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Today’s Analysis – Example Using MACD Div Signals Pages

January 24, 2010 | By JackieAnnPatterson | 3 Comments | Filed in: MACD, Strategy Development.

I’m posting my weekend market analysis today for two reasons:  to illustrate how I use the MACD divergence signals because it looks like something interesting may be afoot Step 1 – Form an overall opinion of the market direction I use several indicators, factors, and experts to form my overall opinion of the markets.   Some methods I’ve • Read More »

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Profit Trading: How to Choose Buy or Sell Signals

September 19, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Strategy Development.

Here’s a short interview at the MoneyShow on the topic of choosing buy or sell signals in order to profit trading and reduce risk of loss. Click here to play video To summarize: Before risking any money in the markets, I want to know that I have a reasonable chance to profit trading.   With that • Read More »

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MACD Divergences on SPY Since 2001

September 17, 2009 | By JackieAnnPatterson | 5 Comments | Filed in: MACD, Technical Strategies.

People at the MoneyShow and elsewhere ask me, “why MACD?” The short answer is that seeing how MACD Divergences pointed out some very good times to buy stocks and ETFs motivated me to want to use MACD.  So I learned the basics, made some good trades and a little money.   It wasn’t all roses however and taking • Read More »

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Stock Buy Signals

March 16, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Moving Average, Objective Trading, Strategy Development, Technical Strategies.

Here is part 2 about stock entry strategy or the buying process.   The previous article talked about stock screening, which is the background investigation to select a pool of candidate stocks to buy when the time is right.   The trigger or market timing signal is the topic of this article.     Why You Need to Time • Read More »

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Stock Screens and Signals

March 13, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Moving Average, Strategy Development, Technical Strategies.

With a rally coming together over the past week, I want to review two distinct and important elements of the buying process.   Before I jump in, let me say that I don’t claim to know if this is The Time to buy or not.  I do want to give you two steps to consider when • Read More »

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BackTesting Moving Averages

March 9, 2009 | By jackieannpatterson | 7 Comments | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up, Moving Average, Reports, Technical Strategies.

Why Moving Averages As a trader or investor, the only reason to investigate moving averages is to gain knowledge to increase profits. Like many other technical indicators, moving averages are meant to help us objectively tell the market status at any given time. This helps us see through the emotions of the day and make • Read More »

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Selecting Time Periods for Backtesting

December 17, 2008 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Backtesting Set Up.

When people say they want recent data for backtesting, I wonder two things: 1. How do they test longer term strategies using only recent data?   Anything involving a 200 day moving average, for example, needs nearly a year of data just to calculate the average.   Then it needs multiple years of data to get various • Read More »

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Signal Definition

October 16, 2008 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Glossary.

A Signal is the specific event that says when to get in or out of a stock.  Extra Insight: Some signals are objective, for example price hitting a 52-week high.   Others are more subjective, for example magazine covers depicting emotional extremes can signal the end of a trend. For backtesting, we need objective signals that can be evaluated by a computer • Read More »

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Trading System Definition

October 8, 2008 | By jackieannpatterson | No Comments | Filed in: Glossary.

Trading System refers to the whole set of rules, practices, and habits that make up the process of trading.    This includes market selection, portfolio selection, when to trade, which trading strategies to use when, entry signals, exit signals,  sizing, record-keeping, risk management.   The whole enchillada. Extra Insight: Even though I often use the terms interchangably, I think • Read More »

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