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How to Create Relative Strength Ratio Charts

Want an easy way to compare the relative strength of one chart against another, or a sector against an index? Learn how to easily create your own relative strength ratio charts by watching this short 7 minute video.

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Real (Good) News

However “real” the news may be perceived, rarely is news “breaking.” However, in light of all the annoying, repetitive press these days, I thought I’d share some good news that – as a matter of fact – is somewhat ground-breaking.

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Why Does a Trader Need Education?

In all my conversations with traders and analysts over the last 20 years, I’ve found one critical element separating the winners from the losers. It’s their attitude to personal education and their willingness to invest in it.

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Rate of Change & Acceleration

This is a bit of a rant about some incorrect naming conventions. While writing the new thirteen week courses for CMT1 and CMT2 (CMT3 will be re-written later this year), I discovered that the way we’ve been calculating Rate of Change is incorrect.

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Entry Triggers for Successful Trading

Although this article is focused on Entry Triggers for trade initiation, the successful trader knows that Entry Triggers are just one component of success. In order to have a comprehensive understanding of success in trading, any discussion on the Entry Trigger topic must also address the perspective and context of the underlying market condition.

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Look to the Sky For the Next Possible Downturn

Traders know that strategies that once worked can suddenly stop working. Part of the reason is that market conditions change. Knowing the environment we are in helps us tailor our strategy accordingly. This week we have an article from Phil Anderson on when we can expect the next downturn in the market. As Charles Dow said, our job is to identify the primary trend as soon as possible and trade with the trend. Phil Anderson’s work gives you an insane advantage to discovering the trend of the market.

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Resolving to do Better

At the start of a new year a lot of resolutions are made. It’s a time of new beginnings. We can relegate the mistakes of 2016 to the annals of history. What are the top five resolutions that people make?

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Bear On Vacation? – Update

By mid-May, a death cross signal and its bearish implications made its way into financial news’ limelight. Being both curious and sceptical—and a bit of a mythbuster at heart—I felt compelled to dig in.

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Why it’s too late to buy out-performers

We are told that “past performance is not a guarantee of future returns”. For many years now, regulators have mandated that every piece of advice have that statement attached. You would think it was the 11th commandment. Yet many advisers and investors will recommend the best performing securities based on that very assumption.

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