Welcome to the new Traders Laboratory! Please bear with us as we finish the migration over the next few days. If you find any issues, want to leave feedback, get in touch with us, or offer suggestions please post to the Support forum here.
Welcome. You are currently viewing the forum as a guest which does not give you access to all the great features at Traders Laboratory such as interacting with members, access to all forums, downloading attachments, and eligibility to win free giveaways. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. Create a FREE Traders Laboratory account here.
Search the Community
Showing results for tags 'chart analysis'.
Found 4 results
Long before bull markets end and the majorities are jumping in, the markets reach a point where the advance has been ongoing and starts to become unbelievable. By unbelievable I don't mean that the markets aren't moving higher, obviously they are. What is unbelievable is that the advance continues as long as it does. Bull markets do end at some point, but not until the majority of investors and traders do believe completely that the market will continue to move higher. Let's monitor this. At the start of a bull move, few believe it is the start because of the many failed rallies within the prior downtrend and the typical sharp, fast drops. Another reason is that, as prices are trending higher, most traders and investors using technical analysis are caught up in the indicator-based method. As prices trend higher, the indicators give overbought signals that create a belief that prices have moved too far and need to correct. Well, in a strong bull market corrections are typically shallow or even sideways. I like to tell students new to Pristine, who ask about overbought readings, what is overbought in a bull market is going to get even more overbought; forget the indicators, they are meaningless. What we do use are market internal breadth and sentiment gauges. In the above chart is the S&P 500 ETF symbol SPY and the CBOE Put/Call Ratio. Clearly, the trend is up and prices have moved further above the moving averages than they have in the recent past. For that reason, prices may move sideways or pullback a bit; however, just being further from the moving averages is only one piece of information, and limiting if used on its own. The other piece of information on this chart that we want to take note of is that option traders started to become more aggressive with their call buying (bullish bets) last week. While this increases the odds of the uptrend stalling, it won't be a signal of traders becoming too bullish until the 5-period moving average (blue line) moves between the red lines. Option traders have a great record of getting fully committed to the market's trend at the worst possible time. For that reason, I keep an eye on their trading and suggest you do as well. For market breadth internal gauges, I use the two measures of advancing and declining stocks. The top is the McClellan Oscillator, which is simply the difference between two moving averages of advancing stocks minus declining stocks. This gives us a short-term measure of when the broader markets (many stocks) have moved a bit too far. The lower is a 21-period moving average of a ratio of advancing stocks divided by advancers plus decliners and is an intermediate-term measurement. As you can see, both have moved to high levels. However, this isn't much of a concern at this time because those option traders we monitor have not jumped "all in" yet buying call options. When they do, and these breadth internals are at high levels, history tells us that a correction within the bull market is close. That being said, it does not mean the end of the bull market. There are other factors that would guide us to that bias. The next chart is nothing short of amazing to me and I think you will be amazed at this fact as well. As markets decline during a correction, it's normal for investor sentiment to become more bearish. When the majority becomes bearish, historically the odds are that a market low is close at hand. This can be monitored with the American Association of Individual Investors Survey. At the website http://www.aaii.com, the Association polls their subscribers each week as to whether they are bullish, bearish or neutral. The results are then published each Wednesday on the AAII home page. Let's take a look. The above chart displays a 4-week moving average of those investors that are bullish, divided by those that are bullish plus those that are bearish; a bull ratio. The historical data for this, and many other market internals, indices and currencies is available at http://www.pinnacledata.com. As I said, it's normal for investors to become overly bearish during a market decline, but they are too bearish now! This is amazing to see after the markets have been advancing and making all-time highs. What will it take for them to believe in the uptrend and become too bullish? Higher prices of course! The markets have been moving up since the 2009 low; and while it would be normal to think this bull market could be near an end, you should fight those bearish feelings. Human nature and common sense is not a good guide in the markets. For that reason, we need objective tools, like those shown here, to guide us. Greg Capra President & CEO Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc
Good Morning All: Over the years, I have written many articles. Hundreds, maybe even thousands if you include partial repeats and every short lesson. Sometimes the lesson is a partial re-write, or a new take, or a new way to explain or organize the information. While there are many summaries out there on various topics, and while the topics on this lesson may be found somewhere else, I began last week answering a very direct question. What causes failure in trading? This will be a no-nonsense, nuts and bolts look at the question, not a philosophical dissertation. I will discuss the top three over three letters. Last week I discussed 'discipline'. Today I will discuss the second of the three reasons for failure. To clarify again, most people actually fail because they do not get an education. However, that is decision people make. I want to discuss why the people who really try, can still fail. Last week I opened here telling you of an inescapable truth I discovered long ago. Everyone who enters trading is exactly the same, and stay the same for a long time. Reason number two for failure continues that tradition. Reason number two, is the lack of, or the inability to, focus. Yes, all of these topics are somewhat interrelated. Nevertheless, they each also have their own merit. Discipline and lack of focus are not the same thing. You may not have focus due to a lack of discipline, but you may not have focus by design. Many traders come to the market with the view that they have to become the master of all around them. They feel they need to learn about economic data, currency rates, foreign politics, and the list goes on. When traders learn technical analysis, the feel the need to put everything to use. I have seen trading plans that have 14 strategies spelled out for a new trader. Yet, all of that information is not going to change what a stock does that gaps over a red bar and pulls back to minor support. It will not change what happens to a stock that is in a perfect 15-minute uptrend. Closing Comments: Perhaps you have read the book "Market Wizards" by Jack Schwager. You should take note of the point of the book. In this book, the author sets out to interview 25 successful traders to determine what they have in common. He wants to find out what strategy it is that they all do, or how the strategies are similar. He finds two things that all traders have in common. One of them, the one we care about, was that no two did anything remotely similar in strategy, however, they all focused on one unique thing, waited for it to happened, and did only that. Focus. Paul Lange Vice President of Services Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc.
There are different time frame charts that tell a trader what the market activity is like for a selected period of time. As such, the trader can study what is happening in the market over 1 minute, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, daily, or over a week or even three months.