All posts by Jeff Swanson

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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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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A Revolution In Open Range Breakouts

In last week’s article, A License To Print Money, we took a look at three different opening range breakout methods that were used by several well-known traders. These traders grew very small seed accounts into large winnings. All these traders used a very similar trade setup. That was, variations of the opening range breakout on the […]

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A License To Print Money

When it comes to legends in the trading world, the name Larry Williams comes up often. Larry is the creator of the ultimate oscillator and the Williams %R Indicator. Furthermore he has written many popular books. His claim to fame is taking a $10,000 account to $1,100,000 during the 12-month competition known as the World […]

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Simple Shorting Strategy

Over the years I’ve looked at several very simple long strategies that were published in the book, “Short Term Trading Strategies That Work” by Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez. Those articles include the following long strategies: Double Seven Strategy RSI(2) Strategy VIX Stretch Strategy RSI And VIX Strategy Buried within Connors and Alvarez’s book you will […]

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The Double Seven Strategy

It’s time to look at another simple trading system which can be found in the book, ”Short Term Trading Strategies That Work” by Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez. In this article we are going to look at the Double 7 strategy. This is a simple strategy that can be applied to the major market indices such as DIA, DOW and QQQ. […]

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