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    Volatility is your friend

    I remember when I just started learning all about financial markets, forex, stocks, technical as well as fundamental analysis, it all seemed so difficult, yet at the same time very interesting. Before I get ahead of myself - I still do think so and in reality, I still don't know a thing about it. And I haven't really traded anything for a long time now. But I do remember that when I started, I noticed that volatility in the market can make your trading risky, but the risk and return ratio in t... Continue reading

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    Tips from successful day traders, Part 3

    Trade is not a must Every good trader has set his or her requirements that must be met for event to think about making a trade. Sometimes there can be days you see nothing that would justify entering the trade. If that happens, yes, you might have spent 6 hours without a thing to show for it. But that shouldn't matter. If the circumstances for making a trade are not there, they are not there and a trade should not be made. No topmost or lowermost stocks Some traders say that you shouldn't trad... Continue reading

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    Tips from successful day traders, Part 2

    Forget about scared money Don't think about the potential of loss. Learn to use stop orders. Also, you should only trade with money you can actually afford to lose. Otherwise you end up making decisions not based on knowledge, experience and skills, but simply based on the fact that you're scared of losing your money. Day trading without a doubts has loads of risks in it and if you can't take them, don't. It will only lead to catastrophy. Learn to deal with losing In addition to scared money, i... Continue reading

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    Tips from successful day traders, Part 1

    Studies show that only a small percentage of people actively day trading are able to make regular profits. Others often end up with no visible money-loss while others end up losing a lot. It's a fact that day trading is full of risks and while making loads of money is definitely possible, 90% of the people might end up losing a lot instead. While I can't say that following these tips will make you a winner, following many of them definitely won't hurt you either. Start with the basics Before... Continue reading

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    Make money not debt

    In financial markets owing money to banks and service providers and so on is rather usual. Of course, the debts you have in the financial markets are often a bit different kind. One of those debt-like instruments in the financial markets is called leverage. Based on Investopedia 'The concept of leverage is used by both investors and companies. Investors use leverage to significantly increase the returns that can be provided on an investment. They lever their investments by using various instru... Continue reading

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    No skills? Free online trading school is there to help you

    The economy crash and burn, people are laid off, big players in financial markets lose great amounts of money. Not really a great time to start day trading? Actually, the reality might be just a bit different. While the world situation might not be the best, it is good to start new businesses, buy real estate and as long as you know what you are doing, it’s also great time to start trading stocks and forex. However, without the appropriate knowledge and skills about financial markets, their inst... Continue reading

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    End of month and need a loan?

    Hangover. Again. I remember last night there was a great party, lots of girls, lots of booze, and if I remember correctly, I paid for all of it. But if I tell you the truth, I really wouldn’t know, I don’t remember much of it. I know a friend of mine mentioned today that I had been way too generous last night. After checking my credit card I discover a big zero in there. I don’t really mind the zero, it’s okay, but unfortunately my next payday is in a week. Each of us has had s... Continue reading

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    M&T e-Money Market

    M&T Bank has launched a new high yield online account – M&T Bank eMoney Market Account. What is it all about? When usually, in order to earn interest on your money, you need to tie your money on any account for a specific length of time, in case of M&T e-Money Market account this is not the case. Most money market accounts that offer you come specific interest rates on your money either have set a fixed rate or their offered interest rate depends a lot on the current value of yo... Continue reading

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    5 Traits of Highly Effective Financiers

    This is a guest post by Heather Johnson.Every young entrepreneur wants to be the next Warren Buffett. Dreams of emerging from humble beginnings to become world’s the next eccentric billionaire are a dime a dozen in this day and age. However, few aspiring investors take the time to really evaluate how the successful became so, dismissing them as fiscal savants, economic prophets, or simply lucky bastards. While this glib revisionism can be comforting to those who never ach... Continue reading

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    Great forex product reviews

    I have been writing a lot about the basics of forex, trying to educate you and myself at the same time. But one person alone is not able to choose the right broker for himself, best training courses and strategies. That’s where I’d like to reccommend a site dedicated to just that - Forex Reviews (available at www.forexreviews.com). They have 5 forex professionals checking out different sites, different strategies, training courses to get you going. When I started this blog I regi... Continue reading

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    It's all about money management

    Firstly, sorry for my recent inactivity. Have spent some time to work on my web projects, thecheers.org will be getting a total makeover within the next couple of days and I have also been playing poker.And from poker there are also my newly found obvious observations. It's all about money management. During the past month I have probably deposited ca $700 to poker. $50 at a time. At some point I got worried - maybe I have an addiction. But then to think about it - I don't believe in addictions,... Continue reading

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    What is going to happen next?

