Because financial matters are rarely covered during high school, many people don’t understand the stock market or how to invest their money properly. This means that they are more vulnerable to investment scams. With the growth of the internet, and the current frothy state of global markets, these investment scams are unfortunately all too common. […]
Position sizing is an important topic but many investors don’t give it much thought. In this article I will look at a method that uses the RSI indicator to size positions. This means we can buy more when the price is low and buy less when the price is high.
The benefits of having a profitable trading system are clear. Wealth generation, freedom, reduced stress. But there are problems too, which most system developers sweep under the carpet. In this post we will look at some of the disadvantages associated with trading systems.
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 […]
Financial visualisation website FINVIZ.com is one of my favourite trading tools. I use it every day to keep a tab on markets and look at charts. The stock screener on Finviz is also one of the best I’ve found with more than 60 filters that can be applied to 7000 US stocks. In the rest […]
After a period of some thirty years of increasing bond prices, and with the Federal Reserve committed to a policy of gradually increasing interest rates, the time for long-based trading strategies on US treasuries could well be coming to an end. Many, including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, have called the bond market a bubble […]
The 200 day moving average is an extremely popular indicator among traders and trend followers. When a stock is above the 200 day MA, it’s said to be in an uptrend and when it’s below, it’s said to be in a downtrend. In this article I look at a strategy that buys upward trending stocks […]
Whatever your opinions are about the concept of back-testing, there are few better ways to build a trading system than through the back-testing of historical data. Back-testing allows us to answer critical questions like ‘how many positions should I hold in a portfolio?’, ‘how much risk should I take?’ or ‘how effective was this strategy in the past?’
Unfortunately trading systems often get discarded early on after a couple of poor back-test results. Sometimes it is better to improve an existing system than to start afresh with something new. In this article I look at 21 ways you might be able to improve on your existing trading system:
In this article I look at the advantages of a barbell trading strategy and then I put the strategy to the test using historical stock data. As you will see there are some pros and cons to using this technique.
Conventional wisdom suggests that a reverse stock split is generally bad for a company’s stock. That’s because reverse splits are usually undertaken when a stock is in danger of being delisted. But is there any actual evidence that reverse stock splits lead to bad investment returns? And if there is, might you be able to make money from shorting reverse […]
Are you a struggling trader? Do you continue to lose money, even in a bull market? If you answered yes to either question, you are not alone. Financial trading is difficult and statistics reveal that at least 90% of traders lose money. The good news is that profitable trading can be attained with hard work and […]
Recently I have been re-reading the book Quantitative Technical Analysis by Dr. Howard Bandy. This is a hefty book filled with quality information and important ideas on the topic of system development.
It is often easier and more useful to try and disprove something than to prove it is categorically true. By running experiments we can learn just as much by understanding what doesn’t work as we can from looking at what does supposedly work. I decided to run some simple tests on historical stock market data […]
To succeed in the financial markets you need to have some kind of system in place. Trading systems protect the trader from his ‘inner chimp‘ – the limbic side of the brain that relies heavily on emotions and gut instinct. The inner chimp is quick to react and respond to incoming dangers. It often makes snap […]