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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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World’s Simplest Trading System

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Here’s the system: At the end of every month, if the index is above its 10-month simple moving average: the portfolio is 100% in the market if the index is below its 10-month simple moving average: the portfolio is 100% in cash  And that’s it. So, if we take the FTSE 100 Index as an […]

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Ivy-10 Portfolio 2015 Update

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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This Simple Indicator Makes Money Again and Again

Here we are four months into 2016 and I’ve not updated some of the more interesting articles. One of those is Connors’ 2-period RSI strategy. This is a very popular 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 […]

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Yes, You Can Time the Market. How It Works, And Why

One of the most commonly cited maxims is that market timing is impossible. In fact, empirical evidence makes a compelling case that market timing is feasible and can yield substantial economic benefits. What’s more, we even understand why it works. For the typical portfolio investor, applying simple techniques to adjust their market exposure can prevent […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 3

In the last two articles (article 1, article 2), I discussed the need for trading multiple strategies with the same instrument in the same account. This type of capability is very important to a trader who wishes to trade a diversified portfolio, while at the same time efficiently managing margin. Unfortunately, with many platforms this […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 2

In the previous article, I discussed the need for trading multiple strategies with the same instrument in the same account. This type of capability is very important to a trader who wishes to trade a diversified portfolio, while at the same time efficiently managing margin. Unfortunately, one of the limitations of Tradestation, my trading platform […]

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Trading Multiple Strategies With The Same Instrument – Part 1

Tradestation is a pretty amazing testing and development platform. I’ve been using it for over 10 years, and I’ve been very happy overall with it. Sure, there are certain aspects of it I don’t like, and certain things that are hard to do, but I think that is true of almost any platform. My biggest […]

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Sharpe Ratio – the right answer to the wrong question?

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Sharpe was the right answer First, let’s start with what Sharpe does well. There are two things it does well: Cross-asset unified measure: we all know that the most important component in alpha generation is asset allocation. Now, the difficulty is to have a single measure of risk-adjusted measure of alpha. This is where Sharpe […]

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Avoiding Stock Market Crashes with the Hi-Lo Index of the S&P500

This daily indicator is calculated as the ratio of the number of S&P500 stocks that have reached new 3-month-highs minus those that have reached new 3-month-lows, divided 500. Exiting and entering the stock market according the indicator’s signals would have avoided major drawdowns of the market during the backtest period from Jan-2000 to Aug-2015. Switching according to the signals […]

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