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The Internal Bar Strength Indicator

The internal bar strength or (IBS) is an oscillating indicator which measures the relative position of the close price with respect to the low to high range for the same period. The calculation for Internal Bar Strength is as follows… IBS =  (Close – Low) / (High – Low) * 100; For example, on 13/01/2016 the QQQ […]

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Capture The Big Moves!

Wouldn’t it be great to have an indicator to help tell you when we are in a major bull or bear market? Imagine if you had a clear signal to exit the market on January 19, 2008 before the major market crash. Then the same indicator told you when to get back into the market […]

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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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A Flexible Trailing Stop Function

The Anatomy of a Stop A stop can be defined by specifying four basic parameters, illustrated in Figure 1 below: Price Reference: The price from which the stop is offset (white line) to create a stop value. Stop Offset: The distance from the Price Reference to the stop value. Price Trigger: The value of price […]

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How to Trade the MACD: A High-level Analysis of the MACD Line Feature

Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is one of the most popular technical indicators used by traders. It is a flexible indicator that can be used for determining the strength and direction of a trend. It has three distinct features and in this first post we are going to do a high-level analysis of one of those […]

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Distance Weighted Moving Averages (DWMA and IDWMA)

The distance weighted moving average is another nonlinear filter that provides the basis for further research and exploration. In its traditional form, a distance weighted moving average (DWMA) is designed to be a robust version of a moving average to reduce the impact of outliers. Here is the calculation from the Encyclopedia of Math: Notice […]

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The 40-Week Cycle Revisited

As I mentioned last time around, when it comes to analyzing the financial markets, I am a proud graduate of “The School of Whatever Works.” In my youth I “wrote down” a lot of interesting analysis ideas (that’s how we did it back then, sadly). Whenever I would hear or read of a new market […]

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Modified Chartmill Value Indicator (MCVI)

I read about this indicator in an article titled “The Chartmill Value Indicator,” which appeared in the January 2013 issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities. The article was written by Dirk Vandycke. In the article, Vandycke introduced an interesting oscillator called the Chartmill Value Indicator (CVI). The following article explains the CVI formulas, […]

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FRAMA – Is It Effective?

The Fractal Adaptive Moving Average aka FRAMA is a particularly clever indicator.  It uses the Fractal Dimension of stock prices to dynamically adjust its smoothing period.  In this post we will reveal how the FRAMA performs and if it is worthy of being included in your trading arsenal. To fully understand how the FRAMA works please read this […]

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Moving Averages – Simple vs. Exponential

In this round of testing we put the Simple (SMA), Exponential (EMA) and Double Exponential (D-EMA) Moving Averages through their paces to identify which is the best and what characteristics can be expected as the length of each average is adjusted. We tested Long and Short trades using Daily and Weekly data, taking End Of […]

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