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Connors 2-Period RSI Update for 2016

With the year 2016 well behind us, it’s time to look at the very popular 2-period RSI trading method by Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez. We all know there are no magic indicators but there is an indicator that certainly acted like magic over several decades. What indicator is it? Our reliable RSI indicator. The modified 2-period RSI […]

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Testing Market Regime Indicators

Often when designing a system it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. What is the overall market doing? The most simple way to accomplish this is to break the market into two regimes: bullish and bearish. We are all aware that price action is a mirror of human psychology of market participants, therefore […]

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Testing Laguerre RSI Entry and Exits

In a previous article I took a look at an indicator called the Laguerre RSI. The Laguerre RSI (LRSI) was authored by John Ehlers. You can read about the Laguerre filter in his article, “Time Warp – Without Space Travel“. Within the previous article I was comparing the LRSI to the standard RSI. I did this by creating […]

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How Did The Ivy-10 Portfolio Perform in 2016?

It’s that time of year to update the performance of the Ivy-10 Portfolio. What is the Ivy-10 Portfolio? Back in 2012 I finished reading a very interesting book called “The Ivy Portfolio”. This book was written by two money managers, Mebane Faber and Eric Richardson, who work at Cambria Investment Management. The authors wanted to answer […]

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The Laguerre RSI vs Classic RSI

John Ehlers is a name you’ll run across when you start your journey into testing various indicators and filters to be used in your trading models. I remember reading about the Laguerre Filter and Laguerre RSI many years ago when they first appeared on the scene. At the time I was not nearly into quantitative […]

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Down Days Trading Model

I’ve written a lot about the 2-period RSI indicator popularized by Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez. This indicator highlights significant pullbacks which can often be buying opportunities within major market indexes like the S&P.  Pullbacks in the market are a result of the market closing down. That means, today’s close is lower than the open. So, […]

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The Christmas Strategy Remains Bullish

With Christmas about four weeks away, I thought it would be interesting to see how the S&P behaves in the days just before Christmas. Do the days just before this holiday tend to be bullish, bearish, or neutral? To test the market behavior just before the Christmas holiday I will use the S&P Cash index back […]

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Market Seasonality Study

November is here and that means the start of a historically strong period for the U.S. markets. This is a well known seasonality period which runs from November to May.  While it’s true the U.S. markets experienced a Death Cross formation not very long ago,  the market has since rebounded nicely. The Death Cross formation is still in […]

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Testing A Euro Currency Futures Scalping Strategy, Part 6

In an attempt to make this system more tradable, I’ve looked at many different stop methods and filters. My hunt for a stop value resulted in concluding that a stop value really hurts its performance. This is not so unusual for a mean reverting strategy, such as the Euro scalping strategy. In an effort to […]

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Testing A Euro Currency Futures Scalping Strategy, Part 5

It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed this potential trading idea of a Euro currency futures scalping strategy. Over the series of articles, which are listed below, I’ve been combing filter to demonstrate how I add different filters to a system based on market conditions. Testing A Euro Currency Futures Scalping Strategy Testing A Euro Currency Futures […]

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