    Firstly, sorry for no updates for couple of days, been busy with some other things. But as a next thing you can expect some reviews of possible forex platforms with low spreads plus analysis of the forex market. Okay, actually I haven't been too busy with anything, just my change of moods is the keyword here, but will try to get my act together soon :) CheersSiim ... Continue reading

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    Brutally honest analysis of yesterday

    If you have read my previous post you’re aware of what happened to US dollar. And without long speeches, I had 3 trades in one and 3 trades in another direction for the reasons brought out in my previous post. And as a result, I managed to get shut off by my stop losses in ALL of them. Thus my first tiny testing capital is so-said kaputt. No worries though, we'll continue ; ) So firstly, lets analyse what I did wrong, first the general things. Like I have mentioned before, I p... Continue reading

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    USD at its lowest levels of 2 years, UPDATED 2006-11-30 13:07:39

    Of course, when I'm out to lunch (okay okay, I was having a beer) USD reached its 2 year lowest levels. GBP/USD currently trades at 1.9681 ( yesterday's price ca 1.9460)EUR/USD currently trades at 1.3258 (yesterday's price ca 1.3150)Anyways, we'll see what happens.UPDATEAt this state I have no idea what to do. This sort of market situation doesn't happen too often, for me, beginning trader it's something very new. So under current circumstances I have highered my possible stop loss limit to $1... Continue reading

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    Testing time, Day 3, UPDATED 2006-11-30 11:38:43

    I checked what had happend during my sleeping time and I noticed the similar chart on both EUR/USD and GBP/USD. See this – See the beginning of the chart, Aroon gives heads up for BUY, %R gives heads up for BUY, RSI doesn’t show anything. On another chart, chart 3 the EMA’s give heads up for BUY. This was followed by a sideways movement for 4 hours. Then Aroon was still in the positive side while RSI and %R would have given a sell signal. However, when you look at the candlesticks... Continue reading

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    Testing time, Day 2 UPDATE

    I wrote a post something like 4 pages, and then when I got to the end of it, I realized that this post really was a mess and instead, I’ll try to tell you about stuff in a bit shorter and simpler manner. Today I tried those 4 templates I brought out in my previous post, I used 15-min charts and 3 pairs – GBP/USD, EUR/USD and EUR/GBP. To shout out loud, I think EUR/GBP in most cases might be pretty useless pair to follow. 5 hours ago I thought that it would go up but...well, the th... Continue reading

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    Testing time, Day 2

    Didn’t have time to update yesterday’s post so I’ll continue with this new one. I haven’t placed any trades yet but I have worked out 4 different chart templates with indicators on them to see if any of them work or could work after some changes. Template 1 This chart template uses 50-period and 14-period EMA’s for trends. Due to my observations yesterday I will use Aroon to set my entry points. I am not sure about stop loss and exit yet, but I hope to get them in place soon as... Continue reading

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    Testing time, Day 1

    Okay, this is day one in my trading on my demo account. On that account I have currently $56. To follow the forex prices and to analyse the charts I will be using the free MetaTrader 4 software. All the charts available in this section will be generated with MetaTrader as well. During my trading I will try to keep in mine the intermarket analysis as well. Though, I think for starters it will be extremely difficult to keep in mind all the different things I should keep in mind. So don’t sue me if... Continue reading

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    My own trading plan

    In my previous post I talked about the general way the trading plan should be created for yourself. If you have read it, then you have seen that in order to create a good trading plan you do need to be pretty much 100% honest with yourself an usually you wouldn’t really like to share it with anyone else. But in my case I will have to humiliate myself a bit and say it all out loud, right here. Don’t laugh! Or if you do, be sure to post your constructive criticism to the comments section. This t... Continue reading

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    Technical indicators - Aroon, ATR, CMO, ADX

    AroonThis is a technical indicator developed 10 years ago and can be used to find out if a stock is trending and how strong the trend is. It has also been designed to show the beginning of a new trend. It consists of two lines, upper aroon and lower aroon. It uses mainly just one parameter – time periods. Upper Aroon line is the amount percentage of time between the start of a time period and the point at which the highest price during that period occured. If a stock make a new low of the give... Continue reading

