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Will A Synthetic VIX Help Your Trading?

On a recent discussion on our EasyLanguage Mastery FaceBook group, a reader pointed out an interesting indicator called, VIX Fix. The VIX Fix was designed by Larry Williams to overcome the limitations of the VIX. What would that be? It’s only available for the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and DJIA. But what about the other […]

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How To Build Profitable Trading Systems

Building a profitable trading system is very difficult. I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s a challenging project where most of your ideas will not work. To make matters worse, you’re bombarded with misleading advertising, confusing claims, and wrong information. Learning a computer language to build a system is excellent, but that’s NOT enough to […]

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Why You Need To Trade Live NOW!

I’m often asked, how will I know when a trading system is ready to go live? After much testing and verification the performance report may look great. Then several months of simulated trading looks good too. However, I often hear, “But I still don’t think that it’s ready”. UncertaintyThis feeling is something all traders feel. I […]

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Is The Christmas Season Bullish For U.S. Markets?

With the Christmas season upon us, I thought it would be interesting to review how the S&P behaves in the days just before Christmas. Do the days just before this holiday tend to be bullish, bearish, or neutral?To test the market behavior just before the Christmas holiday I will use the S&P Cash index back […]

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Top 4 Myths of System Trading

So you want to become a successful system trader. That’s great! Back in 2006, I had a great idea. I was going to become a day trader and make a bunch of money. So, I did something brilliant. I borrowed $20,000 on credit cards (cash advance) to fund my new endeavor.Making a bunch of money […]

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Does The Predictive Voss Indicator Work?

The August 2019 issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine John Ehlers proposed an interesting looking indicator. This indicator is a cycle indicator that John called a Voss filter. The name of the article is “A Peek Into The Future.” Of course, this indicator is not magic. We’re not looking into the future […]

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Can A Price Pattern Beat an Indicator?

I’ve seen people use simple price action patterns in place of inicators. For example,  Larry Connors and Cesar Alvarez really popularized the 2-period RSI. It works really well when createing mean-reversion strategies on the stock index markets. However, can you find a simple price pattern that will work just as well?Here is an idea, losing […]

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Regime Classifier Demo

I received several questions based upon a recent article by Curtis White called, A Better Regime Filter To Boost ​​Returns. Readers were looking for a complete strategy to download and for more explanation on how the classifier works. I think Curtis did a great job in his explanation so this article is just a rehash […]

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Testing For Correct Time Window in EasyLanguage

In issue #1 of the 2019 Future Truth Magazine, George Pruitt proves a solution for the problem of 0:00 time in EasyLanguage. What problem is that?Let’s take a look at George’s example. He proposes tracking the highest high and lowest low in the overnight session on an intraday bar chart. Let’s say we want to […]

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Sell In May Seasonality Study

With November upon us lets review out Market Seasonality Study.Back in May 2,  2019, we closed our seasonality trade in anticipation for a traditionally weak period of the stock index markets. That is the months of November-April. So what did the market do during those months?Below is a graph of the market with a “buy” […]

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