Backtesting to Build Confidence

To make the trade or not to make the trade? That feeling of indecision before enacting a trading strategy can paralyze some traders, but fortunately, backtesting offers an excellent way to build confidence about a trade’s statistical chances.

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Do Stops Work?

One of the first lessons that new traders are taught is that one of the keys to success is to cut losses and let winners run. This almost always leads traders to believe stop loss orders should be used to cut losses and are a valuable part of any trading strategy. Individual traders also seem to place stops under the market and forget about them, knowing their losses are limited.

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My Best Idea for Small Investors

Stocks are a wonderful investment but they will not be the right choice for small investors looking at trading for a living. A widely cited figure is that stocks return about 10 percent a year in the long run.

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Trading Without Software

When just starting out, some beginning traders will want to use all of their available funds to trade rather than buying software and data feeds. In this article, we’ll look at how that can be done, using free end of day data and indicators.

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Market Cycles – Pi Cycle Theory

These days you do not have to listen to an investor very long before hearing of a boom-bust cycle. The recent internet stock boom followed by a housing boom has left many confused.

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