Debate has raged for years as to whether or not technical analysis is actually a useful tool in helping to generate long run profits in the markets.

For some, technical analysis is no more than hocus pocus. An approach that is based on faith rather than legitimate science. For others, technical analysis is the foundation of profitable trading and those that dismiss technical analysis are usually not ‘real’ traders. Read more »


The world of social media has evolved rapidly in recent years. Traders and investors widely use various platforms both as a means of getting access to news and for trading ideas.

Using social media as a trading indicator isn’t a new concept and the sentiment of tweets from Twitter has previously been shown to lead to outperformance in various different studies. Read more »


Global stock markets started the month of July on the back foot following a Federal Reserve rate increase in June and some mixed economic signals.

However, by the end of the month equity markets were back to their all-time highs and the bull market in US equities continued. This came as US growth figures showed improvement and non-farm payrolls came in better than expected. Read more »


Financial visualisation website FINVIZ.com is one of my favourite trading tools. I use it every day to keep a tab on markets and look at charts.

The stock screener on Finviz is also one of the best I’ve found with more than 60 filters that can be applied to 7000 US stocks.

In the rest of this article, I will take a simple stock screen from Finviz and backtest it on historical data using the backtesting platform Amibroker. This will give us an idea of what to expect if we were to pick stocks according to the screen. Read more »


Sluggish growth and anaemic inflation has seen global commodity prices fall steadily in value since 2008. Because of this, and with stock markets reaching new record highs in 2017, commodity trading has gone out of fashion.

Yet in the past, commodities have provided a good source of returns for both investors and active traders. Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that commodities can provide less volatile returns than some stocks. Read more »


After a period of some thirty years of increasing bond prices, and with the Federal Reserve committed to a policy of gradually increasing interest rates, the time for long-based trading strategies on US treasuries could well be coming to an end.

Many, including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, have called the bond market a bubble ready to pop. With this in mind, this article presents a simple trading strategy that shorts the US ten year note using the ATR (average true range) indicator.

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Blair Hull is a legend of Wall Street and a former professional blackjack player. He was named by Worth magazine as one of Wall Street’s 25 smartest players and by Forbes magazine as one of the most successful traders of the last 40 years.

Today, Hull operates a number of ventures including an ETF that attempts to time the S&P 500 through a mix of 12 technical and fundamental indicators. In this article, we will look at the idea behind Blair Hull’s strategy and the 12 indicators he uses. Read more »


The 200 day moving average is an extremely popular indicator among traders and trend followers. When a stock is above the 200 day MA, it’s said to be in an uptrend and when it’s below, it’s said to be in a downtrend.

In this article I look at a strategy that buys upward trending stocks as they pull back towards the 200 day moving average line. I test the signal on S&P 500 stocks back to 2000 but I find no real edge to this signal on it’s own. Read more »