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Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Oscillators come in a number of different forms such as stochastic, relative strength and the commodity channel index.  Although the mathematical equations are different in each, the underlying principal by which oscillator calculations are made remains the same.  How They Work All oscillators compare the high and low of a given market move to its close.  This is the reason that oscillators...

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China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

China Stocks: Shanghai Index Wakes Up --What Does It Mean For Miners?

A Look at the Miners: RIO, SWC, CLF In recent weeks U.S. markets have experienced some long-anticipated selling pressure, but overseas the SSEC (Shanghai Composite Index) might be telling us the second largest economy is ready to rev its engines after years of sluggish momentum.The bulls for the Sleeping Giants (HPQ, INTC, CSCO) may have anticipated the SSEC’s latest move.  Today, the SSEC...

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Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

Strange Times: The Unprecedented Bull Market

The S&P 500 (SPX) is on pace to triple its March 2009 low of 676.53 in 2014, leaving many wondering what is driving such an unprecedented bull market.  Indeed, a widely respected figure at a major financial news network said to me earlier this month, “Even in the media, we’re left scratching our heads by a lot of what we’re witnessing right now.”   On Thursday the SPX touched an intraday...

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Top 10 Free Trading Resources

Top 10 Free Trading Resources

The following is a list of my top 10 favorite free resources on the web for investors and traders. None of these websites involve any cost, though some do offer the possibility to upgrade to a pay service. We did not include TraderPlanet, since you are already here. 1.www.TopStepTrader.com If you are intraday trader that is tempted to have CNBC on during your trading day here is an...

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Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

Forex Tips: When Trading Discipline Goes Too Far

“Stick to your trading plan” is what we hear said all the time and I’ve been known to say it too.  Although that may be the best thing to do, if your trading plan is ok, there’s the odd time that crops up that makes you question it.Being a dedicated forex trader I’ve done some serious screen time.  Eyes locked furiously on the charts waiting for my setups, mesmerized by the ebb and flow of...

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Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

Technical Analysis: Using Multiple Timeframes

The objective of any trading strategy is to identify trading entries with a high positive predictive value: i.e. the sensitivity and specificity of the order are likely to be successful close to 90% of the time. Getting Started In order to achieve this —the market must be defined or broken down into two separate energies: 1) price action or market structure and 2) indicator analysis. Both...

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Sector Study: Where Is Growth Seen Ahead?

Sector Study: Where Is Growth Seen Ahead?

Sector Rotation via Accumulation/Distribution. A periodic study of sector rotations can help us understand the drivers and motivations behind price movements.  One of my favorite tools is simply looking at accumulation versus distribution ratings assigned by Investor's Business Daily® (IBD).  It is an objective study of where money is flowing.  [Editor's note: this article is a follow up to...

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Trade The Canadian Dollar Profitably: Here's How

Trade The Canadian Dollar Profitably: Here's How

The Canadian Dollar (Loonie) has been the bane of mechanical swing trading systems for a long time. The way it moved over the past 10 to 15 years have changed many characteristics it once processed. Many swing trading models are no longer profitable because they are over optimized against just one to two years of immediate history. Here I present a simple counter-trend trading model, Loonie...

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SPX: Don't Make Isaac Newton's Trading Mistake

SPX: Don't Make Isaac Newton's Trading Mistake

S&P 500: Time to leave the party? In April of 1720 Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the Royal Mint, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, co-inventor of the calculus and author of the Laws of Motion that bear his name (and which dominated the physical sciences for the next three centuries) sold all of his stock in London's South Sea company. It was good timing. The stock...

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ETFs : One Way To Gauge Risk Preference

ETFs : One Way To Gauge Risk Preference

Open up any finance article regarding stock market commentary and you will surely run into the term “risk preference.” But what does it mean exactly? Risk preference is simply an investor's tendency to choose a risky or less risky option depending on current and expected economic conditions. For instance, if economic growth is stalling but is expected to improve, broadly speaking, investors...

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10 Ways A Trader Can Balance Trading And Life

10 Ways A Trader Can Balance Trading And Life

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius The weakest part of any trading system is the trader themselves. To be a successful trader we must manage our self. The ability to manage our own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health will go a long way in determining if we can maintain the energy and drive that it...

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Excel Heat Mapping For Market Data Visualization

Excel Heat Mapping For Market Data Visualization

Today’s traders take a global view of the markets looking for opportunities. Canvassing the world requires monitoring a large amount of market data. In addition, traders need to track their favorite technical indicators and often use statistical analysis, such as correlation and standard deviation (volatility). All of these numbers in a typical display, using a white background with simple...

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E-Mini S&P: Banging The Close, The New Normal

E-Mini S&P: Banging The Close, The New Normal

The news was not very good in the last two weeks of May. Civil wars in the Ukraine and Syria. Saber-rattling between Russia and the U.S., between the U.S. and China, between China and Vietnam. A coup in Thailand. A mine disaster in Turkey. Elections in Europe that greatly increased the power of political parties that want to end the European Union. At home, retail spending reports that were...

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Trade The EURUSD’s Next Big Breakout

Trade The EURUSD’s Next Big Breakout

Price breakouts are market conditions that occur after price action either rises above resistance or drops below support. Savvy traders that are aware of these conditions can quickly adapt their trading plan and be prepared to take advantage of the next market move. As the EURUSD moves towards record low levels of volatility, traders are gearing up for the next big breakout for the pair....

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8 Rules To Avoid Over-Optimization

8 Rules To Avoid Over-Optimization

Those of us who employ mechanical rule based trading systems, as well as those who “trade around” their rule-based systems, are both looking for one very important quality —a strategy that performs as well, or nearly as well, in live trading as the historical back test results indicate. There is no sugar coating it, this is a difficult quality to realize. However it is also definitely an...

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