Buying Options on Futures Contracts

Introduction Although futures contracts have been traded on U.S. exchanges since 1865, options on futures contracts were not introduced until 1982. Initially offered as part of a government pilot program, their success eventually led to widespread use of options on agricultural as well as financial futures contracts. Options on futures contracts can offer a wide … Read more

Buying New Momentum Highs

Much has been written about the use of momentum oscillators in highlighting retracements in a trend or momentum divergences. This article will show an entirely different way that momentum oscillators can be used. Many traders become conditioned to only initiating trades counter the short-term trend. For example, when buying a retracement in an uptrend, we are entering … Read more

Buying Call Options

The buyer of a call option acquires the right, but not the obligation, to purchase (go long) a particular futures contract at a specified price at any time during the life of the option. Each option specifies the futures contract which may be purchased (known as the “underlying” futures contract) and the price at which … Read more

Bullish Thrusting Line

Step 1 – Look for a BULLISH THRUSTING LINE resting on MINOR PRICE SUPPORT, and/or a rising Major Moving Average (10 MA, 20 MA, or 50 MA) on the daily chart. Step 2 – Pull up a 15 min. chart of the stock. Step 3 – Note the high price of the previous day’s daily … Read more

Bullish Harami Candlestick Play Instructions

Step 1 – Look for a BULLISH HARAMI resting on MINOR PRICE SUPPORT, and/or a rising Major Moving Average (10 MA, 20 MA, or 50 MA) on the daily chart. Step 2 – Pull up a 15 min. chart of the stock. Step 3 – Note the high price of the previous day’s daily HARAMI … Read more

Bollinger Bands® – The Basic Rules

One of the great joys of having invented an analytical technique such as Bollinger Bands is seeing what other people do with it. While there are many ways to use Bollinger Bands, following are a few rules that serve as a good beginning point. 1. Bollinger Bands provide a relative definition of high and low. … Read more

Bollinger Bands® Tactics

Bollinger Bands draw their power through two important characteristics. First, they exhibit an underlying trend-range axis just like price or moving averages. Second, they constrict or expand as they move. The interaction between these two forces draws unique patterns as bars unwind through its boundaries. Candlesticks work especially well with bands. For example, a Doji … Read more