All posts by Matt Haines

Randomly Pushing Buttons

Randomly Pushing Buttons

Before my current circumstances, and before I was a photographer (see above), I used to make music for a living. Specifically, weird-ass techno/electronic music that many people found difficult or annoying. One of the ways I would find sonic inspiration was to use audio software to generate random sounds. I would record this stream of […]

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Open Up!

This is kind of a weird one. I was mulling over the question of what happens when the market opens up, i.e. above its previous close. Is the day likely to be an up day? A down day? I got out of my data and started poking around. I looked at all “open-up” days with […]

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Two Swing Trade Systems – Part 2

Yesterday I discussed two swing-trade systems that work pretty well in out-of-sample data. While each works differently, they overlap enough that you don’t get any benefit from running them both at the same time. One great thing about these two systems is that they’re dead simple to manage. Trade at the open or the close, […]

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Two Swing Trade Systems (Part 1)

In my recent posts I’ve made reference to various swing-trade systems I’ve developed, which I’ve used as data to discuss things like correlation, diversification, and the value of leveraged ETFs. I’ve had a number of people say, “Hey, what are these systems you’re referencing?”. The short answer is: they’re not something I’m discussing publicly. “But that’s […]

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TRINdicators

When I start to write a blog post, usually my process is this: Come up with a really bad pun for the title. Write the rest of it. Bad puns are an important part of finance, and life in general. A blog reader contacted me recently to chat about various technical analysis indicators, and one […]

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The Myth of Scaling Out

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— By Matt Haines from  Throwing Good Money After Bad A common tactic for some traders is to scale out of successful positions. The logic is this: I’ve already made some money, so I want to hold onto some of that. I’ll cash out a portion of my trade now, and see how the trade continues, but […]

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