The focus of this article is a new study by Caporale and Plastun. They suggest that there’s an edge to be had in forex markets by trading gaps. However, they could not find an edge in other assets. Following are some of the findings from the research paper and then some concerns we have about […]
Japanese candlestick patterns are useful because they allow traders to quickly visualise price action in the market. There are many different patterns and many different opinions on their effectiveness. In this article we will look at a trading system that attempts to dynamically select the best performing candlestick pattern from the previous six months and […]
Debate has raged for years as to whether or not technical analysis is actually a useful tool in helping to generate long run profits in the markets. For some, technical analysis is no more than hocus pocus. An approach that is based on faith rather than legitimate science. For others, technical analysis is the foundation of […]
Several months ago I was thinking about candlestick charts and whether or not these classic patterns had any predictive ability for trading. I had a look around but all I could find were vague speculations and cliches. I couldn’t find any solid evidence of whether they actually worked or not. So… I thought I would casually […]
In a recent article we looked at the shooting star candlestick pattern and we found that it wasn’t a particularly successful signal for spotting reversals. In this article we will look at another bearish reversal signal in the form of the gravestone doji candlestick pattern. What is a Gravestone Doji? A doji is a Japanese candlestick […]
Last Friday the S&P 500 formed a shooting star candlestick pattern on the daily chart. This is a Japanese candlestick formation that is normally a bearish reversal signal. Sure enough, the S&P 500 moved lower the next day, dropping around 15 points. We saw this happen last September too. But how often does this bearish […]
In this article I look at some of my favourite intraday trading patterns including naked price action patterns and Japanese Candlestick patterns.
In this post I test nine different moving averages in order to see which is the best moving average for trading. Two different strategies and markets are tested. The results may surprise you.
The MACD indicator was developed in the 1970s by Gerald Appel. It’s been an extremely popular momentum indicator for many traders and is still used today. In this article, I look at what the MACD indicator does and how effective it is on stocks.
In this article I look at some moving average crossover strategies and I investigate which moving average crossover lengths are the most effective.
In this article I explain the RSI technical analysis indicator for stocks. I then test the indicator on historical stock market data in order to analyse its effectiveness. The relative strength index (RSI) is a technical analysis indicator (or more specifically a momentum oscillator) that is used by traders to measure periods of strength and […]
Trading systems fail all the time I’d spent hours, days, weeks, months. Testing, optimising, fine-tuning. I’d read books, journals, blogs, studied the market, stared at quote screens and charts till my eyes were red and I could see them repeating in my sleep. I ate, slept and breathed the markets. I hated the weekends. Whenever Saturday […]
On the whole, it’s better to avoid trying to pick market tops and bottoms. If you try and pick the tops and bottoms every single day you’re going to get frustrated very quickly and wind up losing a lot of money.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I do not classify day trading as an easy route to riches. However, if you were to ask me what my favourite approach would be, I would say pivot points. In this post I will illustrate how to use pivot points in trading stocks and forex. How to […]