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    Creating a trading plan

    Creating your own trading plan is one of the most important things you will do before starting to trade. The second one would be following your plan at all times. First thing to do is to learn to know yourself, as this makes it easier to create a trading plan that actually would fit YOU. You need to understand your own emotions, why you do things and what affects you. You need to understand your own psyche. You need to know about yourself to keep the emotions (fear & greed) as far from you... Continue reading

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    Results of the trading competitions and next week

    Simply put, the trading competition went straight to hell. Ok, it wasn't that bad, but during the 4 weeks the competition lasted I only traded on two days, altogether made 12 trades. Out of which 7 were winning trades and 5 were losing trades. Overally I produced no profit, but rather a small minus. Why? Two main reasons. When doing those trades I did them for the simple reason of doing trades not based on some great analysis. I just didn't feel I'm capable of doing the trades just not yet, bu... Continue reading

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    Trading rules - something new to think about

    I have talked about money management and trading rules before. Now, instead of repeating the old things, here are some new things to consider. Making trades vs taking profitWhen making trades don't think about profit. Only think whether the certain trade would be a successful one. If you make the trade because you have a desire to make profit then it tends to become an emotional trade and that's not good. Rather, make the trade because your analysis show it would be a successful one, not becau... Continue reading

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    Forex strategies: Short term strategy

    This strategy uses two charts - 10-minute chart and hourly chart; and 200-bar (200 hour, for example) MA and 4-bar slow stochastic study. To identify a trend you would look for situations where the price is consistanctly above or below the moving averages on both charts.Once trend has been identified:IF the market is no more than 20 points above (for going long) or 20 points below (for going short) the moving averagethe fast stochastic line crosses above the slow stochastic line below 20 (for ... Continue reading

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    The game of probabilities

    In this post I have no intention to dive deep into this topic. However, I think it would be interesting to look at the market as a game of probabilities. Good poker players use the probability theory all the time. They know what is the % probability that one or another starting hand has won in the past, they know the probablilty of making their hand after the flop and so on. They also consider the probability of someone bluffing, considering how a certain player has played before, how he has d... Continue reading

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    What can you learn from poker?

    Poker and trading do have certain things in common and thus each of them can be studied or practiced in order to be better in the other one. You might not agree with it yet, but keep reading.DiversifiactionIn poker, your your capital you're using to play is called bankroll. Successful players never bring to the table more than 10th of their bankroll, sometimes even less than 1/100th. During one session, when you can play on more than one table at the time, you should still not risk more than 1... Continue reading

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    Elliot wave - guidelines for wave framework

    Lets go on with Elliot wave theory and talk about the guidlines of the wave framework. Guidelines for the wave frameworkWhile there’s just 3 rules in the wave theory, there are a number of guidelines than in theory should make our lives a lot more easier, but in practice make it all more confusing. But in order to work with wave theory right, we also need to be aware of those. Relationships between waves that reflect the aspect of Fibonacci ratios are just tendencies, not permanent relationshi... Continue reading

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    Introduction Elliot Wave Principle & Fibonacci ratios

    Now it’s time to cover Elliot Wave principle basics. Firstly, if you make your trading decisions based on chart patterns then these decisions should be supported by some form of probability analysis – how potential such a move is and when is it likely to happen. Elliot Wave theory all by itself is unable to predict specific price movements but it does help us recognize the state of the market and probable price actions. By using Wave theory, it does help us find the most profitable wave format... Continue reading

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    What does Straddle mean?

    If you’ve been learning about investing/trading but still without enough knowledge about it all, you probably have seen this term (straddle) mentioned in various places without actually knowing what it’s all about. Same here. But I think it’s good time to change that.Straddle is a strategy of options trading. It means that the investor holds a position in both – call and put option with the same strike price and expiration date.This strategy is used when an investor thinks that the price of a ... Continue reading

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    Forex platform review: Easy Forex

    This is a new channel on this site and this is the first post to this channel. During my learning process I will most likely trying out a number of different trading platforms – both forex platforms, stock platforms and who knows, maybe something in addition as well. First platform I will review is Easy Forex. This will be the first one for the simple reason that due to circumstances I already have an account there and can tell you a bit about its positive and negative sides.OverviewEasy forex... Continue reading

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    How to find and confirm a trend?

