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Articles of interest & reports on trading, technical analysis, money management, and all things Optuma.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Average Returns

We’re told that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. As I’ve been focused so heavily on Signal Testing throughout 2016, I’ve been learning more and more about average returns. I now realise that this statement should be “Lies, Damned Lies, and Average Returns”. In this post I explain why the humble average is such a dangerous number for system builders and investors.

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Beating the Investment Roller Coaster

As investors and traders, at times we are often our own worst enemy. Almost everyone, even the greats, will concede that investing can be an emotional rollercoaster. Many of these greats have also come to the understanding that containing emotions is critical to success.

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Optex Bands Part 2

Last week I wrote about the journey I took with the Dynamic Market Profile tool and how it showed some promise as a mean reverting strategy. I performed a number of “back tests” (getting the computer to run the simulation with a model portfolio), but could never get the consistent results I was seeing by observing charts.

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Optex Bands Part 1

Optex Bands is a new tool we created to measure potential extremes away from the “consensus” price. To explain the how and why of Optex Bands, we have to first take a journey through the evolution of this tool. In this post, we cover Market Profiles and POC’s.

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It’s All Relative

In his day, Einstein made a revolutionary breakthrough in physics with his theory of relativity. It presented a new way of thinking, answering many questions the Newtonian Physics couldn’t.

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Want to know a better way to determine Trend?

Late last year I picked up an old copy of a book by Michael Gur called The Symmetry Wave Trading Method. Gur introduced the concept of using a series of swings based on ATRs. This was one of those “ah-ha” moments.

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What can R2D2 teach you about trading?

I’ve worked in the markets for nearly twenty years alongside the evolution of algorithmic trading. I witnessed the Darwinian paradigm shift it brought as those who didn’t evolve were picked off.

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What happens when the shorts go up?

I read a great phrase this week – “Technical analysis is for-profit social psychology”. It’s certainly true that the underpinnings of the best technical indicators is investor psychology.

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What are your odds of being mauled by the bear?

Last week, we delved into a longer-term moving average crossover signal on the S&P 500 that was brought to my attention. Here’s that ominous looking chart again below. At first glance it says, ”I smell a Bear!” — and no one wants to get mauled like the last two bear markets.

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It’s the end of the Bull as we know it?

Is the recent 50 and 100 week moving average crossover in the S&P500 index as bad as it seems? In this article Carson takes a look at 21 occasions this has previously occurred, with some interesting results.

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