. Additional code is presented here as contributed by various software developers. Readers will find our Traders' Tips section in its entirety at the Stocks & Commodities website at in the Traders' Tips area, from where the code can be co...

  • Volume-Weighted MACD Histogram by David Hawkins

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Volume-Weighted MACD Histogram by David Hawkins Find out how the performance of the Macd improves by volume-weighting it. MY goal was to make the Macd-histogram (Macdh) perform better by volume weighting it. It uses three exponential moving averages. So, what's needed is to volume weight the exponential moving average (Ema). The Ema is widely used because it is more responsive than the simple moving average (Sma). The volume-weighted moving average (Vwma) responds proportionately more to higher-volume trading so it emphasizes significant trading while deemphasizing less-significant, light-v...

Working Money Forex Rules by Brian Twomey

  • Working Money Trading Channels by Chaitali Mohile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Working Money Trading Channels by Chaitali Mohile A wise trader will continuously analyze new trading strategies in different market situations. The year 2008 began on a depressing note and the global economy entered a recessionary period as the market corrections hit lower lows in 2008. It was a challenging time for traders. By the time the nature of the market correction was recognized, many market participants had lost 50% of their gains and were on the verge of withdrawing altogether from the trading business. This is why it is essential to identify a correct trading strategy so you don't...

Working-Money: Get Shorty by John Devcic

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