    In my past posts I have talked a lot about trends and that you should always buy or sell short in the direction of trend. What I have not talked about is how to actually identify an existing trend. In this post I will try to give you some idea how a trend existance can be confirmed. Firstly, what is a trend? A trend simply indicates that there’s more willing buyers than sellers or vice versa. There’s three main trends – upwards, downwards and sideways movement. Upwards and downward trends can ... Continue reading

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    Different look into trading and life in general

    I’m a keen supporter of the idea that one should not depend on emotions when making business, poker or investing decisions. I’m also a firm believer that life doesn’t neccessarily need to be difficult nor bad. It’s the way you want it to be. Life’s the way you make it to be. I’m gonna talk about a book I read recently – „The Zurich Axioms” by Max Gunther. Many of the spoken about there might contradict my current thoughts and views on life, trading and everything related, but we need to keep o... Continue reading

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    Introduction to Swing Trading

    Swing trading is a style of trading that tries to capture gains within 2 day to few weeks. So this is a short-term trading style where traders must act rather quickly in order to find potentialy big moves in stocks. This style is mainly used by individuals as large institutions can often not act that fast. Swing trading is trading in the direction of a trend – before entering a trade you wait for a pullback and you enter the trade only if you see signs that the price will continue in the direc... Continue reading

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    Introduction to 1-2-3 Trading Method

    1-2-3 trading signals can usually be seen in the beginning and in the end of a trend. You enter the trade after the 1-2-3 signal has been given. You can see an example of how it might look on the chart here:http://www.tradejuice.com/forex/forex-1-2-3-methode-mm.htmBasically the signal consists of different day's high and low prices. The most simple explanation on how you could draw this signal on paper yourself is the following – from the top-left corner draw a diagonal to the center of the pa... Continue reading

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    More trading rules

    Remember that keeping the big picture in mind is important. Big picture shows you that that there are times when you make small profit, times when you take small losses and also times when you take big profits. Keeping the big picture in mind helps you to remember that one losing trade is just one losing trade and with a good system in place you will still be winning on the big picture over time. One trade is one of many trades you make and while you should make every trade like it was your mo... Continue reading

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    Candlesticks – the importance of Gaps

    Gaps can be very good trading signals OR they can be very powerful in making you lose. When reading this post keep in mind that I still don’t trade for real money myself and all this information is theoretical, but I will at some put all these knowledge’s to test. I do hope however that this post will give you something to think about. If there’s a gap then this means that there’s opening price higher (in a rising market) or lower (in a falling market) than the previous day’s trading range (ca... Continue reading

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    Sakata’s Method / method of Munehisa Honma

    One of Sakata’s method baselines is that if you feel you could benefit from a certain formation, wait 3 days and if it still looks promising, enter the trade and you can most likely make profits. This method was developed by Munehisa Honma back in 1755 and has formed the bases of Japanese market philosophy.Sakata’s method has its own set of candlestick patterns and they have been developed based on Honma’s 160 rules. The number 3 is important in case of his patterns – eg. Three rivers, three m... Continue reading

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    Money Management

    I’m very aware I have talked about this topic before as well. But I feel this is something that really needs to be talked about more than once, from different angles and then peferrably repeated every once in a while. I believe this is both neccessary to you as it is to me in order to become a successful trader. There are certain points which you and me both should follow at all times.Limit your losses!!! This is possibly the most important thing to remember EVER. Before entering the trade, ma... Continue reading

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    Candlestick Continuation Patterns

    To continue the candlesticks topic, lets now talk about candlestick continuation patterns. Upide & Downside Tasuki GapThere’s a gap between two candlestick with the same color (in the direction of the trend). The third candlestick opens within the second body and closes WITHIN the gap.Side by side white linesBullish Side by Side white lines continuation pattern consists of 3 white candlesticks and doesn’t require any confirmation. The second and third candlestick should have about equal op... Continue reading

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    Forex and intermarket analysis

    Previously we have talked about intermarket analysis and how 4 major financial markets can influence each other. Now, just to repeat what we have already talked about and to talk more specifically about forex and what and how other markets influence it, I’m writing this post.Foreign exchange and Equity marketsEquity markets do have significant impact on the foreign exchange price movements. On equity markets there are huge movements of money, of currencies – for example when investors change m... Continue reading

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    Candlestick Reversal Patterns III

