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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Whatever your opinions are about the concept of back-testing, there are few better ways to build a trading system than through the back-testing of historical data. Back-testing allows us to answer critical questions like ‘how many positions should I hold in a portfolio?’, ‘how much risk should I take?’ or ‘how effective was this strategy in the past?’
Unfortunately trading systems often get discarded early on after a couple of poor back-test results. Sometimes it is better to improve an existing system than to start afresh with something new. In this article I look at 21 ways you might be able to improve on your existing trading system:
In this article I look at the advantages of a barbell trading strategy and then I put the strategy to the test using historical stock data. As you will see there are some pros and cons to using this technique.
Conventional wisdom suggests that a reverse stock split is generally bad for a company’s stock. That’s because reverse splits are usually undertaken when a stock is in danger of being delisted. But is there any actual evidence that reverse stock splits lead to bad investment returns? And if there is, might you be able to make money from shorting reverse […]
Are you a struggling trader? Do you continue to lose money, even in a bull market? If you answered yes to either question, you are not alone. Financial trading is difficult and statistics reveal that at least 90% of traders lose money. The good news is that profitable trading can be attained with hard work and persistence. Read on […]
Recently I have been re-reading the book Quantitative Technical Analysis by Dr. Howard Bandy. This is a hefty book filled with quality information and important ideas on the topic of system development.
In the provocative book, The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb reminds us that it is often easier (and more useful) to try and disprove something than it is to prove something is categorically true. The best way to do this is through experiments.