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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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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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Best Day Of The Week To Trade

What is the best day of the week to trade? Actually, this is a tricky question – let me explain… Part of my normal routine is developing new trading strategies. I am always testing new ideas, creating new strategies, and adding the successful ones to my live portfolio. That is what most of my Strategy […]

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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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The Art of Crafting an Automated Trading Strategy

For nearly every trader, there is one all-consuming question: How do you build a profitable strategy? Naturally, one would expect to dive straight into the statistics and begin crunching the numbers. Yet, before we delve further into the mechanics – and believe me there are plenty – I want to talk a bit about the […]

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Can You Time the Market Using Nothing But Moon Cycles?

Many moons ago… (see what I did there) when I was in my infancy as a trader, I was a regular in a chat room of what used to be pivotfarm where they had a free tool in beta testing that was basically an audio “tape reader.” It would make popcorn sounds when big selling […]

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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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Strategy Testing – Violating These Steps Will Damage Your Account

One of the most rewarding experiences for a TradeStation trader is to pick up a performance report that proves their great strategy idea is indeed a profitable strategy. Strategy testing done properly, as is outlined in this article, can verify the efficacy of your trading strategy and give you confidence to start trading it. But be forewarned, […]

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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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The Perils of Buying Trading Systems

Ugh. I’ve done it again. I bought a “can’t miss” trading system I saw on the Internet. What looked so good in the advertisement turned out to look just as bad when I traded it with real money. This seems to happen to me EVERY time I buy a system. Why? Sound familiar? It certainly […]

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