    Lets go on with candlestick reversal patterns. Three inside up pattern (and three inside down pattern)This pattern is the confirmation for the Harami pattern. Here the first two candlesticks form the Harami and the third candlestick confirms Harami. The third candlestick should be closing higher than the first body. Three inside down pattern is exactly the opposite.Three outside up pattern (and three outside down pattern)This is the confirmation for the Engulfing pattern. Three outside down pa... Continue reading

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    Forex strategies: The Sidus Method (EUR/GBP and EUR/USD)

    In order to use the Sidus Method you need aproximately 1 hour (according to the author..) and a chart which has the following lines on it:18 EMA28 EMA5 WMA8 WMANote that EMA is Exponential Moving Average and WMA is Weighted Moving Average.The EMA’s will form a tunnel on your chart, these will show you the start and end of a trend. WMA’s show you when to enter the trade and also show the strength of the trends. You should ONLY enter the trade when the EMA tunnel is very narrow or even crossed. ... Continue reading

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    Forex strategies: Big Ben Strategy (GBP/USD)

    Big Ben Strategy is a day trading strategy that takes advantages of the 24-hour trading possibility. It is meant to be used with GBP/USD mainly. According to that you should capture the first directional intraday move after the market opens in London (1am ET). The first big move will usually happen within couple of hours. While this strategy can be used on the long side as well, it’s mainly meant for short side. Meaning selling short. The strategyThe market opens and soon (within couple of hou... Continue reading

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    Foreign Exchange: Carry Trades

    Before going on with candlestick reversal patterns I’d like to talk about something different – forex and Carry Trades. Carry Trade strategy is a long term investment strategy in foreign exchange market. It is mainly used by hedge funds and investment banks. In simple words – it means playing with interest rates. When you trade a currency and then keep it overnight then two things can happen – you either pay for the overnight holdings or you earn interest rate for the carry over. I must admit ... Continue reading

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    Candlestick Reversal Patterns II

    Lets go on with candlestick reversal patterns. To see the previously discussed patterns, check this. Abandoned babyGosh, people have really put great names to the patterns, haven’t they? Okay, going on now. This pattern looks pretty much the same as Morning and Evening Doji Stars, but the Doji here must also have a gap from the shadows of the first and third body. So that the Doji sort of looks like .... an abandoned baby, what else can I say :DUpside Gap Two CrowsThis is only a bearish patter... Continue reading

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    Candlestick Reversal Patterns I

    Candlestick patterns can consist of just one candlestick or couple of them, usually not more than six. Hammer and Hanging Man patternsThis is a one candlestick pattern with small body and long lower shadow (and no upper shadow). The hammer occurs in a downtrend and hanging man in the uptrend. The smaller the body is and the longer the long lower shadow is, the better is the actual signal. Also, hanging man with a black body is more bearish and hammer with white body more bullish.Engulfing patt... Continue reading

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    Introduction to Japanese Candlestick Charting

    Japanese Candlestick charting has really been with us for a while and that’s part of the technical analysis that, even if it’s some professional don’t use it, so far I have only heard and read good things about it. And I suppose this is due to the fact that it really is a really useful tool in technical analysis. In order to give you a more detailed analysis of Japanese Candlestick charting, how to use it  and how to identify patterns on the charts, etc, I will be making my next few posts... Continue reading

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    MACD histogram

    Previously I have mentioned MACD indicator, now lets familiarize ourselves with MACD histogram. But before going there, remind yourself what MACD indicator was - „MACD is a variation of the price oscillator, it is calculated by taking the difference between two exponentially smoothed moving averages of 12 and 26 days. The MACD line is the differences between the two averages – longer one is subtracted from the shorter one. Then a moving average of 9 periods is calculated of this different... Continue reading

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    The Three Moving Average system

    This system is mainly used to find markets which should be avoided when trading with technical indicators because they are often unprofitable. Three oving average system helps to find entry and exit points which could be profitable.This system consists of 3 moving averages with different time periods. The averages could be called as fast, middle and low. The length of the averages could be 5, 21 and 63 for example. Entry is signaled when he middle moving average crosses the long moving average... Continue reading

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    Technical indicators: Williams %R indicator

    Previously I talked about Parabolic SAR indicator and that it can be used with Williams %R indicator. It is similar to Stochastic Oscillator with the difference that Williams %R has upside down scale while Stochastic Oscillator has internal smoothing.What is Williams %R indicator? Williams %R indicator was developed by Larry Williams and it is a momentum indicator. It is usually used to find overbought and oversold levels in non-trending markets. The value of William %R is static 0 to -100. Re... Continue reading

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